Our major efforts right now, in fall 2014, are focused on several related projects.
1. Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP)
A Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) formally approved by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Pennsylvania Departrment of Environmental Protection (PA-DEP) is in most cases an essential precondition for state, federal, and private foundation grants. The May 2013 draft of the Quittapahilla Watershed Association WIP (PDF file, 3.7 MB), authored principally by former QWA Secretary & honorary lifetime QWA Board Member Brett Long, with considerable help from Dave Bailey & others, is accessible via the links above, and is also housed on the Studies & Documents page. The WIP is currently in its final round of revisions and we hope to have it approved soon.
2. Quittapahilla Creek Nature Park Stream Restoration Project
We are delighted to announce that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA-DEP) has approved our application for a Growing Greener Grant for streambank restoration along Quittie Creek in Annville (see the PA-DEP's press release of 22 January 2014). The grant totals $444,126 — just a wee bit shy of the $459.999 we had requested. In addition, the Watershed Association received an $80,000 grant from the PA Fish & Boat Commission -- bringing the total for Phase 1 to more than $540,000. Work on this major & important project is expected to begin on Monday, November 17, 2014, when there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12:30 p.m. at the Raymond Swingholm Pedestrian Bridge off Bachman Road in Annville. The goal of the project is to restore 3,450 linear feet of Quittie Creek — close to two-thirds of a mile (0.65 of a mile), from 150 yards upstream of the Old Mill Dam in Quittie Creek Nature Park to just upstream of the Route 934 Bridge, as shown on the Site Location Map below. Phase I, covered by the Growing Greener and Fish & Boat Commission grants, will remove the concrete remnants of the Old Mill Dam and restore approximately 1,750 linear feet, starting at the most upstream point and working downstream. The area encompassed by both Phase I & Phase II is shown in the map below:
Site Location Map detail adapted from USGS (7.5 min. quad.) Palmyra & Lebanon PA as modified by Skelly & Loy, Inc. June 2012, Fig. 1, Attach. G.
In the box below is the Executive Summary of the project, taken from a massive, map-laden December 2012 report, titled "Chapter 105/Section 404 Environmental Assessment Authorization Application Package, Quittapahilla Creek Nature Park Restoration Project, Annville & South Annville Townships, Lebanon County PA, Prepared for the Quittapahilla Watershed Association by Skelly and Loy, Inc."
QUITTAPAHILLA CREEK NATURE PARK STREAM RESTORATION PROJECT
This 405/105 Joint Permit Application package has been prepared by Skelly and Loy, Inc. for the Quittapahilla Creek Nature Park Stream Restoration Project in Annville and South Annville Townships, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. The project site follows Quittapahilla Creek from approximately 450 feet above the Old Mill Dam to a point upstream of the Route 934 Bridge. The site is located at 40° 19' 37" N Latitude, -76° 30' 24" W Longitude. The project site is characterized by a publicly owned park and private property consisting of a mix of woodlands (upland and floodplain), meadow, and mowed yards. No permanent structures are situated within the proposed limit of disturbance. There are no wetland impacts for the project. Under the proposed project, the existing stream will be restored and the existing land uses will not change. The project proposes to restore approximately 3,450 linear feet (49,018 square feet) of Quittapahilla Creek and 240 linear feet of adjacent tributaries (2,300 square feet). The restoration will involve channel improvements to Quittapahilla Creek in order to provide aquatic habitat, stream stability and water quality benefits as well as to reduce sediment loading downstream. The total area of disturbance for the project is 9.47 acres. A detailed FEMA floodplain (Zone A6) is mapped along Quittapahilla Creek through the project area. The proposed improvements will not result in an increase in the 100-year surface elevation.
Supporting documentation, including detailed maps of the proposed project, appears on the Studies & Documents page. We express our gratitude to the Lebanon Valley Conservancy for its sponsorship of our Growing Greener and Fish & Boat Commission grant applications under the umbrella of its 501c(3) tax status, and look forward to breaking ground on this long-awaited & much-needed project. Keep an eye peeled on these pages for updates!
The third main project we're working on right now is building this website and bringing everything on these web pages up to date. Thank you for your patience as we move forward.
Major past projects
Here we list the major projects undertaken by the Quittapahilla Watershed Association since its founding in June 1997. See the materials housed on the Archives page of this website (the first item under "Photos & Images") for a more detailed look at each of these projects, including not only final reports but correspondence, photos, memos & notes, receipts, and related material.
• 2009-2010. PA-DEP Growing Greener Grant to study work in Annville, completed in 2010, to prepare a plan to stabilize 3,300 feet of stream bank. Grant amount: $90,000.
• 2008-2010. PA-DEP Growing Greener Grant BMP3 2008, completion in 2010. To create a wetland to remove sediment and phosphorous. Grant amount: $250,000.
• 2006. National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grant for sediment study. Completed. Grant amount: $25,000.
• 2005-2006. PA Fish & Boat Commission grant to stabilize the stream bank in Cornwall Borough Park. Final Report submitted 2/1/07. Grant amount: $10,000.
• 2001-2006. PA-DEP Growing Greener Assessment Grant - 1B. Completed. Grant amount: $282,000.
• 2000-2001. PA-DEP Growing Greener Assessment Grant 1A. Completed. Grant amount: $175,000.
• 2003. Cleona Park mitigation grant to stabilize the stream bank in Cleona Park, $3,600.
of Community & Economic Development (PA-DCED) Grant for
developing an educational wetland involving four
school districts and Lebanon Valley College. Final Report submitted 2003. Grant amount:
DEP construction work at wetland. Final Report submitted 2003. Grant amount: $37,000.
• 2000-2002. PA-DEP Growing Greener Grant & PA-DCNR Grant. Work on four farms on Little Swatara Creek: installation of 9,825 feet of streambank fencing and planting of riparian buffers. Final Report submitted 6/30/2003. Grant amounts: PA-DCNR: $14,513.60. PA-DEP: $19,425.
• 2000-2002. PA-DEP Growing Greener Grant for the Hammer Creek: 9,916 feet of streambank fenced and riparian buffers planted on six farms. Final Report submitted 6/30/2003. Grant amount: $56,618.67.
• 2001. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service grant for component of assessment study. Completed. Grant amount: $5,000.
• 1999-2000. PA-DEP Watershed Restoration Grant. 10,115 feet of stream bank fenced and riparian buffers planted on seven farms. Final Report submitted 6/30/2000. Grant amount: $28,204.59.
• 1998-1999. PA-DEP Watershed Restoration Grant. 25,451 feet of stream bank fenced and riparian buffers planted on eleven farms. Final Report submitted 6/30/1999. Grant amount: $44,844.45.
• 1998-2002. Over three tons of trash collected from the watershed in multiple community cleanups organized or sponsored by the QWA.
• 1998-2001. Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission Adopt-a-Stream Grant. Stabilized 4,000 feet of stream bank In Quittie Creek Nature Park (1000 feet per year). $2,000 per year for four years, for a total of $8,000.