Warren County Recycling Opportunity- electronics, etc.

Recycling of Electronics and Household Hazardous Waste:  April 29, 2017.  Pre-registration required. Fees reasonable.  See flyer below.  Help us to keep these wastes out of our waterways!!

Allegheny River – 2017 River of the Year Update

Details about the River of the Celebrations Announced

Penn Soil RC&D is beginning to add information to their web page about the upcoming River of the Year activities.  Go to PennSoil.org to learn more.

Sponsorship Materials information and application can be found there.  Don’t miss out on Supporting this Western PA and New York State celebration

Mini-Grant Program – Penn Soil is offering a min-grant program with grants up to $500 to others fund their own River of the Year Events.  See the web page for full details and application.

A Calendar of Event is being developed.  If you have event to add contact Penn Soil thru the website or call Wes Ramsey at 814-726-1441


WPC Brokenstraw Project Update

Thank you to all who came out this week! Your hard work continues to amaze me. To date, we’ve installed over 2200 feet of soil bioengineering techniques along Brokenstraw Creek and its tributaries. If it was just me I’d still be out there snipping and hammering trying to get the first 1000’ installed. We truly appreciate your help!

We finished two of the three sites we worked on this week. I honestly thought we’d still be working on the second site next week, but it’s finished and we’ve got just a bit to finish on the third. If the rains aren’t too severe this weekend, we plan to meet at the Country Fair in Youngsville at 8:30 am on Tuesday, April 18th. I’ll be on the Napa side in the blue Nissan Frontier, loaded with our equipment and tools. I anticipate finishing this site on Tuesday, so this will be the last opportunity for SBE this spring with us. We will have the riparian planting on May 9th in the Columbus area, if you’d still like to volunteer but can’t make it out for this Tuesday.

As before, if you are planning to come, please let me know. That way if there is a last minute cancellation or change in plans, I can notify you.

What to bring:

Attire: Dress for the weather, in layers. This is northwest PA in April, so we can expect varying conditions. An extra change of clothes may be advisable to keep in your vehicle, in case you get wet. I’ll be wearing chest waders, and if you have chest or hip waders they’d come in handy. I wear a lightweight pair of hunting chaps over my waders to protect against sticks and briars, but that’s just personal preference. If no waders are available, a waterproof pair of knee-high rubber boots or hikers will be fine. We will be working in and around streams, but if no waterproof option is accessible to you, there are other jobs to be done “in the dry.”

Food: We’ll take a break around noon or so for lunch. Please pack or purchase beforehand. There’s not much around our sites, a Subway and a Dairy Queen are the nearest “quick” places out on the main highway though.

Medical Supplies: We have a basic first aid kit. Please bring any epi-pens or etc. that you may need.

Tools: Hand pruners, loppers, a sharp knife, small limb saw, rubber mallet/deadblow hammer, a steel mallet and 1-2 pick mattocks are pretty much all the tools we’ll need. We have several sets of loppers, pruners, and hammers to loan out, but if you have your own of these or any of the other tools you are willing to bring, the more the merrier. Work gloves are also strongly recommended. We’ve got some cotton ones to give out, but if you like leather or a different type, please bring them.

I think that about covers it. If you plan to attend Tuesday (or the Riparian Planting May 9th), please let me know. Any questions, feel free to give me a call or email. I’ll be out of the office Monday but will check email in the afternoon. My contact information is below.

Thank you,

Luke Bobnar

Watershed Technician, Upper Allegheny & Lake Erie

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Watershed Conservation Program

Allegheny Regional Office

159 Main Street

Ridgway, PA 15853

Phone: (814) 776-1114

(Mon.,Weds., Fri. 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

(Tues., Thurs. 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Fax: (814) 776-1118

Email: lbobnar@paconserve.org


Registration Open for Chautauqua Lake Cleanup

Chautauqua Lake Cleanup is scheduled for Sat. May 20.  Volunteer check-in and check-out will occur at the Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association in Celoron, NY.  Preregistration is required.  Click HERE to register now!

This is the third Annual Chautauqua Lake Cleanup.  Come join us in cleaning up the Lake.  Volunteer check-in will begin at 8 am.  The cleanup will run from Approximately 8 am thru 3 pm.  Coffee and doughnuts will be provided in the am and a hot dog lunch will be provided at 1 pm by the Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association.

Go to the 2017 Activities Tab  towards the top of the page for more details.

Support CCWA Online May 17th, 2017

Support Conewango Creek Watershed on May 17!

Support CCWA on May 17!!

Conewango Creek Watershed Association(CCWA) is happy to announce that it once again will be included in the supported nonprofits in the “Warren Gives” online donation campaign to be held May 17, 2017 from 6 AM to 10 pm.  This is an important source of funding for CCWA which is a nearly all-volunteer organization.

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Cornplanter Chapter of Trout Unlimited Plans Fall Project

Morrison Run In-stream Habitat  Work Scheduled for September 23,2017

Volunteers will meet at the Dollar General/Old Sears Parking Lot at 8:00 a.m. Please mark your calendars and pass this on to anyone who is interested in helping with this project.  More information will be sent out later this year.   This will be the 9th year the Cornplanter Chapter with the help of Warren County Conservation District, US Forest Service and others, have done a fish and aquatic organism habitat restoration project on Morrison Run.  The Restoration Plan still has three devices left to install:  Modified Mud Sill, Channel Block and Log Framed Cross Vane.  Most of the work has been done by volunteers.

“Thank you for the great turnout last year!!! (18 volunteers)  Everyone did Excellent Work.  Fish-On!!!” says Cornplanter Chapter Director Jim Lawson.


A Woodland Workshop That’s for the Birds

Working in Your Woods, A Bird’s Eye View

The Appalachian Mountain Joint Venture and Forest Service have been working with partners (American Bird Conservancy, Ruffed Grouse Society, Audubon Pennsylvania, PA Game Commission, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resource) to organize a free, two-day workshop at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford in June (9-10) for forest landowners: Working in Your Woods, A Bird’s Eye View.

Workshop Dates:

June 9th:  11:00am-5:30pm

June 10th:  9:00am-5:00pm

Workshop Location:
Mukaiyama University Room
Frame-Westerberg Commons,
University of Pitt-Bradford
Bradford, PA
No registration fee and free lunches provided each day

To see the flyer click HERE.

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