WATERSHED MANAGEMENT

WHAT IS A WATERSHED?

A watershed is an area of 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.

WHAT WATERSHED DO YOU LIVE IN?

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STREAMBANK STABILIZATION PROJECTS

Streambank stabilization projects are completed around the county to mitigate streambank erosion and reduce the amount of sediment pollution to streams. Sediment pollution degrades the water quality for drinking, recreation, and wildlife. 

Several streambank stabilization projects have been completed by the district using Growing Greener Grants. These projects have used natural channel design to stabilize the streambank and provide habitat for aquatic organisms. 

UPCOMING STREAMBANK STABILIZATION PROJECTS

Raccoon Creek Streambank Remediation Phase 2

The Beaver County Conservation District was awarded $25,285.00 through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greener Grant Plus program to continue streambank remediation work along Raccoon Creek. With this grant, the district will be implementing natural channel design to stabilize the eroding bank which will reduce sedimentation to Racoon Creek. It will also provide habitat for aquatic animals. This project is Phase 2 of a stabilization project that was completed by Allegheny County Conservation District.

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The site at the completion of phase 1 construction prior to phase 2. 

Raccoon Creek Streambank Stabilization

In 2019 the Beaver County Conservation District was awarded a grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greener Grant Plus program to complete a streambank stabilization project along Raccoon Creek in Independence Township. The construction of the structures has been completed. The project protects hiking trails that are used by the public and for environmental education programs, as well as provides habitat for aquatic animals and reduces sedimentation to Raccoon Creek. Live stakes will be planted to complete the project in the fall. 

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Before photo of the project site.

OTHER UPCOMING PROJECTS

Raccoon Creek Canoe Launch Parking Lot

The Beaver County Conservation District was awarded $4,000.00 through Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Canoe Access Development fund to improve an existing parking lot along Raccoon Creek in Independence Township. The parking lot is one of the five canoe, kayak, and floating access points that form the Racoon Creek Water Trail. The canoe launch parking lot improvement has been completed. The gravel parking lot provides users a safe place to park and use the canoe launch. 

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BCCD'S FISHING LINE RECYCLING PROGRAM

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.

 

 - 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.

Locations:

  • Brady's Run Park

  • Monaca Boat Launch

  • Brush Creek Park

  • Lock 57 Park

A MESSAGE FROM BCCD'S WATERSHED SPECIALIST

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.

Hannah Ward

Watershed Specialist

hannah.ward@bccdpa.us