From 2012 to 2018, the McKean County Conservation District used grants from the Environmental Stewardship Fund to implement best management practices (BMPs) on 11 family farms in the area. The BMPs have helped reduce pollution and sedimentation in nearby tributaries to the Allegheny River by as much as 50%. These projects included:
- Stream crossings and fencing to keep cows out of waterways.
- Streambank stabilization to improve fish habitat and reduce erosion.
- Tree plantings along streams, which absorb stormwater and prevent pollutants from reaching the water.
- Plans to control livestock waste, erosion, and sedimentation.
- Controlled springs to provide drinking water for cows away from streams.