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Signs point to Washington Township waterways

December 16, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - When people cross the bridge on Pa. 997 at the bottom of State Hill they'll now know that the stream they're driving over is the East Branch of the Antietam Creek.

How? Because new signs have been posted at either end of the span.

Thirty-four new signs have been posted at both ends of 17 bridges in Washington Township telling passers-by which stream they're crossing.

It's part of a project to place signs at bridges where roads cross streams in Pennsylvania. The program is designed to raise awareness and connect people with their watersheds and waterways.

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Tammy Gross and Robert Cronauer, watershed specialists at the Franklin County Conservation District office in Chambersburg, Pa., coordinated the project for Franklin County.

Gross said Wednesday that 234 signs have been placed at the ends of 117 bridges in all 14 Franklin County townships.

In Washington Township, motorists will spot the new blue signs with white letters at bridges over both branches of Antietam Creek, Red Run Creek, Falls Creek, Biesecker Run and Mackey Run.

Washington Township Manager Michael A. Christopher said it's important to identify the area's waterways.

"They're part of our environment. We want to highlight them and make them stand out," he said.

People drive over them every day and have no idea of the name of the creek they're passing over," he said.

The townships are installing the signs and will maintain them, Christopher said.

"These waterway signs will help develop a sense of place and knowledge of local environments," Frank Raymond Cetera, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Organization of Waterways and Rivers, said in a press release. "This is an important step in the conservation and protection of our water resources."

Susan Parry, spokeswoman at The Capital Resource Conservation Development Council in Harrisburg, Pa., coordinated the project for the seven counties in south-central Pennsylvania. She said signs were approved for 295 sites along 150 waterways in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York.

The nonprofit council coordinates projects to promote responsible use and conservation of the seven-county region's natural, community and economic resources.

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