Riverkeepers: Anglers Awards go to Jacque Rose & Bruce Pregler
Anglers of the AuSable outgoing President Bruce Pregler took a little time as the 20th Annual AuSable River Cleanup kicked off to recognize Jacque Rose, of the Friends of the AuGres-Rifle Watershed, awarding her the group's President's Award.
He thanked Rose for her detailed work on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) issues faced by Michigan riversheds and her timely warnings about such parcels threatened by oil and gas exploration as the Holy Waters of the AuSable main stream and Hartwick Pines State Park near Grayling.
And moments later, incoming President Tom Baird stepped up to the microphone and surprised Pregler with a bit of recognition of his own, presenting him with the group's Riverkeeper Award.
Citing such issues as fracking, Holy Water mineral leases, land use, National Guard expansion and the proposed commercial fish hatchery in Grayling, Baird said Pregler's leadership after the death of inspirational leader Rusty Gates brought the group through what he called difficult circumstances.
The Riverkeepers series on AuSableTrout.com explores the work of organizations and volunteers who do good work for Michigan's northern rivers. We hope you'll consider contacting one of these organizations to join or volunteer. And if you have a good 'Riverkeeper' idea, please let us know at info@AuSableTrout.com.