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Watershed Organizations Seek Helping Hands

Melissa S. Treacy

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 • 2:15pm

If the long, hot days of summer already have members of your household wondering what they can do to entertain themselves, the Schwenksville-based Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy (PWC) has an answer: lend a helping hand.

Volunteers are needed for Wednesday, July 9 for a partnership project that began Monday.

“We're so pleased to be working with the Lehigh County Conservation District, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, and Perkiomen Valley Trout Unlimited to restore a section of Hosensack Creek bank in the Perkiomen Watershed,” explained a post on the PWC social media pages.

The watershed encompasses a total of 362 square miles and 231,680 acres. It includes waterways in 57 municipalities in Pennsylvania, including that of Lower Providence Township.

Laura Hopek, of the Lehigh Conservation District said that efforts made by volunteers this week would go a long way to helping improve the local fish populations.

“Restoration efforts are planned to enhance fish, aquatic and wildlife habitat while expanding wild trout populations in this watershed,” she said. “Sediment and non-point source pollutants entering this section of the creek will be reduced, therefore improving the overall water quality in the Perkiomen Creek Watershed.”

Those that are available will be assisting the agencies in improving the banks along the creek, helping to grow said populations.

“Project partners will be installing fish habitat structures, removing existing dams, and stabilizing stream banks starting at 8 a.m.,” said Hopek. “The project site is located at the PPL substation on Palm Road, Lower Milford Township, Lehigh County.”

Those of all ages may assist in the project, as various levels of work is required.

“For this phase of the project, machines will be used to conduct most of the hard labor,” said Hopek. “Volunteers are needed to do hand labor, including re-arranging rock, getting logs in final position, driving rebar, seeding, and mulching.”

The Lehigh County Conservation District will be leading the volunteer efforts on behalf of all agencies. Those wishing to lend a helping hand may email Hopek at LHopek@lehighconservation.org for more information and to sign-up.

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