Restoring Local Streams: Raccoon Creek
Stabilization Project Repairs 500 Feet of Streambank
The Problem with Raccoon CreekRaccoon 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.
Improvements to Raccoon Creek will prevent 400-800 tons of sediment from entering this watershed.
Fixing Raccoon CreekThe project will stabilize the streambank and restore streamflow characteristics through natural methods such as streambank grading with riparian vegetation, livestaking with silky dogwood and silky willows, and root wads.
Modifications would prevent an estimated 400 to 800 tons of sediment from entering the stream at the project site. This part of the project has been completed and ACCD and Beaver County Conservation District will perform post-construction monitoring with a pebble count to measure siltation and a macroinvertebrate survey this spring. A follow-up project is being looked at to address any remaining erosion issues at the site.