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.

Beaver County Conservation District

156 Cowpath Road

Aliquippa, PA 15001

Office: 724.378.1701 | Fax: 724.857.1044

Email: beavercounty.conservationdistrict@bccdpa.us