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 Planning a Swatara Outing? Tips:

bullet Updated Map  Swatara Water Trail map front 3.15MB 10.14.2017.pdf 
bullet Swatara Water Trail map and guide 7MB 10.12.2017.pdf
bullet Public     access points about every 7 miles.
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For comparison, when the Harpers gauge at our launch @ 1929 Blacks Bridge Road, Annville reads the following heights:
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5.5’, the Road to site #1 is almost covered, not             accessible and partly flooded;  

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7’ our ramp is covered to the top gravel border; 

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9’ the swell puts water onto sites 1-4 & site 8; and

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10.56', only sites 26-35 do not flood. 

Depth  USGS Guages  National Weather Service provides forecasts for Harper's and Hershey gauges. Check the gauge nearest your start point.  Beginners should reschedule at 2.2' deep.  Reschedule if experienced, but water is rising between 3.5' & 4', or below .4'.  Kayaks may float a bit lower.  Memorial Lake is an option when the Swatara is too high or too low. 

bulletUse caution at dams:  With groups, avoid low-head dam in Jonestown.  Uneven portage on left bank, which disappears  into tree line in high water.  Hershey dam portage is also on the left.  Long, but flat, mowed route.  Take out at feeder stream on left before warning sign.
bulletU-Tow Canoes Available  http://www.mbcomp.com/swatara/redirect/watertrail/canoe_rent.htm
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Canoe Use agreement: CANOE USE CONTRACT.pdf

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Seasonal Primitive Camping Camp/2017 Campsite Agreement.pdf  Fishing, hiking, picnicking 

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Visit the Bordner Cabin in Swatara State Park:  Bordner Cabin Drive thru Swatara State Park 9AM-3PM the 2nd Fri & Sat monthly & 4th Fri & Sat Mar, Apr, Sep & Oct.

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Most recent Newsletter:  2017 Swatara News .pub.pdf

 
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Envisioning an Environmental Legacy for the Swatara EELS, the Book in pdf file

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Mills and Bank Barns Mills and Bank Barns Book.pdf\

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 Minutes/Statement of Importance of the Swatara Creek.pdf

About the Swatara Watershed

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Watershed Description

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Virtual Driving Tour

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Maps of the Watershed

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Swatara State Park (position papers: Bordner Cabin and Old State Road

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Watershed Links (more than 200 links to Recreational opportunities, Schools, local government, and MORE!)

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Tourist Destinations (New Feature)

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Contact Information/Press Room

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Flooding

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SWATARA WATERSHED ASSOCIATION Lebanon, PA USA

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

December 2003

Give the Gift of Water

Giving the gift of water at the holiday season is something SCWA has recommended for several years, but this year is a great opportunity to save a few bucks too. Since our inception, our dues have been $10 yearly and $100 lifetime. By getting your dues or gift in before December 31, you will save 100%--a bargain in anyone’s book, right? We hope you understand that with the increased cost of expenses, effective January 1, 2004, dues will double to $20 yearly and $200 lifetime. But it’s not too late to submit your tax deductible membership today. Of course, we won’t object if you choose to add a little jingle to that amount.

Sweet Arrow Lake

SCWA received a Study Initiation Notice from the US Army Corps of Engineers on the Sweet Arrow Lake Restoration Project, Schuylkill County PA. Comments can be sent to US Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, ATTN: CENAB-PL-P (Grundy), PO Box 1715, Baltimore MD 21203-1715.  Sweet Arrow Lake was recently dedicated in honor of deceased Schuylkill County Commissioner Stanley Tobash who was instrumental in moving this project forward. Further, the Army Corps of Engineers presented three alternatives for handling siltation in Sweet Arrow Lake, none of which are appealing to local residents. Although there are plenty of abandoned mines that could use the 500,000 cubic yards of fill, the problem is the cost to haul the silt. The Lake might be drawn down during the desiltation process as well as for installation of a fifty foot fishing peer sponsored by Bassmasters.

Union Township Act 537 Plan

A Union Township Hearing on the NL Authority Sewage Treatment Plant passed to expand the treatment plant from 100,000 to 300,000 gallons per day. In addition, a Union Township Supervisors meeting to address Act 537 on- lot sewage pumping regulations took place on November 12 at Trinity United Methodist Church, Lickdale. With the unseasonably high water table, there were questions about a possible false positive on contamination of tested wells; whether the fecal matter was animal or human waste.... At the hearing, a map of contaminated wells was displayed, and supervisors listened until everyone was done talking. Then, officials moved to postpone a vote on the current proposal. The list of requests including reducing the $1000 per day fine to $300 per occurrence and language stating an SEO (sewage enforcement officer) could enter your property will be revised to allow state licensed haulers to determine compliance. Both the Supervisors and citizens group are to be commended for their active participation and willingness to listen to each other. It was a marvelous example of how good government works.

EELS

19 November 2003 Oral History Training

When asked, "what do you hope to achieve by doing oral histories?" respondents replied:

Community sharing; Capture history of the area, which will validate the importance of the area to the state to PA and USA ; work as a region/ watershed, not just as a county; work in cooperation with historical societies; collect first-hand knowledge/accounts of history; capture in-depth values/ideas from the area; incorporate the collected material into school curriculum; and encourage the use of oral history by school children who might continue the project into the future

Envisioning an Environmental Legacy for the Swatara participants Mary Louise Sherk, John Worrilow, and Karen Light receive instructions from Paula Worden of Canaan Valley Institute, who provided both the training and digital tape recorders for SCWA to use.

After Cindy Phillips, also of CVI, guided us through the handbook that she put together, Tom Inskeep, a videographer who has worked on the set of the West Wing, offered tips for shooting our videography. Then, we broke out into three groups where we did practice interviews with John Worrilow, Ed Teahl, and Heidi Neiswender. The tapes were so good, we will use some of the interviews in the EELS project. If you get a call to be interviewed, please don’t be shy. If you’d like to help interview people, please give Jo Ellen a call. Don’t hesitate. We will rap up taping by January 19. Then comes all of the writing and editing to create a book, CD/DVD, post card…. Maybe you’d rather help with this end of the project. Please do let us know.
 

2004 Meetings
Meetings will take place at 9:30AM at the Swatara Creek Watershed office, 2501 Cumberland St.., Suite 4, Lebanon PA. Directions—Route 422 west, of the City of Lebanon, on the corner of 25th and Cumberland Streets—one block west of the Boscov’s Lebanon Valley Mall. All are welcome. Potential speakers, please contact Vice President Tom Embich (717)533-2047. Educational presentations should be 20 minutes with 10 minutes of question and answer.
January 28
February 25
March 31
April 28
May 1-2—Sojourn Canoe and Litter CleanUp
May 26
June 30
July 28 – Water Works CleanUp
August 25
September 29
October 27
November 24
December 29
PS. There will be no meeting December 2003.

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