The number one polluter of the Swatara Creek is sediment. Therefore, it is imperative that we maintain riparian buffers along the Swatara Creek. Tree roots help to hold the soil in place, and keep it from eroding into the Swatara Creek, which in turn helps farmer to keep their topsoil for growing crops. Likewise, homeowners don’t lose their lawns to erosion.
During 2018, the rainiest season the Swatara Watershed has had in quite a while, two major pipelines crisscrossed the Watershed exposing approximately 50 miles of earth that crossed all of our streams. The rains came when crops were on the fields helping to hold the soil in place, but the bare pipelines experienced significant erosion damage. Not just soil, but toilets, hay bales, generators, silt fencing, and more ended up in the Swatara Creek. The local contractor filed for bankruptcy.