2016 Project Summary
Crawford County Conservation District’s student riparian restoration program is now in its 20th year and has a solid reputation for restoring water quality in streams while providing a great experience for students. Crawford County had riparian sites that were in need of restoration and students willing to do the work, but not enough funding to put the two together. Through the implementation of this project, 370 students from 7 different schools planted 1,705 trees and 1,850 shrubs along Crawford County waterways at 7 project sites.
2016A3—Friends of the Marienville Area Library’s Marienville Area Library Building Project Rain Garden Project
Marienville Area Library was in need of building a new library but before planning could start, they needed a Forest County Municipal Permit particularly dealing with the issue of stormwater management. The Rain Garden was conceived as a methodology for handling additional stormwater runoff created by the new, larger library. Not only was the Rain Garden a necessary component to move forward in creating a plan but it serves a library so it will also serve education. DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell joined project partners at the ribbon-cutting ceremony to share in celebrating the significance of this project.
2016A4—Environment Erie’s Whole Foods Co-op Rain Garden Project
Environment Erie recognized that there was no stormwater control measures for the parking lot at the Whole Food Co-op—all stormwater would run off into West 26th Street and eventually into the storm drain system. Water would rush into the drains untreated carrying with its sediments and other pollutants, eventually dispersing it into Presque Isle Bay. There were also traffic issues being experienced because there wasn’t a designated entrance and exit which resulted in a number of accidents on West 26th Street. With the installation of the Rain Garden, the stormwater runoff from the parking lot is helping in slowing the water down in a tremendous way, filtering it and sinking it into the ground replenishing the groundwater. It also serves as a traffic control measure forming two designated entranced and exits for the parking lot.
2016A5—Venango County Conservation District’s VARHA – Manure Storage Project
Venango County Conservation District assisted Venango Area Riding for the Handicapped Association with the construction of a manure storage facility. The concrete floor and walls will provide an improved surface for manure, inhibiting it to leach or runoff which will protect and enhance the unique natural resource surrounding the facility. The manure stacking pad implements conservation practices and was built to NRCS engineered design and specs, fulfilling the requirements of VAHRA’s Nutrient Management Plan.
2016A7—Penn Soil Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council’s Enhancing Erie Bluffs State Park Recreational Value Through Trail Rehabilitation Project
This project was designed to preserve and enhance Erie Bluffs State Park’s natural, scenic, and recreational resources for public use and enjoyment. Existing trails were modified and improved using Best Management Practices to minimize environmental disturbance and to reduce erosion and sedimentation within the watershed. A kiosk was also installed to improve the public’s understanding and enjoyment of the park’s diverse ecological habitats and geologic landscape.
2016A9—Lawrence County Department of Planning and Community Development’s Northwest Regional Water Quality Training Initiative Project
The Lawrence County Planning Department was able to complete five educational workshops, two webinars, and a Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater Management to provide outreach to the Counties’ Municipalities area consultant, engineers, and citizens. These sessions focused on introducing Stormwater Management and other water quality topics such as green infrastructure and utilizing GIS with stormwater. A user friendly stormwater guide for the NW Counties was also developed and provided electronically, allowing each County the ability to tailor it to their stormwater regulations.
2016A10-11—Titusville Redevelopment Authority’s Titusville Trail Expansion Feasibility & Bicycle Suitability Map & Plan Project
The Titusville Queen City Trail Expansion Study looked closely into several routes to connect the Queen City Trail from Main Street and Route 8 in Titusville to Hydetown PA. The results were that the trail could feasibly be extended as far as O’Rourke Little League Field in Titusville. To continue it to Hydetown would involve a complete change of thinking by the property owners along the other routes. The PA Bicycle Suitability Maps and Plan illustrates potential Oil Region National Heritage Area and Route 6 Heritage Corridor bicycle route connections in northwestern Pennsylvania to Meadville, Union City, Pittsfield, Oil City, Tionesta from Titusville and then connecting to currently existing PA Bike Routes A, V and Y. Next steps have been detailed in the study, such as working with PennDOT to receive approval of the proposed routes.
2016A12—City of Oil City’s Hasson Park Waterflow Improvement – Phase II Project
This project has greatly improved the functionality of the stream running through Hasson Park. Doubling the size of the intake end of the culvert and smoothing the cut-stone channel with concrete has allowed heavy waterflow to easily pass through the culvert under the road. Due to the length of the stream, the City previously developed a four phase waterflow improvement project schedule to correct the continual erosion and flooding issues—GBG also provided funding to implement Phase I. By stabilizing the streambank and eliminating flooding water, annual roadway damage has been mitigated making the park a safer and more enjoyable destination for residents and visitors.
2016A15—Venango County’s Environmental Education Pollinator Garden and Rain Garden Enhancements Project
In cooperation with Two Mile Run County Park and the Venango Conservation District, Venango County Department of Planning was able to create an educational pollinator garden and enhance an existing rain garden, providing ecological and educational benefits to the community by teaching visitors about the benefits of pollinators and native plants as well as providing proper habitat for pollinator species.
2016A17— Allegheny Valley Land Trust’s Redbank Valley Trails – Sligo Spur Improvements Project
This project improved a segment of the scenic, 9-mile railbanked Sligo Spur corridor by grubbing and removing invasive plant species and helping to control erosion and non-point source pollution through efforts to repair and replace new drainage pipes. Volunteers decked and railed the Cherry Run Bridge and performed litter and illegal dump clean up. PUC required bike/pedestrian crossing and stop signs along Spur at street crossings were installed as well as an ADA accessible parking space.
2016A18—Erie County Conservation District’s Headwaters Park Wetland Revitalization and Trail Expansion Project
The Erie County Conservation District initiated management of invasive species within Headwaters Park and completed a design to develop expanded trails and a wetland overlook throughout the eastern section of the Park.
2016A20—Girard Township’s Lake Erie Community Park West Trail Improvements Project
Due to the absence of stormwater controls, the West Trail leading down to the water’s edge of Lake Erie was in need of constant maintenance. With each rain event, non-point source pollution and sediments would flow into the lake and deep erosion areas would form across the path causing hazardous traversing conditions for visitors, fishermen, and local emergency personnel. This project allowed for steep portions of the trail to be graded back and sloped slightly to the inside, allowing stormwater to flow into the subsurface and surface drainage catch basin to be tubed to the toe of the bluff. The trail was also widened to allow better access for emergency personnel in the event of a water rescue and a GeoWeb contained aggregate system was applied and filled with limestone to provide a more stable and comfortable walking surface.
2016B1—Clarion County Conservation District’s Heavenly Gaits – Manure Storage Project
Clarion County Conservation District assisted Heavenly Gaits with addressing their inadequate manure management practices—manure was being stacked along Sunset Lane where runoff discharged into the ditch and then to the Unnamed Tributary to Pine Run. To reduce the water quality impacts the manure had in the stream, Heavenly Gaits developed a Nutrient Management Plan (NMP), worked with NRCS to design a manure storage unit, and developed a roofed manure stacking pad. This project promotes wise use of agriculture, land and water restoration, healthy living enhancement, and quality of life for those with special needs.
2016B2—Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Caldwell Creek Restoration: Phase II Project
Approximately 1,000 feet of eroding stream banks on the mainstem of Caldwell Creek were stabilized and the width to depth ratio of the stream was decreased to add aquatic habitat complexity and improve the hydrology to a more natural condition. Through implementing this project, 51 tons of sediment will be prevented from entering the watershed each year.
2016B6—Erie County Municipal Stormwater Assistance Program (MSAP) Project
This project serves a growing number of municipalities with a refined array of administrative, outreach, and data management support regarding their MS4 requirements. With a total of 12 municipal partners, the MSAP has supported various infrastructure mapping and data collection efforts, facilitated collaboration between municipalities on Best Management Practices (BMPs), assisted in the research and application for additional funds for BMP installation and similar projects, and worked toward the standardization of stormwater messaging throughout the county via public outreach events and communications strategies.
2016B8—Hamot Health Foundation’s Wayne Community Park and Playground Improvement Project
Wayne Park is one of three parks initially laid out in the City Plan of 1795. This project has overall transformed Wayne Park on the east side of Erie by providing the community with enhanced recreational resources and opportunities for physical activity. The funding received was used specifically for the installation of the play surface and drain system to be installed in the substrate of the play area footprint. This drain system will allow rain water to flow to the low area and exit to the daylight.
2016C1—Union Township’s Scotland Meadows Park Raingarden Project
Union Township was dealing with stormwater management issues in Scotland Meadows Park so in identifying the need to implement a stormwater Best Management Practice, a Rain Garden was installed.