In March of 1999, Pike County was awarded a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PADCNR) to develop a comprehensive management plan for the Sawkill-Vandermark Creeks Watershed. The purpose of the grant was to work with local residents to develop a “Rivers Conservation / Watershed Management Plan” by identifying significant natural, recreational and cultural resources; determining the issues, concerns and threats to river/watershed resources and values; and recommending methods to conserve, enhance and restore the watershed’s streams and waterways.
The headwaters of Sawkill Creek and Vandermark Creek originate north and west of Milford Township, with both streams eventually discharging into the Delaware River (see Figure 1). Together, the Sawkill Creek and Vandermark Creeks watersheds span approximately 30 square miles across 5 municipalities (Milford Borough and Dingman, Milford, Shohola and Westfall Townships) in Pike County, Pennsylvania. The combined area (referred to here as the “Sawkill-Vandermark Creeks Watershed”) is recognized locally and regionally for its important natural, recreational and economic resources. Its varied landscapes include state and federal recreational land, habitat for threatened and endangered plant and animal species and several National Historic Landmarks. A significant portion of the watershed still contains untouched groundwater recharge areas. In addition, the lower reaches of the watershed have been designated as “Outstanding Basin Waters.”