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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Second Round of Grants Distributed From Civil Settlement With Railroad

Headwaters RC&D Sinnemahoning Stakeholders Committee Awards GrantsHeadwaters RC&D Sinnemahoning Stakeholders Committee Grant awardees (l-r) Jim Clark representing Penn State Cooperative Extension, Jeanne Wambaugh, DCNR Bureau of Forestry, Jan Hampton, Cameron County Conservation District, Bill Noah, Bucktail Watershed Assocation, Matt Marusiak, representing PA Council of Trout Unlimited and Dustin Moore, Western PA Conservancy.

The Sinnemahoning Stakeholders Committee of the Headwaters Resources Conservation and Development (RC&D) held a ceremony to announce the award of grants for the second round under the Sinnemahoning Watershed Grant Program.

The Sinnemahoning Watershed Grant Program was initiated through the Headwaters RC&D Sinnemahoning Stakeholders Committee responsible for the management and distribution of funds derived from a civil settlement between the DEP and Norfolk Southern Railway as a result of a sodium hydroxide spill that took place on June 30, 2006 within the Sinnemahoning Watershed.

There were 8 second round projects awarded in 1010 for a total of $82,882.

* Cooks Run Fish Habitat and Enhancement – Cameron County Conservation District for streambank stabilization and fish habitat enhancement along Cooks Run - $19,700

* Driftwood Mile A Minute Vine Eradication – Cameron County Conservation District for treatment of Mile-a-Minute with herbicide in the First Fork of the Sinnemahoning Creek - $2,500.

* Project Generation Watershed – Penn State Cooperative Extension to provide outreach and education about Sinnemahoning Creek Watershed to youth and educators in Cameron County - $17,163.

* Driftwood Volunteer Monitoring Network – Bucktail Watershed Association to purchase equipment to use for volunteer monitoring and watershed education signs for the Sinnemahoning Creek watershed - $4,443.

* Driftwood Branch Riparian Restoration Phase 2 – Bucktail Watershed Association for continued efforts to eradicate Japanese Knotweed in other headwater locations - $11,300.

* Volunteer Monitoring Efforts – PA Council of Trout Unlimited to purchase equipment to train local Trout Unlimited Chapters to do volunteer monitoring with the Sinnemahoning Creek Watershed - $7,476.

* East Cowley Run Road Invasive Project – DCNR to eradicate Japanese Barberry along East Cowley Run road which parallels the entire length of East Cowley Run - $5,300.

* Cherry Run Wetland and Stream Restoration Phase 1 – Western PA Conservancy for the completion of an Acid Mine Drainage Watershed Assessment and Restoration Plan at Cherry Run - $15,000.

The Resource Conservation and Development Program (RC&D) is a voluntary program that helps people protect and develop their economic, natural, and social resources. Program objectives address improving the quality of life, including social, economic, and environmental concerns; continuing prudent use of natural resources; and strengthening local citizens’ ability to use available sources of assistance through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other Federal agency partnerships. The program is administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in cooperation with other USDA agencies.

The Headwaters RC&D Council is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that works to improve quality of life through natural resource conservation projects that result in community improvement, rural economic stability and environmental enhancement in the north central Pennsylvania region. Headwater RC&D manages projects that address agriculture, forest resource, community development, environmental education, water resource, and recreational needs of the region. The counties served by the Headwaters RC&D Council are Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter.

You can find more information on the Headwaters RC&D at

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