The Cherry Creek Subwatershed
Drainage Area: 30.5 square miles
Brodhead Watershed, Monroe County, PA
Municipalities in the Watershed
Delaware Water Gap Borough
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The Cherry Creek watershed includes Mountain Run and a number of unnamed tributaries that drain north from the Kittatinny Ridge and south from Godfrey's Ridge to Cherry Creek in the valley floor. The watershed covers 30.5 square miles.
Cherry Creek is a second order valley stream that originates above Twin Ponds just east of Route 33 and south of Saylorsburg. The flow is substantially increased by large springs located a short distance downstream from the pond outflow and above the Cherry Valley Trout Hatchery. The creek meanders for approximately 15 miles through the narrow, steep-sided Cherry Valley, eventually emptying into the Delaware River at Delaware Water Gap. The elevation change from source to mouth is only about 370 feet.
Cherry Creek is classified as a High Quality Coldwater Fishery according to the PA Department of Environmental Protection. The creek supports a total of 15 fish species including reproducing brown, brook and rainbow trout populations along its entire length, with numbers decreasing from source to mouth. This is likely due to a decline in habitat quality, perhaps because of warmer water temperatures, and to the lack of pools, the scarcity of boulders and cobbles and some sand-gravel deposits that cause low velocity flats.
The Pennsylvania American Water Company is the largest landholder with 3370 acres near the creek source which has 4 springs used as a backup water supply to nearby communities. Laird Industries near the eastern terminus of the creek is the single point source discharger. Two city wells serve about 300 Delaware Water Gap residents while most of the valley population depends on private wells and septic systems. A winery, apiary, several restaurants, two golf courses, individual homes and small developments and number of active farms are the primary commercial operations in the watershed.
The Cherry Valley substrate is primarily gravel, sand and silt with scattered cobble and boulders located in higher gradient riffle areas where scouring occurs. The underlying geology is a complex of limestone, shale and siltstone overlain with unconsolidated glacial deposits of silt, sand and gravel in the valley. Because of the limestone formations, Cherry Creek has a much higher pH, alkalinity and total dissolved solids than is found in most Pocono area streams, which generally are acidic with a low mineral content.
Riparian vegetation is well established and stable, varying between trees that provide a thick canopy on the upper and lower stream to woody bushes that create heavy bankside overhang, especially in the mid-valley area.
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Cherry Valley is Now a National Wildlife Refuge!