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Letter From the President

Initiatives progress, infrastructure stands latest battering,
open space issue heats up

by Todd Stone

The Gallows Run experienced another round of torture testing of its newly improved infrastructure this summer.
Heavy rains and a microburst of wind down the main valley of the stream uprooted sycamores and created torrential streams of stormwater runoff. Streamside erosion was exacerbated and some of the deeper holes on the stream are full of sediment, but rebuilt bridges and stream bank restoration at Kintner Hill Road stood the test.

The new bridge over the Run at Ferndale has been completed, the Delaware Canal path is almost finished, and the bridge over Gallows Run at routes 611 and 32 is scheduled for rebuilding in August, 2010. For more on the Rt. 611 bridge proposal, visit our website at grwabucks.org. Gratifying as it is to see progress being made in the watershed, this recent storm cycle again calls our attention to the need to be vigilant about stormwater management.

The GRWA Tree Squad continues to promote the planting of 1000 native trees at Community Day events in
Nockamixon, Springfield and Durham and at Palisades schools. It is also starting work with local churches to support the effort.

There is nothing that will better preserve the water quality of the Gallows Run and other local streams than conservation of the forests and riparian buffers that filter and slow stormwater run-off. The GRWA continues to collaborate with our partners to support and promote Open Space preservation in the watershed, which includes these vital greenways.

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