The Tubmill Creek watershed has been deemed an important freshwater resource for the Laurel Highlands region and has been identified as a priority watershed due to its richness in aquatic life. This trout-stocked fishery encompasses 54 square miles of rural landscape, flowing through farms and forests on its way to the Conemaugh River.
Its upper reaches, originating in the forests of Laurel Ridge, have been designated as Exceptional Value by the PA Department of Environmental Protection. In 2007, WPC staff completed a detailed watershed assessment and restoration plan for Tubmill Creek. Through this assessment, WPC identified poor agricultural practices, dirt and gravel roads and acid mine drainage as negatively impacting water quality in Tubmill Creek.
WPC will work to remove sediment and nutrient impacts through installation of best management practices (BMP’s) on cooperating agricultural lands. WPC will also redesign and repair dirt and gravel roads and stabilize eroding stream banks on both private and public lands.
The Tubmill Creek watershed has been deemed a priority watershed due to its richness in aquatic life.