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Local landowners work to improve impaired waterways

Impaired waterways in Centre County have received major improvements to keep pollutants out of local streams and the Susquehanna River. (WJAC)

PENNS VALLEY – Impaired waterways in Centre County have received major improvements to keep pollutants out of local streams and the Susquehanna River.

The Chesapeake Conservancy has been partnering with local landowners to restore land surrounding waterways and locals said they have already seen a change.

“Working to have everyone here in Penns Valley understand what ends up here could very much end up in the Chesapeake Bay,” said landowner Chip Brown.

Brown is one of 21 Penns Valley landowners participating in the stream restoration.

The project has three goals; keep livestock out of the stream, provide livable habitats for trout and prevent erosion.

“By keeping the livestock out of the stream and providing narrow areas where they can come in and out and exit so they don’t break down the bank and create erosion,” said Brown.

He said this effort will bring more fish and create cleaner waters.

“It’s a narrower, the water is fast and it doesn’t drop sediment out, so it doesn’t cover the gravel and the trout can spawn here in Elk Creek, which is an impaired waterway here in Central Pennsylvania,” said Brown.

He believes decades down the road these simple solutions will solve critical problems.

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