Please help us conserve, protect and restore Washington’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.

A Steelhead Story: The Legacy of Bill McMillan

Bill McMillan has been volunteering his time and energy to steelhead recovery on the Skagit River in Washington for decades—helping to lead fellow volunteers in the collection of data for spawner surveys. These spawner surveys are designed to offer a baseline estimate for returning fish to the Skagit River and its tributaries every year. Bill is a wellspring of information on fish and fishing and remains a steadfast steward of conservation and is an inspiration in his community. As Bill nears his retirement from volunteer work, he is passing on the torch of the invaluable information he has collected over the years as well as his process of data collection into the capable arms of other driven volunteers.

This Waist Deep Media production pays homage to Bill’s years of volunteer work and his shining example of citizen science. We hope that this short documentary will also inspire others to get involved in the work that Trout Unlimited is doing to protect and restore coldwater habitat around the country.

Produced, Filmed & Edited By: Joey Mara
Additional Imagery Provided By: Bill McMillan, John McMillan & Nick Chambers


Protect, Reconnect and Restore Washington’s cold-water streams and rivers, their watersheds and ecosystems to insure the survival of Washington Salmon, Steelhead and Trout.

Washington Council of Trout Unlimited promotes effective stream, river and fish management decisions by:

  1. Returning water to streams by working with landowners and irrigation districts to improve irrigation systems.
  2. Raising money and running projects to remove culverts blocking fish passage.
  3. Taking an active role in habitat restoration and barrier removal.
  4. Advocating for our fish in Olympia.
  5. Educating our youth to enjoy and protect the wonderous outdoors of Washington.


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Our fish can always use your help! We are in constant need of volunteers to help with restoration projects, advocacy and fundraising.

Looking to get more information and participate with the Chapter in your area? Get connected to the Chapter Representative to find out more about what they offer.


For those of you unable to donate your time,
we always welcome your donation!

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