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Grant will help restore banks of Lebanon County creek

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Feb 18, 2014 4:00 AM

(Annville) -- A stream in Lebanon County will come to life thanks to nearly a half million dollars in state money.

About a third of a mile of the banks of the Quittapahilla Creek in Annville will be stabilized as part of the project.

Big rocks and logs will be moved in to keep the banks together and create small pools for fish and other acquatic life to make a home.

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Photo by Quittapahilla Watershed Association

"They're going to notice a livelier and more vibrant stream, with more aquatic life if they actually get into the creek. They'll see a lot more critters in the creek, fisherman will catch more fish, and people who are walking along will just see a much more beautiful and vibrant ecology along the creek," says Michael Schroeder, co-president of the Quittapahilla Watershed Association.

Schroeder acknowledges the $444,000 state grant is good news, but says there's more to be done.

"This is just a little chunk of a much bigger problem. I'm not pretending this is going to have massive ripple effects, that it's going to transform the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed. It's not. But you have to start somewhere."

Schroeder says the Hazel Dyke in Lebanon often weakens the banks of the Creek during heavy rainfall, and he hopes this work will reduce erosion and sediment runoff.

Schroeder says his group hopes some of the changes will also improve the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay.

And if the work wasn't done?

"The banks would continue to erode slowly. The stream would continue to get slowly wider and slower. And it would just kind of turn into a torpid, sort of mucky stream where you put your hand in, you put it down six inches, and you can't see your hand because of all the silt and debris at the bottom," says Schroeder.

He says work should begin later this spring, and the hope is another state grant will allow them to extend the work on the stream banks.

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