$50,000 GRANT TO BE USED IN CLEAN-UP OF COUNTY CREEK
THE LITTLE NESCOPECK CREEK WILL BENEFIT FROM
THE FIRST ROUND OF RIVER CONSERVATION GRANTS
ANNOUNCED THURSDAY BY GOVERNOR RIDGE
By RENITA FENNICK; Times Leader Staff Writer
Friday, July 21, 1995 Page: 3A
The Little Nescopeck Creek in Luzerne County will be the target of a
clean-up plan to be developed by an Emmaus environmental group using a $50,000
The award to Wildlands Conservancy was included in the first round of river
conservation grants announced Thursday by Gov. Tom Ridge. Grants totaling more
than $751,000 statewide are funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and
Conservation Fund Act.
"These grants demonstrate the commonwealth's commitment to developing
partnerships with local governments and environmental organizations to
conserve our state's valuable water resources," Ridge said.
Wildlands Conservancy plans to develop a river conservation management plan
and action agenda to address a mine acid discharge problem in the Little
State Rep. George Hasay, R-Shickshinny, said he was not familiar with the
funding for the creek.
"I'm not sure exactly what will be done with that money but I do know that
eventually Little Nescopeck Creek will become a state park," Hasay said.
Little Nescopeck Creek runs for 10 miles through several municipalities in
the southwestern portion of the county. The mine acid leaks from the Jeddo
Tunnel in Butler Township.
Founded in 1973, Wildlands Conservancy is a private, nonprofit agency
dedicated to preserving open space in the eastern part of the state.
"We work with the public, municipalities, the state, whoever is interested
in environmental studies," Jennifer Robinson of Wildlands Conservancy, said.
Robinson is coordinator of the group's stream corridor conservation
program, which is managing the Little Nescopeck Creek project.
Robinson says the creek is "relatively healthy...(but) is seriously
impacted by acid mine drainage discharge from the Jeddo Tunnel, which enters
the stream near its headwaters and affects it for most of its 10-mile length."
The Jeddo Tunnel was created at the turn-of-the-century during the height
of the deep mining industry. After the decline of anthracite mining, the
tunnel continued to drain water from abandoned mine areas.
Little Nescopeck Creek enters Nescopeck Creek, which runs between the
Susquehanna and Delaware rivers.
The first round of grants was approved by the Department of Conservation
and Natural Resources for 19 river conservation planning projects and two
In addition to the Luzerne County project, Lackawanna, Susquehanna and
Wyoming counties will share a $49,900 grant for the Pennsylvania Environmental
Council to develop a river conservation plan for the Tunkhannock Creek.