The Tuesday, April 21 Solebury Township Board of Supervisors meeting will include a presentation on the Township's plans to breach the Aquetong dam, restoring the stream to its natural path and reclaiming the lake bed and surrounding land as a natural passive recreation facility. Anyone interested in the project is welcome to attend the meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the Township Building, 3092 Sugan Road.
The waters from Aquetong Spring haven't flowed freely since the end of the Civil War. That's about to change this month, as Solebury Township begins the process of removing the Aquetong Lake dam, restoring the natural stream bed and creating a natural recreation area on the surrounding preserved lands.
The Township has contracted with Flyway Excavating to begin the work to remove the dam, starting on April 27. Solebury has spent the last several months working with The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers to ensure that removal of the dam meet their rigorous standards.
The removal of the artificial dam and restoration of the Aquetong Spring area into park land is set to begin at the end of April. To protect everyone's safety, the Township will soon be posting the entire Aquetong park and open space area, including the Judy House and grounds, as closed due to construction.
The process of removing the dam, restoring the natural stream bed and creating a natural recreation area will proceed gradually, and at many stages of the project the area would be dangerous to anyone walking in or near the site. Please respect the safety restrictions posted by the Township and the contractor, Flyway Excavating, throughout the restoration.
Warmer weather brings us in closer contact with native wildlife, which includes the occasional black bear. If you see a bear, remain calm, make noise and slowly back away. Be sure to report any bear sightings in the Township to Solebury Township Police at 215-348-7400.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has some precautions you can take to help keep bears away from residential areas:
The Solebury Township Police Department will be taking prescription drugs for safe disposal on April 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at two locations: The Solebury Township Police Station at 3092 Sugan Road, and at Giant Market at Logan Square on Route 202.
The iniative provides a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of old or leftover prescription drugs, preventing them from being flushed into local waterways, and educating the general public about the potential for medication abuse.