Thursday, February 20, 2020

Volunteers Needed For Stream Restoration Planting At Slippery Rock Campground, Butler County

The Slippery Rock Campground in Butler County received a stream bank upgrade to prevent excessive amounts of sediment from entering the stream and protecting about ten trailers. Construction was completed in October and November of last year. 
Restoration techniques included a stone toe, erosion control blankets, brush layering, rootwads, and a new technique, soil lifts. 
Soil lifts, also known by the construction crew as soil burritos, are compacted soil layers wrapped in two types of geotextile, a geogrid and turf reinforcement mat (TRM). The geogrid interlocks with surrounding soil and rock while the TRM prevents the soil fines from washing away.
We graciously thank the PA DEP, and many project partners who have generously donated to this project, including the Slippery Rock Campground Association, BioMost, Inc., and Allegheny Mineral Corp
Allegheny Mineral Corp. donated both limestone boulders and rootwads (see article last month on rootwads)! 
This is the second project the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition has worked on at the Slippery Rock Campground. 
We are thankful for the opportunity to work with the many great folks there, including Bill Kuban, Frank Van Atta, and other members of the board of directors.
Planting Scheduled
A planting is scheduled for the stream bank this March or April, which is dependent upon the weather and the availability of the trees and shrubs. 
If you or your group is interested in helping with this planting, please call Shaun Busler at 724-776-0161. The more people that can help the better!
For more information on programs, initiatives, upcoming events and how you can get involved, visit the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition website.

(Reprinted from The Catalyst newsletter by the Slippery Rock Watershed CoalitionClick Here to sign up for your own copy.)
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