Potomac Valley Fly Fishers Conservation

Our Conservation Chair is John Brognard - email conservation@pvflyfish.org

We would like to expand our conservation efforts in 2017.
Please consider joining the PVFF conservation committee.

We especially need members to write conservation articles for the newsletter, Face Book and our web site.

You may ask "what can one person do?" and the answer is a lot. Consider the young man working on the Mississippi river. He was tired of seeing all the trash, tires and assorted other junk along the side of the river, so he decided to start picking up junk in his boat when he had time off from his job. Soon, some of his friends pitched in to help. He started asking more people in the area to help. Since he started in 1998 at the age of 23, by 2013 more than 87,000 volunteers have collected 8.4 million pounds of trash from U.S. waterways. Chad Pregracke, an Illinois man who has dedicated his life to cleaning the Mississippi River and other U.S. waterways, was the 2013 CNN Hero of the Year.

Our members have families and very busy lives so it is not possible to devote a lot of time to big projects, but consider leading one stream clean-up a year or help the Monocacy Catoctin Watershed Alliance and Chesapeake Bay Foundation to plant riparian buffers along our streams. At the very least, please consider taking a plastic bag with you when going fishing so you can bring some styrofoam, plastic and/or cans back to recycle or put in the trash.

If you would like to help save planet Earth? Please check out this web site - 50 Ways to Help the Planet

If you are interested in joining the PVFF Conservation committee, please contact John Brognard on 301-371-4205 or bffishing@comcast.net.

Conservation and restoration projects for our area, as well as local volunteer opportunities, may be found
on our partner conservation organization
Monocacy & Catoctin Watershed Alliance web site.

Additional projects are listed on the
Chesapeake Bay Foundation web site.

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 9:00am - 1:00pm
Wetland & Stream Restoration in Patuxent River Watershed
Gambrills, Anne Arundel County, MD

Come help the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and partner organizations plant trees and shrubs at the former Naval Academy dairy farm! Sunrise Farm is an 800 acre farm, the largest organic farm in the State of Maryland. Volunteers will plant newly graded wetlands in what was a deeply eroded ephemeral (water flows only after rain events) stream channel. These wetlands will filter sediment and nutrients from the adjacent farm fields and have been designed to infiltrate the water. By cleaning and infiltrating the water it will reduce flooding and pollution to Towser's Branch, the Patuxent River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. Come learn about the restoration master plan CBF and the US Fish and Wildlife Service have completed for the farm. Project Partners include Maryland Sunrise Farm, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Anne Arundel County Soil Conservation District, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Funding for this event and for future restoration projects on the farm are through the Trust Fund provided by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

April 8 - 10AM - 12PM - Project Stream Clean at Catoctin Creek Park

Volunteers will be working along Catoctin Creek within the Park to remove some tires as well plastic and cans. Click here for more information on Project Clean Stream

Saturday, April 8th, 2017 - 9:00am - 1:00pm
Riparian Restoration in the Antietam Creek Watershed
Rohrersville, Washington County, MD

CBF has been working on Farm Stewardship projects in the Antietam Creek watershed for over 15 years, fencing cattle out of streams and restoring stream side forest buffers. Orcino Farms is converting over 100 acres of cornfields to permanent pasture to establish a rotational grazing operation for beef cattle. The water well, water troughs and cattle stream exclusion fencing are under construction. Come help us with the final stages of restoring the floodplain by planting native trees and shrubs. Project Partners include the Washington County Soil Conservation District, Antietam- Conococheague Watershed Alliance, and the Antietam Fly Fishers.

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 9:00am - 1:00pm
Riparian and Upland Reforestation in the Catoctin Creek Watershed
Middletown, Frederick County, MD

It's Earth Day! Come celebrate with CBF on a beautiful, diversified farm that grows organic vegetables, 100% grass fed beef, pastured pork and pastured poultry. We will be planting 1,000 native trees and shubs and be treated to a Farm Tour to see and learn about Sustainable Agriculture first hand. The Barnett's purchased this 140 acre farm a little over a year ago and have converted corn fields to permanent pasture for their multi-species grazing operation and have constructed hoop houses to grow organic vegetables - growing people food not just animal feed. After the tour attendees may be able to purchase items grown on the farm. "Know your Farmer Know your Food" - Purchase food straight from the farm to help farmers retain more of the food dollar. Chesapeake Buy Fresh Buy Local food guides, Amazing Grazing Directories as well as the Consumer's Guide to Pastured Based Meats and Dairy calendars will be distributed. This project is part of CBF's partnership with WGL Energy and Sterling Planet to sequester carbon through converting cornfields to pastures for rotational grazing and restoring forested stream buffers.

Ballenger Creek Stream Clean-Up (between Advisor's Court and Kingsbrook Drive)
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Monocacy Catoctin Watershed Alliance

Storm Drain Stenciling
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon (Kingsbrook Drive, near Ballenger Creek Elementary)
Monocacy Catoctin Watershed Alliance

Conservation related articles

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Conservation Web Sites

The list below is provided to assist in locating conservation sites and does not indivate that PVFF is recommending or supporting the sites. The sites are listed by John Brognard to help with conservation issues. If you have additional sites you would like listed, please contact John at bffishing@comcast.com:

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay - Project Stream Clean
Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Potomac Conservancy
Catoctin Forest Alliance
Potomac Riverkeeper
Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB)
Enviromental Defence Fund
Wilderness Society

Monofilament Recycling Stations

Over the past two years PVFF has been working with two potential Eagle Scouts to help them with their Eagle project. A scout must show leadership, ability to organize, raise money and several other requirements to be awarded the rank of Eagle. This is a prestigious award and only a few scouts reach this level.

To help the scouts our member Brad Zimmerman provided some of materials (PVC) for one of the scouts and M. W. Willard Plumbing provided PVC for our second scout. We also provided assistance with locating places to place the recycling stations.

Both boys have almost completed installing the stations. Dylan Whitmer has installed 13 units. One at Fountain Rock Nature Center, three at Catoctin Creek Nature Center, two at Culler Lake, two at Greenbrier Park, and two at Middletown Park. Three more units installed at Devilbiss access, Cregerstown access, Riverside Center.

Troy Phillips installed 8 units at Cunningham Falls State park and donated two additional units to the park.We have truly enjoyed working with these two fine young men and look forward to watching them receive the rank of Eagle.

If you are interested in seeing a map of the locations please click here Monofilament Stations Map Provided by Frederick County GIS (17MB)

Want to know what is going on around our country that affects our Rivers and streams?

American Rivers
is a national non-profit conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring healthy natural rivers and the variety of life they sustain for people, fish, and wildlife.

They have a news letter that will alert you of things going on in government that affect our rivers ... please sign up for it!!!
American Rivers