McLaughlin Run Project
Welcome to the McLaughlin Run Project
On August 23, 1999, Tracey Buckman, president of
the USC Citizens for Land Stewardship, and Doug Watkins, Township
Manager of Upper St. Clair, announced that the Township has been
awarded a grant totaling $102,295 for a streambank stabilization and
riparian buffer corridor improvement and watershed assessment project
for McLaughlin Run.
In December 1998, the CLS and the township, as
co-sponsors, jointly applied for project funding from the Pennsylvania
Department of Environmental Protection under the terms of the Clean
Water Act of 1987 Section 319 Grant Program of the US Environmental
Award of the grant monies means that sections of
the streambank along McLaughlin Run will be stabilized to prevent
erosion of the banks and to reduce urban runoff into the stream, which,
in turn, will reduce pollution, improve water quality and minimize
future flood impact. Additionally, a professional watershed assessment
using Fluvial-GeoMorphology (FGM) techniques will be performed to
determine possible future actions to further restore and protect the
quality of the McLaughlin Run sub-basin of the Chartiers Creek
While some of the work will be performed by
professional contractors, much of the effort, such as streambank
plantings, will be performed by volunteers from scouts, schools,
service clubs and organizations, and willing private citizens.
Implementation planning will be provided jointly by Jeff Wagner, CLS
vice-president, and Walter Jarosh, Township forester.
Mrs. Buckman and Mr. Watkins emphasized that this
project will have a major beneficial effect on the environment of the
Township, and is an excellent example of what can be accomplished when
groups, such as the CLS, and the Township work jointly for the
betterment of our community.