Saturday, March 17, 2012
Defending Myself - Here's My Millers Resume!
Last night I got a call from a friend who asked me to check out a website. "Make sure you're sitting down" he said. What I saw was humorous at first but then began to set me off. The unnamed writer(they're always unnamed) mentioned "a well known Millers River guide" who has a Millers River Online Fly Shop (guess that's me)and derives income from it. Well, he got that right. Now for the bullshit:
"A person that I personally never seen involved with any groups to make the Millers River better, help stock the Millers River, be part of cleaning up the Millers River or for any other productive activity involving the Millers River other than his selfish gain".
To the nameless writer who didn't bother to fact check. Here's my Millers River Resume:
President, Deerfield/Millers Chapter of TU 1987-1990.
Signed the original petition for C&R on the Millers.
Organized volunteers to work with the DFW in electro-shocking sampling on the Millers in 1989 and 1990.
Conducted a joint effort with the Millers River Watershed Council to sample the ENTIRE RIVER for oxygen content for two years running.
Conducted creel surveys to support brown trout stocking of the proposed C&R sections.
Chairperson and Vice Chairperson, Millers River Watershed Council 1993 to 1996.
Organized the above mentioned oxygen study.
Conducted two "clean up" days along the Millers.
The MRWC found the source of an illegal spill on the upper Millers. Our work was rewarded by a court ordered check for $7500 which was part of the penalty.
Worked on the MRWC DAM SURVEY - an inventory of every dam in the Millers Watershed.
Got the MRWC involved in the Atlantic Salmon Spring stocking of the Miller.
President and Vice President of the Millers River Chapter of Trout Unlimited 2003 2006.
Realized in 2002 that the DFW had stopped stocking browns in the Millers because of "pcb's". I told them that issue was addressed and resolved in 1991(I was there!) and that ending the brown stocking without public notice may have been an illegal act. They agreed to continue stocking browns in 2003.
Organized, with Ken Simmons of the DFW, the first TU/DFW brown trout stocking in the two C&R sections. Actively involved in this effort until 2008 when I moved out of the area.
So there you go, unnamed writer. That's 25 years of environmental activism in that watershed, which I'll measure against any other effort, and I'm still at it. And stop saying that the Millers was a polluted river "20 years ago". You know nothing about the Millers 20 years! Nothing!!! Your comment is insulting!! Why would TU volunteers and the DFW fight for C&R classification, let alone stock, a polluted river 20 years ago!!! What are you thinking??????
Unnamed writer - come out of the shadows and send me a private email. My address is on this site. Show me and my readers what you're made of. Maybe you'll be enlightened. If you don't "come out" then SHUT UP!!!
Enough of this. Time to scout the Millers!!