Conservation
 
The Musconetcong Watershed Association's Annual Spring River Clean-up




From Lake Hopatcong to the Delaware River, the Musconetcong Watershed Association is seeking volunteers to help with its Annual Spring Clean-up Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.  Clean-up crews will attack litter along roadsides, parks, and stream banks of the lower Musconetcong River.

ESCTU volunteers will meet at  the old Fiber Mark paper mill on Cyphers Lane Road off of Route 627 on the Hunterdon side of Cyphers Lane Bridge promptly at 9 am. Bags will be provided. A BBQ will be available for participants  at the River Resource Center in (10 Maple Avenue, Asbury, NJ) following the clean up.  

Be sure to bring your fishing gear for some afternoon fishing on one of NJ's finest trout streams!!!

Bill Hannisch is our chapter’s coordinator for this project.  A sign-up sheet will be available at the February and March chapter meetings.  If you would like to volunteer and cannot attend the meeting or have questions, please contact Bill at william.hannisch@bms.com or by phone/text at 215-360-2032.


A special thanks to all of you who have participated in the past. We look forward to another successful event!


Hope to see you there!

 

ESCTU and Trout in the Classroom


ESCTU is a proud and active participant in New Jersey's successful and growing Trout in the Classroom program (TIC).  In 2007, our chapter purchased TIC equipment for New Egypt High School, the first school we sponsored outright.  Our chapter has since followed up by purchasing TIC equipment for the East Amwell School in Hunterdon County and the Princeton Child Development Institute for autistic children in Hopewell.  As of 2016, ESCTU also provides technical and logistical support for eleven TIC aquariums operating at the following NJ schools:

  1. New Egypt High School, New Egypt
  2. The Peddie School, Hightstown
  3. Allentown High School, Allentown
  4. East Amwell Township School, Ringoes
  5. Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Lawrenceville
  6. Montgomery Lower Middle School, Skillman
  7. West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, Plainsboro
  8. Timberlane Middle School, Pennington
  9. Gilmore J. Fisher Middle School, Ewing
  10. The Wiberforce School, Princeton Junction
  11. Bear Tavern Elementary School, Titusville

TIC is a science-based program that teaches children about the importance of cold-water conservation through a hands-on approach to learning. Through the process of raising trout from eggs to fingerlings, the size they are at release time, students learn about the importance of clean, cold water, not only for the trout they are raising, but also for the other organisms, including people. 

 New Jersey Trout in the Classroom is a collaboration between Trout Unlimited and the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.  The Ernest Schwiebert Chapter of Trout Unlimited, National Chapter 227 based in Pennington NJ, currently sponsors 12 trout in the classroom project in 11 schools in the central NJ region. 

 ESCTU believes that educating our youth on the importance of cold water conservation is critical to preserving our states watersheds as well as the heritage of trout fishing in the Garden State for future generations.

For more information please visit:

http://njtroutintheclassroom.org/


ESCTU and the Onion Sack Program

ESCTU continues to lend its support to the New Jersey TIC project by providing onion sack deliveries to two participating TIC schools.  ESCTU Conservation and Education Chair, Bill Hannisch, stuffed onion sacks with leaves and debris and then let them soak for several days in a local trout stream.   The sacks were then retrieved and delivered to the Bear Tavern School and to the Montgomery Lower Middle school where the students got to sort through the debris to collect and identify small stream organisms classified as macro-invertebrates using stream keys.  This highly interactive and educational exercise was enjoyed by the students and their educators alike.