Potomac Valley Fly Fishers Conservation

Our Conservation Chairs are John Brognard and Randy Inman - email conservation@pvflyfish.org

We would like to expand our conservation efforts in 2016.
Please consider joining the PVFF conservation committee.

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 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.

April 23 - 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

For additional information please email John Brognard

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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
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