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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Conservation District coordinates, assists with stream bank restoration project at Fry’s Run Park

by Jim Wilson Northampton County Conservation District

In partnership with the PA Fish & Boat Commission, Northampton County Parks Department and the Fry’s Run Watershed Association, the Northampton County Conservation District coordinated and assisted in the restoration of nearly 300 linear feet of severely eroded stream banks along Fry’s Run at Fry’s Run County Park in July. The project included grading back steeply eroded stream banks and constructing four log vane deflectors, two mud sill cribs and one stone deflector directly into the graded stream banks. The graded stream banks will reduce erosive energy on them during storms, and the structures now help protect and stabilize the stream banks by deflecting stream flow away from the banks, thus reducing stream bank erosion and subsequent sediment pollution to Fry’s Run and the Delaware River. The stream bank structures also provide fish habitat.
An excavator, a skid loader, over 100 tons of stone, more than 30 hemlock logs and a couple dozen rebar pins were used in the construction of this project. The PA Fish & Boat Commission designed and supervised the project as part of its aquatic resource conservation mission. Staff and an intern from the Conservation District and volunteers from the Fry’s Run Watershed Association, Lehigh Valley Master Watershed Steward Program and the Northampton County Prison helped place and pin together the log structures, strategically key stone into place, and seed and mat disturbed areas after construction.
Power and hand tools for the project were provided by the Fish & Boat Commission and the County Parks Department. The Conservation District received a grant from the Coldwater Heritage Partnership for the project, which was used to pay for construction materials and an excavating contractor.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Got Bugs?

Now this is what I would call a hatch:

From: Fly

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Chapter Member counts rocks....

60% Chance I fall
1, 2, 3
Dam removal on the Monocacy Creek has been an issue the chapter has been pursuing for some time, and although at times it seems like not much is happening, the wheels are often turning behind the scenes.  If you happened by the dam at Bridle Path Road at the end of June though, you would have seen some actual work being done!  The dam still stands, but the through the efforts of a team from the PFBC, American Rivers, Wildlands Conservancy and Monocacy TU, we now have the required information to apply for the removal permits.  Without going into great detail, measurements of the structure were taken, along with a upstream and downstream profile, and the super exciting task of measuring 200 random pebbles.  The Monocacy Chapter would like to extend a special thanks those that traveled a long way and took time out of their schedules to help us with this project. (All pictures taken by American Rivers and are the property of American Rivers)

200 pebbles?  Really?
Can't we just use a sledge hammer?


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Mr. Ripple Goes to Washington

TU member Jeff Ripple recently went to Washington to meet with officials about the potential changes to the Clean Water Act.

You can read about it HERE

You can also contact your elected representative by clicking HERE

Please let them know these issues are important to you.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Members: I hope your summer is going well. Below are some summer volunteer opportunities for some great causes. Contact info for each project is included, please direct any questions to those people. Thanks, hope to see you at some of these events.

1. Fish Habitat Construction of Fry's Run County Park: July 21, 22, 23 WEATHER DEPENDENT. Contact: Jim Wilson 

2. JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge Ethics and Sportsmanship) Youth Field day is being held at Ontelaunee Rod and Gun Club, New Tripoli, on August 2, 2014.
Contact: Dale Steventon

3. Minsi Trails Council BSA "Cub Scout Fishing Derby" on Saturday,July Camp Minsi in Mt.Pocono Need help with following stations:
1) Stream Critter's(macro's)- John Mauser
2) Smart angler - Fritz Hamlin n Brian Wagner
 3)Casting - Phil Hublitz
 4) Fishing Knots - Steve Grover
5) Lures - Greg Schierer & Will Kline
6) ID parts on Fish - Brian Dungan
7) Fly Tying- Dave Abraham, Dale Steventon, Jack Fakula
Contact: Dave Abraham