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Community comes together
The effort was led by Harry Deitrich, who was the previous trout hatchery manager for 35 years. Deitrich credited Jim Umberger for the great turnout of more than 30 volunteers from the Short Mountain Conservation Club, as well as residents from the communities of Loyalton, Lykens, Wiconisco, Tower City, and beyond. Even the Lykens Liberty Hose Co. was involved in this total community effort.
The Rattling Creek Hatchery is on Glen Park Road between Lykens Borough and the borough’s reservoir. It was totally devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Now, thanks to the restoration, it soon will be able to support fingerling trout and contribute to the fine fishing of our area. Deitrich has targeted September 2015 as the date to to start raising the fingerlings for the 2016 trout season.
Sandy’s rains engorged Rattling Creek and brought silt and debris over the banks, completely filling up the 125-foot raceway where the trout are raised. On top of that, the large pipe that provides fresh water from Rattling Creek was totally dislodged and washed away.
In addition, debris, rocks, and silt covered the area around the raceway and the small outbuilding that held the pumps and all the trout food and supplies. The building is still there, but plans are in effect to replace it with a brand-new structure in the future.
In 1972, Hurricane Agnes destroyed the hatchery and, within two years, the club and community teamed up restored the hatchery and got it back up and running. Now, once again, the club and community are in the process of returning the hatchery to normal operations after a setback.
The main item that is still needed is the long run of pipe that brings fresh water into the hatchery’s fish run from Rattling Creek. If you know of anyone who happens to have about 150 feet of eight-inch pipe in their back pocket, this would be put to good use.
The Short Mountain Conservation Club wants to thank everyone who was involved with this project.
Specifically, the club wants to thank Larry Hoke, who came in with his backhoe; and Ryan Bateman who helped with his tractor and front loader. Both of these gentlemen worked throughout the day and donated their time, fuel, and equipment use.
Additional thanks go out to the 35 volunteers and the Liberty Hose Co. for making this day a great success.
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