Brief history of the LJRA:
Summary of major accomplishments
- Identified and repaired 8 significant bank erosion sites, a total of 1400 ft of stream bank. In the process, improved fish habit and 28,000 sq ft of riparian buffer was created.
- Initiated a Public Fishing Easement Program with PF&BC. More than $200,000 paid for 4 miles of permanent public fishing on the “J”. See Story here.
- Petitioned the PF&BC for a change in regulations to “Catch and Release All-Tackle.” Gave public testimony to the PF&BC commissioners resulting in enactment of this no-kill policy.
- Requested that the PF&BC survey and reclassify important unclassified “J” tributaries. Sandy Run and Kettle Creek , were subsequently added to the list of Class A trout water and given HQCW status.
- Encouraged PF&BC to conduct a study on the effectiveness of the fingerling stocking program. This resulted in the designation of 13 miles of the J as a Class A wild trout fishery and elimination of the hatchery stocking program. See the full report of the electroshocking here.
- Assisted the PF&BC in acquiring 52 acres surrounding Sandy Run. This area contains the largest springs in the upper watershed and provides an essential shot of cold water for the J. PAFBC control will protect the area from development and misuse. Story here.
- Organize and execute annual riverbank cleanups. Over 20 miles of river bank cleaned every spring for 11 years.
Officers and directors of the LJRA:
Director & President- Bill Anderson (Altoona. PA)
Director & Treasurer- Charlie Hoyer
Director & Secretary- open
John Bennis (Holidaysburg, PA)
Bill Bressler (Spruce Creek, PA)
Ron Kutz (Alexandria, PA)
John Little (Huntingdon, PA)
Lee Pryor (Birmingham, PA)
Carl Reed (Cresson, PA)
Joe Reese (State College, PA)
Links to LJRA in the news:
- Continue efforts to improve water quality and trout habitat in the upper river to extend greater protections to the entire river and increase recreational opportunities throughout the watershed.
- Identify and act on additional opportunities to increase public access through easement programs and landowner cooperation
- Educate municipalities and businesses on best practices to protect the Little Juniata and its tributaries.
- Increase membership and member participation among fishers, boaters, hikers, conservationists and naturalists