May 13, 2016
The Magic Of Wehr's Dam
There is a magic place in the northwest corner of South Whitehall Township, called Wehr's Dam and Covered Bridge. Because you can see watering flowing over a dam and under a covered bridge, people have been coming here for over 100 years. Because it was a destination for so long, about 25 years ago the township created Covered Bridge Park, extending from that magic spot downstream, to Guth's Covered Bridge. It now has become unfortunate that the dam lies in South Whitehall, because that township has become politically disingenuous. A series of uncontested elections has resulted in both arrogance of leadership, and outright cronyism.
Wednesday evening I approached the County Commissioners, requesting that they adopt the dam, they already control it's partner in magic, the covered bridge. Farmland Preservation has become the fashionable favor of the decade. Lehigh County already designation $750,000 for that purpose, and has an additional $2million proposed for that end. Farmland Preservation has its own page on the county website. At the bottom of the page it states; Preserved farmland protects local scenery and promotes local tourism. I suggest that the county acquire another acre, encompassing the dam. Although the parcel would be somewhat wetter than they normally seek, it easily surpasses their scenery and tourism criterion.
photocredit: K Mary Hess