Creekside Anglers Conservation

DIDYMO Strikes again!
An Unsightly Algae Extends Its Grip to a Crucial New York Stream - New York Times Article

This is an excellent article on Didymo, including concerns over its potential impact on water intake structures, in addition to fishing areas.
Read the Article

New information on the Intersex Fish problem
Please take a minute to read the U.S. Fish and wildlife document -
Intersex Fisn - Endocrine Disruption in Smallmouth Bass

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We'll be planting 700 native trees and shrubs to create a buffer along Opequon Creek, a tributary to the Potomac River. Partners include the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Shepherdstown University, and the Opequon Creek Project Team. Dress for the weather, equipment and refreshments provided.

Address: 137 Hinton Rd., Kearneysville, WV 25430 725-2342

>From Inwood: 1) Take Rt. 51 east towards Charles Town approximately 5 miles. 2) Turn right onto Rt.1/Leetown Rd., drive through Middleway. 3) Turn right onto Hinton Rd. We are the last driveway on the right, at the end of Hinton Rd. It is ~3.4 miles down Hinton Rd., ~0.9 mile past the two-way stop sign. Shortly after our driveway, Hinton Rd. is closed with an old farm gate. We have a black mailbox number "137" and a long driveway with a white house. Park anywhere along the driveway.

>From Charles Town: 1) Take Rt. 51 west towards Inwood approximately 5 miles. 2) Turn left onto Rt. 1/Leetown Rd., drive through Middleway. 3) Follow step 3 in first set of directions

>From Shepherdstown: 1) At the four-way stop, take Rt. 480 south towards Kearneysville. 2) Cross Rt. 9 and continue straight; the road is now called Rt. 1/Leetown Rd. 3) Cross Rt. 51 and continue straight on Rt. 1/Leetown Rd. through Middleway. 4) Follow step 3 in first set of directions

To sign up, send your complete contact information to Marcy Damon at 443-482-2156 or email

Intersex (Testicular Oocytes) in Smallmouth Bass
from the Potomac River and Selected Nearby Drainages
Report in PDF format

Conservation Projects

All conservation/restoration projects are now on the Mid-Atlantic Conservation web site. Please click your browser "Back" button to return here after viewing -
2009 Conservation Projects

Warning DIDYMO Discovered in the GUMPOWDER!!!
Didymo(Didymosphenis geminata) is an invasive freshwater alga that can form massive blooms. Didymo can smother streambeds and adversely affect freshwater fish, plant and invertebrate species by depriving them of habitat.
Didymo is also in West Virginia!!!

We can not stop the infestation in the Gunpowder, but we MUST prevent the spread into other streams in Maryland. Spores are transported on fishing gear. We must make every effort to stop the spread by thoroughly cleaning and THOROUGHLY drying boots (especially felt sole boots that may take several days to dry) and ALL other gear, including your fly line, before moving to another stream.

Didymo (Didymosphenis geminata)is in West Virginia

Didymo is an invasive freshwater alga that can form massive blooms. Didymo can smother streambeds and adversely affect freshwater fish, plant and invertebrate species by depriving them of habitat ...


If you see pollution in the Potomac or its tributaries:

First call one of the numbers below, and then call, Potomac Riverkeeper:
at 301-POTOMAC(768-6622), or email to

Types of pollution; fish kills, algae blooms, hazardous materials and oil spills, public sewer breaks and over flows, sediment or dirt discharge, wetland impacts, etc.

Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE):
All pollution - Call 1 800-633-6101

West Virginia Department of Natural Resources (DNR):
All pollution - call 1 800-642-3074

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP):
All Pollution call 1 866-255-5158

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality:
All Pollution regular business hours call:
Northern Regional Office at 703-583-3800
Piedmont (Middle VA) Regional Office at 804-527-5020
Tidewater (Southern VA) Regional Office at 757-518-2000

After hours, holidays, weekends, call 804-897-6500
Department of Emergency Management

District of Columbia: Sewer Leaks - WASA hot line at 202-612-3400 - have nearest street and cross street ready
Sediment/Dirt entering a storm drain from a construction site or a cement, truck washing into street or storm drain etc., call 202-535-2240- IDC Watershed protection and Compliance Branch Oil and hazardous Substances, call 202-724-9216 - DC Water Quality Division
After hours, weekends, and holidays, call the Mayor's hotline: 202-727-3636

Under consideration for a stream improvement

Bill Zinner will meet with John Schmidt of US Fish and Wildlife and some folks from the state DNR on Wednesday, March 9, to assess the stretch of the Tuscarora on the Roach property under consideration for a stream improvement project. This stream may qualify for a program to re-introduce wild brook trout into the area.

Please visit: Chesapeake Bay Foundation web site for information on Mercury

The Vice President of Conservation for MAC-FFF is John Brognard.
If you have questions about conservation issues or wish to provide information for the Conservation site please contact John at 301-371-4205 of email:

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