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.