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Quittapahilla Creek

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Quittapahilla Creek

         Quittapahilla Creek is a 16.8-mile-long tributary of Swatara Creek in south-central Pennsylvania in the United States. The original Algonquian name for this waterway is Cuewe-Pehelle, which in English translates to "a stream that flows from the ground among the pines." Quittapahilla Creek rises in eastern Lebanon County, flows west-southwest and joins Swatara Creek northwest of Palmyra. From the late 18th century to the mid 19th century, the creek was used as part of the route of the Union Canal, which connected the headwaters of the creek with Tulpehocken Creek, a tributary of the Schuylkill River. By the late 20th century the creek had become polluted from steel mill waste. The decline of industry in the region as well as government effort, have led to an improvement in the quality of the water.