New Date for Don’t Drill Day!

New Date for Don’t Drill Day!

November 21, 2011 is Don’t Drill the Delaware Day!
DRBC may lift the current moratorium on gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin – join us to insist on No Fracking!
CALL to ACTION November 21, 10 am-12 pm
Rally at 8 am

Patriots Theater at the War Memorial
1 Memorial Drive Trenton, N.J.

Fracking signs - demonstration

The previously announced October 21 meeting date is being delayed for a month to allow for the publishing of the modified draft regulations on the DRBC web site (www.drbc.net) two weeks in advance of the expected vote by the commissioners.

For over three years, environmental groups have been fighting to protect the Delaware River Watershed from pollution from toxic gas drilling; 69,800 people filed comments with the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) during the comment period on their draft natural gas development regulations, breaking all past records of public interest. In August, Riverkeeper filed a lawsuit along with other environmental groups seeking to stop the DRBC from moving ahead with these inadequate regulations without completing environmental studies required by federal law. 

But now the DRBC has scheduled a special meeting from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on November 21, 2011 at the War Memorial in Trenton, NJ to “consider adoption of the regulations”, which would lift the current moratorium on gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin.  This would allow fracking to begin in areas of the Basin where the state has given the go ahead (Pennsylvania currently allows fracking; New York will not allow fracking at least until the completion of its fracking environmental impact statement).  The DRBC gas drilling regulations would pose a major threat to the New York City Watershed, as the Basin area currently provides 50 percent of the clean, unfiltered drinking water that nine million New Yorkers depend on daily. 
If you want to make a statement about gas drilling and fracking in the Delaware River Watershed, come stand with us on November 21 in Trenton. This is our chance to stand together and insist on protecting our water!
More information on how to get to this hearing and other logistics will be posted on our website in November.  In the meantime, please mark your calendars and plan to make your voices heard on November 21!

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The American Museum of Fly Fishing

After Irene:  Assessing Our Streams

Saturday, October 22

2:00 p.m.

IreneWhen seemingly small streams become raging rivers, fish and other inhabitants have to fight their own battle to survive the rushing water, increasing amount of silt, and after effects of a depleted food source as insect nymphs are washed downstream.  
Join fish biologist, Ken Cox, from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife as he talks about the damage done to our local rivers from Tropical Storm Irene and all of the work that is being done to protect and rebuild the wildlife habitat. 

Annual Membership Meeting

Saturday, October 22

9:15a.m.

red flyThe annual members meeting will be held at the Orvis Fly Fishing school at 9:15 am on Saturday, October 22. 
Join us that evening for a celebratory dinner at the Wilburton Inn.  Here you’ll enjoy fine wines, a gourmet dinner, and good company among your fellow anglers and members!  For more details and to make a reservation, contact Kim Murphy.

A Graceful Rise Exhibition Catalog

The museum is pleased to announce that funds have been secured to publish an exhibition catalog to complement our current exhibition, A Graceful Rise: Women in Fly Fishing Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. The catalog will include the profiles of each of the women as well as some of the images and personal artifacts on display in our gallery. We hope to have these available by early December for your holiday shopping.  Check our website for details.

Improvements Continue Around our Casting Pond

After a site review by the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we were approved for funds to remove the invasive plants along the banks of the back stream (which eventually deposits into the Battenkill). Over the three-year grant period, this will enable wildlife to again use these natural resources for subsistence. This past fall, the low-growth bushes were removed, and the overgrown weeds in the yard were trimmed and maintained. Most of the fish that were restocked in fall 2010 survived the winter weather and the high waters brought about by Tropical Storm Irene. As always, the public is en- couraged to cast a line or two in the pond (and to practice catch-and-release so others can enjoy!).

ABOUT THE AMFF

The American Museum of Fly Fishing promotes an understanding of and appreciation for the history, traditions, and practitioners of the sport of fly fishing.  It collects, preserves, exhibits, studies, and interprets the artifacts, art, and literature of the sport and uses these resources to engage and benefit everyone.