Chapter news update

Chapter leaders met with Scranton’s mayor and cabinet to discuss the economic impact of trout fishing on the Lackawanna River Basin and the possibility of forming a Lackawanna River Watershed Authority. Those same representatives are scheduled to meet with the Scranton City Council and the Lackawanna County commissioners to discuss the same objectives. A discussion was also held regarding the 2015 Annual Meeting. Leadership and committee chairs have designed a program to print and mail announcements, postcards and a printed newsletter each quarter. LVTU received an “Environmental Partnership Award” from Pennsylvania Environmental Council for conducting a cleanup on the Lackawanna River, installing wooden lunkers for trout habitat, attending a stormwater runoff symposium presented by Penn State University, and having members at meetings with the NEPA Conservation Alliance, the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority, the Lackawanna River Corridor Association and the Lackawanna County Conservation District. LVTU members met with representatives of PFBC, the Susquehanna County Conservation District and Clifford Township supervisors to discuss habitat and stream restoration programs on the East Branch of Tunkhannock Creek. LVTU and Keystone College met regarding the area’s first fly fishing youth conservation camp set for June 14-20. We also started a 5 Rivers Club at Keystone and assisted in establishing a one-credit Phys. Ed-type fly fishing course, and an adult education class at the college. We opened enrollment for our 2015 TU Teens fly fishing school. The NEPA Fly Girls began their all-women fly tying classes on Jan. 10. Our group steelhead fishing trip is March 8-10 in Altmar, NY.