2018 River Bank Clean-up
Saturday, July 21st, 9:00 am to noon
This is a make-up date for the April 7th clean up that was cancelled due to snow.
Meet at the Spruce Creek United Methodist Church parking lot at 8:30AM. Groups (church, office, clubs, etc.) are welcome. We will clean-up river banks and parking areas from Altoona to Barree. All bags, gloves and vests furnished. More people with waders are needed.
The July meeting will be held Thursday July 12th at 7PM at the Edgewater Inn. Topics include a recap of the Kelso Run project and the re-scheduled river bank clean up to be held Saturday July 21st. Denny Johnson will update us on Juniata College’s projects in the watershed. Hope to see you there. All meetings are open to the public.
Kelso run project restoration project
The LJRA will be participating in a stream bank restoration project on Kelso Run, a wild brook trout tributary to Bells Gap Run from wednesday June 27th thru Saturday June 30th. Volunteers are needed. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org more information.
The June meeting will be held Thursday June 14th at 7PM at the Edgewater Inn. Topics include the upcoming brook trout habitat project on Kelso run June 27-30th (volunteers needed!) and the re-scheduled river bank clean up to be held Saturday July 21st. Denny Johnson will update us on Juniata College’s projects in the watershed. Hope to see you there.
President Bill Anderson was interviewed on the Open Air Project Podcast
President Bill Anderson was interviewed on the Open Air Podcast. Bill’s interview starts at 17 minutes into the podcast. If the clip does not load in your browser visit: http://theopenairproject.com.
The May meeting was held May 10th at 7PM at the Edgewater Inn near Alexandria. Meeting minutes can be downloaded by clicking May 2018 minutes
New Enterprise update
May: LJRA is attempting to obtain a public fishing easement lease on these valuable stretches. PFBC is writing a lease proposal which will be presented to NES&L. Work is being done, but there is no timeline for a resolution. In the meantime please respect the postings.
President Bill Anderson met with the person in charge of land management for New Enterprise today. She was attentive and receptive to ideas to increase angler access to the J, including fishing easements and land transfers. She will present our ideas to the company soon. Conversations will continue. We should not expect immediate resolution, but the response from NE today was encouraging. In the meantime, it is important that we honor the postings and not trespassing on their land.
A section of the J opened up to fishing
Members of the LJRA conducted a clean up recently on previously posted land on the upper J. The clean up, and other actions, led to the opening of 0.6 mile of the river to fishing. A major goal of the LJRA is to improve landowner relations to increase access. Landowners are encouraged to contact the LJRA and see if we can mitigate problems before deciding to post your land. Fisherman can maintain access to open waters by cleaning up when you see trash, reporting vandals and thanking landowners when you see them.
The April meeting of the LJRA will be held Thursday April 12th at 7PM at the Edgewater Inn. Hope to see you there.
Annual Riverbank Cleanup- Canceled!
Unfortunately, Mother Nature is playing dirty tricks on us again. The Little J watershed is predicted to receive 2-4 inches of snow late Friday night into Saturday afternoon. Out of concern for the safety of the volunteers and the effectiveness of the clean up (can’t see trash under inches of snow) the directors decided to cancel the River Bank Clean-up. We are considering scheduling a low water clean up this summer. Check back to the website for more information or visit the Facebook Page. We appreciate your willingness to participate. The next project will be habitat restoration at Kelso Run in June.