Pennsylvania’s Fish and Boat Commission gave its final approval on Aug. 3 to Solebury Township’s removal of the dam at Aquetong Lake, and its early efforts to restore the Aquetong Creek to its original condition.
In 2009, Solebury acquired the prized 45 acres along Rt. 202, including the lake formed by an obsolete 1870s-era dam,The breaching of the dam after a lengthy approval process involving county, state and federal agencies, the Pennsylvania legislature and US Congress. As a condition of the sale, the township agreed to find a long-term solution to the challenges of maintaining the dam.
Solebury formed a committee and brought in experts to review all options, settling on a plan to remove the dam and allow the spring to flow naturally into Aquetong Creek. The spring supplies three million gallons to the Aquetong Creek daily.
After winning approval from the Solebury Board of Supervisors and the state Fish and Boat Commission, the dam was breached and the lake was completely drained in 2015, allowing the creek to begin to reestablish its historic course that ultimately flows to the Delaware River.
On Aug. 3, after inspecting the project, the Fish and Boat Commission signed off on the work, finalizing the transfer of the land to Solebury Township.