Group Fights the Red in Red Mo through Festival

PHILIPSBURG – On Aug. 26, the Moshannon Creek Watershed Coalition held a free Watershed Festival at Cold Stream Dam Recreation Area in Philipsburg. The purpose of this festival was to raise public awareness concerning Abandoned Mine Drainage and its effects on the Moshannon Creek watershed and to inform the public of how they can help to restore the “Red Mo.”

Informational displays by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Clearfield County and Centre County conservation districts were on hand.

Activities included a chili cook-off, children’s games and activities, a lesson in macroinvertebrate identification, free mountain pies and live bluegrass music provided by the Blue Shades.

Approximately 100 people attended the event and enjoyed the beautiful summer weather and fun-filled activities.

All proceeds collected from the chili cook-off, new memberships and donations will help MCWC to further their goal of “Getting the Red Out of the Red Moshannon.”

The group thanks all of the local sponsors that donated money, goods and services, or time to help make this event a reality.

For a complete list of the sponsors and the winners of the chili cook-off, see the MCWC Web site.

If you missed the festival but would like more information on Moshannon Creek, visit the MCWC Web site or attend the next meeting (Sept. 25). Monthly meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Rush Township Municipal building in Philipsburg.

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