Reading in Berks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Wyomissing Creek Restoration Project
During the construction of the Reading Public Museum in 1927, an aesthetic reflecting pool was created. This pool required the installation of a dam that would capture water to create a pond, later called Mirror Lake.
As the years passed, the creek was straightened and a second dam was added. The development of the surrounding area increased resulting in rapid runoff of surface water and a buildup of sediment at the dams. Solving the problem required very expensive dredging every five years.
In 2002, the Reading Public Museum developed a strategic plan for the Museum, Arboretum and Wyomissing Creek. Numerous environmental agencies were consulted and all agreed that the creek should be returned to a natural state. Restoring Wyomissing Creek would improve water quality, reduce sedimentation, allow for unrestricted fish passage and encourage a variety of native plants and animals to return to the area.
Erected by The Reading Public Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment Parks & Recreational Areas • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 40° 19.655′ N, 75° 57.026′ W. Marker is in Reading, Pennsylvania, in Berks County. Marker can be reached from Museum Road 0.1 miles south of Parkside Drive North, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 Museum Rd, Reading PA 19611, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Breast Cancer Support Services (within shouting distance of this marker); Who Lived Here Thousands of Years Ago? (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Arboretum at the Reading Public Museum (about 600 feet away); Reading Public Museum Wetland (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Old West Reading Hotel (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute (approx. 0.7 miles away); 1932 (approx. 0.7 miles away); 1941 (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reading.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 29, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 29 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 29, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.