Thorn Creek Project 2019

This year’s Thorn Creek Habitat Improvement Project wrapped up on Sunday, August 4, 2019 with the planting of 200 live stakes of native riparian shrub species on the newly installed habitat devices. During the two week construction period, work crews from the CWA, PA Fish and Boat Commission, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, CN Railroad, Penn Township, and Phil Hay and Sons Excavating installed over 1400 feet of instream habitat devices. These devices included 25 sections of mud sill, 3 root wad deflectors, 7 log frame deflectors and a log cross vane. All of these devices will serve to stabilize the stream bank, provide overhead cover, and move pressure from the primary water current away from eroding stream banks.

Thorn Creek Habitat Improvement Project

The next phase of the CWA’s Stream Habitat Improvement Project will begin on Monday, July 22, 2019 and will last approximately two weeks. During this time, over 1200 feet of instream habitat improvements will be constructed on Thorn Creek in Penn Township just east of the Route 8 bridge. Stop by and see how we are working to improve the watershed!

Oneida Reservoir Cleanup

On Saturday, March 30, 2019, the Connoquenessing Watershed Alliance partnered with several local groups to conduct a litter cleanup along the shores of the Oneida Reservoir.  The Oneida Reservoir, owned by Pennsylvania American Water, is open for public fishing and is a key water supply source for the Butler community.  Members of the CWA, Butler County Conservation District, Butler Area School District National Junior Honor Society, Oakland Township, and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission worked diligently to remove litter and dumped items from the shores of the lake, helping to prevent any possible contamination of this drinking water source.  During the course of the event, participants collected over a ton of garbage, including more than 60 bags of miscellaneous trash, three televisions and two toilets.  The garbage, collected on a trailer donated by Oakland Township, will be deposited in a local landfill as part of the Great Pennsylvania Cleanup.  Thank you to all who came out to assist with such a worthy cause!

Oneida Reservoir Cleanup

Come join the CWA as we work with Pennsylvania American Water and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to clean the shores of Oneida Reservoir. The cleanup will take place on Saturday, March 30, starting at 9 AM at the Hohn Road bridge crossing the upper portion of the lake. Safety vests, work gloves and trash bags will be provided as this event is registered with the Great Pennsylvania Cleanup.

Catfish Release Day

Save the date – Saturday, April 27, 2019 will be the Catfish Release Day and Family Fishing Festival at Glade Run Lake. More information to come but it promises to be a fun event!

March Meeting

The March meeting of the CWA will take place on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 6 pm at the Penn State Cooperative Extension office at Sunnyview Home. Lots of topics to be covered including a clean-up, riparian buffer plantings, Glade Run catfish day, and the restoration projects for this summer.

Riparian Buffer Planting

The CWA partnered with the Butler Area School District to plant 150 live stakes of native tree and shrub species at the Thorn Creek Habitat Improvement Project.  Students from the Butler Intermediate High School researched the tree species for plantings, and installed them as part of the Fisheries Science course at school.

Thorn Creek Project

It looks like the project survived the recently flooding well, with some tree movement in between devices.  As the water receded, we’ll check for any needed repairs.