The Clearfield County SEC has been in service since the spring of 2001, and it began through a partnership of the Clearfield County Planning Commission, the Clearfield County Conservation District and the Clearfield County Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). A decade later, the group continues to actively participate in water quality monitoring, stream restoration projects, and in educating others about the environment. While the group regularly monitors waterways affected by Abandoned Mine Drainage, some members of the group are working on a special pilot project related to this type of monitoring.
Additionally, the group is active in taking care of the county’s natural spaces. The Clearfield County SEC maintains a trail at the Curwensville Lake Recreation Area (CLRA). Also at the CLRA, the group has aided with the Upper Branch West Branch Triathlon, the Envirothon, the Dam Scramble Trail Race and the Conservation Celebration. The group also helps to maintain the Bilgers Rocks natural area and has participated in clean-ups along the West Branch of the Susquehanna.
In the past, the group has also helped or spearheaded other projects. Among those projects were working with truancy youth, participating in a community bio-terrorism in waterways watch program, gardening, placing watershed related placemats at local restaurants, and working with schools on environmental education. Also, the group has helped the county with the Natural Resource Inventory for the 10-year County Comprehensive Plan and sponsored a bus tour to the headwaters of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River as well as one to a Shad Hatchery.
Anyone who is concerned about the quality of water in our county and other environmental issues is welcome to join us!