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Wet Fly Swing Fly Fishing Podcast

Oct 20, 2023

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Presented By: Togens Fly Shop, Waters West


Discover the intricate connections between droughts, fishing, and the colors of fall as we journey through the captivating Shenandoah Valley with our guest, Mark Frondorf, the Shenandoah River Keeper. With fascinating anecdotes and insightful discussions, we promise to open your eyes to the impacts of climate change on natural habitats and recreational passions like fly fishing. As part of the Potomac Riverkeeper Network, our conversation also illuminates the essential role of litigation and public engagement in safeguarding our precious waterways.

We take a closer look at the rich culture and environment of the Shenandoah Valley, showcasing its north and south forks, and the importance of the Shenandoah River to the local communities. Witness the invaluable work of the Potomac River Keeper Network, acting as guardians of our water resources, and the potential of similar organizations to usher in meaningful change. In our discussion, we also highlight the vital importance of water quality monitoring in the Shenandoah Valley, including Discharge Monitoring Records (DMRs), pollution permits, and the crucial role of river patrols.

In the last phase of our conversation, we take on the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) process, and the research into harmful algal bloom studies in the Shenandoah River and Lake Anna. We'll discuss the long-term goal of establishing a budget to test for freshwater harmful algal blooms across all Virginia rivers and streams, and dive into the special karst topography of the Shenandoah Valley and its impact on water quality. The episode concludes with an engaging chat about smallmouth bass fishing, an appeal to support local riverkeeper organizations, and a call to protect our rivers for the enjoyment of future generations. Join us for a stimulating talk on fishing, river systems, and the significance of environmental advocacy.

Episode Chapters with Mark Frondorf on Potomac Riverkeeper Network

(0:00:05) - Drought Conditions and Fly Fishing
I'm part of the Potomac River Keeper Network, discussing climate change, drought, fly fishing, and individual responsibility.

(0:06:40) - Waterkeeper Organizations and Clean Water Act
The Potomac River Keeper Network works to protect waterways through Clean Water Act litigation and public engagement, distinguishing between waterkeeper and friends groups, and collaborating with the Waterkeeper Alliance.

(0:21:03) - Importance of Chesapeake Bay and Shenandoah River
We examine the Shenandoah River, River Keeper Network, and the significance of the Shenandoah Valley to local communities.

(0:34:23) - Water Quality Monitoring and Issues
DMRs, pollution permits, patrolling the river for illegal pipes, cattle herds, and algal blooms are discussed for water quality in the Shenandoah Valley.

(0:52:14) - River Pollution Study and Funding
Virginia's rivers and streams are protected by the TMDL process and two million-dollar studies on harmful algal blooms.

(0:55:56) - Riverkeeper Network's Impact and Challenges
The Potomac Riverkeeper Network, karst topography of the Shenandoah Valley, Total Maximum Daily Load process, and Shenandoah River harmful algal bloom study are discussed.

(1:08:11) - Mossy Creek and Smallmouth Bass Fishing
Supporting local riverkeeper organizations, attending trout school in Massey Creek, and celebrating a gear giveaway winner are key to preserving the South River in the Shenandoah Valley for future generations.

(1:12:27) - Fishing, River Systems, and Environmental Advocacy
The Waterkeeper Alliance's history, legal work, and water quality tracking in the Shenandoah Valley are discussed.

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