Rausch Creek Diversion Wells
Doc Fritchey TU has built two limestone diversion wells, the first in 1987 and another in 2000, on the Rausch Creek tributary of Stony Creek which originates in the northwestern corner of Lebanon County. These wells reduce the effects of acid precipitation and drainage from abandoned coal mines, and permit holdover and wild trout populations to exist far into the lower reaches of Stony Creek which support a popular put & take fishery.
In 2014, Doc Fritchey TU received the Best Chapter Project Award from PA State Council for the many years of volunteer work dedicated to the operation and maintenance of these diversion wells on a year-round basis.
In 2015, with assistance from the Dauphin County Conservation District (DCCD), a permanent stream monitoring device was installed downstream in Stony Creek to measure temperature, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, conductivity and pH. To see the results of our monitoring, go to http://www.dauphincd.org/water/Sonde.html.
The chapter is grateful for the ongoing generous donations of limestone from Pennsy Supply’s Annville Quarry and transportation of the stone to the site by Sensening Contracting who took over the responsiblity upon the retirement of John Reigel from his trucking business in 2017.
During the late fall through winter period, volunteers meet for maintenance work every Sunday at 1:00 PM at the State Game Lands #211 gate to the west of Goldmine Road…see map. In the spring after the return to Daylight Savings Time, the schedule switches to Mondays at 6:00 PM. Check the Calendar page for current schedule. Contact Steve Long at 717-652-1421 for additional information.