S. ABINGTON TWP. — Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) volunteers completed work on the deck and railings of a new accessible pier at the Griffin Reservoir in South Abington Township over the weekend of Nov. 11 and 12.
The union teamed up with Pennsylvania American Water and the American Water Charitable Foundation on the project to increase access to the reservoir.
Since August, USA volunteers from Pennsylvania American Water, UWUA Local 537, and the Scranton Building and Construction Trades volunteered more than 150 hours to clear trees and brush at the work site and begin construction of the pier by installing floor joists and ledger boards for an 18’ x 25’ accessible fishing pier.
The water company opened a number of NEPA reservoirs to the public for fishing in 2011, but none had infrastructure in place to accommodate the needs of the entire community.
The project required approximately 400 volunteer hours, with a labor value of nearly $15,000. It was funded by a grant from the American Water Charitable Foundation along with funds allocated from the USA’s United Mine Workers of America Conservation Dinner in Fairmont, W.Va.
Paving will be scheduled for the spring.