Gov. Minner and DNREC Showcase Pike Creek Stream Restoration Project at Three Little Bakers
(March 23, 2005) Governor Ruth Ann Minner joined Department
of Natural Resources and
Governor Minner expressed her pleasure saying, I
applaud the Three Little Bakers, a private landowner, for setting
a very important example of voluntary environmental stewardship. They
have committed funding and enthusiasm along with their land, to an
ecological restoration project
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the primary funding partner for the project was represented by Donald S. Welsh, regional administrator for EPA's mid-Atlantic region. Welsh remarked, I am extremely gratified to see EPAs grant dollars at work just as we intended them, in a project that will use exemplary state-of-the-art techniques to breathe new life into the stream, its aquatic inhabitants, its shoreline habitat and improve water quality in the White Clay Creek Watershed, which is a source of drinking water for thousands of families in Delaware.
Secretary Hughes thanked EPA and the many other funding
partners Three Little Bakers, owners of the property; the U.S.
Department of Agricultures Natural Resources Conservation Service;
Delaware Department of Transportation and the New Castle Conservation
District. According to Hughes, The only way we can be successful
in environmental improvement
Stephen N. Williams, DNRECs Ecological Restoration
coordinator who spearheaded this project, pointed to the erosion saying,
These eroded stream banks are palpable and visible evidence
of Pike Creeks degradation, but there is a less visible problem
excessive amounts of
The Pike Creek Restoration Project will re-establish
a natural pattern and geometry to the channel which will eliminate
the excessive erosion. Native trees and shrubs will be planted on
the stream banks and in the floodplain to shade the stream and help
stabilize the channel. Forested
Three contractors have been employed in this project. Biohabitats Inc. prepared the design plans and will provide guidance and oversight, Meadville Land Services Inc. is the construction contractor and Ecological Restoration and Management, Inc. will do the landscaping and plantings. Total cost of the project is $781,000. The project is expected to be completed by this summer.
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