The following news release from our Southeastern Montgomery County Trout Unlimited Chapter in a few words summarizes the event ...
This is the press release from the Department of the Interior Office
Here is the link to local newspaper, The Intelligencer, of the report of the event titled
"Dam removal key to creek improvements" by John Anastasi (Sunday, April 23, 2006).
"Dam removal key to creek improvements" (on phillyburbs.com)
Below is Den Mora's speech
given on Sat. 4/22/06 at Lorimer Park at the Earth Day event:
On behalf of the Southeastern Montgomery County Chapter of Trout Unlimited, I would like thank you for
coming out. This is a big event for us and we're very happy to be here.
Our chapter is made up of a small group of dedicated volunteers with a love for the outdoors. With a core
group of about 25 to 30 individuals. It's a good example of how a small organization, with some hard work, can
really make a difference. The mission of Trout Unlimited is to conserve, protect and restore our coldwater
fisheries. Well Pennypack Creek barely fits into that category of coldwater fishery, but it is what we
consider our homewater and we do cherish it. We achieve T.U.'s mission in several ways. One of which being
streamwork. For the last 5 years our chapter has been involved in constructing fish habitat structures and
instream devices designed to restore a natural channel and move sediment downstream. And of course the project
we're here for today, The removal of the Old Huntingdon Pike Dam. The dam was built to provide mechanical
power for a mill located on the banks of the Pennypack. That mill is long since gone. With a height of 7 feet,
the dam is a barrier for the movement and migration of fish, especially Shad. With the ongoing restoration of
Hickory Shad in the Pennypack, the removal of the dam is a no brainer. Removal will help restore the stream to
a free flowing condition and allow fish passage through this section of stream. It will also enhance the
sediment transport downstream, restoring the streambed and improving the overall health of the stream.
Projects like these are made possible through partnerships. At this time I'd like to thank some of our
partners in this project and past projects.
The Dept. of the Interior, US fish and Wildlife Service and Secretary Scarlett.
The Pa. Dept of Environmental Protection and their Growing Greener program.
The Pa. Fish and Boat comm., especially Scott Carney and Dave Kristine for the great work they've done.
Korman Residential Properties Inc., the owners of the dam.
Montgomery County Parks, Lorimer Park and Scott Morgan
The Philadelphia Water Dept., Office of Watersheds and Joanne Dahme for the great work she's done on the
Pennypack Creek Rivers Conservation Plan.
The Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust and David Robertson For all his help and the usage of their
The Fish America Foundation
And from within our chapter, our Project Coordinator Mike Wilson, without whom none of these projects
would have come about.
And I'd just like to say how proud I am to be associated with this chapter. They're a great bunch of guys
and I'm really happy to be a part of the chapter.
April 25, 2006
photos (c) by Walt Kononenko