HARRISBURG – Efforts to enhance the ecological habitat of the Codorus Creek just got a $35,000 boost today, said Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York).
The funds come in the form of a $35,000 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Agency, which Saylor strongly advocated for. The grant will go toward a study of the hydraulic and hydrology engineering design required for the overall Codorus Creek Beautification Initiative to move forward.
“The section of the Codorus Creek running through York City is a community treasure,” Saylor said. “Once upon a time, the creek had become neglected and polluted. But, through community efforts and other partnerships, the Codorus is a now great place to canoe or kayak through and holds a healthy stock of smallmouth bass and myriad other aquatic life. The overall Codorus Creek Beautification Initiative will move the creek’s revitalization forward in a big way.”
The initiative focuses on the 1.4-mile section of creek from Grantley Road to North George Street. Historic development of the city’s downtown area saw buildings established right up to the creek’s banks, crowding out the natural floodplain and creating flooding conditions until the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1940s built Indian Rock Dam and levees along both banks of the creek.
These projects mitigated the impact of many subsequent flood events, including Tropical Storm Agnes (June 1972), but the levees have had the unintended effect of separating the city from the creek, eliminating most public contact with its riverine environment, according to the York County Economic Alliance (YCEA).
Many thanks to Rep. Saylor, along with the entire York County Legislative Delegation and the Commonwealth Financing Authority, for allocating these dollars for the Codorus Creek Beautification Initiative project,” said YCEA President and CEO Kevin Schreiber. “This grant will aid in the proper development and ensure the safety of residences and businesses along the Codorus Creek in York.”
The Codorus Creek Beautification Initiative includes building a compound cross section between the levees, with a low-flow channel, landscaped overbanks and side slopes, and left and right bank retaining walls supporting linear park features, while maintaining adequate conveyance for flood events.
“The goal of the Codorus Creek Beautification Initiative is to improve public access to both sides of the creek, installing recreational amenities, strengthen the creek’s habitat while reducing flooding and without encroaching on private lands,” Saylor said. “When this project is completed, it will connect neighborhoods, people and services, while enhancing Codorus Creek and transforming it into a true centerpiece of York City’s overall revitalization.”
Representative Stan Saylor
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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