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Until last Wednesday, more than half of America’s streams and 20 million acres of wetlands were stuck in a kind of legal limbo. This includes much of our coldwater fisheries and some of the most productive waterfowl habitat in North America.
Palmer Township joined with Forks Township and Tatamy in supporting a project to bring a 2-mile stretch of Bushkill Creek back to being the waterway it once was with riffles, deep pools, colder water and prime habitat for trout.
Trout Unlimited did a soft rollout of its TroutBlitz system last year, and this year is trying to get as many trout anglers as possible to take a picture of their fish and submit them. Those who submit monthly might win a box of flies.
TU isn't looking only for trophies or unusual fish. "We want anything you can get your hands on," said Chris Hunt, a TU spokesman. "All the data helps."
Trout Unlimited is relaunching its citizen science effort, TroutBlitz.
TroutBlitz is a program designed by TU’s Science Team to encourage anglers to record evidence of their trout catches both photographically and via mapping coordinates. TU’s science team uses the data collected from anglers to learn more about native trout water, non-native trout proliferation and the health of entire watersheds. It’s easy to participate — anglers are asked to simply photograph the fish they catch and enter some simple data through the TroutBlitz interface. Anglers who participate regularly throughout the summer have the chance to win fly boxes stuffed with fly patterns supplied by TU corporate partner FlyAssortments.com.
WYKOFF — I took a picture of a 12-inch brown trout I caught in the South Branch Root River, mostly to test my new iPhone.
Little did I know it might help scientists nationally learn more about what kind of trout are where.
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