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    Bushkill Stream restoration news

    I've been working with the Forks of the Delaware TU chapter while I was on staff and more recently now that I'm with Urbani Fisheries to restore a nearly 2 mile reach of the Bushkill Stream above Binney & Smith. Looks like the TU chapter and their partners at the Bushkill Stream Conservancy have received the final approvals they need to move forward with this project. I have been very impressed at the support these two groups have received from the landowners as well as PA DEP, Boat & Fish Commission, and the county soil conservation district. I look forward to restoring a trout river in PA which is all public access and wild browns. Let's hope the project continues to move smoothly forward.

    Palmer Township supports Bushkill Creek restoration project - The Morning Call

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    Re: Bushkill Stream restoration news

    Rusty, what do you figure will be the upstream boundary of the restoration?


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    Re: Bushkill Stream restoration news

    Quote Originally Posted by FIN-ITE 34 View Post
    Rusty, what do you figure will be the upstream boundary of the restoration?
    There's a public ball field next to the main street (route 1002) bridge in Tatamy. The cross street is Buskkill Street. Figure approximately 1 3/4 miles downstream from that point which covers parts of 3 different towns and Lafayette College as well as a couple of private properties on river right looking downstream.

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    Re: Bushkill Stream restoration news

    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty Spinner View Post
    There's a public ball field next to the main street (route 1002) bridge in Tatamy. The cross street is Buskkill Street. Figure approximately 1 3/4 miles downstream from that point which covers parts of 3 different towns and Lafayette College as well as a couple of private properties on river right looking downstream.
    That's the sweet spot. I had heard that would be the section but got a little confused when you mentioned above Binney & Smith.


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    Re: Bushkill Stream restoration news

    Quote Originally Posted by FIN-ITE 34 View Post
    That's the sweet spot. I had heard that would be the section but got a little confused when you mentioned above Binney & Smith.
    Am I wrong? I really don't know that river well yet. I'm thinking that the Crayola factory is further downstream. I know this is downstream from the quarry that at times de-waters the river. I know that the target species is wild browns and we can do some wonderful things for that species in this reach. PA DEP wants us to add woody debris and there are some monster trees already on point bars complete with root wads I want to jam in the banks where we deepen pools. There are two tricky spots where ledge rock is just above a bridge and that bridge has a center pier with a long, slow pool below, but we can deal with that when the time comes.

    I just wish the banks weren't so built up to prevent flooding as the river can't get into its floodplain properly during flood events. That means some extra work for us and some huge boulders that won't move in floods with all that energy remaining in the channel, but we can't fix the floodplain access issues.

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    Re: Bushkill Stream restoration news

    Some pix from the proposed restoration project:


    (below) Bridge looking upstream at ledge rock. This bridge has a center pier which makes our work a bit more tricky in this spot.
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    (below) Same bridge looking upstream and the bridge pool below that is a bit too slow and wide now.
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    (below) Same bridge with close up of the thalweg hitting the center pier.
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    (below) Woody debris we can use as habitat in deepened pools.
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    Re: Bushkill Stream restoration news

    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty Spinner View Post
    Am I wrong? I really don't know that river well yet. I'm thinking that the Crayola factory is further downstream. I know this is downstream from the quarry that at times de-waters the river. I know that the target species is wild browns and we can do some wonderful things for that species in this reach. PA DEP wants us to add woody debris and there are some monster trees already on point bars complete with root wads I want to jam in the banks where we deepen pools. There are two tricky spots where ledge rock is just above a bridge and that bridge has a center pier with a long, slow pool below, but we can deal with that when the time comes.

    I just wish the banks weren't so built up to prevent flooding as the river can't get into its floodplain properly during flood events. That means some extra work for us and some huge boulders that won't move in floods with all that energy remaining in the channel, but we can't fix the floodplain access issues.
    Binney is Crayola and that would be down where the No Kill starts. It's probably about 4 miles from Tatamy 1002 bridge to just above the dam at Binney. That rock ledge is behind the Farm Co-op, just above the bridge. I really would like to see what you have in store for the Spring House to Newlins section. Right now there is a lot of nothing water that could use some TLC.


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    Re: Bushkill Stream restoration news

    Quote Originally Posted by FIN-ITE 34 View Post
    Binney is Crayola and that would be down where the No Kill starts. It's probably about 4 miles from Tatamy 1002 bridge to just above the dam at Binney. That rock ledge is behind the Farm Co-op, just above the bridge. I really would like to see what you have in store for the Spring House to Newlins section. Right now there is a lot of nothing water that could use some TLC.
    PM me your email or shoot me one at: BCowden@urbanifisheries.com I can show you our conceptual design, but it is only conceptual and not the full 1 3/4 mile. I can't post it as a PDF here. We wouldn't have a formal design until they get the last private owner(s) on board and then hire us to do a survey which leads to our design.

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    Re: Bushkill Stream restoration news

    sounds like an interesting job. Nothing more rewarding than seeing results for your hard work.

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    Re: Bushkill Stream restoration news

    It will be nice to see that stretch get some help. I used to fish it a lot. The sulphers by that fa bureau bridge were great and more then a few big browns were caught by that middle abutment. That slow water down below was always a good trico spot for me,and there used to be a big tree at the tail out in the water that held sole bruisers. I fished there after the first dewatering and was suprised how well the fish had come back. I haven't been back since the last dewatering. Is there any plans to keep this from happening again? That water does warm a bit because most of the springs don't come into the bushkill till you hit stockertown. I may hit it this year for tricos if temps are good. There is a lot of good stretches on the bushkill that could use some help. In its hey day pa electro shocked a 330 yard stretch and came up with 1500 fish. That's was down below crayola. The last shocking didn't get enough fish to maintain the class a status. I would love to see that creek returned to its former glory. Can't wait to see the plans,and some progress. Thanks.

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    Re: Bushkill Stream restoration news

    TM, I mentioned to FIN-ITE 34 that I think there are some folks working on stream flows, but that is outside the scope of my project. You can ask the Bushkill Stream Conservancy or the Forks of the Delaware TU chapter for better info on that.

    I bet that pool below the bridge is great trico water and it should still be after our project. I just want to tighten up the width and cut off that one back channel from normal flows. We would also redirect the thalweg under the bridge so it does a better job scouring the top of that pool and sending sediment downstream while improving DO.

    Is this that log? It's at the bottom of the long pool currently.

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    Re: Bushkill Stream restoration news

    Rusty,that looks like it but it was in the water at a 45 degree angle and the water flowed under it and made a deep cut. The fish I used to catch were spectacular. Do me one favor if the satellite dish is still in th sharp bend up stream leave it. Some nice trout lived under that thing but the drift was tough

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