Headwaters Charitable Trust is designing a program to accelerate and advance significant water quality improvements throughout our watersheds to improve the health of our streams and protection of human life. The Trust has made remarkable improvements to our watersheds over the past 29 years but there remains considerable need for continued work to reduce pollution, protect drinking water and provide operation and maintenance to significant restoration projects.
By promoting green jobs, our stream restoration work sustains employment in a diversity of careers including engineering, biology, construction, material acquisition, trucking and tourism to mention a few. In 2018, an economic study found that outdoor recreation in Pennsylvania, including hunting and fishing, generated $26.9 billion. The state’s wealth of natural resources and rich outdoor traditions also supported more than 390,000 jobs, where Pennsylvanians earned $17 billion in salaries and wages.
We also proudly support the engagement of youth in stream restoration activities. Our fund is assisting the US Youth Fly Fishing Team stream restoration work they are doing in cooperation with National Trout Unlimited. The USYFFT plans stream-side and classroom activities to promote conservation awareness and provide educational opportunities. The events are geared to hands on learning by gathering data, constructing wild trout in-stream habitat enhancement structures, and riparian enhancement through plantings.
Romola Branch Habitat Enhancement, Centre County, PA