Conservation

Protecting our wild areas and watersheds is core to TU’s mission. Our membership routinely gets involved in projects to promote clean water, good land stewardship and the repair and protection of fragile waterways. These are some of the programs we support. Please consider volunteering or taking action. If you know of a project or want to share your thoughts, please contact us, we’d love to hear from you!

Help Fight the Spotted Lanternfly

The Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is native to China and was first detected in Pennsylvania in September 2014. Spotted lanternfly feeds on a wide range of fruit, ornamental and woody trees, with tree-of-heaven being one of the preferred hosts. Spotted lanternflies are invasive and can be spread long distances by people who move infested material or items containing egg masses. 

Spotted lanternfly is a hitchhiker. Be sure to inspect for the pest. Egg masses, juveniles, and adults can be on trees and plants and are also found on bricks, stone, metal, and other smooth surfaces. Also thoroughly check your vehicles, trailers, and even the clothes you’re wearing because you can accidently move spotted lanternfly.

aphis.usda.gov/hungrypests/slf

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Take Action Against the Dirty Water Rule

Act by April 15, 2019

We learned last week that the federal government has withdrawn its appeal from Judge Norton’s decision, which granted our request for a nationwide injunction against suspending the Clean Water Rule.  Instead, EPA and the Corps of Engineers have proposed a new rule (which we call the Dirty Water Rule) that would eliminate Clean Water Act protection for ephemeral streams (18 percent of all rivers and streams) and isolated wetlands (51 percent of all wetlands).  Today the administration announced that it is denying requests to extend the comment period beyond 60 days on the proposed Dirty Water Rule (as Jo-Ellen Darcy can attest, the Obama administration held a 207 day comment period when it proposed the Clean Water Rule).  So comments are due April 15.  

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Mason’s Run

The Conservation Team at the golf course continues to monitor the brook trout population. We continue to remove long ago deposited sediment above the primary trout habitat. This work is helping to improve the downstream habitat. This summer Rutgers Water Resources will conduct it's 5 year interval macro invertebrate study and determine water quality and compare the results to previous studies. The 5000.00 price tag is covered by the 10,000.00 annual contribution from the golf course to the Conservation Team. An annual swamp pink study will also be conducted. The Conservation Team has established a new colony of swamp pink that is doing very well.