Restore & Protect Creek Banks
The watershed group has completed 17 creek bank stabilization projects since
2007. These included the use of multi-log vane deflectors, vane deflectors, mud
sills, toe logs, rock vanes, and rip rap, to control erosion. Planting of native
plants and trees designed to create riparian buffers at these sites also
contribute to their overall ability to control erosion. More projects are being
evaluated for 2017, with many other sites to be considered in the future.
Encourage Creek Bank "No Mow" Zones
Not mowing or farming close to stream banks and allowing native plants and
trees to colonize creates a riparian buffer. The roots of these plants stabilize the
creek banks and help to control erosion. We will install signs at these areas to
recognize cooperating land owners for their stewardship of the watershed.
Improve Fish Habitat
The structures that are designed to control erosion also provide an additional
important function. They create prime habitat for fish and other aquatic life. Some
of these structures create plunge pools where fish will congregate, some provide
covered areas for fish to find protection from the sun and predators, and most will
help oxygenate the water contributing to the overall health of the aquatic life.
LSCWA Services for the Watershed Community - Providing Education and Resources
Conduct Work Shops
LSCWA offers free work shops to educate the public on Stream Management to
preserve the aquatic resources & manage stream side properties to prevent
bank erosion & meandering streams. Rain Barrels are an effective way to
collect rainwater that runs off your roof & redirect the water to gardens or planted
areas for slow absorption onto the ground or used to water household plants.
Project Tours inform the residents of the watershed what has been done in the
past & view the up coming project to be completed.
Annual Creek Clean Ups
The Sunbury Municipal Authority in conjunction with other community groups
conducts an annual cleanup of the creek. All collected litter and refuse is taken
to a land fill for proper disposal. The watershed group is a major contributor to
the cleanup activities. The creek cleanup is conducted in the Spring on a
Saturday and takes place from 8:30 AM until noon.
Secure & Stock Additional Trout for Fishing
Little Shamokin Creek is classified as a class “C” stream. This classification
means there is no or very little natural reproduction of trout. The watershed
group has partnered with Fiddlers Run Sportsman’s Association, a PA Fish and
Boat Commission Cooperative Trout Nursery to provide additional trout for
stocking in the creek. The members provide the vehicles to transport the trout,
and the labor to stock the trout. The group has arranged for approximately 1
mile of previously closed creek to be opened for recreational trout fishing
Monitor Stream Water Quality Monthly
A group of members visit 13 sites in the watershed monthly to record the
temperature, Ph, DO and conductivity of the water. Samples of water are also
secured for further testing at the lab for nitrite, nitrate, phosphate, turbidity &
alkalinity. This monitoring creates baseline data to monitor the health of the
stream. The monitoring is conducted the 4th Wednesday of each month
excluding December, January, and February.
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441 Plum Creek Road Sunbury, PA
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Little Shamokin Creek Watershed Association
Little Shamokin Creek
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Conduct Annual Youth Trout Derby
Since 2012 the watershed association has held annual youth trout derbies at
The Long Center. Over 1 mile of the creek has been reserved for youth fishing
on derby day. Fiddler's Run Sportsman's Association supplied several
hundred trout for the watershed group to stock prior to each derby. Well over
1000 youth have participated in these events, and gifts of fishing related items
were given to all registered youth. It is anticipated that this event will be held
annually on the second Saturday of May.
American Chestnut Tree Planting
In 2012 we planted 16 open pollinated American Chestnuts seeds. This
was done to determine if our soils were suitable to grow these magnificent
trees. This test proved to be better than expected.. Since 2013 we
purchased 18 potentially blight resistant seeds from The American Chestnut
Foundation (TACF) and planted them. They are growing very well.
Developed "Youth Only" Trout Fishing Area
At the request of the property owners and the assistance of the PA F&BC a 0.7
mile section of the creek is reserved for the exclusive use of youth 12 years of
age and younger. This section of the creek is located from the bridge on
Comfort Rd. upstream to the power line crossing above Miller Rd. This
restriction is normally from the Mentored Youth Day until May 31. Since its
inception the watershed association has provided and stocked additional
trout. This area has proven to be a very popular youth fishing location.
Cosponsor Military Fishing day
In partnership with Sunbury VFW post 1532, and with the cooperation of
several other landowners, we have reserved over 1 mile of the creek for the
exclusive use of U.S. military active duty and veterans. This event is for one day
only and is held annually on the day after the youth trout derby, assuring there
are lots of trout available for them to catch. This event is held to thank these
people for their service to our country.