Feb 23, 2015

The Truth Of Wehr's Dam

Recent articles in The Morning Call on Wehr's Dam painted an environmentally motivated Wildlands Conservancy, against a few history buffs, who are without much merit. The reality of the iconic site is just the opposite. The Wildlands has been generalizing the science, and minimizing the rich history. Although strong currents and danger did exist at Allentown's Jordan Park Dam, those things were never a factor at  Wehr's in South Whitehall. The water at Wehr's flows over the dam, not through a pipe, as it did at Jordan Park. Although dams can be a barrier for fish migration, the real factor in that section of the Jordan is the disappearing creek phenomena, where the water dries up into the porous stone stream bed during the summer. Numerous local environmentalist have publicly stated that in the case of Wehr's, the history and beauty trump the Wildlands' generalizations. To create the fabricated cost assigned to repair the dam by the Wildlands, one would have to restore it to brand new condition, for which there is absolutely no need. Although the dam isn't registered as an official historic site, its history has been well appreciated in the Lehigh Valley for generations. Last, but most important,  the reports have not included the scenic beauty of the dam site. The park itself was created because of the majestic view and popularity as a destination.

1 comment:

monkey momma said...

The South Whitehall Board of Commissioners are:
Christina Morgan, President: 610-398-0401, x300
Glenn Block, Vice President: 610-398-0401, x303
David L. Bond, Asst. Secretary: 610-398-0401, x304
Dale W. Daubert: 610-398-0401, x301
Thomas J. Johns: 610-398-0401, x302

If you want to write them, the address is 4444 Walbert Avenue, Allentown, PA 18104

March 4th is the next township meeting at the above address.