The Venango Dirt and Gravel Roads program, administered by the Venango Conservation District, provides education and funding to municipalities to improve dirt and gravel roads in the county. Trout Unlimited found that sediment from dirt roads can be a major contributor of pollution to streams in Pennsylvania. As a result the Commonwealth allocates millions of dollars statewide annually to conservation districts for its Dirt and Gravel Roads program.
Thanks to Ashley Hazlett, the Venango Conservation District Dirt Gravel and Low Volume Roads Technician, this blog entry will showcase a Dirt and Gravel Roads program project in Victory Township. The Dennison Run Road project spans across 400 feet of a hilly dirt road. The section in question was consistently having drainage issues and was losing road surface during storm events.
The funding requested for this project was $13.500.00. This funding helped provide for the addition of three new cross pipes. Ditches and banks were also stabilized and road fill was added to maintain a proper crown and a safe driving surface. The estimated value of the project is $18,913.00.
Victory Township anticipates submitting an application for further Dirt & Gravel Roads program funding to continue drainage and road surface improvements to the upper hill area of the road.
The Venango Conservation District will be conducting a series of classes and activities for children and their families at Two Mile Run County Park. Classes are free, but class registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The classes are a series of nature walks where participants will learn about bugs, water pollution, habitat, plants and other environmental topics. The classes will be held on three consecutive weekends in August.
Saturday August 15th, 10:00am at Pioneer Flats – a class on Streams. Participants will learn about how streams are formed and different types of pollution that can impair streams. The class will also cover aquatic life and how they can indicate how clean or polluted a stream might be. Participants should wear boots or old shoes.
Saturday August 22nd, 10:00am at the Handicapped Fishing Pier – A program on lakes and wetlands. Participants will learn about why the lake is so shallow compared to 20 years ago. The class will also discuss what can be done to solve the problem. Participants should wear boots or old shoes.
Saturday August 29th, 10:00am at the Nature Lodge – a class on forests. Participants will enjoy a nature walk on a trail near the lake. The program will cover topics ranging from trees, forest succession and critters of the forest. Participants should bring bug spray.
Classes will be about an hour and one half long. This program is a great opportunity to get the family outdoors and have fun. You can register by calling Devin Lineman at 814-676-2832.