sponsorship of the Montour Run Watershed Association (MRWA),
a twelve-person AmeriCorps crew from Washington, D.C. spent
10 days in May of 2005 removing debris deposited on the
banks and floodplain of Montour Run by the Ivan Hurricane
flood of September 17, 2004.
The removal of piles of this debris would promote
unobstructed flow and would mitigate future flooding of the
stream, thereby directly benefitting Airport-area sections
of the Montour Trail.
Tasks that were to be undertaken by the crew included:
Remove downed timbers and other obstructions from the stream
bed at each location where the stream flow is being
restricted by pile-ups of debris.
Free up of the limbs of stream-bank-stabilizing shrubs and
small trees that are pinned down by debris and entanglements
by removing the debris and selectively cutting the
limbs, enabling the growth to straighten.
Remove plastic and other non-biodegradable debris from the
The AmeriCorps team members donned waders and life vests and
entered the stream with hand tools and chain saws, breaking
up tangles of branches and other debris, bagging
non-biodegradable trash, and hauling the branches up to high
ground to decompose.
They dragged the trash to trail-side for later pickup
by MRWA and Montour Trail Council volunteers during work
parties held on May 21 and June 4, and they worked
side-by-side with the volunteers loading the trash into
waste-disposal dumpsters on May 21.
Blockages to stream flow were removed from the stream at the
Findlay Activity Center and at the California Hollow Bridge
in Imperial; at the abandoned railroad bridge abutments near
the YMCA Western Area Program Center; and just downstream of
the Beaver Grade Road crossing of the stream.
In all, three large 30-cubic-yard dumpsters were
filled with debris that the team removed from the stream and
The Montour Run Flood Restoration was a project of the
Washington, DC-based Senate 7 Team of the National Civilian
Community Corps, a division of AmeriCorps.
This project was physically demanding of the team
members, but they neither weakened nor complained about the
wet and muddy conditions in which they had to work.
They even gave up
weekend days off to help MRWA members plant several hundred
seedlings. The team
members were housed in camping facilities at Raccoon Creek