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The PFBC is accepting public comments on the addition of 45 streams/stream segments to the Wild Trout Stream list. Among the streams on the list:


Monroe  County High Swamp Run tributary to the Bush Kill It was surveyed on 8/8/12.

The latitude/longitude coordinates are 41.176893 and -75.154938 .


The entire list of streams is available at :


The PFBC will vote on adding this stream to the Wild Trout Stream list at its May 4-5 commission meeting.  

Many of these streams were surveyed three years ago and found to hold naturally reproducing trout populations, and we are pleased that the PFBC is taking action to ensure that they are managed properly and provided protections.  There are more than 400 streams/stream segments that were surveyed from 2011-2013, found to support naturally reproducing trout, that are on a backlog waiting to be added to the Wild Trout Stream list.


TU supports the addition of these 45 streams and urges the PFBC to continue to add formally add streams to the Wild Trout Stream list that have been surveyed and found to hold naturally reproducing trout populations.


We are asking chapter members to write to FBC, either through email, on the online comment form (see address below), or by sending a letter.

Key points to make in your letter:

·         Thank the PFBC for moving forward with the formal listing process to make sure that wild trout streams in your chapter’s area receive the protections they deserve.

·         Explain how the specific streams are important to your chapter’s members, and express clear support for the listing. (i.e. is the proposed stream/stream segment a headwater stream to your chapter’s home stream or a stream that your chapter has done restoration work on?)

·         Urge the PFBC to continue to formally list streams that have been assessed, particularly those that were assessed more than a year ago, at each commission meeting.   If there are streams on the WTS backlog in your chapter’s area, describe the specific streams/stream segments and ask the PFBC to formally list those streams at the next PFBC meeting.

Comments can be submitted electronically ( ), or you can send a letter to John Arway, PFBC Executive Director (cc: your PFBC commissioner) at:  1601 Elmerton Ave, PO Box 67000, Harrisburg, PA  17106-7000.  Please send comments by March 30.




April 29, 2015


Anglers' Voices Needed Today to Defend Pennsylvania's Trout Streams


This is the time of year that Pennsylvania's anglers look forward to-when daily worries are cast aside, so that you can enjoy your favorite pastime on a clean, cold stream. Ironically, Congress is considering action this week that threatens the very lifeblood of the stream you care so much about.


You can help change the outcome and make sure that Pennsylvania's headwater streams receive the protections that were intended under the Clean Water Act.


Last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule, in response to requests by stakeholders from all sides, to clarify which waters were covered under the Clean Water Act. The rule makes it clear that intermittent and ephemeral streams-the headwaters of many of Pennsylvania's best trout streams-are protected under the Clean Water Act. Now, a year later, after significant public input from stakeholders including sportsmen conservation organizations, the agricultural industry and others-with 85% of the 1 million comments received lending support for the rule-the EPA is getting ready to issue its final rule.


Unfortunately, Congress is trying to derail the process. The U.S. House of Representatives will consider H.R. 1732 this week-a bill that would allow politics, rather than science, to determine which waters should be protected under the Clean Water Act. The House will also consider a rider to an Energy and Water Appropriations bill that would cut off funding for the rulemaking for a year, thus stopping the rule dead in its tracks.

Please call and email your U.S. Representative today, and tell him or her to:


            Support Pennsylvania's sportsmen and women and protect the state's important headwater streams, by                      opposing H.R. 1732 and opposing Section 105 of the Energy and Water appropriations bill.


             Click here to find your U.S. Representative.


The Clean Water Act provides bedrock support for the nation's 47 million hunters and anglers, and in Pennsylvania, 64% of Pennsylvanian's get their drinking water from sources that rely upon headwater, intermittent and ephemeral streams.

Make your voice heard today, to ensure that cold, clean water is protected for drinking water supplies and for the next generation of anglers.  


Thank you for all you do for Pennsylvania's trout,

Brian Wagner, President

Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited

Katy Dunlap, Eastern Water Project Director

Trout Unlimited



Dear Members,


The Upper Delaware River needs your help. To help maintain this pristine trout fishery and show your support for sound management of the Upper Delaware River, please consider attending a public meeting in Hawley, PA on April 5, 2016.


The management of stream flows, dam releases and water diversions from the Cannonsville, Pepacton and Neversink Reservoirs is controlled by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection under a court imposed compact among the executives of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New York City. The current management plan is up for review on or before June 1, 2016. Before any decisions are made, the State and City principals will hear from the public at a meeting of the Delaware River Basin Commission's Regulated Flow Advisory Committee on April 5.


In recent years, Upper Delaware River fisheries have been threatened by sudden reductions in flows, and by insufficient coldwater flows during stretches of hot weather. Please help us push for needed improvements in the Delaware's management by attending the April 5 RFAC meeting and visiting our action center to encourage decision-makers to come to the meeting prepared with solutions that benefit the river and its trout fisheries.


Where: Lake Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, 126 PPL Dr., Hawley, PA 18428

When: April 5, 2016 from 1pm-4pm






Charlie Charlesworth Chair, Pennsylvania State Council