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$12,000 from DEP shores up channel in Ligonier Township

Mary Pickels
| Friday, April 27, 2012, 2:33 a.m.

A $12,000 Department of Environmental Protection grant was used last month to shore up a section of flood-damaged channel along Four Mile Run in Ligonier Township, protecting a nearby residence.

"The main gist of it was a portion of Four Mile Run was badly eroded and encroaching on a house and garage," said Susan Huba, Loyalhanna Watershed Association program manager.

The grant restored about 325 feet as a joint project of the watershed association and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

The watershed association, in conjunction with several organizations, has been working on stream bank erosion projects for the last few years, said Drew Banas, watershed executive director.

The purpose of the Four Mile Run project was to protect two structures from falling into the water, Banas said.

About 30 logs were used in single- and multi-log formation, facing upstream and anchored into the bank with rocks, to direct water toward the center of the stream.

"We are trying to create something that looks good," Banas said. "We wanted to create as natural a look as we could. It's inexpensive and effective, and does everything we want it to do."

Contractor for the project was John Hardiman Excavating of Ligonier.

"We hope to continue to fund projects," Banas said. "There are five major erosions on the banks of the Loyalhanna, east of Ligonier. Hopefully we will find some funding for that and do one or two a year."

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