Raccoon Creek Streambank Stabilization Raccoon Creek is approximately 46 miles long, running through mainly rural areas with agricultural land, wood lots, and previously strip-mined land. These land uses have led to more than 2.5 miles of Raccoon Creek being degraded by siltation from highway, road, and bridge construction and runoff, as well as vegetation removal.

The Raccoon Creek Watershed covers 184 square miles and is listed as a priority watershed by the PA Department of Environmental Protection. The site of this project is a 500 ft section of the stream on the property of a commercial agricultural operation that has experienced severe stream bank erosion, with sections of failing stream bank and loss of the riparian buffer.

The project proposes to stabilize the streambank and restore streamflow characteristics through natural methods such as streambank grading with riparian vegetation, live fascines, and rock deflectors. One year after the project’s completion, the ACCD and Beaver County Conservation District will perform post-construction monitoring with a pebble count to measure siltation and a macroinvertebrate survey.

Modifications would prevent an estimated 400 to 800 tons of sediment from entering the stream at the project site.