Public Meeting Dec. 19 On Dirt/Gravel Road Program
That far-reaching legislation pumps thousands of dollars toward the region for improved maintenance of dirt and gravel roads, with a goal of limiting damage to area rivers and streams. Potter County Conservation District is administering the program.
A public meeting of the district’s quality assurance board to discuss the program will be held at 11 am Friday, Dec. 19, at the district office, located behind Kightlinger Motors in the Coudersport Industrial Park.
Sediment is a significant stream pollution problem. It fills in channels, smothering trout eggs and destroying aquatic insect habitat. Funding for unpaved roads has grown from $5 million annually to $35 million for each of the next five years. Some $7 million will go to the Pa. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources to maintain its road systems. Another $8 million will be used to maintain low-volume paved roads. Conservation districts will administer the remainder.
In the past, funding shortages have created a backlog of local stream protection projects in Potter, Cameron and surrounding counties. Still, for more than 15 years the program has kept thousands of tons of sediment from entering prime trout streams. For more information, contact Adam Causer at the Potter County Conservation District office, telephone 274-8522. (Photo shows Adam Causer, right, being welcomed earlier this year by director Chris Mitterer as the Conservation District’s dirt, gravel and low-volume road specialist.)