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									The Gallows Run Watershed
  Association Presents ~
     The Gallows Run Watershed
    Restoration & Protection Plan

A Plan of Action for Municipal Officials, Citizens,
                & Local Students

 Final Public Meeting: A Portrait of
          the Gallows Run

             September 12, 2005
     The Agenda
 Todd Stone, President
Introduction to Attendees, Todd Stone
Acknowledgements, Todd Stone
A Short Project Overview, Suzanne
Forbes
A Portrait of the Gallows Run:
Amenities & Recommendations,
Suzanne Forbes
A Portrait of the Gallows Run, Issue
Areas & Recommendations: Paul
DeBarry
Discussion & Questions, All
         The Gallows Run Watershed
        Restoration & Protection Plan




                 Funding Provided By:
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
The Gallows Run Watershed Plan Project Team
                          Ms. Suzanne Forbes, AICP,
                          Forbes Environmental & Land
                          Use Planning, Project Director
              Forbes
                          Mr. Paul A. DeBarry, PE, PH,
   Environmental & Land
                          Borton-Lawson Engineering,
   Use Planning           Project Manager
                          Mr. William S. Brokaw, Borton-
                          Lawson, Senior GIS Analyst
                          Ms. Stephanie J. Demko,
                          Borton-Lawson, GIS Analyst
                          Ms. Debra T. Heffelfinger,
                          Borton-Lawson, Administrative
                          Assistant
                          Ms. Mary Shaffer, The Word
                          Forge, Media
 Many Thanks to Our Partners & Volunteers
The Pennsylvania Department of      Nockamixon Township
Environmental Protection            Supervisor, Planning
The Gallows Run Watershed Plan      Commission, Open Space
Advisory Committee Members          Committee & EAC
 Palisades School District          Pennsylvania DCNR
Bridgeton-Nockamixon-Tincum         Springfield Township Board of
(BNT) Groundwater Committee         Supervisors & Planning
Bucks County Planning               Commission
Commission                          Tinicum Conservancy
Cooks Creek Watershed               Tinicum Creek Watershed
Association                         Association
Bucks County Department of          Tohickon Creek Watershed
Health                              Committee
Durham Township Supervisors,        The Pennsylvania Department
Planning Commission & EAC           of Environmental Protection
Fendale Rod & Hunt Club


            * In-Kind Hourly Match (Volunteer Hours)
 Special Thanks to Our Advisory Committee
Mr. Todd Stone, President,         Mr. John McFarland, Tinicum
Gallows Run Watershed              Creek Watershed Association
Association, Chair
                                   Mr. Joseph Mihok, Trout
Mr. Jim Beer, The Lenape Nation    Unlimited, Bucks County Chapter
of Pennsylvania
Mr. John Brunner, Delaware River   Ms. Pamela Milo, Gallows Run
Greenway Partnership               Watershed Association
Mr. Jeff Bryan, Swamps Auto        Ms. Susan S. Myerov, Heritage
Works                              Conservancy
Mr. Scott Douglas, Cooks Creek     Ms. Bridget O'Connell, Palisades
Watershed Association              School District
Mr. James Grabusky,                Mr. Dan Salas, Delaware
Pennsylvania Department of         Riverkeeper Network
Environmental Protection
Dr. Marion Kyde, Tinicum
                                   Dr. Robert Stanfield, Bridgeton-
Conservancy                        Nockamixon-Tinicum
                                   Groundwater Committee
  Special Thanks to Our Field Volunteers and
           Palisades School District

Dr. Marilyn Miller,                     Ms. Allyson Brokaw,
Superintendent, Palisades               Palisades High School
School District                         Student*
Ms. Bridget O'Connell,                  Ms. Jennifer Smith, Palisades
Assistant Superintendent,               High School Student*
Palisades School District               Ms. Kathi Throckmorton,
Ms. Patricia Raynock,                   Gallows Run Watershed
Palisades High School                   Association
Educator                                Mr. Timothy Throckmorton,
Ms. Chelsea Brandau,                    Watershed Landowner
Palisades High School
Student*


 * United Nations Environmental Program & Academy of Science Projects
Project Overview, Suzanne Forbes
                Three Education
                Workshops
                  The Gallows Run
                  Watershed: An
                  Overview
                  Watershed Health:
                  Collecting &
                  Analyzing
                  Watershed Tour:
                  Amenities, Issues &
                  Recommendations
Project Overview
       Student Project &
       Presentation Field
       Participation
         GIS Mapping
         Paper & Submission
            Volvo Adventure, UN
            Academy of Natural
            Sciences
         Final Presentation
            Spring 2005 Public
            Meeting
Project Overview
       Data Acquisition
        Existing & New Data
        Field Data
        GIS Mapping
        Data Analysis
        Identification of
        Amenities and Issue
        Areas
Project Overview
      Recommendations &
      Final Write Up
        Final Field Visits
        Recommendations to
        Preserve Amenities
        Recommendations to
        Address Problem Areas
        Drafts & Public Meetings
        Project Finalization
 A Portrait of the Gallows Run
                 (The Macro Portrait)


                                   The Gallows
                                   Run Is An 8.87
                                   square mile sub
                                   watershed of ….

Fog Over The Delaware, Sam Abell
 A Portrait of the Gallows Run
                 (The Macro Portrait)

                                  …. the 13,539 square
                                   mile Delaware River
                                   Basin!
                                         We Are Here!




Delaware River Basin Commission
A Portrait of Gallows Run
     (The Macro Portrait)


               Another View!

                       We Are Here!
A Portrait of the Gallows Run
           (The Micro Portrait-Aerial View)

                              Feels Less
                           “Insignificant” !



Gallows Run Watershed
Association, Winter 2004
A Portrait of the Gallows Run
(The Micro Portrait- Adjacent Watersheds)

   Cooks Creek Watershed




          Gallows Run Watershed




              Tinicum Creek Watershed
    A Portrait of the Gallows Run
(The Micro Portrait-3 Municipalities & 1 Watershed)

                     Durham Township




      Springfield Township


                         NockamixonTownship
      A Portrait of the Gallows Run
    The Micro & Macro Portraits Illustrate
 How Connected We Are & Also How Important
           It Is to Work Together!




 April Fools Flood, 2005 Kintnersville    The Kintnersville intersection
 Intersection (Rts 32 & 611) American          from farther away.
                  Grill


From “Devastation on the Delaware” Mary A. Shafer http: www.55flood.com
A Portrait of the Gallows Run
  Working Together Is Important

                               Primary Management Plan
                               Goal: Environmental
                               Partnerships
                               Maintain and enhance
                               partnerships with adjoining
                               and regional watershed
                               groups and government and
                               non-government
                               organizations


Ealer Hill Road Flooding, 2004, Watershed Association
A Portrait of the Gallows Run
    Amenities & Issue Areas
            Amenities: Features that serve a
            protective role for the health and well-
            being of the stream and the
            surrounding watershed. Features that
            the project team and community
            members defined as watershed
            attributes.
            Issue Areas: Features that illustrate a
            negative impact to the health and
            well-being of the stream & watershed.
            Features that the project team and
            community members defined as
            problems to be addressed.
     A Portrait of the Gallows Run
Findings: Amenities in Watershed & Corridor
 Scenic Vistas &                Significant Pre-Columbian
 Predominantly Rural            and More Recent Historic &
 Landscape                      Cultural Amenities
 Significant Amount of Open     Updates to Township Plans &
 Space Remains
                                Ordinances Are Underway
 Tributaries, Headwater &
 Majority of Main-Stem Areas    Recent Stormwater
 Well-Buffered                  Ordinance Adopted By All
 Significant Natural Features   Non-Impaired Water Quality
 Prioritized in County          With Potential for Higher
 Inventory & Local Plans        Clean Streams Classification
 Public Very Interested &       Active & Networking
 More than Willing to           Watershed Associations
 Participate
     A Portrait of the Gallows Run
Findings: Amenities in Watershed & Corridor
                               Amenities Mapped
                                Throughout the
                                  Watershed




A Closer View of
Mapped Amenities
   A Portrait of the Gallows Run
Findings: Amenities in Watershed & Corridor




                               A-10- Old Easton Road Bridge




                                 A-13-Camp Nockamixon

Amenities (Confluence Gallows & Nockamixon Creeks)
        A Portrait of the Gallows Run
    Findings: Amenities in Watershed & Corridor
GIS #              Amenity                  Notes & Recommendations
  A-1       Lynn Island               State-Owned: Enhance & Maintain
                                      Partnership With State and Other
                                      Organizations (DRGP, Heritage
                                      Conservancy, Paddling Organizations etc)

  A-2       Confluence of Gallows     State & Privately Owned: Grants and
  A-3       & Delaware, Delaware      fundraising for passive trail and
  A-4       Canal & American Grill    conservation easement recommendations.

  A-5       Floodplain Area           Privately Owned: Enforce and provide
                                      additional regulations and ordinances
                                      (e.g., FEMA, ACOE, Clean Streams, Zoning
                                      and SALDO) regulations and ordinances

A-13-15     Camp Nockamixon and       Privately Owned: Create and maintain a
            Vicinity                  partnership, provide education etc.


    Amenities were field checked, mapped (GIS & Hard Copy) and then tied to
            Management Plan Goals and Specific Recommendations.
     A Portrait of the Gallows Run
Goals and Recommendations to Protect Watershed Amenities
                                       Non-Structural Best
                                       Management Practices
                                       (Planning, Education &
                                       Projects)

                                       Regulatory (Ordinances)
                                       & Non-Regulatory
                                       (Planning, Educational &
                                       Other Community
                                       Projects)


             Amenity, Scenic Vista Above Church Hill Road
             Amenity T-12, A-1 , Bucks County Horse Park
A Portrait of the Gallows Run
Goals to Protect Our Identified Amenities
                               Management Plan Goal #3:
                               Watershed Amenity
                               Protection
                               Enhance, protect, preserve
                               and manage natural land
                               resources in the Gallows Run
                               Watershed as they are
                               directly associated with clean
                               and plentiful surface and
                               groundwater resources.

           Amenity- Ferndale Rod and Hunt Club
        Amenity 4 (A-4) – The American Grill Property
A Portrait of the Gallows Run
Goals to Protect Our Identified Amenities
                     Management Plan Goal # 4 :      Education &
                     Stewardship Create and maintain an informed
                     and pro-active citizenry throughout the Gallows
                     Run Watershed
                     Management Goal # 6: Environmental Planning
                     & Protection-Enforce existing environmental
                     protection tools and provide additional
                     protection as needed.
                     Management Goal # 7: Capital Improvements-
                     Provide reliable and consistent funding to
                     preserve amenities in the Gallows Run
                     Watershed.

Amenity Not Mapped- The Throckmorton’s Assisting With Field Survey
   Amenity A-7- Woodland Buffer Along Gallows Run Main Stem
A Portrait of the Gallows Run
 Land Development Recommendations
         Consistent and Consistently Enforced
          Watershed Resources Protection
          Regulations
          Groundwater Protection Regulations
          Stormwater Regulations
          Sewage Treatment Regulations
          Land Development Regulations
          Open Space and Significant
          Resource Protection Regulations
          Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances
A Portrait of the Gallows Run
      Studies and Projects
                  • Water Monitoring
                       Surface & Groundwater
                       Quality & Quantity

                  • Environmental Studies
                       Headwater Studies
                       Cold Water Fishery

                  • Environmental Projects
                       Passive Trails
                       Environmental
                       Easements
 A Portrait of the Gallows Run
Education & Public Outreach & Fiscal
         Recommendations

               Regional Environmental Advisory
               Council/Commission (EAC)
               Special Events & Workshops
               Palisades School District
               Partnership
               Newsletter & Press Releases
               Landowner Stewardship Brochure
               Stream Owners Manual & Cleanups
               Grants & Fundraising
A Portrait of the Gallows Run, Paul DeBarry
 Findings: Issue Areas in Watershed & Corridor
                                Issue Areas Mapped
                                   Throughout the
                                     Watershed




   A Closer View of
  Mapped Issue Areas
    A Portrait of the Gallows Run
Findings: Issue Areas in Watershed & Corridor




                                        P-7 Route 611 Erosion




                                      P-9 Ealer Hill Road Flooding


     Issue Areas (Confluence Gallows & Delaware)
   A Portrait of the Gallows Run
    Findings: Issue Areas in Watershed & Corridor
  GIS #             Issue Area                 Notes & Recommendations
   P-7        Route 611                  State-Owned: Severe Streambank Erosion
                                         Tier 1 Problem Area

  T3-P5       Ealer Hill Road            Privately Owned Parcels & Township
              Flooding                   Road: Historic Flooding and Erosion
                                         Tier 1 Problem Area
   P-13       Traugers Crossing          Privately Owned: Streambank Erosion,
              Road Area                  Berm Erosion
                                         Tier 1 Problem Area


T2- P-14-16   Headwater Areas            Privately Owned: Lack of Buffer and
                                         associated animal farming
                                         Tier 1 Problem Area



   Issue Areas were field checked, mapped (GIS & Hard Copy), Prioritized and then
           tied to Management Plan Goals and Specific Recommendations.
A Portrait of the Gallows Run
       Watershed and Corridor Issue Areas
                                  Prioritization of All
                                  Identified Issue Areas

                                  Recommendations Based
                                  on Prioritization
                                      Engineering (Structural
                                      Best Management
                                      Practices)
                                      Non- Structural Best
                                      Management Practices
                                      (Planning, Ordinances
                                      Educational & Other
                                      Community Projects)

   Issue Area, Bridge/Obstruction at Route 611 & 32 Intersection
Issue Area: Eroded Streambank Just Below Bridge and Intersection
A Portrait of the Gallows Run
  Goals to Address the Issue Areas
             Management Plan Goal #1: Water Quality &
             Water Quantity Protection
             Enhance, protect and maintain existing water
             quality and quantity in the Gallows Run, its
             tributaries and hydro-geologically connected
             groundwater resources.
             Management Plan Goal #2:Restoration and
             Protection Plan Implementation
             Implement a proactive approach to preserve,
             protect and restore the quality of water in the
             Gallows Run Watershed and implement
             Tier 1-Tier 3 prioritized projects.

             Structural BMP- Retention Basins
    Issue Area- Streambank Erosion on Church Hill Road
       A Portrait of the Gallows Run
                Prioritization of Issue Areas
                                Tier 1 – Highest Priority
                                • Ealer Hill
                                • Pastures With Lack of Buffer
                                • PennDOT Problems Route 611
                                • Camp Nockamixon

                                Tier 2 – Moderate Priority
                                • Several Streambank Erosion Sites
Basis For Priority                 Related to and Below PennDOT
• Flooding Damage                  bridge
• NPS Pollution Abatement
• Streambank Stabilization      Tier 3 - Priority
• Cost: Benefit                 • Ferndale
• Funding                       • Local Drainage

                    Limited Buffering In Headwater Areas
        A Portrait of the Gallows Run
             Structural BMP Recommendations
Issue Area 1:                            Recommended Solutions:
Severe streambank erosion and            Engineered & structural
potential safety Issue                   streambank stabilization
                                         combined with natural stream
                                         channel design in the transition
                                         zones.Move the stream away
                                         from the road, using natural
                                         stream channel design methods
                                         is also recommended. Agency
                                         and landowner education as
                                         well.

         Prioritized Issue Area- Route 611 (Easton Road) Problem Area
        A Portrait of the Gallows Run
             Structural BMP Recommendations
Issue Area 2:                           Recommended Solutions:
Ealer Hill Road historic                Nockamixon Township is
flooding (localized development         currently increasing pipe and
& natural drainage pattern).            roadside swale capacities to
                                        better channel the water. Grant
                                        submitted for regional
                                        stormwater detention and
                                        treatment basin(s) & vegetative
                                        buffer plantings on Upper Ealer
                                        Hill Road. Update 537 Plan.
                                        Landowner education as well.

            Prioritized Issue Area- Ealer Hill Road Problem Area
         A Portrait of the Gallows Run
              Structural BMP Recommendations
Issue Area 3:
Severe streambank erosion at              Recommended Solutions:
the confluence of Gallows Run             Registered engineer should
with Tributary 6. Stream bank             work with landowner to inspect
serving as a berm for the pond.           berm and create a streambank
                                          restoration plan. The restored
                                          area should be 500 linear feet
                                          downstream and upstream of the
                                          confluence. Landowner
                                          education as well.



         Prioritized Issue Area - Confluence Gallows Run and Tributary 6
         A Portrait of the Gallows Run
              Structural BMP Recommendations
Issue Area 4:
                                         Recommended Solutions:
Several agricultural pastures are
                                         Fence off a minimum 20-foot
exhibiting a lack of stream
                                         buffer surrounding the streams.
buffer. Potential water quality
                                         Replant buffers with native plant
problems expected.
                                         species.    One animal water
                                         source location should be
                                         provided in a non-erosive area.
                                         Prevent pollutant-laden runoff
                                         from entering the channels with
                                         stormwater bioretention areas.
                                         Landowner education as well.

             Prioritized Issue Area- Headwater and Tributary Areas
        A Portrait of the Gallows Run
              Structural BMP Recommendations
Issue Area 5:
Approximately 100 linear feet of          Recommended Solutions:
streambank erosion along                  Three-hundred feet of
Nockamixon Creek.                         inexpensive, native streambank
                                          buffer plantings (and protective
                                          deer fencing) to stabilize
                                          transition slopes. Closely
                                          monitor and document results.
                                          Landowner education as well.




        Prioritized Issue Area- Nockamixon Creek, Traugers Road Vicinity
        A Portrait of the Gallows Run
            Structural BMP Recommendations
Issue Area 6:
Streambank erosion problems            Recommended Solutions:
upstream and downstream of             Install upstream management
Route 611.                             measures to reduce flows and
                                       bedload. Work with the current
                                       landowners to replace temporary
                                       solutions with strengthened
                                       streambank restoration
                                       measures. Landowner education
                                       as well.


              Prioritized Issue Area-Routes 611 & 32 Region.
           A Portrait of the Gallows Run
                Structural BMP Recommendations
Issue Area 7:
Moderate (50 linear feet)
                                           Recommended Solution:
streambank erosion along Kintner
                                           Since the erosion is minor and
Hill Road. Private landowner
                                           the slope is steep, rip-rap placed
enclosures and tributary crossings.
                                           on the eroding area is
                                           recommended. Landowner
                                           education as well.




                 Prioritized Issue Area- Kintner Hill Road Region.
           A Portrait of the Gallows Run
                Structural BMP Recommendations
Issue Area 8:
Church Hill Road (Tributary 11)            Recommended Solution:
has several streambank erosion             Due to the gradient of the stream
problem areas that are particularly        (approximately 3 percent)
evident at driveway crossings.             natural stream channel
                                           restoration measures are
                                           recommended. Landowner
                                           education as well.




                 Prioritized Issue Area- Church Hill Road Region.
          A Portrait of the Gallows Run
               Structural BMP Recommendations
Issue Area 10:
Litter in roadways and within            Recommended Solution:
Gallows Run and Nockamixon               Determine what residential and
Creek Corridors (residential &           and commercial waste might
commercial).                             need to be removed from the
                                         sites. Commercial, Township
                                         and residential cleanup efforts
                                         (volunteer). Landowner
                                         education as well.



                  Prioritized Issue Area- Easton Road Region.
           A Portrait of the Gallows Run
                Structural BMP Recommendations
Issue Area 11: Localized stormwater            Recommended Solution:
and flooding problems in the Village           Widening of roadside channels,
of Ferndale. Some concern expressed            replacement of undersized
about the possibility of failing, on-lot       culverts. The Act 537 sewage
septic systems.                                plan should be updated.




                     Prioritized Issue Area-Village of Ferndale
 Thank You So Much For
      Attending!




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