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Million dollar fishing

Starting Saturday, May 4, Pennsylvania anglers will have a chance to fish for, and win, millions of dollars in cash and prizes in Cabela’s “Fish for Millions” contest.

Cabela’s started accepting registrations on its website April 15. The contest begins May 4 and ends July 7. The premise is simple: catch specially tagged fish and win prizes ranging from Cabela’s gift cards to $2 million.

All rules and requirements, as well as contest details and registration information, can be found at Cabela’s contest website, www.cabelas.com/fishformillions. In addition, the PFBC will maintain its own contest web page at www.fishandboat.com/fishformillions.htm.

Remember, you’ve got to fish to win, and your fishing license is your gateway to participating in the third year of this contest.

Falcon plan

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is seeking public input on its draft peregrine falcon management plan, which can be reviewed on the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) by clicking on the “Peregrine Falcon Management Plan” icon on the homepage.

Public comments on the peregrine management plan will be accepted until May 29, through the website; an email address – peregrinecomments@pa.gov; or by U.S. Mail to: Peregrine Falcon Management Plan, Pennsylvania Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, Pa., 17110-9797.

“We are seeking public comment on the peregrine falcon management plan to ensure the final management plan considers all meaningful input and concerns about this species put forth by Pennsylvanians,” said Calvin W. DuBrock, Game Commission Bureau of Wildlife Management director. “As written, the plan is science-based, progressive and promotes responsible management of peregrine falcons. We’re interested in hearing from Pennsylvanians who would like to offer comments, and to see if we’ve missed something or if they share our management vision for the future.”

Developed by biologists with the agency’s Wildlife Diversity Division, the peregrine falcon management plan establishes management goals through 2021. The mission of this plan is to restore peregrines to their ecological role, maintain a self-sustaining population and provide the public with the opportunity to enjoy them.

DEP samples Susquehanna

The Department of Environmental Protection last week released the 2012 Susquehanna River Sampling Report, explaining the latest results from an aggressive sampling effort across the Susquehanna River.

Work is continuing across the watershed this spring and summer, as the scope of the study broadens to include more tributaries of the three main sections of the Susquehanna watershed: the Juniata River, Main Stem and West Branch of the Susquehanna.

“The results of the 2012 report speak to the complexity of this issue and the need to continue to keep pushing forward with our partners at the Fish and Boat Commission, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission and the U.S. Geologic Survey,” DEP acting secretary Chris Abruzzo said.

“We’re not at a place yet where data supports one theory over another as it relates to the conditions experienced by the smallmouth bass, but we’re leaving no stone unturned as we continue to search for answers,” Abruzzo said. “Water quality data does not at this time support an impairment designation of the lower Susquehanna, and such a designation does not come with any guarantee of federal funding or resources.”

DEP will hold a webinar to discuss the results Thursday, May 9, from 2-3 p.m.

The 2012 report, available online, discusses what data DEP biologists collected at eight sites in the Susquehanna basin, two of which were along the Juniata River, and at one control site in the Delaware River. DEP staff spent 187 days last year on the river collecting hundreds of samples.

All dissolved oxygen levels across the eight sites were acceptable compared with the current dissolved oxygen criteria. Phosphorus, nitrogen and nitrate levels were higher at the Delaware River control site than at any site in the Susquehanna River.

Within the Susquehanna River basin, sample results for these pollutants were higher at the Juniata River sites.

DEP biologists also applied an established water quality index method that uses the number and diversity of aquatic insects as a barometer.

The results indicate the Susquehanna River north of Harrisburg water quality is between fair and good, according to the index, with greater richness of aquatic life than the Delaware River site.

DEP recognizes this sampling method and results are only a starting point, as many more sites need to be sampled and the fish community as a whole needs to be evaluated throughout the river.

Samples taken near Harrisburg show that water quality can vary greatly across one cross-section of the river, representative of the three large waterways that make up the Susquehanna watershed.

DEP continues to wait for final approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of its final 2012 Integrated Waters report. The report describes the health of various waterways in the state and proposes listing waterways as impaired.

For more information, to view DEP’s 2012 River Sampling Report and to register for the webinar, visit www.dep.state.pa.us and click the “Susquehanna River Study Update” button.

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