On Friday, the MAHBS crew went back out to White Clay Creek Dam One for a meeting with the project funders, UD’s Water Resources Agency, and the non-profit group American Rivers, as well as a representative from the State Historic Preservation Office to discuss the future of the White Clay Creek Dam One. The Water Resources Agency is interested in removing a total of seven low dams from the White Clay Creek in order to reintroduce shad fish to the river ecosystem.
After completing the Section 106 evaluation, CHAD deemed the dam, historically significant, and dated much of the surviving dam structure to the late 18th century. Most of the discussion on Friday, surrounded boundary recommendations for the site, as well as how much of the dam structure will be removed from the water. What came out of the meeting on site was a scheduled meeting offsite. Next week all sides are going to discuss their fine-tuned proposals, as well as the possibility of increasing the current scope of the report to include all seven milldams along the White Clay Creek in order to create a thematic, and comprehensive Section 106 Evaluation.
Stay tuned for the outcome! There might be a lot more historic dams in CHAD’s immediate future!