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Welcome to the Chest Creek Watershed Alliance's Temporary Web Site.

4th Annual Children's Fishing Derby
May 3rd, 2009  9AM - 12 noon
Curly Hurd Park - LaJose, PA
Kids thru age 15, Refreshments & Prizes
Sponsored by Chest Creek Watershed Alliance

The Chest Creek Watershed Alliance was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the summer of 2003.  The alliance has organized and elected officers and is now filing application with the Internal Revenue Service so that it qualifies under the rules of chapter 501(c)(3) which allows donations that are made to the organization to be eligible as a tax deduction for charitable contributors.

The purpose of the organization is to protect and to preserve the water quality of Chest Creek.  Chest Creek originates near the village of Winterset near Ebensburg and flows northward to Mahaffey where it discharges into the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.  The waterway flows through Patton Borough, Westover Borough, LaJose, and Mahaffey.  Patton Borough uses the stream as its water supply source.  The Pennsylvania Fish Commission recognizes the creek as a good quality cold-water fishery and the Commission approves it to receive trout stockings.

Presently, the alliance is making application for a Growing Greener Grant to perform water quality testing on several areas of the stream.  Results of the water analyses will help members to assess the impact of any activities that are occurring in the watershed.  Generally, the creek is affected by agriculture, mining operations, deforesting operations, municipal runoff, and sanitary sewer discharges.

So far, the membership is small, but growing.  Members are from Carrolltown, Patton, LaJose, and Westover and it is hoped that ther is more interest generated from all areas along the stream as the organization grows.  Meetings are being held on the last Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM. 

The next meeting of the Chest Creek Watershed Alliance will be held on the last Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM- usually at the Patton Area Ambulance Station.  If you need directions feel free to call the ambulance station at (814) 674-3730

 


Thanks for visiting our temporary website.  The watershed alliance needs your help.  Please attend our next meeting and bring a friend along with you.