Tell PFBC to Approve Class A and Wild Trout Streams

At the April meeting of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the PFBC will vote to approve new Class A and Wild Trout Streams in the Commonwealth. We need your voice to tell the commission that TU and its partners stand for Wild Trout protections.

To view a map of proposed streams in your area, click here!

Water quality protections offered by the Wild Trout and Class A designations allow for Pennsylvania’s wild trout to continue to thrive and grow in our beautiful waterways.

Click here to view the full list of proposed Wild Trout Streams

Click here to view the full list of proposed Class A Trout Streams

File your public comment to support the
designation Wild Trout and Class A streams

Comments are due to the Commission by April 9, 2019.

 

DEP Open House: Maintaining Streams in Your Community

If you couldn’t make it to our Chapter meeting on March 13, or if you want to learn more about stream cleanup and speak to agencies one on one, there is another great opportunity for you.  DEP has teamed up with Clean Water Institute of Lycoming College, and many other agencies to provide this great meeting.

“The Department of Environmental Protection’s Northcentral Regional Office and the Clean Water Institute of Lycoming College will hold an open house on March 18 to provide information and resources to landowners and municipalities seeking to work in streams impacted by flooding and erosion.
           The meeting will be held at the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall, Lycoming College, corner of East Fourth Street and Basin Street, Williamsport from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
           During the open house, DEP staff will provide an overview of Restore Pennsylvania, a bold, four-year, $4.5 billion statewide initiative that will provide funding for critical flood control infrastructure, including large-scale stream restoration and maintenance work.  
           Attendees can also speak one-on-one about their stream work and flooding questions with staff from DEP and eight other state, federal, county, and non-profit agencies, and view educational displays and demonstrations.  
           In addition to DEP and the Clean Water Institute, other agencies participating in the open house include the Fish and Boat Commission, PennDOT, PA Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy, Lycoming County Conservation District, and the Lycoming County Department of Planning and Community Development’s Hazard Mitigation Division.
           Questions should about this event should be directed to Megan Lehman, DEP Northcentral Regional Office, 570-327-3659 or send email to: meglehman@pa.gov.
            For more information on stream maintenance, download a copy of DEP’s Guidelines For Maintaining Streams In Your Community”

Public Meeting on Cleaning Streams after Flood Events

In light of the record amounts of precipitation and flooding we have had on many of our local streams, the issue of cleaning out streams to remove debris piles and gravel bars has been a concern to many, and Susquehanna TU has arranged for Dr. Larry Brannaka of the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service to present a program on scientific practical approaches to post-flooding stream cleaning.  Dr. Brannaka has years of experience in designing and supervising stream restoration projects, and all local and county municipal officials are encouraged to attend this timely presentation.  The meeting is open to the public and will be held on Wednesday, March 13 at 7 pm at the Covenant Central Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, at the rear of 807 West Fourth Street in Williamsport (enter off of Campbell St.)

DEP has issued a booklet, Guidelines for Maintaining Streams in your Community, and can be downloaded here

 

 

Annual Fly Tying Class Registration Closed

The Chapter will be holding its annual fly tying class starting February 5, 2019 and running through March 26, 2019. We had set the class size at 24 students and we reached that number within a short time of advertising the class and can not accept any more registrations.

We will have an update in the March issue of the Susquehanna Ripples and we want to thank everyone who signed up for the class.