Anglers Currents
Beltzville Lake Eagle Scout Project

Lehighton Area High School student Joe Alfano, 17, chose a fish habitat improvement project to support his becoming an Eagle Scout. He and other members of Boy Scout Troop 600, Llewellyn, made 20 cribs to sink into the depths of Beltzville Lake. With assistance from the Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alfano chose this project because when Beltzville was constructed some 30 years ago, the area was completely cleared, leaving the lake bottom barren of plentiful fish structure. Alfano's cribs provide hiding places, breeding sites and feeding areas for baitfish and game fish.

With the help of his parents, Wayne and Sandy Alfano, fellow Scout Chris Butler and other volunteers, Joe placed the 300-pound structures in the lake. Joe's father, Wayne, is the Commission's Assistant Regional Supervisor in the Northeast Law Enforcement Region. Joe became an Eagle Scout last October.

Joe Alfano (2nd from right, back row), with the help of fellow Boy Scouts,
placed 20 cribs in Beltzville Lake as part of his Eagle Scout requirement.
photos-Karen Cimms and Wayne Alfano

 

 Crib on boat

 Crib

 Crew

 

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January/February 2000 Angler & Boater


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