On October 14, a group of Capital Area Greenbelt Association (CAGA) volunteers came together to plant around 200 native plants and shrubs along the Cameron Parkway section of the Greenbelt, marking the completion of the organization’s Spring Creek Stream Stabilization Project.
Completed in partnership with Skelly and Loy, Inc., a provider of professional engineering and environmental services, the project prevented trail collapse through stabilization of more than 500 feet of stream. Construction also reduced sediment pollution, restored aquatic habitat and created shelter spaces (holding habitat) for fish and other aquatic organisms, managed invasive vegetation, and enhanced habitat along the stream with the native plants installed by the volunteers.
The total cost of this project came in at $258,050, made possible with support from multiple sources. Design and permit funding, constituting $27,900 of the total, came from Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority ($7,500), Doc Fritchey Trout Unlimited ($2,500), and CAGA ($17,900). A Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Environmental Stewardship and Watershed Protection grant of $230,150, awarded in December 2021, covered implementation costs.