Thursday, September 29, 2011

I miss the brook trout

Posted on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 4:00 AM

I am writing to alert your readers to the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks current and ongoing program to poison our creeks, streams and lakes with rotenone and other poisons. Back in the 1970s, my husband and our sons could still fish for brook and rainbow trout, but those days are just a memory. Ask yourself, when was the last time you could find a little creek with brook trout in it?

Last month, Matt Boyer, the FWP project leader, was quoted as saying they had “wonderful luck” in the reproduction of their favorite fish, the westslope cutthroat, after they had killed everything else. That’s what most people forget. When rotenone is put into the water, anything that swims, hops or flies is exterminated.

Their next body of water was to be Smokey Creek, located north of Holland Lake, an outlet stream that flows toward the South Fork of the Flathead River. Someone else who has paid attention to this is Dr. Vernon Grove, a retired physician, living in Whitefish. Grove wrote a letter to the Daily Interlake, in Kalispell, detailing the connection between the use of rotenone in water to the incidence of Parkinson’s disease in our population, as was reported in the American Medical Journal.

I am urging anyone who reads this to write to people who are involved in the business of tourism and water activities. And also write the governor and FWP. Tell them two wrongs don’t make a right—don’t poison the water, kill the fish and expect the public to approve.

Clare Hafferman

Kalispell

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