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Re: Saucon Creek dam removal

2006/11/2 8:50
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AlwaysWading wrote:
I've been there since the dam removal and it's hard to say there is a difference in fish numbers. It will take a number of months or years for the actual results to show up, since the stream itself needs that time to adjust to the change.

Does the habitat look better or worse or about the same? Experienced fishermen know what good habitat and poor habitat looks like.

If you were familiar with what it looked like before, and you've looked at it recently, you should be able to make a pretty fair judgement about whether the habitat is better than before, worse, or about the same.

Does anyone have before and after photos?

Posted on: 2009/10/21 21:42

Re: Saucon Creek dam removal

2009/10/9 21:58
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habitat should be greatly improved, lots of wood and overhangs added on upper end of park.

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Posted on: 2009/10/23 17:01

Re: Saucon Creek dam removal

2006/9/11 12:00
Posts: 9

troutbert wrote:

JeffS wrote:
Anyone fish this stretch since the dam has been removed? Have fish been holding there?

I'm not familiar with this particular dam, so I can't say whether its removal will be beneficial for trout or not.

But there is a very common assumption that ALL dam removals will benefit trout populations. That assumption is definitely wrong. Each dam is different. .

This section is quite gravelly and the water above it, being impounded, is deep and silty. Unfortunate, because the gradient increases right around here after being pretty flat for a long ways. There is a sharp bend impounded by the low dam that now can develop as fish structure. Also, the flow, or I'll call it 'wash' from the side channel made by the dam caused a LOT of erosion and just pushed around sand and gravel.

Yes, Saucon could be a match with some of the best. From mis-use and abuse to neglect, it lacks good fish holding cover throughout. It was the origin of my term "flat riffles": fast water lacking good edges or any rock bigger than the gravel in your driveway. Simple but strategic dumping of basket sized rock along banks and in these riffles would do a world of good. That's what I wanted to get done when Chris and I started the Saucon chapter of TU. But when I moved away, the direction and fire was lost, and the creek did not get better.

Posted on: 2009/10/27 23:04

Re: Saucon Creek dam removal

2006/9/11 12:00
Posts: 9

billw wrote:
habitat should be greatly improved, lots of wood and overhangs added on upper end of park.

Well, that's not where the dam was. That's upstream from the removed dam. That's nice to see, though. When I was living in Bethlehem, the parks had just stopped mowing along the creek below there along the creek in a wet section of grass.

A GREAT place for stream work would be below the swinging bridge. It's eroded horribly with little fish habitat and a place where the ducks and geese congregate. You could do worse than to use bushell-sized rock to move the creek in about 5 feet from each bank. A few hundred tons just dumped right in then wrenched into place. A man-made, controlled rock slide.

Posted on: 2009/10/27 23:12

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