DUBOIS – The EADS Group Inc., an engineering, architectural and design firm headquartered in Altoona, with an office in Clarion and five other locations in Pennsylvania and Maryland, recently provided a donation to the Headwaters Conservation Partnership. (HCP) Executive Director
Dale Fox said, “We are excited to have the EADS Group on board, as our first engineering company partner. I hold the EADS Group in high regard having worked with them as a consulting company that assisted Tri-county Rails to Trails on the Clarion-Little Toby Rail Trail in Elk and Jefferson counties. Our HCP program will help to keep a steady stream of environmental engineering projects flowing through North Central Pennsylvania. Taking care of our natural resources also provides millions of dollars of direct economic development benefits to our region – which translates to engineering, construction and material purchases.”
The EADS Group donation will be utilized as part of the matching funds required for the Clarion River Headwaters and the Smith Run Growing Greener acid rain projects in Elk County that were approved in February by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The DEP provided $354,000 in grant funding with a required match of $65,000.
EADS is a full-service, multi-disciplinary engineering and architectural corporation founded in 1955, offering transportation, environmental, civil, geotechnical, structural, surveying and related services to both the public and private sector. They are employee-owned and specialize in architecture, site development, highways, bridges, water and wastewater, surveying, mapping, planning, construction inspection and environmental services. EADS’ environmental services experience is particularly impressive, stemming from a long history of working with the mining and natural gas industry in Pennsylvania. The firm employs nearly 200 professionals in Altoona, Somerset, Pittsburgh, Clarion, Johnstown, Lewistown and Cumberland. For more information, visit their Web site at www.eadsgroup.com.
Environmental Services Department Manager Richard Tote (or Clarion office Marketing Representative Tracy Frampton) said, “We’ve worked with a number of environmental stewardship organizations in the region, including the Elk County Fisherman, the Mill Creek Coalition and the Jefferson County Conservation District on a number of acid mine drainage (AMD) improvement projects in Elk, Jefferson and Clarion counties. We’ve also worked with a large private land owner on an innovative natural stream channel revitalization study for an approximately one mile long stretch of a high quality watershed in McKean County. We are pleased to be able to contribute to these types of important environmental improvement projects throughout the region.”
The Headwaters Conservation Partnership invites all corporations, small businesses and individuals active in the Headwaters region of Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter counties to join the Conservation Partnership. Please see www.headwaterspa.org for more information.