Dunkard Creek

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The following information seeded from the Greene County Watershed Alliance

Dunkard Creek, a major tributary of the Monongahela River, drains a rural 235 square mile watershed within nine townships in Greene County, Pennsylvania, and three districts in Monongalia County, West Virginia. The river is classified as a warm water fishery and historically supports a variety of fish, including smallmouth bass, sunfish, and muskellunge in all but the lower 6.2 miles, which have been devastated by abandoned mine drainage.

As a result of the loss of wildlife, we have lost a way of life, too. By restoring the lower 6.2 mile section of Dunkard Creek, we can bring back recreational activity—fishing, hiking, canoeing—and with it, $67,000 (!) annually in recreational revenue to the area’s businesses.

(!)1994 PA DEP 305(b) report stating a $66,690 annual loss in recreational use of Dunkard Creek.

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