New Awards Program for BFC Supporting Members

by Mark Riley

Announcing a new awards program for our Supporting Members. In addition to getting a 10% discount on all purchases at local fly shops and preferred rates at certain BFC events, Supporting Members will be eligible to win prizes in free drawings held electronically five to six times per year.

Awards in 2014 will include fly fishing products, fishing days on private water with a board member and a free guided day on a local trout stream. To be eligible, you must be a Supporting Member and your membership must be current on the date of the drawing.

Drawings will be held using an electronic random number generator and will be spread throughout the year. A member can only win one prize per year. Board members are not eligible.

Our first drawing will be held this month (February). The lucky winner will be notified by Mark Riley, our Membership Chair, via email.

So if you’re not a Supporting Member, now is the time to become one. If you are a Supporting Member, make sure you are current (your expiration date is on your Supporting Member discount card). Also, be sure you’re reading our renewal reminder emails!

Go to this link to become a Supporting Member or renew your current membership.


Thanks for being involved in BFC.

Boulder Lightpackers Club — Presentation on Tenkara Flyfishing

by Mark Riley

The Boulder Lightpackers Club is hosting a talk by Daniel Galhardo from Tenkara USA on March 18, 2013 at 6:30PM at REI-Boulder.  Here is their description of the program.  The public is welcome to this presentation.

In 2008, Daniel Galhardo discovered a traditional Japanese method of fly-fishing that is centuries old but seemed to be designed with the modern ultra-light backpacker in mind. The method is called Tenkara.

Daniel is the first person to introduce this simple method of fly-fishing to the US. In Tenkara, only a rod, line and fly – no reel – are used. The emphasis on techniques as opposed to equipment ensures the method remains minimalist, and with modern materials it is also ultra-light. The rods are telescopic, with 12ft long rods fitting inside the rod’s 20inch handle. And, a full setup may weigh 6 oz. The method is also super effective in the mountain streams of Colorado. Daniel created Tenkara USA to show people how simple fly-fishing can be, and recently moved his company to Boulder.

Please invite your ultralight and fly-fishing friends to our next meeting: Monday, March18th, REI Boulder, 1789 28th St, 6:30 PM.

Good Samaritan Policy Issued by EPA – Letter from Senator Mark Udall’s Office

by Mark Riley

Here is an email from Mark Udall’s office regarding the above EPA policy.  Great news for CO and the work TU does.


Good Morning ~ Below is a press release from Mark Udall about a breakthrough with the Environmental Protection Agency to help Good Samaritans clean abandoned mine sites.  This is an issue he has worked on for many years.  Please email me if you have any questions about the new policy. The announcement and local stories are below.  Warm Regards, Tara

Tara Trujillo

Colorado Outreach and Strategy Director, U.S. Senator Mark Udall

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Udall’s Leadership Leads to New Policy to Help Good Samaritans Clean Abandoned Mine Sites

Udall’s Longtime Efforts, Outreach to EPA Led to New Policy

Mark Udall thanked the Environmental Protection Agency for standing with him and Good Samaritans today by issuing a new policy to give groups additional protections as they help clean up the more than 7,000 abandoned hard rock mine sites located in Colorado and thousands more throughout the West. Today’s announcement follows more than decade’s work on Udall’s part to unleash the power of local groups and volunteers who want to help clean up old mine site.

“This new policy, which follows a multiyear effort I led, is welcome news for my constituents and Good Samaritans everywhere. Abandoned mines in Colorado and across the West threaten our waterways and the environment,” Udall said. “I am glad the EPA has partnered with me to develop this policy, which will free up Good Samaritans – like Trout Unlimited, the Animas River Stakeholders Group and the Willow Creek Reclamation Committee – to help protect our streams, waterways and drinking supplies. We still have work to do to address these abandoned mines, but this is a welcome step in the right direction that will unleash the power of local groups and volunteers.”

Specifically, the policy clarifies that:

  • Good Samaritan agreements with EPA can include extended time periods for monitoring or other activities, thereby extending the legal liability protections contained in the agreement; and,
  • Good Samaritans are generally not responsible for obtaining a Clean Water Act permit during or after a successful cleanup conducted according to a Good Samaritan agreement with EPA.

“I commend the EPA and Administrator Lisa Jackson for joining with me to leverage the resources of groups committed to cleaning up abandoned mine pollution. This policy clearly demonstrates their desire to protect Western watersheds. I look forward to working with Good Samaritans to evaluate the effectiveness of these clarifications and determine if other improvements are needed,” Udall said. “In the meantime, I plan to continue to work to secure additional federal funds for mine reclamation and the cleanup of abandoned mines.”

“Abandoned mines represent the single-greatest, least-understood threat to clean water and fish in the West,” said Chris Wood, president and CEO of Trout Unlimited. “The otherwise outstanding laws of our land, the Clean Water Act and Superfund, actually prevent third parties – Good Samaritans – from entering into cleanup projects because of the liability risks they place on would be helpers, such as Trout Unlimited. Today we commend EPA for taking this important step to provide appropriate protection for Good Samaritans, and we applaud Sen. Udall’s efforts to get this problem fixed.”

Udall, who serves on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has been one of the leading voices in Congress on cleaning up and remediating abandon mine sites since he joined Congress in 1999. The EPA’s memo stems from Udall’s work over the past two years to find a way to give Good Samaritans additional protections as they continue their important work.

Udall also recently visited a mine site in San Juan County to hear about how additional legal certainty for Good Samaritans would help local groups remediate mines.

Last month Udall implored the U.S. House of Representatives to take up the legislation he co-sponsored that will allow Colorado and other states more flexibility in utilizing federal funds to clean up abandoned hard rock mining sites. The legislation, S.897, would allow states like Colorado to use funds that were previously only available for the reclamation of coal mines to be used for hard rock mines as well.



WHERE: REI-Boulder at 28th & Walnut

We’re having our BFC annual meeting on November 7th.  We’ve got some business to take care of at this meeting but we’ll also have a short presentation on our Upper South Boulder Creek project.  We’ll have great door prizes at the end of the meeting.


Elect New Board of Directors and Officers:  We’ll have some current members coming up for renewal and some new members.  If you’d like to be nominated for board membership, write to Mark Riley, President at:[email protected]

State of the Chapter:  We’ll review accomplishments from last year, present a financial review of the chapter and discuss key initiatives for fiscal year 2012/2013.

Upper South Boulder Creek Restoration Project – Update


At the end of our night, we’ll have a door prize giveaway of several items from Montana Fly Company


We’ll have a social hour at the new BJ’s Brewery just south of REI on the east side of 28th ST.

See you at the meeting!