Welcome to the TRAA
Dedication Today for Tomorrow
"For the enhancement, protection and promotion of a viable,
multi-species fishery within the Thames River watershed.
TRAA General Meeting
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 8:00PM
Make sure you attend the June 8th meeting as this is the last one before our summer break from meetings.
We are very excited to have Larry Halyk, President, Middle Grand Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada, as our guest speaker. You don't want to miss this presentation.
The title of Larry's presentation is "The Transformation of Marden Creek" and here is a brief description:
Marden Creek is a typical southern Ontario stream located in an agricultural area close to the City of Guelph. By the 1970s, everyone thought its brook trout were gone, but thanks to some vision, planning, community support and a lot of hard work, they are now thriving. Larry will cover the history of the decline and return of the brookies, and explain that if it can be done on Marden Creek, it can be done on your local creek.
The venue for our General Meetings is the Western Ontario Fish & Game Protective Association's clubhouse, 790 Southdale Road, London, Ontario.
If you need know more about our General Meetings, please contact us.
Brown Trout Release
Monday, May 2, 2016
The brown trout were successfully released with the help of 30 Grade 7/8 students from Oxbow Public School.
It was good timing as the rain stopped just as we showed up at the hatchery. Half of the students went for a stream tour lead by Bill Vandewetering and Richard Westelaken while the other half toured the the hatchery operation.
During the stream tour the bald eagle showed up to its nest with a fish in its talons, much to the amazement of our guests.
A "bucket brigade" was set up with the help of Pud Hunter, Ryan Simard, Ray Baxter, Fred Smithers and Stephen Jones to get the fish loaded into the transfer tank for the trip.
The release site on Oxbow Creek was absolutely stunning. The water was a bit murky but was shallow enough to be safe for the release. There was only a one degree difference between the stream temperature at the water in the hatchery so very little acclimating was required..
Special thanks go out to Dan Schinkelshoek and Adam Bengen for coordinating the trout release with the landowner as well as contacts from the Thames Valley District Scool Board and the Upper Thames Conservation Authority.
Also in attendance to help out were Julie Welker from the UTRCA and Erin Mutch from the TVDSB.
Judging by the smiles and wet feet of the students, a good time was had by all.
Go to the Events page if you want to see more pictures.
Thames River Cleanup
Saturday, May 7, 2016
TRAA members met with another group to do our yearly cleanup of the area around Komoka bridge (some may call it the Speedway bridge).
While a good amount of trash was removed from the area, participants commented that there seemed to be significantly less to pick up than in previous years. Let's hope that trend continues!
It's always a great way to get some fresh air, light exercise and top up your commitment to "give back".
Thanks go out to Jeremy Beaton for organizing the TRAA contingent.
Angling Sports Barbeque
Saturday, May 7, 2016
There was hotdogs, burgers and lots of fun going on at this informal get-together.
Paul Noble put his barbequing skills to the test supplying a steady stream of hungry customers.
Ryan Simard spent most of his time trying to sell tickets for the "Count the Bobbers Contest". Ryan was also the main guy in organizing and pulling this whole event together - nice work Ryan!
Your ticket gave you a chance at a $100 gift certificate courtesy of Angling Sports! As an additional bonus, you also got the equivalent of the tax taken off an purchase in the Angling Sports store!
All the proceeds went to benefit the TRAA and our projects.
Once again, many thanks go out to Pat DeVincenzo and the folks at Angling Sports.
This Website is the New Resource for Paddling the Thames River!
The creators of this informative and entertaining Website are Andrew Farrants and Chris Johnston, who have been paddling the Thames River for years, but found it difficult to find information on paddling.
They did a bunch of research and came up with half a dozen resources online and in paper flyers, much of which needed updating. They also did research on other Southern Ontario rivers, such as the Grand, Nith and Saugeen, and have found municipal tourism and private outfitter websites that go into great detail about paddling routes on their respective rivers.
This led them to start a personal project to paddle all four branches of the Thames River this in 2016 and document access points, river flow rates, paddling times between access points, overnight campsites, campgrounds and other points of interest.
Chris says, "Our goal is to create a one online location for information for paddling the Thames River; to get more people paddling the Thames River."
"River of Evidence" Tee Shirt - Only a Few Left! Get Yours!!
TRAA member Ray Baxter, under his own initiative, had these tee shirts designed and printed.
What a great way to show your support for the Thames River and the decommissioning of the Springbank dam!
These quality tee's come in either black with white print or a very visible chartreuse with black print.
The cost is only $20 each with $5 going directly to the TRAA. What a deal and what a statement both fashion-wise and environmentally!
Get yours at the March 9th Annual General Meeting or by Contacting Us.
Have You Really Thought About It?
The Springbank dam does not provide flood control or hydroelectric power.
This dam serves no purpose other than to back up a free flowing Thames River to a "standstill" for recreational watercraft.
When in operation, what Springbank dam does is cause significant adverse impacts to the ecology of the Thames River.
It negatively impacts the free movement and passage of fish and other aquatic species.
The Springbank dam disrupts the natural flow of water and sediment, degrading water quality.
Scientific studies have documented that the Springbank dam reservoir does not meet provincial water quality objectives for phosphorus and E. coli.
This poses a significant risk to local residents, visitors and wildlife species within and around the system.
The City of London proposes to repair the Springbank dam that has already been "refurbished" to the tune of a reported cost of over $6.8 million to local taxpayers.
Wouldn't you rather see your tax dollars going toward something that would benefit EVERYONE?
Wouldn't you like part of your generation's legacy to be a free-flowing and healthy Canadian Heritage River for all Londoners and their families?
If you haven't already done so, please take a moment to Click Here to review and consider signing our petition to the City of London to encourage them to decommission Springbank Dam.
Local Businesses Step Up to Help Out the TRAA
The support of the following area business people is much appreciated
Members of the trout hatchery rotation know the woes we've had with lighting in the hatchery. Even with larger fixtures installed a few years ago, it was still frustrating on days when the mercury dipped below -15C and the fluorescent technology just teased us with its dull flicker. Enter Mike Jeffries of Guillevin International Co. in London with nice set of bright and dependable (and new!) LED fixtures. Once they were installed it was like working in well-appointed laboratory.
During the February General Meeting the TRAA voted unanimously to re-name the TRAA trout hatchery honouring Keith Wales' memory and his unselfish support of the TRAA's work in the London area, in particular Komoka Creek. Special thanks go out to Muma Manufacturing in St. Thomas for donating the beautiful laser-cut aluminum sign.
After cleaning up the area around the TRAA shed and trout hatchery, our trailer was quite full and needed to be emptied. A big 'thank you' goes out to Rick Vandersluis and Mike Seabrook of Try Recycling who allowed the TRAA to empty the trailer at their facility free of charge.
Before we could take the trailer to Try Recycling, we needed to get the spare tire for the trailer fixed. Pat Devincenzo, proprietor of Angling Sports, offered to get it repaired. Turns out the tire needed replacing and Pat took care of it.
Angling Sports also supplied cards for all TRAA members that entitle them to a discount equal to the tax on anything in the store.
Thanks Pat, your generosity is greatly appreciated.
TRAA Volunteer Committee Chairs