Prescott, WA—Endangered wild steelhead now have a little more water in the Touchet River, thanks to the collaboration between a Prescott farmer and a conservation trust. Up to 3 cubic feet per second, or about 1.9 million gallons a day, of water is now protected permanently for steelhead and other fish, and landowner Melvin Talbott will keep growing wheat on his 385-acre farm under an agreement arranged by the Washington Water Trust. The effort is the largest purchase yet of water for instream flow restoration in the Walla Walla Basin.
Tom Bie is the founder, editor, and publisher of The Drake. He started the magazine in 1998 as an annual newsprint publication based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He then moved it to Steamboat, Colorado (1999), Boulder, Colorado (2001), and San Clemente, California (2004), as he took jobs as managing editor at Paddler, Senior Editor at Skiing, and Editor-in-Chief at Powder, respectively. Tom and The Drake are now both based in Denver, Colorado, where The Drake is finally all grows up(Swingers, 1996) to a quarterly magazine.