Our parent organization is please to provide updates about major conservation efforts that are underway on a national level. “Protect, reconnect, restore, sustain”. Two web-based updates are coming up in July:
Torrid temperatures and lack of rain in Western PA have combined to deliver a “perfect storm” of bad conditions to the fish in our streams and lakes, especially the trout. Trout like it cold, in part because there’s more oxygen in the water. Trout tolerate water temps in the 70’s but are living on the edge. Being hooked, played and landed may be a fatal event for a trout these days. So fish for bass and other warm water species or put the rods away, and get out the golf clubs. Leave ’em be till the weather cools off and we get a lot of rain…probably ’till Fall. -ED & Bob Heil
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Bryan Mathie, Chair of the Conservation Committee has put together a list of Allegheny County and local watershed organizations that share our focus on stream preservation and improvement, Click here for the list, Find an organization near where you live and join up. Bring their ideas and practices back to the Chapter. Bryan is the go=to guy on this end. Click here to email him.
John Hayes has nicely summarized the current status of PFBC’s new “Strategic Plan for Management of Trout Fisheries in Pennsylvania”. You’ll enjoy the update. Click Here for John’s article. Click Here for the Strategic Plan per se.
https://pwwtu.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Fish-Brook-Trout-scaled-e1584323551164.jpg11132560Chuck Buffingtonhttps://pwwtu.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/trout-unlimted.jpgChuck Buffington2020-06-09 15:31:022020-06-09 20:27:03John Hayes - Plan to protect wild brook trout (6-9-2020)
Sue Lympany is the First Place Winner of the 2020 Stream Clean-up Contest and will receive a gift card worth $200 at International Angler. Drew Richards is the Second Place Winner and will receive a gift card worth $100 at International Angler. There were only two entries in the contest this year, so Third Place and $50 will have to wait until a future contest. Congratulations to the Winners and to Bryan Mathie, Chair of the Conservation Committee. Read Sue’s narrative by Clicking Here and Drew’s by Clicking Here.
You’ll remember a similar post from earlier in the Spring before COVID-19 shut us down. Now a new date has been set, and the opportunity to comment extended:
On July 20th and 21st, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will meet in Harrisburg to discuss upgrading protections for 73 Wild Trout Streams and 5 Class A streams. If approved, this change will ensure the future health of clean water in these streams and allow these populations of wild fish to continue to thrive. For more information, CLICK HERE.
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A missing letter in the email contact for the recent Stream Clean-up Contest has resulted in a GLITCH: no entries were received by the cut-off date (May 17, 2020). However, several members have contacted us with questions. “What about my entry?”. To be fair, we’ve decided to extend the submission deadline to May 30, 2020. So, if you attempted submission during the April 17 – May 17 period, PLEASE RESUBMIT. Send your submission to [email protected] and to [email protected]
Conservation Chair Bryan Mathie challenged members of PWWTU to get out and clean up part of a stream. Prizes were offered for the largest collection of trash. Bryan and his family even provided an example of how to do it. Unfortunately, no other chapter member entered the contest. If you thought about doing a stream clean up but decided not to, please share your thinking. Contact us at [email protected]
Bryan Mathie, with the help of his family, collected an amazing amount of trash from the banks of Neshannock Creek last week (see photos below). All this in one afternoon! Bryan, it must be admitted, found time to capture a number of Neshannock brownies on a caddis emerger pattern during the trip. Three bags of trash and what looks like a computer carry full of old shoes, etc. define the haul. The Mathie’s efforts put them in the lead for this week’s prize. Remember, deadline for this week’s entries is Friday, April 24th at 5 pm.
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Aren’t you just dying to get out of the house and do something useful? Here’s an opportunity to do just that: a contest to see who can collect the most litter from a local stream. Contest runs from April 17th to May 17th. Winners will be announced May 22. Grand Prize is a $200 gift certificate from International Angler that can be used to purchase a nice fly rod. Prizes go 4 deep. Many thanks to Bob Phillips and International Angler for their support of PWWTU and the contest. CLICK HERE to read about the contest and get the rules and a list of prizes. Social distancing of course, but take the family…it all counts and could be nice mucky fun.
This group has education, research and action missions. They have a complete set if Watershed Plans and have recently focused on eliminating barriers such as dams and culverts between waterways.
Various watershed organizations.
These organizations cover a great deal of Allegheny County and surrounding area. Each will welcome new members and hence provide an opportunity for PWW members to satisfy their need for “conservation points”.