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NPC Awarded Grant to Support Stream Health

The Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy (NPC) members support the health of our streams
and rivers through a variety of forward-thinking projects. Which is why we are thrilled to
announce that NPC was recently awarded a grant from the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) to support upcoming projects on Spring Creek in Centre County.

NPC is teaming up with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) at three sites over the next three years to:

  1. Improve habitats in and around the stream
  2. Improve wetlands and increase groundwater recharge
  3. Reduce sediment and nutrients in the water
  4. Improve the connection between the stream and its floodplain

Log and rock structures will be added to the stream to reduce erosion. These structures can also
help reconnect Spring Creek to its floodplain. This will help improve water quality and improve
habitat in the stream, especially during low-flow periods.

Wild Brown Trout (photo credit Sara Schlesinger)

After the structures are installed, the team plans to add new plants to the stream banks. This
riparian buffer will help stabilize the banks, add leaf litter (food for various water insects), and
provide shade, which will help keep the water cooler and reduce evaporation.

NPC is looking forward to kicking off this project with our partners later this summer. Thank
you to SRBC and to the NPC membership for their ongoing support!