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2014 TIC Program Underway Print


DMTU is once again sponsoring a Trout in the Classroom (TIC) program at the Strathhaven Middle School (SHMS).  The eggs arrived on November 5th so the program is now underway.  Out TIC program is led by Marc DeJong, a former president of DMTU and teacher at SHMS.  Follow the progress of the program (and the fish) via their blog at

You can learn more about TIC via the state webpage and the national program webpage:

A Job Well Done - 2011 Stream Cleanup Print

On Saturday, May 7th club members rounded out a total of 50 volunteers who came out to the west branch of Chester Creek in Aston for the 2011 Chester-Ridley-Crum Watersheds Association's stream cleanup day.  Chapter members Al and Matt "the muscle" Edinger, Greg Shaffer, Ed Collier, Paul Fedeli and his son Ben were joined in the stream by two other volunteers in waders.  Paul's wife and daughter joined a large contingent of volunteers working the stream bank and the adjacent Louis Fisher Memorial Park.

West Branch Chester Creek Cleanup Print

  row boat

In August Aston Township completed the removal of a twelve foot high dam on the West Branch of Chester Creek.  There was a large impoundment of water behing this dam and when it receded, a lot of debris was left behind.  Aston Township asked the Chester-Ridley-Crum Watersheds Assocation (CRC) to organize the cleanup and CRC Executive Director Anne Murphy in turn asked DMTU to assist.  The cleanup took place on Satuday September 11th and was a great success. 

The pile of debris removed from the creek included 28 tires, 3 drums, a rowboat, a cement trash can, washing machine parts, and a kitchen sink.  A lot of what was removed had been at least half buried in silt and/or sand, but everyone pitched in to get it out.  CRC volunteer Michael Mogavero brought his ATV and trailer which made it very easy to get the debris out to the road.

In total there were 13 volunteers - one from Aston Township, five from the CRC, and seven of our members - Eric Camilli, Ed Collier, Bob Hartje, Shane Campbell, Dave Wharton, Charlie Flannegan, and Greg Shaffer.

Ridley Temperatures Summer 2009 Print

On June 28th Steve Capoferri and I installed two temperature loggers Ridley Creek. I spot-checked the data on one of them a couple of times to make sure it was working, but today I read the data from both of them for the first time.  I expected their readings to be similar, but that was not the case. The differences between them are not huge, but it would definitely be better to have the high temperatures recorded by one logger than those that were recorded by the other one.

Ridley Creek Deflector Project 8-22-2009 Print

Deflector Greg Fred & Steve Despite a last minute call for volunteers, high heat and humidity, a late delivery and a rock pile that was not nearly as close to the creek as I had hoped — 5 tons of rock have been added to the deflector immediately upstream of the bridge pool. Fred Dewees, brand new club member Steve Buck, and I waited an hour for the delivery before we started carrying and tossing stones.  A little later, Ed Collier got the word and pitched in with fresh muscles just at the right time.  Everyone worked hard, but we were able to finish the job in less than 2 hours of working time.