The Conewango Creek
The Conewango Creek has a quality and biodiversity which rivals French Creek of northwestern Pennsylvania despite sediment pollution problems caused by rural, agricultural, and urban stormwater issues. Unique fish confirmed in the Conewango include the burbot, once thought to be extirpated, and the paddle fish which was reintroduced to the area. The Conewango Creek is also home to 19 native species of freshwater mussels including the northern riffleshell mussel. Also common along the creek are river otters, bald eagles, osprey, and herons; just to name a few.
The Conewango Creek Watershed Association (CCWA) is dedicated to educating the public and reconnecting them with the creek so as to foster a relationship that will lead them to steward this amazing resource. Over the past several years American Rivers has partnered with CCWA to remove two orphan dams on the lower Conewango Creek which now allows free-flowing accesses for both people and aquatic life.
The Lackawanna River
The Lackawanna River flows for 60 miles through Susquehanna, Wayne, Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties. It confluences with the North Branch Susquehanna River at Coxton Point between Duryea and Pittston in Luzerne County, mid-way between the Cities of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre.
The Lackawanna River has been adversely impacted by the Anthracite coal mining industry, railroad, industrial and urban development over the past 200 years. With the abandonment of the Anthracite Mines in the 1960’s and the development of modern sanitary treatment works, the river has staged a remarkable recovery. The Lackawanna now sustains a vibrant cold water “Class A” fishery in its middle and upper reaches. It attracts more paddlers every year. The Lackawanna River Citizens Plan of 1989 and the Lackawanna Heritage Plan of 1990 are leading to the development of an extensive River Trail and Greenway system.
The Loyalhanna Creek
The Loyalhanna Creek offers an exceptional array of fishing opportunities, including a 1.5 mile delayed harvest section plentiful with trout, as well as lower reaches rich with pike, muskie, and bass. An abundance of other life including rare plants species, beaver, mink, egrets, blue herons, raptors, turtles and snakes thrive along the winding creek despite historic coal mining, farming, and development that threaten the water quality of this creek and many tributaries.
Over recent decades, because of the investment of millions of dollars to fund projects that treat abandoned mine drainage, repair eroding stream banks, protect riparian areas, and increase public awareness and recreation opportunities, what once was an orange, shallow stream that passed by mills and factories, is now a cleaner, vibrant passageway through our beautiful region.
The Neshaminy Creek and Watershed
Propelling its way through approximately 40 miles and spanning both Montgomery and Bucks counties, the Neshaminy Creek corridor is a defining feature of the region. The watershed of the Neshaminy Creek covers an area of approximately 236 square miles, and is a tributary to the Delaware River. As the Delaware River being a key watershed for hundreds of thousands of residents, preserving the Neshaminy’s water quality is a critical component of a healthy, sustainable, livable community.
In 2003, the Neshaminy Creek Watershed Alliance, a coalition of more than 60 individuals from diverse watershed, municipal and conservation organizations, was established to work collaboratively on improving the quality of the watershed. Through innovative outreach, planning, and restoration efforts, the Alliance has begun to make progress in improving one of the most impaired watersheds in Pennsylvania.
The Ohio River
The Ohio River runs through largely urbanized and industrialized landscapes, brownfields, and main river channels managed largely for commercial interests. The Ohio runs through or along the border of six states, and its drainage basin includes parts of 14 states. This inland waterway serves as an important thoroughfare for commerce. It brings producers and consumers together and connects much of America to the oceans and the rest of the global marketplace.
Just 50 years ago, the Ohio River ran red with unregulated pollution and was quite inhospitable to aquatic life, which decimated fish populations. The great Ohio River, has experienced a rebirth, and today, the Ohio River and its tributaries represent one of the most diverse freshwater ecosystems on earth. The Ohio and its islands have been identified as one of the most important ecosystems for conservation. The Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge works to protect, restore, and enhance habitat for wildlife native to the river’s floodplain.
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