2019-03-09 / Community Life

Water quality experts: streams doing well


Johnmark Burdick (left) and Todd Deluccia from the Cameron County Conservation District discussed the health of the region’s streams and rivers during last week’s Emporium Rotary meeting. They were introduced by program chair Ken Gerg. Johnmark Burdick (left) and Todd Deluccia from the Cameron County Conservation District discussed the health of the region’s streams and rivers during last week’s Emporium Rotary meeting. They were introduced by program chair Ken Gerg. Water quality was theme of last week’s Emporium Rotary Club meeting. Members heard a summary of multiple ongoing measures that are in place, using public and private partners, to maintain the clean free-flowing water resources that are the foundation of the region’s identity and way of life.

Guests were Todd Deluccia, watershed specialist, and Johnmark Burdick, both from the Cameron County Conservation District.

They discussed the assessment of many streams and rivers conducted by the Conservation District and Pa. Fish & Boat Commission. It found that water quality has continued to meet the standards to be designated as “Class A” by the commission.

That classification indicates that conditions exist for the ongoing reproduction of natural aquatic species, including native trout.

Deluccia and Burdick said the assessments will continue later this year. Some of the funding is coming from the settlement between Norfolk Southern Railroad and the state, following a train derailment and lye spill near Gardeau in June 2006 that fouled Sinnemahoning Creek and two of its tributaries.

Among the goals for this year’s studies will be to assess the health and location of hellbenders, a native salamander-type animal that is the fourth largest amphibian in North America.

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