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