We regret to announce that John Pascavage, a former director of the LJRA, passed away at 69 years on July 15th. John was an avid fly fisher and tyer. In 1998, he co-founded the Little Juniata River Association when he became concerned about the macroinvertebrate health on the river following a chemical spill. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Little Juniata River Association (see donate to the LJRA ). His obituary can be found here: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/centredaily/name/john-pascavage-obituary?id=35854119
Angie Spagnoli has joined the board of the directors of the LJRA. She has a background in Environmental Science and Ecology and brings her expertise to these areas to the organization. Welcome Angie! Read more about Angie on the meet the directors page. Angie replaces outgoing Director Bill Bressler. Thank you Bill for your years of service to the LJRA.
2022 River Bank Clean-up will be held Saturday April 9th. Meet at the Spruce Creek Methodist Church by 8:45AM. All bags, gloves, vests and bottled water furnished. Dress for the weather. We need a few people with waders to clean a few areas, conditions permitting. The event is on rain, snow or shine. Refreshments served before and afterwards.
The next LJRA Meeting will be Thursday, Mar. 24th. 7 pm. at Marzoni’s Restaurant, Pleasant Valley Blvd. Altoona or by Zoom (To be determined). Come early for the excellent Marzoni food and beer! Agenda items include:
Public Fishing Easements status.
Spring Riverbank Clean-up planned for Saturday, April 9th. We need volunteer group leaders.
All LJRA members are entitled to a personal 1/2 day river tour with LJRA President, Bill Anderson. The tour includes a visit to LJRA project sites, access points (boating and fishing), cold water sources and headwaters. You will also have an opportunity to discuss threats and opportunities regarding the Little j and its watershed. Contact Bill firstname.lastname@example.org to set a date.
The LJRA has always spoken for our river. Most recently the LJRA responded to the potential for a large truck stop/convenience store to be constructed in the Sandy Run watershed. Sandy Run is the largest source of cold water in the upper river. It is listed as a Class A Wild Brown Trout Stream by PFBC. It has a Designated use of High Quality Cold Water by PADEP. Based on a LJRA review and letters of concern from other stakeholder groups, the storm water management plan for this project has been challenged by PADEP. They have now been given until October 12th to resubmit their plans, which must now consider that the drainage will be into the Exceptional Value Wetlands surrounding Sandy Run.
Monthly LJRA meetings will resume in June. The sale of the Edgewater Inn necessitated a change in the day and venue. The meeting will be held Monday June 17th at 7PM at Marzoni’s near Greenwood (1830 E Pleasant Valley Blvd, Altoona, PA 16602). Hope to see you there.