Breaking News & Updates
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!!
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 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.
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.