WPC Leads Major Restoration Activity on Little Mahoning Creek
Fri, Aug 28th 2009, 09:00. Filed under News Releases.
Pittsburgh, Pa. – August 28, 2009 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) and several partner organizations will complete a project to stop pollution sources and protect habitat for fish and other aquatic life on Little Mahoning Creek in late August and early September 2009.
Classified as a high-quality coldwater fishery, Little Mahoning Creek is a local treasure that draws trout anglers from across the nation. This pristine stream is threatened today by erosion and sediment pollution caused largely by unstable dirt roads and a lack of conservation practices on agricultural lands. Excess sediment smothers fish eggs and destroys habitat for fish, mussels, insects and other stream-dwelling species such as the rare eastern hellbender salamander – which exists only in clean water.
“This project involves installation of more than 30 structures that will prevent many tons of sediment from entering the stream annually,” said Ben Wright, assistant director of WPC’s Watershed Conservation program. “It is a large undertaking, and we are grateful to partner with several organizations and volunteer groups that also care about the future of this watershed.”
The streambank protection structures, which were designed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, are being installed in collaboration with the Little Mahoning Creek Watershed Association, Ken Sink Trout Unlimited, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and Indiana County Conservation District.
“It is a keystone for our watershed association,” said Mike Holiday, vice president of the Little Mahoning Creek Watershed Association. “It is something we can physically take pride in and visually know that we are advancing environmental stewardship within the watershed.”
The restoration project is an outgrowth of a comprehensive assessment of the watershed that was completed by WPC in 2007. It is a component of an action plan that WPC developed to protect the Little Mahoning, which involves active involvement and long-term support from volunteers, students, teachers and community groups and leaders.
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 was responsible for the founding of six state parks and has conserved nearly 225,000 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 8,300 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 10,300 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.
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