AWRA 2010 Spring Specialty Conference
Conference Field Trips

2010 AWRA Annual Conference Field Trips:
Field trips have been cancelled

  Conference Technical Field Trips Date/Time Cost
  Working Water: DuPont’s Historic Powder Works * Cancelled Sun Oct 31
8:30am - 12:30pm
  Tour of the New Jersey Pinelands * Cancelled Sun Oct 31
8:30am - 5:00pm
  *The trip participaton is limited so please register early!.    
DuPont’s Historic Powder Works
Trip Summary
This field trip features a look at historic industry use of water power and current practices to make industry greener.

The half-day trip takes you to Hagley Museum and Library in nearby Wilmington, Delaware. Situated on 235 picturesque acres along the Brandywine River, Hagley is the site of the gunpowder works created by DuPont Company founder E. I. du Pont in 1802. Among industrial ruins and restorations including restored mills, this park-like museum depicts life in a nineteenth-century industrial community along the Brandywine.

We will tour the Powder Yards where the DuPont Company manufactured gunpowder and blasting powder at Hagley from 1802 until 1921. This outdoor walking tour explores how the dangerous process of making gunpowder developed and changed over the years. You will learn the steps involved in making the powder as well as the history of the Hagley Powder Yard. You will also visit the Machine Shop, the Roll Mill, the Birkenhead Mills, and the Steam Engine.

During our visit, we will see a recently completed restoration project of the Eleutherian Dam and mill race and learn about the challenges associated with restoration of in stream historic structures including consideration for anadramous fish migration, materials selection, flood management and permitting.


Sunday, Oct. 31, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Cost $35 (Lunch not included.)
Register by Oct. 11, 2010 Cancelled
The trip is limited to 18 participants so please register early!

8:40 Depart Hotel
9:20 Arrive at Hagley Museum and Library
9:30 Begin Tour of Hagley Musuem
11:30 Finish Hagley Tour
11:40 Depart for Hotel
12:30 Arrive at Hotel

Tour of the New Jersey Pinelands
Trip Summary
Join us to discover the wilderness and heritage of the Pinelands. Located only a short distance from Philadelphia, the New Jersey Pinelands is our country’s first National Reserve, and a U.S. Biosphere Reserve. This internationally important ecological region is 1.1 million acres in size and occupies 22% of New Jersey’s land area. It is the largest body of open space on the Mid-Atlantic seaboard between Richmond and Boston. The unique vegetation of the Pinelands is central to the region’s distinctive character. Low, dense forest of pine and oak, ribbons of cedar and hardwood swamp bordering drainage courses, pitch pine lowlands, bogs, and marshes combine to produce an expansive mosaic which is unsurpassed in the Northeast. The Pinelands also have a rich history dating to before the revolutionary war when the production of “bog iron” flourished in the area. Keeping an eye out for the Jersey Devil, staff of the Pineland Preservation Alliance will take us on a walking tour of the preservation in the heart of the New Jersey pinelands. After a picnic lunch (provided) we will stop to explore restored levees that are part of the South Jersey Levee Inventory project.
What to Bring
Rain gear (be prepared for all weather), clothes that can get dirty, hat, bug spray, and sunscreen.

Sunday, Oct. 31, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Cost $60 (Lunch will be provided. Water bottles will be provided by the AWRA New Jersey State Section.)
Register by Oct. 11, 2010 Cancelled
The trip is limited to 20 participants so please register early!

8:00 Depart Hotel
9:30 Arrive at the Pinelands for tours with PPA
12:00 Lunch with PPA
TBD Depart for Estuary Enhancement sights
TBD Return to Hotel with stops at levees
5:00 Arrive at Hotel