March 21st Membership Meeting
"The Final Hurdle: Riverbanks, Rip-rap, and Dragonflies."
Join us for a great evening with Kirsten Martin, PhD. from the Biology Department at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT whose presentation will be "The Final Hurdle: Riverbanks, Rip-rap, and Dragonflies."
Dragonflies are well known for their amazing aerial acrobatics as adults, and their long life spans (several years) as aquatic macro-vertebrates, but little is known about a short (yet incredibly vital) period in their lives known as the emergence stage. During this stage, dragonfly nymphs must crawl out of their water, and travel up the riverbank to a suitable location where they will make their final transformation into adults. The features of this "emergence zone" can mean life or death for these nymphs. The presence of rocks, steeply eroded banks, or other barriers may shorten their travel distances, forcing them to remain within the splash zone. This presentation will provide an overview of a dragonfly life cycle, and will highlight how two local dragonfly species the Arrow Clubtail and the Cobra Clubtail, are impacted by riverbank features.
TVTU Teaching Fly Tying to Scout Troop 76 - March 5th Slideshow
Volunteers from TVTU provide Boy Scout Troop 76 at the Lisbon Firehouse with instruction on how to tie flies. The attending nine scouts are working towards their fishing/fly fishing merit badges. The next step for the scouts is to learn how to fly cast and ultimately catch a fish with their newly acquired skills.
Win a Cabela’s/Orvis Fly Fishing Outfit!
Thames Valley TU is continually working on our Mission of conserving, protecting and restoring our cold-water fisheries in the Eastern CT. This takes a lot of resources... man-hours and money. Please help us raise funds for current and future projects
The Cabela’s/Orvis outfit consist of a highly rated 7’ 4/5 wt., 3 pc. Cabela’s CGR Fiberglass Fly Rod (MSRP $130); an Orvis Battenkill II Fly Reel (MSRP $109); and an Orvis Access WF4 Fly Line (MSRP $59). This is a terrific small stream trout outfit that you will enjoy time after time on your favorite trout stream.
Raffle tickets are only $10 each. The drawing will be held once we meet our goal of $600. You do not have to be present to win. Tickets are available at our monthly meetings and through the Chapter's Board of Directors members. Or, send a check payable (with name, address & phone#) to: Thames Valley TU Chapter 282, P.O. Box 211, Hanover, CT 06350. A ticket will be mailed back to you and recorded.
Thank You for your Support
Thames Valley TU Membership Meeting Location Change
Due to circumstances beyond our control the location of our meetings has changed to the Bozrah Firehouse, 239 Fitchville Road, Bozrah, CT for the rest of the season (November through May). This location is close to where we use to meet. Below are the directions to the Bozrah Firehouse. In addition, you can get online detailed directions from the "Chapter Events Page" section.
From the East: Follow CT-2 W to Bozrah. Take exit 24 from CT-2 W. Turn right onto State Hwy 608/Fitchville Rd; Destination will be on the right (about 0.9 miles)
From the West: Follow CT-2 E to Bozrah. Take exit 23 for CT-163 toward Bozrah/Montville
Turn right onto CT-163 N/Haughton Rd; Continue to follow Haughton Rd; Turn right onto State Hwy 608; Destination will be on the left
Comments Due on DEEP's Report to Congress on the Condition of the State's Waters
Every two years, Connecticut is required by the Clean Water Act to submit to Congress a water quality report on all state waters. This document includes a list of impaired waters, also called the 303(d) list. The basic document is called the 305(b) list. This document - the Draft State of Connecticut Integrated Water Quality Report (IWQR) is available for public review and comment. Comments due Mar 13. Hearing Mar 1. Interested persons may obtain copies of the draft IWQR on the CT DEEP website at http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?q=325610.
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO REVIEW THIS REPORT AND COMMENT AS NECESSARY
This report will tell you whether a river, stream, lake, cove, or estuary has been assessed under the Clean Water Act, whether it has been found to be impaired or not, and whether remediation efforts are being considered, under way, or completed. Link to Report For any kind of planning, action, advocacy, or application for funding, this is vitally important information.
The report is lengthy and complex. The most efficient way to gather information about a water body of interest to you is to enter the name of the water body in the “Find” box, and keep hitting “Next” until the end. You may be surprised by what you find, or disagree, or be pleased, or want to urge DEEP to make a correction or to do more. That is why there is a comment period. DEEP puts major resources into this effort, and we should respond.
RIVERS ALLIANCE WOULD BE HAPPY TO ANSWER QUESTIONS WRITE TO RIVERS@RIVERSALLIANCE.ORG OR CALL 860-361-9349.
Section 305(b) of the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) requires each State to monitor, assess and report on the quality of its waters relative to designated uses established in accordance with the Connecticut Water Quality Standards. Section 303(d) of the CWA requires each State to list waters not meeting water quality standards and prioritize those waters for Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) development or other management. Reporting for these waters is submitted to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) every two years.
Written comments on the draft IWQR must be received at CT DEEP by March 13, 2017 in order to be considered prior to submission of the final IWQR to US EPA. Comments should be directed to Erik Bedan electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to CT DEEP, Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse, Planning and Standards Division, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127.
Once again, the CT DEEP website for the draft IWQR is at http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?q=325610
A public informational meeting has been scheduled for March 1, 2017 at 1:30 pm in the McCarthy Auditorium located on the 5th floor of the CT DEEP headquarters at 79 Elm Street in Hartford. Questions should be directed to Erik Bedan at email@example.com or (860) 424-3386.
RIVERS ALLIANCE WOULD BE HAPPY TO ANSWER QUESTIONS
WRITE TO RIVERS@RIVERSALLIANCE.ORG OR CALL 860-361-9349.
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New (3/6) - Fly Tying with Scout Troop 76 Slideshow. See This Page
New (2/16) - February 2017 Streamlines Newsletter posted. See Newsletter Page.
New (2/6) - Just added to our Fly Fishing 101 TU Trout Tips.
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TVTU Fly Tying Classes - Saturdays, February 4th to March 25
Thames Valley TU will be conducting "free" Fly Tying classes from 9:00 to 11:00am at the Fish Connection, Route 12 in Preston, CT starting Saturday, 4 February, 2017. The classes will run 8 Saturdays ending March 25th. We will supply materials and equipment, bring your own vise and equipment if you like. Classes open to the public. Course outline by Merril "Doc" Katz. Instructors are Phil Sands, Merril "Doc" Katz, Bob Walsh and John Preston.
WHY EVERYONE SHOULD JOIN TROUT UNLIMITED
Hank Patterson explains why...
Trout Unlimited Farmington Valley Chapter
19th Annual Banquet
Friday, March 24th, 2017
The USS Chowder Pot IV Restaurant
165 Brainard Road – Hartford, CT - 6:00 P
M Reception (Cash Bar) - 7:00 PM Buffet Dinner
Live & Silent Auctions – Great Bucket Raffles – Special Raffles - Angling and Sporting Equipment – Guided Fishing Trips –Home Accessories - Artwork – Custom Rods –Flies, Flies, Flies! ...and much more!!!
$40 Per Person
Tickets may be ordered online at www.fvtu.org
You must reserve your seats no later than March 22nd. Questions? Contact Don LaChance
Dlachanc1@cox.net or (860) 666-3447.
"On the Rise" Newsletter –
January Issue Offers Events, Ideas and Inspiration
TU's Women's Initiative was launched in 2011 to address the concern that only six percent of all TU members were women, while at the same time women made up 36 percent of all anglers in the U.S.
Since the initiative was started, we continue to see incredible growth in our female membership and dozens of new women leaders stepping up in our chapters and councils!
The January edition of the Women's Initiative Newsletter "On the Rise" is designed to share the best practices and lessons learned by your fellow volunteers in recruiting, retaining and engaging women in TU and in leadership roles.
In this issue you will find special features on:
Fly Fishing Not Just For Men...
If you enjoyed the video above here are a couple more that might interest you: The Way It Began and Anna and the Shark
Free Family Membership Upgrade Extended
We are pleased to launch a new Free Family Membership Upgrade offer to any existing Trout Unlimited member -- for a limited time only! By signing up and adding the names and information for the family members living in your household at www.tu.org/familymembership, you will enjoy the benefits of a TU family membership for the duration of your regular membership for free. These benefits include:
• Ensuring your family members feel that great sense of belonging to the nation’s leading trout and salmon conservation organization.
• Additional family members can expect to receive communications and invitations to local, statewide and national events and activities, like for example one of our dozens of chapter-hosted women's specific fly fishing seminars or youth fishing days.
• A complimentary copy of Stream Explorers magazine for any youth under age 12.
• All members of the household will be able to create a unique member profile on www.tu.org to engage in our online community, join discussion groups, access member-only content such as the digital version of TROUT Magazine and more...
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Join Thames Valley TU Chapter for a special introductory rate of $17.50... half the normal membership price! Click - Join TVTU
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Thames Valley TU Chapter's Mission: To conserve, protect and restore Eastern Connecticut's trout and salmon and their watersheds.
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