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                 For Trout Unlimited members nationwide, clean water is always the top priority. “If I had to make
a Top 10 list, it would be all 10,” says Goodman, who lives in Malvern. “Like one of our founders once said, ‘If you take care of the water, the fish will take care of themselves.’”
Chester County is the chapter’s primary scope, though it also dips into sections of Montgomery and Delaware counties. It has 800 members, with a focus on protecting 10 wild and stocked trout watersheds. Storm-water runoff is a problem that becomes exponential in rapidly developing counties— especially with the more frequent and severe storms of late. The runoff introduces thermal loads to streams, eroding their banks and heating their waters to unsafe levels for trout survival. Goodman makes it sound simple: The land is a sponge, but if
40 percent of a township’s land is impervious surface, 60 percent of it has to do 100 percent
of the absorption.
There’s also been a notable increase in salinity, a direct result of winter road salt runoff. As yet, that’s a battle VFTU isn’t sure how to wage. “Rain is good,” Hughes says. “We like to have rain, but we don’t like to have water run off impervious surfaces. There are too many townships and developers who don’t do their work, and that criticism extends
to governmental agencies like the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.”
Hand-tied flies are beautiful to fish—
and also
to humans.
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