May Meeting

The regular monthly meeting will be held at Marzoni’s in Altoona at 7PM. Agenda items include:

  • Clean-up review and wrap-up
  • Banquet status/plans
  • New Platinum members
  • Water Quality sampling
  • Clean up of the PSU Altoona “Duck pond”  by guest speaker  Colin Lennox
  • Antis Township stream bank project status

 

19th Annual Riverbank Clean Up.

 

Over 100 volunteers filled two 40 ft. dumpsters with litter and some tires were collected from 30 miles of waterway. This is the 19th year of the clean up. High water and a power outage did not deter dedicated volunteers. Once again, Spruce Creek United Methodist Church provided a delicious lunch for the volunteers. Tastykake donated treats.  Read about the event in The PA environment daily here.

A photo gallery is provided courtesy of Beth Intoccia, Chairperson Litter Lifters of West Vincent. 

LJRA outreach

President Bill Anderson delivered a presentation on the activities of the LJRA at a dinner for Environmental leaders hosted by the Moshannon Group Sierra Club attended by 30 local conservation groups.

John Little (1946-2024)

We are saddened by the passing of former director and member John Little. John was a great supporter of LJRA and served as LJRA Director from 2005 until his illness interfered in 2015. He was very instrumental in our annual spring clean-up and served as a volunteer in many of the LJRA water quality improvement projects. John and wife Marie made their Rivers Edge property available for our fall banquets and promoted the LJRA to their many fishing guests. John ad Marie attended our summer banquet last June at the Rivers Edge now owned by Randy and John Green.  He was our friend and our fellow river lover. We will miss John.

his obituary can be viewed here

Update: Rutter’s construction near Sandy Run

Rutter’s was fined $73,200 for violations of their NPDES permits at the Sandy Run site! LJRA opposed this project from its inception on the grounds that all the drainage would be into the Sandy Run wetlands, the major cold water source and wild trout spawning stream for the upper Little Juniata River. We have taken water samples from every significant rain event since they broke ground last year and notified BCCD of possible violations of the E&S (Erosion & Sedimentation) plan at the site. Blair County Conservation District (BCCD) performed multiple inspections that determined violations resulting in this penalty. LJRA will continue to monitor as truck stop operations begin in 2024. Directors Angie Spagnoli and Gary Miller and Eric Oliver were essential in monitoring activities at the site for the last year. Great job all!