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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Benefits of Large Woody Debris in Streams
Large woody debris is seen here helping to stabilize a streambank. Photo: Danielle Rhea

Benefits of Large Woody Debris in Streams

by: Danielle Rhea, Water Resources Educator, Penn State Extension Large wood provides multiple benefits in stream systems such as stabilized streambanks, improved floodplain connectivity, and more diverse aquatic habitat. Large woody debris, also referred to as large wood, is typically described as fallen trees, logs, and branches that are at…

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DFTU Testifies on the Waters of Pennsylvania

On October 21st, I had the honor of representing both the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited and Doc Fritchey Chapter of Trout Unlimited as part of two panels testifying before the House Democratic Policy Committee Hearing.  Representatives from DEP, DCNR, Chesapeake Bay Commission, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, PA Fish and Boat…

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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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