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About the Bucktail Watershed Association

Among the growing water quality issue concerns of property owners within the Driftwood Branch of the Sinnemahoning Creek and First Fork of the Sinnemahoning Creek watersheds, the Bucktail Watershed Association (BWA) was formed in the fall of 2002 and was incorporated in 2003.

The mission statement of the Bucktail Watershed Association reads, "the Bucktail Watershed Association is a concerned group of citizens united to promote wise watershed stewardship for property and stream protection in the Driftwood Branch and First Fork of the Sinnemahoning Creek watersheds." As is clearly stated in their mission statement, the Bucktail Watershed Association is dedicated to protecting and improving water quality within the two watersheds of the Driftwood Branch and First Fork.

The goals of the Bucktail Watershed Association further reiterate their mission. As an organization, the association's goals are:

  • Flood & erosion control
  • To maintain and/or improve stream habitat
  • To reduce and/or eliminate stream pollution
  • To promote public awareness & outreach
  • To promote recreation and tourism that is harmony with the goals of the BWA.

Thus far the Bucktail Watershed Association has undertaken a number of projects in the watershed, including educational outreach, fish habitat projects, tree plantings along stream corridors, stream bank restoration projects, and invasive plant eradication. In the future the BWA plans to continue such efforts to improve the Driftwood Branch and First Fork Watersheds.

With the recent $7.35 million settlement with Norfolk Southern over its 2006 chemical spill in the Sinnemahoning Portage Creek, there will be a considerable amount of funding available for projects within the Driftwood Branch Watershed. The Bucktail Watershed Association in cooperation with involved state agencies and other local conservation groups will play a large roll in the restoration efforts in the watershed funded through the spill settlement.

Contact Information:
Email: info@bucktailwatershed.com
Address: PO Box 123, Emporium, PA 15834
Phone: 814-486-1740


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