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TJ Team takes First Place at the 2013 Allegheny County Envirothon

CONGRATULATIONS to Thomas Jefferson's Envirothon Team "The Loams" for winning the 2013 Allegheny County Envirothon. At the Envirothon, teams of five high school students compete in field testing using their knowledge in five topic areas Soils and Land Use, Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Wildlife, and a current Environmental Issue. TJ's winning team will now compete at the Pennsylvania Envirothon on May 21-22 where over $10,000 in scholarships and prizes will be awarded. GOOD WORK and GOOD LUCK!

Peters Creek & Piney Fork Spring Cleanup April 6, 2013

A BIG THANKS to everyone who helped clean up the banks of Peters Creek and Piney Fork on April 6th. Thirty folks from Cub Scout Pack 562 of Pleasant Hills, Girl Scouts of South Park, Montour Trail Council, Tri-Community Anglers, Peters Creek Watershed Association, Pennsylvania American Water Company employees and individual citizens helped to make the clean-up a great success!Photos

Land Donation along Peters Creek in Jefferson Hills

The Peters Creek Watershed Association recently accepted a donation of 14 acres of wooded floodplain and steep slopes through which Peters Creek flows. The land was graciously donated by John H. White, Zeniade W. Marshall and Howard H. White and is located along Piney Fork Road between Lick Run and the Wheeling & Lake Erie Connellesville Branch Trestle. This property is within the stocked portion of Peters Creek and will be maintained as open space for passive recreation and fishing access.

Fish & Macroinvertebrate Surveys 2013

Dr. David Argent, Dr. William G Kimmel and their students from the California University of Pennsylvania will be helping us to survey fish and macroinvertebrates in Peters Creek and Piney Fork this spring in order to better understand how the stream is recovering from the water main break and salt spill at Greenman's Tunnel in July of 2011. We greatly appreciate their help.

Reforestation Project along Sleepy Hollow Run

We were awarded a 2012 Growing Greener Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to work with Allegheny County Parks to restore a forested buffer along Sleepy Hollow Run in South Park County Park. Adequate forested buffers along streams are essential if we are to maintain good water quality. We are looking for volunteers to help with this effort as well as others. If you want to help contact us at

Dominion Mini-Grant for Water Sampling Equipment

We received a 2013 Dominion Watershed Mini-Grant from the Dominion Foundation and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to purchase water sampling equipment that will help us to better understand excess nutrient problems in watershed streams. The profuse beds of long, stringy algae that often form in Peters Creek and Piney Fork at this time of year are caused by an overload of nutrients entering the stream.

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