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04/02/2019

Wolf Administration Tours Cowans Gap State Park, Discusses How Restore Pennsylvania Could Address Infrastructure Needs

Fort Loudon, PA -- Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and other officials toured the dam at Cowans Gap State Park and discussed how the Restore Pennsylvania proposal could help address green infrastructure needs in the state.

"The spillway is not adequate, which means in a maximum flooding event water could flow over the top, erode the earthen dam and cause it to fail, creating bigger problems downstream," Dunn said. "There are 131 in state parks and forests. Infrastructure costs at state parks and forests throughout the commonwealth require the type of financial commitment Restore Pennsylvania could 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.

Cowans Gap Dam, which creates the 42 acre lake, was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. At the time of construction the only piece of heavy equipment at the camp was one bull dozer -- the rest of the work creating the earthen dam was done with shovels, wheel barrows, and human effort.

"The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation recently released a report outlining a billion dollars in infrastructure needs across our park and forest system," said PPFF President Marci Mowery. "Restore Pennsylvania provides a vehicle to address those needs, such as the outdated dam that we've seen here today at Cowans Gap."

The 1,085-acre Cowans Gap State Park in Fulton County includes campgrounds, cabins, and hiking trails.

To learn more, view the full Restore Pennsylvania plan (PDF).

MEDIA CONTACTTerry Brady, 717-705-2225

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