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I don't know if this is the best forum to post this, but I will anyway.

Anybody know of any organized groups of volunteers cleaning up streams in SE PA?? I know of a group that did a kayak trip down a local tributary to the Susky, but I wasn't able to make it. They cleaned up the stream over a weekend while floating down it. Anybody know of any organized groups like this that will be cleaning up streams in my area? I wanted to participate.
 

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First Fork Fishing Club is working with the Masons and the Boy Scouts to clean up a class A stream in NC PA this year. Maybe reach out to the boy scouts in your area to see if they do anything similar.
 

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Last year our fishing club did not exist and the Masons and Boy Scouts cleaned up about 1 mile of Freeman Run. This year they are doing the West Branch of Freeman which is Class A. I have never known them to do this type of thing before last year.
 

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that is the link for PA Trout Unlimited. You should join your local chapter. More IMPORTANTLY BECOME ACTIVE!

You can also look into joining one of the many conservatory groups around your area.

GL and hope you become a DO'er and not a BLOW-hard like so many out there.
 

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First Fork Fishing Club is working with the Masons and the Boy Scouts to clean up a class A stream in NC PA this year. Maybe reach out to the boy scouts in your area to see if they do anything similar.
Hippie, an area that needs serious help is the East FOrk, just below the Marvin Run campground, about 1/4 to 1/2 mile down. There is an old abandoned farmhouse there right on the road, and the creek makes a sharp bend to the left. Bank erosion has dug so far in to the land, that it is wiping out what must have been the family's dump. Bottles and cans all over the place. I mentioned it to a member of the East Fork Sportsman's club, and he said he would tell the local PFBC officer, but I don't know if that has happened.

I found all kinds of antique bottles behind that farm house, and I have also found a few of them while fishing as much as a mile down the stream.

It's sad, and I hope they can get it cleaned up.
 

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In our area (Centre County) there is a massive stream cleanup every April. This was originated by Trout Unlimited, but in recent years it involves all sorts of community groups, the Scouts, service organizations, local townships,etc. It's now coordinated by Clearwater Conservancy.

There are similar community stream cleanups in many areas in PA, usually once a year, usually in the spring.

One important note about stream cleanups. Remove trash, that's the whole idea. But do NOT remove downed trees, logjams etc. in the streams. That "large woody debris" or "coarse woody debris" as the scientists call it, is very important in creating pool and overhead cover habitat for fish.

In the past, it has been the custom in many areas to remove large woody debris, to great harm to the stream habitat and trout populations.
 
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