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Solebury supervisors discuss quarry via Zoom

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Most of the reclamation and stream restoration at the New Hope Crushed Stone (NHCS) quarry on Phillips Mill Road has been completed, Supervisor Kevin Morrissey told the board of supervisors on April 21.

He and Supervisor John Francis last week met with representatives of the state Department of Environmental Protection, Solebury School and the Primrose Creek Watershed Association to discuss the quarry status.

What remains to be done includes some Primrose Creek stream bed and side work, replanting in the lower sections of the pit due to erosion, some interior berm sloping to reach a maximum of 35% and construction of the water inlet and outlets, Morrissey said.

The stone-crushing plant has been removed and the only building to remain will be the garage, he said.

The eventual top of the lake will be in the range of 100 feet above sea level, he said. In 2016, the depth of the pit was estimated to be in the range of 85 feet to as much as 100 feet below sea level.

However the specific height is still being discussed with the state Dam Safety Department which is responsible for this issue, he said.

The DEP requires NHCS to pump 500,000 gallons of water per day to maintain the Primrose Creek downstream water flow while the pit is filling up.

In 2019, the pumping rate met the 500,000 requirement. However, he said, this March it was 450,000 gallons per day, adding it is uncertain whether this is a one-time event given the replacement of the pump last month. The township plans to address this issue with the DEP if the trend continues.

NHCS is still required to maintain a bond that covers the cost of the reclamation if it is unable to complete the project, he noted, adding that the DEP is not planning to release the quarry from that obligation in the foreseeable future.


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