Monday, May 20, 2019

Allegheny Land Trust Holds May 28 Meeting On Big Sewickley Creek Watershed In Allegheny, Beaver, Butler Counties

The Allegheny Land Trust invites residents to attend a May 28 community meeting on the Big Sewickley Creek Watershed Rivers Conservation and Stewardship Plan at the Marshall Township Municipal Building, 525 Pleasant Hill Road in Wexford from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Hosted by the Trust and consultants from Pashek+MTR, the meeting will provide community members with a description, update and opportunity for ideas and comments on the planning process.
The Big Sewickley Creek Watershed encompasses approximately 46-square miles across parts of 12 boroughs and townships in three counties.  Economy Borough (Beaver County) and Marshall Township (Allegheny County) have jurisdiction over the largest land area in the watershed.
The headwaters reach as far east as Bradford Woods and Cranberry. The main stem of the creek itself is considered the boundary between Allegheny and Beaver Counties for the majority of its course to its mouth at the Ohio River between Leetsdale and Ambridge.
"Water is a vital resource, one that we all enjoy, but one whose importance is often overlooked," said Alyson Fearon, Community Conservation Director.  "We're launching this effort so we can later apply the tool belt of land conservation to address water quality, flooding, recreation opportunities, land use and other issues that my come to light in this watershed.  
“And because the project resulted from conversations with community members, we're hosting this meeting to ensure the plan is created with their concerns, goals and ideas in mind,” she added.
The purpose of the plan is to provide a better public understanding of the watershed's natural and cultural assets, identify threats to water quality and property due to flooding, recommend resolutions to competing interests, and prioritize opportunities to maintain the watershed as a beautiful and healthy place to reside and recreate.
Click Here to register for the meeting. R.S.V.Ps are encouraged, not required.
Online Comments
The Trust is also seeking input from residents of the watershed via an online survey.  Click Here to provide your comments.
Visit the ALT’s Big Sewickley Creek Watershed Rivers Conservation and Stewardship Plan webpage for more background.

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