STREAM WATER QUALITY TESTING
Each year we contract with an aquatic testing firm to take samples of stream
water at specific locations. A laboratory analysis is performed to determine if
water quality allows growth of macroinvertibrates in the stream.
Macroinvertibrates are organisms, larva etc which fish feed on.
The sites are selected by club members who are familiar with area streams and
runs that feed the streams.
Sites above and below sewage treatment plants are monitored annually to
determine if the treated water being discharged is detrimental to water quality
and stream life. Runs and streams that have run-off from industrial parks,
shopping centers, housing developments, etc. are also tested
periodically. Comparisons are made with previous test results in the monitoring
An example is the recent construction of a large distribution center in
Tobyhanna. Runoff from this location flows into Polly's Run which flows north
for about 1/2 mile to empty into Tobyhanna Creek. Stream testing before and
after construction revealed very little degradation of water quality in Polly's
Run. It remains well within the acceptable range.
Results of the tests are made available to municipal authorities for
appropriate action to correct the cause of the water quality degradation. If
necessary the Department of Environmental Protection is notified of the
The Club is responsible for litter pickup on over 7 miles of roads. Our
area encompasses Lakeside Drive, Maple Avenue and Rt. 423 from Main Street
in Tobyhanna to Rt. 196. We pick up in April and October each year.
The club has been participating in the PA Adopt-A Highway program for over
Each year members assist the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission in
stocking area streams. We have been doing this since 1989. We use a poly
propylene fish tank equipped with 2 aerators which was purchased by the Club.
This is carried in the back of a pickup truck and can hold about 350 fish in the
10 to 12 inch range.
By using this small truck we are able to distribute the fish over a larger
stream area rather than putting them only in areas the large hatchery trucks can
reach. We believe this provides more fishing enjoyment since the angler can get
away from the crowds and still catch fish.