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Riparian Habitats

Riparian Habitat

Riparian habitats, those areas adjacent to streams, are integral to the ecological health of watershed. Riparian areas serve as a vital link between aquatic and upland habitats. Forested buffers offer benefit for stream bank stabilization through dense root system, sediment and nutrient filtration, aesthetic diversity, and flood protection. Grass and shrub zones provide economic viability and incentive for farmers who utilize stream-side land for agricultural production.

The Sewickley Creek Watershed Association has received a Growing Greener grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and has partnered with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, the Westmoreland Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Services, California University Partner for Fish and Wildlife, Ducks Unlimited, and Pheasants Forever for the Sewickley Creek Reparian Improvement Initiative (SCRII).


This initiative was designed to develop partnerships with landowners in the watershed and assist them with choosing and installing various Best Management Procedures (BMP) that will reduce run off and increase the amount of carbon sequestered from the atmosphere. SCRII includes 3.5 miles of stream bank fencing, 8 stream bank crossings, 4 spring developments, and the planting of 10 acres of warm season grass. This initiative was completed winter 2007.

Sewickley Creek Watershed Association P.O. Box 323 Youngwood,Pa 15697-0323
Phone: 724-610-0829
Office: 210 Midtown Plaza 450 South Main Street Greensburg,Pa