Conservation News: April 2019

By Dave Keane

Last Call!! 2019 “Project Clean Stream” Event

What: PVFF “Home Waters” Clean Up
When: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Where: Catoctin Creek Nature Center – Middletown, MD
Stream: Catoctin Creek

Our Club will once again be cleaning up our “Home Waters” and supporting “Project Clean Stream”.

As spring arrives, tens of thousands of volunteers come together to remove trash from local streams, creeks, rivers and parks as part of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Project Clean Stream — the largest cleanup event in the Chesapeake Bay region! Cleanups take place across the entire Chesapeake watershed, in all 6 Bay states and DC. Check out the Alliance’s website for all of the great work that they do.

Join Club members in cleaning up our “Home Waters” and supporting “Project Clean Stream”.

You can sign up for Project Clean Stream Here:

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Fishing Tips

Spring is here and the fishing is heating up. Below are some tips to follow as we head out to our favorite fishing spots.

Catch & Release

  • Use Barbless Hooks or crimp the Barb down
  • Wet your hands before handling a fish
  • Use a Net with soft, rubber mesh instead of cloth
  • Try to keep your fish in water
  • Get your fish back into the water as soon as you remove the hook and snap a photograph
  • Gently release your fish back into the water

Leave No Trace Fly Fishing

This time of year it seems that our streambanks and parking areas to favorite fishing spots take some abuse from the flurry of activity that follows trout stocking.

  • Pick up trash on your way out from fishing
  • Use designated parking areas. Rutting up the area with vehicles next to streams will only encourage erosion and poor water quality
  • Stay on trails and don’t blaze your own
  • Respect property lines
  • Practice stream side etiquette by quietly wading in the water and when approaching another fisherman, remember to give them space

New Boat Shrink Wrap Program

For those of you who have boats shrink wrapped for Winter storage, check out this link for information on a new recycling program to handle your boat’s discarded shrink wrap.

Green Neighbor Outreach Program

Hood College and the Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies is hosting an event on the “Current and Future Health of the Monocacy River”.

The evening session will engage local experts in a small panel to describe current and future conditions in and surrounding the Monocacy River. Short summaries of water quality, habitats, living resources, pollutants, and land use will be followed by a question and answer time with the audience. Come learn the facts about this County treasure!

When: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Hood College, Rosenstock Hall, 400 Ferndale Drive, Frederick, MD

Save Bristol Bay & Stop the Pebble Mine

Bristol Bay is located in southwest Alaska and is considered to be the best wild salmon habitat in the world. If built, the Pebble Mine would not only destroy the Salmon’s habitat, but also destroy the local culture, fishing industry and way of life.

Stay up-to-date on this situation by visiting this link.

Also, check out this short video called, “Hold the Line” from the Alaska Sportsman’s Lodge.