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.
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 LJRA will meet on Thursday February 8th, at 7:00PM at the Edgewater Inn. Topics will include Brown Trout Behavior Study, the status of posted properties, upcoming projects and plans for the river bank clean-up scheduled for Saturday April 7th.
The LJRA held its annual Winter Banquet at the Edgewater Inn on Jan 19th. Approximately 55 were in attendance. Mike Grimm from the American Eagle Paper Company was the recipient of the first “Friend of the River Award”. Mike is pictured next to Bill Anderson (left panel). Mike was recognized for his adoption of practices that greatly reduced water consumption, eliminated the discharge of heated water into the Little Bald Eagle (trib to the J), releasing a major cold water spring at the headwaters of the J and supporting efforts to construct a fish passageway around the mill’s dam in Tyrone.
New Enterprise Limestone Quarry posted their land recently from Limestone Road to the Pemberton Bridge. Apparently this is a new policy for all NE lands throughout the state and is not specific to the area surrounding the Little J and, to our knowledge, was not precipitated by events at the Pemberton location. We have contacted the NES&L and we are meeting with their management next Tuesday (Dec 5th) to discuss options to increase angler access. LJRA will do everything possible to reverse this loss of access on the river. A priority of the LJRA is to increase angler access and improve landowner relations. In the meantime, it is important to respect NE’s wishes that no one trespasses on the land. The LJRA has had a good relationship with NE, due in part to our cleaning up their land along the J for 12 years during the annual riverbank clean up. Check the website for updates.
Due to delays in obtaining the permit required to do the work, the Kelso Run project must be delayed until the Spring. Work cannot be performed during the Fall spawn in order to protect the brook trout.
LJRA received a $5,000 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award for excellence in advancing the environmental quality of western Pennsylvania. We thank Celina Seftas, District Manager of the Huntingdon County Conservation District, for encouraging us to apply for this award and help with the application. The monies will be applied to ongoing conservation and water monitoring projects.
The following video was produced by Pennsylvania Environmental Council to describe the activities of the LJRA.
This and other videos can be found on the About the LJRA page.
Our mission is to: “Monitor, Preserve and Improve the Little Juniata River and its tributaries as cold water resources”.