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--- Issued July 17, 2012

In May of 2009, the Erie Housing Authority published a story that speculated on a future that seems to have come true:

"In the not-too-distant future, McDannell Run, the stream that runs through the John E. Horan Garden Apartments site, may be hospitable to fish and fishing, thanks to the young HACE residents of that neighborhood who have been acting as caretakers of the stream as part of Earth Force. Pat Lupo, OSB, program director for the Lake Erie-Allegheny Earth Force, said that HACE youngsters have been working to bring the stream back to life over the past several years. That work may be paying off."

Well, it has, and that's confirmed.

Mayflies, Crayfish, and Water Penny Beetle Larvae were all found in the stream this year by young participants in the Authority's Learn to Fish Program. According to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, as well as institutions such as the University of Arkansas, these macro invertebrates are all biological indicators of good watershed and stream health: Crayfish cannot live in polluted water; water penny beetle larvae are found only in fast-running, clean streams; Mayfly nymphs, which are preyed upon by fish and are considered to be an important part of the food chain, are an indicator of clean water.

The HACE youths, part of Earth Action, learned about the life that is teaming in McDannell Run as part of the Authority's Learn to Fish Program. They learned that a stream more than just water. It is an area where life things live and grow, all dependent upon the people who live near the stream keeping it clean and helping to maintain it as a healthy ecosystem.

The stream has come a long way since Earth Force youths began to pull the debris from it in 2009. Now, there are no tires very little trash in the stream. The annual youth cleanups yield virtually nothing.

The words Sister Pat said then about McDannell Run are more true than ever: "
“It’s a showcase for the folks who live there; we want to make sure that the residents there know that everything they do impacts the water quality of the stream."

That is just what HACE youths learned this year, as they discovered and examined the life in the stream.