Cold Water Cold Brew April 21st

Cold Water Cold Brew

By Todd Corayer

Friday last was all about that cold water, local beer and talk of rivers. Narragansett’s Trout Unlimited chapter hosted a Cold Water, Cold Brew event to celebrate, in addition to Spring’s return and all that she brings with her, World Fish Migration Day. There were two solid reasons to attend. First, the event was held at Whaler’s Brewing which requires cold clean water for their excellent beers and it’s perched right atop the Saugatucket River. Certainly cold, the Saugatucket is far from clean and this event raised awareness of alewives and bluebacks annual migrations to ponds they’d been shut out of for generations by walls.

The other reason was the hosts. Chapter 225 members and President Glenn Place were available to answer questions certainly about fishing and rivers but also about what they do as a branch of a dedicated national conservation organization. In a nutshell, their vision is “To ensure that the habitats for coldwater and estuary fish thrive in Rhode Island for future generations.” Pretty clear. 225’s mission is, “To conserve, protect, restore, and sustain the coldwater fisheries and their watersheds in Rhode Island through collaborative, educational, and environmental activities.”

They held a raffle for a sweet one-weight fly rod and the United Fly Tyers of Rhode Island were on hand to offer help at the vice.

World Fish Migration Day is just one day when our planet is supposed to recognize how critical clear water pathways are for migratory fish like eels, salmon and herring. Typically, Rhode Island does nothing to recognize the day so cheers to them for seeing and promoting something as essential as fish migration.

TU 225, Glenn Place, Emma Lundberg, Peter Jenkins, Matt Toker; they’re all encouraging us to clean up our space, to take in what’s all around us, to know that from that slimy eel on up, we’re in this together and to not just callously throw things away. Garrett Hardin also wrote, “There is no away to throw to.”

Happy Earth Day.