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Monday, September 30, 2013

Update on Lehigh River From LCFA

The latest Newsletter from the Lehigh Coldwater Fisheries Alliance.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tell Pennsylvania Legislators to Protect Wild Trout

Please take a moment to let your legislator know that you, as a trout fisherman and TU member, are opposed to the passing of House Bills  HB1576/SB1047.  These Bills will severely limit the Fish and Game Commissions ability to operate in an independent manner.  It is very easy to send a message to your State Representatives, as TU has already drafted a letter and will send it to the appropriate place.  Just click the link below, fill out your info, and click send message, it's that easy:

LINK to LETTER OPPOSING HOUSE BILLS HB1576/SB1047

For more information on these Bill's click HERE for a brief overview provided by TU, and why they are not a good idea.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Meetings resume...

Our monthly meetings will resume on Tuesday, September 24th @ 7pm. 

The agenda for this months meetings will be:
1.  Review of the City's removal of the dam at Johnson Park, including pictures and video.  Also overview of next potential project.
2.  Discussion of residential and commercial developments.
3.  Discussion of upcoming programing.
4.  Review of NE regional meeting.
5.  Chapter operations; financial, organizational , etc.
6.  Announcements/ opportunities/ questions etc.

Hope to see you there.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

The dam is gone.

The Johnson dam was all but gone by Thursday of this past week, and the rest of the work will focus on distributing about 500 tons of rock to protect the stone walls.  There will also be a small amount of in- stream work  consisting of random boulders.  You can see a few of them below where the dam was in the following pictures.  The stream was also narrowed in this area to direct the channel more towards the center of the stream.




Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Johnson Dam Breached...now with video!

At about 9:30am this morning, construction crews from Flyway Excavating began the job of dismantling the Johnson Park Dam in the City of Bethlehem.  The project is being overseen by CPS of Harrisburg.  In order to start the draw- down of water from behind the dam, an excavator with a pneumatic hammer was used to break through the top layer of concrete, creating a notch about 6' wide.  At this point the force of the water flowing through the breach moved many of the stacked stones on the lower level of the dam.  After the
water receded a few few feet,  the hammer was replaced with a bucket and the excavator moved around behind the dam where the operator made the hole larger still.  This process will continue, with the excavator making a pathway of sorts with crushed stone out into the stream, so he can reach the far side of the dam. (CLICK READ MORE BELOW FOR MORE PICTURES and a short video!)