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
· 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
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
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
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
Where: Lake Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, 126 PPL Dr., Hawley, PA
When: April 5, 2016 from 1pm-4pm
Charlie Charlesworth Chair, Pennsylvania State Council