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  • Watershed History — White Clay Creek Wild & Scenic River
    Club Don Sharpe of the United Auto Workers and Dorothy Miller of the Newark Bird Club Jan Kalb recalls the day when the Pennsylvania opponents of the reservoir first met up with the Delaware opponents She and her husband were hiking along the Brandywine north of Wilmington when the trail crossed a parking lot A car with Delaware tags parked there had a bumper sticker that she had never seen before Save White Clay Creek Don t Dam It Jan waited in the parking lot almost two hours for the owner to return and introduced herself The fledgling groups made contact and eventually joined forces to oppose the dam In 1965 people working to oppose the reservoir formally incorporated the White Clay Watershed Association Sally Rickerman filed the incorporation papers obtained 501 C 3 tax exempt status and obtained a bulk mailing permit for the new organization New Castle County commissioned a study from the engineering consulting firm of Whitman Requardt and Associates of Baltimore This study delivered in 1967 predicted a county population explosion and identified the White Clay Creek as the only feasible source of additional water supply It laid out plans for a 12 million project in which a 1200 ft wide 100 ft high earth dam and concrete lined spillway was to be constructed at Wedgewood Rd The reservoir would cover 1160 acres 560 acres in Delaware and 600 in Pennsylvania It was to be capable of supplying a reliable 71 million gallons of water per day to the county The study concluded that the project was needed immediately and construction should begin as soon as possible Interestingly the study predicted the reservoir would only meet the needs of the county through the year 2000 when even more water supply projects would be needed Graphic rendition of proposed reservoir and proposed dam site at Wedgewood Road Dennis Neuzil of the Delaware Sierra Club criticized of the reservoir study s population projections for New Castle County Delaware had undergone a growth spurt following World War II and the study assumed that this growth rate would remain constant far into the future The population of New Castle County was 350 000 in 1967 and the study projected growth to 700 000 in 1986 and 1 100 000 in 2010 This projected population explosion and resultant need for more water was the key justification for the reservoir In retrospect it is obvious that these projections were far too high as the present day population of the county is only 525 587 2006 Census Bureau estimate A concern for Pennsylvania landowners near the proposed reservoir was mud flats Although it was claimed that the reservoir would be mostly full most of the time Pennsylvania residents who studied the topology of the Pennsylvania portion of the reservoir realized that minor draw downs would leave large expanses of mud flats there It was feared that these mud flats would be unsightly smelly and a breeding ground for mosquitoes Bob Taylor the New

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  • Wild & Scenic Rivers — White Clay Creek Wild & Scenic River
    approach takes into consideration the variety of influences outside the river corridor that affect river habitat and water quality As residents of and visitors to the White Clay Creek watershed we are free to enjoy its unique benefits but we also share responsibility for maintaining the characteristics that make the watershed so special A 2009 proposal to expand the designation and improve protection in the White Clay watershed was led by former Senator Ted Kaufman D Del in the Senate and Representative Pitts in the House It passed twice in the Senate once in 2011 and again in 2013 Finally in late 2014 after six long years of hard work both the House and the Senate successfully passed the Coons Pitts bill was signed into law by President Obama The White Clay Expansion Act adds approximately nine miles of river segments to the already existing 190 miles protected under the Wild and Scenic Rivers designation with no associated federal cost The bill expands the original designation to incorporate approximately 9 miles of two small stream sections that were omitted from the original Wild and Scenic Rivers designation The new added segments in the bill include a 1 6 mile stretch of Lamborn Run in Delaware stretching almost from the headwaters of the mainstream of White Clay Creek that was originally omitted due to its consideration as an option for a dam to supply drinking water for northern Delaware The bill also encompasses a 7 4 mile stretch of stream in Pennsylvania s New Garden Township Egypt Run and a missing section of the East Branch that was similarly previously omitted due to its consideration for a dam That consideration has since been withdrawn and the Township is now supportive of the designation The aggregated 9 miles bring the total number

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  • Stormwater Runoff — White Clay Creek Wild & Scenic River
    Take Action The Watershed Watershed Facts Watershed History Wild Scenic Rivers Stormwater Runoff The high quality Cockeysville aquifer underlying much of the White Clay watershed provides well and public water to many homes Unfortunately these water resources are showing stress from the growing population and suburban development Over 75 of White Clay Creek is currently designated impaired or polluted by the states of PA and DE As rainwater washes across the land it carries sediment nutrients and chemicals from lawns farms roads and parking lots directly into our streams The increase in impervious surfaces surfaces that don t allow water to penetrate that accompanies development means that less water infiltrates into the ground Consequently more water and the pollution carried with it flows directly into streams during storms increasing both flooding and pollution What can you do to protect streams Plant native trees and shrubs along stream banks Fence cows horses and other livestock out of streams Don t mow up to the edge of a stream Control soil erosion whenever you disturb the ground Convert grass into native plant gardens or meadow Pick up and dispose of pet wastes properly Direct downspouts away from paved surfaces and toward vegetated

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  • Reports — White Clay Creek Wild & Scenic River
    Partners Volunteer Contact Us The Watershed Watershed Facts Watershed History Wild Scenic Rivers Stormwater Runoff Resources Reports The Management Plan Maps Videos BLOG Take Action Resources Reports The Management Plan Maps Videos White Clay Creek National Wild Scenic River Steering Committee updates 2015 Annual Update Other White Clay Watershed Publications White Clay Creek Reforestation Plan 2009 White Clay Creek State of the Watershed 2008 White Clay Creek Watershed and Its

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  • The Management Plan — White Clay Creek Wild & Scenic River
    Clay Creek as a National Wild and Scenic River It was prepared as part of a study to evaluate the White Clay Creek for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System Downloadable pdf of White Clay Management Plan does not include maps Original Issue May 1998 Amended Summer 2001 TABLE OF CONTENTS Executive Summary The Watershed Environment Approach To Management Administrative Framework Local Land Use Management Program Resource

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  • Maps — White Clay Creek Wild & Scenic River
    Reports The Management Plan Maps Videos Featured Aug 17 2015 Shane Morgan Comment Aug 17 2015 Shane Morgan Comment Newark Regional Trail Map Aug 17 2015 Shane Morgan Comment Aug 17 2015 Shane Morgan Comment Includes trails throughout the City of Newark including connections to the White Clay and regional trail system Created in 2013 Aug 17 2015 Shane Morgan Comment Aug 17 2015 Shane Morgan Comment Aug 17 2015 E coli Bacteria Sampling Pennsylvania Shane Morgan Comment Aug 17 2015 E coli Bacteria Sampling Pennsylvania Shane Morgan Comment Bacteria Sampling Locations PA Aug 17 2015 E coli Bacteria Sampling Pennsylvania Shane Morgan Comment Aug 17 2015 E coli Bacteria Sampling Pennsylvania Shane Morgan Comment Map of bacteria sampling locations in the Pennsylvania portion of the White Clay Creek watershed Sites are sampled in the summer months for the presense of E coli Aug 17 2015 E coli Bacteria Sampling Pennsylvania Shane Morgan Comment Aug 17 2015 E coli Bacteria Sampling Pennsylvania Shane Morgan Comment Nov 4 2015 dams Shane Morgan Comment Nov 4 2015 dams Shane Morgan Comment Dams of the White Clay Creek Nov 4 2015 dams Shane Morgan Comment Nov 4 2015 dams Shane Morgan Comment Location

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  • Videos — White Clay Creek Wild & Scenic River
    Connections Where Does Your Water Shed What is a watershed is Do you live in a watershed What is your local waterway Watch and learn what local citizens have to say at the Wilmington River Front along the Christina River White Clay Connections White Clay Creek Fest 2015 Why do you love clean water Visitors to White Clay Creek State Park at the annual White Clay Creek Fest talk about

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  • BLOG — White Clay Creek Wild & Scenic River
    Molfetta January 14 2016 Community Outreach Water Quality New Years Resolution Got You Down Try A Pollution Diet Instead Kristen Molfetta January 14 2016 Community Outreach Water Quality Exercise more eat better quit a bad habit the start of a new year originates several often broken resolutions Perhaps a different approach is warranted Working together we can collectively take smaller more attainable steps to achieve a larger goal clean water for all Tagged TMDL Clean Water Act White Clay Creek Comment Older Posts BLOG RSS Subscribe Name Name First Name Last Name Email Address Thank you Upcoming Events Featured May 7 May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park White Clay Creek Fest May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park May 7 2016 12 00pm 4 00pm 12 00 16 00 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park May 9 2016 10 00am 12 00pm 10 00 12 00 Shane Morgan Comment New Garden Township Building May 9 2016 10 00am 12 00pm 10 00 12 00 Shane Morgan Comment New Garden Township Building Wild Scenic Program Steering Committee Meeting May 9 2016 10 00am 12 00pm 10 00 12 00 Shane Morgan Comment New Garden Township Building May 9 2016 10 00am 12 00pm 10 00 12 00 Shane Morgan Comment New Garden Township Building May 9 2016 10 00am 12 00pm 10 00 12 00 Shane Morgan Comment New Garden Township Building May 9 2016 10 00am 12 00pm 10 00 12 00 Shane Morgan Comment New Garden Township Building May 21 2016 9 00am 10 30am 09 00 10 30 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park Nature Center May 21 2016 9 00am 10 30am 09 00 10 30 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park Nature Center Birding Bioblitz May 21 2016 9 00am 10 30am 09 00 10 30 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park Nature Center May 21 2016 9 00am 10 30am 09 00 10 30 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park Nature Center May 21 2016 9 00am 10 30am 09 00 10 30 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park Nature Center May 21 2016 9 00am 10 30am 09 00 10 30 Shane Morgan Comment White Clay Creek State Park Nature Center Blog archive Featured Feb 4 2016 Water Quality Student Research remote sensing geography GIS nutrient hotspots mushroom farming Kristen Molfetta Comment Feb 4 2016 Water Quality Student Research remote sensing geography GIS nutrient hotspots mushroom farming Kristen Molfetta Comment

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