The Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited would like to congratulate Dr. Mel Zimmerman for being awarded Outstanding Coldwater Conservationist (Professional) by the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited at their Annual Meeting on September 10, 2016.
Ed O’Gorman, of PATU on left, Dr. Mel Zimmeran, Dave Craig (Vice President of Susquehanna Chapter of TU), and Tali MacArther of PATU. (photo provided)
The following was written by President Walt Nicholson:
“Dr. Mel Zimmeran (or Zimm to his students and Colleagues) retired this year as Professor of Biology at Lycoming College. Dr. Zimmerman has demonstrated exceptional initiative and dedication to cold water fisheries conservation throughout his career of 37 years at Lycoming College where he created the Clean Water Institute. This has played an instrumental role in the monitoring of streams for the PFBC’s Unassessed Waters Program throughout northern Pennsylvania. He has had a profound positive influence on hundreds, if not thousands, of students who have gone on to careers in fisheries biology, including many scientists working for the PFBC. He has extraordinacy energy and interest in teaching and had taken lead roles in creating “college for kids” at Lycoming College. The Williamsport Municipal Water Authority’s Waterdale Environmental Education Center, and the Susquehanna Heartland Coalition. Zimm has partnered with TU on many projects and is active in the Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association and other local conservation efforts to monitor and advocate for water quality protection and improvements in countless cold water streams in northern Pennsylvania.”
Congratulations Mel and thank you for everything that you have done for our fisheries and waterways!!!!