In The Field

Lowber Passive Treatment System Gets Quick Repairs

Lowber Passive Treatment System Gets Quick Repairs

Even passive wetland treatment systems need active maintenance from time-to-time. And, recently, some “quick response” repairs were needed at the passive treatment system that removes iron oxide from Sewickley Creek in Lowber. During an inspection of the Lowber site this spring, Rob Cronauer of the Westmoreland Conservation District and Bob and Ben Hedin of Hedin […]

Pavement Removal to Benefit Stream at Westmoreland County Community College

Pavement Removal to Benefit Stream at Westmoreland County Community College

BEFORE (during removal of pavement) AFTER (showing infiltration swales and riparian buffer) Westmoreland County Community College – Riparian Buffer and Stormwater Management Retrofit The Westmoreland County Community College Campus has recently had a facelift along the Sewickley Creek tributary that bisects the campus. Concerned with the amount of untreated surface runoff that flows from the […]

Abandoned Mine in South Huntingdon Township Reclaimed by Landowner

Abandoned Mine in South Huntingdon Township Reclaimed by Landowner

A large landowner reclamation project was recently completed in South Huntington Township, Westmoreland County, adjacent to the town of Wyano. This 60 plus acre site once showed the ugly scars of past surface and deep mining. The former owners and operators left the property in disrepair by not reclaiming the property as required, thus forfeiting […]

The Stony Run Watershed - Investments Help Local Agriculture and Community

The Stony Run Watershed – Investments Help Local Agriculture and Community

The Stony Run Watershed is located in northeastern Westmoreland County north of Derry. From its headwaters, it flows north seven miles to the Conemaugh River and drains a total of 13 square miles. Although small, this watershed has been identified as one of the highest in Westmoreland County in the amount of sediment and nutrient […]