Not only is LeTort a highly-supported community resource, it’s also become a living classroom for kids and other local groups. Working side-by-side with proactive adults, students, scouts and local youth groups have all assisted in various projects and learned about the watershed.
Since 1974, the authority has undertaken numerous one-time and long-term projects, including stream restorations, easements, annual clean-up days, monitoring and testing, project review, adding a nature trail and regulatory designations and zoning.
In 1973, a group of far-sighted local citizens came together to discuss ways to preserve the LeTort Spring Run as a community resource. These early meetings helped identify all the positives of the run, and one year later, the LeTort Regional Authority was formed backed by numerous local governmental agencies.
The purpose of the authority is to develop recreation and flood control procedures in the LeTort Spring Run watershed, including improvements to water quality and flow as well as removal of pollutants and restoration to its natural conditions.
Over the years, restoration efforts have continued to stabilize the run’s channels. Stream banks have been planted and seeded in grass. And sections of stone retaining wall have been repaired. Volunteer groups under the auspices of the authority did most of this work.