Glade Run Lake may not end up looking like something on a postcard. But the fishing could ultimately be better as a result.
Owned by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the 52-acre lake near Valencia in Butler County is empty. It was drawn down in 2011 when leaks were found in its dam.
Repairs are soon to be underway, though. Michelle Jacoby, head of the commission’s engineering bureau, said a $2.8 million contract to reconstruct the lake recently was awarded. That work will be carried out through September 2016, with the goal of refilling it in time for fishing in 2017.
When that time comes, anglers and boaters may notice trees in the water.
Tim Wilson, a biologist in the commission’s area 1 office in Linesville, said he’ll recommend leaving woody vegetation growing in the lake now in place. The result will be, if not necessarily picturesque, the best thing for fish and fishermen.
“You can support stocked trout in a lake without a lot of habitat, but not bass, crappies and catfish,” Wilson said. “I think it will make for a better fishery. The goal is to help the fish.”
The commission has employed that strategy previously. When Dutch Fork Lake in Washington County was allowed to refill after dam repairs were completed a few years ago, many trees that had grown up in the lake bed were left standing.
How’s this for a tale? A turkey vulture captured and outfitted with a radio transmitter more than a decade ago recently was re-sighted, with its transmitter still working.
The bird initially was captured in eastern Pennsylvania in August, 2004. The goal was to recapture the bird within a year and use the transmitter data to see where it had been and what it had been up to, all as part of a long-term study on scavenging raptors.
That never happened. Scientists hope to capture the bird and examine the transmitter now, though.
Native brook trout could benefit if a project proposed for Allegheny National Forest gets approval.
The Headwaters Charitable Trust wants to build an acid treatment site on three acres at the headwaters of Pine Run, a tributary to Bear Creek. It would require constructing and maintaining a two-pond passive treatment system, an access road and a stream-intake structure.
If built, it would restore trout stream habitat and fish numbers that have been in decline, forest officials said.
Independent, mom-and-pop bait and tackle shops are important cogs in the American economy, as it turns out.
A new study done for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration determined that they contribute about $2.3 billion to the economy annually, supporting nearly 16,000 jobs. They earn $796 million in income for their owners.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has a new director of its bureau of wildlife habitat management. Peter Sussenbach, who most recently served as land management supervisor in the agency’s northeast region office, was promoted to the post, which has authority for managing the state game lands system, among other things.
Larry Schweiger, a Butler County native who served as head of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy before going on to lead the National Wildlife Federation, is back at work here. He recently was named president and CEO of PennFuture, a statewide environmental advocacy organization.