Outdoors notebook: Mine discharge studied at Settler’s Cabin Park
February 28, 2016 1:03 AM
By John Hayes / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Since 2014, Trout Unlimited and the Allegheny County Parks Foundation have conducted field studies on water quality in Settler’s Cabin Park, located west of Pittsburgh. The focus is on Pinkerton Run, which picks up seepage from long-abandoned coal mines and carries it through Robinson Run, Chartiers Creek and the Ohio River near McKees Rocks.
The studies are a first step in mitigating the mine releases and encouraging fish to return to Pinkerton Run. Settler’s Cabin project organizers cite the remediation of the Lotus Pond at neighboring Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens, where a limestone treatment bed successfully mitigates coal mine drainage. Recently gathered biological data will be combined with water chemistry and flow data collected in 2015 to help gauge the environmental impact of the mines and suggest a remediation strategy financed through fund drives.
Fly fishing film
Outdoor adventure stories, high production values, exotic locations and some of the biggest, baddest fish ever to take a fly -- and it’s all for a worthy cause. The annual Fly Fishing Film Tour raises funding to support the International Angler's Youth Fly Fishing Program and Casting for Recovery, which provides fly-fishing therapy and companionship for women with breast cancer. The show starts at 3 p.m. today at The Oaks Theatre in Oakmont. $20, The Oaks, 412-828-6322. International Angler, 412-788-8088.
Tri-County Trout Club and the state Fish and Boat Commission are looking for a little help with plans for trout float stocking at Deer Creek (March 1) and Bull Creek (March 2), in Allegheny County. Details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wild game dinner
Deer shis-ka-bob, pheasant marsala, wild boar sausage and moose are on the menu when Northgate Church in Ross hosts its annual Wild Game Dinner. Western Pennsylvania hunters donate and prepare the wild entrees, side dishes and desserts. Diners register for door prizes and hear a statewide hunting update from the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Free and open to the public 6 p.m. March 5. Registration is not required but early arrival is recommended. Details 412-931-6016, www.northgatechurch.com.
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