News from Clearwater Conservancy

Spring Newsletter online.

June 9Public celebration of the removal of Dayton Dam (Rush Township, Centre County) – 1 p.m.

Speakers at this event include:

  • State Sen. John Wozniak;
  • State Rep. Scott Conklin;
  • PA Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway
  • Moshannon State Forest District Forester Bob Merrill
  • ClearWater Conservancy Conservation Biologist Katie Ombalski
  • PA Council of Trout Unlimited President Ken Undercoffer
  • PA DEP Water Pollution Biologist Vince Humenay

Background:  Completed in summer 2010, the effort to remove Dayton Dam was a partnership between ClearWater Conservancy, PA DCNR, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, PA DEP, PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Lumber Heritage Region. The $54,000 removal project restored 350 feet of river habitat. The shallow, two-acre impoundment created by the deteriorated dam is gone, allowing Sixmile Run to flow unimpeded past a host of new native riparian plantings. Wildlife is abundant, as are wild eastern brook trout in the new pools created as habitat in conjunction with the project. Dams can serve practical purposes, but many, like the Dayton Dam, are simply left over from a bygone era. Removing such dams allows water-dwelling species- in the case of Sixmile Run, wild brook and brown trout- to once again move upstream and downstream. According to American Rivers, a non-profit which tracks dam removals in the U.S., nearly 900 dams have been removed nationwide in the last decade.

The event will be held at the former dam site in Rush Township, about 15 minutes from State College. For more information or directions, contact Chris Hennessey at

June 9 – Canoe Club Public Meeting, Potluck Dinner (Houserville)

The Canoe Club of Centre County invites the public to its next General Members Meeting and Potluck Picnic, June 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Pavilion #1 at Spring Creek Park in Houserville. Those interested in learning more about the club are invited to come out and meet the members and hear more about the Canoe Club’s activities. For more information about the club, visit their website.

June 17 – Marcellus Drilling Demonstration (Rock Springs)

The Pennsylvania Ground Water Association will demonstrate large diameter drilling, casing and grouting of water supply and Marcellus gas well top holes at its Summer Field Conference June 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rock Springs near State College.

Public water-supply wells, irrigation wells, and Marcellus gas well top-holes all require large-diameter drilling, steel casing, and grouting. Come and learn what it takes to drill a 20-inch diameter hole, and set and grout in 16-inch steel casing.

The demonstration will be beneficial for water-well owners, water-well drilling contractors, geologists, engineers, sanitarians, regulatory agency staff, watershed specialists, hydrogeologists, water-supply operators, municipal officials, planning commission members, members of watershed associations, and anyone interested in a demonstration of large-diameter well drilling, casing, and grouting to protect Pennsylvania’s groundwater resources.

Registration is free for any local agency or governmental or non-governmental entity staff member, or environmental organization staff member and for the members of any council, board, or commission and to all faculty and students.

Those who qualify for the free registration must advance-register on the PGWA Web site.  Clem’s Barbeque is once again catering the lunch. The free registration form, directions, and more information, can be found here.   The paid registration form for PGWA members and non-members is also available on the PGWA Web site to be printed.  All registrants will receive an e-mail confirmation of their registration.

June 18 Strides for Nature 5K/Kids Run for Fun & Spring Creek Family Festival (Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, State College)

Volunteer & sponsorship opportunities too!

The free, rain or shine event includes educational nature and conservation exhibits and hands-on activities by a host of organizations, live music and local food.

In addition, the Spring Creek Heritage Award, given jointly each year by ClearWater and the Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited, will be awarded during the festival. The award honors an individual who has worked to improve or protect Spring Creek.

Activities for children include a sing-along with Rene’ Oakman of Music Together of State College, a scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, aquatic bug hunt, giant bunnies, ambulance tours, animal tracking, rocks and minerals and pressed flower bookmarks and necklaces.

Bluegrass music will be provided by the Tussey Mountain Moonshiners and Tolins’ Bluegrass Revue. Webster’s Café, Gemelli Pizza Oven and Sugar on Top will be on hand to provide food and drink.

Exhibitors include Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, Penn State Master Gardeners, Centre Life Link EMS, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Nittany Mineralogical Society, Penn State Horticulture Department, Joe Jovinelly’s Giant Bunnies, West Branch Restoration Coalition, Bald Eagle Archeological Society, Centre County Solid Waste Authority, SunDirected, Pennsylvania Certified Organic, Bald Eagle Watershed Association, PA Fish and Boat Commission, The Canoe Club of Centre County, Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited and others.

Sponsors of the event include Centre Region Parks & Recreation, SunDirected, and Hilton Garden Inn.

For more information, go to

To volunteer with the Spring Creek Family Festival planning committee or to become a corporate sponsor of Spring Creek Family Festival 2011, please contact Chris at 814-237-0400 or

June 18 – Summer Solstice Celebration (Centre Hall)

After enjoying the Spring Creek Family Festival, you can also swing by another free, local celebration of farms, food and art at Tait Farm from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.   Festivities will include food and beverage sampling from some of Buy Fresh Buy Local’s finest:  Elk Creek Café + Aleworks, Harrison’s Wine Grill & Catering, Otto’s Pub & Brewery, Mount Nittany Winery and Tait Farm Foods.  Enjoy hands-on art activities, a farmers market and hayrides to observe Farmland Preservation Artists painting on-site around the farm. Meet and greet local friends  from a variety of organizations, including ClearWater Conservancy, to learn how you can sustain the farms, food and art in our region.  An art exhibit and sale will benefit the Centre County Farmland Trust to aid in the effort to preserve farmland for food, natural resources and future generations. Tait Farm is located on Route 322 in Centre Hall.

July 22 – 24 – Prowl the Sproul (Clinton County)

The Keystone Trails Association will host the 8th Annual Prowl the Sproul hiking weekend July 22 to 24 in the Sproul State Forest of western Clinton County. Hikers will be able to explore new and exciting parts of the Sproul that are only seen when hiking with a DCNR guide.

The Sproul contains some of the most rugged and remote forestland in Pennsylvania. Guided hikes organized by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

DCNR guides will share their insider knowledge of the trails while they lead hikers off the beaten path to explore the hidden jewels of the Sproul State Forest.

The Western Clinton Sportsmen’s Association will be our host for the weekend with camping and meal packages available. Enjoy a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere in close proximity to the area’s many trails.

For more information and registration information contact KTA at 717-238-7017, by email at or online.

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