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Man jailed after alleged attack with wooden plank, knife

The attacker began swinging various objects at a pair during an assault, police said.

A Slatington man was jailed after police said he threatened a pair by swinging a metal …

Auto salvage yard fire sends up plume of black smoke

Firefighters urged the public to stay away from the fire in northern Lehigh County.

Firefighters from Lehigh and Northampton counties responded Monday afternoon to a large fire a…

In search of the highest-quality trout streams in Pa.

The state’s streams, including those in the Lehigh Valley, have been part of a trout survey for the last several years.

Pennsylvania has about 86,000 miles of flowing waters, and a state program has been working to determine which are home to wild trout populations.

In 2010, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission launched the Unassessed Waters Initiative, which involves state officials, conservation groups and citizens attempting to study the rivers, streams and creeks statewide that support wild trout.

So far, more than 3,000 streams totaling over 21,000 miles have been surveyed by the fish and boat commission.

Streams with large numbers of wild trout are a sign of excellent water quality, according to Trout Unlimited Mid-Atlantic Policy Director David Kinney. They’re also popular with anglers.

Trout Unlimited is a national conservation group that has been helping the state survey streams.

“The water has to be exceptionally clean for there to be a naturally producing population of trout,” Kinney said.

The waters receive different classifications based on the size and number of trout counted in a particular section of a stream.

Streams designated as Class A trout waters — those that support a significant population of naturally produced trout — receive special protections from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection during permitting processes. Nearby wetlands and associated tributaries also are eligible for increased protections.

“Whatever work you do around that water, you need to make sure that water remains to be high quality,” Kinney said.

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Trout are measured and counted by using a method called electrofishing. A surveyor will typically go into a stream wearing a backpack containing a 40-pound battery- or gas-powered generator connected to a large “wand.” The wand emits a low voltage current in the water, which stuns and immobilizes the fish so they can be more easily collected and counted.

The fish are then released back into the water.

While wild brown trout and even rarer wild rainbow trout populations have been found, 95 percent of the wild population counted are wild brook trout, according to a state report.

Northampton County currently has 14 stream sections considered to be Class A trout waters and Lehigh County is home to 16 of the same designation. One designated section of Monocacy Creek runs through both counties.

Next month, the fish and boat commission will consider designating an unnamed tributary of the Little Bushkill Creek as a wild trout water.

Terry Kleintop, who is on the Plainfield Township Planning Commission, Environmental Advisory Council and is a Bushkill Stream Conservancy member, said the wild trout designation for the tributary that runs through Plainfield Township would be a good thing.

“The program could be a benefit to many municipalities so they can see what is going on in their streams,” Kleintop said.

Here’s a rundown of the Lehigh Valley stream sections given Class A designation:

Bushkill Creek from Tatamy’s southern border to a private bridge off Route 2019;
Bushkill Creek from the dam at Binney & Smith to the 13th Street bridge in Easton;
Frys Run;
Martins Creek from its headwaters to the Bangor sewage treatment plant;
Martins Creek from the dam 0.6 km upstream from intersection Route 1015 and Old Franklin Hill Road to its mouth;
Monocacy Creek from the Route 987 bridge to the Route 248 bridge;
Monocacy Creek from the upstream boundary of Gertrude Fox Conservation Area to Illick’s Mill dam;
Monocacy Creek from the Illick’s Mill dam to the Schoenersville Road bridge;
Nancy Run;
Saucon Creek;
Unnamed tributary to the Delaware River;
Unnamed tributary to the Lehigh Canal;
Unnamed tributary to the Lehigh River;
Waltz Creek

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Catasauqua Creek;
Cedar Creek;
Hosensack Creek;
Iron Run;
Little Cedar Creek;
Little Lehigh Creek from Smith Lane bridge to Spring Creek;
Little Lehigh Creek from Spring Creek to Wild Cherry Lane bridge;
Little Lehigh Creek from 0.4 km upstream of Country Club Road to the Fish Hatchery Road bridge;
Little Lehigh Creek from Fish Hatchery Road Bridge to just upstream of Bogerts Covered Bridge;
Ontelaunee Creek;
Saucon Creek;
Schaefer Run;
Spring Creek;
Trout Creek;
Unnamed tributary to Ontelaunee Creek;
Unnamed tributary to Saucon Creek

Monocacy Creek from Schoenersville Road to the Lehigh River

John Best is a freelance writer. Find lehighvalleylive on Facebook.

Man accused of exposing himself near Hellertown daycare

Rick Musgnung served prison time for rubbing items with his crotch in a 48 Hour video.

A man who served jail time for lewd acts in a video store is now accused of exposing h…

Coordinated Health looks to expand in Pa.

The South Whitehall Township-based health care provider is acquiring a Lackawanna surgical practice.

Coordinated Health is setting its expansion sights up north.
The South Whiteh…

Uber, Lyft driver offered minor money and rides for sex, cops say

The man, who said he was a driver with Uber and Lyft, has text messages in which he made the offers, police said.

An Allentown man who said he drives for Uber and Lyft is accused…

16-year-old charged in case of woman allegedly using teens in drug deal

The Hellertown woman allegedly wanted to sell her prescription Xanax and have a teen serve as her ‘proxy’ during the deal.

A 16-year-old boy has been charged in connection with a Hellertown woman accused of using a teen in a planned drug deal.

The boy, whose name was not released, was charged with theft and conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver a controlled substance, Hellertown police said in a news release.

Police did not immediately respond to a message asking if the teen is the same boy Krystl Slifer is accused of planning to use at a drug deal in Quakertown, and if the teen has been charged as an adult or juvenile.

Slifer is accused of arranging over Facebook messenger to sell her prescription Xanax, and have a teen serve as her “proxy” during the deal. Slifer has denied the accusations, and claims the teens lied after allegedly burglarizing her apartment.

Woman molested teens on way to sell pills, cops say

Police said Slifer was driving to the deal with a 16-year-old and 17-year-old, when she grabbed at the teens’ genitals multiple times during the trip, causing her to lose control of the vehicle and crash.

Slifer called police the night of May 14 to report the pair stole a bottle with 90 tablets of Xanax while she was getting treatment following a car crash. Police said that claim was disputed by the 16-year-old, who showed officers the Facebook messages between him and Slifer.

Slifer is charged with solicitation of minors to traffic drugs, unlawful contact with a minor, conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver Xanax, indecent assault, unsworn falsification to authorities, filing a false police report and conspiracy to commit the corruption of minors.

She is free after posting 10 percent of $7,500 bail.

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Missing biker found dead: ‘Big future was ahead,’ friend says

The body of Kevin Woolf, 32, was found Saturday in thick woods near the Appalachian Trail, officials said.

Kevin Woolf was admired by friends and family as a man they could turn …

How these Pa. lawmakers plan to bring fairness to elections

House Bill 722 and Senate Bill 22 are aimed at the nonpartisan redrawing of legislative boundaries and maps.

Pennsylvania lawmakers have introduced bills to reform the system t…

Slate Belt hosts Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall this weekend

A replica of the national monument in Washington, D.C., has made a stop in Plainfield Township.

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