Little Pucketa Creek Project Wins Western PA Environmental Award

Little Pucketa Creek Project Wins Western PA Environmental Award

Four years of work and the cooperation of a wide range of partners were honored in late June when the Little Pucketa Creek project was awarded a Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Dominion.

The project has focused on the portion of the stream near Valley High School in New Kensington and has included a variety of conservation measures, including  stabilizing eroding streambanks … adding rock deflectors to slow the stream’s velocity … removing nearly 2,000 tons of sediment from the stream channel … and adding a one-acre debris basin.

The Westmoreland Conservation District is coordinating the project, whose partners include:  Pucketa and Chartiers Watershed Association, the New Kensington-Arnold School District, the Municipal Sanitary Authority of the City of New Kensington, Westmoreland County, PennDOT, the state of Pennsylvania, and the Colcom Foundation.

stream channel showing sediment buildup

Little Pucketa Creek before work began, showing how the stream channel was clogged with sediment — so much so that it had created a small, grass-covered island in the stream and left only a very narrow channel for the water to flow through.

 

stream after sediment removed

After nearly 2,000 tons of sediment was removed, the water has more room to flow.

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