Lewisburg Area Turtle Creek Watershed Restoration Celebrated

WINFIELD – A dozen dignitaries and environmental leaders gathered ‘streamside’ in the Lewisburg area Thursday…and as we hear from Mark Lawrence, they were there to celebrate the Turtle Creek Restoration project, much of which is now complete.

Attending were leaders and staff from the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy, the Union County Conservation District, DEP, DCNR, state Senator Gene Yaw, EPA, state Department of Agriculture, Fish and Boat Commission, Chesapeake Conservancy, and East Buffalo Township.

They announced the streambank stabilization, restoration, adding riparian buffers, planting vegetation and other measures have allowed portions of the watershed to be removed, or “delisted” from the federal Clean Water Act impaired waters list.

DEP Acting Secretary Jessica Shirley said, “The Turtle Creek watershed is a prime example of how strong partnerships, innovation, and sustained and strategic investments have restored local streams.

Fish Commission Director Tim Schaeffer said, “The success story being written here on Turtle Creek is nothing short of remarkable and should inspire us to keep working to conserve, protect, and enhance our aquatic resources statewide.”

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