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A massive rain storm blew out our historic dam. We need your dam donations!
Liz McClearn
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Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
United States
2 Team Members

Dam Disaster

The Newlin Grist Mill is a nonprofit organization with a dam problem. 

The dam supplies water to power the historic mill. The water provides the mechanical energy to turn the wheel, which powers the gears to operate the mill.  

The diverted water also fills the fish and frog ponds. The dam was constructed over 300 years ago, and has become an integral part of the ecosystem.

On April 30th, 2014,  heavy rains washed away a 15-foot section of the dam. 

Without the dam, much of the site is not operational. 

We have taken precautions to maintain as much of the dam as possible as we gather the permits and funds to fully restore the dam.  To date, volunteers have helped fill and place nearly 20 tons of sand in 1,500 sandbags to make a temporary dam. 

Dam Needs & Dam Donations

The state of Pennsylvania issued an emergency repair permit that expires in six weeks. The dam project must be completed by then. 

The dam will cost $35,000 to reconstruct. 

The organization has $25,000 in an emergency fund that will be used towards the dam restoration. 

We need to raise at least $10,000 in dam donations. 

All dam donations will go directly to dam repairs. Your dam donation will help defray the cost of this unexpected dam emergency. 

Each dam donor level comes with unique perks, like music festival tickets, t-shirts, and an invitation to a private concert.  (Perks can be declined so your entire donation will go to the dam restoration.)

The Dam Impact

Over 40,000 people visit Newlin Grist Mill each year for unique experiences encountering both history and nature.  Historically, there were over 14,000 water powered mills by 1840 in America.  Today less than 500 are still operational and open to the public.  The Newlin Grist Mill has one of the earliest water systems that remains unchanged, making it a significant feature on the landscape.  When the dam washed away, an entire 300 year old ecosystem also washed away overnight.

Today, thousands of children visit on field trips. Generations have caught their first fish in our fishing ponds. Wedding photos are regularly taken by our waterfalls.  Summer camp campers often catch frogs in our frog pond. Hikers, dog walkers, and birders all use our trails. Without the dam....none of this is possible. 

Other Ways You Can Give a Dam

  • Use the share tools to spread the word. 
  • Encourage your network to donate.
  • Be a dam volunteer.
  • Follow the dam reconstruction process on the Dam Blog at www.newlingristmill.org
  • Attend the Rock the Mill Music Festival on June 14th, 2014. Proceeds from the fundraiser go towards preservation needs on the site. www.rockthemill.org

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raised by 108 people in 1 month
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$10,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on June 28, 2014
Select a Perk
  • $25USD
    Dam Giver

    Dam Friend perks, plus a shout out on Facebook and the Dam Blog.

    12 claimed
  • $50USD
    Dam Backer

    Dam Giver perks, plus an assortment of Newlin Grist Mill postcards, and your name on a permanent plaque of dam sponsors.

    16 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $100USD
    Dam Donor

    Dam Backer perks, plus an "I'm a dam donor" t-shirt

    33 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $250USD
    Dam Patron

    Dam Donor perks, plus a one-year family membership to Newlin Grist Mill

    5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $500USD
    Dam Conservator

    Dam Patron perks, plus eight tickets to the Rock the Mill Music Festival on June 14, 2014. (When donated before the festival date. Contact us for perk details after the concert date.)

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Dam Savior

    Dam Conservator perks, plus an invitation for four people to a private event at the Newlin Grist Mill with live music and flatbreads made in our bake oven.

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
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