Restoration work on the Wallenpaupack Creek in Newfoundland is not expected to begin until the last week in July or the first week of August 2018, Nick Spinelli, administrator of the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District (LWWMD), told the District board at the April meeting.

PALMYRA TWP. (Pike)- Restoration work on the Wallenpaupack Creek in Newfoundland is not expected to begin until the last week in July or the first week of August 2018, Nick Spinelli, administrator of the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District (LWWMD), told the District board at the April meeting.

A recent announcement that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service was considering to start the project in April, raised concern at the Watershed board’s February session. Prospects of high creek levels in the spring and the timing with trout season and a fishing derby were not viewed as the best time to do the work, Spinelli and board members suggested.

Spinelli stated at the April meeting that he was glad the Commission decided to wait, given the winter storm that occurred in March.

[Editor’s Note: The restorative work is limited to the main stem of the Wallenpaupack Creek, and does NOT include the West Branch. This corrects a report published in the March 14 edition of The News Eagle.]

Funded by a grant, the Commission plans to restore aquatic habitat, stabilize some of the eroded banks, reduce a gravel bar that causes some bottlenecking, and return some of the natural tendencies of the stream channel. The project aims to correct issues created when a portion of the stream channel was straightened following the 1955 flood.

Spinnelli said that all of the erosion and sedimentation plans have been approved, and permits are in place. He has also met with the landowners who needed to be contacted along the creek to explain the project.

At some point volunteers will be solicited for planting vegetation to stabilize the creek shore. Spinelli said there has been interest shown by Rotary members and scouts.

Spinelli and District board member Carson Mader also met with the boards of supervisors of Dreher and Greene Townships to discuss the project.

[Other meeting items are planned for the Wednesday print edition.]

The LWWMD board meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m., at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. For information call 570-226-3865 or visit www.wallenpaupackwatershed.org.