Entry ID2539
Friends of Reservoirs Member/Group Sponsoring the ProjectFriends of Goddard State Park (a chapter of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation)
Project Leader Contact InformationMark Scarpitti
Phone(724) 253-4833
EmailEmail hidden; Javascript is required.
Address684 Lake Wilhelm Road
Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania 16145
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Project Information
Reservoir NameLake Wilhelm
Google Maps Locationgoogle.com
Please describe the project objective(s).

The objective of the project is to convert eroded Lake Wilhelm shoreline into a fishing hot spot. This will be done primarily through the installation of stone deflectors, which will provide convenient fishing access in a high use area while simultaneously providing aquatic habitat and preventing shoreline erosion. Downed trees and/or root wads will also be utilized to provide additional cover and habitat.

Please describe the project methods. Will the product be used in conjunction with existing habitat restoration efforts on the reservoir? Will the product supplement natural brush, rock, or other materials being added to the reservoir?

The areas of Lake Wilhelm that receive the most pressure from anglers are often the most heavily eroded. Over time, these shorelines have receded, leaving behind shallow areas of silted water. The combination of minimal fish cover as well as silt that can smother fish eggs and other aquatic life leads to poor habitat. The project will implement stone deflectors to not only minimize the erosion but also extend the shorelines out into the deeper water. Furthermore, downed trees / root wads will increase cover and the combination of wood and stone will provide habitat for both fish and aquatic insects. Funding through the mini grant will provide materials for approximately 50 ft. of shoreline, and it will be combined with funding from state agencies (e.g. PA Fish & Boat) to address shoreline as part of the project.
The primary method will be the placement of stone to create deflectors resistant to wind and wave action. Often framed by oversize rocks, these stone deflectors will also incorporate root wads / downed trees into their design to increase cover and overall habitat. This combination will decrease shoreline erosion, improve water quality, increase fishing access, provide cover for sport fishes, provide habitat for aquatic insects, and mitigate loss of water depth along shoreline.
This work will be in conjunction with existing habitat restoration, as outlined on Lake Wilhelm’s Habitat Management Plan.

Will state fish and wildlife agency staff be directly involved in the project? How so (planning, site selection, participation in installation)? Is there an associated lake or habitat management plan that states the need for structural habitat enhancement?

Yes, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission [PFBC] along with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources [DCNR] will both be directly involved in the project. The project will be conjunction with Lake Wilhelm's Habitat Management plan, which was developed by PFBC with cooperation through both agencies. Planning and site selection was completed through multiple onsite meetings with both staff, and both agencies will take the lead the lead on installation.

List the species that the project is expected to benefit:

Bass, perch, crappie, sunfish, and walleye

How do you plan to conduct outreach and advertise the project? (Examples: on-site signage, press releases, websites, message boards)

Bulletin boards with interpretive materials will promote the partnership and funding sources that implemented the project, while also highlighting the value of converting eroded shorelines into fishing hot spots. Our environmental educators also offer various fishing programs, so they’ll have the opportunity to highlight the stewardship / partnership aspect of the project.

Partnership and Budget
Does the project involve one or more youth groups?No
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