Millard Announces Environmental Grant for Fishing Creek Channel Improvements

BLOOMSBURG - State grant funding has been successfully achieved in an important environmental project in Columbia County, Rep. David Millard (R-Millville) announced today.

The grant of $829,550 from the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is for the Fishing Creek channel improvement project, in portions of Mount Pleasant, Hemlock, and Scott Townships, as well as the west end of Bloomsburg.

“I was pleased that our work with the DEP has resulted in funding for a very important environmental project,” Millard said.  “This is the first step in a continuing process of addressing concerns with high water issues in Fishing Creek.”

The actual project involves work on three sites. Work at the first site, located along the border of Bloomsburg and Hemlock Township, will involve the removal of approximately 600 linear feet of lateral concrete overflow dam from the Fishing Creek stream channel invert. Work at the second site will include the construction of approximately 540 linear feet of bank protection along the west bank of Fishing Creek at the location of a previous dam and railroad bridge removal.  Work at the third site will involve construction of approximately 370 linear feet of bank protection along the east bank of Fishing Creek, beginning approximately 100 feet downstream of the Back Branch Road Bridge over Fishing Creek.

All three sites will also have temporary creek access ramps constructed for the project.

This project, to be completed by Bill Anskis Company Inc., of Elysburg, is expected to begin on Feb. 19 and should be completed by the end of November.

PA State Rep. David Millard

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