As Solebury Township begins the process of removing the artificial dam and restoring the Aquetong Spring area to its natural state, the Solebury Township Historical Society will document the restoration process together with the history of the area and its environs. Working with the Township and numerous preservation groups, the Historical Society is making a wealth of material available on a special page of its website.
A special presentation on the Aquetong Spring Project was given at the April 21 meeting of the Solebury Township Board of Supervisors. The slides from the Powerpoint presentation are available here as a PDF, along with the remarks given by the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board.
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: