Watershed News

Fish & Macro Sampling Results 2009
2012 Land Donation along Peters Creek

The Peters Creek Watershed Association accepted a donation of a 14 acre parcel in Jefferson Hills and South Park Twp in December of 2012 from John H. White, Zeniade W. Marshall and Howard H. White. This property is comprised of wooded floodplain and wooded steep slopes. Approximately 1200 feet of Peters Creek flows through the parcel. We will maintain this land as open space for passive recreation, fishing access and environmental education. This parcel was identified in our Peters Creek Land Conservation Plan of 2008 as high quality natural infrastructure worthy of long-term protection.

2013 Fish & Macroinvertebrate Surveys

During the spring of 2013 we will be conducting fish and macroinvertebrate surveys of sites on Peters Creek and Piney Fork that were last surveyed in 2009. Many of these sites were impacted by the July 2011 water main break and salt spill that impacted lower Piney Fork and Peters Creek from Greenman's Tunnel to the Mon River. Dr. David Argent, fisheries expert from California University of Pennsylvania, and his colleagues and students are leading this effort. This type of work can not be accomplished without experts to sample and identify the fish and macros captured. We are extremely appreciative of their help in this effort. The surveys will permit us to better understand how these streams are recovering from the salt spill.

2012 PA Department of Environmental Protection Growing Greener Grant

The Peters Creek Watershed Association recently received a $11,275 grant from the PA DEP Growing Greener Program. This grant will be used to work with Allegheny County Parks to reforest a 400 foot segment of Sleepy Hollow Run in South Park County Park. We will also work to enhance the forested buffer along another 1000 foot section of stream within the park by removing invasives and planting trees and shrubs where necessary. Forested riparian buffers are essential along streams to maintain good water quality. This reforestation project is part of an effort to remove Sleepy Hollow Run from the Pennsylvania Impaired Waters List. We are seeking volunteers for this effort.

2013 Dominion Watershed Mini-Grant

The Peters Creek Watershed Association recently received a $900 grant from the Dominion Foundation and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to purchase a Colorimeter. This water sampling instrument will help us to better understand the excess nutrient problem that is especially bad along Peters Creek and Piney Fork. Excess nutrients within the stream create profuse beds of filamentous algae, especially during the spring months. When this algae dies off it can use up all of the oxygen within certain parts of the stream and create dead zones.

Partnering with 3 Rivers Quest for Stream Monitoring

We are partnering with 3 Rivers Quest to regularly sample sites throughout the watershed. Data for the Peters Creek Watershed as well as for the rest of the Monongahela, Allegheny and upper Ohio watersheds can be found at their site 3riversquest.org. We're always in need of more stream monitors. If you can help contact peterscreekwsa@verizon.net

Peters Creek Watershed User's Manual & Activity Page

The Peters Creek Watershed Association recently published a User's Manual & Activity Page. The User's Manual introduces the concept of a watershed and explains what the Peters Creek watershed is, introduces major pollution threats to the watershed's streams and promotes ongoing efforts to keep the Peters Creek watershed healthy. It also provides simple examples of how individuals can contribute to this effort. Click on thumbnails for a larger version.

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