Interview with Len Lichvar (Part 1)

“The Stonycreek River Gorge: This is a place that you have to want to fish.”

Len Lichvar at the Stonycreek River

I have written about the Stonycreek River before. My interview with Len Lichvar was a genuine pleasure. Len is the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commissioner for the Fourth District and a passionate conservation steward for the Stonycreek River as well as many other waters located in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Our discussion occurred in 2013 so a few things might have changed, for example, I do not know if the fingerling program is still active. The opportunity to talk with Len is beyond educational. Len gives us glimpses without the usual PR speak to a richer understanding of watershed issues and common sense approaches to solving them.

As a favor to me, Len and ultimately yourself – please spread the word about fostering stream reclaminaton projects like the Stonycreek River. It’s as easy as volunteering your time, talents, and financial donations to http://www.scrippa.org/donate.shtml or your TU chapter.

Thanks for the interview Len and more importantly for the extensive work throughout the Conemaugh basin.

Key points:

  • 40, 000 fingerlings per year
  • Stony is confirmed as a manageable watershed for fingerling stocking
  • Success story: recovering fishery from acid mine drainage (AMD)
  • In additional to AMD Stony Creek has been confirmed that the fingerlings grow and survive
  • Known sediment pollution caused by agricultural use is another habitat killer
  • We are on a tipping point at any given time
  • Voted PA river of the year 2012
  • There’s a price to pay when you do something fast, easy, and cheap

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One thought on “Interview with Len Lichvar (Part 1)”

  1. Hello Leo,

    I enjoyed the variety that came with this issue – nicely done, but I am left with one comment and one question.

    My comment is about the Len Lichvar video. I clicked on play and had audio but no video. I am using Firefox as a browser and my e-mail is on AOL. I do not know where the problem occurred but felt it best to let you know.

    My question is to ask for your recommendation of a relatively nearby stream with some easy to access areas to the water due to my mobility – your monthly makes me yearn to go fishing.

    I look forward to seeing you in the near future and look forward to your recommendation of a place to restart my fishing.

    Sincerely,
    Bob

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