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Posted on: June 7, 2018

County Launches Petition to #SaveHankinsPondDam

A downstream view of the dam at Hankins Pond in Mount Pleasant Township

HONESDALE -- The Wayne County Commissioners seek the support of the community in trying to alter the fate of the historic Hankins Pond Dam.

Constructed by hand as a reservoir to feed the Delaware & Hudson Canal, the 1000-foot-long dam at Hankins Pond was once used to propagate trout for the Pleasant Mount State Fish Hatchery. Dubbed a high-hazard dam because of the potential for damage to life and property downstream in the event of a breach, the pond was drained back in 2013. However, engineers at the PA Fish & Boat Commission say the hazard still exists because the remaining dam structure could hold back water and be compromised during a major flood event. The approved plan would demolish about 75 feet of the structure on either side of the existing outlet.
Wayne County has long built upon the legacy of the Delaware & Hudson canal and invested in its canal heritage, as have the towns along the route. The destruction of the dam would detract from those efforts. The Wayne County Commissioners would like to see the state create an alternate spillway that would not require the demolition of a 150-foot-long swath of the historic structure, and they need your help.

Sign the petition.

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