Juniata River Dumpsite Survey and Characterization
recently received $36,350 in DEP Growing Greener funds to conduct an Dumpsite
Survey and Characterization in the Juniata Watershed.
is a serious problem in the 3,400 square mile region of the Juniata River
Watershed. According to the 1999
municipal wide survey included in the Watershed Management Plan, townships, with
their rural, sparsely populated landscapes, find illegal roadside dumping to be
their most serious problem. Many of
these illegal dumps throughout the watershed have been in existence for fifty
dumpsite surveys have concluded that nearly half of all dumpsites are located in
or near a stream. Contents from
paint cans, motor oil containers, household chemical containers, and electronic
devices can emit hazardous substances into streams or groundwater.
CleanWays chapters will be participating in this project: Bedford, Blair,
Huntingdon, and Mifflin. Each
chapter has a goal of
identifying and characterizing the dumpsites in its county.
Through this project, the JCWP also hopes to encourage the formation of
CleanWays chapters in Fulton, Juniata, and Perry Counties.
Please contact the JCWP or your local PACW chapter if you would like to report an illegal dumpsite or extended area of litter along a roadway or waterway. We are also interested in hearing from interested volunteers. The JCWP and CleanWays chapters need your help to complete this comprehensive survey!