Scouts plan big dig for Earth Day
Erosion-control project will remedy problems on Lake Grubb trail in West Hempfield Scouts plan big dig for Earth Day BY DEAN LEE EVANS, Correspondent
For the past couple years, portions of the trails around Lake Grubb in West Hempfield Township have suffered from repeated erosion.
Efforts to correct the problems are scheduled in observance of Earth Day by members of Boy Scout Troop 349 from Mountville.
Scout leaders Kurt Shertzer and John French along with Boy Scout Will Yeager outlined a proposed erosion control project for the West Hempfield Township park to Mountville officials at their March 25 meeting.
"We plan to clear the trail of roots and rocks and make it as safe as possible," said Yeager.
The park maintenance project will be held the weekend before Earth Day, which is held annually on April 22 and falls on a Monday this year.
Yeager said that the erosion control efforts would aim to keep stormwater from Ironville Pike and Hempfield Hill Road from repeatedly washing out portions of the trails.
French said the work would involve building earthen barriers about 18 inches high to channel water toward existing pipes and culverts.
"We can resolve this within the boundaries of the park," French said.
He said one barrier along Ironville Pike where water problems create the most erosion on park trails would be about 25 feet long.
A rut about 10-inches deep continually forms along one portion of the trail and creates a safety hazard for trail users, French said.
As part of the Scouts' project, pipes that direct stormwater to the lake also would be cleaned out to prevent them from getting overwhelmed during heavy rains.
French said the Scouts and members of the community who offered to help with the Earth Day projects should be able to complete the barrier in a matter of hours.
Council members appeared pleased with the ambitious project and offered to support the Scout troop with borough earthmoving equipment and material for the barrier.
Mayor Philip Kresge said the community should be proud of the hard work the troop has invested in the Lake Grubb Nature Park.
The park's namesake lake originally formed when an iron ore quarry was allowed to flood. It then served as the borough's primary water reservoir and now hosts an impressive array of nature-related activities including fishing.
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