The Swatara Creek Watershed Association, Inc., a non-profit organization, has quietly fostered educational programs, a nature video, conservation projects and environmental project cooperative efforts. In 1997 the Pa Department of Environmental Protection contacted SWA about submitting a grant application to do an industrial non-point source project in the watershed. The PA DEP wanted to foster local cooperation with industry and environmental groups. Handwerk Contractors, a subsidiary of Haines and Kibblehouse, Inc., was selected for a small project at the asphalt plant site at Old Farm Road, Hummelstown.
The large stock-pile of road materials salvage was visible from the Swatara Creek due to a cleared zone under several electric utility power lines, lending itself to a beautification planting program.
The topography lent itself to stormwater control enhancement including a constructed wetland beneath the powerlines and adjacent to a riparian buffer of low-growth trees.
Multiple control of the land--Handwerk, GPU Energy and PP&L--expanded the scope of business cooperators for the site located in Dauphin County within the zone for a future Swatara Greenway.
On May 22, 1998 ninety Lower Dauphin Middle School sixth grade students helped plant shrubs provided through DCNR ReLeaf Program and the Dauphin county Conservation District. The Alliance for the Chesapeake Riparian Buffer Program provided White Flowering Dogwoods, Earth Steward provided Redbuds, and Black Chokeberry, Spicebush, Big Bluestem grass, and blue flags were purchased from Octoroa native Plant Nursery.
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