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2011 Swatara Watershed Minutes

Swatara Watershed Association December 7, 2011

Held at the Lebanon County Conservation District office, 2120 Cornwall Road, Lebanon PA.

In attendance:  Fred Folmer, Stephanie Harmon, Jo Ellen Litz, Don Mock, Jack Stouffer

Business:

American Water:  George Cradic

Bordner Cabin:  Road is Closed.   Route 645 is open.

Chesapeake Bay:  1,353 postcards on CBF Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program mailed!

Conservancy Dick Blouch --

Conservation DistrictsStephanie Harmon – will make a presentation at a future meeting. 

Donations and Bequests & Financial Walt Haber—duplicate statements acquired for August and September.  Stephanie Siegel got a job teaching, and needs to step aside as secretary. 

Eagle Scouts: 

FIG:  The Army National Guard is executing the Military Munitions Response Program for the Ricochet Area Munitions Response Site (MRS). The team focused on the following activities this month.

Ø      The Draft Final Feasibility Study (FS) submitted 10.2011 to the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for their review and comment.

Ø      The five remedial alternatives evaluated in the Draft Final FS were presented at the Community Interest Group open house on October 27, 2011.  The posters and fact sheet provided at the meeting are posted on the project website.  Alternative 3 was chosen (see thumbnails at right).

Ø      Also posted on the project website (http://www.dmva.state.pa.us; first click on "Featured Topics" and then click on "Ricochet Area Munitions Response Site.") are the final minutes and appendices from the June 30, 2011, Community Interest Group meeting.

Ø      Repository/administrative record file at the Annville Free Library, 216 E Main Street, Annville PA.

Ø      Contact Jo Anderson, Pennsylvania ARNG, joaanderso@pa.gov, (717) 861-8181, or Kim Harriz, Army National Guard Directorate, kim.harriz@us.army.mil, (703) 607-7991, with questions or feedback pertaining to Ricochet Area Munitions Response Site in State Game Lands 211, PA.

Floods, Droughts:  245 parcels along the Swatara in Lebanon County

Little SwataraFred Folmer --

Marcellus:  Tom Harlan’s video presented to NL Rotary.

MS4  (storm water): 

Northern Swatara Watershed and Sweet Arrow Lake Report:  Denise Donmoyer—events posted at www.SweetArrowLakePark.com

Quittie Creek and Park ReportAnn Lasky 

Swatara State ParkAngel Croll 

Swatara Watershed Park:  Our ‘mortgage’ stands at $_36,351.08__

Ø      Jack and Fred offered to join Jo Ellen at a meeting with FEMA/PEMA on December 16 at 10AM.  Because of our educational component, we may be eligible for partial flood loss reimbursement. 

Ø      Toilet removed for the winter months.  Will be returned 4.1.12. 

Ø      Phone bill reduced.

Ø      New combination lock purchased for entrance from Jono Hardware. 

Ø      Refund received for cancelled van insurance.

Ø      Boat ramp estimate requested from Woodland Contractors, who completed Jonestown’s launch.   

The tractor is needed to move canoe trailers on site--from the parking area to the boat launch for use, then back again. 

Water Works:  Union Canal Lock map distributed.  Spoke to Stephanie DiVitori.

Swatara Water Trail: 

SRBC.

West Lebanon Township: Well water contamination from tetrachloroethalyne, a dry cleaning and break cleaning liquid that is heavier than water.  Litz on wellhead protection committee.  Met with Township officials and geologist.  Looking into source of pollution. 

Other

Ø      Based on timely submissions and email recommendations, a vote of affirmation took place to confirm nominees for the Lebanon Conservation District Board of Directors. SWA is a nominating agency.  Per DEP regulations, the nominations were due November 30.  Farmer Director—1)  Glenn Krall; 2) Jeff Werner:  Public Director—1)  Donald Bollinger; 2)  Jim Tomanelli, Fulton Bank, N. Heidelberg, Berks.

Ø        Member Jack Worrilow was burned out of his temporary quarters on Maple Street, Lebanon.  He will have a difficult time making future meetings.

Next Meeting:  January 4, 9:30AM 

Swatara Watershed Association November 2, 2011

In attendance:  Bob Arnold, Dick Blouch, Betty Conner, George Conner, Fred Folmer, Steph Harmon, Joan Hawk, Tom Hawk, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Don Mock, Jack Stouffer, John Worrilow. 

Business:

On a Blouch/Lasky motion, Fred Folmer was appointed to the Board as a representative of Berks County, and Denise Donmoyer was appointed to the Board as a representative of Schuylkill County. 

American Water:  George Cradic

Bordner Cabin:  Road is Closed.   Mike Willeman received the structural engineer’s details for supporting the floors to handle the load requirement per L&I's review. This will allow him to resubmit the drawings. Copies of this information will be provided to Jo Ellen and Angel.  Mike is working on the permit package for Pa DEP so it can be submitted at the same time L&I is reviewing the code package.

 One contractor is working on a price estimate for the concrete work and also the floor support.

 With all this information now at hand, Mike will submit for final review next week.  The effect the disasters have had were delays at all levels.  Our structural engineer has been extremely busy as a result of flood damage to structures in the region.

November stewards:  Bill & Genie Potters.

Conservancy Dick Blouch – Working on an Izaak Walton easement. 

Conservation DistrictsStephanie Harmon –

Donations and Bequests & Financial

Eagle Scouts: 

FIG:  Munitions Removal Proposal

Application for a new project phase for Stormwater Discharges Associated with construction.

Floods, Droughts:  245 parcels along the Swatara in Lebanon County

Little SwataraFred Folmer is working on obtaining the names and addresses of property owners along the Little Swatara.  Berks County has the information available on a GIS web site. 

Marcellus:  A vote on a proposed fee on drillers was postponed in the Senate.

MS4  (storm water):  Litz submitted comments on the Chesapeake Bay Implementation Strategy and Water Implementation Plan.

Northern Swatara Watershed and Sweet Arrow Lake Report:  Denise Donmoyer—events posted at www.SweetArrowLakePark.com

Quittie Creek and Park ReportAnn Lasky reported that even though it rained on the Pumpkin Walk, students manned 14 Lebanon Valley College Booths.   The bridge made it through the flood OK. 

Swatara State ParkAngel Croll  Old State Road is closed to motorized vehicles from Waterville/AT bridge to fossil site.  It is open to foot traffic, bicyclists and equestrians; however, individuals should be aware that the washes have not been repaired and the roadways surface continues to deteriorate.  Caution should be exercised.

The rail trail is also open to designated recreational uses; again, tread surface is eroded in specific sections and caution and personal discretion should be used.

I am waiting for official word regarding Swatara project 152-2.  Once awarded, a press release will be issued.  I will send you a copy.

Just a reminder that hunting season has commenced.  Park visitors are encouraged to wear high visibility clothes (hat, vest) and be aware of their surroundings.

Swatara Watershed Park:  Our ‘mortgage’ stands at $_36,885.43_

Ø      After a shock treatment and purging, the Well passed the water test.  DEP will forward a form for posting on the office door.

Ø      Ed Anspach removed damaged vehicles from the site.  Thanks, Ed!

Ø      On a Stouffer/Folmer motion, to comply with Township zoning ordinances prohibiting permanent camping in a flood plain, requests for winter camping were denied.

Ø      On an Arnold/Folmer motion, Board members decided to allow bow hunting after the close of camping season on November 1.

Ø      Repeat Launch use by S&S Wildlife Control approved.

Ø      Because the back acres are still wet, Stouffer and Mock volunteered to place bricks under the shed corners to prevent the shed from freezing into the ground.  That way, Ed Anspach may be able to retrieve the damaged shed when the ground freezes. 

Car Show Debriefing:  Because of closed bridges, when using GPS units, even with our signs, participants had trouble locating the site.  However, car owners, flea market, and food vendor participants were all very complimentary about our event, and promised to spread the word for next year.

Water Works:  A Union Canal lock is available across from our adopted launch.  On a Stouffer/Embich motion, Litz will gather information and talk with the Conservancy about an April DCNR grant.  We need to be sure that property ownership is verified. 

Swatara Water Trail: 

SRBC.

Other:  Jack Stouffer retired from Hershey School maintenance.

Next Meeting:  December 7, 9:30AM  Steph Harmon water quality presentation at the Ag Center. 

Swatara Watershed Association – October 5, 2011

In attendance:  Bob Arnold, Ann Lasky, Dick & June Blouch, Denise Donmoyer, Fred Folmer, Jo Ellen Litz, Don Mock, Bill Potters, Jack Stouffer, & John Worrilow.  What a great team! As people arrived, they broke into work groups, mounting the canoes onto the racks, mowing the grass, filling stone in the driveway, hauling away garbage, washing picnic tables, and cleaning up the inside of the office at Swatara Watershed Park.  Thank you everyone!  You surely soared high this day.

Business:

American Water:  George Cradic

Bordner Cabin:  Road is Closed. See September minutes for latest update.

Conservancy Dick Blouch --

Conservation DistrictsStephanie Harmon –

Donations and Bequests & Financial

Eagle Scouts: 

FIG: 

Floods, Droughts:  245 parcels along the Swatara in Lebanon County.  On September 7, 2011, People woke up to Tropical Storm Lee, which produced Historic flooding.  In fact, USGS reports that Harper Tavern crested higher than it did in Hurricane Agnes 23.72’ (1972), which was a 500-year recurrence-interval event in the area. The gage got inundated, and USGS equipment got damaged. They retrieved a high water mark of 24.46 ft at the gage on September 09, 2011. The flood of record for the station was June 01, 1889, which crested at 25.6 ft. A collection of flood photos was compiled on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150311408309095.365109.86311524094&type=3 , and the following YouTube post shows how TS Lee rearranged Swatara Watershed Park http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exg3cownotQ

Homeowners have asked for assistance to relocate out of the flood plain.  On PEMA's website under Programs and Services is Hazard Mitigation. There is a section for HM Forms Page. Under Unified HM Grant Program the first is a puff "Letter of Intent" or LOI that the municipality sends to PEMA to start the process. In addition, under Hazard Mitigation are PEMA's contacts for the program (Tom Hughes). They can call Tom (717-651-2726) to learn about the program. The process (on average) typically takes 18 months.  In all cases, you have 60 days to report damage to Lebanon Emergency Management Agency and FEMA.  Examples of damage from Lebanon County as of 9.21.11:

Ø      52 businesses—Help is available at the Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation.  Small business loans allow you to use your taxpayer $; your loan won’t get sold; there’s no prepayment penalty or other charges; and interest rates won’t change.

Ø      Farmers should contact Julie Holland at the Farm Service Agency in the Ag Building, 2120 Cornwall Rd., Lebanon  717-272-3908 ext. 2

Ø      13 mobile homes

Ø      3239 single family homes, visit FEMA at the Lebanon Valley Mall.

Ø      14 bridges—underpasses are being cleaned.  Prisoners are helping to clear debris from decks.

Ø      54 roads

1.      Barrels are floating and should be reported to HazMat.

2.      Mohamed is still missing.  Should you discover his body, call 911.

3.    SWA  is interested in preserving any canal locks on properties along the Swatara.

We live in such a great community.

Ø      Jack Stouffer has a lead on a metal shed for us, but he isn’t sure of the size or if it can be delivered.  We need to be able to drive a lawn mower into it.  Someone at Milton Hershey is supposed to call with the details.   

Ø      Also, the LCCTC will be making and donating two picnic tables.

Ø      Betty and George Conner are donating a used power washer so we can clean the inside of the office and the pavilion floor better.

Ø       David Smith purchased a new phone and answering machine and donated it to SWA for the Park.

Ø       Fred Folmer is donating a cash register and desk.

Little SwataraFred Folmer

Marcellus:  Training event in Harrisburg on October 27, 2011 at the Harrisburg Area Community College from 6-9 pm by PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center. 

MS4  (storm water):  As an unfunded mandate, estimated costs for some of Lebanon’s municipalities was gathered by Lebanon County Clean Water Alliance.  To date, cost=$154,456.

Northern Swatara Watershed and Sweet Arrow Lake Report:  Denise Donmoyer—events posted at www.SweetArrowLakePark.com .  A Dinner Theater—Neil Diamond, Plaza Suite--will be held this weekend.  Turkey and Ham will be served.

Quittie Creek and Park ReportAnn Lasky 

Swatara State Park Angel Croll

Swatara Watershed ParkOur ‘mortgage’ stands at $36,885.43.  Jonestown Bank offered to waive 3 months of payments without interest.

Ø       The Well was repaired by Mr. Tillet, Grantville, and is being treated and purged for testing.  An Extension was granted by DEP, and the door is posted to inform visitors.

Ø       Ed Anspach offered to remove totaled vehicles and when the ground dries out, bring our shed back to it’s perch.  On a D Blouch/Stouffer a motion passed unanimously for Jo Ellen to call Anspach Autos to total the van.  $250 was offered for the vehicle.  The four brand new tires valued at $500 will be removed for sale at the flea market.

Ø       Denise informed the Board that she will not be able to run the canoe livery in 2012.  So, we are exploring our options:

o        Hire someone to run the livery, which would mean purchasing another van;

o        Seek an independent contractor to run the livery, but the CPA would have to review IRS rules about switching payment methods;

o        Similar to the Chesapeake Bay program, only seek users who can tow and want to use a trailer full of canoes.

o        Other.

Ø       Sustained Damage:  7 picnic tables missing; van; John Deere Tractor; shed; well; refrigerator; cash register; printed material; cabinet; desk; chair…all destroyed or damaged.

Car Show Planning Flyers printed for Cruise’ to the Swatara are being distributed at car shows.  Volleyball tournament for clubs, businesses, or other organizations; canoes at $10/half hour to paddle upstream and ‘cruise’ back to the Park; a flea market (Steph Seigel); “Oldies” music (Fred Folmer) and refreshment vendors $40 donation:  AEB, Ice Cream Express, Just a Little Indulgence & Randy Sweigert are invited vendors.  A People’s Choice Award, Best Appearing Car Club; Best Convertible; and other awards will be presented.  $100 Corporate sponsors are welcome to display a table, banner, or other marketing.  Energetic volunteers welcome.  A Flag better marks the entrance to the Park, and contains the water mark for TS Lee.  Jo Ellen will contact Fish and Boat for any recommendations concerning float trips.

Water Works: 

Swatara Water Trail:  POWR’s new staff person, Josh Karns.

SRBC.

OtherCatherine J. Poppenwimer, Assistant Staff Scientist/GIS Specialist Appalachian Mountain Club

(603) 466-2721 x 8131 cpoppenwimer@outdoors.org is working on identifying the core conservation areas and developing a conservation assessment of priority lands in the Sand Hills.  She will review and discuss this assessment, plus information on identifying funding sources and municipal bonds, with us.  Our input will be incorporated into the assessment.  The final version of the report will be completed by the summer of 2012.  Refer to Manada Conservancy.

Next Meeting:  November 2, 9:30AM

September 7, 2011

In attendance: Jo Ellen Litz, John Worrilow, Stephanie Siegel, Don Mock, Bob Arnold, Fred Folmer, Dick Blouch, June Blouch, Ann Lasky, Jack Stouffer, Walt Haber

Business: On a Worrilow/Folmer motion, all past minutes were approved.

American Water:  George Cradic (not present)

Bordner Cabin:  Jo Ellen tried to check on the cabin after Hurricane Irene, but the road was closed. 

Conservancy:  Dick Blouch -- Round the Valley, August 27, 2011.  Good turnout and very good feedback on the event and about Lebanon County. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9I14grzHVc

Conservation Districts:  Stephanie Harmon – Nominations for landowner, business, educator, conservationist, and special recognition of the year.  June suggested that the SWA nominate Dan Landis (Landisdale Farms), an organic farmer on Ono Road.  Regarding the run/walk fundraiser she’s organizing, Stephanie Siegel reported that the Conservation District also is having a run/walk.  She suggested the 2 groups work together.  Everyone liked the idea.  Jo Ellen and Bob will run this by the Conservation District and report back.

Donations and Bequests & Financial: The 2010 Financial Statements were distributed.  A copy of the bank statement was circulated for review.  On a Blouch motion, approval was given to pay the $1500 accounting bill for the review of the financial statements.

Eagle Scout:  Logan’s Boy Scout project was highlighted in the Lebanon Daily News

FIG: (no report)

Floods, Droughts:  245 parcels along the Swatara in Lebanon County.  A 14.4-foot crest on the Swatara near Harper Tavern in Lebanon County is projected.  This is just below what the AHPS calls “major flooding” and would force some evacuations from homes along the creek. A number of secondary roads would also be closed.

The Swatara Creek near Hershey is expected to crest just below 12 feet. Roads along the creek began to be affected last night as the creek reached 7-feet, and homes near the creek upstream of the Route 39 bridge get flooded when the creek reaches 10 feet.

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer-Fred reported that he was planning on going to the township offices to find the names of landowners along the Little Swatara.  Jo Ellen suggested he get map and lot numbers.  This way he’ll be able to obtain a list of current and future owners when the property is sold.

Marcellus:  Folmer session-Dick said the professors who spoke were biased in favor of the gas industry.  Jo Ellen said she thought the SWA’s session was educational and balanced. 

MS4  (storm water):  Tom Embich (not present)

Northern Swatara Watershed and Sweet Arrow Lake Report:  Denise Donmoyer—events posted at www.SweetArrowLakePark.com .

Quittie Creek and Park Report:  Ann Lasky-Should hear about the grant to purchase more acreage at the end of September.  Getting ready for the annual Pumpkin Walk with college students (October 28th).  The township is helping with fallen trees.

Swatara State Park: Hurricane Irene’s high winds caused a lot of trees to fall on Old State Road. The roadway is closed at the AT/Waterville Bridge and fossil site until we can get the trees cleared from the roadway. Now I’m watching the flood gauges to determine if the closed area will need to be expanded. No damage to the cabin has been observed.

The bids for the Swatara project are in, but has not been awarded. Dept. of General Services has up to 60 days to determine awarding the project (end of October).

Swatara Watershed Park:  Our ‘mortgage’ stands at $37,148.18.

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Car Show Planning Flyers printed and being distributed for ‘Cruise’ to the Swatara Volleyball tournament for clubs, businesses, or other organizations; canoes at $10/half hour to paddle upstream and ‘cruise’ back to the Park; a flea market (Steph Siegel); “Oldies” music (Fred Folmer) and refreshment vendors $40 donation.  A People’s Choice Award, Best Appearing Car Club; Best Convertible; and other awards will be presented.  $100 Corporate sponsors are welcome to display a table, banner, or other marketing.  Energetic volunteers welcome.  A flag better marks the entrance to the Park.  Don and Jack –parking/utility men.  Ann-flea market

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Campers asked to vacate sites because of potential flooding.

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Don reported that he had fixed the mower and had mowed.

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Picnic tables-will be checked on after the creek crests.  Will consider chaining the tables down.

Water Works: (no report)

Swatara Water Trail:  2011 PA Greenways and Trails Summit, (Sept 11-13, Yorktown Hotel, Historic Downtown York PA), Health & Recreation Destinations…Greenways & Trails Leading the Way

SRBC: (no report)

Other:  CREP

Next Meeting:  October 5, 9:30AM at Swatara Watershed Park, 1929 Black's Bridge Road, Annville.  From Route 22, take 934 S. Turn right (west) at Harper's then left (south) on School House Road beside the East Hanover Township Building.  About 1.5 miles, turn right (west) at the "T" onto Black's Bridge Road.  Follow to a right angle in the road, and look for the Park entrance on your left.

From Annville, take Route 934 north to Harper's Tavern and turn left (west), then follow the above directions.

Meeting adjourned.

Submitted by Stephanie Siegel, Secretary

August 3, 2011

In attendance:  Betty Conner, Tom Embich, Fred Folmer, Jo Ellen Litz, and John Woorilow.  We wish all of our members enjoying their vacations a relaxed and rejuvenating time.  Come back refreshed.  We need your energy.

In addition, we have ever expanding projects—from the Bordner Cabin and Swatara Watershed Park to Swatara sojourns, the Water Trail, and hosting educational programs.  Therefore, we are seeking a few good board members.  We encourage you to submit your resume for consideration.  We meet the first Wednesday of each month at 9:30AM.  Applications from Dauphin, Schuylkill, Berks, and Lebanon Counties, young and old, businesses, farmers, men, women, professionals and laborers are all welcome to apply.

Business:

American Water:  George Cradic

Bordner Cabin:  August Stewards are Marta Trainer and her husband.  Mike Willeman received a letter from the Pa Dept. of Labor and Industry Accessibilities Board informing him that the variances we requested were granted. Next, he will resubmit the drawing package showing the minor revisions requested by the first L&I review. Now that we have variance approvals and decisions in hand, we should be able to get the final approval from L&I. Mike will deliver the drawing package.  He has also been in contact with Pa. D.E.P. and will apply for "General Permits" G-3: Bank Stabilization and G-11:  Wall Repair. The RipRap will be removed, and the project will fall under regular permits.

Conservancy Dick Blouch -- Round the Valley, August 27, 2011.  Registration volunteers will assist riders with the check in process between 6:45 AM and 10:00 AM. 

Conservation DistrictsStephanie Harmon – Nominations for landowner, business, educator, conservationist, and special recognition of the year.

Help Your Park Win Big In The Coca-Cola America Is Your Park Campaign

Coca-Cola kicked off its 2nd annual America Is Your Park campaign where people vote for their favorite park and win the title of "America's Favorite Park" and a $100,000 recreation grant.  Steph Harmon reports Swatara State Park is a contestant.

Thursday Mt Gretna Watershed Expo at Hall of Philosophy.  Dick Brown, will speak 6:30-7:00, we’ll take a short break, and then the second speaker, Andy Korzon, will be at 7:30

Here is a link to PA Farmland –https://services.agriculture.state.pa.us/PAFarmland/Default.aspx

Donations and Bequests & Financial:  Car Show?

Eagle Scout:  Logan hit a wall with first part of the project which is to identify this structure’s use.  Can you help? The lined in-ground structure is located on Cedar Crest HS property just off the parking lot.  He has an 1830 map that showed who the property belonged to.

FIG: 

Little SwataraFred Folmer reports that Katie Jay spoke at Bethel Township. 

MS4  (storm water):  Tom Embich

Northern Swatara Watershed and Sweet Arrow Lake Report:  Denise Donmoyer—events posted at www.SweetArrowLakePark.com .

Quittie Creek and Park ReportAnn Lasky 

Swatara State Park Swatara project DGS 152-2 is out for bid and closes at the end of the month.  Despite the hot weather, Swatara State Park is consistently getting large groups picnicking on the weekends.    Friends of Swatara had first workday to reclaim a parking area on SR 443 east of Twin Grove campground.  Additional workdays planned to further enhance the parking area.  Adopt a cabin is doing a good job.  Stopped in Saturday morning (07/29) and place was clean. J Angel

Swatara Watershed Park:  Water test completed.  Have a Life Vest for Denise.  Eagle Scout Jethro Holzman is making us picnic tables. 

Our ‘mortgage’ stands at $37,409.67.  So that we can make payments over the winter months, there was a consensus to hold a fundraiser in October at the Park.  We will try to follow the week of Hershey.  It will be Cruise’ to the Swatara (a little play on words—car cruise verses a cruise ship.  We will host a volleyball tournament for clubs, businesses, or other organizations; offer canoes at $10 per half hour to paddle upstream and ‘cruise’ back to the Park; a flea market; and refreshment stand.  A People’s Choice Award, Best Appearing Car Club; Best Convertible; and other awards will be presented.  $100 Corporate sponsors are welcome to display a table, banner, or other marketing.  We need energetic volunteers to help out.  Give us a shout. 

Jo Ellen will work on making a flag to better mark the entrance to the Park.  More information to follow.

Water Works:  Watermelon review from Dick Blouch:  Our church youth group floated the Swattie from our place to Water Works.  They picked up tires including a large tractor tire and left them at Water Works.  They contacted Boat & Fish Commission; however, they did not return a call to them (as of Sunday.)  The tractor tire is leaning up against the tree as well as the other tires are there.  Could SWA take care of this?  Tom Embich will check on the status of the tires.  He will also contact Ketterings if the tires are still there.  Fred Folmer has a truck and trailer to haul the tires.

Tom also reports that there is a new wood routed sign marking the location.  Walks were shoveled, trash picked up, and maps put into the sign box during Watermelon at the Waterworks.  Don Mock removed some tires too.

Swatara Water Trail:  2011 PA Greenways and Trails Summit, (Sept 11-13, Yorktown Hotel, Historic Downtown York PA), Health & Recreation Destinations…Greenways & Trails Leading the Way

SRBC Water Resources Program for Fiscal Years 2012-2013 at http://www.srbc.net/planning/water-resources2012_and_2013.htm .

OtherCREP postcards to streamside landowners in the Swatara Creek watershed.  Stephanie Eisenbise, PA Restoration Outreach Coordinator, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Next Meeting:  September 7, 9:30AM

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
In attendance:  Denise Donmoyer, Karen Light, Ann Lasky, John Worrilow, Jo Ellen Litz, Dick Blouch, Tom Embich, Stephanie Siegel, Don Mock, Fred Folmer, Tom Hawk, Joan Hawk, Jack Stouffer.
Business:
A Conversation on Marcellus:  Debrief.  PDF files and YouTube's online at
http://www.mbcomp.com/swatara/Marcellus.htm

The event was held at Northern Lebanon High School and was a success with about 60 people in attendance despite very bad weather and a tornado warning.  The main criticism of the event was somewhat minor - some people had difficulty finding the auditorium, which was in the rear of the school, but had large lettering over the doors.  There were five speakers – three from Bradford County, the county currently with the most natural gas wells in PA and one from Chester County, where the effect from Marcellus shale drilling has been the placement of gas lines and eminent domain.  Local Attorney Tom Harlan also spoke about leases and rights-of-way.  The effect in Lebanon County from drilling may also be because of gas lines and eminent domain.  One advantage Lebanon County has is that it can see problems that have occurred in other counties and can try to protect against them and educate its residents, i.e., Chris Troop, County Planning, is preparing an ordinance for the county; residents who get their water from a well and have shale around their property should be told to get a high quality baseline water quality test prior to any work from drilling being done for comparison purposes later on, if there’s any change in their water quality; residents need to be educated on leases and dealing with the drilling companies.  A major benefit of the event was that people from different interested groups came together and realized they will have more power to protect against any harmful effects of drilling if they work together.
American Water:  George Cradic (George was not present; this topic was not discussed)
Bordner Cabin:  June Stewards are Mike Willeman and Tom and Joan Hawk.
Ranger Lewis reported damage caused by vandalism.  Dave Ravegum also reported damage.  Damage occurred to the following items:
1.      Removal of newel post which supports the rail to the loft
2.      Damage/removal to window trim and screens
3.      Removal of bedroom closet wall
4.      Removal of wooden barricade onto porch from exterior
5.      Removal of sign in picture frame and shelf backer
Tom Hawk plans on repairing some of the damage.  It was reported that some members of the newly formed Friends of Swatara State Park told him that people representing themselves as park rangers said they would have to deal with SWA regarding Bordner Cabin for another four years until SWA’s lease for the cabin is up and that after that, the cabin would be burned.  Jo Ellen will follow-up with Angel regarding this.  Jo Ellen had hoped to use the Conservation Corp for some of the work that needs to be done on the cabin, but this program has been discontinued.
Bridges: (Not discussed)
Conservancy:  Dick Blouch – the Conservancy is working with the Izaak Walton  League to set up an easement on their land.  The Conservancy also has spoken with the Steelton Gun Club about an easement on their land.  Dick noted that Larry Herr has been a big help in educating people and helping to get them to agree to easements
Conservation Districts:  Stephanie Harmon
*       *Dauphin County Conservation District was successful in its 2011 WREN grant proposal to design and install a riparian buffer on a Spring Creek, a tributary in Derry Township.
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*       *Leigh Beamesder reports that Palmyra was among 65 teams who competed at Susquehanna University.  Five girls did an outstanding job with the Oral Component and received a perfect score as they proposed ways to clean up a local watershed to help improve the Chesapeake Bay.  They were awarded 1st place for the Oral Component at the awards ceremony, yesterday.  On testing day, the students traveled to Shikellamy State Park where they were tested in Wildlife, Forestry, Aquatic Ecology, Soils & Land Use, and Freshwater/Saltwater Estuaries.  This was Palmyra's first time at a state competition in over 12 years.  Here, the Palmyra team also did well, taking

home the 10th place award.  
*       *Commissioners reviewed Comprehensive Plan Implementation Grant
requests.
1.      $25,000 was approved for North Lebanon Township.
2.      Bethel received approval for playground equipment.
3.      Lebanon County Conservation District was turned down for a Leaf Pack
program.  Litz’s motion was not seconded.
4.      A Litz motion to move ahead with the Lebanon Valley Conservancy
Heritage Trail map project was not seconded either.
Donations and Bequests & Financial:  Audit Thursday @ 1:30PM
       Our condolences to the family of 86-year old WWII Veteran & 42-year Merchant Seaman Emerson (Jerry) Hoffman who died this week. He went on Swatara Sojourns, & spoke fondly of our events.  His son Chris & Denise, his wife, chose to honor Emerson by asking that, in lieu of flowers, people donate to SWA.  Total = $365.  Gross handled funeral arrangements in Myerstown on May 17, 11AM. Ashes were interred in Mt Hope Cemetery in Myerstown.  Jo Ellen attended the funeral.
Friendly's in Hershey donated $119.00 & Lebanon donated $121.60.  Ann will follow-up with Palmyra.

Farm Preservation:  Please see the following link to the 2010 Bureau of
Farmland Preservation annual report covering all PA counties-
http://www.agriculture.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_2_24476
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FIG:  Chris Cleaver is retiring.
Fire:  Inventory review – Jo Ellen will do an inventory of SWA items lost in the fire at her building and will report to the board.
Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer – Fred is in the process of re-organizing a Little Swatara Watershed Association under the umbrella of SWA.  He currently is taking an inventory of Little Swatara Creek to see where riparian rights will be necessary
MS4  (storm water):  Tom Embich – no active regulation at this time.  The area of Annville around Lebanon Valley College is being developed as Annville Center.  Tom asked for a treatment plant to be included in the development plan
Northern Swatara Watershed and Sweet Arrow Lake Report:  Denise
Donmoyer-events posted at www.SweetArrowLakePark.com
<http://www.sweetarrowlakepark.com/>  .  The northern Swatara has been stocked with fish and Sweet Arrow Lake received a grant for which they applied.
Quittie Creek and Park Report:  Ann Lasky reports that Part 2 of Quittie Creek Nature Park land acquisition of 12.1 acres was approved on a Commissioner Stohler and Litz motion, with Commissioner Carpenter voting Nay.  Ann also reported on a Garbage Museum organized by a local resident.  It’s made up of garbage collected from Quittie Creek and it’s hoped some of the garbage will be reused for sculptures.  There will be a three day kayak tour to pick up garbage from the Quittie.
Swatara Sojourn:  Debrief.  Jo Ellen asked if everyone had been reimbursed for their expenses.  Some people do not want to be reimbursed and will make a donation of their money/time.  The POWR grant final report will be filed.
Swatara State Park:
FYI, while the State Police may not patrol the road inside Swatara State Park, they have been arresting people going into and leaving the Park during evening hours.  The man who lives just south of the Park on Old State Road reported a drug arrest in front of his home on the Road.
From Park Manager Angel Croll:
1.      At the request of the Office of Administration, DCNR and DGS (General Services) she provided requested written justification for the park Capital Improvement Project (Phase One, DGS 152-2).  Upon approval, the project will be re-bid.
2.      Friends of Swatara State Park, a non-profit organization to support the park, is currently forming.  A mission statement was written 05/23.  Board and committee members are to be elected at the next meeting which is scheduled for June 9, 6:30 pm at Middle Pavilion Memorial Lake State Park.
Park Manager Angel Croll and Mike Willeman attended a L&I board variance meeting on 05/26/11.  A waiver of L&I's UCC requiring indoor plumbing at the cabin was granted by the board.  However, the board mandated a port a potty be on site.  SWA representatives and Park Manager Angel Croll will meet to determine best location for potty and how to protect it from vandals.
Swatara Watershed Park:  $335 Deposited on 5/30 for canoe use. 

For his Eagle Scout project, Jethro Holzman will be raising funds and building picnic tables.  Jethro had joined us on the Swatara Sojourn.  He is part of Board Member Dan Cravotta's Boy Scout troop. 

Denise reported on the following “wish list” for the Park:

 Mower blade needs to be sharpened (Don Mock to do)

 The area where the sign points people to the dock needs to be cleared, and the sign needs painted. (Don to clear area.  Sign will be painted after the summer)

 Boat needs some work.  (Denise will get JB Weld and Don and Denise will try to patch the boat)

 Tire rims to be used as fire pits (Tom to check with Brian Kettering.  Brightbill’s might have them)

 Gravel for path to dock (Jo Ellen to contact Pennsy for possible donation)

 Someone to learn duties and substitute, when needed

Nice mention of the Park in the Lebanon Daily News’ Out & About Summer 2011 issue.

Denise made a flyer for posting re: canoe rental.  Jo Ellen will add some pictures to it.  Would like people to post these flyers in the area.
Water Works:  Larry Freet offered to install mooring points at Water Works.  SWA talked about putting down a treated 2x4 so that the bottoms of canoes don't get scratched pulling them over the edge of the concrete.  Then, mooring brackets could be attached to the 2x4.  Right now, we tie off of trees.  We didn't have a generator.  If Larry is willing, we'd love his help to accomplish this goal.  Tom reported the Fish and Boats sign needs to be repainted.  He’ll let the team know.
Swatara Water Trail:  2011 PA Greenways and Trails Summit, (Sept 11- 13, Yorktown Hotel in Historic Downtown York, PA), Health and Recreation Destinations...Greenways and Trails Leading the Way.  Let Jo Ellen know if you want more information.
Misc:  Denise needs deposit slips.  Jo Ellen will distribute a list of campsites reserved for the summer.  While there may not be a charge through Swatara State park to Lickdale, Stephanie reported that the rail/trail is available for a fundraising run/walk with a small donation.  The run/walk will either be in fall of 2011 or in 2012.
SRBC:  Next meeting June 23, 2011.  Let Jo Ellen know if want information.
Next Meeting:  At Watermelon at the Waterworks on July 6, 2011, Ann will bring
watermelon, and Dick will bring garbage bags.

Meeting adjourned.

Submitted by Stephanie Siegel, Secretary

Wednesday May 4, 2011, 9:30AM. 

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

Business

Ø      May 26 @ Northern Lebanon High SchoolA Conversation on Marcellus”; open free to the public. 6:30-8:30 PM.  (SWA cost $50).  Purpose:  To educate and engage citizens in preparing for Marcellus Shale impacts.  Clean Water is essential to life, and we want to protect this valuable resource.  We can learn from what has happened in other counties and proactively plan for the day that drillers come to Lebanon County.  There is Marcellus on the fringes, but similar to Chester County, pipelines can run like a checker board across the County.  Further, below the Marcellus is a larger Utica layer. 

 

o       Members are needed to register people collecting their name, address and email as well as to stand at the door to greet people and hand out post cards for people to write down questions.

o       Agenda:

§         VP Tom Embich will provide a welcome and lay the ground rules.

§         President Jo Ellen Litz will provide a Watershed Perspective.

§         Tom Embich and Jo Ellen Litz will rotate introducing speakers with a 1-minute opening.  Speakers will each be given 15 minutes to present their topic followed by Q&A.

§         Confirmed speakers:  Chuck invited Mike Lovegreen, a Conservation District Director in mined areas (LCCD will pay for his mileage), and Jo Ellen invited Attorney Tom Harlin to talk about mineral rights and leases—making them and opting of them at the end of the term.

§         Invited speakers: Ann P invited Ralph Kisberg. Guy Alsentzer, or Maria Payan; and Jo Ellen invited John Gaadt on pipelines.

o       Q&A:  Members should collect post cards, sort by topic, and give to Tom and Jo Ellen who will present questions to the guest speakers.

o       Co-Sponsors:  League of Women Voters of Lebanon County, Lebanon County Conservation District, and Swatara Watershed Association (others welcome).

o       Refreshments:  Members and sponsors, please bring a refreshment that does not require utensils.  SWA will provide napkins and cups. 

o       Outcome:  Resources like PowerPoints provided by speakers will be placed on the SWA web site; People can volunteer to serve on a Marcellus Shale Task Force for Lebanon County; Citizens take action to preserve their mineral rights and obtain baseline water reports for their wells; Municipalities can update their comprehensive plans; and if invited, SWA can make other presentations in the community.

 American Water:  George Cradic

Bordner CabinCleaned up during Day of Caring.

Bridges

Ø      Inwood—

Ø      Black’s Bride will be closed beginning 5.9.11 for replacement.

Conservancy Dick Blouch—Bus Tour of Green Homes on 5.14 @ 8AM.  Meet at the Ag Center.  $15 for members, and $20 for non-members.  Homes on the tour include:  Stephanie DiVittore, Phil and Sue Morgan, and Chris and Holly in Annville.

Conservation Districts Stephanie Harmon

Donations and Bequests & Financial

Ø      Friendly’s Fundraiser report:  1 check for $121.60 from Lebanon and a second check for $119 from store 756 came in to date.

Ø      Audit:  The Department of Labor and Industry notified SWA that they will conduct an audit from 5.25.10-5.25.11.

Fire:  Jo Ellen had a major fire.  While the Watershed office was moved to Guilford St., some of the Watershed inventory was stored at 2501 Cumberland Street, the fire site.  For example, water test kits, a computer, desk, and chair were destroyed as well as historic documents and files.  The kayak, multi-media projector, and copier are safe at the new location, but Walt and Jo Ellen will go over the entire inventory until the next meeting, and provide a thorough report.

MS4  (storm water) Consortium Tuesday, May 24, 7:30—11:45AM, Farm & Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster.

Northern Swatara Watershed and Sweet Arrow Lake Report:  Denise Donmoyer—events posted at www.SweetArrowLakePark.com .

Quittie Creek and Park Report Ann Lasky—pursuing a 12-acre acquisition to expand the Park.

Sojourn:  May 7-8:  Bring your walkie talkie.  Cell phones won’t work through the mountain pass.

Food

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Saturday Breakfast –BGs doughnuts coordinated by June Blouch

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Saturday Lunch –subs from Seaman’s by Betty & George Conner

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Saturday Dinner – broasted chicken and ice cream by Lickdale Campgrounds

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Sunday Breakfast –at Smokestack Lightening BQ by June Blouch

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Sunday Lunch ––pizza and soda coordinated by Ann & Dave Lasky

Ø      Advance Team—Scouted the Swatara for obstacles, cut a path through fallen trees as needed.  Recommends that novices start at Swope’s Valley Road.

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

Ø      Programs--Denise Donmoyer:  Tom Powers, Ken Ninkovich

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

Ø      Lead--Jo Ellen Litz and John Slotterbach

Ø      Sweep--Lisa & Austin Carter

Ø      Transportation—Tom Embich rented two 15-passenger vans and coordinated drivers, Dick Blouch, Tom Embich, and Dave Wentling.

SRBC:   

Swatara State Park:   The Swopes Valley trail and bridge, along with the comfort stations, are eliminated from the re-bids.

Swatara Watershed Park (1929BBR) 1929 Black’s Bridge Road.  Camping Season is open.  Seasonal Primitive Camp Memberships are welcome for the 2011 season.  For more information visit http://www.mbcomp.com/swatara/redirect/watertrail/canoe_rent.htm

o       Canoes are available.  Call Denise at 570.345.8952 or 717.838.9580.

o       Mortgage balance is $38,198.26 to pay off the property. 

o       Van inspection cost $800.35 for two engine mounts, a transmission mount, and two tires.  Tom Embich donated $200 to purchase an additional two tires.  We love you, Tom!  Thank you for your generous contribution to keep us safe on the road.

o       IU13-Dee’s group—had 20 students clean up the Water Park.  Great job everyone!

o       Hershey Chocolate workers got rained out on United Way Day of Caring, but will police the grounds on Sunday May 8, and help people to unload their canoes at the end of the Sojourn.

o       The electricity failed in the pump house, and Electrician Ron Keefer will be contacted to check for the reason.

Water Trail: Larry Freet volunteered to install a “rub” strip and tie downs at the Water Works boat launch.  He is donating his time, expertise and materials.  Thank you, Larry!  You are a Watershed Hero for seeing a need, presenting a plan, and following through.

Next Meeting:  Wednesday, June 1 @ 9:30AM

Wednesday April 6, 9:30AM. 

In attendance:  Bob Arnold, Betty Conner, George Cradic, Denise Donmoyer, Stephanie Eisenbise, Tom Embich, Fred Folmer, Stephanie Harmon, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Don Mock, Ann Pinca, Stephanie Siegel, Jack Stouffer, and John Worrilow.

Business

bulletIn 2007, the state of PA had 27 gas wells.
bulletIn 2010, the State had around 1400 gas wells.
bulletWithin 8 years, the State will have around 30,000 gas wells.
bulletIn the end, the State could have over 100,000 gas wells.
bulletSo, it’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when gas wells will appear in Lebanon County.
bulletMost likely, we will also see many new gas and water lines.

On a Stouffer/Arnold motion, approval to move forward with “A Conversation on Marcellus” passed unanimously.  Mark your calendars for this educational forum on May 26, 6-8PM.  Co-sponsors are being sought to promote and attend the Conversation; assist with refreshments; and/or make a cash donation to help offset fees for insurance, building fees, traffic attendants....  Co-sponsors will be recognized on all releases and at the Conversation.  When approval is received, confirmation of location and speakers will be announced. A planning committee reviewed close to two dozen speakers heard at neighboring forums, conferences, League of Women Voters..., and three speakers were chosen, one each by three different people.  The Executive Committee of SWA will finalize accommodations, and veteran SWA members Betty Conner, Tom Embich, and Jo Ellen Litz will provide a welcome and introduction to the Swatara Watershed as well as monitor written questions from the audience after presentations. 

Outcomes: Resources will be posted on the SWA web; People can sign up to volunteer to serve on a task force to meet on a regular basis after this conversation; and/or offer a Presentation at the local Township convention.

On a Stouffer/Embich motion, a white paper on a Marcellus Shale impact fee for local governments will be developed.

 American Water:  A Critical Source Water Protection Area plan draft will be available for comment around June 2011 with a proposed adoption date by June 2012.  The plan is not mandatory.  American Water services 16,500 households or 45,000 people.  SRBC is coordinating the Plan.  A model calculates flow rate for land in the Swatara and Manada Creek basins, and divides the Watershed into three sections—A= less than 5 hours; B= up to 25 hours; and C= 25+ hours for spills to reach the American Water Authority intake.  If notified of a spill on the Swatara, AWC can switch to the Manada Creek intake and visa versa. 

Bordner CabinAnn Lasky and Bob Arnold reported on this months cleanups and inspections.

BridgesInwood--

ASC is just about complete with the resident survey report, and site conditions were reviewed after the last flood event ... two weeks ago.  That event we estimated as a 10 to 25 year flood....Old State Road was not inundated in that event.

Monroe Valley Drive was flooded and the SR bridge on Lickdale Road was closed by PENNDOT over the weekend until water receded. 

The Swatara Creek was still about 5 feet below the Inwood Bridge at high water (Inwood Bridge is above the 100 year event).

When both roads were closed, the detour to get to the Inwood Bridge along State Road was: 10.7 miles or 22 minutes thru Jonestown and 14.9 miles or 30 minutes thru Fredericksburg.

We are now looking to see if those detour routes will be inundated in a larger flood event....causing a greater detour and if there are any capacity limitations on these routes that would restrict emergency vehicles. 

We have also surveyed the low point on Old State Road and are working on a design to raise the road above the 100 year flood elevation....the low point on the road must be raised about 3 feet to be above the 100 year flood elevation (back water from the Swatara Creek).

Emergency services from Lickdale and surrounding  fire and ambulance companies come for residents along Old State Road.  Local roads are typically designed to pass the 25 year event.....but the Inwood Bridge gives us a creek crossing that is above the 100 year flood, which has some value worth consideration.  (I-78 and SR 22 both are above the 100 year flood elevation).  The County of Lebanon will soon have the results of this study for review and comment.    

ConservancyOn April 15, there will be a walk in Jonestown led by historian Evelyn Isele.

Conservation Districts Stephanie Harmon distributed an Earth Day calendar for the month of April.

Donations and Bequests & Financial Friendly’s Fundraisers 4.11 Hershey; 4.12 Lebanon; 4.18 Palmyra (5-8PM)—volunteers needed to man booth at each location.  Please join us for dinner.

Northern Swatara Watershed and Sweet Arrow Lake Report:  Denise Donmoyer reported that the NSW has received 501C3 approval.  SAL has received a grant to restore habitat north of the Lake, which will help to reduce sediment.

Officers:  On a Lasky/Embich motion, Stephanie Siegel was elected as SWAs secretary.  Members thanked Betty Conner for her many years of service, and look forward to her continued involvement on the SWA Board. 

Further, on a Lasky/Stouffer motion, as a fundraiser for SWA, Stephanie was given the go ahead to organize a fall fun run/walk around Swatara State Park and the Rail Trail.

Quittie Creek and Park Report On a Conner/Harmon motion, a letter of support will be sent for the Quittie Watershed to obtain a 12.1 acre parcel, which will expand Quittie Creek Nature Park.  Further, Ann said that 50 people will help clean up the Park on United Way Day of Caring.

Sojourn:  May 7-8:  Don Mock is looking for volunteers to help clear a channel for the canoeing season. 

Swatara State Park:   Dave Unger made a telephone report on Old State Road

Swatara Watershed Park (1929BBR) 1929 Black’s Bridge Road.  Primitive Camping will reopen May 1-October 31.  Primitive Campers are welcome to inquire about season passes for 2011.  For more information, visit http://www.mbcomp.com/swatara/redirect/watertrail/canoe_rent.htm .

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o       Need to raise $38,455.10 to pay off the property.  (See you at Friendly's  :)

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o       Chuck Cravatta’s scouts will camp at SWP and make 3-4 picnic tables.

United Way Day of Caring:  April 16 Team leaders for Bordner Cabin and Swatara Watershed Park.  Free t-shirt for helping to clean up.  Dee Cook will also lead IU-13 students on a project on the 14th

Water TrailOut of maps.  Tom found a few packs so we can include a map with each sojourn confirmation.  Next, Bob and Don will work together to replace the bad tractor tire on the mower.

Other: Stephanie Eisenbise, with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Tri-county Conewago Watershed Association, provided information on riparian buffers.  The Foundation has volunteered to mail an educational post card for the Swatara Watershed.

March 2, 2011

In attendance:  Bob Arnold, June and Richard Blouch, Betty and George Conner, Tom Embich, Jo Ellen Litz, Don Mock, Stephanie Siegel, Jack Stouffer, John Worrilow.

Business

Bordner Cabin:  Vandals struck and removed a post in the loft.  Litz, Mock, and Siegel headed to the cabin after the meeting to replace the post.  Bob Arnold and Dave and Ann Lasky are stewards this month.

Bridges

Conservancy Planning a joint meeting on 4.22 at noon with the Conservation District and Farm Preservation Board.  On another note, historic walking trails are being completed in the boroughs of Jonestown, Myerstown, Annville, and Palmyra.  Dick also noted that tundra swans are visiting Middlecreek at this time of year.   Reports say there are 80,000 white snow geese with black tipped wings and yellow-orange bills; Canada geese; and 3,000 tundra swans with black bills.  March 19-21, the Land Conservancy will meet at the Harrisburg Hilton.

Conservation Districts Leigh Beamesderfer is holding a Hoss night on April 29 to raise $$ for the PA Envirothon.  Vouchers are available. Just ask.

Donations and Bequests & Financial:  SWA will be organizing a fundraiser at Friendly’s.

Election of Officers:  Re-elected as officers were Jo Ellen Litz, president; Tom Embich, vice-president; Betty Conner secretary; and Walt Haber, treasurer.

Interns and Eagle Scouts are always welcome The northern bridges need “signed;” picnic tables needed for Swatara Watershed Park;….

MS4  mapping stormwater pipes, public education & pollution reports.  March 2, from 3- 5pm a meeting took place at N Lebanon Township Building, 725 Kimmerlings Road, Lebanon 17046.

Northern Swatara Watershed and Sweet Arrow Lake Report:  Denise Donmoyer.  Trout were stocked in Sweet Arrow Lake, and all are welcome for a breakfast at their clubhouse on the open day of trout.  Schuylkill County’s bicentennial is taking place, and events will be plentiful, including fireworks.  Conversely, there is concern over Marcellus shale applications.  On Thursday at Penn State Schuylkill, 250 people are expected from 11AM-1PM to discuss fracking impacts by Rausch Creek Land Company on the water supply. Radioactivity and chemicals like toluene were mentioned as agents used in fracking.

Quittie Creek and Park Report

Sojourn:   Mark your calendars for May 7 & 8, 2010.  SWA applied for a POWR grant. Adult registration will be $30 each.  Children will remain at $5 each.  The Environmental Awareness Club at HACC is extremely interested in this years sojourn.  Volunteers needed.

Sojourn May 7 & 8, 2011:  Volunteers needed. 

Ø      Sponsor Requests sent,

Ø      Registrations—design, print & post to web

Ø       POWR grant application submitted. 

Ø       Ø      Theme:  Swatara--A River of Life

Ø      Fish & Boat Float Plan filed.

Ø      Contact Weidle Sanitation

Ø      Contact Lickdale Campgrounds.

Ø      GLRA to accept 2 Tons of waste

Ø      Toilets: 

Food

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Saturday Breakfast –BGs doughnuts coordinated by June Blouch

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Saturday Lunch –subs from Seaman’s by Betty & George Conner

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Saturday Dinner – broasted chicken and ice cream by Lickdale Campgrounds

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Sunday Breakfast –at Smokestack Lightening BQ by June Blouch

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Sunday Lunch ––pizza and soda coordinated by Ann & Dave Lasky

Ø      Advance Team—Scout the Swatara for obstacles, mark and/or remove fallen trees as needed. Dr Davidson, Don Mock, Bill Morris, Dave Ravegum, and Larry Taylor will be contacted to see if they would coordinate something as they did in previous years.  (Scouts may also precede us on Friday.)

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

Ø       Programs--Denise Donmoyer

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 & Austin Carter

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

SRBC:  40th Anniversary.  Next meeting March 10, 2011 at Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pa., Neff Lecture Hall – William J. von Liebig Center for Science, (For directions/campus map, http://www.juniata.edu/about/visit/directions.html) , TIME: 8:30 a.m.

Swatara State Park  

Swatara Watershed Park (1929BBR) 1929 Black’s Bridge Road.  Camping will reopen May 1.  Primitive Campers are welcome to inquire about accommodations for the 2011 season. 

Ø      Park Manager Denise Donmoyer report.  Repairs are needed to the van, and Embich agreed to discuss maintenance with Kettering’s.  Further, the mower needs a front tire repaired, and tables need to be placed by the campsites, which is one project identified for United Way Day of Caring. 

Ø      Project list:  Prepare camp notices.

o        Need to raise $38,982 to pay off the property. 

o        Red Horse boat launch.  Waiting on a 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:  Dick priced a piped gate at TSC for $200, but does not include any electronics.

o        Pavilion Roof:  Would a steel or fiberglass roof be satisfactory?

o        Picnic Tables:  Moved to parking lot and pavilion for winter.

United Way Day of Caring:  April 16 Team leaders for Bordner Cabin and Swatara Watershed Park.  Sign up in advance to receive a free t-shirt for helping to clean up.

Water Trail: From Hannah Hardy Does your water trail connect to protected lands (state or federal)?  I am putting together a list for American Rivers.  This information will be included in a report that they are preparing for the President’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative.  If you could send me back the protected lands I would appreciate it (i.e., Susquehanna State Park or Allegheny National Forest).  Thank you.  Hannah E. Hardy, PA Environmental Council

Other:  Meetings on the 1st Wednesday of each month:  Next Meeting, April 6, 2011, 9:30AM.  

Swatara Watershed Association – February 2, 2011

In attendance:  Due to bad weather, the meeting was cancelled.  Thank you Ann Lasky for offering to host.  After the meeting, members wanted to visit John Worrilow who fell and is recuperating at Lebanon Valley Home in Annville.  Please visit John at your convenience.

Business

Bordner Cabin:  DEP determined that the Park’s General Permit is not sufficient.  Two different permits are requiredGeneral permit 3 for the retaining wall because it is considered stream bank stabilization, and General permit 11 for the maintenance of the porch piers.  There will be a waiver of fees as the cabin is a state owned building.   http://www.elibrary.dep.state.pa.us/dsweb/View/Collection-9507  Further, Mike Willeman will look into the DEP permits to work in the stream to replace the porch peers. 

Report:  Copies of the revised architectural plans submitted to L&I were received, and are available via email.  The plan reviewer went through the list of existing conditions that do not comply with the current code. Two of the listed items are easily addressed, one was on the plans but the notation was missed by the reviewer.   When a plan reviewer finds noncompliant issues, these issues must be corrected or a variance must be granted. Once the variance is approved the plans are resubmitted for final code review.  As expected, on the remaining issues, we will ask for variances.

 The Industrial Board will be petitioned for a variance on the requirement for plumbing fixtures (rest rooms). Rest Room facilities are required in A- Occupancies. The use of Portable toilets or to have no facilities need Industrial Board approval. Commissioner and Angel, will there be no facilities or will portable toilets but used?   The Accessibility Board will be petitioned for variances on several existing conditions that can not be corrected without extensive cost and change to the existing structure.

 - The existing interior doorway clearances do not comply with the 80" height and or 32" clear opening requirements.

 - Guards are required at any sloped overhead area or projections that are less than 80" in height.

 - Accessibility to Bedroom-1 is limited by the steps leading into the room.

   Accessibility is required to all Primary Function Areas.

 These two Board meetings are held on different monthly schedules. When I submit the packages next week I will be informed of the dates our plans will be reviewed. A representative is allowed to attend the meeting and make a presentation, but in the past we have had success by submitting a thorough outline to explain the request. Because we are dealing with an existing building with location and structural limitations, I anticipate that the variances should be given.

 The final issue involves the required structural loads and the increased load requirements caused by the change from an R(residential)occupancy to an A(assembly) Occupancy. I have asked Robert Buchter,P.E. if he would provide a structural analysis and issue a letter verifying compliance or outline what additional floor support will be needed. He will be providing this service without charge. This information will be submitted when plans are resubmitted for final approval. This issue does not apply to any variance request.

Bridges

Conservancy

Donations and Bequests & Financial

Interns and Eagle Scouts are always welcome The northern bridges need “signed;” picnic tables needed for Swatara Watershed Park;….

MS4 Cosortium being scheduled.

Northern Swatara Watershed and Sweet Arrow Lake Report:  Denise Donmoyer

Quittie Creek and Park Report

Sojourn:   Mark your calendars for May 7 & 8, 2010.  SWA applied for a POWR grant. Adult registration will be $30 each.  Children will remain at $5 each.  The Environmental Awareness Club at HACC is extremely interested in this years sojourn.  Volunteers needed.

Swatara State ParkSwatara Project 152-2 is the PA Department of General Services Initial Infrastructure Improvements for Swatara State Park, or “Phase One” Improvements:  You may recall it as parking areas with restrooms and trail improvements which include pedestrian bridges.   The bridges are the most expensive portion of the project.  Alternatives are being considered to decrease the cost of the bridges. However, it is not feasible to use Inwood Bridge due to the bridge spans, etc.

Swatara Watershed Park (1929BBR) 1929 Black’s Bridge Road.  Camping will reopen April 1.  Primitive Campers are welcome to inquire about accommodations for the 2011 season. 

Ø      Park Manager Denise Donmoyer report.

Ø      Project list: 

o        Raise $39,235.42 to pay off the property.  Hoss’ night netted $99.61.

o        Red Horse boat launch.  Waiting on a 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: 

o        Pavilion Roof: 

o        Picnic Tables:  Moved to parking lot and pavilion for winter.

Trout in the Classroom request from Middletown – Amanda Henry request.  Refer to Trout Unlimited.  Gina Mason does a program in Palmyra too.

Water Trail: Request received from DCNR for additional information.  Paddle News online listing.

Other:  Meetings on the 1st Wednesday of each month:  Next Meeting, March 2, 2011, 9:30AM. 

January 4, 2011

In attendance Bob Arnold, Dick Blouch, Betty & George Conner, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz.  Members present signed a get well card for John Worrilow who fell and is recuperating at Lebanon Valley Home in Annville.

BusinessSWA applied unsuccessfully for PA River of the year.

Bordner Cabin:  December Steward Fred Rogers reported that all is good at the cabin. 

Angel Croll received a response from L&I, which includes a letter, application, and construction plans for the cabin.  She said the plans were lacking information and must be resubmitted. 

Don & Stacy from Windswept Christmas Tree Farm placed the traditional Christmas Tree at the Cabin.

Bridges:  Black’s Bridge field inspection with engineer Joseph Pirozzi, local officials-Supervisors Tom Donmoyer (E Hanover) and Adam Wolfe (N Annville) and Jo Ellen to approve the sample finish casting to match the historic limestone piers, which will be recapped.

Conservancy Dick Blouch said that Supreme is donating a strip of land; they are working on the Middle Creek Initiative; and will have monthly events in 2011.

Donations and Bequests & Financial:  The Henry’s made a generous $50 Christmas gift of Clean Water.

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Interns and Eagle Scouts are always welcome 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 Report Ann Lasky reported that an appraisal is being sought to purchase 10 acres of land that cross Spruce Street to Cleona. The current asking price is $100,000.

Sojourn:   Mark your calendars for May 7 & 8, 2010.  SWA applied for a POWR grant. Adult registration will be $30 each.  Children will remain at $5 each. 

Swatara State Park:  No report on bids received for completion of Park. 

Swatara Watershed Park (1929BBR) 1929 Black’s Bridge Road.  Distribute keys to Board members.  Financials reviewed.  Camping in the Park is closed for the season.  Primitive Campers are welcome to inquire about accommodations for the 2011 season. 

Ø      Park Manager Denise Donmoyer report.

Ø       Ask VoTech if they would look at the sliding door.

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

Ø      Project list: 

o        Raise $39,235.42 to pay off the property.  June and Dick organized an Annville Hoss’ night for January 15.  Please eat out anytime this day, and invite your friends and family!

o        Red Horse boat launch.  Waiting on a 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:  Applied for a $15,000 grant.  Dick will price a 12’ metal gate at TSC.

o        Pavilion Roof: 

o        Picnic Tables:  Moved to parking lot and pavilion for winter.

o       Porch sign painted + sign posted at entrance reads, “No Discharge of Firearms in Park.”

Water Trail:  Fish and Boat is creating regional maps.

Other:  Meetings on the 1st Wednesday of each month:  Next Meeting, February 2, 2011, 9:30AM.  Election of officers.