LETTER: Article failed to recognize hard work protecting Fraser River
Ryan Summerlin May 6, 2014
To the Editor:
The article about the recent agreement to provide mitigation and enhancements for the Fraser River was disappointing, to say the least. The article largely ignored the event and belittled the eight years of hard work by Trout Unlimited and Grand County to protect the Fraser River, instead showcasing the assertions of a few opponents whose agendas have nothing to do with the health of the Fraser River or the county’s economic health.
Not one of the individuals who have worked for years to protect the Fraser and know most about the Moffat project were given an opportunity in the article to respond to these unfounded, inflammatory statements.
It is easy to make empty, grand-standing statements promising to “save” the river. It is easy to come up with catchy phrases and gross oversimplifications. It is easy to be a critic. What is hard is to roll up one’s sleeves and spend the time and resources needed to come up with solutions and put those solutions to work over the coming years. That is what Grand County and Trout Unlimited have committed to do.
I know that the paper likes to present opposing thoughts, but this article fails to present the viewpoints of Trout Unlimited and others who did the heavy lifting and understand how the Moffat agreement benefits our local river and fishery. Moreover, an article celebrating so many years of so many people’s work was an improper place to showcase the arguments of a few nay-sayers who were noticeably absent when the hard work was being done to protect the Fraser.
Grand County Resident