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Environmental groups plan to sue state over Bellefonte fish hatchery

Read more here:
http://www.centredaily.com/2013/10/17 ... l-groups-plan-to-sue.html

not sure if this has any legs or not.

Lots of news this week about the Spring creek watershed!

Posted on: 2013/10/18 7:55


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WTF where were these two groups among others when the talk even started about Fracking in this state, better yet maybe they should go after everyone in the whole Spring Creek watershed that uses all the pesticides and fertilizers to make their lawns perfect. not to mention that even treated water from the treatment plants still cannot get the residual waste from the water when folks take certain drugs or from birth control pills. SMH

Posted on: 2013/10/18 10:43


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I don't know if this story has legs or not, but it will not be the first time that a state agency responsible for conservation of the resource has shown disregard to the discharge restrictions in their DEP permit.

I witnessed this first hand on Big Spring from 1972 to 2001 when their permits were pulled and the hatchery was closed. Technology exists which allows for hathery production with a substantial reduction in harmful discharges. The cost to retrofit is expensive and given the current funding circumstances surrounding the agency, it is unlikely that changes will occur.

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Spring Creek perpetually has a sewage smell. Its a shame. One wonders how much better the fishing would be if the 3 fish hatcheries and 2 wastewater treatment plants didn't discharge to it. I noticed at Sheetz an oil/gasoline sheen draining off the parking lot within 100 yards of Spring Creek. I just shake my head when I see the Kayakers and recreational tubers float down the creek oblivious to what goes in. They are bathing in basically treated sewage.

Posted on: 2013/10/20 10:35


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This story has been all over the news around here lately. If nothing else, it will shed a light on the situation, causing better monitoring.

Posted on: 2013/10/21 7:53
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Interesting story - thanks for the link.

Isn't the Bellefonte Hatchery schedule to close next year? Last time I checked, this had been approved for 2013......but then the PFBC decided to continue fish production through 2014. What am I missing?

Posted on: 2013/10/21 9:06


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Fishidiot wrote:
Interesting story - thanks for the link.

Isn't the Bellefonte Hatchery schedule to close next year? Last time I checked, this had been approved for 2013......but then the PFBC decided to continue fish production through 2014. What am I missing?


My understanding is the closing of the hatcheries is on a holding pattern. The State (Pollies) don't want to endure the wrath of the trout anglers in their district and have promised to fund the hatcheries...somehow?

I voiced my opinion that accepting funds from the General Fund will destroy what little autonomy the PFBC has over stocking and regulations......but that's another matter altogether.

Posted on: 2013/10/21 9:47


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Fishidiot wrote:
Interesting story - thanks for the link.

Isn't the Bellefonte Hatchery schedule to close next year? Last time I checked, this had been approved for 2013......but then the PFBC decided to continue fish production through 2014. What am I missing?


My understanding is the closing of the hatcheries is on a holding pattern.


I'm pretty sure that is correct.

No final decision has been made yet on whether or not the Bellefonte and Oswayo hatcheries will be closed.

Posted on: 2013/10/21 11:03


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Here is a short blurb about the change of plans:

http://blog.pennlive.com/pa-sportsman ... html#incart_river_default


Posted on: 2013/10/21 11:08


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The biggest problem is the development surrounding Spring Creek. State College just keeps getting bigger, the hatcheries and sewage treatment plants don't do anything compared to the excess runoff and other problems with a stream being built up from headwaters to mouth.

Posted on: 2013/10/21 15:26


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You guys don't know (may be you do) the worst of the development plans. The fields next to the new prison along I99 near the bellefonte I99 interchange has been deemed a enterprise/development zone for business. There is no known plans for the discharge of nasties, but the big threat is thermal pollution! Most of that water draining from roofs and blacktop will go into storm drains. Right now it drops on fields and works its way down the canyon through the ground purifying, neutralizing and cooling it.

http://www.cbicc.org/news/newsarticledisplay.aspx?ArticleID=173
http://www.centrecountyidc.org/Buildi ... s/BennerCommercePark.aspx


Second, the titan energy park along logan branch in bellefonte is being sold with the promise of an onsite waste water treatment and plentiful spring water. Guess who they cater to? The energy industry. Some of the partners are involved in gas extraction

finally, read the post on slab cabin too

Posted on: 2013/10/21 19:05

Edited by nymphingmaniac on 2013/10/21 19:22:30


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I don't want to revive the debate, but think about it. Three major hatcheries on the spring creek watershed alone.

This may sound strange, but in someways the discharge is good for water levels. The amount of phosphorous (main pollutant) is well below standards from the state college plants (I'm less sure about bellefonte). I think it's not detectable. let's not forget folks, back in the 50s and 60s when state college was just a university and farm community the very few homes around were discharging their un- or poorly treated sewage into the creek. The sewage treatment plants were instrumental in the streams recovery.
http://fishandboat.com/water/streams/springck_fishery.pdf

The real problem is thermal more than the pollutants. Although, the discharge from bellefonte's plant makes the section below exceptional fishing in the winter, especially midge fishing.

Posted on: 2013/10/21 19:17


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I don't want to revive the debate, but think about it. Three major hatcheries on the spring creek watershed alone.

This may sound strange, but in someways the discharge is good for water levels. The amount of phosphorous (main pollutant) is well below standards from the state college plants (I'm less sure about bellefonte). I think it's not detectable. let's not forget folks, back in the 50s and 60s when state college was just a university and farm community the very few homes around were discharging their un- or poorly treated sewage into the creek. The sewage treatment plants were instrumental in the streams recovery.
http://fishandboat.com/water/streams/springck_fishery.pdf

The real problem is thermal more than the pollutants. Although, the discharge from bellefonte's plant makes the section below exceptional fishing in the winter, especially midge fishing.


How is the effluent from the sewer and fish plants good for the waterway? Or do you mean the addition of the volume of water from the sewer and wells that supplement the fish plants helps maintain the stream level?

Agree that thermal issues will continue to dog that region..

Posted on: 2013/11/2 22:16


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The discharges from the hatcheries does not improve water flows in Spring Creek. Because the water coming out the discharges is water that would have flowed into Spring Creek before the hatcheries were built.

The water is simply diverted. They are not creating any "new" water. For example the Benner Spring hatchery. If you park at the Rock Road parking area and walk downstream you will come to the Benner Spring, which is enclosed in a low concrete structure with a metal roof. That is the main water supply for the hatchery. Originally, all the water would have flowed directly into Spring Creek there at the spring. Now water is diverted through the hatchery.

Just below the Rock Road parking area you will see a diversion dam, built to divert water from Spring Creek into a canal which flows into the hatchery.

The water used in the hatchery is discharged at the lower end of the hatchery, near the bridge over the creek.

So there is no addition of water, just diversion of water.

Posted on: 2013/11/3 6:40


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Water, which is matter, is neither created nor destroyed, so someone said hundreds of years ago.

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