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Restoration of the Former Van Reed Paper Mill Dam Site on the Cacoosing Creek Continues

Since the dam was removed earlier this summer, remediation plans have been adjusted to better address the state of the creek and the legacy sediment trapped behind the former impoundment.

To this end, the PA Department of Environmental Protection has approved two new permits: one to ensure that the road near the mill is stabilized against the creek and another to haul the sediment from the impoundment off site, in order to reduce the amount of sediment being washed downstream.

Work to implement these new remediation strategies have already begun. American Rivers, Berks Nature, and the PA Fish and Boat Commission all agreed that it was to the greatest benefit of the fish and the river to continue this work through the fall instead of waiting until 2023.

However, the site of the former Van Reed Paper Mill Dam will be dynamic and in flux for some time yet, as this restoration work aims to heal over 100 years of manipulation, which will not be resolved in short order. Berks Nature and American Rivers will continue to monitor and adapt as needed to ensure the long-term health of the creek.

Neversink Mountain Trail Update

Please note that MetEd will be replacing utility towers on Neversink Mountain, which also requires vegetation mowing, tree trimming, and access construction. Berks Nature recommends that trail users avoid the areas closest to this construction and the electrical transmission line right of way, which includes the St. Lawrence Trail, Promenade Trail, and southern portion of the Neversink Trail.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit conservation organization, Berks Nature has been serving the Berks County community since 1974. Land preservation, water protection, trail management, community gardens, education programs, State of the Environment, Eco-Camp and our valued partnerships are at the center of Berks Nature’s work every day.

We hope you join us by becoming a Champion of Nature. You’ll enjoy exclusive benefits, while supporting programs that help connect people to nature and maintain the natural beauty of Berks County.

“In 2011 I walked about 200 miles and lost about 70lbs on trails throughout PA and MD. I drove all over finding trails new to me. Yesterday a friend and I hiked the Gravity Trail (right in my own back yard.) What a gem of greater Reading! Beautiful job. There were times I could hardly believe I was so close to the city.”

~ Greater Reading Trail hiker

Thank you so much for having the 7th grade students of Kutztown visit the Burkholder farm. This opportunity was an incredibly eye opening experience for all involved. Teaching about farming practices, sustainability, clean water and buying locally is one thing, but actually seeing it in action is what changes the mind frame.

Kutztown Middle School teacher about their farm tour with Berks Nature

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