Enough is enough...

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Posted by Erik on July 21, 1998 at 13:39:29:

In Reply to: Re: How about this???? posted by Flyguy on July 17, 1998 at 17:26:07:

Flyguy et al.

Sorry, but I'll have to send my regrets in regards to
the Fly Fling invitation. I hope to attend the GA DNR
public comment period in Gainesville on Thursday night.
As for speaking with Bill Couch, I've already done that.
He's a nice and well informed guy who understands the
problems associated with the Chattahoochee better than
most of the guys on this board. I have never denied the
popularity of the 'Hooch or the numbers and size of trout
which can be caught from it. Bill and the other DNR
employees have done a good job making the most of a bad
situation there.

As for government intervention and environmental policy, the
two go hand in hand. I wouldn't want to live in a world where
people were allowed to do with their land "as they see fit".
I for one don't trust the judgement of others that much. The
whole countryside would look like Atlanta and every river would
flow like the Chattahoochee. The state of our lands and streams
is already bad enough as it is...relicts of an absence of govern-
ment intervention and flexible environmental policy. More and
tougher environmental laws are on the way, and things will be
better because of it.

I guess I'll get off my soap box now. I have come to the conclusion
that everything I've said has either been misunderstood or fallen on
numb ears. People are even starting to talk about picking up trash
on the 'Hooch again, so I guess we're back where we started. I'd rather
talk about fishing anyway.

In the end, I'm glad that the 'Hooch is such a popular destination.
That means I'm less likely to run into people on my favorite streams,
though I'm perfectly willing to share them with environmentally conscious
practitioners of catch and release (except for the stockers).

Idealist Environmental Wacko (and proud of it)

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