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Denver Angling Society: Conservation through Recreation with Dr. Andrew Todd, founder of Running Rivers

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Join Colorado Trout Unlimited's Denver Angling Society for a special lunch and presentation with Dr. Andrew Todd, fishery scientist, originator of the Flyathlon, and founder and president of Running Rivers, a 100% volunteer-led, Colorado-based 501(c)(3) organization. 

Dr. Todd will share how Running Rivers creates unique opportunities for people to experience public lands and waters in novel and fun ways, to expand their depth of understanding of the importance of healthy functioning freshwater ecosystems, and to invest in their time, money, and sweat through on-the-ground stewardship projects.  Dr. Todd will speak about the ongoing evolution of the Rocky Mountain Flyathlon, a unique series of events that pair trail running, fly fishing, and craft beer to raise money for native trout projects in Colorado.  

Dr. Todd will also talk about Running Rivers’ newest program, The Rare Fish Rare Beer Project, wherein they partner with local breweries and distilleries to raise awareness and money for native trout species.  Rare fish beer may be served!

About Andrew Todd

Professionally, Andrew has served for nearly 15 years in the federal government as an aquatic biologist / ecotoxicologist evaluating the impact of diverse human-caused stressors to cold-water rivers and streams. Andrew has a B.A. in biology from Williams College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in environmental engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Andrew served for 9 years on the governor-appointed Colorado Water Quality Control Commission, including as chair for 2 years. 

On the side, Andrew started the Colorado-based 501(c)(3) organization Running Rivers in 2016 as a way to make a difference for his #1 conservation passion, native cutthroat trout.  Through unique programs including the Rocky Mountain Flyathlon and The Rare Fish Rare Beer Project, Running Rivers advances its mission of advancing Conservation through Recreation.  Over the last 5 years, Running Rivers has raised more than $150,000 for native trout projects executed though conservation partners such as Colorado Trout Unlimited, the Western Native Trout Initiative, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and various Federal land-management agencies.

Andrew is a stubborn trail runner, a slightly above average fly fisherman, and a lover of rare craft beers.

About the Denver Angling Society

Denver Angling Society Luncheons are hosted by Colorado Trout Unlimited and held monthly from October through May at the Denver Athletic Club. Cost is $30 per person in advance (reserve by 2 pm Tuesday, January 1st - or $35 at the door) and includes a plated lunch, keynote presentation, and an opportunity to connect with other downtown Denver professionals.

Later Event: January 4
Denver Fly Fishing Show