Public Meeting to Help Shape the Future of the Little Mahoning Creek Watershed
Mon, May 3rd 2010, 15:22. Filed under News Releases.
Blairsville, Pa. – May 3, 2010 – Residents and landowners within the Little Mahoning Creek watershed, as well as other interested groups and individuals, will discuss and plan for the future of this important natural resource at a public meeting hosted by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and the Little Mahoning Creek Watershed Association on Wednesday, May 19.
One of the healthiest waterways in Western Pennsylvania, Little Mahoning Creek provides significant recreational, economic and ecological benefits to the community and surrounding region. Little Mahoning Creek is home to an abundance of fish, mussel and aquatic species, including some that are rare. It also shelters a significant population of eastern hellbender salamanders.
Despite its benefits to the public and wildlife, however, the watershed faces threats such as excessive erosion and sedimentation – and public involvement in safeguarding the stream is critical to its long-term health.
At the public meeting, which takes place from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Marion Center Community Building, representatives from the Conservancy and the Watershed Association will describe efforts, carried out with numerous partners, to protect and improve the creek. In addition, they will discuss opportunities available to landowners interested in conserving the land and water resources on their properties. Time for discussion will follow the presentations, and refreshments will be provided.
“We are excited to show the watershed community the results of our work since the Saving Little Mahoning Creek initiative began in 2007,” said Nick Pinizzotto, WPC’s senior director, watershed conservation and conservation services. “This will also be an opportunity for interested landowners to learn about ways they can participate in the project in the coming years to help protect this unique resource.”
For additional information about the event, please call 724-459-0953.
About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region’s quality of life by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC established six state parks and has conserved more than 228,000 acres of natural lands and waterways. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Mill Run, Pa. that symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 140 community gardens and greenspaces that are planted with the help of 10,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 10,000 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.
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