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Sunday, April 21, 2013

April Meeting reminder

The April monthly chapter meeting will be this Tuesday April 23rd.  The meeting for this month will be very informal and feature:

1.   A brief discussion by Jim Wilson of he Northampton County Conservation District regarding the renovation of Illick's Mill Park.  Jim will give an overview of the planned changes and discuss some educational outreach opportunities.

2.  A very informal fly tying "round table" - bring your vise and share that secret killer pattern with the group!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Programming Reminder

Just a few reminders/ updates about up coming programs and events:

Wednesday 4/17  6:30pm Chapter Member Bob Signorello will be at the Hokendaqua Chapter Meeting giving his Great Lakes Fishery Presentation.

Great Lakes Fishery Presentation by Bob Signorello, Monocacy TU Chapter
Bob's program consists of 3 distinct parts. He will first give an overview of the Fisheries of the 5 Great Lakes.
Then, his presentation will zero-in on the rivers & fisheries along the United States side of Lake Ontario.
Bob will discuss in detail his view of, what he calls, "the 7 seasons of the Salmon RIver" in Pulaski, NY.
Lastly, Bob will also review the many fishing opportunities on the major natural and tailwater streams
along the Lake Ontario coast from Watertown to Buffalo, NY. Bob's experiences come from having lived
in Upstate NY for over 20 years. He has fished the Lake Ontario tributaries since the mid-1970s.

Hokey meeting at Catasaqua HS....2500 W.Bullshead Rd, 2nd floor, West Wing, last room on left (C219).

Saturday 4/20 

Annual Earth Day Event: Monocacy Creek Stream Clean Up for Earth Day
Meet at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and donuts at the main parking lot of Monocacy Park, Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem. Cleanup starts at 9:00 a.m. after cleanup teams are formed and assigned stream sections. Please bring gloves and hip boots or waders.

Saturday 4/20 and Sunday 4/21
Earth Day on the Green Way: 

Don’t miss this family friendly festival taking place Saturday April 20th and Sunday April 21st on Bethlehem’s Southside Greenway between 3rd and 4th Streets.  This free event is open to the public and will be from 11am to 5pm on Saturday and 12pm to 5pm on Sunday.  The goal of the event is to educate and inspire people to join together in taking positive, hands-on actions to address the challenges of climate change and to celebrate the many earth-friendly initiatives and organizations within our community.

Check out for more information. 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Pa. Fish and Boat Commission mulls charging industry for water‏

April 13, 2013

By John Hayes / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

To some 850,000 trout anglers expected to hit Pennsylvania's
lakes and streams for today's statewide opening of trout season, that's like asking the value of a day out fishing with your dad.
But for industries that extract Pennsylvania's most abundant natural resource from 83,000 miles of streams and rivers, nearly 4,000 lakes and an estimated 80 trillion gallons hidden underground, water is free. Billions of gallons per day are taken at no cost, much of it never to be returned to the citizens who own it.
With a $9 million budget shortfall threatening to hit the state Fish and Boat Commission in 2017, executive director John Arway said he's "searching high and low" for alternative funding to hold afloat an agency financed mostly by anglers and boaters. One idea with possible legal precedent and tentative=0 bipartisan support in Harrisburg is imposing a new fee for the "consumptive use" of water, with revenues going to Fish and Boat and the state Department of Environmental Protection.