Congratulations Erica Nelson!

Erica Nelson in one of her happy places, on the river.

We’d like to congratulate Erica Nelson on her recent feature in The New York Times! Erica is a fly fishing guide, diversity and inclusivity consultant, and host of the Awkward Angler Podcast. She’s also an ambassador for one of our nonprofit partners and 2020 grantees, Brown Folks Fishing.

The first episode of the Our Rivers Podcast features Erica’s work to improve equity in the fishing industry with the Angling for All Pledge, as described in the article. We highly recommend learning more about Erica and checking out the New York Times article, which includes gems like:

In Diné culture, there’s a concept called “living in Hohzo,” a philosophy of striving for a balance that encompasses beauty, order and harmony.

I try to have a reciprocal relationship with fly fishing. 

I see a lot of people in the sport and industry wanting to take. When I’m on the water, I want to show up as my full self and maybe give back too. I want that for everyone.

Erica Nelson

Our Rivers Podcast Dives into Drought

Holly Loff, former executive director of the Eagle River Watershed Council. In the third episode of the Our Rivers Podcast, we interview Holly and Eagle County Commissioner, Kathy Chandler-Henry, about how aridification in the west is affecting their community.

The Eagle River joins the Colorado River as it exits the Rocky Mountains. Together, they deliver water to millions. But before that, the Eagle River runs through small mountain towns like Eagle and Gypsum that revolve around its waters. 

The river supports their agricultural and tourist economies while providing drinking water, wildlife habitat and the daily access to outdoor recreation we all dream of. 

The massive western drought threatens it all.

Find out how the Eagle River Watershed Council is working to protect their river in the third episode of the Our Rivers Podcast. From installing rain barrels and planting trees to taking time to enjoy the river they work to protect, guests Kathy Chandler-Henry and Holly Hoff have some very good advice. Kathy is, among many things, an Eagle County commissioner. Holly is the former executive director of the Watershed Council.