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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Upper Allegheny River Watershed Study Underway

Upper Allegheny River Watershed Study Underway

alleghenyTrained volunteers from the Upper Allegheny Watershed Association have begun their mission of assessing a number of streams above Coudersport. Their data will be used with other resources to develop a conservation plan for the Allegheny Headwaters region.

Goal is to survey about 78 miles of streams by Aug. 30. Countless lives are affected by the Allegheny River, which traces its origins to a plateau in northern Potter County.

Purpose of the conservation plan is to protect the headwaters region from pollution and other degradation through a partnership that would involve public agencies, private property owners and local governments.

Development and pollution have negatively impacted about 75 percent of Pennsylvania’s 83,000 miles of streams. Only about 400 miles qualify as highly productive waters that contain naturally reproducing wild trout. A significant portion of the latter are in the Allegheny headwaters.

Upper Allegheny Watershed Association has qualified for a Coldwater Heritage Grant to develop a conservation plan for Mill Creek and the headwaters of the Allegheny River from their origins to their convergence in downtown Coudersport.

Partners include Trout Unlimited, Pa. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pa. Fish and Boat Commission and the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds. Purpose of the plan is to:
  • gather data about the ecosystem;
  • identify potential impacts, threats, problems and opportunities, as well as areas of special concern;
  • recommend action for conservation and protection;
  • build community awareness and support for the conservation of the Upper Allegheny River Basin.
Phase I of the assessment includes the following streams: Allegheny River, Reese Hollow, Steer Brook, Baker Creek, Prosser Hollow, Lent Hollow, Peet Brook, Dwight Creek, Kohler Hollow, Toombs Hollow, Pigeon Hollow, Wambold Hollow, Gross Hollow and Woodcock Creek. Phase II will include Mill Creek, North Hollow, South Hollow, Lyman Creek, Nelson Run, Bates Hollow, Dry Run and Trout Run.

The surveyors will be wearing “UAWA Volunteer” hats for identification purposes. Contact person is Frank Weeks, available at 544-7365.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

shouldn't DEP and the EPA be doing this??? not volunteers?