Brief history of the LJRA:
- Lobbied the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, successfully for Catch and Release regulations (14 miles). Gave public testimony to the PF&BC commissioners resulting in enactment of this no-kill policy.
- Stopped major sedimentation by repairing eight sites totaling 1400 ft. of badly eroding banks in the upper river. Typical stream bank erosion site being repaired with large stone, root wads and log cribbing to stop erosion and produce excellent fish habitat. Eight such sites have been addressed.
- Planted over 1000 shrubs and trees to restore riparian buffers.
- Helped to persuade the AWA to install pollution abatement facilities to remove 90+ % of all phosphorous from the waste water stream.
- Paid landowners over $200,000 for five miles of permanent public fishing easements. See Story here.
- Monitored bugs and water temperatures for entire river (ongoing).
- Fought off unwise development on steep wooded slopes.
- Conducted annual clean-ups on more than 20 miles of river banks since 2005.
- Secured increased levels of protection for Little Juniata tributaries.
- 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.
Links to LJRA in the news:
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 Following was produced by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council
The following was produced by the Chesapeake Bay Program
- 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