September 30, 2010

The Pennsylvania Camo Coalition

Stumbled across this today, suppose there was an announcement of a new initiative on Tuesday called the "Pennsylvania Camo Coalition." It was created by the Citizens For Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture) which is an affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation.

Taken from their website:
Who We Are
The Pennsylvania Camo Coalition is made up of sportsmen and sportswomen from around the state who care about preserving outdoor opportunities and who hope to pass down a legacy of clean air and water and healthy wildlife to our children and future generations. Pennsylvania's hunters, anglers and trappers have been, and continue to be, some of the state's most committed and effective conservation leaders. We need to work together to protect and defend the traditions and natural resources we appreciate and value.

Membership is free, so if seems like something that fits your M.O., it's probably worth doing a little research on prior to joining.  There are evidently Camo Coalitions in a few other states too, but being 100% honest, I know nothing about them.  I'd be interested in learning how some of their initiatives align with those of other prominent environmental groups in PA, like Trout Unlimited for example.

Here's a link to the PA Camo Coalition website:
http://www.pacamocoalition.org/

As well as a link to the original press release I read on the subject:
http://tinyurl.com/pccpresser

September 29, 2010

New(er) Entries to the Blogroll

Overdue as always, but figured it was time to highlight some blogs in my everchanging blogroll.  The last time I singled out some blogs was when I first joined Twitter and met a bunch of new folks.  While I participate, I still don't "get" Twitter.  Regardless, my blogroll tends to expand and contract over time - but mainly expand - simply because there's so much good content out there to read.

So without further ado...
If you're from Philly like me, you know a hoagie is nothing without a good roll.
Image Courtesy: Sonny's Italian Deli

Wind Knots & Tangled Line - A really well done blog from "Cofisher" out in Colorado.  There's some really nice fishing reports and lots of posts about vintage equipment and advertising - much taken from his Wright & McGill catalog collection.  He's also a big fan of fiberglass fly rods - which is never a bad thing.

The Sowbug - Because "fish like bacon too"...  Ok, I highlighted a video from The Sowbug about a month ago, and from the 1-Star rating (by two people), I guess it didn't go over too well with you all.  Don't let that deter you from checking this blog out.  It's well above average with particularly solid photography.

Arizona Wanderings - While posting is not overly frequent, what you will find in each post is some TLC.  The saying "quality over quantity" holds true here.  Everything is well written with lots of small stream trout fish porn.  Well...maybe not porn, but some really beautiful fish.  Oh yeah, there's a little hunting too if you're so inclined.

the adventure life - This blog isn't exactly one of a blog buddy, but if you like the outdoors you should check it out.  My favorite recurring post is "The Daily Bike," highlighting something cool from cycling culture, typically a bike...duh.

Quick backstory: In a previous life I was a cycling buyer for a nice sized retailer, so I have a soft spot for bikes.  Did the whole Interbike trade show thing several times, just wish I had a nicer ride myself.

Even if bikes aren't your thing, there's plenty of outdoorsy stuff - think more camping/hiking than hunting/fishing - another fav being an essay on building forts.  Too sweet.

Fungal Threads - Everyone's favorite blogging nomad Casey has packed up and is on the move again.  Formerly known as Wandering Owl on Blogger, then Wandering Owl on Wordpress, then a shift to The Countryside Round - and probably a few others I missed - this is the latest Blogger destination for your daily dose of hobbit references & Iowa outdoor observations.  For this week anyway...  (Hope you know I only kid because I'm a big fan Casey!)

So that wraps up the latest installment of "As the Blogroll Turns," hope you check at least some of these out and enjoy them as much as I do.

September 28, 2010

Who Ever Said Outdoorsfolk Aren't Fashionistas?

Read an interesting article on the Wall Street Journal website yesterday.  Ok, maybe I didn't read the entire thing, but in my opinion skimming a few paragraphs and looking at the pictures qualifies something as "read" in today's age of electronic information overload.

Seems that many designers are borrowing liberally from the outdoors set for the latest in high fashion. That's a relief to me considering my new favorite fly fishing bag could basically be considered a "man purse."
Photo Courtesy: Michael Bastian/WSJ.com

So that's right everyone, ditch those skinny jeans and break out your red & black flannel shirts (aka Pennsylvania Tuxedos) and your old pair of Irish Setter boots.  Maybe even accessorize your ensemble with a fly fishing lanyard or coonskin cap - and wear them proudly.
"I'm too sexy for my hat"

Wear them to work, a fancy restaurant, wherever & whenever - because guess what my friends, you're now cutting edge.  That $2,000 Armani suit in your closet is so last year.  Cabela's is where it's at.

Read the entire article at The Wall Street Journal Online:
http://tinyurl.com/outdoorfashion

September 27, 2010

Another Weekend of No Fishing

Didn't get out fishing for the 3rd straight week.  Last time I was out was Labor Day weekend, seems so long ago.  Won't get out this upcoming week either, have got some things on tap that will take up my time (more on that in future posts; don't worry, it's not as mysterious as it sounds).

Even though I've got an itch that needs scratching, can't say I missed fishing this past weekend.  Spent time running errands, and of course hangin' with Lilly (& K.C.).  This time at "Limerick Community Day."  Despite the name, it has nothing to do with naughty poems, it's the town I live in.  Interestingly, I can't seem to escape those dastardly bounce houses, seems they are lurking around every corner these days...

Some photos:

In the meantime, guess I will just have to get my fishing fix living vicariously through my blog buddies. Tight lines!

September 25, 2010

Just Because...

Chuck Norris doesn't catch fish, they surrender.

With moves like this, I think we all know why.



September 24, 2010

If You Build It, He Will Come?

On a little bit of an oil spill kick this week.  Sorry if this isn't the most entertaining of topics...I'm sure there's some sort of chemical dispersant BP can sell you to make me disappear...at least on the surface.

Anyhow, couldn't pass up a post on this interesting article.  Evidently Kevin Costner (yes, that Kevin Costner) wants to help save our oil-soaked oceans & coastlines.  No, not with some sort of Hollywood based fund-raising telethon, but rather pitching an emergency oil spill plan to Congress starring his army of centrifugal oil-water separator machines - ok - say those last five words 10 times fast.
"Yes, Waterworld sucked, but I made freakin' Dances with Wolves dammit!"

Interesting stuff, here's a link to a Yahoo/AFP article on Kevin pitching in Congress' cornfield.
http://tinyurl.com/danceswithoil

Tongue removed from cheek, I do hope at minimum he's got some good science behind him to raise enough eyebrows so that when this happens again, all parties involved will be a bit more prepared.

Some also other oily stuff going on worth mentioning...

This month's National Geographic magazine was dedicated almost entirely to the Gulf Oil Spill.  If you're not a subscriber, pick up a copy, it's worth the read.
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2010/10/table-of-contents

Also, don't think BP is going to fulfill their promise of making everything right by those affected in the Gulf in financial terms?  Perhaps think about picking up one of these R3 tees from Bugslinger.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to impacted fly guides in Louisiana.
http://tinyurl.com/bugslingerR3

September 23, 2010

The Lake Erie Oil Spill of 2015

There's some interesting political propaganda being circulated in PA about a fictional future Lake Erie oil spill that is evidently bound to happen if Pat Toomey is elected as a Pennsylvania Senator. I guess I won't have to purchase a Lake Erie permit stamp with my 2015 fishing license...


I try to keep educated on the political scene, but I honestly don't know much about Pat Toomey (or his opponent Joe Sestak), good or bad. Don't take this post as pro or anti Toomey, I've just always found political advertising propaganda very amusing - in an extremist sort of way - so I offer this as nothing more than entertainment, albeit in a somewhat tacky form.

September 22, 2010

Fall Fishing Questions

There's a lot of talk in fishing media outlets (magazines, blogs, etc...) right now touting the excellent opportunity that fall trout fishing represents.  I love fall fishing too; there's something about a crisp, brisk morning chill that really gets my blood flowing.  It will be especially sweet this year - finally escaping the record number of 90+ degree days we suffered through this summer; heck, we might even finally get some rain.


The trout waters I prefer fishing contain self-sustaining populations of wild browns.  With the fall (& winter), that also means it is prime time for brown trout to do their version of bumping uglies.  While I try not to wade too much while trout fishing (the water is typically small and it's residents spooky), I do make it a point to be extra careful in the fall and avoid any shallow water redds (spawning areas) that I can visibly make out.  Don't want to step on that trophy brown I'm going to catch come 2014.

So I guess my questions could be considered somewhat ethical in nature.

1)  Is it "wrong" to C&R fish for brown trout during the spawning season?

2)  Do you target browns in the fall (& winter)?

3)  If not, why not (besides seasonal regulations)?

I plan on fishing for brownies this fall, but I respect and would love to hear everyones' opinions.  Of course unless you're PETA.  I'll evidently never measure up to their standards...

September 21, 2010

Kudos to TenkaraBum

Today's short post is to simply highlight a nice online purchasing experience.  I'm one of those people who like to give compliments when they are deserved, as in this case.  

As I mentioned in a prior post, I've been experimenting with different lines for my tenkara rods.  Since I purchased my rods, I've been exclusively a furled line guy, but wanted to take the leap into level lines.  I recently purchased some level line from Chris the "TenkaraBum" and couldn't be happier with my purchase & experience.  
Visit the TenkaraBum website HERE

I ordered a small amount of level line from him, however not only did I get that spool of line, but he was also thoughtful enough to include some small zipper-close bags to store my individual lines when I cut them to length, a "tip grip" (used to help close a stuck tenkara rod), a tenkara fly, as well as a nice handwritten letter.  I'm sure those extras didn't cost him much in terms of actual dollars and cents, however even the simplest things help make a very good first impression.

A lot of what is bought today online comes through a very impersonal process, just wanted to tip my cap to someone who is doing it right. 

September 20, 2010

Random Pics From The Weekend

Lilly & I went to a festival held at a local park over the weekend.  All you hardcore fisherfolk can click to the next blog now (or check out my review of 'The Lost World of Mr. Hardy' from yesterday); there's a ton of Lilly, but no fishing going on in this post.

Bouncehouse
Ring Toss
Winning Tickets
Slide

I love that kid!

September 19, 2010

Gear Review: 'The Lost World of Mr. Hardy' DVD

I received a preview copy of 'The Lost World of Mr. Hardy' DVD yesterday; it's a movie I had read a little bit about online over the last few months.  The documentary on the rise of the Hardy Brothers' (later known as The House of Hardy & today Hardy & Greys) tackle business in the mid to late 1800s debuted in England in 2008, but is just beginning to make the rounds in the United States this year.  With the following that the Hardy brand has, there's obviously been some buzz generated.



The Lost World of Mr Hardy (trailer) from Trufflepig Films on Vimeo.

As I mentioned above,  'The Lost World of Mr. Hardy' traces the company back to its roots in the late 1800s, when the Hardy Brothers decided to take their engineering backgrounds into the fishing tackle business.  They were actually one of (if not the) first to apply engineering principles to products like fly rods & reels, and because of it were able to build quite a large business and following around what many considered the most superior tackle of its day.

The strength of this film is really all of the great historical pictures & footage intermingled throughout the story. Jim Hardy's recollections of his family's past narrate many of these seldom seen treasures and his role in this film cannot be understated.

Photos of the first small retail shops, and later their larger factory "compound" in Alnwick where everything - split cane rods, the "Perfect" reel, (the first ball bearing fly reel) & "Zane Grey" Big Game reel, as well as all of the fly tying - was all done by hand.  Black & white film from the 1930s of L.R. Hardy hooking a 40 pound salmon and then handing his rod to his assistant to land the fish (as not to ruin his shoes or trousers) is priceless.

The main theme throughout the film focuses on how this (sometimes eccentric) family-run company took pride in doing everything with perfection in mind - manufacturing, tackle catalogs, film, retail storefronts - and how generation after generation of local families spent a good portion of their lives working in the Hardy factory.

Therein also lies the tragedy of this film - when Hardy is sold in the late 1960s and a few decades later takes 95% of its production off-shore. Hardy products (& the corresponding jobs that go with them) then no longer reside in England.  Interviews with several former employees echo this sentiment, you can clearly see & hear the pain in their eyes & voices. Despite the fact that Hardy still makes quality products today, the feeling that this special era of art & craftsmanship that made the company great is unfortunately over. Write it off to the "way of the world" today, but it's heartbreaking nonetheless.  A nice little segment on two artisans still making split cane rods & fly reels by hand in the Hardy tradition however will lift your spirits right before the closing credits.

Even if you don't really care for fishing, if you're into historical films in general (like me), 'The Lost World of Mr. Hardy' might just be your cup of tea.  It runs a little over 90 minutes, and I'm not going to lie - there are sections of the film that can be a little bit slow, but overall the production quality is superb, the interviews entertaining, and the amount of vintage footage and materials reviewed make it well worth watching.

'The Lost World of Mr. Hardy' is currently available online at Film Baby.com and Amazon.com, but may also be available at your local fly shop. Support your local businesses and give them a ring first.


DISCLAIMER:
The preview copy of 'The Lost World of Mr. Hardy' featured in this product review was provided to me at no cost by Trufflepig Films, the producers of the this film; I currently hold no association with Trufflepig Films, Andy Heathcoate, or Heike Bachelier whatsoever.  As with all independent gear reviews at Troutrageous!, I try my best to keep my reviews honest and unbiased. If something is good, it deserves applause; if it sucks, I'll let you know that too. That said, I probably wont waste my or your time writing a post about something that sucks, unless it's really that bad.

September 16, 2010

Perkiomen Valley Trout Unlimited Stream Bank Erosion Control Project

This Saturday, September 18th, the Perkiomen Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be holding a "workday" to complete Phase 3 of their stream bank erosion control project at the Longacre Farm property on the West Branch of the Perkiomen Creek. This is one in a series of annual workdays held by the club, local land owners, and the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.


The PVTU's first stream bank erosion control project was in 1995, building fencing & cattle crossings at Packwachen Run in Berks County.  This year's project calls for the installation of several large log deflectors & stone ballasts in an effort to fortify the stream bank from future erosion. The West Branch of the Perkiomen Creek is a wonderful stretch of water well worth preserving, serving as the home to a naturally reproducing population of wild trout.


If you are interested in joining the PVTU this weekend in their stream bank project, the meet-up time is 8:30 AM at the Longacre Farm, located on Route 100 in Bally, PA.  Parking is available across from Jake's Flea Market.

For more infomation on the Perkiomen Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, please visit their website at PVTU.net.

September 15, 2010

I Hope I Was Already On This List

I'll be honest, sort of mailing in today's post, it's more or less a regurgitation of some news events.  There's a lot going on at the household this week taking away from blogging (& unfortunately keeping up with my blog buddies' posts).

That said, there was an interesting development over the past few days that on one hand is unbelievable, yet on the other so believable.  Here's the short of it.

It was leaked to the press the other day that Pennsylvania Homeland Security has been collecting, tracking, and forwarding to local law agencies the names of citizens and activist groups that have been documented as opposing natural gas (Marcellus Shale) drilling in the state.  The explanation is that these groups could become violent in their protests.  Basically support the 'Gasland' movie and you're on the list.

Fear of violent protest is one thing, but what...folks that want clean drinking water and an end to the corporate abuses of natural resources are now a homeland security threat?
Natural Gas in your tap water...anyone?

Stinks of special interest money (read pro-drilling lobbyists) influencing Pennsylvania government actions to me.  There's only billions of dollars to be made by these gas extraction companies over the next few decades, right?

Interestingly, PA Governor Ed Rendell held a press conference yesterday to announce the tracking would stop; or actually that the state will not renew the contract of the company used to track these names once the current contract expires.  Good move out of the Governor, but I wonder if any action would have been taken if the state wasn't being embarrassed in the press.

September 12, 2010

Gear Review - Streamside Leaders Tenkara Line

In tenkara fishing, the fly line used in "typical" fly fishing is most commonly replaced with either a furled line or a level line roughly the same length as the rod itself.  Tenkara rods allow for such an ultralight fishing experience, the weight associated with standard fly lines is not necessary to effectively cast your fly.
Fly line is not necessary for tenkara fishing!

In choosing a tenkara line, both furled & level lines have their pros & cons.  Furled lines generally cast a bit softer for a more delicate presentation, but because they are braided contain a bit more stretch than a level line and can create a bird's nest when snagged.  Level lines on the other hand tend to be much stiffer, which is great for nymphing, and can be almost essential for casting in breezy conditions.  Because of these differing qualities, many tenkara fishermen carry both, but may prefer one over the other.  I tend to fall into the furled line camp; just my personal preference.

In experimenting with different brands of furled leaders, I've found that an excellent, and relatively inexpensive option for a furled tenkara line is available from Streamside Leaders. I've been fishing a 10.5 foot Streamside Leaders line for about 8 months on my 11 foot Tenkara USA Iwana, and just picked up a 13 foot line for my (new to me) 13 foot Tenkara USA Ayu.

The tenkara lines from Streamside Leaders are furled to order to your length specification (anywhere from 8 to 14 feet) and only cost $12.99 each.  Shipping within the USA is free.  They come in 5 different colors, including a hi-viz yellow.  This makes for an interesting option for those that have problem tracking their line.

One feature I really find appealing about the Streamside Leaders tenkara lines is the tippet ring.

Many other furled tenkara lines available offer a loop-to-loop connection for line to tippet attachment.  Some anglers prefer this because they feel a tippet ring gives their cast an unwanted hinge point.   That said, the ring is very convenient, a simple quick knot to attaches tippet to the line.  The ring can also minimize the odds of mistakenly snipping off the wrong loop when changing your tippet.  I've used both set-ups, and experienced no ill effect with the tippet ring.  I feel very comfortable saying that Streamside Leaders tenkara lines cast as smoothly and effortlessly as the more expensive lines also available.

So here's my advice to conclude this review - if you're making the leap into tenkara fishing and need to outfit your new rod, or simply are a level line angler who wants to give a furled line a try, check out Streamside Leaders tenkara lines first.  The product performs great and will leave a little extra spending money in your pocket.

DISCLAIMER:
The tenkara line tested in this product review was bought by me at full $12.99 retail; I currently hold no association with Streamside Leaders whatsoever. As with all independent gear reviews at Troutrageous!, I try my best to keep my reviews honest and unbiased. If something is good, it deserves applause; if it sucks, I'll let you know that too. That said, I probably wont waste my or your time reviewing something that sucks, unless it's really that bad.

September 11, 2010

Looking Back, Looking Forward


My Grandparents' generation had Pearl Harbor.  My generation had the attacks of 9/11.  While we should never forget the display of heroism & devastating loss of American lives on those days, I wish my daughter's generation never has a similar point of reference of their own.

September 10, 2010

Schuylkill River Art Exhibit

This is kinda neat - if you're passing through the Pottstown area over the next few weeks.

There's a Schuylkill River Art Exhibit going on at the Montgomery County Community College campus in Pottstown now through October 22nd.  The gallery will display original artworks based on "Themes of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area."  (Click HERE for more info)
"Return of the Shad" - Bob Hakun

Also, in about a month - Saturday, October 9th, 11AM to 4PM - the 4th Annual Schuylkill River Festival will be held at Riverfront Park in Pottstown, PA.  There's going to be live music, food, arts & crafts, & wildlife, cultural, and conservation exhibits just to name a few things on the agenda.  The same Schuylkill River works of art mentioned above will also be on display.  Never been, so I think I might go to this one!  (Click HERE for more info on the festival)

September 7, 2010

2010 Philly Fun Fishing Fest

Looking for something fun to do this weekend with the kids? Check out the 2010 Philly Fun Fishing Fest on the Schuylkill Banks beneath the Walnut Street Bridge this Saturday, September 11 from 7 to 11AM. 

It's free to the public, no fishing licenses are required, and prizes will be awarded. Pre-registration is required, (and the deadline to register is today, sorry for the late notice), so check out the Philadelphia Office of Watersheds website for full details and online registration info.

http://tinyurl.com/phillyfishingfest

September 5, 2010

Sunday Morning Session

Was miserable when I woke up this AM.  Allergy season is hitting me hard, despite medication, and my head felt like it was going to explode from congestion.  My remedy (as with most things) was to go fishing.

It was a beautiful morning.  Even, might I say without sounding like a wuss, a bit chilly.  When I hit Valley Creek this AM, the thermometer in my car said it was 57 degrees.  Haven't felt an autumn chill like that in a while, it felt really good.
Look at the focus & intensity on this idiot

If you read my blog regularly, there was nothing revolutionary (get it?...revolutionary...Valley Creek...Valley Forge National park...) about my morning of fishing.  I fished my standard nymphs below dries and landed more than a handful of little Valley brownies.  Here's two, they could almost be brothers.

I also thought I'd do a little exploring, so I hopped in the car and drove 5 minutes over to Little Valley Creek, which I guess is an offshoot or tributary of Valley Creek.  I had never been there, and it was some really tight fishing.  It was very difficult to maneuver my tenkara rod for casts, probably would have been better off with a 5 foot spinning outfit.  Most sections were maybe 6 or so feet wide bank to bank, but it did have some really cool pockets and eddies that held some small trout.


The biggest trout I encountered were hanging out under this neat stone bridge, but I wasn't able to bring any Little Valley Creek trout to hand.  Maybe another day.

Another light weekend session in the book.  In case you haven't noticed, I love fishing Valley Creek.

September 4, 2010

Hour and a Half Getaway

I went to work on Friday just like any other day, but left a few hours early; in the neighborhood of 2:15ish. The office was already half empty with the long Labor Day weekend coming up, and everyone that was there...well, they were there in body, but their minds were clearly elsewhere.

When I got home, Lilly was taking a nap and K.C. asked/told me "Why don't you go fishing?"  Well, you don't have to tell me twice.  Unfortunately, my favorite trout stream is only five minutes from my office, but 20 or so minutes from my house.  While a 20 minute drive isn't far, I didn't want to go back toward work, so I decided to hit the Schuylkill River at the Limerick Area boat launch (a few minutes from my house).  Hadn't fished there since last July, and I've hardly fished warm-water species this entire year.

When I got there, the river was low.  Really low.  We haven't had good rain in quite a while, and it showed.
View from the bank
Looking downriver

Unfortunately, since this was going to be a quick trip I wasn't wearing the right stuff to go wet wading to get out towards some of the deeper water.  Since I probably wasn't going to get into any smallmouth bass shore fishing a foot or so deep water, I downsized my lures a bit and went after some sunfish instead...as they say, when in Rome...
A trip down memory lane:  My first "adult" rod & reel
Purchased when I rediscovered fishing in my mid-20s

Here's a sampling of my "haul" today:

I could have photographed a ton more of these tiny fighters, but what's the point?  I was having too much fun catching one after another, I left the camera in my pocket after about the first 20 minutes.  What a great way to spend a quick hour and a half before dinner.  I probably need to remind myself to go back to this spot more often to get a quick fix.

September 3, 2010

My Hunting & Fishing Blog: Win a $35 Burton Backpack!

There's a great giveaway over at nimrod243's "My Hunting & Fishing" blog this month.  He's holding a story & photo contest where all you need to do to enter is submit a story of a hunting or fishing outing.  I figure since most of my readers are fellow bloggers, this shouldn't be that difficult to do, right?

The prize is a Burton Treble Yell backpack valued at $35.  That sounds perfect to me for this time of year...anybody got kids going back to school?

Check out his blog here for additional details on how to enter, as well as to submit your stories!

September 2, 2010

What's Your Opinion On Lead Fishing Tackle?

This issue never seems to really go away - to ban or not to ban lead in fishing tackle.
Image Courtesy www.dec.ny.gov

Seems there's some good arguments for:
An estimated 10 million to 20 million birds and other animals die each year from lead poisoning in the United States. This occurs when animals scavenge on carcasses shot and contaminated with lead bullet fragments, or pick up and eat spent lead-shot pellets or lost fishing weights, mistaking them for food or grit. Some animals die a painful death from lead poisoning while others suffer for years from its debilitating effects.
Full Article Here:
http://tinyurl.com/proleadban

And some good arguments against:
The petition was presented with the aim of reducing bird deaths caused by the ingestion of lead sinkers and jigheads; however, a study conducted by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service found that less than 1 percent of all waterfowl and other birds such as eagles are killed by lead sinker ingestion.
Full Article Here:
http://tinyurl.com/antileadban

Me? I try not to use anything blatantly made from lead if I can help it. I stopped using lead split shot a few years ago, now opting for tin. I also don't use leadcore fly lines, so it's easy for me to make a decision like that.

On the flip side I also primarily fish for trout, not say...catfish, where giant lead weights are commonly used to get the bait down in the water column where it needs to be. If I did, I might have a much different point of view.  I also don't hunt, and lead in ammo is included in this debate.

I don't know...we took lead out of paint years ago, at least until the overseas factories tried to sneak it back into children's toys.  Other than the potential price ramifications, or maybe some sort of "Big Brother is controlling us" complex, why not remove it from fishing tackle too?

I'd love to hear what you think, your thoughts are welcomed in the comments section below.

September 1, 2010

Where I Get My Water, Part 2

Yesterday I made a brief post about a watershed conservation pamphlet I received with my water bill.  I also made a lighthearted comment about not knowing where my water comes from, or really who my water company was.
Well guess what...they contacted me to introduce themselves.
We really appreciate your posting and comments about the "Protecting Our Watersheds" insert, and like you, hope more people read the material before quickly tossing it in the trash. You might be interested to know that your drinking water comes from several sources: the Schuylkill River and three groundwater wells. For more background, I'm atttaching the link to your system's Water Quality Report from PA American Water's Web site. (http://www.amwater.com/files/PA_1150166_CCR.pdf)
Sorry to hear that you don't know more about our company, beyond getting a monthly water bill. For example, we sponsor an annual "Protect Our Watersheds" Art Contest for fifth-graders across the state, and Spring-Ford Intermediate School students have earned the top prize for three consecutive years. (See link) In addition, our Environmental Grant Program has supported a number of watershed protection/improvement projects in SE PA, including a kids' education program by Audobon Pennsylvania (based at Mill Grove) this fall with the Norristown Area School District.  (See link)
Thanks again for the mention, and we hope you'll follow us on Twitter (@paamwater) for news, updates and activities from PA American Water.
Huh, how you like that?  Some pretty cool stuff going on there.  Glad I wrote that post yesterday after all.