Glade Mill Lake
The $2.8 million restoration construction was recently completed on the 52-acre Glade Mill Lake in Middlesex Township, Butler County.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission drained the lake in June 2011 because the dam was leaking. Not long after, local residents founded the Glade Run Lake Conservancy.
Officials credited conservancy members’ tenacity and enthusiasm for generating and sustaining support for the project. The Fish and Boat Commission pledged $2 million to the project, and former Gov. Tom Corbett dedicated $2 million in state money. The conservancy raised more than $300,000 in donations, including $30,000 from Middlesex Township and $110,000 from Butler County.
K.C. Construction Co. of Bucks County submitted a low bid to restore and enlarge the spillway area, remove the rock face from the dam and replace it with new stone, then clear the lake bed for refilling.
Members of the conservancy have constructed a 1-mile walking trail that includes a 24-foot-long bridge built by an Eagle Scout. About 100 fish habitats have been installed on the lake bed, with 150 more planned. Rock being taken from the spillway will be used for fish habitat. Another habitat project includes dredging out 20-foot-wide, 10-foot-deep lake channels and using the fill to create small island habitats for turtles and osprey. Deepening the shallow end is anticipated to increase the fish population by 30 percent.
Allegheny Mineral provided over 6,000 tons of material for the project including 2A, #8, #57, #1 and R4.