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Slab Cabin Run Initiative Has Raised $2.1 Million for Conservation Effort

by on April 12, 2017 1:27 PM

ClearWater Conservancy's Slab Cabin Run initiative to permanently conserve 300 acres of agricultural land in College and Harris Townships met its second fundraising deadline of $1.75 million by March 31.

A total of $2.1 million has been raised to date since the initiative launched in October with an overall goal of $2.75 million to be raised by Sept. 30.

The initiative includes farmland that produces dairy goods for Meyer Dairy as well as the Everhart Farm. The effort aims to protect source water, restore Slab Cabin Run and preserve the Meyer and Everhart lands. The 300 acres, located immediately outside the State College regional growth boundaries, are situated in the Source Water Protection Area for the Harter-Thomas Wells, which supply much of the Centre Region's drinking water and are located immediately downhill from the Myer and Everhart properties.

The project, which is the largest in ClearWater's 36-year history, has raised $935,000 from private donors and $1.165 million from local municipalities and municipal authorities

ClearWater's has received commitments from State College, College Township, Ferguson Township, Harris Township and the State College Borough Water Authority. Patton Township's Board of Supervisors are scheduled to consider a $125,000 request on Wednesday night and funding requests to Benner and Halfmoon townships are pending.

“We’re looking for the public to invest is this great success story, helping conserve an iconic and much loved place while protecting the region’s drinking water," said ClearWater Executive Director DebNardone  We know that local businesses and neighbors will want to look back on and say they were a part of making it happen.”

Slab Cabin Run, which starts at Tussey Mountain and feeds into Spring Creek, flows through the Meyer and Everhart farms. The stream has been degraded by the growth of land development and accompanying impervious ground cover like parking lots, sidewalks and roads.

Once completed, Meyer Dairy Partnership would own both properties, while ClearWater would hold perpetual conservation easements on both, ensuring their protection of the land and stream corridor into the future.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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