Conservation Projects -2018 to 2019

Stream Projects - 2018 -2019

SCCTU proposed projects to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) as part of the Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grant program for the 2018 - 2019  period.   NFWF approved of this plan and funded the proposal for the full requested amount $160,700  (click here to see the full grant request).  Three projects were proposed at a total cost of  $261,340 (matching amount of $100,640).  The project was completed in 2019 with significant additional contributions leading to extensive espansion of the work at Houserville.  The total cost of the project was $395,709. 

The three projects are as follows:

  • Rock Road, focuses on reducing sedimentation and erosion entering the stream while also providing enhanced habitat for trout and associated species. This section is lacking diverse cover and the substrate within the stream is embedded with silt from the eroding streambanks, preventing the stream from reaching its full potential. The scope of the project includes installing in-stream structures including log and stone deflectors and random boulder clusters and riparian planting of native trees and shrubs along 315 feet of stream. Before and After

  • Houserville - This area included areas of high erosion and sedimentation and lacks a riparian buffer.High levels of erosion and sedimentation have led to embedded stream gravel and lack of overhead fish cover prevents trout from using the area as spawning habitat. Exposing clean spawning gravel and providing thermal protection by installing structures with overhead fish cover for trout would be one of the major benefits of a restoration project implementation at this site. The scope of the project at this site includes installing structures such as mudsills, toe logs, rock cross vanes, rock vanes, log vanes, and random boulder clusters. The project will also include several debris jam removals, a willow tree revetment, the installation of a one-acre pollinator plot, 1.25 acres of poison hemlock treatment/removal, and five acres of riparian restoration to include planting native trees and shrubs.

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  • Gordon D. Kissinger Meadow - Slab Cabin Run, is a major tributary to Spring Creek and supplies a majority of the drinking water to the State College region. Prevention of further erosion, sedimentation, and nutrient pollution is vital at this site. Currently, the scope of the project includes installing a riparian buffer along the length of the stream owned by Centre Region Parks and Recreation (CRPR). This riparian planting is significant to the watershed in that the area was previously under heavy agricultural influence and completely lacked a riparian buffer; CRPR has partnered with SCCTU on this site to restore the riparian buffer and help to prevent further erosion in Slab Cabin Run and sedimentation of Spring Creek.

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  • Partners include the following:

    • U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    • ClearWater Conservancy
    • Glen O. Hawbaker
    • Penn State Department of Ag & Environment
    • Foundation for University of California of  PA
    • College Township
    • BEG Group
    • AK Environmental
    • Pa. Fish and Boat Commision
    • Centre County Conservation District
    • Rick Hoover Logging
    • PA Game Commission
    • University Area Joint Authoriey
    • Chesapeake Foundation
    • Habitat Forever
    • Spring Creek Chapter of TU