A slate of 146 streams are proposed to be added to the Pennsylvania Class A Wild Trout Waters and Wild Trout Streams lists, but they need your help.
Surprisingly, streams that have trout populations meeting the Class A requirement are not automatically designated as such. And on April 24th the PFBC will vote on whether to add each of these streams to the Class A Wild Trout and Wild Trout Streams lists.
Streams on the Class A list receive special protection against the influences of development and industry. That’s not only good for trout and fishermen, but good for clean water and public health too.
The PFBC provides a period for public comment, and that deadline is almost here. Before March 20, 2017, please take five minutes to fill out the online form for comment on proposals and ask the PFBC to include these 146 streams into the Pennsylvania Class A Wild Trout Waters and Wild Trout Streams list.
Case in Point
What Bill Anderson and the Little Juniata River Association have done for their own river serves as a prime example of what Class A distinction can lead to. I asked Bill how important the Class A distinction can be for a watershed, and here’s some of what he told me:
The capability to identify wild, self sustaining trout populations as a vehicle for attaining additional protection has been vital to our efforts to protect and improve the Little Juniata as a premiere brown trout fishery.
In 2006 we pointed PFBC to two of our Little J tributaries, Kettle Creek and Sandy Run. As a result of electroshocking surveys conducted in the fall of 2006, both streams were relisted as having Class A wild trout populations. The result was that (on the recommendation of PFBC) both streams received upgraded “Designated Use” by PADEP to “High Quality Cold Water” thus they were protected when developers sought to build 1500 houses on steep slopes in the Kettle Creek water shed and similarly protected from a 100 acre parking lot which would have drained into the Sandy Run wetlands.
Cheers, Bill! The Little Juniata River continues to improve due to the efforts of Bill Anderson and many others who have sought to gain the Class A Wild Trout designation for the Little J and its tributaries.
There are success stories like this all over the state.
Please take the time to encourage the PFBC to add these 146 streams to the Class-A Wild Trout and Wild Trout Streams Lists.
Here are links to each proposal:
(Use these titles as the “Title of Notice” on the online comment forms)
This two-page fact sheet from Trout Unlimited provides an excellent explanation of what is at stake, why it matters and what you can do.
If you’ve ever smiled while releasing a wild trout, please take five minutes to fill out the online form.
Thank you. Together we’ll continue to protect and improve the waters that we all love so much.
Enjoy the day.
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