The Fishing Creek Watershed Association is made up of people working together to improve the quality of the watershed. FCWA joins with local, state and federal agencies, municipal, county, state and federal officials, business and industry, educational institutions and any other groups with similar interests and goals. The FCWA supports the following objectives within the watershed:
- Reduction of soil erosion
- Control of flood damage
- Restoration of wildlife
- Protection recreation areas of great natural beauty
- Elimination of all stream pollution
- Improvement of the habitat of streams
Reducing Soil Erosion
Maintaining fertile topsoil and eliminating runoff are important factors in a healthy ecosystem. FCWA encourages best management practices, including contour farming, forest stream buffers, sustainable timbering practices, and stream bank fencing. The Association assists in educating landowners and helping to uncover funding sources for environment friendly practices.
Controlling Flood Damage
Coupled with proper planning, sound conservation and environmental practices can mitigate flood damage within the Watershed. FCWA promotes education and provides information to help lessen the effects of high water. For instance, maintenance of wetlands and other natural water catchment areas minimizes runoff during heavy rains.
A healthy habitat is the means to a re-invigorated wildlife population, including normal insect hatches, healthy fish populations, natural forests, wild meadows, and stable bird, reptile and mammal populations. FCWA provides education and projects to improve wildlife habitat and population.
An ecologically sound environment is the foundation for activities such as camping, biking, hunting, fishing, and hiking. By encouraging people, organizations, and communities to work together FCWA supports planning and implementation of outdoor recreation within the Watershed.
Acid rain is an identified problem affecting the Watershed’s environment. By monitoring the chemical, physical, and biological qualities of the watershed, FCWA provides the qualitative and quantitative data necessary to carryout programs to alleviate pollution effects. One example project is limestone insertion directly into streambed to improve water alkalinity and reduce the effects of acid runoff.
Healthy watershed habitat especially near streams and tributaries is critical to the ecosystem. FCWA uses education and existing programs to provide information and assistance to landowners for habitat improvement; streamside fencing is an example.