1998 Meeting Minutes
December 23, 1998
9:30 AM -- Sallie's Place, Jonestown, PA
Welcome and Introductions
Present: Craig Morgan, Pat Pingel, Bob Arnold, Jay Braund, David Lasky, John Worrilow, Karen Light, Richard Light, F.W. Light, Jr., Tom Embich, Betty Conner, Ed Chubb, Jo Ellen Litz. A quorum was present.
Secretary and Treasurer Reports were approved by board members. To save on time, printing, and postage, look for future minutes posted on the SCWA web site.
1) Jonestown Bank was approved as the repository for SCWA funds.
2) A bond for the three executive officers, amounting to $582, was approved.
3) An order for SCWA letterhead stationery was approved.
4) A list of 13 names for the Swatara Creek Watershed Plan Steering Committee was approved. (see #10 below)
1) Report given on Canaan Valley, EPA & NACO Workshop attended by Jo Ellen Litz and John Worrilow. The purpose of the workshop was to receive updates from watershed organizations that had received grants.
2) On behalf of SCWA, Jo Ellen sent an application to DEP, by the December 16 deadline for a 319 grant to hire a watershed technician for the Swatara Creek Watershed to oversee the development and implementation of the watershed assessment and planning process.
3) Betty Conner announced the Susquehanna River Basin Commission will hold a Conference May 6, National Drinking Water Week, on Community Partnerships for Source Water Protection in the Lower Susquehanna Basin. Prior to the conference they will conduct two workshops on public drinking water source protection in the Swatara Watershed. The workshops will involve water suppliers, watershed organizations, representatives from farming, mining, timbering and other industries, municipalities, planners, civic and business organizations, recreation groups, land owners, agencies.... The goal is to develop a partnership among these groups for source water protection.
4) Jo Ellen reported on a meeting held at Ft. Indiantown Gap on the occasion of the transfer of the facility to the PA National Guard. She met Assistant Adjutant General Eugene Klynoot who is interested in the role of Ft. Indiantown Gap in the watershed.
5) Dave Lasky reported Vortex Environmental had contacted the Quittapahilla Watershed Association about the possibility of doing a wetlands remediation project in the watershed as part of mitigation for their project on Bullfrog Valley Run near Hershey. They are looking for a mitigation site.
6) Pat Pingle announced that the Third Annual Keystone Coldwater Conference will be held February 20 at State College. There will be sessions on the ecological functions and values of streamside buffers. Conference registration is $20. Janie French, Canaan Valley Institute, is part of the planning committee. For information about registration contact Mark Bernhard, Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, by phone (814)863-5100 or FAX (814) 863-5190 or e-mail: ConferenceInfo@cde.psu.edu
7) Jay Braund reported that the next round of DEP WRAP grants will have a longer application time frame. It is expected that the next application cycle will begin in early spring. Jo Ellen mentioned that River Network grants will also be available on a national basis.
8) Tom Embich reported on stream monitoring being done by SCWA in cooperation with DEP. Yesterday the USGS stream flow gauge registered 1.49, the same day Govenor Ridge declared a drought warning. Tom reported the oxygen probe requires frequent polishing of the silver tip. Dick Blauch would like to be involved in water monitoring since he owns land bordering Swatara
Creek. A suggestion was made to ask Ralph Heister if he would provide some training for volunteer monitors.
9) Jo Ellen reported on a tour she was given of the Supreme Mid Atlantic Company property along the Swatara between Jonestown and Route 22. Alternative routes for a rail trail were discussed. John Worrilow reported the Lebanon Water authority is planning to sell part of their riparian land to the company.
10) Tom reported on the progress of the watershed planning process. The list of priorities developed at the the public meetings was sent out in the SCWA newsletter with a request for people to rank the priorities A, B or C. Evaluation forms are still being returned. The next step is to name a Plan Steering Committee to oversee the planning process. A list of 38 names was reviewed by the board and 13 were selected to be invited to serve on the Steering Committee. The other 25 will be candidates for the larger Technical Advisory Committee.
11) The recent response of the Corps of Engineers to the Swatara Dam proposal was discussed, as well as the letters of opposition from EPA and the Fish and Wildlife Service. No one in SCWA had seen the letter from the Corps of Engineers and only Tom Embich had seen the lengthy letters from EPA and FWS. The board members requested that copies of all three letters be made available to them. One of the issues of concern to SCWA was the change in designation of the Swatara Creek between Swatara Gap and Pine Grove from Warm Water Fishery to Cold Water Fishery. No one in SCWA was aware that this change had been made. Pat Pingel said she would find out when and how this was done. The next meeting will be January 27, 9:30AM, at the Lebanon Municipal Building. EPA and the Fish and Wildlife Service will make a presentation to the Swatara Creek Watershed Association to explain their position on the Swatara Dam proposal. Canaan Valley Institute will facilitate the meeting.
Recorded by Betty Conner.
November 20, 1998
9:30 AM, 2501 Cumberland St.
WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS
PRESENT: Tom Embich, chairing; Betty Conner, Tim Emenheiser, Walt Haber, Mary Levitz, Greta Rank, Linda Slaybaugh, Chuck Wertz
SECRETARY & TREASURER REPORTS:
Secretary’s report previously emailed to members.
New & renewing members: Lawrence Anderson, Ruth Embich
Lifetime Members: Edward Carney of Formed Metal Products, Richard & June Blouch, Myerstown
Notice -- Dues are due for 1999.
|Showcase Monitoring Kits purchased with Canaan Valley Institute grant|
|Nominate Officers/Election will take place at December 23 meeting. Anyone interested in serving on the board should contact Jo Ellen so slate can be drawn-up and distributed prior to next meeting.|
|Deep Creek Lake Meeting: Jo Ellen Litz and John Worrilow attending. Follow-up for the Canaan Valley, US EPA and National Association of Counties on Internet Greenkit tools|
|Circulated a Bog Turtle article.|
|Bonding for financial transactions of SCWA: The proposal from Zinn Insurance was reviewed and on a revised motion by C. Wertz, seconded by B. Conner, the bonding of Tom Embich, Walt Haber, and JoEllen Litz was approved for the three year pre-paid proposal ($582).|
|Bank repository for funds: On a motion by B. Conner, seconded by C. Wertz, the selection of Jonestown Bank, Cleona Office was approved as the prime repository for SCWA funds.|
|Payment was received for the Handwerk Contractor’s wetland project; T. Embich paid for project management under that contract.|
|Terrene Institute - Adopt-Your Watershed Plan: The request for comments from Terrene Institute was reviewed. A consensus directed that appropriate comments be forwarded by e-mail to TI about the plan. All present thought the Adopt-Your Watershed Plan approach was an excellent idea.|
|Moratorium - Governor Ridge Proposal to reduce waste disposal capacity in PA and improve waste hauling safety: Item tabled until December to determine its status.|
|Letter regarding Sweet Arrow Lake produced questions.|
|Letterhead quote: The quotes from Boyer Printing and one faxed for Westmont Printers were reviewed. The Westmont quote was most favorable. Action was deferred for additional prices at the December meeting.|
|January Meeting: The January 27, 1999, Meeting is scheduled for the Lebanon Municipal Building to accommodate a meeting with the US EPA and US Fish & Wildlife Service.|
|River Conservation Plan workshop:|
|The remainder of the meeting was devoted to reviewing several hand-outs provided by T. Embich relating to the key issues collected at the three Informational Meetings and a comprehensive list of potential candidates for the Plan Steering Committee (between 9 and 13 members) and the alternate Technical Advisory Committee (size variable). The members in attendance were asked to review and provide rankings of the key issues lists -- "A"= high priority; "B"= important, but can wait; "C"= need to be considered for the long term, and return their rankings ASAP.|
The seven categories reviewed for representation on the Plan Steering Committee:
Selected names were offered and a core list developed for primary invitations. The refined lists of names for the Plan Steering Committee and the Technical Advisory Committee will be distributed for approval to the Executive Committee and invitations issued for membership soon after.
SCWA Meetings (Public is welcome) 9:30 AMDec. 23, 1998 - Sallies’ Place - Election and Workshop on Rivers Plan. Jan. 27, 1999 - Lebanon Municipal Building: Swatara State Park Questions and Answers
October 28, 1998
September 30, 1998
9:30AM – Sallie’s Place, Jonestown PA
WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS
Present: Bob Arnold, Betty Conner, Richard Blouch, Denise Donmoyer, Tom Embich, Tim Emenheiser, Janie French, Carol Keesey, Terry Hough, Mayor George Kaufman, David Lasky, Marie Levitz, Bruce Lindsey, Jo Ellen Litz, Gretta Rank, Linda Slaybaugh, Ray Swingholm, Chuck Wertz, Rita Wilhelm, Doug Wolfgang, John Worrilow
PROGRAM: Betty Conner introduced Bruce Lindsey, speaking on the USGS Lower Susquehanna River Basin Study. Data collection occurred from 1992-1995. Fish tissue (livers) of white suckers and small mouth bass and streambeds were analyzed. Bachman Run, a tributary to Quittapahilla Creek was chosen to represent a typical agricultural stream where 88% of the land is in Ag use. The main crop is corn in the 7.75 square mile limestone Great Valley. DDT tested highest of around 100 test sites in the nation, but levels were still below the fish commission advisory level.
Lebanon, Northern Lebanon High School
Schuylkill, Pine Grove Township Building
Dauphin, Lower Dauphin Middle School Cafetorium
WHAT? And informational and focus meeting to follow-up on issues initially identified in the EXPO meeting of March 1996.
|To inform the public about the study|
|To determine interest in the study|
|To collect information on problems in the study area|
|To rank local issues and concerns|
|To list suggestions on things which need to be done|
|To receive offers of help with the study|
During the meetings we will also identify likely members for a Planning Steering Committee. Afterwards, the Planning Steering Committee will develop a "scope of work" to develop a request for proposal. The Plan will be completed by December 31, 2001
WHO: any interested individual or group living in the Swatara Watershed including but not limited to: land owners along the Swatara; City, Borough, Township, County, and State officials; businesses; farmers; civic groups; conservation groups, recreation groups, historic preservation groups; and scouts.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned on a motion by Worrilow.
|October 3, Quittie Creek Nature Park meeting, 7:30pm, St. Paul’s, Annville|
|October 11, apple Cider Festival, Levitz Park, 11am-5pm|
|October 11 through Tuesday, October 13, 1998 - Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay announced the 3rd Biennial North American Water Trails Conference. If you are interested in attending, some scholarship $ are still available.|
|October 18, Conewago Rail Trail hike starting in Lancaster, 1pm, 2 miles west of Elizabethtown along Route 230. Contact John Wengert 867-2101.|
|October 23-25 - American Heritage Rivers "Community Partnerships That Work" announces a symposium in Atlanta, Georgia.|
|Next Meeting, Wednesday October 28, 9:30 AM, Sallie's Place, Jonestown.|