Brief Bio of Eugene
Eugene Macri is a noted aquatic and environmental
scientist. Macri was part of the landmark pro bono study with
Dr. Jack Black of Buffalo, New York. The study: An Ecological
Survey of Big Spring Creek with Effects of Hatchery Effluent was
instrumental in closing one of the largest polluting state fish
hatcheries in Pennsylvania. The hatchery had polluted one of
the great spring creeks in the nation, Big Spring Creek near
Newville, Pennsylvania. The stream is now returning to its
former glory as one of the country’s premier trout streams.
The study also showed both the environmental and sporting community
the problems associated with large flow through hatcheries. He is
also a professional riverkeeper on private waters.
Gene has been featured
in countless publications from the Philadelphia Inquirer to Fly
fishermen Magazine. He helped break the story nationwide of
PCBs in Pennsylvania fish in 2001-2002. He has spoken as a
scientist and fly fishing expert in most of the Middle Atlantic
States. His commentaries and articles have appeared in a wide range
of publications including The Bay Journal.
Gene is a well known fly fisherman going by the trade name
“Guido.” He is a member of many legendary fly angling groups
including the Letort Regulars. His article on the legendary
fly angler, the late Charlie Fox (Reflections with Charlie
Fox) appeared in the papers of one of the oldest fly fishing groups
in America, the Fly Fishers of Harrisburg (Limestone
Legends published by Stackpole Books).
As an environmental
scientist and consultant he works with industry, conservancies,
sportsmen' s associations, and watershed groups. He is
frequently called upon by the media for scientific clarification
and comments concerning important environmental issues. He
has helped many citizens’ groups in environmental problems and
works closely with people who are being trampled by the
worked on many on this country’s greatest trout streams. In
2004 he started a nonprofit organization, The Last River and
Gamekeeper. The Last River and Gamekeeper is dedicated
to helping people and groups by using good science in protecting
the streams, rivers, and environment.
Gene is also writing the definitive guide: The Art and Science
of The Modern Riverkeeper to aid the scientists and
sportsmen in protecting their waters.