The Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP) is a collaborative effort between the PA Fish & Boat Commission, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds and Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited.

The purpose of the Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP) is to provide leadership, coordination, technical assistance, and funding support for the evaluation, conservation and protection of Pennsylvania's coldwater streams.

While Pennsylvania has over 86,000 miles of streams, only 30% are considered high-quality coldwater fisheries. Of that, less than 2% are designated as highly productive waters that contain naturally reproducing wild trout. The CHP's primary focus is to foster protection and improvement of these streams and their watersheds.

Goals of the program include:
  • Foster a greater public understanding of watershed characteristics and how they affect coldwater ecosystems;
  • Identify special areas of concern, such as areas with exceptional water quality with high potential for impacts;
  • Produce conservation plans that will lead to additional planning or implementation of projects that protect and enhance our coldwater ecosystems; and
  • Provide technical assistance and financial opportunities to organizations dedicated to protecting coldwater ecosystems.

Coldwater Heritage Partnership 2015 Grant Program Now Open. 
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Coldwater Heritage Partnership Grantee Honored by Planning Commission

The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) revealed the names of Winners and Honorees at the Inaugural Celebration of Excellence in Planning at Lehigh University on October 23, 2014. A diverse panel of judges selected a winner from among the candidates in each of the nine categories.

Plainfield Township in partnership with the Coldwater Heritage Partnership, ELM Group, URS Corp, Aquatic Resource Consulting, Green Knight Economic Development Corp, and the PA Department of Environmental Protection were honored in the Environmental Project category and won the award for the Little Bushkill Creek Restoration Plan.  

Plainfield Township, in Northampton County, received a grant from the Coldwater Heritage Partnership in 2012 to develop a Coldwater Conservation Plan that documented baseline data for the Little Bushkill Creek coldwater ecosystem and watershed. The document serves as a foundation for water resource protection through prioritized recommendations, and will be used to increase community awareness of the watershed, the natural resources, and the environmental and conservation issues of concern.