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Coldwater Heritage Partnership Announces 2017 Grant Awards

The Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP) announces the recipients of the 2017 Coldwater Conservation Grants Program. The program provides two grant opportunities, which help to protect and conserve the health of Pennsylvania’s coldwater ecosystems.

Planning Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

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 wooly 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 were awarded to the following organizations

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 River 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

Congratulations to this year's grantees.