Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Background

HCCD uses Best Management Practices (BMPs) to improve the health of watersheds in Huntingdon County. We implement these with permission from landowners. We often work with our partners, such as NRCS, PA Fish & Boat, Trout Unlimited and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to secure partial or complete funding for these projects. These BMPs often aim to reduce the input of nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorous, and sediment into our streams. These inputs pose both environmental and public health risks.

Juniata River
Sediment from Standing Stone Creek muddies the water in the Juniata river

 

Current Opportunities

HCCD is currently pursuing funding for establishing Riparian Buffers (trees and shrubs) along streams within Huntingdon County through DCNR's Stream Releaf Program. If this interests you, please contact the Watershed Specialist.

HCCD will be hosting a Live-Staking Workshop on Friday, March 23rd, 2018 at 1PM. Volunteers will cut stems from living woody species like red-osier dogwood to later plant at a demonstration site with potential to take a few for your own. Site locations will be in, or near, Huntingdon, PA. Please contact the Watershed Specialist to RSVP or for more information. See below for a video explaining the process.

 

Examples of BMPs

  • Live Staking

 

  • Riparian Buffers

 

  • Some examples pictures of BMPs implemented in the county are coming soon!