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Trout Trails & Tales

(An Outreach Program of the Pocono Watershed Study)

The Trout have found permanent habitats. At a lively auction on Saturday, August 30 all fifteen trout found new homes. Many thanks to Auctioneer Extraordinaire, Darryl Speicher, for a fun evening. Where can you find them now?

Fifteen Fabulous five-foot trout were decorated by artists, were trained about watersheds, and spent the summer sharing what they had learned about water and their relationship with people on what was called the "Trout Trail."  Tour the Trout Trail (PDF).

On Saturday, August 30, 2008, during Stroudfest, the trout spent the day in "Stroutsburg" for one last public viewing before being auctioned at the Sherman Theatre that evening.  The Catch and Keep Auction was an exciting night with an energetic crowd of folks bidding on their favorite!

From their inception, to the auction, to their final homes, follow the Trout Trails & Tales journey through photographs. View the Trout Trails & Tales Photostream

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Sustainability of the Pocono Creek

Trout Trails and Tales is part of a larger project called “Framework for Sustainable Watershed Management in the Pocono Creek.” Through this project, extensive studies were performed on the Pocono Creek watershed, a part of the Brodhead Creek watershed. These studies generated models and reports below. We have learned from these studies that, if we continue to develop the Pocono Creek watershed using the current zoning regulations, there will be an overall decrease in baseflows of the Pocono Creek by 31% by the time build-out is reached. Higher high flows (resulting in more frequent flooding) and lower low flows (resulting in drier stream beds) are predicted to occur.

To prevent this from occurring, changes must be made to local ordinances, implementing low-impact development and smart growth. The community needs to get involved with these decisions in addition to minimizing water consumption and pollution at home. Whether you live in the Pocono Creek Watershed or somewhere else in Monroe County, these actions will benefit you and future generations in the end. Just as trout are indicator fish for stream health, the Pocono Creek watershed study results indicate what may be the future of surrounding watersheds.


Framework Overview Poster

Technical Results Poster 

Framework for Sustainable Watershed Management - Executive Summary and Final Report

Pocono Creek Technical Studies: 

EPA - Impact of urbanization on the hydrology of the Pocono Creek Watershed: A model study

USGS - Effects of land-use changes and ground-water withdrawls on stream base flow, Pocono Creek Watershed, Monroe County, Pennsylvania

"Water We Going To Do?" Workshop Presentation:

Overview of Study Findings

Related Reports:

Pennsylvania State Water Plan (Act 220) Resource Center 

Governor's Sustainable Water Infrastructure Task Force

Project Partners

Click on a logo from below to view the organizations website.

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Monroe County
Conservation District

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Artists and Sponsors


  • Eino Anttila
  • Barbara Bush
  • Kelly Camillo
  • ESU Student Art Association
  • Jennifer Frantz
  • MingLi Goldston & Jacob Molinaro, J.M. Hill/Resica Elementary Students
  • Anthony Guarino
  • Robert Harris
  • Carol Hillestad
  • Pocono Mt. East High School Art Class
  • Pocono Mt. West High School Art Class
  • Maia Rossiello
  • Samantha Souilliard
  • Darryl Speicher
  • Marelle Walmsley

Trout Sponsors:

  • East Stroudsburg University
  • Friends of the Brodhead Greenway: Stroud Twp, Sharon and Vic Keen, Wendy and Mark Lichty
  • Monroe County Commissioners
  • Monroe County Conservation District
  • Northampton Community College
  • PPL Electric Utilities Corp.
  • Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

This program was made possible by a grant from the US EPA’s Collaborative Science and Technology Network for Sustainability (CNS) program. © 2008 Trout Trails. All Rights Reserved.

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