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A “Class A” trout fishery, The Bushkill Creek flows some 16 miles from its headwaters in the Blue Mountains to its confluence with the Delaware River in historic Easton, Pennsylvania. While the stream has a significant reproducing population of wild brown trout, conditions in the creek have been degrading over the past 15 years. The lower Bushkill meanders through mostly urban/suburban landscapes, which has contributed significantly to the creek’s current lack in quality trout habitat. One section that runs entirely through a public park system within three separate municipalities has suffered the most. A combination of bank erosion, sedimentation, and loss of its natural thalweg, primarily caused by substantial amounts of run off from upstream development and recent flood events, has led to the present degraded condition. The 1.9-mile stretch is in desperate need of restoration to bring macro-invertebrate and trout habitat back to a truly “Class A” condition. The Forks of the Delaware Chapter is planning a large-scale project that will involve conservation partners and state and local agencies, but our first step is to make a thorough science-based assessment of the creek. This entails identifying optimal locations for installed structures and developing a list of materials, equipment, and contractor hours needed to implement the restoration. This initial planning stage is pivotal to the permitting process, which will allow us to most effectively restore the riparian and in-stream habitat of the Bushkill Creek.

Forks of the Delaware Chapter

Joseph Baylog

PO Box 467
Stockertown, PA 18083