NOTE: Recent testing has found elevated levels of fecal coliform bacteria in Fry's Run, similar to results in past years. Swimming in water with high levels of these bacteria increases the chance of symptoms such as fever, stomach ache, nausea and ear ache. We recommend you wash thoroughly with soap, after contact with Fry's Run water. END NOTE
Fry’s Run is a tributary to the Delaware River located in the
southern half of Williams Township in Northampton
The Fry’s Run watershed is a scenic, limestone
valley surrounded and defined by ridges and
characterized by a gently rolling landscape.
The watershed basin has a drainage area of 6.1
square miles and contains 16.3 stream miles.
There are no major population centers in the
watershed; it is mostly agricultural land and
low-density residential development.
The current Chapter 93 designation of Fry’s Run is a High
Quality-Cold Water Fishery and a Migratory Fishery.
This designation requires that permitted
discharges to the stream meet water quality criteria
designed to protect a high quality-cold water aquatic
Run is also listed on the 2006 Class A Wild Trout Waters
list issued by the PA Fish and Boat Commission from
“spring 1530 m upstream of the Delaware River to the
The overall water quality of the stream is very good to excellent.
However, water quality concerns include lack of
forested riparian buffer along the stream, high coliform
bacteria counts detected in previous water quality
investigations, and damage due to flooding.
Based on the findings in this report, the Fry’s Run Watershed
Association will implement the following next steps to
protect the watershed:
Develop and implement an environmental education and outreach
program that will focus on supporting the proposed
Perform macroinvertebrate assessment, additional coliform
monitoring, and continue water quality monitoring to
further determine the health of Fry’s Run and assess
further protective measures that may be needed.
Support land preservation efforts that protect water resources and
preserve ad enhance sense of place.
Pursue creative and innovative ways to encourage landowners to
protect and restore/establish protective forested
There are federal funding sources available
through the USDA’s Natural Resource and Conservation
Service for stream-bank fencing and restoration that may
be used to compensate farmers for widening buffers.
The Fry’s Run Watershed Association will
cooperate with the USDA’s Natural Resource and
Conservation Service to work with the local farming
Support existing municipal ordinances that are protective of water
quality such as the new stormwater ordinance recently
adopted by the township.
Review the model floodplain and riparian buffer
(currently in progress) ordinance put together by LVPC.
Pursue funding to implement the proposed recommendations.
Funding sources that will be considered include
the Pennsylvania Growing Greener Program through PADEP
or PADCNR, private foundations, and cooperating