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  • The Stonycreek-Conemaugh River Improvement Project
    Conemaugh Initiatives News Resources Contact Us Donate SCRIP is the Stonycreek Conemaugh River Improvement Project a coalition of grass roots groups and local resource agencies working to restore and promote the Upper Conemaugh watershed Copyright 2010 Stonycreek Conemaugh River Improvement

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  • The Stonycreek-Conemaugh River Improvement Project
    ridges in Pennsylvania Laurel Ridge tops 2 600 feet to the west and Allegheny Ridge tops 2 700 feet to the east The Conemaugh River cutting through Laurel Ridge forms Conemaugh Gap one of the steepest river gorges in the eastern U S The basin has great potential for canoeing and fishing because of the slopes and elevations of the streams and rivers The many headwaters with native reproducing brook trout illustrate the fishery potential of the basin But the ridges that make the region so beautiful and the headwaters such fine cold water fisheries contained vast coal reserves Over 150 years of mining has left major environmental damage known as abandoned mine drainage or AMD Passive treatment technologies using limestone drains and wetlands have made treatment feasible by increasing pH values and removing metals SCRIP and its partners were successful in implementing the 6 site 5 million Oven Run AMD abatement project that has revived much of the fishery in the Stonycreek River over the last 20 years SCRIP is a coalition of grass roots groups and local resource agencies drawing in sportsmen environmental groups municipalities businesses coal operators schools etc SCRIP was created with assistance from the late

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  • The Stonycreek-Conemaugh River Improvement Project
    its way across a pastured plateau For another nine miles it plunges 500 feet in elevation from Shanksville through the Upper Gorge to Kantner This rugged area has won widespread recognition as a trout fishery The river levels somewhat for seven more miles providing water to Hooversville and passing through Blough and Hollsopple before entering the Stonycreek Canyon from Foustwell to Krings a section bordered by high steep sided mountains The river drops less than 200 feet through the Canyon yet maintains its reputation as a rough and tumble waterway with one of the most continuous pool and rapid stretches in the eastern United States This has made it a favorite of whitewater enthusiasts The river is visible under the towering McNally Bridge which carries Route 219 over the Canyon Below the Canyon the Stonycreek slows across flood plains occupied by Ferndale then Johnstown where concrete walls keep the river in its place during times of high water Shortly after passing the Cambria County War Memorial Johnstown s Incline Plane and Point Stadium the Stonycreek and the Little Conemaugh join at The Point to form the historic Conemaugh River During its 20 year history of water quality work SCRIP s

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  • The Stonycreek-Conemaugh River Improvement Project
    in the Cresson wetlands off the west slope of the Allegheny Front in northeastern Cambria County and is impacted by abandoned mine drainage almost from its source However it manages to support fish life downstream to a point near Lilly where the infamous Hughes Borehole abandoned mine drainage enters The Little Conemaugh has a long history of industrial pollution beginning with clay mines and continuing with coal mine discharges and

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  • The Stonycreek-Conemaugh River Improvement Project
    leadership the largest single public land and water acquisition in Pennsylvania history resulted in the conversion of five reservoirs encompassing over 5 000 acres from private to public ownership in August of 2000 As a board and with the monumental efforts of individual board members acting in their professional capacities SCRIP led the effort to acquire the properties for public use and conservation Formerly owned by Bethlehem Steel Quemahoning Hinckston Wilmore South Fork and Border reservoirs are now under the care of the Cambria Somerset Authority which was formed to manage the properties for public recreation and conservation in perpetuity For more information on this historic public acquisition download Public Acquisition of the Manufacturers Water Company Properties The Real Story written by SCRIP Chairman Len Lichvar below Click here to download Public Acquisition of the Manufacturers Water Company Properties The Real Story Oven Run AMD Treatment Project SCRIP and partners were successful in implementing the 6 site 5 million Oven Run AMD abatement project reviving much of the fishery of the Stonycreek River At each of the 6 sites the project utilizes passive treatment technologies to treat abandoned mine drainage Through the cumulate removal of 800 900 tons of acidity 200 tons of iron and 200 tons of aluminum annually the Oven Run sites have restored fisheries to 10 miles of the Stonycreek River Recreational Projects Que Classic Fishing Tournament From 2006 2010 SCRIP hosted the Que Classic a fishing tournament held at Quemahoning Lake Somerset County The goal is to attract residents to utilize and this resource while educating them about conservation and SCRIP s efforts Annually up to 25 boats carrying 50 participants compete to catch the most fish and the most species of fish Prizes are awarded in many categories Other Projects In addition to the large

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  • The Stonycreek-Conemaugh River Improvement Project
    of the river s restoration within this new time line of events Download Len Lichvar s Restoration Time Line now Stonycreek is named Pennsylvania s River of the Year 2012 Celebrations will occur in June which is PA Rivers Month Details will be announced at a later date In the mean time download this blast from the past newspaper insert publication A River Revival when the entire Kiski Conemaugh River Basin including the Stonycreek was named PA s River of the Year in 2000 Download A River Revival now SCRIP Partners Release Little Paint Creek Coldwater Conservation Plan Download the plan now Upcoming Events Regional News Stonycreek River of the Year Coverage Daily American January 9 2012 Our Town January 9 2012 Tribune Democrat January 9 2012 Hurst Media Works January 17 2012 Tribune Democrat series on Marcellus Shale December 2010 Day 1 Marcellus rush Day 2 Delayed boom Local shale drilling activity lags for now Day 3 Gas drilling boom brings calls to protect resources Day 4 We are watching Day 5 Industry s economic impact will bring jobs Awards SCRIP s latest award is an Ohio River Watershed Award See our Awards page for a complete list of

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  • The Stonycreek-Conemaugh River Improvement Project
    the community and enhance the local economy For information contact Jacqueline Ritko 814 495 4380 or LCWamd hotmail com Mountain Laurel Trout Unlimited MLTU is a volunteer cold water preservation and enhancement group serving Cambria Somerset and Bedford counties in PA www mltu org Natural Biodiversity NB is a program of the Conemaugh Valley Conservancy that conserves the biodiversity of our landscapes and their abilities to sustain themselves by engaging and educating citizen stewards in education conservation service learning planning and monitoring www naturalbiodiversity org Paint Creek Regional Watershed Association The mission of PCRWA is to restore enhance and protect the Paint Creek watershed by engaging the public fostering partnerships monitoring water quality and implementing conservation projects For information contact Rich Wargo President 814 525 0844 Shade Creek Watershed Association SCWA SCWA s mission is to protect and restore water quality for the tributaries of Shade Creek starting with one stream at a time For information contact Larry Hutchinson President 814 754 5953 or shadecreekwa yahoo com www shadecreekwatershed org Somerset Conservation District The mission of the Somerset Conservation District is to provide local leadership education and guidance to the citizens of the County and Commonwealth to ensure the wise use and protection of our precious natural resources www somersetcd com Southern Alleghenies Conservancy RC D Council The Southern Alleghenies Conservancy SAC is a nongovernment nonprofit corporation providing services and support to enhance and preserve natural and cultural resources in a six 6 county service area which includes Bedford Blair Cambria Fulton Huntingdon and Somerset counties The Southern Alleghenies Resource Conservation and Development RC D Council is a USDA program dedicated to conservation and community development in the same six counties Stonycreek Quemahoning Initiative The Stonycreek Quemahoning Initiative Inc a not for profit corporation formed by representatives of recreational sporting conservation economic development and historical groups SQI s mission is to develop and present the assets of the Stonycreek River heritage corridor www thestonycreek com Wells Creek Watershed Association WCWA The mission of WCWA is to clean up Wells Creek and to maintain the stream as a high quality fishery through the construction and maintenance of passive treatment systems and annual fish stockings For information contact Thurman Korns 814 442 3044 or thurmankorns gmail com Documents Conservation in Somerset County Take a moment to read this review of Conservation in Somerset County This booklet covers items such as the historical economic and agricultural impacts on conservation in Somerset Download and read Conservation in Somerset County Stonycreek Little Conemaugh Watershed Fact Sheets To find more detailed information on each of the watersheds that comprise the Stonycreek and Little Conemaugh drainage area download the fact sheets below Crafted by SCRIP board members and partners each contains detailed demographics of the watersheds of the SCRIP focus area Stonycreek Fact Sheet Little Conemaugh Fact Sheet Bethlehem Properties August 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of the transfer of 5 Bethlehem properties to public ownership Click here to learn more Shaffer Mountain Position Position Statement on

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  • The Stonycreek-Conemaugh River Improvement Project
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