Sunbury, PA – Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn toured Shikellamy State Park to discuss how the Restore Pennsylvania proposal could help address a deteriorating marina building, parking lot repairs, river bank erosion, and other green infrastructure needs in Northumberland County.
“Flood waters and time have exacted a very costly toll on the commonwealth’s green infrastructure,” said Dunn. “Costly demolition and construction does not come easy. It requires the type of financial commitment Restore Pennsylvania can provide.”
Restore Pennsylvania is a statewide plan to aggressively address the commonwealth's vital infrastructure needs. Funded through a commonsense severance tax, Restore Pennsylvania is the only plan that will help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century.
Shikellamy, along with other river- and stream-based state parks and state forestlands, has been plagued by flooding in recent years. With its abundance of boat slips, safe boating water and excellent fishing, the state park encompassing two counties is increasingly popular with boaters, anglers and other outdoors enthusiasts.
Secretary Dunn and stakeholders also toured park sites where river banks are susceptible to high-water erosion, and a parking lot expanse that has been damaged by flooding.
“Water is the catalyst that draws our visitors to Shikellamy, and the type of improvements that could be addressed by Restore Pennsylvania can only help to improve their visits,” said Shikellamy State Park Manager Nick Sherlock.
Shikellamy State Park is in Union and Northumberland counties. The 54-acre Shikellamy Marina is on the southern tip of Packers Island at the confluence of the West Branch and North Branch Susquehanna River, and offers hiking and biking trails, a marina, and boat launch.
The 78-acre Shikellamy Overlook is on the western shore of the Susquehanna River. A 360-foot cliff overlooks the confluence of the branches of the Susquehanna River.
To learn more, view the full Restore Pennsylvania plan (PDF).
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