If you happen to be at Saturday’s Susquehanna River Day at Riverside Park and notice a new jetty sticking out into the river just east of the Route 29 bridge, don’t be alarmed.
It is the final phase of the NE Marcellus Aqua Midstream water project, that is attempting to pump water out of the Susquehanna River and take it seven miles away to a water impoundment area north of Davan’s in Lemon Township.
The plan has been approved by the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, and representatives of NE Marcellus Aqua and its engineering firm met with some borough representatives Friday to explain what was going on.
Tunkhannock Borough Councilman Ben Barziloski said Monday that water would be taken out of the river and transported in 12-inch piping to the old Huey Trucking property a quarter mile east and then pumped north on lines already in the ground along McCord and Harrison streets to Rt. 29 and then north about 7 more miles.
Barziloski said he is unclear about how many pumps are to be installed to keep water flowing and about a timetable for the present phase of work to be completed.
He was not alarmed by the jetty which is formed by some fill brought in as well as huge nylon cargo bags of sand creating an outer perimeter bumping up to the river.
He said representatives of the borough were possibly more concerned about when the streets - that have been torn up to make way for the pipeline - will be restored to their pre-construction state.
Mayor Stacy Huber agreed on Tuesday morning that there were a number of residents not happy about the way streets were torn up over the past six months, but he had to take at face value the SRBC permitting of water withdrawl from the Susquehanna.
He said at Friday’s meeting members of Tunkhannock’s Municipal Authority were present and raised questions about making sure the ‘new’ water line was properly sited and didn’t interfere with its network of piping.
He said he believed the TMA was furnished a new set of plans later in the day.
Municipal Authority Manager Roger Hadsall confirmed Tuesday that he had signed off on the matter.
An issue raised at the July 1 borough council meeting regarding whether Triton Hose Company had signed off on documents with NE Marcellus remains unresolved, Mayor Huber said.
Triton was to add fire hydrants as part of the NE Marcellus movement of water through the borough, and Huber said Triton’s attorneys were still reviewing the paperwork.