Thanks to the far sighted vision and tireless efforts of a small group of concerned anglers and scientists such as Big Spring Watershed Association founding father Bill Ferris, Dr. Jack Black of Buffalo, N.Y., Dr. Todd Hurd of Shippensburg University and Keith Clinton the current president of the BSWA, Big Spring Creek is well on it's way back to becoming a viable wild trout fishery. Just this past December, the PFBC counted close to 40 active redds in the short 1/2 mile stretch of stream from the steel bridge down to the old Thomas Fish Hatchery dam. That scene would have been unimaginable prior to the closure of the huge PFBC hatchery on the headwaters back in November of 2001.
Big Spring Creek will be the subject of a day long symposium on April 5, 2008, to be held on the campus of Shippensburg University and it's open to the public. It is expected that a compendium of the papers presented at the symposium will be published as a book for future reference & planning additional restoration activities.
Master Plan Workshop