Ridley Dam Removal Project The removal of the Sharpless Dam is done! As part of our ongoing efforts to protect and improve the region’s water resources, SEPA RC&D Council was a partner of an effort to restore Ridley Creek in Delaware County to a free flowing stream. Located between the City of Chester and Taylor Arboretum, the Sharpless Dam was an old mill dam constructed in the 1700’s. No longer used for its intended purpose, it was an impediment to fish migration and a public safety hazard. Over the last 100 years, several people have died while trying to swim near the dam.
Removal of this old mill dam will help fish and other aquatic life migrate freely up and down the stream. Fish, such as shad, will be able to return from the ocean and spawn in the headwaters of Ridley Creek - something that has not happened in nearly 300 years. In addition, studies have shown that when dams such as these have been removed, there has been an increase in macro-invertebrates found in a stream.
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Southeastern Pennsylvania Resource Conservation & Development (SEPA RC&D) covers seven counties: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, and Northampton. The mission of the Southeastern PA RC&D Council is to promote conservation and enhancement of natural and community resources.
SEPA RC&D wishes to partner with local groups, businesses, and agencies throughout the region to accomplish locally important projects. The Council can be in either a supportive role or the primary sponsor of a project. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Resource Conservation and Development Council can assist by grant writing, finding sources of funding, seeking additional project partners, and/or the personnel to complete a project, or by serving as the financial manager for a project.
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The Council has achieved the National Association of RC&D Councils’ Circle of Diamonds status and is working on meeting the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organization’s (PANO) Standards of Excellence Program.