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Wolf Administration Announces State Investment to Help Restore Monocacy Creek in Northampton County

Harrisburg, PA -- The Wolf Administration today announced grant funding to remove a dam and help restore a half-mile portion of Monocacy Creek in Bethlehem City and Bethlehem Township, Northampton County. An investment of $150,000 will include dam removal, streambank stabilization, stream restoration and planting streamside forest buffers on a section of the creek in the Archibald Johnston Conservation Area.

“The goal of the Rivers Conservation grants is to improve watershed health, and this project includes several practices – dam removal, streamside forest buffers – that will do just that,”  Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. “We are happy to assist Northampton County in its efforts to improve water quality and habitat for fish and wildlife in Monocacy Creek.”

Archibald Johnson Conservation Area is a wooded stream corridor along Monocacy Creek owned by Northampton County that serves as open space and a conservation buffer along the stream. Archibald Johnston serves as an outdoor classroom for local school groups and is open to the public by permit. The land was once owned by Archibald Johnson, the first mayor of Bethlehem.

The grant is one of 27 statewide grants, awarded statewide, totaling approximately $2.2 million from Environmental Stewardship and Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Funds for rivers conservation, access, and streamside forest buffers.

Projects will include stream and floodplain restoration; conservation plans; dam removal; two river access points; green infrastructure in local parks; and 159 acres of streamside forest buffers. A complete list (DOC) is on the DCNR website.

For more information about DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnership Program grants visit the DCNR website.

MEDIA CONTACT: Christina Novak, 717-772-9101

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