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The River Is Down

June 22, 2016

The southern end of the Delaware Canal from New Hope to Bristol is fed by the Delaware River through an inlet located behind the Chez Odette building.   We’ve been having a dry spell, so the River has dropped  below level of  the mouth of the inlet, and thus no water is being supplied into the Canal.   The levels along the Canal are dropping.

As a point of reference, the Delaware River gauge at Trenton must be at 9 or above for water to flow into the Canal.  Currently the River level is at 8.6.

Coffer Dam is Fixed and Water is Flowing Again

The Delaware Canal State Park staff moved quickly to fix a collapsed 3ft. X 3ft. sandbag in the Kleinhans Creek Aqueduct coffer dam installation.   Water is again flowing south from Groundhog Lock!    Thank you!!

Kleinhans Aqueduct fix 2

Coffer Dam at Kleinhans Aqueduct Breaks

Water levels in the northern half of the Canal will be down until the coffer dam at the Kleinhans Aqueduct can be repaired.    The Park staff is currently evaluating the situation.

Lehigh River Water Has Again Reached Its Current Destination

The gates that allow Lehigh River water to flow into the Delaware Canal were reopened last Friday.   The Canal has been refilling and flow has reached its current destination, the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area, 29 miles south of Easton.    Thanks to DCNR for allowing pipes to be installed at the failing Kleinhans Aqueduct and thanks to Bi-State Construction for making quick work of it.

Pipes Are In Place at the Kleinhans Aqueduct

April 27, 2016

Bi-State Construction is in the process of completing the installation of the pipe and coffer dam system that will allow Canal water to flow south through the leaking Kleinhans Aqueduct.  If all goes well, the gates at the Lehigh River  will be opened this afternoon or tomorrow morning, and water will return.

The start of the project.
The start of the project.

Bi-State Will Start Installing Pipes Tomorrow

April 25, 2016

In order to restore the Lehigh River water flow to the south, Bi-State Construction will install coffer dams at either end of the leaking Kleinhans Aqueduct and run three pipes through aqueduct span.    Mobilization has already begun.  Thanks to DCNR for approving this work that will allow  the Canal to be watered while the aqueduct is repaired.

The leaking Kleinhans Aqueduct
The leaking Kleinhans Aqueduct

A Few Glitches in Rewatering Process

April 20, 2016

The amount of water reaching the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area north of Centre Bridge has diminished due to several circumstances.

  1. Debris, brush, yard waste, etc. continues to accumulate at the locks and stop gates on the route south from Easton.  These accumulations hinder the water flow and must be laboriously cleaned out by the Park staff.  The staff tackles clean-out nearly every day.
  2. The structural problems that were known about Fry’s Run Aqueduct south of Easton have blossomed into a leak.  The Park engineers have developed a short term plan for keeping water fully flowing, which may be implemented as quickly as April 25-26. They also have an intermediate plan.  The Fry’s Run Aqueduct is the shortest one on the Canal, just 25 feet long, so solutions easier to accomplish.

The water level in the southern end of the Canal from Green Lane to the Bristol Lagoon is also lower because the Park staff is repairing some holes that developed around a culvert that runs underneath the Canal.

No catastrophes!



Lehigh River Water Stopped at Virginia Forrest Recreation Area

Thursday, April 7

The stop gate and waste gate at the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area have been closed by the Park staff.   The Lehigh River water has reached this point, 29 miles south of Easton, and will be stopped here because of the Redfield Bridge construction project a short distance to the south.

The River water level will build to the north while Bi-State Construction replaces the collapsed abutment of the Redfield Bridge.  The original plan was to retain both of the bridge abutments, but when the deteriorated deck was removed, the east abutment developed serious structural cracks.  Work must be done within the Canal prism, so water cannot be run through at this time.

The water level to the north of the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area will rise.
The water level to the north of the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area will rise.
As soon as the east abutment is replaced, the pipes in the Canal prism will carry Lehigh River water south.
As soon as the east abutment is replaced, the pipes in the Canal prism will carry Lehigh River water south.

The Lehigh River Water is at the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area

April 4, 2016

Last week the Lehigh River water reached Point Pleasant.  Last Sunday it had made its way to Lumberville, and today is just north of the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area.

Looking north from Lock 14 in Point Pleasant
Looking north from Lock 14 in Point Pleasant
Looking south from Lock 12 in Lumberville
Looking south from Lock 12 in Lumberville

New Pump at Centre Bridge Installed

March 30, 2016

The new pump was installed in the Delaware River at Centre Bridge this morning. It’s pumping away nicely with about a foot of water accumulated in back of the Centre Bridge Inn in about an hour. It will produce a greater volume of water more efficiently. The installation is a collaboration among the Friends of the Delaware Canal, New Hope for Our Canal, and PA Department of Natural Resources.

Centre Bridge pump 03302016