Archived News Articles

River Road Trail Construction Begins April 3

Work begins on April 3 to build the connecting trail between Canal Park and the Route 202 Cross County Trail. The 0.3 mile off-road path along River Road will provide a 10-foot-wide, shared-use trail for pedestrians and bicyclists, separated from traffic by grass buffers.

This project is the most structurally-intensive of the Township's long-term plans to create a connected system of trails that is safe and respectful of the environment and our history. This new section makes several safety improvements along River Road, including a dedicated left turn lane at the Route 202 intersection, curb ramps and crosswalks, and extensive signage. Work is expected to be completed by September 2017.

The Township has worked closely with federal, state and county officials to secure permits and funding for the project, including a $1.7 million grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, federal matching funds and private developer fees.

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Blasting Alert

New Hope Crushed Stone has informed Solebury Township that blasting at the quarry site on Phillips Mill Road will occur Friday, March 31, between 9 a.m. and noon.

All questions related to these activities should be directed to New Hope Crushed Stone at 215-862-5288.

Earth Day Cleanup April 22

Help celebrate Earth Day by volunteering at the Aquetong Watershed Association spring roadside cleanup!

  • Where: Bucks County Audobon Society visitor center, 2877 Creamery Road, New Hope, PA 18938
  • When: Saturday, April 22 at 9:00 AM, (rain date: Sunday, April 23)
  • Contact: Brian Keyes, e-mail: brian@briankeyes.com, cellphone: (215) 518-5004

Volunteers should arrive and check in at their registered location from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., where they will receive their road assignments and gather trash bags, gloves and safety vests provided by PennDOT and Solebury Township.

Click here to register with the watershed association to volunteer!

We hope you will help us keep Solebury Township beautiful by contributing two hours of your time on the roadside cleanup day. By working together, we will make a big difference.

If you wish to learn more visit the watershed association's website at www.aquetongwatershed.org or contact them at info@aquetongwatershed.org.

PennEast Pipeline Update

Residents have contacted the township and individual supervisors regarding an alternative route that potentially could bring the Penn East natural gas pipeline through the township. We are aware of the situation and are monitoring it.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), has oversite of intrastate natural gas pipelines. They are reviewing PennEast’s proposal. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP), which has authority to issue certain permits associated with the proposal, has already issued a Water Quality Certification associated with the project.

The original proposal that PennEast submitted to both FERC and PADEP was for a path that did not cross through Solebury Township. As part of the review process, PennEast was advised to submit what is known as an “alternatives analysis.” An alternatives analysis is an exercise in which a project sponsor compares their proposal to other possible locations as a way to demonstrate that their proposed location will have the least environmental impact. It was during this alternative analysis that PennEast produced a map showing a potential route through more portions of Bucks County — including Central Bucks — than reflected in their proposed route. PennEast was not proposing the Central Bucks route, but was showing this as an undesirable one that would have greater environmental impact. FERC has not expressed any preference for the alternative Bucks County route. When PADEP issued its Water Quality Certification it specifically identified the municipalities that the PennEast Pipeline would cross through, and it listed only Durham and Riegelsville in Bucks County.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation. Township officials will continue to take every available opportunity to protect the public health and environment that we all cherish and on which we all depend. When additional information becomes available, it will be posted on the web site.

EAC Meeting Canceled

The Solebury Township Environmental Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday night, March 14, has been canceled due to the snowstorm. The next meeting will be April 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Aquetong Creek Restoration Plan

On March 7, 2017, at a Board of Supervisors Work Session, Stephen J. Souza, Ph.D., of PrincetonHydro.com, presented the Aquetong Creek Restoration Plan.  The presentation can be view by clicking here.

Stormwater Runoff Tips

A few good habits in gardening and lawn care can be a tremendous help to protecting our ground water resources. From reducing the impact of local area flooding to maintaining the quality of our drinking water, stormwater management is an important part of sustaining the Solebury ecology.

Here's a recent article from Townships Today that summarizes many of the key points to reducing stormwater runoff and protecting the quality of our waterways and ground water. Additional resources can be found here, on the Township's website.