Our own member, Andy Brown (TU National Stream Restoration Manager, Southern Appalachian Region) has been very active this spring with several initiatives. One such initiative takes place in Cedar Rock and Powdermill Creeks where streams are being reconnected with significant restoration work. Andy has more such activities in the planning stages so keep an eye out for more about those here on our website and from Andy at our September 11 chapter meeting.
The second initiative is related to the Angler Science program that Andy discussed at our January chapter meeting. It carries the title Sky Island Coldwater Conservation Planning Area. As Andy outlined in January, the program includes fish passage barrier assessments, sedimentation surveys, water quality monitoring of ‘before and after’ conditions, and other sampling activities. These activities will lead to future restoration work in these important, multiple watersheds encompassing much of our chapter area. Volunteers and funding will be needed to execute the program and Andy hopes to kick it off in the fall. One of the key elements of success according to Andy is “solid relations with TU chapters and councils”. He is working with Pisgah TU and a Tennessee TU chapter as well as Land O’ Sky TU and the NC State Council. For those of you looking to make a difference and get into a stream for conservation, this sounds like a terrific opportunity!
Read more about these initiatives in Andy’s post on the Trout Unlimited national website.
Stay tuned! Andy will be presenting at the September 11 chapter meeting to lay out his program in more detail. If you want an early peek at it, contact Jay Hawthorne at firstname.lastname@example.org