On Tuesday, the Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP) announced the award of over $74,000 in grants to organizations to protect and conserve Pennsylvania’s coldwater streams. CHP is a collaborative effort between the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, Fish and Boat Commission, and Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited. The purpose of CHP is to provide leadership, coordination, technical assistance, and funding for the protection of Pennsylvania’s coldwater streams.
CHP awards planning and implementation grants to conservation organizations across the state. Planning grants are awarded to organizations to create coldwater conservation plans that evaluate the biological, physical, and chemical features of a stream or watershed to identify potential threats, impacts, and opportunities for future protections. The implementation grants help organizations complete projects recommended in conservation plans or similar documents. Potential projects must conserve, protect, or enhance the resources.
Grants were awarded to the following organizations:
Berks County Conservation District will complete an assessment and coldwater conservation plan for Cacoosing Creek.
Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation will conduct as assessment of natural trout populations, aquatic connectivity, and AMD/AML impacts to Toby Creek in Luzerne County.
Elk County Conservation District will create a coldwater conservation plan for the Elk Creek Drainage by completing a comprehensive evaluation of Elk Creek habitat, biota, and water quality.
Penn Soil RC&D Council will complete as assessment of Pithole Creek in Forest and Venango counties to document water quality issues and develop remediation and restoration options.
Seneca Chapter of Trout Unlimited will coordinate efforts to assess Skinner Creek Watershed’s current condition and write a comprehensive plan for the creek in McKean County.
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy will complete an assessment of the current conditions of the Middle Fork East Branch Clarion River Watershed to identify opportunities to improve this vital coldwater resource in Elk County.
Central Pennsylvania Conservancy will complete a 34-acre acquisition, including the LeTort’s spring-fed wetland headwaters, for addition to the Spring Run and Rail Trail Greenway. The project will include opportunities for restoration, coldwater education, appreciation, and conservation training in Cumberland County.
Cumberland Valley Trout Unlimited Chapter will complete instream habitat work to improve natural reproduction and survivability of coldwater aquatic species in Yellow Breeches Creek.
Mifflin County Conservation District will complete a comprehensive stream improvement project including fish habitat structures, bank stabilization, fishing access improvements, and riparian buffer plantings.
Patriots Cove will complete an instream habitat improvement effort on Beaver Run in Wyoming County.
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy will remove a dam on John’s Run, a High-Quality tributary to Callen Run, to restore fish and aquatic organism passage to over four miles of wild trout habitat in this headwaters stream in Jefferson County.
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy will provide outreach to landowners about riparian buffers and other conservation practices, establish riparian buffers, and complete water quality monitoring on Plum Creek in Blair County.
Additional information about the grant opportunity, as well as plans, reports, and photographs from previous grant awardees can be found at the Coldwater Heritage Partnership website. Questions should be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-359-5233.