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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Bridal Path Dam Removal

(Article from Summer Newsletter)

On July 6th, 2016 Flyway Excavating notched a hole in the small dam near Bridal Path Road to begin the process of removing the dam. Notching the dam took all of about 10 mins, but represented years of work by Monocacy TU and its partners. Admittedly, it probably took longer to get to this point than it should have, but when we are dealing with volunteer efforts, these things sometimes happen. Work, life, family, and other fun stuff (like fishing!) get in the way of moving these projects forward. In spite of the distractions and slow pace, those involved managed to stay on track and keep things moving forward. Unfortunately the process itself is somewhat involved. We needed to get permits, landowner permissions, grants written and awarded, contracts drafted, etc, etc. To say it was gratifying to see some actual (de)-construction happening after years of talking, planning, meeting, and waiting would be an understatement. I would like to specifically thank the following people/ organizations that made this project happen:

  • Sisters of St. Francis and the Snyder family
  • Viorel Dragan, Monocacy TU Member
  • Kristie Fach, Director of Ecological Restoration Wildlands Conservancy
  • Laura Craig, PhD, Director, Science and Economics; River Restoration Programs, American Rivers
  • Clair Sadler, Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
  • Dr. Ted Burger, Monocacy TU Director Emeritus
  • Sam (Kutskel) Ferguson and Tali MacArthur, Coldwater Heritage Partnership

There were many more who offered advise and expertise along the way, and Monocacy TU appreciates your assistance and guidance.

This project was completed in partnership with the Lehigh Valley Greenways Conservation Landscape Initiative. Funding was provided in part by a grant from PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, Environmental Stewardship Fund, administered by Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Inc. In addition, this project was also funded by a grant from the Coldwater Heritage Partnership on behalf of the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the PA Fish and Boat Commission, the Foundation of Pennsylvania Watersheds and the PA Council of Trout Unlimited.