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Coldwater Heritage Partnership announces 2017 grant awards

Feb 15, 2017
The Coldwater Heritage Partnership is pleased to announce that over $72,000 in grants have been awarded to local organizations to protect and conserve Pennsylvania’s coldwater streams

The Coldwater Heritage Partnership is pleased to announce that over $72,000 in grants have been awarded to local organizations to protect and conserve Pennsylvania’s coldwater streams.  The Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP) is a collaborative effort between the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, PA Fish and Boat Commission and PA Council of Trout Unlimited. 

The purpose of the CHP is to provide leadership, coordination, technical assistance, and funding support for the conservation and protection of Pennsylvania’s coldwater streams. The program awards planning and implementation grants to conservation organizations in an effort to protect and conserve Pennsylvania’s coldwater resources.

The planning grant is awarded to organizations to create a coldwater conservation plan that evaluates the biological, physical, and chemical features of the stream or watershed to identify potential threats, impacts, and opportunities and compile recommendations for future protection.

The implementation grant is awarded to organizations to complete projects listed as recommendations in Coldwater Conservation Plans or similar documents. Potential projects must conserve, protect, or enhance the resources. Grants have been awarded to the following organizations:

Planning Grants

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Jefferson County

  • $5000 to complete an assessment of the water and habitat quality on the tributaries to the Clarion River that flow through Clear Creek State Park and State Forest to identify areas of concern and improvement

Endless Mountains RC&D on behalf of Pine Creek Watershed Council, Tioga, Potter, and Lycoming Counties

  • $5000 to assess the headwater tributaries of the Pine Creek watershed for thermal refuge of naturally reproducing trout populations and those under threat from climate and woolly adelgid impacts

Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR), Luzerne County

  • $4170 to evaluate the fishery habitat and watershed restoration needs of the Abrahams Creek and develop a coldwater conservation plan that will outline recommendations for future watershed implementation and restoration projects.

Scrubgrass Creek Watershed Association, Venango County

  • $5000 to create a detailed conservation plan to identify any potential impacts and to preserve Bullion Run as a coldwater fishery with natural reproduction of wild trout.

Implementation Grants

Allegheny Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Clearfield County

  • $1944 to plant a riparian buffer and reforest a long abandoned splash dam in Clearfield County

Trout Unlimited, Clinton County

  • $7000 to improve habitat for the existing Class A population of Brook trout and
    reduce an estimated 820 lbs/year of sediment by addressing 1,100 feet of
    streambank restoration along Beaverdam Run

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Warren County

  • $7000 to improve coldwater habitat connectivity between the Allegheny River and Exceptional Value headwaters of the Browns Run watershed by improving habitat diversity and water quality along 2,400 feet of Browns Run near its mouth

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Elk County

  • $7000 to stabilize the eroding bank and trail and improve the diversity and quality of instream habitat for trout and other native species along East Branch Spring Creek

Tubmill Trout Club Unlimited, Westmoreland Caounty

  • $7000 to create and improve instream habitat along 1000 feet of Hendricks Creek

Lackawanna County Conservation District, Lackawanna County

  • $7000 to provide additional trout habitat structures while improving water quality by stabilizing portions of the stream bank along Leggetts Creek

Lehigh County Conservation District, Lehigh County

  • $6775 to remove invasive plant species from the streambanks of a tributary to the Little Lehigh Creek in Emmaus and replace them with a riparian buffer consisting of native trees and shrubs

Wildlands Conservancy, Lehigh County

  • $6800 to restore approximately 250 feet of Little Lehigh Creek where severe bank erosion has led to increased sedimentation, loss of a mature riparian buffer and negative impacts to fish habitat

Upper Allegheny Watershed Association, Potter County

  • $2750 to begin eradication efforts of invasive plants (Japanese knotweed) in the Mill Creek Basin

Additional information about the grant opportunity as well as plans, reports, and photographs from previous grant awardees can be found on the CHP website www.coldwaterheritage.org

For questions about the program, please contact Program Director Tali MacArthur at info@coldwaterheritage.org or 814-359-5233