The Genesee Headwaters Watershed Association was founded with help from Growing Greener five years ago and hasn’t looked back. The Association initially received a Growing Greener grant to conduct an assessment of the 86-square mile headwaters of the Genesee River. This assessment identified the ten most damaged portions in the river. Since then, Growing Greener funds have allowed the Association to work on eight of these sites.
The Association has conducted dozens of bank stabilizations, installed buffers on both sides of streams along over 4 miles of highly eroded farm pastures, built cattle watering lanes and farm crossings, and completed two dike repairs to stabilize the banks to protect the town of Genesee. It has worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to protect tributaries threatened by agricultural runoff. The Association has also formed a partnership with Dominion Gas Company to create new wetlands, including 10 acres of Hemlock wetland. Furthermore, volunteer members of the Association take monthly water and macro invertebrate samples to monitor the health of the river, and hold annual stream clean-ups.
Though it is located a rural area, the Genesee Headwaters Watershed Association is alive and well. Its members like to think they can leave the Genesee River to their kids in a condition better than they found it.