September 4, 2009
STORY BY SANDY BAUERS PHOTOGRAPHS BY SHARON GEKOSKI-KIMMEL LITITZ, Pa. - More than a decade ago, tiny Lititz Run in Lancaster County was a ribbon of fetid water that was too hot, too slow, and too poisoned by agricultural runoff to support trout for more than a few weeks. Then the community embraced its revival. Neighbors re-created wetlands. Farmers changed time-honored ways. Today Lititz Run is a rarity among waterways: a year-round trout stream that has won national accolades and been cited as a model.
November 17, 1991 |
The Lower Merion-Narberth Watershed Association is looking for volunteers willing to roll up their sleeves and get wet. At noon Saturday, the association will begin planting about 7,000 brown- trout eggs in Mill Creek. The boxes that hold the eggs, Vibert boxes, will be placed in areas of the stream that are well-aerated from consistent water flows. Watershed members will work with volunteers to map out placement of the boxes, which hold 500 eggs apiece. Volunteers will cover the boxes with large stones and anchor them to form egg beds for the trout.
August 16, 2010 |
SCRANTON - An energy company is on track to drill the first natural gas production wells in northeastern Pennsylvania's Wayne County. Drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation is banned in nearly all of the county because it lies within the Delaware River watershed. The Delaware River Basin Commission recently declared a moratorium on drilling in the watershed, citing concerns that it will threaten drinking water supplies. But Hess Corp. has permits either pending or recently approved for at least six wells along Wayne County's northwestern border, just outside the watershed boundary.
October 26, 1997 |
Members of the Upper Maurice River Watershed Group survey the conditions at Scotland Run Park in Clayton. The group keeps tabs on the watershed and works to educate people about how to monitor the watersheds in their areas. During last Saturday's outing, Rich Gannon of Clayton (pointing) and Suzanne McCarthy of Franklinville (right) tell members of Cub Scout Pack 230 what to look for in streams and lakes. Pack members are, from front left, Nicholas Thomas, Jake Souber and Ben Thomas, all of Pennsville.
September 6, 2009 |
LITITZ, Pa. - More than a decade ago, tiny Lititz Run in Lancaster County was a ribbon of fetid water that was too hot, too slow, and too poisoned by agricultural runoff to support trout for more than a few weeks. Then the community embraced its revival. Neighbors re-created wetlands. Farmers changed time-honored ways. Today Lititz Run is a rarity among waterways: a year-round trout stream that has won national accolades and been cited as a model. But as a tributary in the Susquehanna River watershed, Lititz Run still isn't clean enough, and it adds to the pollution that the Susquehanna sends downstream to the nutrient-choked Chesapeake Bay. Pennsylvania bears a huge responsibility for the despoiling of the bay. The Susquehanna, which drains half the state, pumps in 40 percent of the bay's nitrogen, largely from agriculture, and a gusher of its two other major pollutants - natural sediment and phosphorus from fertilizers and detergents - abetting the decline of the Chesapeake's celebrated fishing industry.
June 20, 1996 |
The Bucks County commissioners adopted a three-volume plan yesterday linking future development in the Little Neshaminy watershed with stormwater management. Although the vote came less than a week after parts of Lower Bucks were devastated by torrential rainfall, the timing was pure coincidence. The Little Neshaminy plan is part of the county's continuing efforts to control flooding. It examines how the area naturally drains rainwater. If any future development affects this natural system, the construction of a stormwater-retention basin will be required to collect and slow runoff.
September 5, 1991 |
Michael Jennings thinks the White Clay Creek is "one heck of a nice stream. " Jennings, a planner with the National Park Service, has more than a passing familiarity with a lot of nice streams all over the country, but none, he says, quite matches the feeling he gets from the White Clay. Even so, it will take an act of Congress before Jennings finds out exactly how nice the White Clay Creek watershed really is. That may happen soon. In July, bipartisan legislation was introduced in both houses of Congress that would direct the Secretary of the Interior to study the White Clay Creek of Pennsylvania and Delaware for possible inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers system.
September 15, 2000 |
Standing on the shores of scenic Batsto Lake in this historic Burlington County village, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Robert Shinn signed a contract yesterday to develop a plan to protect water resources in the heart of the Pinelands. Under the agreement, the state will give the Pinelands Commission $600,000 over four years to lead the project, which is aimed at ensuring the future health of waterways in the 570-square-mile drainage area known as the Mullica River Watershed Management Area.
January 16, 2002 |
Caught on the defensive after the release of a federal report indicating poor water quality in some Chester County streams, county commissioners pledged yesterday to increase efforts to improve stream water. At the weekly commissioners' meeting, county water authority officials gave a sobering overview of stream water health in a county known for its commitment to conservation. In Chester County, 276 of 1,300 total miles - about 21 percent - of streams do not meet state water quality standards, officials said.
July 29, 1993 |
With the official blessings of 17 different government entities, a pact was signed Tuesday pledging that all will work as one on an unprecedented study of the entire White Clay Creek watershed. The study, conducted with the help of the National Park Service, will determine whether the stream qualifies for inclusion in the national wild and scenic river system. This marks the first time an entire watershed has been the object of such a study. The memorandum of understanding signed Tuesday was necessary to proceed with the study, because the cooperation of each government involved is required.