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Pa. creek work continues in Washington Township

October 03, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Crews from Fayetteville Contractors have been repairing creek banks this week at the new Antietam Meadow Park, a 25-acre park west of North Welty Road and accessed by Scott Road.

"Part of the purpose of the work is to repair and stabilize the banks that eroded because of the cows that went in there," said Pat O'Connor, a member of the Antietam Watershed Association.

"Most of our work will provide some habitat value as well," said Karl Lutz, a stream section chief with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Improved water quality and cleaner gravel can benefit wild trout and other fish species, Lutz said. That could boost trout spawning, he said.

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The watershed association received $25,000 for the project through Growing Greener grants. Repairs were expected to take five days.

"The Antietam Watershed Association put everything together and got the grant money," said Matt Watson, assistant code enforcement officer in Washington Township, Pa.

The township will add topsoil and erosion control matting at the end of the project, he said.

Three hundred feet of stream bank on both the east and west sides of the East Branch of the Antietam Creek are affected, according to Watson.

He said this is the first project of its type in the township.

Crews are working with bank cover cribbing, stone deflectors and modified mud fill cribbing.

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