Boiling Springs, PA— A dangerous and decaying dam on the Yellow Breeches Creek is about to disappear, and will soon be replaced with a beautiful free flowing stream and a reconnected fishery. Work to remove the Wittlinger Dam began this week, and the outdated relic will be completely gone by the end of the month.
“For years folks living near the Wittlinger Dam have been unable to experience the true nature of a free-flowing river,” said American Rivers’ President Rebecca Wodder. “Once it’s completely gone, everyone will be able to enjoy Yellow Breeches Creek.”
The dam impounds Yellow Breeches Creek in South Middleton Township, near Boiling Springs. The dam, which is approximately 4’ high and 90’ long, was breached in several storm events over the past few years. The dam is a public safety hazard and negatively impacts the water quality of the Yellow Breeches by creating an open-water impoundment where the water gets heated up before flowing into a popular trout fishing section of the creek. The dam removal will reduce these thermal impacts and restore a natural stream channel that will reduce the downstream erosion that is encouraged by the dam.
“A healthy river can help power a thriving community around it, and Yellow Breeches Creek is no exception to that rule,” added Wodder.
The dam removal project will also enhance boating safety for canoeists and kayakers who use the Yellow Breeches. This section of the Yellow Breeches is listed as a high-quality, cold water fishery and is designated as a “pastoral” river under Pennsylvania’s Scenic Rivers System. The project was funded in part by an American Rivers grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greener program.
American Rivers is the leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams. Rivers connect us to each other, nature, and future generations. Since 1973, American Rivers has fought to preserve these connections, helping protect and restore more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual release of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.
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