50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act Celebration

As a way to mark the 50th anniversary of the national Clean Water Act, the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association, with support from the Degenstein Foundation, is holding a Clean Water Celebration on Oct. 15, 2022, in Lewisburg

Included in the experience will be:

10 a.m. to noon: A free slate of events focused on community interaction in Lewisburg’s Hufnagle Park. This will include presentations, hands-on activities, live music and other opportunities.

12:45 p.m.: A special screening of the new documentary “American River” at the Campus Theatre with filmmaker Scott Morris in attendance. A panel discussion featuring Morris and local Susquehanna River experts will follow the film. Cost for this is $10 per ticket.

Find out more about the event, get your tickets and watch for updates on the event by clicking here.

Study: Poconos’ and northeast PA streams account for $3 billion in economic benefits

Northeast Pennsylvania’s Exceptional Value and High Quality streams bring about $3 billion in economic benefits to the region, according to a report released by the Our Pocono Waters campaign on Monday.

Click the link below to see the article.


Tigers in the Sock!

Since 1910, The Whistle Pig Fishing Club has been enjoying the wilds of the Loyalsock Valley at the Ogdonia Lodge in Hillsgrove during the first two weeks of June each year.  This year was one for the history books.  Two very rate Tiger Trout, one 13” and the other 17”, were caught, photographed, and released.

     So where did they come from? Could they be a rarity in Nature? Could be it the mix of a male brook trout and female brown trout that was born in one of the tributaries and washed into the mainstem during high flows?

     A few 6” – 9” tigers have been electro shocked in the tributaries over the last 10 years but where did they come from.

     Were they stocked by the PA Fish and Boat Commission?

     Did someone else stock them? Doubtful.

     Roger Mallon, a reporter for the Reading Eagle, wrote in a March 27, 2011, article “According to the PFBC, State hatcheries have been experimenting with raising a small number of tiger trout over the last couple of years to determine if they would grow any faster or more efficiently than other species.”

     “Thus far, we have not seen any advantage of raising tiger trout. The experiments have produced several thousand tigers each year and a few are put in with the loads of brook trout to be stocked throughout the Commonwealth.  Although biologically possible, wild tiger trout are extremely rare.” (http://www2.readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=297483)

     In a March 23, 2008, online article by Bob Frye for TribLive, he wrote “The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, which has raised a relatively small number of tigers — a hybrid mix of a brook and a brown trout — for the last four or five years is about to pull the plug on the experiment.

     “There are tigers being stocked this year and there are still some in the system for next year, but after that we are going to terminate the program,” said Leroy Young, director of the commission’s bureau of fisheries.

     The tiger trout program was never an “official” undertaking per se, Young said. Rather, hatchery managers have been raising the fish.

     The Reynoldsdale hatchery in Bedford County has produced about 20,000 each year for Greene, Fayette, Somerset, and Bedford counties. But the hatcheries do not have specific tiger trout production goals, so no one has kept close tabs on how many have been dumped into waters around the state, said Tom Cochran, manager of the commission’s southern hatcheries.”

     Cochran goes on to say that the PFBC wanted to “simply to give anglers something unique to fish for, like the golden rainbow trout known as palominos — the commission has been giving tiger trout a try.

     Don Anderson, a PFBC Commissioner at the time said “the results have not been promising. In a hatchery setting, 90-95 percent of the brook and brown trout eggs that hatch survive to reach the fry stage. With tiger trout, the survival rate is closer to 25 percent, he said.”

     The Fish and Boat Commission only stocked tiger trout during the pre-season stocking period, and only in waters that otherwise get brook trout. (In 2008) (https://archive.triblive.com/news/tiger-trout-becoming-scare-throughout-state/. Tiger Trout are currently on the approved list of fish that can be stocked in Pennsylvania waters but approval must be given first by PFBC.

     There must be more, and we would like to know if any of you have caught a Tiger trout in the Loyalsock Creek or any of its tributaries.  We would love to hear your stories and any information that you have.

     Please contact Steve Szoke at sszoke44@gmail.com, home phone 570-314-2114 or by texting him at 570-801-3100.

Joint Meeting of Susquehanna Chapter Trout Unlimited and Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association to be held at the Lycoming College Biology Field Station in Loyalsockville on September 14, 2022

The public is cordially invited to a picnic and joint meeting of Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association. The event will begin with a free picnic dinner at 5:30 pm and tour of the Biology Field Station used by Lycoming College staff and its Clean Water Institute in teaching biology and environmental science including research and demonstration projects on conservation and restoration of the Loyalsock Creek riparian floodplain and ecosystem.

     At 6:30 pm the program will feature presentations on abandoned mine discharge (AMD) treatment issues and remedial work being done in the headwaters of Loyalsock Creek.  There will be discussion of plans to upgrade treatment systems in need of rehabilitation and capacity expansion. Speakers will be Bobby Hughes and Mike Hewitt of the Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR) and Tom Clark of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC). Both organizations and their speakers have extensive experience in treatment of AMD, and have been studying the status of the water quality of upper Loyalsock Creek and performance and condition of current systems used to treat AMD from tunnels used to drain water from under old coal mine shafts which discharge to Loyalsock Creek.

     Hot dogs, corn on the cob, potato salad, chips, beverages, and tableware will be provided for the picnic. Everyone can bring any additional food as desired, as well as a folding chair as seating is very limited. Please send RSVP to zimmer@lycoming.edu by September 8th if attending the picnic so food can be estimated.

Directions to the event: Lycoming College Biology Field Station is located at 3455 PA Route 87 just 3.5 miles north of Montoursville. From I-180, Loyalsock Ave. N exit, take PA 87 and drive north 3.5 miles. The driveway is on the left at the mailbox immediately north of the Inflection Energy gas wellpad entrance. Do NOT go into the gas wellpad entrance. Signage to the TU event will be at the mailbox and entrance to the field station. Google maps link: https://maps.app.goo.gl/VxNbt7mpa56QF3bQ6. For more information please see our website at https://susquehannatu.com.

Speaker Profiles:

     Bobby Hughes is Executive Director of the Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR).  He has 27 years’ experience in abandoned mine reclamation, AMD remediation, and watershed restoration with EPCAMR (22 years of which has included work in the Loyalsock Creek watershed with partners in Sullivan County), and as a grant writer, manager, conference coordinator, and administrator, He is Executive Vice President of the PA Council of Trout Unlimited and former NE Regional Director of PA Council of Trout Unlimited.

     Tom Clark is the Mine Drainage Program Coordinator for the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) where he specializes in the treatment of abandoned mine discharges and the reclamation of abandoned mine lands. Prior to his tenure at SRBC, Tom ran an independent watershed consulting business for seven years serving multiple clients in Western Pennsylvania. He has BS in Biology (Terrestrial Ecology) from the University of Pittsburgh and an MS in Biology (Aquatic Biology) from the California University of Pennsylvania working as a Research Assistant under Dr. William Kimmel.