Delaware River Reservoir Management Plan
As all of the Decree Parties continue to negotiate on a new plan for the NYC Delaware basin reservoirs, we continue to operate under the “voluntary program” with NYC (supported by NY, PA, and DE) providing enhanced water releases greater than those called for under the current plan (Revision 1). The combination of the voluntary program releases plus lower then normal air temperatures and plenty of rain in the upper watershed has helped keep river conditions in reasonably good shape so far this summer. We have received signals that the voluntary program will continue through the summer but may be curtailed in the fall. We are communicating with the parties that the voluntary program should continue unless and until a new plan is adopted that is fully protective of the river. It is imperative that any new plan fully address our longstanding requests that include more consistent and sustainable water releases, elimination of erratic and harmful “yo-yo” releases, adoption of a formal thermal relief program, and improved transparency in the development of the plan so interested stakeholders can gain a better understanding of its components and operation. Thanks to our partners in the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed – NJ League of Conservation Voters, Conservation Voters of PA, and the National Parks Conservation Association – who recently generated thousands of signatures to the Decree Parties in Harrisburg and Trenton urging them to finalize a new plan that protects the ecology and economy of the Upper Delaware River.
Sands Creek Project Receives National Attention!
The Washington D.C. based Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership recently published an outstanding blog on the FUDR Sands Creek Restoration Project. Click here to read the blog.
Delaware River Basin Restoration Program
The U.S. Senate is still deliberating over appropriations in the federal budget including the $5 million dollars approved by a subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives for the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program. For more information on this important program that could provide long term funding for water quality and aquatic habitat restoration projects in the Upper Delaware River go to the new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service web page.
Canfield/FUDR Fly Fishing Summer Camp a Big Success
21 Campers enrolled in the Canfield/FUDR Fly Fishing Camp this summer. They learned how to gear up before getting on the water, fly casting, fly tying, basic entomology, river ecology, and stream stewardship. They tied flies, learned how to cast with their new Orvis rod and reel, and went on field trips to the Beaverkill and the East Branch and main stem of the Upper Delaware River. Our kids made lots of new friends and had a great time at the beautiful French Woods Sports and Arts Camp. A big “Thank you!” to the NJ TU State Council for providing all of our fly fishing campers with a year-long youth membership in Trout Unlimited. We also extend our appreciation to the Delaware River Club and the White Tail Country Fly Shop for donating goodie bags full of cool fly gear for each camper. Thanks to Joe Demalderis and Ben Rinker, who donated a raffle prize for a 1/2 day float trip on the UDR. All 2017 campers received a raffle ticket, and August session camper Nick Sanderson of Williamsville, NY was the lucky winner! And finally, thanks to everyone who made a donation to the camp scholarship program, to all of our volunteers who came and shared their expertise, and to the Canfield Family for making all of this happen. We hope that all of the campers left ‘hooked on fly fishing’.
PA Fish and Boat Commission and TU Wild Trout Summit Scheduled
As discussions between the UDR conservation community, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and the PA Fish and Boat Commission continue on improved protections for the UDR wild trout fishery, please consider attending this important event scheduled for August 26 in Bellefonte, PA. It’s a great opportunity for UDR conservation advocates to highlight our wild trout fishery and provide information and perspectives on improved management approaches to protect our great fishery! Click here to register for the Wild Trout Summit