Happy New Year From MDTU!



Thanks to our members, volunteers, and sponsors, 2016 was a busy and productive year for MDTU. The chapter is emerging as one of the more active and effective groups among nearly 400 TU chapters nationally. Celebrate the accomplishments below, and make a resolution to be a part of our ongoing success in 2017! We'll launch the new year with the annual "State of the Gunpowder" presentation next Wednesday, January 18, 7:30pm, at Towson Presbyterian Church. (More meeting details coming soon in a separate e-mail.)





TROUT IN THE CLASSROOM: Now active and supported by MDTU volunteers in 20 Baltimore-area schools, Trout in the Classroom places aquariums in science classrooms, helping students grow rainbow trout from embryos to fingerlings as part of their studies. Participants learn about fish biology and stream ecology as they raise and ultimately release their fish into local waterways.


CITY CATCH: In partnership with Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, last spring MDTU stocked Dead Run in Leakin Park with 800 rainbow trout. Guided by MDTU volunteers, over 80 local students enjoyed fishing and learning about trout habitat and stream health.


HUCK FINN DAY: In the fall, MDTU stocked another urban stream-Stony Run in Baltimore City-with 400 rainbow trout. Area youth joined MDTU volunteers to learn the basics of angling and stream ecology.


RESTORATON RUN. MDTU's primary annual fund-raiser, Restoration Run continues to grow each year, attracting runners of all ages for a fun 5k race along the banks of the Jones Falls.


BOY SCOUT GUNPOWDER SIGNAGE: MDTU helped fund and advise on a Boy Scout-led project to design and install informational signage about trout populations and angling regulations at popular access points along the Gunpowder Falls.


OUTREACH AND RECRUITMENT: MDTU volunteers engage the public via outreach tables at a variety of community events such as the National Hunting and Fishing Day, Ecotone Family Day, Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival, and the Fly Fishing Film Tour, among others.




UPPER GUNPOWDER WATERSHED BROOK TROUT CONSERVATION PARTNERSHIP: MDTU is leading an effort to protect and restore native brook trout in the upper Gunpowder watershed. The initiative involves collaboration of diverse partners including TU, landowners, state and federal wildlife and fisheries experts, representatives from Carroll and Baltimore County governments, as well as business owners and residents of the watershed. During 2016, the partnership collected seasonal water temperature data by placing and retrieving 29 loggers in streams throughout the watershed. This data will help identify where water temperatures are suitable for brook trout habitat and where mitigation is needed to expand viable range.


JONES FALLS RESTORATION: MDTU, in partnership with Blue Water Baltimore, (BWB) has completed the restoration of a section of the Jones Falls, a productive wild brown trout stream, replacing a concrete-lined channel with natural stream habitat. The $600,000 project was funded by the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays Trust Fund. Volunteers from MDTU and BWB are being trained to monitor the stability of the project over the next five years.


JONES FALLS CLEANUP: MDTU has been removing large debris and trash from a stretch of the upper Jones Falls near Stevenson Village. The project team is working with more landowners in the watershed to expand the cleanup efforts and improve more wild brown trout habitat.




TU MID-ATLANTIC COUNCIL: MDTU volunteers serve important governance roles in the TU Mid-Atlantic Council. Don Haynes (MDTU VP of Administration) serves as Chair, Sean Beattie (MDTU Communications Chair) is Treasurer, Brian Bernstein (MDTU VP of Conservation) serves as the regional representative to the TU Embrace-a-Stream grant program, and Adam Nabors (MDTU Board Member) is an at-large member of the Council's Executive Committee.


TU'S SOUTHEAST REGIONAL MEETING: Over 100 representatives from chapters and councils from PA, MD, WV, KT, TN, NC, SC, GA, and VA attended the TU Southeast Regional meeting in 2016. Scott Scarfone (MDTU) presented on the Upper Gunpowder Watershed Brook Trout Conservation Partnership to a very attentive audience. Don Haynes (MDTU VP and MAC Chair) conducted a session on strategic planning for chapters and councils. Workshops were held on climate change, stream resiliency, tailwater management, and angler science as well as topics such as membership engagement and recruitment, and outreach to veterans.