A Greenway Feasibility Study of the Kiski Conemaugh Basin was conducted through the efforts of an AmeriCorps member with the Conemaugh Valley Conservancy in 1999.
Although some of the information in the report has changed since that time, there is also a great deal of information about the ecology, geology, wildlife habitat, and other environmental issues in the corridor.
We’ve excerpted some of it here to provide a brief conservation profile for the Kiski-Conemaugh Basin.
Natural Resources Inventory
The greenway corridor under study remains very rich in a variety of natural resources, despite the significant presence of AMD and other pollution within the river corridors and on adjacent lands. Diverse geology, land use, and varying degrees of recovering water quality within rivers provide unique environments for a variety of biota. Also, two major mountain ridges, Chestnut and Laurel, are intersected by the corridor and the Conemaugh River and provide large areas of fairly mature forested land. These, and other forested landscapes, serve as habitat for many species and as gorgeous viewsheds of great scenic value. Also, aquatic life is recovering significantly within the Kiskiminetas, Conemaugh, and Little Conemaugh Rivers, thanks to concerned citizens, governmental organizations, and grassroots watershed groups within the river basin. One of the goals of the Kiski-Conemaugh Greenway is to conserve natural resources, for intrinsic value, and interpret them, for educational purposes.
More information can be found by utilizing the following resources:
- Watershed Topography
- Land Use
- Conservation Districts
- Planning Offices