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Chapter Annual Membership Meeting - Election of Officers and Directors

THURSDAY - December 14, 2017 (7pm - 8:30pm)
Camp Ketcha, 336 Black Point Road, Scarborough

Slate of canditates:
1. Matt Streeter – President
2. Zach Whitener – Vice President
3. Maura Halkiotis – Treasurer
4. Elijah Miller – Secretary
All terms for one year for up to three years maximum

Immediately following: David Van Wie - Storied Waters Tour (see Event Calendar below)

Mousam River Dams

Thanks to those who attended FERC's public "scoping" meeting in Kennebunk on December 11th. Those wanting the Lower Mousam Dams gone outnumbered the STD (Save the Dams) folks. That's the impression that the FERC officials will take back to Washington with them, and that's a good thing for the trout!

Now that FERC has made their process known, the next step will be for MKRA, TU and other entities to get our Study Requests into FERC by January 7th. How to restore sea-run brook trout is one study topic that TU will be looking at in the coming weeks, and Jeff Reardon is already actively involved. The applicant has to pay for the studies FERC identifies as needed. If you have other ideas on studies regarding how to mitigate the damage to recreational use, ecology, fisheries, etc. of the lower Mousam River that relicensing the dams would continue to cause, please CLICK HERE to generate an e-mail.

America First Hydro, the relicensing applicant, is apparently going to hang around and see if it can afford the studies and if a scenario emerges where they could make money from any (or all) of the dams where Kennebunk Light and Power District could not.

Additional information (CLICK): FERC's Scoping Document 1 (SD1); America First Hydro's Notice of Intent (NOI) and the Pre-application Document (PAD).

Royal River Dams

With a new operator looking to resume power generation at the Old Sparhawk Mill, and the fish passage the river was promised by the FERC Terms and Conditions 30 years ago still unfulfilled, this is a key time for the river and the RRA.

Sebago TU has filed with FERC to be an intervener in the process, and sent a letter to the Yarmouth Town Council stating that if the town undertakes action to generate power under a new operator or to repair the East Elm Street Dam without executable plans in place for fish passage, it will file a formal complaint with FERC and move to have the FERC Exemption revoked.

Event Calendar:

Chapter Meetings

Immediately following our short Annual Membership Meeting

David Van Wie - Storied Waters Tour

THURSDAY - December 14, 2017 (7pm - 8:30pm)
Camp Ketcha, 336 Black Point Road, Scarborough

David Van Wie has lived in New Gloucester for over 30 years. He grew up in rural upstate New York before graduating from Dartmouth College. In 1980 and 81, he worked for the US Forest Service in Cody, Wyoming where he learned to fly-fish near Yellowstone National Park and the Beartooths and Bighorn Mountains. After a long career working as an environmental professional in government, business & consulting, he is now a writer, photographer and adjunct faculty member at the University of New England in Biddeford, where he teach environmental studies. He writes a monthly column for The Maine Sportsman magazine and has had articles published in Northern Woodlands magazine and The Maine Sunday Telegram.

David was the author of The Confluence - Fly-fishing & Friendship in the Dartmouth College Grant, an acclaimed collection of essays, art and tall tales written with six college classmates about their 20+ years of fishing adventures in the Dartmouth College Grant. He will be talking about how The Confluence came about, his experience fly fishing for the native brook trout in the Dartmouth Grant, and how the book spawned the idea for an epic six-week trip he called the Storied Waters Tour, an odyssey through eleven states to explore & celebrate treasured trout waters.

He will present photos from over two dozen famous locations, including the Batten Kill, Beaverkill, East Branch of the Delaware, Yellow Breeches, the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the Au Sable River (MI), the Ausable River (NY), and many more familiar locations here in New England. David recorded a chronicle of his journey on his blog at www.watchyourbackcast.com and he is planning to turn his Storied Waters adventure blog into a book

Women Fly Fishers

Maine Women Fly Fishers is an outreach activity of Sebago Chapter. We will post their scheduled events on this page. CLICK HERE for more information - contact Evelyn King to get involved. Evelyn was recently recognized for her accomplishments in a feature article in the Maine Sunday Telegram.

Gray Ghosts Fly-Tying Club

First Parish Church, Yarmouth

Old tiers, folks who want to learn, come join us with Maine guide and nationally recognized Master Fly Casting Instructor Rod McGarry. Tying gear available for those who need it. We meet November through March on most second and fourth Tuesdays 6:30 to 8:30. Contact Rod if you have ideas or requests for specific patterns, techniques or tiers.

Here is our schedule of coming events:

December 19: Greg Ponte
(rescheduled from the 12th) - Tying the Muddler Minnow & Report on International Fly Tying Symposium
December 26: no meeting- Holiday Vacation at Church
January 9: Sean McCormick - Master Maine Guide / Blue Heron Fly Fishing
January 23: Courtney Nickerson - Director / Fly Fishing in Maine
February 13: no meeting - Shrove Tuesday at Church
February 27: Dave Bowie - Mr Sebago TU / Super Streamers
March 13: Eight of your GG Colleagues - Show and Tell / Tying Tips and Techniques

CLICK HERE to view details about how we conduct our tying sessions.

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