Sunday Hunting Changes Plans for Diversion Wells

With the passage of Senate Bill 147 last year, hunters will now have the opportunity to engage in big-game hunting on three Sundays – all on consecutive weeks – in Pennsylvania. The three Sunday hunting dates for the 2020 season are: November 15 – Deer (Archery)November 22 – Bear HuntingNovember…

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Old Men and Redbuds

Thanks to the generous help of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the chapter planted additional trees along the east bank of our streambank restoration project on Snitz Creek in North Cornwall Township, Lebanon County. As you can see from the photographs, this time we had plastic tubes and wooden stakes to…

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Spring Creek Watershed Association On the Horizon

Over the months, I have reported on the efforts to explore restoration in the Spring Creek Watershed in the Hershey area. After nearly a year and many meetings — both in-person and virtually — the steering committee submitted a grant application to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for a…

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Quittapahilla Water Monitoring Program

Our monitoring program for the Quittapahilla Watershed is off to a slow start, partly because of restrictions related to the COVID 19 pandemic. But, lately, we have picked up the activities and now the program is coming together very nicely. The program will include six monitoring locations, two on the…

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DEP Awards Grant for Snitz Creek

On October 7th, the Department of Environmental Protection awarded $4.9 million in EPA Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Grants to 23 projects that will help communities and the state's environment by restoring impaired watersheds. In Lebanon County, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection awarded the Doc Fritchey Chapter of Trout Unlimited $173,641. This award for the…

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Diversion Well Workday Scheduled for September 27th
Photo: Andy Link

Diversion Well Workday Scheduled for September 27th

Our quarterly print newsletter that just went out lists the annual workday on the Chapter’s Diversion Wells as Saturday, September 26, 2020. That date is no longer correct. After we set the date and sent the newsletter to the printer, we learned that Saturday is the opening day of Youth…

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Lower Snitz Creek Project Complete
A section of the recently-completed restoration project on lower Snitz Creek.

Lower Snitz Creek Project Complete

After many delays due to weather conditions during 2018, construction work on the 1,200 linear foot restoration project on lower Snitz Creek, just above its confluence with Quittapahilla Creek in the city of Lebanon, was finally completed in February, 2019. The project, designed by Rocky Powell of Clear Creeks Consulting…

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Upper Hammer Creek Restoration Plans Moving Forward

Hammer Creek, which originates in eastern Lebanon County and flows 19.2 miles through Lancaster County where it joins Cocalico Creek, is a stocked trout stream below Speedwell Forge Dam, but also harbors a wild brook trout population in its upper headwaters. Chapter member Jim Suleski has taken on the task…

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Volunteers Complete Repairs at Flood-ravaged Diversion Wells

On Saturday, 14 chapter volunteers turned out to repair the damages created by the heavy rains and flooding at the diversion well site during the past few months. The crew was able to make repairs to the diversion dam as well as cleaning out the square well to get it…

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Rausch Creek Diversion Wells Pummeled by July Storm Events

The record rainfall in south-central PA during the month of July appears to have abated, at least for the time being, and smaller streams should now be starting to drop back to more seasonal flows. The Rausch Creek diversion well crew which visits the well site for maintenance every Monday…

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