Conservation Projects

July 20-21 date set for PFBC meeting about wild trout stream designation (5-29-2020)

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.

GLITCH affects Stream Clean-up Contest – submission deadline extended (5-23-2020)

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]

Stream Clean-up Contest Update (5-22-2020)

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]

Mathie Family takes lead in Stream Clean-up contest (posted 4-24-2020)

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.

Stream Clean-up Contest – Starts April 17th (posted 4-14-2020)

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.

Allison Park Sportsman’s Club Schedule (posted 4-13-2020)

APSC has cancelled most of it’s events this Spring. A possible exception is the Dan Wagner Memorial Kid’s Fishing Tournament at North Park on May 2nd. Click here to see the schedule. Contact: Gary Franceschina by email.

President puts boots where mouth is (posted 4-11-2020)

OK, I challenged you to take a stream walk in order to become familiar with a local stream and to pick up trash. Just you and your immediate family, not a large group. Well, I decided to put on my boots and explore the tiny tributary to Saw Mill Run that starts a hundred yards from our house. An adventure ensued. Click here to learn more about it.

Take a Hike!

Given that the virus has provided way too much free time, why not get out of doors and do some good for the Chapter at the same time? Gather your family and tell them: “Hey, it’s an adventure that requires boots and gloves”. Pick a stream near home that has public access, maybe even aquatic life. Take a garbage bag for each person and your camera or phone. Objectives: pick up as much “safe” trash as possible (no tires, no sewer lids, no sharp objects) AND document the condition of the stream. Send photos and a short description of your adventure to [email protected] and watch right here on the website for your report. Include a screen shot of your GPS map so others can find (or avoid) your section. (posted 4-9-2020)

PFBC to rule on Wild Trout and Class A waters (April 7, 2020)

PA Fish and Boat Commission has a meeting scheduled this month (April) to consider upgrading a number of PA streams to either the “Wild Trout” or “Class A” designation. This would be a good move, and you may want to let PFBC know your thoughts. Click here for more information.

Conservation moves to the forefront

PWWTU has a long and proud history of stream improvement and conservation. Early records indicate projects on 4 or 5 streams every year with good member turnout. Our “home” stream is Little Pine Creek which flows from North Park Lake down to the Allegheny River. We share responsibility for this stream with the Allison Park Sportsman’s Club and work closely with them. Here’s a picture from the 70’s of PWW members hard at work on White Run.

Stream Cleanup Opportunities

Gallery

PWWTU members helping Allison Park Sportsman Club stock and improve “little” Pine Creek

Links to Conservation Organizations

Find one in your neighborhood and join their efforts.

Allegheny County Conservation District

  • This group is  the agency that reviews and issues permits to all conservation projects in Allegheny County. Hence, it is a good source of information about conservation activities in the county

Western Allegheny Conservancy

  • 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.