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November 3, 2010

In attendance Bob Arnold, Dick & June Blouch, Denise Donmoyer, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, John Worrilow

Businessnominations for River of the Year are extended to November 5th http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YJFCWR8 .  SWA will apply.

Bordner Cabin:  Damage to pole in loft repaired.

As of this date, Swatara Watershed Association is awaiting approval from Labor and Industry for permanent improvements to the Bordner Cabin. 

Conservancy Dick Blouch—A survey of the Supreme property by King’s Plantation must be completed.  The HUP test is being evaluated for taxes.

Donations and Bequests & Financial Received the Exel Hershey EDC III $185.00 match.

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 Interns and Eagle Scouts are always welcome!  Projects highlighted at http://swatara.ning.com/forum/topics/eagle-scout-project-highlights The northern bridges need “signed;” picnic tables needed for Swatara Watershed Park;….

Northern Swatara Watershed and Sweet Arrow Lake Report:  Denise Donmoyer

Quittie Creek and Park ReportAnn Lasky said the Pumpkin Walk was extremely successful.  Lebanon Valley College students had 13 stands, and did a great job with organizing the event.

Sojourn:   Mark your calendars for May 7 & 8, 2010

Swatara State ParkBids are available for view at  http://www.dgsweb.state.pa.us/imaginepa/construction/Default.aspx

Swatara Watershed Park (1929BBR) 1929 Black’s Bridge Road. 

16 Seasonal Primitive Campers.

Ø      Park Manager Denise Donmoyer report.

Ø       Black’s Bridge  Per Louis Joseph Pirozzi, P.E., Civil Engineer I, for Michael  Baker Jr., Contractor (J. D. Eckman) cast a sample architectural panel. 

Ø       Soccer fields considered for  CPYSC soccer club based in the Campbelltown/Palmyra area.  However, SWA doesn’t believe the golf course would accommodate 5-10 soccer fields. 

Ø       Per a Blouch/Arnold motion, Fire Arms may not be discharged in the Park.

Ø       Van tune-up was completed.  Ask VoTech if they would look at the sliding door.

Ø       Halloween use was not granted to conduct a haunted trail.

Ø      S&S Wildlife Control per Rick Shadel will use the launch 20th of November thru most of December, and made a $400 contribution to the SWA. He will provide insurance.

Ø      Project list: 

o        Raise funds to pay off the property.  June and Dick will organize a Hoss’ night.

o        Red Horse boat launch.  Waiting on letter to proceed.  A new Launch is required by Fish & Boat who will have to approve the final the design.  A combination of retaining what we have--a dock--and a matted ramp is requested.

o        Gate & Security Camera Grant(s):  Looking for $16,000 funding.  Ann will price the metal bar used at the Quittie Park to see if it is less expensive.

o        Pavilion Roof:  Lifetime guarantee, but the manufacturer went out of business.

o        Picnic Tables:  2 completed by Ron Turner.  Charles Cravotta may be sending an additional donation.

o        Paint porch sign over the winter.

o        Offer winter storage for campers on parking lot.

Water Trail:  Fish and Boat is creating regional maps.

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Next Meeting:  December 1, 9:30AM will be at Swatara Watershed Park on Black’s Bridge Road.  Camping in the Park is closed for the season.  Primitive Campers are welcome to inquire about accommodations for the 2011 season.

September 29.2010

In Attendance:  Bob Arnold, Dick Blouch, Denise Donmoyer, Jo Ellen Litz, Jack Stouffer, and John Worrilow.

Marta Trainer was the September Border Cabin Steward.  Members discussed a recent article in the Lebanon Daily News that suggested moving the Bordner Cabin.  SWA feels that the Cabin is perfectly placed by Aycrigg’s Falls in Swatara State Park.  It’s our Falling Water.  We acknowledge that there are some people who believe that the Falls would be pristine without the Cabin, but that will never happen with Route 81 running across the top of the Falls.

A New Jersey Base is closing.  As a result, Fort Indiantown Gap is expanding. 

SWA received a call about land being purchased along the Swatara.

Blouch reviewed six acres of land at Supreme that could become part of the northern extension of the Rail Trail.  He also shared information on MCI, the Middle Creek Initiative, to acquire farm easements.

The Swatara Watershed Park mortgage is $40,000.  $16,000 is needed for security cameras and an automatic gate.  A price to complete the boat launch was not available.

Because of low water, Donmoyer reported $112 in donations for canoes in September.  August was also a low water month.  A set of paddles was not returned, and Denise will collect $35 for replacement.  A work party will be scheduled.  Turner will build two picnic tables as part of his intern projects.  The cell phone was discontinued.  The water was tested. 

October 30 is the Watershed Forum at Acorn Farms.

SWA commented on the Inwood Bridge.  After a fire call at the Youth for Christ Cabin and an accident on Old State Road at the end of the drive at the Bordner Cabin, emergency response crews had a difficult time responding.  Therefore, even though the historic iron Inwood Bridge is desirable to be rebuilt, SWA voted to replace the bridge in order to accommodate emergency vehicles.  It is hoped that the Inwood Bridge can be repaired and moved upstream as a pedestrian bridge in Swatara State Park.

Donmoyer reported on diversion wells, wetlands, and sediment being addressed by the Northern Swatara Watershed Association.

Lasky announced a Pumpkin Walk would take place in October.  Also, Kyle Smith offered 12 acres for sale for $100,000.  At a cost of $500,000, Rocky Powell will take out historic sites like mills, dams, spillways, and gates on the Quittapahilla Creek.

On a Blouch/Stouffer motion, a letter of support will be sent to Jonestown Borough for their Park.

There being no further business, the motion was adjourned.

 August 26, 2010, 6:30 PM at Annville Township Office

Welcome & Introductions (Attendees):    Richard & June Blouch, Chuck Cravotta, Tom Embich, Ann Lasky

Embich presiding, meeting convened at 6:30 PM

Approve Secretary & Treasurer reports  No reports this meeting.

Business:

·         Bordner Cabin:  August stewards reported no damage.  No listing of September Stewards.

·         Chesapeake Bay:             No meeting with Ms. Eisenbise occurred. Verify with Pres. Litz regarding a follow-up meeting.

·         Conservancy:  R. Blouch reported on action regarding donation of right of way to the Conservancy for Rails-to-trails from the Swatara south of Jonestown at the old iron railroad bridge crossing through the Kings Plantation by the Homeowners association. In addition, Supreme Co. (north of Main St., Jonestown, is likely to donate the right-of-way along their property to Route 22.

·         Donations, Bequests & Financial:         Chuck Cravotta promised a donation for picnic tables (possibly 3) at Swatara Watershed Park with construction of the tables by the Strausstown Scout troop as a project.  Coordination will be arranged between Mr. Cravotta and Denise Donmoyer. 

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PA Fish & Boat/ Tom Embich:  Per Pres. Litz, Tom Donmoyer, East Hanover Twp (Lebanon Co.) expressed a desire to have another boat launch to the Swatara.  Details of the possible location are to be determined.

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Fort Indiantown Gap:  Comments were made regarding easements around the gap for their buffer area also being discussed with the Lebanon Valley Conservancy.  No other details were available.

·         Quittapahilla Creek & Park/ Ann Lasky: Ann reported on the “pumpkin walk” event for this year. She also commented on contact with Dee Cook, IU 13 with suggested projects in the Quittie Park area, such as: water testing, macro-invertebrate surveys, and tree planting.

·         Sojourn/ Jo Ellen Litz: No immediate report, but post the regular meeting Pres. Litz reported a $720 reimbursement check arrived from POWR for the Sojourn expenses.

·         Swatara Watershed Park; Blacksbridge Road:  Previously, Denise reported on a continued need for more picnic tables (16 still needed). Suggestions for the IU 13 project proposals/ Dee Cook included grounds clean-up support. The Board added that the picnic table project would meet several of d. Cook’s requirements for a learning experience.  T. Embich will follow-up with Ms. Cook to determine the status of project needs for the near future.

--    August deposits for canoe use per Denise = $676; year to date= $ 5461.75
--    Three parties interested in the Boathouse Road Park option due to low water, but no specifics on if there were any takers.

C. Cravotta commented on the USGS links to the Harpers Tavern and Hershey water gages.  Previous comments from Denise indicated that she has tied the Harpers Tavern gage elevations to levels on the dock at the SWP launch ramp.

·         Watershed Specialist/Conservation Districts: Notice was made of the planned “Lebanon-Lancaster” Watershed Conference for Oct. 30th. Details need to be checked with the LCCD.

·         Water Trail: Discussion about the need for designated portages around the dams on the Swatara ensued.  Comments after the last Sojourn indicated that the PA Water Company was planning to provide a maintained portage route around the Hershey dam.  T. Embich will check into what is being done around the Lebanon Water Authority Dam near Jonestown.  All agreed that an inclusion regarding portage areas should be included in the newest version of the Water Trail map (to be completed in the future).

NEXT MEETING:  SEPTEMBER 29, GUILFORD STREET @ 0930.

ADJOURN:
                       Time:  7:40 PM

July 28, 2010

In attendance Bob Arnold, Denise Donmoyer, Tom Embich, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, John Worrilow.

Business

Bordner Cabin:  July stewards Elaine & Ed Ludwig and Mike Willeman.

As of this date, Swatara Watershed Association is awaiting approval from Labor and Industry for permanent improvements to the Bordner Cabin.  These improvements are required to meet current L&I standards, which will allow the NO TRESPASSING signs to come down.  Funds and donated labor are needed to complete repairs.  Additional temporary repairs were completed per Swatara State Park Ranger instructions. 

Center for Land and WaterJack Stouffer

Donations and Bequests & Financial

We have been raising funds for both the Bordner Cabin repairs and the $65,000 Swatara Watershed Park debt. 

Jonestown Bank will provide a loan with no closing costs at 5.25% interest for 10 years.  Utilizing camping income, monthly payments would be doable. A Worrilow/Embich  motion passed unanimous to pay $25,000 on the $65,000 balance due to Jonestown Bank on the Swatara Watershed Park, 1929 Black’s Bridge Road, and to set up a loan for the $40,000 balance according to the terms outlined above.

Other Recent activity:  From a sandwich sale, Exel Hershey EDC III Site is remitting $185.00 to our organization. We understand that because the Exel Hershey EDC III Site has participated in fundraising activities for our organization that we may qualify for a matching grant from Exel, Inc.

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 Interns and Eagle Scouts are always welcomeHACC Intern Ron Turner is working through a list of approved projects toward 300 hours in the field, which is required for his degree.

Completed projects highlighted at http://swatara.ning.com/forum/topics/eagle-scout-project-highlights The northern bridges need “signed;” picnic tables needed for Swatara Watershed Park;….

Inwood Bridge:  Comments submitted to PennDOT for a Feasibility Analysis in support of Alternative #4:  REMOVE THE EXISTING BRIDGE AND BUILD A NEW BRIDGE ON EXISTING ALIGNMENT

    This alternative considers the complete removal of the existing bridge and replacement with a

new bridge. The new bridge could be a single span or two span arrangement, but a single span

is desirable to eliminate work in the stream and the potential for maintenance (debris collection

and scour) problems at the pier.

    Bicycle and pedestrian lanes could be added to the bridge, but DCNR has indicated that the

bridge need not serve that usage since there is already a bicycle/pedestrian bridge nearby

upstream (Waterville Bridge – Appalachian Trail Crossing). The concrete deck would provide

a slip resistance/maintenance free surface for all users. The south approach to the bridge would

be raised to meet S.R. 0072. The approach roadway would provide adequate sight distances

both vertically and horizontally. The Swatara Rail Trail would be raised to meet the new T-575

profile and the trail crossing would be aligned to cross closer to the S.R. 0072 intersection.

The new bridge should expect to have a 100 year life.

July 22, 2010

Tucker Ferguson, District Executive

PA Department of Transportation

Dear Sir:

The Swatara Watershed appreciates the information provided and your consideration to ask for our input on the Inwood Bridge.

Since we hold a lease to, monitor, and maintain the Bordner Cabin, we utilize Old State Road on a regular basis.  Because Route 72 is a well-maintained road, prior to its closure, the Inwood Bridge was our bridge of choice to minimize travel on Old State Road.  Evidenced by our interest in the 71-year old rustic architecture Bordner Cabin, we also have an interest in the history and architecture of the area, which is why we love the old iron bridge.   We were devastated when the County had to close the Bridge.  I’m also a County Commissioner, and understand the structural safety issues caused by rust. 

Further, we are aware that:

  1. Emergency vehicles cannot cross the iron bridge, and two calls in the past week hindered service to a fire at Youth for Christ and retrieval of a car over the bank at the Bordner Cabin;
  2. Monroe Valley Road Bridge floods, trapping residents on Old State Road;
  3. A second bridge would require archaeological studies; and
  4. The recession has impacted budgets at the local, state, and federal level.

Therefore, while it pains us to abandon the historic iron bridge, common sense tells us we need to move ahead with a bridge for public safety as soon as possible.  Therefore, we choose option #4.  The price tag makes this option the most prudent and feasible.

Northern Swatara Watershed and Sweet Arrow Lake Report:  Denise Donmoyer

Scott Weidensal, naturalist, presented a program at Sweet Arrow Lake; and information was requested on builders available to construct a pavilion.  The Sweet Arrow Lake Association meets tonight.

Sojourn:  Final report submitted to POWR.  Awaiting payment.

Swatara Watershed Park (1929BBR) 1929 Black’s Bridge Road.  On an Embich/Lasky motion, members agreed to ask Attorney Henry to request a donation of the adjoining tract with a 10-year $1 annual lease with MAC containing a Union Canal lock/towpath.  Motion passed unanimously.

Ø      16 Seasonal Primitive Campers, 2 looking.

Ø      Litz reported on an emergency electrical repair of an underground wire to the pump houseA backhoe was needed.  For future reference, a diagram of electricity and waterlines has been completed, and on an Arnold/Lasky motion, up to $1300 in repairs were authorized.

Ø      Park Manager Denise Donmoyer reports:  The water is low, but Boat House Road Park is offered as an alternative launch site.  Denise said the van is taking about one tank of gasoline per month, and she is in need of a refill on the gas card.  Board members will be given a key to the office in order to start paperwork for canoe requests on weekends when no pre-registrations are made.  Denise can respond within 30 minutes if she is not on site. 

Ø      Project list:

o        Raise funds to pay off the property.

o        Red Horse boat launch.  Waiting on letter to proceed.  A new Launch is required by Fish & Boat who will have to approve the final design.  A combination of retaining what we have--a dock--and a matted ramp is requested.

o        Gate & Security Camera Grant(s):  Looking for $16,000 funding. 

o        Launch:  Bill Peters repaired a railing on the launch.

o        Pavilion Roof:  Intern Ron Turner is contacting the company for replacement materials.

o        Picnic Tables:  Embich/Arnold motion approved unanimously for construction of two tables.

o        Pick up sticks

o        Mow grass

o        Post signs throughout community to advertise services

o        Paint porch sign

Ø      East Hanover Township: Status of letter of support request?

Ø      Follow-up with Fish and Boat:  Payment Received.  :)

Water Trail:  In need of funding for additional maps.  

Other

Ø      John Worrilow suggested that SWA send out a Water Conservation News Release.

Ø      SWA had a display during Non-Profit Night at the Lebanon Area Fair.

Ø      Due to their retirement as directors of Conservation Districts in Dauphin and Schuylkill Counties, on a Lasky/Embich motion, the names of John Orr and Craig Morgan were removed from SWA’s Board.  New directors from their boards were requested.

Next Meeting:  Wednesday, 8/25 9:30AM.

News Release:

It’s that time of year when water tables tend to get low. 

In Lebanon County, the vast majority of people receive water from the Lebanon Water Authority, but some of our friends in Annville and Palmyra are hooked onto the American Water Company supply.  Quite frankly, it doesn’t matter if you have your own well or rely upon a public water supply.  The Swatara Watershed Association would like to encourage you to think about and conserve water.

As more and more homes and businesses are erected, we place greater and greater demands upon a limited supply of fresh, clean water.

There are simple things that you can do to conserve water.  For example:

  1. Repair a leaking faucet;
  2. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth;
  3. In older toilets, install conservation kits that displace some of the water, causing the tank to use less water;
  4. Don’t water you lawn;
  5. To cool down or for recreation, do swim at a public pool; and
  6. Use a car wash that recycles their water.

If you’d like to become more self sufficient, consider installing a rain barrel to capture roof water for watering gardens and flowers.  The next step up is a cistern to capture rain water.  My grandfather had a cistern on his farm.  Sometimes, what’s old is new.  For your cistern, now, instead of a metal tank, you can purchase one of those large plastic tanks from a farm supply store. 

There’s another advantage to cisterns.  When cisterns reduce storm water runoff by holding water on site for future use, they are also helping to compensate for the extra runoff created by new roofs and parking lots.  In a sinkhole prone community, every contribution to reducing runoff is important to retain storm water.  Also, because there is a reduction in storm water runoff, our streams will not flood as quickly. 

In closing, conserving and reusing water is in our own best interest.  The Swatara Watershed Association respectfully asks you to do your part, and implement a reduce, reuse, and recycle water program in your home or business.  Thank you.

June 30, 2010

In attendance June & Dick Blouch, Tom Embich, Jo Ellen Litz, Bill Potters, Jack Stouffer, John Worrilow.  Meeting –Watermelon @ the Water Works. Patrol adopt-a-launch for litter.   

Business

Bordner Cabin:  June stewards Tom and Joan Hawk.

As of this date, Swatara Watershed Association is awaiting approval from Labor and Industry for further improvements to the Bordner Cabin.  These improvements are required to meet current L&I standards, which will allow the NO TRESPASSING signs to come down.  Donations of money, materials, and volunteer labor are needed.

  1. Rebuild the porch pier(s).
  2. Pour a reinforced concrete wall from the water’s edge to the Cabin foundation.
  3. Reinforce the porch deck with interlocking tongue and groove boards.
  4. Install a railing 25’ in both directions extending from the cabin along the waterway.
  5. Raise the railing on the porch to the required height.
  6. Install railings in the windows to keep children from falling out of the windows.
  7. Install a Plexiglas shield in front of the balcony railing.
  8. Create a handicap accessible ramp alongside the cabin, around the back, and to the porch where the doorway is an appropriate width for wheelchairs. 
  9. Line the chimney.
  10. To deter vandalism, SWA would like to install electricity and security cameras.  For efficiency, timing should be coordinated between DCNR and MetEd.

  11. Finally, we have a vision to bridge Rattling Run to explore the scenic vista from the opposite side of Aycrigg’s Falls.

Center for Land and WaterJack Stouffer

Chesapeake BayStephanie Eisenbeis (sp?).

Conservancy Dick Blouch and June, his wife, made a presentation at Lebanon Valley College on land conservation.  LVC held a walk on Goldmine where they saw newts and salamanders.  LVC is investigating a donation from Supreme Corporation to manage 6 acres along the Swatara as well as another 33 acres from Kings Plantation in Jonestown.   

Donations and Bequests & Financial:  Audit completed.  Approved on an Embich/Stouffer motion.

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Fish & Boat:  On behalf of SWA, Tom Embich attended an Accesses Strategy meeting.  The Swatara is third in the State for issuance of fishing and boating licenses.  Therefore, the Swatara is third in line to complete launch sites....  Possible addition, Pine Grove Borough.  For more information, visit www.pecpa.org/pfbcaccess

Fort Indiantown Gap:  1 and 5 mile farm and park preservation radius will help FIG to prioritize voluntary easements.  Swatara and other group presentations held 6/29.

Interns and Eagle Scouts are always welcomeRon Turner Completed projects highlighted at http://swatara.ning.com/forum/topics/eagle-scout-project-highlights The northern bridges need “signed;” picnic tables needed for Swatara Watershed Park;….

Inwood Bridge:  PennDOT request for Feasibility Analysis comment prior to July 30

Lebanon Water Authority

Ning.com:  Slideshow of activities.  Opportunity to comment on issues. Ning;

Northern Swatara Watershed and Sweet Arrow Lake Report:  Denise Donmoyer

Quittapahilla Audubon ReportKaren Light

Quittie Creek and Park ReportAnn Lasky

Rail Trail Report:  John Wengert

Sojourn:  Newsletter went out.  Working on the final report for POWR.

State Water Board Report:  Betty Conner

Swatara River:  No report.

Swatara State Park:  Angel Croll

Swatara Watershed Park (1929BBR) 1929 Black’s Bridge Road. 

Ø      $6172 for 15 Seasonal Primitive Campers.

Ø      Park Manager Denise Donmoyer reports:  June canoe use $947.  Additional $70 in camping donations. 

Ø      An Embich/Blouch motion passed to make the president the “Point of Contact” for employee direction.

Ø      Project list:

o      Raise $60,000 to pay off the property. 

o        Red Horse boat launch.  Waiting on letter to proceed.  A new Launch is required by Fish & Boat who will have to approve the final the design.  A combination of retaining what we have--a dock--and a matted ramp is requested. ($10,000 needed)

o        Gate & Security Camera Grant(s):  Looking for $16,000 funding. 

o        Pavilion Roof ($5,000 needed)

o        Picnic Tables ($100 each)

o        Pick up sticks

o        Mow grass

o        Post signs throughout community to advertise services

o        Paint porch sign

Ø      Policy Adopted on motion by Embich/Stouffer:

o       It is not SWA’s intent to compete with private canoe livery businesses at Memorial Lake State Park or the Lickdale Campground.  But, we do stand ready to compliment these businesses if and when they contact us for craft to fulfill a large reservation.  Because of the age of and wear and tear on our van as well as time away from Swatara Watershed Park, SWA Canoe Livery priority shall be:

o       Utilizing the Swatara Watershed Park launch as a starting or ending point to launch SWA canoes.  Upstream launches allow the Park Manager to drop off canoeists, and then return to the Park to greet returning canoeists.

o       During times of low flow, the next launch site priority is Boat House Road Park behind the American Water Company Dam.  This site is close in proximity with water that is relatively still, and can be paddled up and down stream from Sand Beach Bridge to Route 39 Bridge.

o       The next priority level is to provide service to local lakes that do not have a canoe livery and are in close proximity to Swatara Watershed Park: Lions Lake and Stoever’s Dam.  Other sites may be considered by notifying the president who will seek board approval.

Ø      East Hanover Township: Status of letter of support request?

Ø      Follow-up with Fish and Boat:  Awaiting payment.  W-9  completed as requested. 

SRBC:  For a “real” experience to educate people on the need to preserve the Chesapeake Bay, SRBC will create an IMAX movie, probably 3D, with the Whitaker Center in consultation with the Smithsonian Institute.  Interactive displays will be located at these two locations, and Internet viewing may also be possible.  Partial funding will be from DCNR & DEP.

At the USGS Stream Depth Gauge at Harper’s, the wind appears to have ripped large branches off of trees, one of which has ripped down both an electric line and a guide wire in the area of the Gauge. SRBC, USGS, and MetEd were sent pictures to help assess the damage and take appropriate action.

Tenaska: 

Trout Unlimited Report

Union Township Farm

Watershed Specialists Report:  Stephanie Harmon

Water Trail:  In need of funding for additional maps. 

Other

Next Meeting:  Wednesday, 7/28 9:30AM.

May 26, 2010

In attendance Meeting at the Swatara Watershed Park, 1929 Black’s Bridge Road, Annville, were:  Dick Blouch, Denise Donmoyer, Tom Embich, Joan and Tom Haak, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Jack Stouffer, and Ron Turner.

Business

James SmithBordner Cabin:  Special thanks to Jim Smith for all of the repairs after recent vandalism!  He even had a generator and shop vac, and swept up.  Jim is an electrician at Carmeuse, and quite the handyman.  95.3

Bordner Cabin Vandalism:

  1. Stolen toilet
  2. Grafitti
  3. 2 Broken Doors
  4. Floor boards pried from four vent holes
  5. 12 Broken glass panes from self-guided pictorial tour
  6. Garbage thrown about
  7. Sign-in book pages ripped out
  8. Sign-in stand destroyed
  9. Screens ripped from windows
  10. Picnic table dismantled from anchoring system
  11. Board removed to keep people off of the porch
  12. Board removed to keep people from going down steps between entrance and garage
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Media interest about the vandalism was high.  Stories appeared in or on WLBR Radio, Lebanon Daily News, WGAL TV 8 and WLYH TV 27.  Even so, no one has stepped forward to confess or identify the vandals to date.  However, surveillance has been stepped up, and we learned that the State Park Rangers have the same powers as the State Police. 

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State Park Manager Angel Croll wants, “a second board added to the garage stair doorway.  (The Haaks are the June stewards, and volunteered to take care of this.)  It should be low enough to prevent a child from going underneath and falling.  Are there any plans to repair the interior doors?  I am concerned about the pictures.  Without a covering, the humidity is curling the paper and may ruin the print.

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DCNR has reviewed the plans submitted to bring Bordner Cabin into compliance with L&I standards.  DNCR approves of the scope of the improvements as outlined in the plans.  Bureau of Facility Design and Construction feels that the plans lack enough detail to satisfy L&I.  However, you may chose to submit the plans on behalf of DCNR and let L&I determine if they are sufficient for approval or you may chose to add more detail now.”

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Labor and Industry must approve Architect Mike Willeman’s plan to repair the porch pier, create a dirt ramp to the back of the cabin, and place “bars” in windows to meet L&I height requirements (36” from the floor?). 

Stewards for all months!  J  Adopt-A-Cabin to monitor and spruce up for a month (sweep, pick up litter, pull weeds, deter vandals and graffiti with your presence, and answer questions posed by visitors) Take along a broom, dust pan, hammer and nails. 

Center for Land and WaterJack Stouffer

Chesapeake BayRequest to be a future guest speaker were received from Stephanie Eisenbeis (sp?).

Conservancy Dick Blouch reports that Veterinarian Keck’s property on Clear Spring Road is under easement.

Donations and Bequests & Financial Bill Oyster sent draft financials statements, which were forwarded to board members to review.  No comments received, & the final statement is being prepared.

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Fish & Boat:  Tom Embich will attend an "Access Strategy" event at the F&B office June 3.

Interns and Eagle Scouts are always welcome!  Welcome HACC intern Ron Turner who will complete 200 hours of volunteer service this summer.  Ron served 10-years in the army in communications and flight operations, worked at Conestoga log cabins, serves as a Cub Scout den leader, and has some civil engineer training. 

Completed projects highlighted at http://swatara.ning.com/forum/topics/eagle-scout-project-highlights The northern bridges need “signed;” picnic tables needed for Swatara Watershed Park;….

Inwood Bridge

Lebanon Water Authority:  Asked to help pay for Pictometry, a 3D aerial flyover.

Ning.com:  Slideshow of activities.  Opportunity to comment on issues. Ning;

Northern Swatara Watershed and Sweet Arrow Lake Report:  Denise Donmoyer reports that the Northern Swatara is applying for their own 501C3 status.  NSWA contributed $150 to the Swatara Sojourn this year.

Quittapahilla Audubon ReportKaren Light

Quittie Creek and Park ReportAnn Lasky said that the Quittie Park cleanup was completed, but fields of garlic mustard still need pulled.

Rail Trail Report

Sojourn:  The 22nd Annual Swatara Sojourn was a success!  When an eagle flew over our heads, we knew it was going to be a good weekend.  HACC student Jeremy Stansbury completed his public service requirement by helping Laurie with shore support.  Jeremy was a great help, and a joy to have on hand.  He even got to paddle the last leg of the Sojourn in Spencer’s kayak. 

Rather than pay a registration fee, two drivers, Tom Embich and Bob Arnold, purchased & donated gas for shuttle vans and Ann and Dave Lasky donated pizza.  For our records, we should still have registrations completed.

State Water Board Report:  Betty Conner

Swatara River:  No report.

Swatara State Park:  Park Manager Angel Croll reports that a couple of design specification issues were just resolved and should be finalized in the next month or so.  The project is slowly moving forward. 

Swatara Watershed Park (1929BBR) 1929 Black’s Bridge Road. 

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Denise Donmoyer report.  Several months in advance, encourage large groups to file float plans with PA Fish & Boat.  This helps to acknowledge the recreational use of the Swatara, and can impact future funding.

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Diane Tranquillo, Tulpehocken above Blue Marsh for July 4. 

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Also, purchased Workman’s Compensation Insurance $1114.  Vote of affirmation by Bloch/Lasky carried unanimously.  PA-100 completed by CPA to obtain account numbers for state withholding.  Denise filled in I-9 Immigration and W-4 forms.  Working on night deposit. 

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East Hanover Township is reconsidering whether Penn National has an impact on the Swatara Watershed in Lebanon County. Property lines usually run to the middle of the Swatara.  While the sewage treatment upgrades and animal waste storage cover are appreciated, the facility cannot take themselves out of the Swatara Watershed.  By geography they are included in the watershed.  The impact from storm water runoff still occurs.  Any malfunction at animal or human waste facilities could allow nutrients into the streams.  Conversely, if the water is “consumed” for reuse or used to water grass, which could evaporate the water, then the Swatara is not receiving an adequate recharge during times of drought.  So, either way, there is a negative impact on the Swatara Watershed.  The casino receives their license because of Penn National.  Therefore, the casino is also impacted

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Follow-up with Fish and Boat:  Awaiting payment.

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Red Horse launch.  Waiting on letter to proceed.

Gate Grant:  Looking for $10,000 funding.

Tenaska: 

Trout Unlimited Report

Union Township Farm

Watershed Specialists Report:  Stephanie Harmon

Water Trail:  Watch for a grant to print new maps.  Pine Grove Mayor Kimberly Brown-Zerbe is energizing volunteers to clean out the Swatara through Pine Grove, and a waterside park could extend the Swatara Water Trail into the borough.  She has children, and looks for projects to keep them active while teaching them stewardship and responsibility.  What a dynamo. 

Other

Next Meeting:  Watermelon at the Waterworks, Wednesday, 6/30 9:30AM.

 April 28, 2010

In attendanceBob Arnold, Dick & June Blouch, Betty Conner, Denise Donmoyer, Tom Embich, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Don Mock, John Worrilow.

Business

1929 Black’s Bridge Road.  .

Ø      East Hanover, Dauphin meeting “impact” case presented for grant sponsorship.  Learned that water and sewer treatment were upgraded at Penn National.  Even with the upgrades, which may be a positive impact, the facility cannot take themselves out of the Swatara Watershed.  By geography they are included in the watershed.  The impact from storm water runoff still occurs.  Any malfunction at animal or human waste facilities could allow nutrients into the streams.  Conversely, if the water is “consumed” for reuse or used to water grass, which could evaporate the water, then the Swatara is not receiving an adequate recharge during times of drought.  So, either way, there is a negative impact on the Swatara Watershed. 

Ø      Follow-up with Fish and Boat:  F&B attorneys want a different kind of Environmental Assessment, which will take three weeks.  Scott will perform the assessment at no additional charge to us.  After that, payment should be processed.

Ø      Red Horse launch.  We welcome our service men and women home.  It will probably be awhile until they are ready to lend a hand.

Ø      Gate Grant:  Looking for $10,000 funding.

Bordner CabinPlan a work day.  Contact police concerning escalating vandalism.

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Stewards for all months!  J

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Adopt-A-Cabin to monitor and spruce up for a month (sweep, pick up litter, pull weeds, deter vandals and graffiti with your presence, and answer questions posed by visitors) Take along a broom, dust pan, hammer and nails.

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Waiting on DCNR and Labor and Industry plan approval. 

Center for Land and Water Jack Stouffer

Chesapeake Bay

ConservancyDick Blouch

United Way Day of Caring Project(s) April 24:  Bordner cabin and 1929 BBR

Donations and Bequests see full report

Facebook:  Become a friend.  Join 113 Swatara Water Trail friends.  Receive updates on Trail happenings.

Swatara Water Trail

Interns and Eagle Scouts are always welcome None active, but completed projects highlighted at http://swatara.ning.com/forum/topics/eagle-scout-project-highlights The northern bridges need “signed;” picnic tables needed for Swatara Watershed Park;….

Inwood Bridge

Lebanon Water Authority

Ning.com:  Slideshow of activities.  Opportunity to comment on issues. Ning;

Northern Swatara Watershed and Sweet Arrow Lake Report:  Denise Donmoyer

For up to date information on events, visit www.SweetArrowLakePark.com : Trout were stocked, Tie chi classes, ballroom dancing, tree seedling sale….

Quittapahilla Audubon ReportKaren Light

Quittie Creek and Park ReportAnn Lasky

During Day of Caring, four trails were cleared, 20 trees planted, garlic mustard pulled, assisted by Palmyra students. 

Rail Trail Report:  Grant application filed for section from abandoned railroad bridge south of Jonestown running north to Route 22.

Sojourn May 1 & 2, 2010:  Volunteers wanted.  Candy Falger's HACC Environmental Science student Jeremy Stansbury will help with shore support.

Ø      Sponsor Requests sent

Ø      Ribbon Cutting:  Neighbors and dignitaries invited to attend Saturday at 9:15 AM.

Ø      Registrations—count currently around 75

Ø      POWR grant application submitted

Ø      Theme – Swatara, A River of Dreams

Ø      Fish & Boat Float Plan filed by SWA

Ø      Contacted Weidle Sanitation and Middletown Boro

Ø      Contacted Hershey Highmeadow Campgrounds, Mark Panasow. 

Ø      Hummel Nature Trail lunch site is on left bank, just past an arched bridge.

Ø      GLRA to accept 2 Tons of waste

Ø      Toilets:  1929 BBR, Boat House Road Park, Hershey Highmeadow, Hummel Nature Trail, Middletown Boat Launch

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Saturday Breakfast –at 1929 Black’s Bridge Road, coordinated by June Blouch

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Saturday Lunch – at Boat House Road Park–subs from Seaman’s by Conners

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Saturday Dinner – at Hershey Highmeadow Campgrounds --pot pie from Ono fire company delivered by Gail Smith

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Sunday Breakfast – at Hershey Highmeadow by June Blouch

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Sunday Lunch – at Hummel Nature Trail –pizza coordinated by Ann Lasky

Ø      Advance Team—Scout the Swatara for obstacles, mark and/or remove fallen trees as needed.

Ø      Land Logistics/Shore Support--Jack Stouffer and Laurie Andrews   Norm Brandt   All craft should have a 10’ leader with a carabineer attached.

Ø      Programs--Denise Donmoyer (Saturday lunch Safety Course by Lebanon EMA; evening, Zoo America; Sunday, Matthew Dodd historical stories and songs)

Ø      Safety--Liz and Andy Ramsey; Ron Boyer, Lisa & Austin Carter; Jo Ellen safety briefings

Ø      Lead--Jo Ellen Litz and Denise Donmoyer

Ø      Sweep                  Lisa Carter

Ø      Transportation—rent 15-passenger van and coordinate drivers, Be sure to get a tow hitch.  Tom Embich, Dick Blouch, and Dave Wentling.  Chuck Wertz canoe trailer.

Ø      Tom pickup Bass Pro donation; Jo Ellen pickup Seltzer Bologna donation; Norm pickup Wengert’s drinks

State Water Board Report:  Betty Conner

Swatara River:  No report.

Swatara State Park:  Waiting on bid to complete Phase I.

Tenaska: 

Trout Unlimited Report

Union Township Farm

Watershed Specialists Report:  Stephanie Harmon

Water Trail:  Watch for a grant to print new maps.

Other

Next Meeting:  Wednesday, May 26, 9:30AM.

March 31, 2010

In attendanceDick and June Blouch, George and Betty Conner, Denise Donmoyer, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Jack Stouffer, John Worrilow.

Business

Ø      Signatory for Jonestown Bank

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Ø      Will attend East Hanover, Dauphin meeting to present “impact” case for grant sponsorship

Ø      Mailed out camper notices.  Per a Blouch/Light motion early seasonal admittance requests will be asked for an additional $70 donation in 2011, or an appropriate percentage in succeeding years.

Ø      Denise employment application review completed.  Minimum wage, duties, maximum hours…will be established.  On a Stouffer/Blouch motion, there will be one pay period per month ($35/pay for accounting).

Ø      Must purchase insurance and register canoes ($18 each for 2 years), pus trailers, and van. 

Ø      Denise sketched in the camp sites.  Numbered. Existing camper assignments reviewed.

Ø      CPA Bill Oyster provided a copy of sales tax law.

Ø      Filed final DCNR report, and final payment receivedJ

Ø      Follow-up with Fish and Boat request for payment:  Completed title search provided.  Waiting to hear if all requirements are met for payment. 

Ø      Contact Red Horse about launch.  No response to date from General Wright.

Bordner Cabin:  Job Johnny stolen.  Will not replace. 

Stewards for all months!  J

Adopt-A-Cabin to monitor and spruce up for a month (sweep, pick up litter, pull weeds, deter vandals and graffiti with your presence, and answer questions posed by visitors) A new sign-in book is needed.  Take along a broom, dust pan, hammer and nails:

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January, Dick and June Blouch (1st week also Dave Ravegum)

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February, Don and Stephanie Mock (1st week also Dave Ravegum)

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March, Bob Arnold, Dave & Ann Lasky

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April Becky L. Soliday & Pete Silldorff
May, James Smith & Renee Ober

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June Lisa Carter, Joan and Tom Hawk, Mike Willeman

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July, Ed and Elaine Ludwig, Mike Willeman

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August, Marta Trainer & husband Mike

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Sept, LC Conservation District.

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October Becky L. Soliday

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November Bill and Genie Potters

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December Fred Rogers

Mike Willeman turned over plan to DCNR for review prior to going to L&I. 

SWA will develop a corporate roster.

Center for Land and Water Jack Stouffer

Chesapeake Bay

ConservancyDick Blouch reported that the movie, Fresh will play at the Allen on 4/18 at 1:30PM.  Tickets are $10.

United Way Day of Caring Project(s) April 24:  Work at either Bordner cabin or 1929  BBR:  Stouffer, Donmoyer & Conners.

Donations and Bequests see full report

Facebook:  Become a friend.  100 friends will help us to attain a permanent site address.At 81.

Swatara Water Trail

Interns and Eagle Scouts are always welcome None active, but completed projects highlighted at http://swatara.ning.com/forum/topics/eagle-scout-project-highlights The northern bridges need “signed.”

Inwood Bridge

Lebanon Water Authority

Ning.com:  Slideshow of activities.  Opportunity to comment on issues. Ning;

Northern Swatara Watershed and Sweet Arrow Lake Report:  Denise Donmoyer said that there will be a “trout” breakfast on Saturday.  They’re stocking “lunkers” in Sweet Arrow.

Quittapahilla Audubon ReportKaren Light shared that on May 26 is the Audubon banquet at the Friendship Fire Company.  The speaker will be Doug Taleny from Delaware University who wrote a native plant book.  Cost is $18.

Quittie Creek and Park ReportAnn Lasky

Rail Trail Report:  Cornwall Bridge reopened.

Sojourn May 1 & 2, 2010:  Volunteers wanted. 

Ø      Sponsor Requests sent

Ø      Ribbon Cutting:  Invite neighbors of 1929 BBR and Water Authority.

Ø      Registrations—designed, printed & posted to web

Ø      POWR grant application submitted

Ø      Theme – Swatara, A River of Dreams

Ø      Fish & Boat Float Plan by POWR

Ø      Contact Weidle Sanitation

Ø      Contacted Hershey Highmeadow Campgrounds, Mark Panasow.  Will visit.

Ø      Hummel Nature Trail lunch site is just past an arched bridge.

Ø      GLRA to accept 2 Tons of waste

Ø      Toilets:  1929 BBR, Boat House Road Park, Hershey Highmeadow, Hummel Nature Trail, Middletown Boat Launch

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Saturday Breakfast –at 1929 Black’s Bridge Road, coordinated by June Blouch

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Saturday Lunch – at Boat House Road Park–subs from Seaman’s by Conners

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Saturday Dinner – at Hershey Highmeadow Campgrounds --pot pie from Ono fire company

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Sunday Breakfast – at Hershey Highmeadow by June Blouch

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Sunday Lunch – at Hummel Nature Trail –pizza coordinated by Ann Lasky

Ø      Advance Team—Scout the Swatara for obstacles, mark and/or remove fallen trees as needed.

Ø      Land Logistics/Shore Support--Jack Stouffer and Laurie Andrews    

Ø      Programs--Denise Donmoyer (Ask Fish & Boat or River Rescue about a safety course)

Ø      Safety--Liz and Andy Ramsey; Lisa and Austin Carter; Jo Ellen safety briefings

Ø      Lead--Jo Ellen Litz and Denise Donmoyer

Ø      Sweep                  Lisa Carter

Ø      Transportation—rent 15-passenger van and coordinate drivers, Be sure to get a tow hitch.  Tom Embich and Dick Blouch will recruit Dave Wentling too.  Need canoe trailer delivered to end each day.

State Water Board Report:  Betty Conner has resigned as a board member, but they will meet again on 4/5/

Swatara River:  No report.

Swatara State Park:  Public Meeting  Monday, March 22, 2010 options for Phase I shared.  Bids go out this summer.

Tenaska: 

Trout Unlimited Report

Union Township FarmMay be up for sale.

Watershed Specialists Report:  Stephanie Harmon

Water Trail:  Watch for a grant to print new maps.

Other

Next Meeting:  Wednesday, April 28, 9:30AM.

February 24, 2010.  the Swatara Watershed meeting was called to order by Vice President Tom Donmoyer, and held in the Annville Town Hall.

January 27, 2010

In attendanceBob Arnold, Dick & June Blouch, Betty & George Conner, Denise Donmoyer, Tom Embich, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Jack Stouffer, John Worrilow

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Ø      Election of officers:  A motion to re-elect the same slate of officers by John Worrilow, seconded by Dick Blouch passed unanimously.

Ø      Approved Banks:  A motion by Dick Blouch, second by Bob Arnold, passed to designate local banks in which to conduct business by Treasurer Haber: Jonestown Bank, Lebanon County (cooperated with loans); Fulton, Lancaster; Metro, Harrisburg; and/or Fredericksburg, Lebanon County.  Tom Embich voted no.

1929 Black’s Bridge Road.  Settlement completed 12/18/09.  $76,000 DCNR check came and applied to loan.  First interest payment made.  Still need to raise $60,000 to retire debt.

Ø      Volunteer Grant writer?  To volunteer, contact Jo Ellen.

Ø      Met with Skip Memmi, Dauphin EDC about an investment in the property.  Shared resource.  Canoeists starting at 1929 BBR will most likely end at Boat House Road Park, eat, purchase gasoline, visit attractions, and maybe spend the night in a hotel or campground.

o       Dauphin County Parks Director Carl Dickson provided a letter of support

o       Visited East Hanover , Lebanon on January 26, 2010 to request they act as our grant sponsor.

o       Grant application left with Supervisors Donmoyer, Hetrick and Miller.

Ø      Toilet contract --$56 monthly negotiated with Associated Products, which is a better price for campers than the Wise provider.

Ø      Liability insurance purchased $231 through Zinn.

Ø      Phone and Electric switched to Swatara Watershed Association

Ø      Send notices to campers.

Ø      Donation policy and Independent Contractor agreement reviewed and approved by CPA Bill Oyster.  Members reviewed the Pros and Cons of advertising for an Independent Contract or hiring an Employee to run the canoe livery

o       Canoe Donations $30 each May through October, 9AM-5PM weekends and by appointment.  Also donations for campsites and pavilion.

o       10% discount policy for non-profits, government entities, organized student groups

o       Donate online using PayPal for credit cards or accept checks.

Ø      Filed real estate tax exempt status request including HUP test documentation.  Fundraising to take place on site as is done by Union Canal Tunnel Park, Rails to Trails, Coleman’s Park….  On a Bob Arnold/Ann Lasky motion, members voted to affirm a Formal Policy:

o        At least 20% of individuals receiving goods or services make a donation lower than the cost of the goods or services provided;

o        A 10% reduction in donations of canoes, the pavilion, and/or camp sites is available to non-profits and students participating in a school function; and

o        The goods or services provided to individuals are comparable in quality and quantity to the goods or services provided those people who donate an amount which is equal to or greater than the cost of the goods or services provided to them.

Ø      Inventory of equipment purchased provided to Walt Haber, treasurer

Ø      Register canoes ($18 each for 2 years), pus trailers, and van.  LCCD Forrester Leigh Beamesderfer wants to utilize all canoes for the Envirothon.

Ø      Using a survey plan, Denise will sketch in the camp sites.

Ø      Sign completed by Blose

Ø      Survey completed by Matthew and Hockley

Ø      Second appraisal completed Rick Clay

Ø      File final DCNR request for payment.  Not to exceed amount does not designate categories.  Some bills came in over estimate while other bills came in under estimates.

Ø      DCNR said no to Solar on site.

Ø      Follow-up with Fish and Boat request for payment:  Environmental Assessment, Deed, and proof of title search.  Attorney Henry said the title insurance and deed should be ready for us by the end of this week.

Ø      Contact Red Horse about launch

Ø      Northern Lebanon Rotary grant for pavilion roof

Ø      Black’s Bridge Road bridge scheduled for repairs

o       match the existing structure (random stone pattern on the abutments and pier)

o       barriers on the deck of the replacement structure would be a combination of concrete and steel railing that would allow motorists to view the Swatara Creek as they traveled over the replacement structure. 

o       later this summer or early this fall that construction would begin.  At this point, Blacks Bridge Road will be under a detour until construction is complete, which may take until the Spring of 2011.  You mentioned that there is heavy boating activity on the Swatara between May 1st and October 1st

o       maintain boating activities during construction of the bridge.  Signs will be placed on the stream and at upstream boat launches (Water Works and Jonestown) to warn boaters of the construction activity. 

o       Replace bridge signage.

Bordner Cabin:  Stewards for all months!  J

Adopt-A-Cabin to monitor and spruce up for a month (sweep, pick up litter, right the job Johnny, pull weeds, deter vandals and graffiti with your presence, and answer questions posed by visitors) A new sign-in book is needed.  Take along a broom, dust pan, hammer and nails:

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January, Dick and June Blouch (1st week also Dave Ravegum)

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February, Don and Stephanie Mock (1st week also Dave Ravegum)

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March, Bob Arnold, Dave & Ann Lasky

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April Becky L. Soliday & Pete Silldorff
May, James Smith & Renee Ober

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June Lisa Carter, Joan and Tom Hawk

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July, Ed and Elaine Ludwig

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August, Marta Trainer & husband Mike

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Sept, LC Conservation District.

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October Becky L. Soliday

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November Bill and Genie Potters

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December Fred Rogers

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Asked Mike Willeman where our L&I application stands. 

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SWA will develop a corporate roster.

A public Swatara State Park meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 22, 2010 for 7:00-9:00 pm at Fort Indiantown Gap Community Club Vista Room. 

Center for Land and Water Jack Stouffer reported that Milton Hershey must cut costs.

Chesapeake BayConsidering switch grass as an energy source.

ConservancyNon-profit Award Cen Penn Business Journal

United Way Day of Caring Project(s) April 24:  Sign up both the Bordner cabin & 1929 Black’s Bridge Road

Donations and Bequests Full report circulated at meeting.

Facebook:  Become a friend.  100 friends will help us to attain a permanent site address.  Currently 63.

Swatara Water Trail

Interns and Eagle Scouts are always welcome None active, but completed projects highlighted at http://swatara.ning.com/forum/topics/eagle-scout-project-highlights The northern bridges need “signed.”

Inwood BridgeMPO reported options.

Jonestown Boat Launch:  Rocks moved

Lebanon Water Authority:  75th Anniversary in 2010

Ning.com:  Slideshow of activities.  Opportunity to comment on issues. Ning;

Presentations:  None.

Northern Swatara Watershed and Sweet Arrow Lake Report:  Denise Donmoyer reported that February 9, George Gress will talk about Bog Turtles.  Schuylkill Outdoors personality WMGH will join them on Ground Hog Day.  Completed a handicap fish access.  Programs on their web at www.SweetArrowLake.com

Quittapahilla Audubon Report:  Karen Light

Quittie Creek and Park ReportAnn Lasky said QCP experienced a fuel leak.  HazMat placed “pigs” to soak up the rainbow colored oil sheen.  Working on an oral history project with Lebanon Valley College.

Rail Trail Report:  Cornwall Bridge repairs

Sojourn May 1 & 2, 2010:  Begin planning. Volunteers needed. 

Ø      Sponsor Requests

Ø      Ribbon Cutting:  Invite neighbors of 1929 BBR and Water Authority.

Ø      Registrations—design, print & post to web

Ø      POWR grant application.  Meet Feb 24th in the afternoon.  Volunteers to attend for about 2 hours (10 am to noon or 1 to 3 pm) with lunch before or after for anyone attending in-person. We'll go over the basics, the grant application, and some of the new aspects this year, per Jonathan Meade, Director PA Environmental Council & Executive Director, PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers.

Ø      Theme:  Swatara--A River of Dreams

Ø      Fish & Boat Float Plan

Ø      Contact Weidle Sanitation

Ø      Contact Hershey Highmeadow Campgrounds, Mark Panasow

Ø      Because of high bank and steps, change Indian Echo Caverns to Hummel Nature Trail

Ø      GLRA to accept 2 Tons of waste

Ø      Toilets:  1929 BBR, Boat House Road Park, Hershey Highmeadow, Hummel Nature Trail, Middletown Boat Launch

Food

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Saturday Breakfast –at 1929 Black’s Bridge Road, coordinated by June Blouch

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Saturday Lunch – at Boat House Road Park–subs from Seaman’s

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Saturday Dinner – at Hershey Highmeadow Campgrounds --pot pie from church or fire company?

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Sunday Breakfast – at Hershey Highmeadow by June Blouch

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Sunday Lunch – at Hummel Nature Trail –pizza coordinated by Ann Lasky

Ø      Advance Team—Scout the Swatara for obstacles, mark and/or remove fallen trees as needed.

Ø      Land Logistics/Shore Support--Jack Stouffer and Laurie Andrews    

Ø      Programs--Denise Donmoyer (Ask Fish & Boat, EMA or River Rescue about a safety course)

Ø      Safety--Liz and Andy Ramsey; Lisa and Austin Carter; Jo Ellen safety briefings

Ø      Lead--Jo Ellen Litz and Denise Donmoyer

Ø      Sweep                  Lisa Carter

Ø      Transportation—rent 15-passenger van and coordinate drivers , Tom Embich and Dick Blouch will recruit Dave Wentling too.

State Water Board Report:  Betty Conner TMDLs, Critical Water Planning Areas.

Swatara River:  No Report.

Swatara State Park:  Public Meeting  Monday, March 22, 2010 for 7:00-9:00 pm at Fort Indiantown Gap Community Club Vista Room. 

Tenaska:  No Report.

Trout Unlimited:  No Report.

Union Township FarmMay be up for sale.

Watershed Specialists Report:  Stephanie Harmon

Water Trail:  Meet with Angel Croll at Swatara State Park.  Watch for a grant to print new maps.

Other:  Tom reviewed Marsdale Day’s interview.  Buffer areas were discussed for the military base, to secure water supply areas like Marquette Lake, Memorial Late, and St. Joseph’s Spring.  A native plant nursery is needed.

Next Meeting:  Wednesday, February 24, 9:30AM.