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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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Publications
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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

About SWA

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Our History and Mission

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SWA Awards and Publications

SWA Projects

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Canoe Trips and Sojourn

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Projects

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Intern Opportunities

Rivers Conservation Plan

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What is a RCP?

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About Swatara's RCP

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Get your own copy

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Read the RCP on-line

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View watershed maps

Swatara on Great Nonprofits: http://www.greatnonprofits.org/reviews/profile2/swatara-watershed-association

SWATARA WATERSHED ASSOCIATION Lebanon, PA USA

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Groundwater Guardian Team

Groundwater Guardian is a program of the Groundwater Foundation of Lincoln, Nebraska that supports, recognizes, and connects communities that are protecting their groundwater resources.  Groundwater Guardian is not a regulatory program, rather it relies upon voluntary steps developed at the community level to address local groundwater protection priorities.

Lebanon County has been designated as a Groundwater Guardian community for the past four years for activities conducted by the Lebanon County Groundwater Education Team, under the leadership of Betty Conner and the Lebanon County Conservation District.  Other members of that team include the Lebanon County Office of Penn State Cooperative Extension, the Lebanon Water Authority, the Myerstown Water Authority, the Lebanon County Planning Department, and the League of Women Voters.   Some of the activities carried out over the last four years include:   workshops on wellhead protection for community water supplies and private well owners; video conferences on drinking water protection; displays for the Lebanon Valley Agricultural Fair; water-testing clinics for private well owners and newspaper articles on water quality sponsored by Cooperative Extension; participation in a study of Small Water Systems in Lebanon County conducted by the US Army Corps of Engineers; and participation in the Susquehanna River Basin Commission's Source Water Protection Community Partnerships Project.

Groundwater is a resource that is often taken for granted.   In Lebanon County there are over 30 small community water systems that depend on groundwater, as well as thousands of private wells.  While there is generally sufficient quantity of water in this county for current uses, even in the severe drought season we experienced in 1999, the quality of the groundwater may be affected or threatened by activities on the land--especially in the limestone region, aquifers may be contaminated by pollutants from agricultural, residential, or industrial activities.  Preventing groundwater contamination is simpler and cheaper than trying to clean it up in the future.  We have an example of the cost of groundwater cleanup at the Whitmoyer site in Myerstown which is costing millions of dollars.

The Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996 mandated that source water assessments must be conducted for all public drinking water systems (the raw groundwater or surface water before treatment).  Source water protection however is voluntary and responsibility rests with the local community or water system to take steps to prevent pollutants from reaching drinking water sources.  Here is where Groundwater Guardian comes in to help communities by raising awareness about groundwater, providing information and resources, by inspiring and helping communities develop solutions, by supporting regional and national networks, and by providing recognition.   The ultimate goal is preservation of an adequate supply of clean, safe drinking water for generations to come.

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