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Comments due by August 21 on new PFBC Wild Trout Waters listings

Aug 09, 2017
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is voting on September 25-26, 2017, to add 104 streams to the Commonwealth’s Class A Wild Trout Waters and Wild Trout Stream lists

 WHAT’S HAPPENING
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is voting on September 25-26, 2017, to add 104 streams to the Commonwealth’s Class A Wild Trout Waters and Wild Trout Stream lists. TU has been working since 2011 to help the Commission survey thousands of miles of streams and identify sections with naturally reproducing populations of brook, brown, and rainbow trout, so they can be properly protected.

WHY IT MATTERS
The presence of wild trout populations indicates that these are waters of exceptional quality. Trout streams are not just recreational resources for sportsmen; they also feed into Pennsylvania’s drinking water supplies. These streams are given special protections under Commonwealth regulations.

Wild trout streams receive a Cold Water Fishes (CWF) designation, which requires their protection as trout habitat.

Wetlands in or along the streams’ floodplains are classified as Exceptional Value (EV).

Some of the streams qualify for upgrades to Exceptional Value (EV) or High Quality (HQ) designations, which further protect against water-quality degradation. This is a first step.

HOW TO HELP
File public comments with the PFBC at www.fishandboat/regcomments, or follow the links below.

Class A Streams
http://pfbc.pa.gov/regcomments/index.htm?title_number=ClassA-Sep2017

Wild Trout Streams – http://pfbc.pa.gov/regcomments/index.htm?title_number=WildTrout-Sep2017

Letters can also be mailed to John Arway, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, P.O. Box 67000, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000.

DEADLINE
The public can voice its support for these listings through AUGUST 21, 2017.

LINKS
Notices of Proposed Regulations:
http://www.fishandboat.com/Regulations/Documents/noticesDocs/2017-07-18-SeptemberClassA.pdf

http://www.fishandboat.com/Regulations/Documents/noticesDocs/2017-07-18-SeptemberWildTrout.pdf

Interactive Map:
http://trout.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=7c40ea74477548f589dc52ef103b0a88

WORTH NOTING
These streams have been found to have significant populations of naturally reproducing trout, which is a marker of exceptional water quality. They are worthy of special protection to ensure that they are properly managed going forward. Protecting wild trout streams is not just good for sportsmen; it also helps ensure that Pennsylvanians have clean drinking water supplies.

We strongly support the streams’ inclusion on Pennsylvania’s lists of Class A Wild Trout Waters and/or Wild Trout Streams.

We thank the Commission for its ongoing work surveying and safeguarding some of the state’s highest quality waters.

QUESTIONS?

Dave Kinney
TU Mid-Atlantic Policy Director
dkinney@tu.org or 856-834-6591