Volume 31, Issue3   March, 2007                        � Spring Creek Trout Unlimited
    John Shaffer                                                           Newsletter Editor




April 5: Joan Sattler,"The Great Gravel Bar Dilemma",7:30 PM, Boalsburg Fire Hall (large meeting room). Joan's presentation is basically an ecological view of how streams work and why they are so hydraulically overloaded and erosive. It has helped numerous groups understand hydrology from a lay person's perspective. It really is about understanding why we have the problems and not so much about how to fix them; however, Joan has indicated there will be some follow-up discussion.
Joan Sattler is Watershed Manager for DEP since 2001. Joan has worked at DEP for 20 years in various capacities including as a Water Quality Specialist and Water Quality Compliance Specialist. In all of these capacities, she has focused on streams and their protection. Joan has a Master's Degree in Biology/Ecology from Bucknell University.

Mark your calendar. Bring some friends.


Watershed Cleanup Day is coming on April 21st. SCTU will work on Spring Creek form the Rock upstream as far as the trash takes us and then up the hill along Rock Road.

The rally point will be the parking lot at the Rock at 8:00 am. Please come out and help and join all the volunteers for the picnic lunch at the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center.

Bill Brusse,

President SCTU



Board meetings are held at the Comfort Suites Hotel, 132 Village Drive, State College at 7:30 p.m. on the second Monday following the scheduled Membership Meeting. The Board members welcome and would appreciate greater participation from Chapter members. As many of you know, our membership and board meetings are held at the Comfort Suites Hotel. Comfort Suites provides the rooms to us at no charge. We want to thank Karen Mansfield and her staff for their support.

VISIT THE SCTU WEB SITE: springcreektu.org

The Web Site lists membership and board meeting dates; contains the past 5 months of Tertiary Treatment; and provides links to Spring Creek USGS stream flow conditions, weather, and a number of other good information sources.


Please consider joining the SCTU List-Serve. The Chapter maintains a List-Serve, an e-mail contact list that includes approximately 65 of the 350 SCTU members. The List-Serve is used to provide e-mail notices of upcoming events and activities. You will not be flooded with a lot of unwanted e-mails. The List-Serve will only be used for important communication from the chapter. If you would like to be included in the List-Serve please send your e-mail address to Bill Brusse at wbrusse@converseconsultants.com </ym/Compose?To=wbrusse@converseconsultants.com> or to Vince Norris at vpn1@psu.edu


SCTU needs volunteers. Many of the issues that affect the Watershed will be decided based on the “science” of the issue. We need knowledgeable individuals to help out with land use, water quality, and legal issues. We also need volunteers to attend Township and Borough meetings to help track development plans and proposed ordinances that could impact the Creek so that SCTU has the opportunity to comment on those issues before they are approved. We also need volunteers to organize creek improvement and cleanup activities.


The Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited has taken the following position concerning future ownership of the state-owned Spring Creek Canyon and adjacent lands. The Chapter is one of several stakeholders invited by Benner Township, the prospective future owner of the Canyon, to advise them on the protection and management of this unique ecological area that includes an excellent brown trout fishery. While we applaud the intentions of Benner Township and are pleased to participate on their Citizens Advisory Committee, we respectfully recommend that the future ownership of these lands should not be decided until a plan for the restoration, protection, and management of the entire 1,800 acres has been developed and generally agreed upon by the community. Only after we know what measures will be needed to preserve and protect the Canyon will it be possible to decide which public or private organization(s) has the expertise, the resources and the will to best manage these lands for the benefit of present and future Pennsylvanians. It is also our position that any entity or entities granted ownership of the 1,800 acres that comprise the Canyon and upland lands should commit to the implementation of the recommendations presented in the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Phase I Report, which includes the reforestation of the entire 1,800 acres. It is our opinion that a critical component of the conservation effort is the maximum expansion of habitat that is the core of the recommendations presented in the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Phase I Report. In addition to providing critical habitat, there is also the opportunity to create a grand central park between the growing urban areas of State College and Bellefonte.



Spring Creek TU has just been awarded a $5,000 Embrace A Stream Grant from National TU.


Start or Renew Your TU Membership through SCTU When your membership is about to expire, or join for the first time, fill out the form below and forward it with a check (payable to Trout Unlimited) to the address indicated below.

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Address ______________________________  Regular Membership ($35)  Family Membership ($50) City _________________________________   Senior/Student ($20)  Individual Life ($1000)**  Family Life ($1100)** State _____________ Zip ________________  Business Member ($295)  Conservator Member ($250)

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Chapter Officers:


President              Bill Brusse
Vice-President   Vacant
Treasurer            Jere Willey
Secretary            Bob Eberhardt


Jere Willey   (12/09)  667-3895

George Moellenbrock   (12/09)  364-9528  gxm3@psu.edu

Allen Phillips 238-4414
    (12/09)  atp@.psu.edu<mailto:atp@.psu.edu>

Bob Donaldson 237-4362
    (12/08)  rbdonald@adelphia.net

Jay Lynch 422-8988    (12/07)  Jlynch@AOL.com

Theodore Trostle 237-9509  (12/08)  tctrostle@verizon.net

Dick Stevenson 692-8471  (12/07)  res4@ psu.edu

Jim George 867-0765  (12/08)  jamestgeorge@earthlink.net

Bob Eberhardt (12/07) 692-7114  Rje1@psu.edu

William Brusse 234-8851wbrusse@converseconsultants.com <mailto:wbrusse@converseconsultants.com>



Note: If you have an idea for a meeting or activity, please tell a board member.

Tertiary Treatment

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