Saturday, May 26, 2018

Public Comment Period on Jordan Cove LNG Pipeline




On Tuesday, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers kicked off a 60-day public comment period for two critical Clean Water Act permits required for the proposed fracked gas Jordan Cove LNG pipeline project. Read the Notice Here.
 
This hugely complex project would cross the Rogue and more than 400 waterways across our region. Join others like yourself to make a difference and stop the Jordan Cove fracked gas pipeline project!
 
Add your voice and ask DEQ and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to extend the comment period and hold public information sessions in each of the four impacted counties!

CLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION

Friday, May 25, 2018

Diamond Lake Outing - June 9th

DIAMOND LAKE OUTING JUNE 9TH
The Diamond Lake Outing will be held June 9th and hosted by Steve Day and Keith Hardcastle.  We will meet at the Diamond Lake South Boat Launch at 0700, where coffee and breakfast burritos will be served.  A brief fishing report will be provided prior to heading out to fish. 
Historical weather for this date shows highs in the mid 60’s to mid 70’s with lows ranging from the low 30’s to mid 40’s.  Thunder showers are always a possibility.
Diamond Lake is primarily a boat or personal watercraft fishery.  If you don’t have a boat, make plans to be in one.  There is limited shore access at various locations around the Lake however being on the water is a huge advantage.
The bugs at Diamond can be quite daunting.  While on shore and around the campgrounds and resort, mosquitoes can be a hassle, so bring your bug spray.  Once on the Lake, the mosquitoes are no problem, however a heavy midge hatch can be challenging if the wind is not blowing.  I recommend bringing a buff or other head gear that has bug netting. 
With regard to gear, a single handed rod of any size with floating line and the necessaries for indicator style fishing in 5 to 14 feet of water will do well.  Chronomid patterns, pheasant tails, hares ears and calibeatis nymphs in sizes 14 to 20 and small balanced leeches often times work well.  For those that prefer to strip or wind drift, a rig with an intermediate or hover line will serve well.  Wooly Buggers, leech patterns and soft hackles are favorites.
For those folks attending the barbecue on Saturday evening, we will meet at our campsite in the Diamond Lake Campground along the east shore of the Lake around 6:00.  We will be in spaces G31 and G34 which are located at the far south end of the campground and adjacent to the South Shore Pizza Parlor.  To access the campsites simply park in the Pizza Parlor lot and take the trail at the north end of the parking area north into the campground.  It’s a very short walk.  Bring a beverage of choice, a piece of meat that you would like to have grilled and a side dish for potluck and we’ll have a great time by the fire.  We will provide plates, utensils, napkins etc.
Any questions e-mail Steve at icrsrd303@gmail.com
 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

LNG Pipeline---Important

This message just came from Rogue Climate.  The Rogue Climate staff have been working very hard to stop the LNG pipeline.  Lets support them with our phone calls, letters, and they need financial support to keep this going.


Today, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the US Army Corps opened a 60-day public comment period for a critical permit that, if denied, could stop the proposed Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline. 
Oregon DEQ is responsible for deciding whether this massive fracked gas pipeline and export terminal would negatively impact the water quality in Oregon. Federal regulators cannot approve Jordan Cove LNG or the Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline if the Oregon DEQ decides that the project does not comply with Oregon’s water quality standards. Fracked gas pipelines in Oregon, Maryland, and New York were stopped because state agencies denied this permit.
For the next two months, it’s up to all of us to submit comments that demonstrate that the impacts of this project would be far too devastating for the health and safety of our communities, clean water, and the local economy. 
Next week we’ll send out more information about comment writing workshops across the region and information for submitting your comments to the agencies. Until then, here are three ways you can help stop the pipeline and LNG export terminal:
1. Call DEQ to ask for a longer public comment period in our communities:
DEQ has only given our communities 60-days to write comments about how this project would impact Oregon. Can you call Richard Whitman, the Director of DEQ, at (503) 229-5696, to ask for an extension of the public comment period for Jordan Cove’s Clean Water Act certification to 120-days?
2. Volunteer to help turn out people to write comments. Sign up for volunteer shifts HERE.
3. Donate HERE to help support comment workshops across the route of the pipeline.
Thanks,
Allie and the Rogue Climate Team
http://www.rogueclimate.org/

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Message from Hannah Sohl

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The Rogue Flyfishers have been working with other groups that have the same goals in protecting the environment and especially when it involves water quality in our rivers.  This has worked very well for both parties as it leverages our resources, effectiveness and our impact on the task at hand.  Hannah Sohl and Rogue Climate is one of those groups.  Hannah was very effective and resourceful in the multi-year effort to stop suction dredging.  Now she is hard at work to stop the LNG pipeline.  This is a copy and paste from Rogue Climate.  Hope to see you there.

Tom,
Join communities across the region on Sunday, June 3 from 4pm-6pm at Southern Oregon University to hear from and show your support for communities fighting for indigenous sovereignty and against new fossil fuel pipeline development. The evening will include art, music, stories, and a keynote by international speaker, writer, and activist Winona LaDuke.
Just Resist: An Evening with Winona LaDuke and Water Protectors
Sunday, June 3rd
Southern Oregon University, Rogue River Room
1250 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland, OR 97520
3:00pm – 4:00pm Community art & screen printing  
4:00pm - 6:00pm: Just Resist: An Evening with Winona Laduke and Water Protectors
Winona LaDuke is an internationally renowned indigenous activist working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy, and food systems. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, where she is working with her community to stop the proposed Line 3 tarsands oil pipeline.
The event will also include information about the Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline fight and other issues facing Tribal Nations in Oregon and Northern California. Speakers include Chairman Gentry of the Klamath Tribes; Yurok, Karuk, and Hoopa Youth leaders; and more. There will also be a community art and screen printing project outside of the event from 3:00pm – 4:00pm lead by Klamath Modoc artists Asa Wright and Ka'ila Farrell-Smith. Bring a blank shirt!
This event is a fundraiser for Winona LaDuke's organization Honor the Earthand the Next Generation Climate Justice Action Camp (NGCJAC), a week-long summer camp in southern Oregon to train youth ages 14 – 18 in organizing and activism skills to build a movement for climate justice. You can find out more about camp HERE and apply online by June 1st HERE.
Tickets for the event are $20 for general public and $10 for students and seniors. Free tickets are available for Native Americans by calling (541) 301-9204 or by emailing info@rogueclimate.org. Get your ticket today! 
Thanks,
The Rogue Climate Team 
This event is being organized by Rogue Climate interns, and many community partners. Follow the event online on facebook for program updates and more information! 
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Rogue Climate · 3932 S Pacific Hwy, Medford, OR 97501, United States
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Fly Casting Classes Resume!


Fly Casting Classes

At Hedrick School

Have Resumed

 
 

Rogue Flyfishers Club member John MacDiarmid, who is a FFI Certified Fly Casting Instructor, assisted by club members, Tom Collett and Bob Pierce, will once again be providing free fly casting classes at Hedrick Middle School, 1501 E. Jackson in Medford each Monday evening throughout the summer months.  The classes are held every Monday at 6:00 p.m. except those days when a holiday falls on Monday or there is bad weather.  The last evening will be September 10th.  The classes are an excellent way for beginning fly fishers to be introduced to the techniques of fly casting and they also provide an opportunity for experienced fly fishers to hone their skills through a little practice.  People interested in attending one or more sessions should bring a favorite one-handed fly rod, reel, line and leader for practicing on the lawn.  If a person does not have immediate access to their own gear, the club can provide them with it when they arrive for the classes.  The classes are not only an opportunity for instruction by excellent instructors, but also an opportunity to catch up with fellow anglers about all of the elements of fly fishing.