Upper Hammer Creek Restoration Plans Moving Forward

Hammer Creek, which originates in eastern Lebanon County and flows 19.2 miles through Lancaster County where it joins Cocalico Creek, is a stocked trout stream below Speedwell Forge Dam, but also harbors a wild brook trout population in its upper headwaters. Chapter member Jim Suleski has taken on the task of organizing a plan to work with landowners to educate them on the merits of restoring badly-eroded streambanks in these upper reaches and obtain their approvals to facilitate a stream improvement project.

The plan is moving forward through the cooperative efforts of the Donegal Chapter of TU, National TU, Lebanon County & Lancaster County Conservation Districts, Upper Hammer Creek Watershed Association, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and the Chesapeake Conservancy. A breakfast meeting with the landowners and all stakeholders is scheduled for February 28, 2019 at the Middle Creek Wildlife Refuge. For more information and to volunteer in this effort, please contact Jim Suleski by email at jims@dftu.org.