Restoration Success Stories
A rain garden at a Millcreek Township school has landed an Erie environmental organization an award from the governor. Environment Erie was one of 23 organizations involved in 19 projects that will receive the 2014 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence.
HARRISBURG -- Governor Tom Corbett today announced that 23 organizations involved in 19 environmental projects from across the state will receive the 2014 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.
Eighth-graders at St. George School helped make the water that drains from the Walnut Creek watershed cleaner by installing an urban rain garden at their school along the 5100 block of Peach Street. By disconnecting a downspout from the storm sewer and diverting it to the new garden, they are collecting water that runs off the roof and allowing it to soak into the ground instead of rushing into nearby Walnut Creek untreated.
Along busy Peach Street, partially hidden by pine trees, in a slight dip in the ground between St. George Catholic Church and St. George School, a new rain garden exists.
Environment Erie attracted a big crowd for a free workshop on Aug. 6 about the restoration of Cascade Creek. Pennsylvania Sea Grant and Environment Erie presented the program, which included a walking tour along the creek in Frontier Park.
Storm water runoff is a problem that every city faces. After a strong rain, water has no place to go except down a storm drain and into the nearest steam or lake. But it’s not just water that is flowing into our waterways. Oils and other transportation fluids, salt, sediment, fertilizers and pet waste will all be carried by the runoff and polluting our watershed. But there are ways that we can help prevent this by planting rain gardens and installing rain barrels.
McDannell Run is named for a family who had several farmsteads where this small stream crosses East Lake Road. Some histories of Erie County also refer to it as Three Mile Creek, its distance east of Perry Square. Its watershed lies between those of Cemetery Run (on the west) and Four Mile Creek (on the east).
Fourmile Creek is a stream on the east side of the Erie urban area flowing through the municipalities of Greene, Harborcreek, Wesleyville and Lawrence Park (see map). From its headwaters to the mouth, this stream reaches approximately 8 miles in length. Its watershed encompasses 11.93 square miles, including densely developed areas from Route 5 southward to 38th St, then on southward becoming much more rural in character.
Fish and fishermen will have more room to move on Erie's Four Mile Creek once plans to construct Pennsylvania's first salmonid ladders take shape.
Efforts are underway to open more of Erie's Four Mile Creek to both steelhead and anglers, although removing obstacles to fish may be easier than gaining access for people.