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, November 11, 2015 - 8:00PM
As always, there's a lot going on this time of year so you'll want to come out and get updated on all the latest activities, both past and planned.
In addition to regular business we'll be welcoming the Antler River Guardians from the 4 Directions. They'll talk about the First Nations Youth Stewardship Program, which is working toward reconnecting and re-engaging First Nations youth with the Thames River.
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.
TRAA Project Days - Trout Hatchery Interior and Access Stairway
TRAA members have been hard at it all through the late summer and fall making the Keith Wales Memorial Hatchery more accessible, safer and esthetically pleasing. These improvements will also enhance the working conditions for those dedicated members who are part of the trout hatchery rotation.
The first and largest phase of the stairway system down to the hatchery has been completed.
This turns a rugged and often unsafe trail into "a walk in the park". It was built with folks of all ages in mind and with a nod to easier snow removal because after all, the trout are in the hatchery throughout the dead of winter.
Rather than have stairs all the way down, we elected to connect a series of platforms or boardwalks with shorter flights of stairs to allow places to rest and also for pauses to appreciate the beautiful surroundings.
This layout also improves snow removal and hopefully, ongoing maintenance when required.
The railings are solid and are all at a consistent height which many of our members will recognize as a vast improvement over what previously existed.
Those who haven't been out to the trout hatchery lately will be astounded at the changes inside!
We have new LED lighting donated by Mike Jeffries of Gillevin International in London that will make life a lot easier for trout hatchery rotation members when they're performing their "trout-sitting" duties in the dead of winter.
Also brightening the interior is the new ceiling with improved ventilation to alleviate frosting issues during sub-zero conditions.
The back wall is also been whitened to brighten, contrasting nicely with the darker coat of stain on the new floor.
Again, to make the chores that much easier, the decision was finally made to paint the interior cells of the upwelling box a lighter colour - in this case dove grey.
The old colour in the cells was the same as the exterior: dark green. This, unfortunately was the same colour of the backs of the fry we were trying to avoid when cleaning the cells or trying to capture to transfer to the circular growth tank.
Nice work everyone!
It's now easier to access the hatchery and do the good work we do there.
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