One of Idaho’s most famous fishing streams has always been safe-

This is certainly good news.

I know the first time I ever saw Silver Creek I had been to a meeting with the Idaho Department of Transportation in Boise. The stream looked so amazing, I got out my rod and waded in wearing my meeting cloths and shoes. The report several years ago that the fish were now contaminated was devastating.

Idaho’s Silver Creek is pristine after all — mercury scare was based on faulty data. By Rocky Barker. Idaho Statesman

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

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