Chest Creek Watershed, Cambria and Clearfield Counties, Pennsylvania
The Chest Creek watershed drains 129
square miles of Cambria and Clearfield Counties. It is a major tributary to the West Branch Susquehanna River
and is classified as a high quality cold water fishery (HQ-CWF) from the Cambria county headwaters near Winterset/Bradley
Junction, to the Patton water treatment plant; from there on it is classified as
a cold water fishery (CWF).Rogues Harbor
Run and Pine Run, two of Chest Creek’s tributaries, are classified as
Exceptional Value (EV) waters.
In 2010, the Chest Creek Assessment and Restoration Plan was completed. This study helped to identify and prioritize problem areas in the watershed and will serve as a guide to protect and enhance Chest Creek. Click hereto view this plan and other watershed documents.
According to the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the major sources of pollution to Chest Creek are siltation (from agriculture) and abandoned mine drainage. There are also a few small sections that are polluted by in-organics of unknown source. These sections are indicated on the adjacent map.