Beaver County Conservation District

156 Cowpath Road

Aliquippa, PA 15001

Phone: (724) 378-1701

email: beavercounty.conservationdistrict@bccdpa.us

 

Watershed Management

 

What is a watershed?

 

A watershed is the land that water runs over or under on its way to a larger body of water.  The water can be surface water or ground water. Smaller watersheds make up larger watersheds.

 

Check it out - BEAVER COUNTY WATERSHED MAP

Contact our Watershed Specialist, Hannah Schrauder with questions.

BCCD's Fishing line recycling Program

Reel In and Recycle

 

Most monofilament line is non-biodegradable and may last up to 600 years.  Monofilament is essentially a single, long strand of flexible plastic. Like most plastics, monofilament is petroleum-based and capable of persisting in our lakes, rivers, and oceans for centuries.

 

Fishing line cannot be put into our household recycling bins.

 

Every day, improperly discarded monofilament fishing line causes devastating problems for marine life and the environment.

 

 - Discarded line can tangle itself around fish and other marine life.  Many aquatic animals also swallow monofilament unwittingly, leading to internal damage and slow starvation.

 - Birds can become entangled or ingest the line, often dying as a result.

 - Swimmers are at risk from entanglements.

 - The line can also damage boat propellers.

 

Monofilament fishing line can be recycled!

 

Our goal is to eliminate stray fishing line from our local waters and keep our wildlife, our swimmers, and our boaters safe.

 

To help keep line out of the environment, the Beaver County Conservation District is partnering with the BoatUS Foundation to install monofilament recycling bins at popular Beaver County fishing spots.

Locations:

  • Brady's Run Park

  • Monaca Boat Launch

  • Brush Creek Park

  • Lock 57 Park

Streambank Stabilization Projects

 

Streambank stabilization projects are completed around the county to help reduce the erosion of streambanks and the amount of sediment in streams. The erosion of streambanks leads to excess sediment in streams, known as sediment pollution. This degrades the water quality for drinking, recreation, and wildlife. The district completes streambank stabilization projects to help mitigate this issue. For questions please contact Hannah Schrauder.

PaSEC Water Quality Monitoring Program

The Pennsylvania Senior Environmental Corps (PaSEC) is a volunteer program run by Nature Abounds and DEP. The purpose of the program is to use information collected at each of the PaSEC sites to create an image of Pennsylvania’s streams and the quality of our life, which could also play an important role in decision making. The goals of the program are:

  1. To utilize and promote the environmental ethic, expertise and commitment of Commonwealth senior citizens to expand their involvement in protecting and caring for their communities environment for present and future generations.

  2. To implement a pilot statewide water monitoring program that provides standardization of monitoring practices and data collection, to be entered in a statewide database that can be used by volunteers and watershed managers.

 

Thousands of miles of Pennsylvania streams have never been checked by any water quality agency due to the lack of resources. So citizen volunteers play an enormous and vital role in the state’s efforts to monitor and improve the quality of Pennsylvania’s waterways.

 

Older volunteers are especially important in creating a statewide citizen water quality monitoring program because of their lifelong experiences and knowledge, and their commitment to “doing it right.” Not only can older citizens carry out vital monitoring and reporting efforts, but also they can educate and inform others in their communities, about the value of water quality monitoring performed at a high level of quality control.

 

BCCD currently has a volunteer group that does water quality monitoring. If you would like to join this group or create another group please contact Hannah Schrauder.

Watershed News

Bradys Run

Bradys Run Lake is a 28-acre reservoir owned by Beaver County and is the central attraction in Brady’s Run County Park, located southwest of Beaver Falls in Chippewa Township. A lake restoration project was completed in 2010.  The lake was drawn down to remove sediment that has accumulated behind the dam over the past 24 years. The plan called for the lake to be drained and dredged to its original basin.  It also included upstream restoration of Bradys Run to reduce the flow of sediment into the lake as well as upgrades to the boat launch area and the handicapped fishing and swimming area shorelines. The Bradys Run Sanitary Authority recently completed a streambank stabilization project on the North Branch.

Raccoon Creek

The Watershed Plan for Basin 20D, which is situated in Beaver, Allegheny, and Washington Counties, is now complete and was presented to the public on May 27, 2015.  The plan was funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds.  Raccoon Creek Watershed Association has been active in restoring this beautiful watershed. To learn more about the Independence Conservancy, go to their website at www.independenceconservancy.org

Hereford Manor Lakes

The Hereford Manor Lakes, which are owned by the PA Fish and Boat Commission, were drained and dam breached in 2012, because the dam structure was classified as hazardous by the Department of Environmental Protection.  The area will be preserved as some type of fishing facility and green space.The Hereford Manor Lakes Conservancy and Watershed Group is a grassroots organization of concerned citizens who formed to work with a coalition of state, federal and local legislators, township officials, and county conservationists along with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.  For watershed group membership information, visit the website at ww.herefordmanorlake.org.

Lake Study

In 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a National Lake Assessment for U.S. Lakes. 1,038 lakes were sampled. Greater than 35% of the lakes have nutrient pollution. About 35% of lakes have excess nitrogen and 40% have excess phosphorous. This causes algae blooms, low levels of oxygen, and harm to wildlife.  An algal toxin, microscystin, was found in about 39% of lakes. A herbicide called atrazine was found in 30% of lakes. 31% of lakes have degraded benthic macroinvertebrate communities. A comparison between the 2007 and 2012 assessment was conducted and there was little change between the surveys. The most notable changes were a decrease of 13% of lakes that have drawdown of water levels, a 8.3% increase in cyanobacteria, and a 9.5% increase in microcystin. 

Additional information can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/national-aquatic-resource-surveys/nla 

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