Northeastern Westmoreland Count

Conemaugh River Watershed Loyalhanna Watershed

  Growing Greener Projects
Lydick Sink Hole – A project to complement a PA Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation effort in Derry Township, which helped eliminate approximately 500 acres of surface water from entering an abandoned underground coal mine. The project included the restoration of approximately 1,000 feet of stream channel and adjacent riparian buffer. The Westmoreland Conservation District partnered with the Loyalhanna Watershed Association and the PA Department of Environmental Protection on this project, which was completed in 2009.
Mill Creek Streambank Stabilization – A project to design, permit and construct a natural stream corridor restoration for approximately 1,000 feet of Mill Creek and a portion of Hannas Run, near the confluence of these two streams. The project improved aquatic habitat and reduced severe bank erosion. The first phase of the project was completed in the fall of 2007. Additional project sites were completed in 2009. The Westmoreland Conservation District partnered with the Loyalhanna Watershed Association, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and the Forbes Trail Chapter of Trout Unlimited to complete these projects.
  Other Important Conservation Projects
Monastery Run Abandoned Mine Drainage Treatment Project – Adjacent to Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, a series of wetland ponds helps clean abandoned mine drainage (AMD) from a deep-mine discharge before the water enters Monastery Run. This is a passive AMD treatment system (works naturally without man-made power). As polluted water flows through the system, wetland plants help filter out orange particles of iron oxide. The wetlands also serve as a wildlife habitat and outdoor classroom for Saint Vincent College.