Dump cleanup near Brandon
The Derrick, 10/29/01 By PAUL FREDERICK
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Photo by Paul Frederick - Volunteers
from several area organizations planted
trees at a former dump site near
Brandon. Pictured are Roy Datz, Tracey Miller, Clair and Karen Counselman and
BRANDON - One of Venango
County's ugliest illegal dumps has been cleaned up. And this past Saturday, a
group of volunteers from a variety of environmental organizations put the
finishing touches on the cleanup by planting trees on the site.
The dump, located on a
steep hillside on the road leading to Brandon, has been existence for more than
80 years, said Karen Counselman, one of the volunteers. More than 300 tons of
garbage, 100 discarded tires, even a few discarded appliances, were removed
during the cleanup, which began in July and took three months to complete.
Workmen from Gary Wood Trucking and Excavating of Polk did most of the trash
A Growing Greener grant
of $139,900 was obtained by the Venango Museum of Science and Industry to
perform this work.
The Allegheny River
Support Group, the Venango County chapter of Pennsylvania Cleanways, the
Allegheny Valley Trails Association and the Allegheny National Forest all
provided volunteers for Saturday's tree planting, which was performed, for the
most part, in a snowstorm.
Volunteers planted 200
potted trees on the dump site and on the steep hillside above it. These trees
were supplied by PA Cleanways, a statewide program aimed at eliminating illegal
dumping and littering. PA Cleanways provides 4,000 tree seedlings annually for
planting on public lands in Pennsylvania. In addition, the Pennsylvania
Department of Transportation provided 85 tons of fill dirt.
nature of this project must be emphasized," said Jim Holden of the
Allegheny Valley Trails Association. "Here we have five separate
organizations all working together to improve the environment here in Venango
By planting trees, soil
erosion will be reduced and the visual appearance of the area will be improved,
By cleaning up the dump,
these volunteers also eliminated a source of pollutants, which ran into the
Allegheny River only a short distance away. Also, rainwater that gathered in the
discarded tires was a source of the mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus,
A wall of dirt and stone
will be erected later to discourage further dumping.
"When the trees get
bigger, they too will discourage further dumping," Holden said.