The public is invited to come and learn about the volunteer efforts and beneficial projects accomplished by our area’s many watershed groups, conservation organizations, and agencies during 2018 and their upcoming plans for 2019. Susquehanna Chapter Trout Unlimited is hosting this annual meeting of area watershed associations, public officials, and conservation organizations which help to preserve, protect, and enhance our area streams and watersheds. Each year, these groups have carried out projects including improving stream habitat, stabilizing stream banks, monitoring water quality, and educating land owners and the public about watershed issues and best practices. All are invited to hear about this important work and how to get involved. The meeting will be held at the Covenant Central Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall (807 West Fourth Street- enter off of Campbell St.- in Williamsport) on Wednesday, January 9th at 7:00 PM.
The January 2019 issue of the Susquehanna Ripples is now available. You can download your copy here
Please note there was an error in the published issue of the January 2019 issue of the Susquehanna Ripples in regards to the Fly Tying Class. The class will start at 7 pm and not 6:30 as stated and the above is the corrected copy.
Everyone at the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited wishes you and your families a very Happy and Joyous Holiday Season. Think about what this Holiday Season means to you and why you celebrate it.
The Tiadaghton Chapter of Trout Unlimited (our neighbor to the north) will be hosting the Fly Fishing Film tour in March 2019. This is a great event with lots of fly fishing related films and is a fundraiser for their Chapter.
Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming/Union) will host an informational public meeting featuring Pennsylvania General Energy (PGE) and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Plunketts Creek Fire Hall. The Fire Hall is located at 327 Dunwoody Rd, Williamsport, PA 17701. The purpose of the meeting is to provide the public information on PGE’s proposed water withdrawal and pipeline project in the Loyalsock Creek Valley just below what was Best Beach. “After a briefing state Senator Gene Yaw and I received from PGE and staff from DCNR on the initial proposal earlier this year, I suggested that we get all the parties involved together for a public meeting,” Everett said. “I think it is important that any project which impacts an area like the Loyalsock Creek be open and transparent to the public. My experience is that once the public hears what is really being proposed rather than just rumors, and understands all the safeguards and regulatory requirements involved, that people will feel much better about the project.” Everett will moderate the meeting which will feature presentations by PGE on the proposed project and DCNR on how it approves and manages this type project on state forest land. In addition, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) will provide information on what its role will be in the project and how it regulates water withdrawals. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will explain the permitting and regulatory process PGE will be required to comply with and the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) will explain its involvement in the process. A question-and-answer session will be conducted following the presentations. “When I first heard that PGE was proposing a withdrawal site and possible water and gas pipelines in the Loyalsock Creek Valley, I knew there would be a lot of interest and concern from the public,” said Everett. “My family and I have been on the Creek since 1930 and I am a member of both the Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association and Men’s Club, so I certainly share those concerns.” “I have seen PGE’s work under the oversight and direction of DCNR and the other regulatory agencies in the Pine Creek Valley and am impressed with how it turned out. I am confident based on that experience that the plan PGE is proposing in the Loyalsock Valley will exceed those results.” To find out more about the public meeting, please call Everett’s district office at (570) 546-2084.
At the January 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.
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.
The voice of TU members for this approval process has been loud and fierce in 2018 and we can’t stop now. Make your voice heard – tell the commission you want protections for wild trout in Pennsylvania!
Comments are due to the Commission by December 9, 2018.