Scottdale Borough Storm Water Project

JCWA is administering and overseeing this urban storm water project for Scottdale Borough.  So far, we’ve completed amazing renovations to the Gazebo Parklet in downtown Scottdale;  have begun design work on residential rain gardens; have nearly completed a storm water wetland/educational area at the Southmoreland Middle School and have begun storm water control designs for two other areas in the Borough.   As you can see from the photos, contractor Silvis, Inc.  did a wonderful job of renovating the popular gazebo area by adding porous paving, several rain gardens, new trees and new benches and lighting.

Scottdale Firemen’s Club Project

This project was completed in September of 2013 and created many storm water control BMPs at the Scottdale Firemen’s Club.  These measures will collect, control and decrease the amount of urban storm water discharging into UNT 5, commonly known as Little Sherrick Run.  JCWA and contractor Roger Suter & Sons, Inc. created a rain garden along the side of the parking lot; underground storm water storage, roof drain collection and an innovative green parking lot area on the back side of the property.  These measures will address an estimated 54,000 CF of storm water annually.

Photo: Construction of Green Parking area

UNT 2 Acid Mine Drainage Treatment System Design Project

This Project will design a passive treatment system to address the severe Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) discharges from the former Diamond Mine discharge along Rt. 119 near Williamhouse in Upper Tyrone Twp., Fayette County.  Hedin Environmental is designing the treatment system, aided by JCWA Project manager Deb Simko.  The AMD discharge is so acidic that there is no life in the unnamed tributary, with pH below 3.5! The unnamed tributary enters the main stem of Jacobs Creek downstream of the Rt. 119 overpass.  The treatment system design will be completed by June 30, 2014 and JCWA will then look for funding construction of this treatment system.

Southmoreland High School Design and Permit Project


This project designed storm water Best Management Practices (BMPs) for the parking lots around the Southmoreland High School and Football Stadium.  Lennon, Smith Souleret Engineering is designing the project.  The project will prevent uncontrolled storm water surges from eroding the streams and decrease urban pollution that harms aquatic life.

Site 28 Stream Bank Restoration Project

This project restored and stabilized over 1,000 feet of severely eroded stream bank on the main stem of Jacobs Creek as it flows near Everson in Lower Tyrone Township, Fayette County.  In addition to repairing the eroded banks, this project will add aquatic habitat structures in the stream and create riparian buffers with native plantings along the banks.  This project should begin in the summer of 2014.

Mt. Pleasant – Shupe Run Storm Water Retrofit Design Project

JCWA received an EPA Section 319 Nonpoint Source Storm Water Grant to design storm water Best Management Practices (BMPs) at two places in Mt. Pleasant:  the Mt. Pleasant Polish Falcons and the Maruca Mobile Home Court.   The Markosky Engineering Group is completing the design, which will be fully complete by March 31, 2014 and will include measures such as storm water retention, rain gardens, porous pavement and native plantings.   JCWA has been notified that we will receive a grant to construct these measures in mid-2014, so look forward to construction of these measures in 2015!

Scottdale Green Streets Design Project

In September of 2013, JCWA completed the design of green infrastructure measures for the downtown business area of the Borough of Scottdale.  These measures will decrease damaging storm water flows and urban runoff pollution to Jacobs Creek while beautifying the already quaint streets of Scottdale.  Sidewalk plantings and trees, curb plantings, porous paving and new crosswalks are just some of the green measures designed by contractor Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. for this Project.  A construction grant was awarded to JCWA in 2013, so construction of these esthetic measures will begin in 2014 – just wait for the beautiful changes!

Scottdale Green Streets Construction Project

This exciting and innovative project  constructed the beautiful and functional green BMPs designed by CEC, Inc. under our Scottdale Green Streets Design Project.  Street trees, low plantings, porous pavers, storm water storage and curb plantings will enhance the quaint streets of Scottdale while diminishing the damaging effects of storm water on Jacobs Creek.

Shupe Run Stream Bank Stabilization Project

Before:  Project Manager Andrew Dzurko surveys eroded stream banks of Shupe Run

In March of 2013, JCWA completed the stabilization of over 2,ooo feet of eroded stream banks along Shupe Run as it flows through Willows Park in Mt. Pleasant.  Stoy Excavating completed the project, which stabilized 6 reaches of Shupe Run and also included adding 2,000 feet of riparian buffers and planting of 275 trees along the banks!  This project will prevent an estimated 33,000 lbs. of sediment from eroding into Shupe Run annually!

After:  JCWA and DEP survey recently stabilized stream banks

Brush Run Agricultural  Project

WCD’s Rob Cronauer inspects stream crossing, fencing and plantings at the Hutter Farm

Happy cows – really, they are!

In late 2012, JCWA completed the installation of numerous agricultural BMPs at three family farms along Brush Run stream.  The Hutter, Zelmore and Kitz Farms were the recipients of these BMPs that manage storm water and keep their cows healthier!  Stream fencing (8,923 feet total) and new stabilized crossing areas (6 total) keeps the cows out of the water (and keeps them from mucking up the bottom and depositing their waste in the stream), while new spring developments (5 total) provide cows fresh spring water instead of muddy creek water.   In additional, we restored over 2,200 feet of eroded stream banks, planted 8.5 acres of riparian plantings, stabilized 4,000 feet of access roads and installed gutters and drainage around farm buildings – and we even fenced off 2 acres of wetlands!  These measures will decrease nutrient and sediment runoff into Brush Run, all while keeping the cows happier and healthier!

Scottdale Storm Water Retrofit Project

Completed in September of 2011, this two-phase project was JCWA’s first urban storm water project!  Phase I created a beautiful reading area outside of the Scottdale Public Library that was once an ugly, asphalt parking area.  The Project collected the Library’s roof drains and conveyed them to a rain garden; created underground storm water storage and installed porous pavement to absorb rain water.  The Library enhanced the area with native flower gardens, benches and outdoor reading areas.

Trees in Silva cells/porous pavement

Phase II created similar storm water Best Management Practices(BMPs) in the Southwest Regional Tax Bureau Parking lot, including porous pavement, a rain garden, Silva Cells with trees and underground storm water storage.  In addition to decreasing destructive storm water flows to Jacobs Creek, this Project also has helped prevent flooding of the Southwest Regional Tax Bureau office.

Greenlick Reservoir Shoreline Stabilization Project

Completed in 2011, this project stabilized over 800 feet of severely eroded shoreline on two sides of the Greenlick Reservoir, located in Bullskin Twp., Fayette County. In addition to the shoreline restoration, JCWA created two wetland areas, created fish habitat within Greenlick, placed underwater rock deflectors to decrease wave action  and planted numerous trees and native plants along the shorelines. This project will prevent an estimated 22 tons of sediment from  eroding annually and depositing into the reservoir and watershed.

Laurelville Stream Bank Stabilization Project

In 2007, JCWA partnered with the Westmoreland Conservation District to stabilize over 300 feet of Jacobs Creek in the Rt. 31 and Rt. 982 intersection area. In this area, Bear Rocks Run rushes into Jacobs Creek and causes severe erosion. The stream bank was stabilized with stone and native vegetation to prevent erosion and decrease sediment entering Jacobs Creek.

Anderson Run Stream Bank Stabilization Project

As part of the Laurelville Project, JCWA partnered with Scottdale Borough in the fall of 2009 to stabilize several hundred feet of eroded stream banks along Anderson Run. Anderson Run, a tributary of Jacobs Creek that flows through the Scottdale area, experienced stream bank erosion resulting from urban runoff during heavy rains. Anderson Run’s banks were graded and stabilized with stone to prevent additional erosion.

Jacobs Creek Environmental Education Area and Wetlands

JCWA and the Westmoreland Conservation District were an integral part of the Pa. Department of Transportation’s 2007 Jacobs Creek Replacement Wetlands project. The project was constructed in an unusable flood zone along White Bridge Road close to Jacobs Creek along the Fayette and Westmoreland county lines. The Environmental Education Area contains 7 ponds, hiking trails and an abundance of wildlife. The wetland area support numerous plant and animal species, helps in flood prevention and is used by birders, hikers and nature lovers on a daily basis.

Donegal Highlands Golf Course Stream Bank Stabilization

In the fall of 2005, JCWA partnered with the Donegal Highlands Golf Course to repair and stabilize the eroded stream banks of Jacobs Creek, which meanders through the golf course. Over 3500 feet of stream bank was stabilized with the use of coir logs, rip rap and native vegetation. The stabilization efforts of this 2005 project continue to prevent stream bank erosion today. The stable stream banks prevent sediment from entering Jacobs Creek and the colorful plants and flowers add additional beauty to the golf course.

Jess Stairs Farm Riparian Buffer Project

In 2001, JCWA partnered with the Westmoreland Conservation District to complete a stream restoration project on the Jess Stairs Farm in Mt. Pleasant Township, Westmoreland County. The project stabilized 375 feet of severely eroded stream bank, created 3 cattle crossing areas, fenced nearly 1500 feet of the stream channel and created a riparian buffer by planting native plants and trees.