The US Army Corps of Engineers, Blue Marsh Lake, the PA Fish and Boat Commission, the Berks County Conservation District has partnered together to restore sections of shoreline by the Blue Marsh Lake Old Church Road parking area, constructing PA Style Stone Framed Deflectors and developing an improved paddle launching area.
The project will restore and protect 441 feet of degraded shoreline with the installation of eight stone deflectors.
According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, the stone deflectors will repair and stabilize the degrading shoreline and continue to protect the shoreline reducing erosion and sediment from making its way into the lake and provide a base for beneficial vegetation to grow.
Additionally, the stone deflectors will improve shoreline habitat areas for young fish to hide in, and for macroinvertebrates and small fish species that provide important food resources for young fish and larger fish species.
The project will also develop an improved launching/mooring area for non-powered vessels that will provide a sustainably graded transition from the shoreline into the water for an enhanced recreational experience.
Funding for this project was provided by:
US Army Corps of Engineers, Blue Marsh Lake, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, CHIP Funding Program, Berks County Conservation District, 2021 PALMS Mini-Grant Recipient
berkscd.com, PA Lake Management Society, 2021 PALMS Mini-Grant Provider palakes.org.
The Old Church Road Access Area will be closed to the public from Tuesday, January 18, 2022 through Friday, January 28, 2022.