National and PA TU encourages everyone to consider personally filing comments in opposition to EPA’S rule change. The comment period ends on October 21st. This is important. Please take a moment and visit this TU blog for talking points https://www.tu.org/blog/clean-water-at-risk-cwa-401/. You can then comment on EPA’s proposal directly on the docket or through TU’s comment portal, using one of the links in the TU message below. The only way this can be defeated is through overwhelming public opposition that is based on sound science and rational thought. Official 60-day comment period: Publication of the proposed rule triggers a 60-day comment period. Comments are due October 21st. Volunteers are encouraged to comment directly to the docket (here are some tips for commenting through the online portal) or through TU’s Action Alert (available here). Need some help with commenting? A short overview of key takeaways from the proposal is included below. Trout Unlimited staff will review and offer substantive comments on the proposed rule. TU Councils and Chapters are encouraged to coordinate with the Government Affairs team to share project examples, ask questions, and to help ensure we are as effective as possible across the TU family. EPA Now Accepting Comments: Take Action Here!
Otto’s Bookstore in downtown Williamsport is hosting a first Friday event. October’s 1st Friday is coming right up! Matthew L. Miller will speak about and sign his new book, Fishing Through the Apocalypse: An Angler’s Adventures in the 21st Century, on Friday, October 4th, 6 to 8. About the Book: What does the future hold for fish and the people who pursue them? Fishing Through the Apocalypse explores that question through a series of fishing stories about the reality of the sport in the 21st century. Matthew Miller (director of science communications for The Nature Conservancy) explores fishing that might be considered dystopian: joining anglers as they stick their lines into trash-filled urban canals, or visiting farm ponds where you can catch giant, endangered fish for a fee. But it isn’t all bleak. When it comes to fishing, the other part of the story is this: a cadre of anglers is looking to right past wrongs, to return native species, to remove dams, to appreciate the unappreciated fish, to clean our waters and protect public lands. As an angler and conservationist, Matt removes any and all preconceived notions about what it means to fish in the 21st century in order to see the different visions of the future that exist right here, right now. Fishing Through the Apocalypse offers one of the widest-ranging looks at fish conservation in the United States, and also includes some of the more unusual adventures ever featured in a fishing book. Features fishing adventures in a variety of states, including our own Pennsylvania. Idaho Colorado Wyoming New Mexico Utah Texas Florida Iowa Minnesota Illinois Washington DC Virginia And our own…Pennsylvania
Rob Shane, Mid Atlantic Organizer for National Trout Unlimited will speak at a public meeting of the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Rob will highlight the status of conservation efforts to preserve, restore, and protect streams in our region which are important cold water fisheries and Trout Unlimited’s position on legislation and regulations at both the state and federal levels which could impact the quality of our streams. Also discussed will be initiation of a local Veterans Service Partnership program to help support veterans and their families to connect to the restorative and healing powers of angling in our nearby waters.
When: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm. Where: Fellowship Hall of Covenant Central Presbyterian Church, rear of 807 West Fourth Street (enter off of Campbell Street) in Williamsport.
The September 2019 issue of the Susquehanna Ripples is now available. You can get your copy here.
Pennsylvania is home to 16,000 miles of wild trout streams.
Thanks to the Fish and Boat Commission, 36 new Wild Trout waters and three Class A streams have been proposed for upgraded designation this October. With your help, we can secure protections for these additional streams from development and pollution
. The public is invited to participate by filing comment in support of these upgraded protections. Pennsylvanians have been vocal in our support over the past 12 months, with more than 1,400 comments filed in favor of new protections.
With your help, we can see PA’s total miles of protected wild trout water continue to grow in 2019.
Left unprotected, these streams, which provide clean drinking water to millions of Pennsylvanians, are at risk of pollution and sedimentation from stormwater runoff, high temperatures as a result of the destruction of streamside buffers, and reduced flows because of water withdrawals
. Take action today! Click on these links to file public comment in support of Class A stream upgrades, and here for Wild Trout stream upgrades. Comments are due to the Commission no later than September 17, 2019.
In drafting your comment, tell the Fish & Boat Commission why wild trout streams are important to you and why they deserve upgraded protection. Share a story with a particular stream and its value to the local community
. Feel free to add your personal sentiments to the sample language below:
Dear Mr. Schaeffer and the Board of Commissioners, I am writing you today to encourage the Commission to approve the entirety of the list of proposed wild trout streams and Class A trout streams at its next meeting on October 21-22nd, 2019.
I am advocating on behalf of these wild trout streams as a conservation-minded individual and concerned citizen. These streams are the lifeblood of our state, and these designations ensure them the special protections they deserve. Class A streams qualify for High Quality (HQ) classification, while the wetlands contiguous to other wild trout waters are elevated to Exceptional Value (EV) status.
I appreciate the work the PFBC has done over the past decade to assess and protect our wild trout populations, which supports a robust fishing and outdoor recreation economy in Pennsylvania. I encourage the Commission to continue to support this critical work.
The above was taken from an email sent by Rob Shane, TU Mid Atlantic Organizer