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  • water with nothing returned to our community Over a three year period Oley Township Pine Creek and POD PC the Oley Coalition waged a war on three legal fronts against Wissahickon in Federal Court to challenge the Delaware River Basin Commission permit granted to Wissahickon at the Environmental Hearing Board level to challenge the DEP permit and in a curative amendment proceeding at the township level The Oley Coalition s persistence and legal strategy paid off In a precedent setting decision in which the Coalition was represented by antidegradation specialist John Wilmer Esq the Environmental Hearing Board found in the Coalition s favor requiring Wissahickon to perform additional costly studies over a period of years before a permit would be considered Tired from a long and costly battle with an unrelenting adversary Wissahickon decided not to renew its lease at the trout hatchery site and withdrew its permit applications Never content to rest on its laurels for long the Oley Coalition then entered into an agreement with the property owners for the purchase of the development rights to the site Over the course of the next two years the Coalition raised 200 000 to be applied toward the purchase of

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  • than others are The continued destruction and draining of wetlands and pollution of streams and other bodies of water cause the populations of various species to decline because all of these plants are completely dependent on a large and uninterrupted supply of clean water in their habitats In our local wetlands around Lobachsville there are some interesting plants listed as endangered by the State of Pennsylvania The most noticeable is the marsh lousewort which covers the edges of open wetland west of the center of the village with cream colored blossoms each September The intricate structure of the blossoms and their unusual lack of symmetry are characteristic of members of the snapdragon family employing specific insect pollinators Though most plants in this family are fully self supporting some like the lousewort are partially parasitic attaching their roots to those of other kinds of plants nearby In spring when the lousewort plants grow up showing mostly a dark purplish color and very little of the chlorophyll they need to make their own food it is easy to picture them stealing food from their neighbors With the few other populations of marsh lousewort in the state not exceeding a hundred plants in size our large local population is especially important An effort is underway to clear out some of the encroaching ash and maple saplings so that the lousewort plants will continue to have the open space they require Many other wetland plants are endangered in Pennsylvania including several species of strikingly beautiful wild orchids The dragon s mouth or swamp pink is so attractive that the extreme decline in its population is thought to be partially due to thefts by orchid fanciers Three species of extremely rare small orchids called twayblades also grow associated with bogs in various parts of Pennsylvania

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    populations were recently listed as threatened by the federal government inhabits our own local wetlands in Pike Township It prefers open wetlands dominated by sedges but may also be seen in wet pastures or crossing low spots in roads Besides the brightly marked bog turtle another attractive reptile associated with marshes and streams in southeastern Pennsylvania is the threatened rough green snake It is clear apple green may be a yard or more long and often climbs in shrubs overhanging water Populations of the New Jersey chorus frog and coastal plain leopard frog have been observed recently in southeastern Pennsylvania but are in a precarious condition because of the destruction of many of their breeding areas The tiny one inch chorus frogs breed in shallow bodies of water where the shrill mating calls of the males may be heard in spring The larger coastal plain leopard frogs in similar habitats attract their mates by low trills and clucks Spring seeps in the south central part of the state harbor a few of the endangered eastern mud salamander a large red orange amphibian with shiny brown eyes In aquatic habitats the only mammal in Pennsylvania that is listed as endangered is the West Virginia water shrew which has been observed a few times along streams in the southwestern part of our state Acidification of our streams both here and in West Virginia is a threat to the food supply of these small and voracious animals The great egret and two species of bitterns have been observed nesting in other parts of southeastern Pennsylvania though not in Berks County They are found in marshes and along rivers Along the Susquehanna River and its tributaries the threatened yellow crowned night heron has been observed nesting in sycamore trees Additional populations of the great

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    P O Box 239 Oley PA 19547 I know of no movement as convincing as effective as compassionate as the land trust movement It is like water seeping into the most unexpected places rising falling rising falling filling the basins

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  • protecting the environment today and for generations to come How can you help By reporting pollution incidents when you see them If you need to report a pollution incident start by thinking locally Contact your township borough or county officials about trash litter strange odors recycling pickup and household chemical disposal including paints pesticides oil antifreeze etc When its time to contact agency officials the Berks County Green Page provides you with the most important numbers for protecting our environment Many of the numbers provided here are specifically for reporting environmental emergencies If you are only seeking general program information for the agencies listed look in the blue pages of your telephone book for the appropriate telephone numbers To report an environmental emergency look at the table below Look in the left hand column to find the environmental issue about which you are concerned Immediately to the right you will see the name and address of the agency to which you should report specific environmental emergencies The column with the heading Phone Number indicates where to call and when Always read the Special Notes column before calling Some agencies also accept written reports of environmental emergencies When reporting environmental emergencies

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  • PINE CREEK WATERSHED PROTECTION PLAN
    the Growing Greener Grant Program and The Pine Creek Valley Watershed Association P O Box 239 Oley PA 19547 www pinecreekwatershed org The Planning Team Ingrid E Morning Steering Committee Chairman Phoebe L Hopkins Project Manager Ilse Morning Administration B Scott Fiegel Stream Assessment Pine Creek Valley Watershed Association Susan E Laubscher Aquatic Biologist Penn State University Cooperative Wetlands Center Susan Munch Ph D Botanist Albright College John Hackman GIS Specialist Berks County Conservancy Scott Wails GIS Zoning Maps Berks County Planning Commission Special Thanks to Jineen K Boyle Regional Watershed Coordinator PA Department of Environmental Protection The Pine Creek Valley Watershed Association gratefully acknowledges the support of The William B Butz Memorial Fund of the New York Community Trust You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PINE CREEK WATERSHED PROTECTION PLAN If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader click the Get Acrobat Reader logo to download and install the program for free After you have installed Adobe Acrobat Reader please click on the section s of the plan you would like to view The plan is organized into 15 sections as follows the size of each section is shown in parentheses Preface 53KB Introduction 99KB Project

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