WPC & Partners Protect Tributary to Little Mahoning Creek
Fri, Sep 19th 2008, 10:06. Filed under News Releases.
Pittsburgh, PA – September 19, 2008 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) and several partner organizations this week completed a streambank stabilization project that will improve water quality and reduce pollution levels in Straight Run, a headwater tributary to Little Mahoning Creek.
Working with the Ken Sink Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the Little Mahoning Creek Watershed Association, Indiana County Conservation District, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, WPC staff members and volunteers installed protective barriers that deflect water away from eroding streambanks. These measures will significantly improve water quality in the Little Mahoning watershed, an important source of drinking water and home to rare fish and wildlife.
“When we completed our watershed assessment last year, excess erosion and sedimentation came out as the number-one threat to the Little Mahoning,” said Nick Pinizzotto, WPC’s senior director of watershed conservation. “We’re serious about addressing those problems and protecting this sensitive watershed.”
This project was the second completed by WPC and its partners this summer in order to stabilize streambanks, reduce erosion and restore fish and wildlife habitat in the watershed. The partnership first came together to shore up the streambanks of Cessna Run, another tributary of Little Mahoning Creek. So far this year, a total of 275 feet of streambanks, measuring six to 15 feet in height, have been protected. Thanks to strong volunteer participation, the projects were completed for one-third of the estimated cost of hiring contractors to complete the work. At least two additional projects are planned for this fall.
“It takes money and it takes people-power to get this work done, and we are grateful to Trout Unlimited and our other partners for their dedication,” said Pinizzotto.
About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
To date, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) has protected nearly 225,000 acres of natural lands in Pennsylvania. Now in its 76th year, Pennsylvania’s first conservancy continues to partner with grassroots organizations to protect land, restore watersheds and save natural habitats.
WPC preserves Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater®, which was designed in 1935 and entrusted to the Conservancy in 1963 by Edgar Kaufmann jr. A symbol of living in harmony with nature, Fallingwater is open to the public and offers a wide variety of educational programs to its more than 135,000 annual visitors.
Each year, WPC plants and maintains community gardens and greening projects throughout Western Pennsylvania. In 2007, WPC partnered with more than 5,300 volunteers and dozens of community organizations to plant 140 gardens in 19 western Pennsylvania counties.