There was plenty of resentment and opposition when the city of Chester and its Chester Water Authority built the reservoir. "The Governor has taken a very disturbing position in this effort by Aqua PA to takeover the Chester Water Authority, under the guise of this having to do with the Act 47 distressed status of the City of Chester. A water treatment plant was constructed and a 45-mile-long transmission pipeline connected the new water supply to our customers in the City of Chester and surrounding areas. The East Branch continues the border with Lancaster County to the west and Chester County on the east bank. Due to its nature as a drinking water source, no swimming nor gasoline motors are allowed on … In addition to clean, quality drinking water, CWA owns and maintains 2000 acres surrounding the 2 billion gallon Octoraro Reservoir. Octoraro Reservoir Records 087-01-2019 Tricolored Heron Lancaster Posted on July 27, 2019 by Ian Gardner Posted in Accepted , Class I - Photograph , Completed Land. Reservoir Park is maintained by Tyrone Borough and in 2002, a community build project took place to replace much needed playground equipment. CWA water mostly comes from the Octoraro Creek, which feeds the Octoraro Reservoir in Chester County, and some from the Susquehanna River. It winds through northwestern Cecil County, Maryland before joining the Susquehanna. The CWA leadership and employees are very responsive to the needs of our organization and extremely responsive when maintenance or repairs are need. A lot of people put a lot of trust in the water coming out the tap. What are we even supposed to do to stop this from happening? The East Branch Octoraro Creek, 18.1 miles (29.1 km) long,[1] starts at Christiana, Pennsylvania, created by the confluence of Williams Run and Pine Creek, which carries the Lancaster - Chester County border for about a mile. The CWA board's decision to reject this bid has saved ratepayers over $120M. Octoraro Creek was designated a Pennsylvania Scenic River by Legislative Act 1983-43, managed by the Octoraro Creek Watershed Association. Octararo Lake is a drinking water reservoir in eastern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. It has never been in distress in its 150+ year history. Avondale Fire CompanyBackcountry Hunters and Anglers - PA ChapterBrandywine ConservancyCochranville Fire CompanyConservation Voters of PAElk Creeks Watershed AssociationKennett Fire CompanyLancaster ConservancyLongwood Fire CompanyOxford Region Planning CommitteeS.A.V.E. Prettyboy Reservoir occupies 206.5 sq/km of northern Baltimore County, Maryland, also known as the Hereford Zone.Even though the reservoir is located in the county, the City of Baltimore owns the reservoir and the surrounding land of forested watershed. We are a grassroots effort lead by folks in your own community and supported by the CWA. With our simple tool, enter your address and select from an email starter or write your own. CWA owns over 2000 acres of valuable land assets that can be sold for development. Ruggieri campaigns to save Chester Water Authority and Octoraro Reservoir Richard Ruggieri, the Democratic candidate for the 13th legislative district of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, looks to defeat Lawrence in race for the 158th District seat. CWA owns the two-billion-gallon Octoraro Reservoir. Located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the Chester Water Authority's 60 mgd Octoraro WTP is a conventional surface water filtration plant. After a mid-1960s drought, fears rose concerning whether a severe drought could affect the Octoraro water supply, and thus the Authority began the Susquehanna River Project (SRP). CWA is and always has been a good neighbor, providing a high quality of service and continuous support to our fire company. The County has taken an active role in the on-going litigation about this very issue and will fight to keep Chester Water Authority a public entity. Completed in 1970, the SRP provided an The reservoir supplies drinking water to people in Chester and Delaware counties. By day three, the skies had cleared, and the students and staff set off in canoes on the Octoraro Reservoir to experience the fun and beauty this freshwater resource had to offer. Ruggieri campaigns to save Chester Water Authority and Octoraro Reservoir Richard Ruggieri, the Democratic candidate for the 13th legislative district of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, looks to defeat Lawrence in race for the 158th District seat. Note: Speaker of the PA House, Rep. Mike Turzai is retiring and according to recent press, going to work for Aqua. The Alliance’s Businesses for the Bay membership association is designed by businesses for businesses. Wildlife abounds with regular sightings of otter, kingfisher, bald eagles and osprey. No swimming or gas motors for that reason. STATION.--01578475 OCTORARO CREEK NEAR RICHARDSMERE, MD LOCATION.--Lat 39`42'24", long 76`06'56", Cecil County, MD, Hydrologic Unit 02050306, at single-span steel-truss bridge on New Bridge Road, 1.0 mi south of PA-MD state line, 1.3 mi northeast of Richardsmere, and 2.5 mi east of Rock Springs, MD. CWA is a valuable asset to our fire company in the Chester County communities. Located in southeastern Lancaster County, Octoraro Reservoir is a 650-acre man-made reservoir. 2. As a corporate ratepayer, Aqua sued CWA. The Octoraro passes under the active Norfolk Southern Railway bridge and MD Route 222 (formerly U.S. Route 222) before it reaches the Susquehanna River, below the Conowingo Dam. As with its other acquisitions such as the Springton Reservoir in Delaware County , it can be expected that Aqua America will fence-off the reservoir from the community and prohibit recreational activities . 3. Email with any questions: savecwa@chesterwater.com, from the Pennsylvania Constitution,Article I, Section 27:"The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. The wooden burr bridge crosses the West Branch of the Octoraro Creek. Octoraro Lake is situated nearby to Pine Grove. Rep. Sappey just introduced HB 144 to the PA house in the new 2021 legislative session (the two other bipartisan bills died without being brought up for a vote at the end of 2020). Chester Water Authority (CWA) is under attack in a hostile corporate takeover attempt by the company formerly known as Aqua America (now being re-branded as Essential Utilities, Inc.). Once this creek was dammed, the Authority’s new source of water became the Octoraro Reservoir. Picnic pavilions also line the lane through the park. Distance: 3.2 mi. If the glucose challenge test shows high blood sugar levels, women typically undergo a three-hour glucose tolerance test, which is more intense and requires that participants fast beforehand. The camp is located approximately 4 miles northwest of Oxford Borough in Lower Oxford Township, southern Chester County, PA. The horseshoe loops back to the east, then briefly north up into Pennsylvania, all within the Reservation, before it swings back south into Maryland for good. See ‘Where to Hunt’ for more details. Picnic pavilions also line the lane through the park. The creek passes under PA Route 272 at Kirks Bridge, less than three miles west of Nottingham. And ultimately Power. Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. Octoraro Creek is a 22.1-mile-long (35.6 km)[1] tributary of the Susquehanna River, joining it 9 miles (14 km) above the Susquehanna's mouth at Chesapeake Bay. PALM CITY, Fla. - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board celebrated the completion of the Allapattah Flats Wetland Reserve Project in western Martin County this morning. Legislation:Private companies can offer to buy municipal authorities for more than they are worth.Consequence:Poorer communities are tempted to accept high dollar bids. It was built in 1847 by John Russell and Elias McMellen, but the original was destroyed and rebuilt in 1884. Pennsylvania—the Octoraro Creek. Chester Water Authority, as a not-for-profit public authority, has a long history of providing water to the public at reasonable rates. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.". If Aqua would buy and live up to their current standard of fencing off and closing public access, this would have a traumatic effect on our community.". via YouTube Capture. In addition the CWA has won many awards, including: It’s simple. From fishing and hiking to boating and kayaking, the reservoir is free and open to the community for enjoyment and recreation. 1 was totally rebuilt with the help of a grant from DCNR. Octoraro Lake is a reservoir in Lancaster County and has an elevation of 289 feet. If CWA was sold, rates would go up and the public would lose access to the Octoraro Reservoir——a lose-lose situation. Once this creek was dammed, the Authority’s new source of water became the Octoraro Reservoir. If the ruling is upheld, the City of Chester would not be able to dissolve the CWA. Octoraro Reservoir If Aqua is the successful bidder and as part of the closing of the transaction, Aqua will enter into legally binding agreements that will permanently preserve the Octoraro Reservoir by prohibiting any development of the land surrounding the reservoir, and will permanently keep the reservoir open to the public and maintain the current level of recreational activity. East Branch West Branch Octoraro Reservoir The entire creek drains 208 square miles (540 km2) of watershed. We request that the CWA Board not sell its customers and assets to a for profit company. [citation needed], The West Branch Octoraro Creek runs 15.3 miles (24.6 km)[1] entirely in Lancaster County. Make no mistake about it. Legislation:Municipal authorities no longer have to be in financial or operational distress to be purchased by private companies.Consequence:CWA is suddenly a target. Located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the Chester Water Authority's 60 mgd Octoraro WTP is a conventional surface water filtration plant. Your email will not be sold or given to third parties. What Springton Reservoir Could Mean for Octoraro Reservoir Aqua’s latest tactic to steal CWA from our community is reaching out to conservation groups that have openly supported CWA. Octoraro Creek is a 22.1-mile-long tributary of the Susquehanna River, joining it 9 miles above the Susquehannas mouth at Chesapeake Bay. Muddy Run joins the East Branch from the east out of its own set of steep valleys. When the Octoraro Water Company was formed in 1903 by merger of seven smaller water companies along the A&S route, the PRR was its sole customer. The creek loops under the high tension lines from the Conowingo Hydroelectric Plant on their way toward Philadelphia and passes by the site of a removed dam. The Octoraro rises as an East and West Branch in Pennsylvania. Money. We are waiting for the court to render its decision. Reservoir Park has been a historical part of Tyrone. ", – AJ McCarthy, Fire Chief, Longwood Fire Company. They did not want CWA to bail out the City of Chester with the $60M offer making the city solvent and less susceptible to accepting a corporate buyout.Note: In court proceedings between the City of Chester and CWA, the City of Chester is supported by Aqua's legal counsel. When the hydroelectric plant is not generating, along with a low tide (the Susquehanna experiences tides below the dam), the creek turns parallel to the river for a few hundred yards before joining. Nice view from PA Route 472. 5. BRYN MAWR, PA — Aqua Pennsylvania President Marc Lucca said today that content about the water utility posted on a website with a chesterwater.com URL is inaccurate, misleading and was purposely created to misinform residents about water rates and recreational activity on the Octoraro Reservoir. We request that the Board continue to protect our Township residents and businesses by putting the interests of the ratepayers first when making decisions about the Authority's operations and future. The six-foot rise in water when the hydroelectric plant is operating inundates this parallel stretch and can cause the Octoraro to reverse flow as far as the 222 bridge. About 200,000 customers in Chester and Delaware counties do. It winds through northwestern Cecil County, Maryland before joining the Susquehanna. Aqua America (Essential Utilities) is a Water Profiteer. Temperature. We have the opportunity to Save CWA and Save Ourselves NOW before it’s too late! All across the United Sates, communities, like ours, are fighting to reclaim their water rights by attempting to forcibly remove Aqua America. The Receiver required the City of Chester to appeal that ruling, and the case has now gone up to the Commonwealth Court. Say goodbye to the Octoraro Reservoir and open space. CWA's Attempts to Protect Our Water and Us, City of Chester in Critical Financial Distress, Governor Wolf placed the City of Chester into receivership, London Grove Township Municipal Authority, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers - PA Chapter, Game Changer Award from the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, The Chester Water Authority's (CWA) Octoraro treatment plant has been selected to receive the prestigious Area Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) Award for the 8th consecutive year, Excellence in Water Treatment Award from Partnership for Safe Water, George Warren Fuller Award  from the American Water Works Association. Aqua’s goal is to own all the pipes in our Pennsylvania ground. Please sign up to be kept informed of the latest developments and upcoming events. The branch loops through another steep valley north of Homeville, which widens out before the creek passes under PA Route 896 at Andrews Bridge. Octoraro Creek is a 22.1-mile-long (35.6 km) tributary of the Susquehanna River, joining it 9 miles (14 km) above the Susquehanna's mouth at Chesapeake Bay.The Octoraro rises as an East and West Branch in Pennsylvania.The East Branch and Octoraro Creek form the southern half of the border between Lancaster and Chester counties until the creek crosses the Mason-Dixon line. Each of the branches is less than 20 miles (32 km) long. In every acquisition it has made, Aqua America hikes up water bills through rapid-fire rate increases and infrastructure surcharges. Paddling to explore Octoraro Reservoir and learn about the history of Octoraro, Susquehanna, and Chesapeake watersheds from guides Shore stop to pull seine nets to sample marine life For a small taste of what this reservoir has to offer, check out a short video on Lancaster Online . DRAINAGE AREA.--177 square miles. The creek then passes the washed-out Porters Bridge at Richardsmere and passes one final time under the high tension lines. Chester Water Authority (CWA) is under attack in a hostile corporate takeover attempt by the company formerly known as Aqua America (now being re-branded as Essential Utilities, Inc.). This is a whole community effort. Octoraro Reservoir, and the Authority`s distribution facilities (CWA). Respect property boundaries and safety zones. The company formerly known as Aqua America is a for-profit, publicly traded corporation; it’s beholden to shareholders and profits. Lancaster, county, southeastern Pennsylvania, U.S., consisting of a hilly piedmont region bounded by the Susquehanna River to the west, Conewago Creek to the northwest, and Octoraro Creek to the southeast. See ‘Where to Hunt’ for more details. On Thanksgiving Please note: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the public events below are most likely cancelled. "We support the unanimous decision of the Board of Directors of the Chester Water Authority to reject the proposal of Aqua America purchase CWA 's assets and customers. There are also occasional stands of hemlocks and pines on the steep slopes bordering the Octoraro Lake and Creek. The valley widens as the branch passes under Puseyville Road. Bells Run is open to Mixed-Use Hunting. Reservoir Park is maintained by Tyrone Borough and in 2002, a community build project took place to replace much needed playground equipment. Octoraro Creek Nature Preserve primarily serves as the tree and shrub lined buffer for the Octoraro Creek. In 2009, Pavilion No. The water within the entire Octoraro Creek watershed (approximately 208 square miles) was at its disposal. Tell your friends, family and neighbors how they can Save CWA. The East Branch and Octoraro Creek form the southern half of the border between Lancaster and Chester counties until the creek crosses the Mason-Dixon line. Many S.A.V.E. ", – Lower Chichester Township Board of Commissioners, Chester County CommissionersEast Marlborough TownshipEast Nottingham TownshipFranklin TownshipBorough of Kennett SquareKennett TownshipLondonderry TownshipLondon Grove TownshipLondon Grove Township Municipal AuthorityLower Oxford TownshipNew London TownshipOxford BoroughPenn TownshipThornbury TownshipUpper Oxford TownshipWest Nottingham Township, Township of AstonBethel TownshipBrookhaven BoroughChadds Ford TownshipTownship of ChesterTownship of ConcordTownship of Lower ChichesterBorough of Marcus HookBorough of ParksideThornbury TownshipBorough of TrainerUpland BoroughUpper Chichester Township, Stephen Barrar (R) (160th Legislative)Carolyn Comitta (D) (156th Legislative)Bryan Cutler (R) (100th Legislative)Brian Kirkland (D) (159th Legislative)Leanne Krueger (D) (161st Legislative)John Lawrence (R) (13th Legislative)Chris Quinn (R) (168th Legislative)Christina Sappey (D) (158th Legislative), Andrew Dinniman (D) (19th Senatorial)Thomas Killion (R) (9th Senatorial). 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