Thompson Run is a wild brown trout fishery. The habitat enhancement was completed in 2017. Enhancement included bank stabilization and multiple structures were built and installed to significantly reduce sedimentation deposited downstream. For more information, follow the link below:
In addition, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) offered this:
Partnering Leads to Success on Thompson Run Project
This summer, District 2 partnered with The U.S. Youth Fly Fishing Team to help restore a portion of the bank along Thompson Run, located on Route 26 in Centre County. Mr. John Ford, the President of The US Youth Fly Fishing Team, contacted District 2 in November 2015 to point out an erosion/sedimentation problem in that area that had the potential to undermine a stretch of roadway and also decrease the trout population. The Roadway Permit Department, Environmental Permit Department and Centre County Maintenance started work toward rectifying the problem.
Thompson Run is recognized as having the second-highest quality of water in the state of Pennsylvania, making this project not only imperative but delicate to deal with. Thompson Run is a small stream in the State College area that joins with Slab Cabin Run–forming a tributary to Spring Creek, a renowned fly-fishing stream. Spring Creek is reported to have more trout per acre of water than any other body of water west of the Mississippi. The more sediment that goes into the stream, the more difficult it becomes to sustain a healthy trout population.
After being briefed about the stream bank problem and Mr. Ford’s overall Thompson Run/Slab Cabin Run habitat enhancement plan, Centre County Maintenance participated in this project by performing the following: assisted Trout Unlimited in placing log structures into the bank to redirect water away from the bank during high flows and help create a fish habitat, removed an abandoned 24” storm sewer outfall, backfilled the area with stone & top soil and placed an erosion control blanket over the material to keep it in place. Centre County Maintenance contributed $25,994.26 to this project. Other agencies and business that participated in the project were: PA Fish and Boat Commission, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, The Pennsylvania State University, PA Trout Unlimited, National Trout Unlimited, Centre County Conservation District, College Township and The Coldwater Heritage Partnership, Rothrock State Forest under DCNR, Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc., The Delta Program within the State College Area School District, and Pinnacle Erosion Control under Scott’s Landscaping.
The benefits of this partnering effort are summed up by John Ford’s observation, “Without the help of everyone, this project would not become reality. Not only will the bank be restored to the original condition, but the trout will remain plentiful for future generations of fly-fishers to enjoy.”
Garnet M Ninosky | Safety Press Officer/CRC I
PA Department of Transportation | Engineering, District 2-0
Pictured from L to R: Dan Hawbaker, Phil Thomas (National Trout Unlimited), John Ford (President of the USA Youth Fly Fishing Team), Mark Potter (District Forester for Rothrock Forest), Dave Yeager (Assistant District Forester for Rothrock Forest), Tali MacArthur (PA Trout Unlimited), Troy Franks (Glen O. Hawbaker Inc.)