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 Planning a Swatara Outing? Tips:

bullet Updated Map  Swatara Water Trail map front 3.15MB 10.14.2017.pdf 
bullet Swatara Water Trail map and guide 7MB 10.12.2017.pdf
bullet Public     access points about every 7 miles.
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For comparison, when the Harpers gauge at our launch @ 1929 Blacks Bridge Road, Annville reads the following heights:
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5.5, the Road to site #1 is almost covered, not             accessible and partly flooded;  

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7 our ramp is covered to the top gravel border; 

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9 the swell puts water onto sites 1-4 & site 8; and

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10.56', only sites 26-35 do not flood. 

Depth  USGS Guages  National Weather Service provides forecasts for Harper's and Hershey gauges. Check the gauge nearest your start point.  Beginners should reschedule at 2.2' deep.  Reschedule if experienced, but water is rising between 3.5' & 4', or below .4'.  Kayaks may float a bit lower.  Memorial Lake is an option when the Swatara is too high or too low. 

bulletUse caution at dams:  With groups, avoid low-head dam in Jonestown.  Uneven portage on left bank, which disappears  into tree line in high water.  Hershey dam portage is also on the left.  Long, but flat, mowed route.  Take out at feeder stream on left before warning sign.
bulletU-Tow Canoes Available  http://www.mbcomp.com/swatara/redirect/watertrail/canoe_rent.htm
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Canoe Use agreement: CANOE USE CONTRACT.pdf

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Seasonal Primitive Camping Camp/2017 Campsite Agreement.pdf  Fishing, hiking, picnicking 

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Visit the Bordner Cabin in Swatara State Park:  Bordner Cabin Drive thru Swatara State Park 9AM-3PM the 2nd Fri & Sat monthly & 4th Fri & Sat Mar, Apr, Sep & Oct.

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Most recent Newsletter:  2017 Swatara News .pub.pdf

 
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Publications
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Envisioning an Environmental Legacy for the Swatara EELS, the Book in pdf file

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Mills and Bank Barns Mills and Bank Barns Book.pdf\

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 Minutes/Statement of Importance of the Swatara Creek.pdf

About the Swatara Watershed

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Watershed Description

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Virtual Driving Tour

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Maps of the Watershed

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Swatara State Park (position papers: Bordner Cabin and Old State Road

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Watershed Links (more than 200 links to Recreational opportunities, Schools, local government, and MORE!)

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Tourist Destinations (New Feature)

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Contact Information/Press Room

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Flooding

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Rivers Conservation Plan

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What is a RCP?

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About Swatara's RCP

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Get your own copy

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Read the RCP on-line

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View watershed maps

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What is a Rivers Conservation Plan?

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About Swatara Creek's RCP

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Get Your Own Copy

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Read the RCP On-line

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View Watershed Maps

What is a Rivers Conservation Plan?

A Rivers Conservation Plan (also called a Watershed Conservation Plan, Restoration and Protection Plan or Management Plan) is a comprehensive document that outlines all of the resources of a watershed and identifies challenges and problems in that watershed.  The main role of the plan is to present alternative solutions and strategies for preserving and protecting the watershed resources.  Plans are generally developed by consultants with input and comments from all interested parties.

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About Swatara Creek's RCP

The Swatara Creek Rivers Conservation plan was developed according to the following schedule:

Determined Initial Interest - Completed by SCWA 1998-99
Data Collection & Analysis - 12/31/99
Draft River Conservation Plan- COMPLETED
Final PUBLIC MEETINGS & River Conservation - COMPLETED 9/25/2000
Listed on PA River Registry October 14, 2000
bulletMackin Engineering, Mechanicsburg PA, was chosen to work in conjunction with the Swatara Creek Watershed Association to complete data collection, analysis, and planning necessary to prepare a Rivers Conservation Plan for the entire Swatara Creek Watershed (approximately 570 square miles).  The entire process followed guidelines established by the DCNR's Rivers Conservation Program.
bulletBased on Public Information Meetings hosted by SCWA, water quality, land use, and recreational uses of the Swatara Creek are primary issues of concern in the watershed.
bulletMackin reviewed the library of information concerning Swatara Creek watershed available from SCWA.  The data collection step utilized both a review of existing information and field investigation, both on land and by canoe.  Crucial pieces of information could only be gathered through field investigation, like protection and enhancement of riparian buffers.  Ideas were incorporated from the Dauphin County plan, thereby providing a comprehensive document and management plan for the entire watershed.  Watershed data used in the River Conservation Plan is presented and stored in the GIS database for the watershed.
bulletInput from the Steering Advisory Committee, municipalities, and public directed the management options recommended in the River Conservation Plan.  Management options developed for each of the prioritized issues obtained during the public information meetings as well as any other issues that are identified during the data collection and analysis phase of this project.

 

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Get Your Own Copy

We had no idea so many planners would be interested in a hard copy of the Swatara Watershed Conservation Plan.   Most of the information contained in the plan is available on-line.  However, if you are interested and need a copy, there are several options.  Please indicate which option you would like, the address we should send it to, and a check made out to the SCWA and mail it to: SCWA, 2501 Cumberland Street, Suite 2, Lebanon, PA  17042

  1. For $10 plus shipping and handling, a CD of the plan that includes Adobe Acrobat to read the files can be mailed to you.  Maps are not included.  The GIS mapping disc is an additional $10 plus shipping and handling.  You must have an ArcView program to operate this disc.
  2. A complete hardcopy of the plan with color pictures and charts and the two CDs (which was provided at no charge to municipalities providing a letter of support) costs $223.18 (without CDs subtract $20).  Why does it cost so much?  A breakdown follows: 

$8.95         3"-3 ring binder with cover sleeve

$3.29         10 tab divider

$139.59     141 color copies

$6.60         101 black & white copies

$13.94         8 colored maps 17"x11"

$25.00         labor to go to copy store twice & assemble

$20.00         2 duplicate CDs (one of the plan & one GIS)

$6.85           shipping

  1. A black & white hard copy of the plan with the maps and two CDs costs $92.55.  (without CDs subtract $20) 

 

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Read the RCP On-Line

The text of the Swatara Creek RCP is available on-line.  This report was completed in September 2000 by Mackin Engineering.  The table of contents is provided below.  Click on the section you would like to read.

Swatara Creek Watershed Conservation Plan

Final Report
September 20, 2000

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Executive Summary

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Chapter 1: Project Introduction

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Chapter 2: Project Area Characteristics

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Chapter 3: Land Resources

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Chapter 4: Water Resources

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Chapter 5: Biological Resources

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Chapter 6: Cultural Resources (Recreation and History)

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Chapter 7: Swatara State Park

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Chapter 8: Swatara Greenway

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Chapter 9: Project Issues, Concerns, Constraints and Opportunities

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Chapter 10: Management Options

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Appendix A : Public Meetings, Comments, and Responses

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Appendix B : Anderson Land cover Classification description

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Appendix C : Sample of Hazardous Waste Generators

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Appendix D : Mining Permits & Sinkholes

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Appendix E : NPDES Permits

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Appendix F : Avian Species & Threatened and Endangered Species

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Appendix G : Summary Table of Management Options

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View Watershed Maps

Click here to learn about the watershed maps, download the viewing software, and view the maps.

 
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