Fourmile Creek Dam Waterfall Bypass Fish Ladder
Fourmile Creek Fish Ladder and Waterfall Bypass Structure Design and Installation – Initial efforts to install a fish ladder at the Lawrence Park Golf Club began in late 2006. PA Sea Grant coordinated an effort that involved approvals from the Lawrence Park Golf Club, the PFBC, and Lawrence Park Township to allow improved fish passage at the Club’s dam and at a waterfall located about 500 feet upstream.
Sea Grant prepared two grant applications which would fund the design, purchase, and installation of a fish ladder at the dam spillway location, and later applied for funds for design of the fish waterfall bypass. The first application, submitted on 9/29/06 was prepared on behalf of Lawrence Park Township for DCNR funds, and the second application, submitted 10/30/06 was prepared on behalf of the PFBC for CZM funds. Together these requests totaled $112,500, which included $7,500 in in-kind match from PFBC. CZM awarded $45,000 on 9/13/07. DCNR awarded $52,500 on 12/06/07.
Designed took place in 2008-9. The PFBC obtained funding for the fish bypass structure and coordinated the construction effort of both projects. A fishing easement was also secured from the Golf Club that enabled fishing in some areas formerly posted. Efforts to install the fish ladder at the Golf Club dam were successfully concluded in June 2010. Funding for the waterfall bypass structure installation was secured by PFBC, again with grants writing assistance from PASG, from the CZM Program and PFBC Erie Access Improvement Program. This $150,000+ project was constructed during summer/fall of 2011. This project now enables steelhead and other native species to move upstream. Reports to date indicate that steelhead have reached points south of Station Road in Wesleyville Borough. The hope is that these fish will ultimately reach Wintergreen Gorge and the Penn State Behrend campus.