cleans up illegal Brandon dumpsite
The Derrick, 12/8/01
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THE ALLEGHENY RIVER SUPPORT GROUP HAS OFFICIALLY CONCLUDED THE SIX-MONTH PROJECT.
A local group's promise
to clean up an illegal dumpsite in Brandon has been kept.
The Allegheny River Support Group (ARSG)
made that pledge to area residents several months ago. Armed with its own
funding as well as monies provided by the Pennsylvania Growing Greener Program,
the six-month project has officially concluded.
Contractor Gary Wood of Polk plowed through
15 feet of debris in many places, hauled tons of clean fill donated by PennDOT
to fill cavities in the hillside created when trash was removed, and constructed
an earthen barrier to discourage future dumping.
Assistance and technical advice were
provided by Tracey Miller, project coordinator; Barbara Perlstein, director of
the Venango Museum in Oil City; Rockland Township supervisors and landowners;
PennDOT; the state Department of Environmental Protection; the Venango County
Conservation District; the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission; and the
Allegheny National Forest.
"This was a massive effort, much
larger than we imagined and we had tremendous support from everyone
involved," Perlstein said.
Township supervisors Terry Huntsberger and
Bill Propst installed a sign at the site recently recognizing the contribution
of the ARSG and asking people not to litter. Action Grafx Co. of Cooperstown
created the sign.
Two additional informational signs made by
Bill Bellis still will be placed at the top and bottom of the township road in
Pete Johnson, formerly of Venango Video,
produced a 20-minute video about the cleanup effort. The video and an ARSG
speaker are available to groups wishing to clean up a similar problem in their
Information is available by calling the
Venango Museum at 676-2007.
Ten local fourth-grade classrooms will be
provided with brochures, a copy of the video, classroom materials and a lesson
on recycling for use by teachers in their classrooms.
A portion of the funding comes from an
annual golf outing held by the river support group. That money is combined with
matching funds to help finance projects in the Allegheny River Corridor.
Perlstein said the next project ARSG will
undertake is the improvement of a natural scenic overlook in Kennerdell.
"This site majestically overlooks the
Allegheny River Tract of the Clear Creek State Forest and is already a tourist
attraction," she said.