Old concrete dam in Pa. being demolished

August 18, 2009 5:20:34 AM PDT
An environmental group and a chemical company have forged an unusual partnership to remove an old dam in Pennsylvania. GEO Specialty Chemicals and American Rivers are having the old concrete barrier obstructing the Jordan Creek just north of Allentown demolished this week.

No one seems to know when or why the dam was built. Once it's removed, it hopefully will open up miles of creek for trout and herring to spawn.

Chemical plant engineer Dave Pratt says the company decided to demolish the dam to save repair renovation and maintenance costs for what is essentially a useless structure.

American Rivers spokeswoman Sara Strassman says a relatively small batch of Pennsylvania's 7,000 dams are used for anything now.


Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com