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October 26, 2004
Welcome! Bob Arnold, Betty Conner, Denise Donmoyer, Tom Embich, Rugh Henderson, Carol Keesey, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Dave McSurdy,
Bids were opened for 2000 EELS books: Donald Blyler Offset $26,286; Bob Gallagher $24,675.30; and Boyer Printing $14,925. On a motion by
Worrilow, seconded by Arnold, after reviewing funding sources, and a final count of pages, the bid will be awarded to Boyer Printing.
A notice was received from Zinn Insurance stating that they, “recently received a notice of cancellation effective 11/2/2004 from Ohio Casualty for
(SCWA’s) Employee Dishonesty Bond…as our Agency no longer represents Ohio Casualty.” They have other companies that will write the coverage
Rugh Henderson volunteered to serve on the Lebanon County Conservation District board.
Jo Ellen circulated a ‘Bay Journal’ dissolved oxygen chart with criteria for survival of fish: striped bass 5-6; American Shad and White and Yellow
Perch 5; Blue Crab and Bay Anchovy 3; worms 1.
Members present had the chance to review the results of the Tulpehocken Greenway study.
‘Trails to You,’ published by the PA Recreation & Park Society (volume 1, issue4), contains an article on the Swatara Water Trail, including a colored
photograph from our last canoe trip.
Handouts were distributed from an Assembly Summit presentation this month. www.Keystoneresearchmap.org is an interactive map that tracks PIDA,
OGP, and IDP grants.
News articles were shared covering Owen and Kathy Moe’s vision for a bridge across the Quittapahilla Creek as well as an article on the Annville
In November, the RC&D dry hydrant program will kick-off in East Hanover Township, Lebanon County. Installing dry hydrants in farm ponds will both
increase safety in rural areas as well as reduce fire insurance costs. Currently, NRCS is reviewing engineering plans to ensure operation.
During their recent hearing which would allow more tonnage per day, the GLRA was thanked for their help and extended hours to assist victims of the
July Campbelltown tornado.
Supervisor Henderson shared that the tornado fell on his birthday. Further, in the Kreider area development, the mature white oak trees were damaged.
However, the Chesapeake Bay signs are up marking natural areas like wetlands. A white vinyl fence surrounds the natural area. South Londonderry
Township also plans to institute an ordinance recognizing the importance of wetlands.
Lasky invited everyone to a ‘pumpkin walk’ at Quittie Creek Nature Park this Friday, October 29. On another note, Lebanon Valley College’s girls
basketball team on the Bucher farm along Bachman Run completed plantings.
Embich stated that an inspection of the Water Works canoe launch revealed flood damage.
Conner touched on the Chesapeake Bay tributary strategy involving phosphorous, storm water, acid mine drainage, global climate change….
Donmoyer summarized Sweet Arrow Lake activity, including plans to incorporate their group, the Army Corps of Engineers, and a $1 million DCNR grant.
She also reviewed the PA Lake Management Society and a conference where she spoke about small dam removal.
Speaker Embich compared chemical monitoring as a snapshot of a given body of water at a single point in time. Storms and pollution accidents are
examples of events that can change the results of a chemical analysis. He pointed out that meaningful chemical analysis occur over a period of time
and are compared to an established baseline. The purpose of your monitoring will determine the need to use simple or expensive analysis. For example,
if you want to know if fish will live in the water, a low-end kit is fine. However, if your testing is used in court or regulatory and compliance issues, a
costly high-end analysis is needed.
Because they are sensitive to oxygen levels, he believes organisms are a true gauge of the health of a body of water. Collected bugs can be compared to
a chart for low or high-end classification, which separates species tolerant of poor water quality. In general, if water quality is not good, organisms will
move or die. Because of hatches and different physical appearances during their life cycles, it may be necessary to conduct monitoring of bugs a few
times per year.
Lancaster, Lebanon, and York are major contributors to pollution of the Chesapeake Bay, especially when it comes to clay, which takes a long time to settle out of the water.
September 29, 2004
Welcome! Bob Arnold, Richard Blouch, Betty Conner, Denise Donmoyer, Waterways Patrolman Douglas Deppen, Stephanie Harmon, Carol Keesey, Karen Light, Jo Ellen Litz, Gail Smith, Dave McSurdy, Jack Stouffer, Tisha Walmer, John Worrilow.
¨ Second draft of book is in Barb Haber’s hands for one final proof.
¨ Final draft of Water Trail is in hands of PA Fish & Boat Commission. Agreement amendment signed for Water Trail with PA Fish & Boat Commission.
¨ Time Line: Seek bids for printing of book. Turn over CD and tapes for DVD work. Scan revisions on upper Swatara Water Trail (Red Lion (not Line) Café, Monroe Creek missing. Add Woods Creek/Bonnie Brook to text.
Draft Statement on FIG.
SCWA Lebanon County Conservation District nominations for:
¨ Landowner, Supervisor Kyle Smith
¨ Conservationist, Sue Bowman
¨ Educator, Candice Folger, LVC
¨ Business steward, GLRA, and
¨ Special recognition Steve Kachniaz, Lebanon County Career & Technology Center.
Nominate two Farm Directors for the board of the Lebanon Conservation District—Gail Phelps Smith.
Amendment #2 to 319 grant for Little Swatara /Reduction of Non-Point Pollution from Agricultural Activities Project extends the completion date of the agreement to September 30, 2005. Check with Mark Chegwidden to see if he still needs landowners to sign up for projects, then ask Rus Wagner, our DEP project director, if we can do a mailing to farm owners in Swatara and Bethel Townships.
The September newsletter going in the mail Thursday highlights Ed Keener’s interview, and has a photo supplement on the recent hurricane and tornado in the Swatara Watershed. In both incidents, many residents had to go without water and electricity. Lebanon County had two bridges wiped out. Information on FEMA assistance is available athttp://www.fema.gov/pdf/about/process/help_after_disaster_english.pdf .
Visited Twin Grove Park. Now open for catered events and Carousel Rides.
DEP Environmental Education Grants Program: Grant round opens 10/1/04. Pre-application form due 12/17/04. Notice to proceed mailed 1/19/05. Full applications on sustainable energy sources & technology, air quality, watersheds, and academic standards due 3/11/05.
Spoke with Dennis Grumbine, new Lebanon County tourism director, about including Swatara Water Trail in promotion booklet.
Palmyra Borough has applied to DEP for relocation of a San sewer lift station 300’ east to facilitate a warehouse expansion on West Broad Street.
Camp Swatara, Alive & Well
Greater Harrisburg Foundation session October 14 at Sheraton Four Points, 800 E Park Dr., Harrisburg. Topics include grant-making guidelines and application processes, accounting and legal strategies, helping donors maximize their philanthropic impact….
Pennsylvania's 5th annual Watershed Conference and Youth Tract: "The Air Land and Water Connection" will be held on Sept 30, - October 2nd in the Lehigh Valley! http://www.wildlandspa.org/Rivers/watershedconference_2004.html
Private bridge at Water Works crumbling. On
an old canal structure (arch that went under the canal), the downstream headwall
area is failing and a portion has already collapsed into the stream. The
road above is still open and the top side does not look real bad but a piece of
concrete has fallen from the under side into the creek and is partly blocking
creek flow. The size of the concrete is about as big as a pickup truck.
The issues here are safety - the bridge is on a no outlet private road serving 6
or 7 houses. Without the bridge there is no access to the homes. I cannot
when the bridge will move again and become impassible. It does not appear
imminent unless we get a lot more rain. Costs/ownership - nobody claims
ownership and my gut feeling is that this will cost at least $25,000 to repair.
The creek is partially blocked by the concrete mass and that may compound
the problem since the outlet of the structure is small (headwall has settled).
Additional collapse could block the opening and cause upstream flooding and
possible damage to property.
A Human case of West Nile Virus was confirmed in Palmyra yesterday. There are only five or six confirmed cases in Pennsylvania.
Bob Arnold reported that Greg Mohan, in Senator Brightbill’s office, believes that within a month, the Swatara State Park will appear on DCNR’s priority list of projects for release of funds. A mailer will also go out.
Waterways Patrolman Doug Deppen asked for the public’s help in pinpointing the origin of a 50-gallon oil spill into a storm drain in the Swatara beside the pool on S Union Street in Middletown. Another spill on Swatara Drive came from two and five gallon motor and hydraulic oil containers. A 55-gallon drum of watered down gas was also discharged. Doug will meet with DEP on Monday. Call 486-7087 with information.
Karen Light passed out Audubon brochures with a calendar of meetings and field trips. October 27, 7:30PM the program will be Guyana—A Jungle Adventure, at the Lebanon Valley Home, 550 E Main St., Annville. October 10, 1:30, walk Furnace Hills, State Game Lands 156. Contact Fritz Heilman, 273-0487. October 17, Second Mountain Hawk Watch, 1:30, LV Mall, JC Penney front lot.
Betty Conner reported on statewide meetings.
Stephanie Harmon shared pictures and sample markers from a storm drain signage program occurring in the Swatara Watershed. She reminded everyone about the Watershed Forum on October 30. She shared information on Susquehanna River Basin Commission speakers and tomorrow’s Quittapahilla Watershed meeting, 7PM, featuring their consultant.
Richard Blouch mentioned the value of contour stripping and riparian buffers to keep topsoil in place on farms during the last two storms.
August 25, 2004
The July Water Works cleanup was a success. View pictures of the results on visit our web site. SRBC was prompt with payment for a grant to help cover costs.
Karen Light moved, and Jack Stouffer seconded, a motion to concur with signing of the Gateways grant agreement with the National Park Service for the EELS book and Water Trail maps. Motion carried.
After reviewing text for the Water Trail maps, Jack Stouffer moved, and Bob Arnold seconded, a motion to adopt text, as presented, for submittal to the PA Fish and Boat Commission. Corey Anderson, Canaan Valley Institute (CVI), should be here Friday or Monday with the next draft of the Water Trail map. For those who would like to help proof the map, an email will be sent to members announcing the exact date and time of Corey’s visit.
For August 30, Tom Embich will be asked to follow through with writing a proposal to erect a sign on property owned by Derry Township Municipal Authority (DTMA) who purchased the Hershey Trust Co., access at the mouth of Spring Creek.
For the October publication of ‘Trails to You’, Lisa L. Litz, Training Assistant for the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, 2131 Sandy Drive, State College, PA 16803-2283, is editing an article on the Swatara Water Trail.
Members reviewed the first draft of the EELS book, and distributed six copies for proof reading to: Marta Trainer, Jean Henry, Bob Arnold, Karen Light, Joe Hovis, and Jack Stouffer. Harvey Bomberger commented that he was pleased with all of the history recorded in this document.
On behalf of SCWA, Cindy Metzger is attending the Chesapeake Bay Gateways training session. We owe Cindy our sincere thanks. and Susan too, for allowing Cindy to represent us.
Loyal P. Hall, the West Nile Virus agent for Lebanon County was finally given permission by the property owners to inspect and treat the Vasil junkyard on July 9th. There was a moderate mosquito population at the time. They also treated the tires to lower that population.
The South Central Assembly for Effective Governance will hold its annual Summit on October 14th at the Harrisburg Area Community College. This year the Summit will focus on the recommendations contained in the Brookings Institution Report, Back To Prosperity: A Competitive Agenda for Renewing Pennsylvania. N The report can be read at http://www.brookings.edu/es/urban/publications/pa.htm.
Pine Grove Landfill is closing September 4, 2004.
Fort Indiantown Gap straddles two counties and seven municipalities. SCWA members reviewed FIG’s environmental stewardship, including but not limited to improvements to erosion control through stream bank stabilization, maintenance of butterfly habitat, and sewer upgrades. We have every reason to believe that they will do the same with a proposed expansion. Further, as a large employer, we recognize the significant contribution FIG has to the economy of the Swatara Watershed. Finally, we want to keep the lines of communication open with the military and encourage continued public input in such matters. There are laws on the books that do not require FIG to hold public meetings to acquire feedback on land purchases. Dave McSurdy moved, and Jack Stouffer seconded, a motion to support Fort Indiantown Gap’s land acquisition to expand the military reservation. Joe Hovis also shared that FIG plans to identify and support farmland preservation around the Gap. Further, Manada and Lebanon Conservancies and the Doc Fritchey Chapter of Trout Unlimited were contacted concerning help to identify properties for conservation easements.
At our next meeting, SCWA will consider Lebanon Conservation District Landowner, conservationist, educator, business steward, and special recognition awards.
Stephanie Harmon asked everyone to mark his or her calendars for the following dates:
¨ October 16 – 8AM-noon, for a kickoff announcing a storm drain stenciling project in eleven municipalities. This project will raise awareness of how oil and other substances can go directly from storm drains to streams to the Chesapeake Bay.
¨ October 30 – A local Watershed Forum with Lancaster County, 9AM-noon, at Acorn Acres, Manheim/Mount Joy exit. Breakfast is included.
Denise Donmoyer gave us an update on Sweet Arrow Lake. They are very pleased with the services of Simone, Jaffe, and Collins. Carol Keesey added that she was thrilled to see water in Sweet Arrow Lake this year.
A discussion on development of Swatara State Park took place.
Karen Light announced:
¨ Sunday, September 19 - a Conservancy picnic at Union Canal Tunnel Park, which will include canal boat rides. Members tickets are $12 each, and non-members, $15.
¨ May 25, 2005 – an Audubon banquet at Friendship Fire Company. George Constance, CVI, will speak on ‘Hollers, peepers, and highlands’. Karen suggested that George would be available as a speaker for SCWA’s meeting too.
Dave McSurdy informed SCWA that we will be losing Ryan Koch. He is accepting a position as an RC&D coordinator. Always in the field working, Ryan was a great asset to the Watershed. Dave McSurdy moved, and Denise Donmoyer seconded, a motion to send Ryan Kohn a letter of thanks for all of the contributions he made to the Swatara Watershed.
July meeting was a field exercise--litter cleanup at the Water Works.
May 26, 2004
In attendance were: Bob Arnold, Jim Boyer, Tom Embich, Ann Lasky, Karen Light, Jo Ellen Litz, Jack Stouffer, Marta Trainer, & John Worrilow.
Susquehanna River Basin Commission: is providing maps for watershed groups. Swatara is the model used.
Tom Embich: reviewed a Commonwealth Court decision regarding "built-out" densities being challenged by a developer who had in effect used up a particular residential density and sought a curative amendment to the zoning ordinance to provide for additional areas of similar residential density at the expense of agricultural lands. [Heritage Building Group, Inc. v. Plumstead Twp. BOS, No. 3020 C.D. 2002; Commonwealth Court affirmed Bucks Co. decision of Nov. 27, 2002 on Oct. 17, 2003]
Union Township: SCWA supports naming a stream—Woods Creek, which crosses Route 72 between the old Wood’s Creek ice cream parlor and sporting good store and Francis Ditzler’s property.
Chesapeake Bay Gateway Network application submitted. Thank you Susan!
Water Trail Conference call with PA Fish & Boat & CVI Thursday May 26 at 3:30PM to work out technical details of the map.
EELs Update: Reviewed chapters with Marta and Karen. Will follow-up with Tom, Betty, and Gail. Dan is working on his chapter right now. Received Chuck’s chapter by email. Susan is reviewing/revising lessons learned written by Jo Ellen. Looking for a` live American eel to photograph. Marta will review training book for photo release forms.
Sojourn: Huge success! Viewed a slide show. For next year’s trip, SCWA will consider a $5 per student fee for all Milton Hershey students--who are being taught to work within a budget—when accompanied by an adult. MHS has canoes for the students. Based upon feedback from participants, we should expand upon the “dolly concept” (devised by Tom Embich) for dam portage. Tom agreed to work on his wheeled model.
State Soil: At 1.5 million acres, Hazleton soil is more extensive than Berks, Gilpin, or Penn soils, and located in more than 34 of 67 counties across PA.
Fish for Camp Bashore: Received approval from the Fish Commission to get Trout from 3 local Co-operative hatcheries. Dauphin County Anglers Conservation Club, Swatara Sportsmen’s Conservation Club in Pine Grove, and Short Mountain Conservation Club in Lykens. Still looking for bass, crappies and blue gills. Ed from Ron’s Bait shop in Harrisburg is checking his suppliers, but so far, only fingerlings. Would like 6-8 inch bass so next year of legal size. Purchasing 100 catfish from Ed, and he’s donating 10 pounds of fathead minnows and several pounds of crayfish.
Larger crappies and blue gills also needed. Does anyone have any ideas? Water Conservation officer says we can catch up to 50 pan fish per person and re-release them in the lake. Schaefferstown Isaac Walton League might allow thinning out their pond but needs member approval. Will they then survive the ride to camp from that distance? A pond closer to camp would increase their chance of survival. Any suggestions?
Dry Hydrants: 18” of water needed to install PVC hydrants in rural areas, which will lower insurance premiums. RC&D materials will be sent to all municipalities within the seven-county area we service. The packets will also be posted on the RC&D website by 6/1/04. Applications will be accepted until Friday, 8/13/04.
Dave Hess: Former DEP Secretary accepted the position of Director of Policy and Communications with the government affairs firm of Holston & Crisci in Harrisburg.
Fish & Boat License: The PA Fish and Boat Commission is seeking a license and boat registration fee adjustment. The proposal is embodied in HB 2155. Motion made by Worrilow/Stouffer passed unanimously to support this action.
Representative George introduced House Bill 2621 and Representative Dan Surra introduced House Bill 2010. While we are unsure of the content of this bill, SCWA believes in open space, community revitalization, farmland preservation, and repairs of state parks and forests infrastructure. Bill Friese will be notified of our position.
Swatara State Park was discussed in detail. Of note was:
As a result of the discussion, SCWA decided to ask Senator Brightbill to request a meeting with DCNR for a progress report on Swatara State Park and any decisions concerning Old State Road.
Fort Indiantown Gap: Additional public meetings will be held to answer questions concerning the land exchange that will expand their perimeter. SCWA members agreed that with appropriate notice, we will advertise these meetings.
DCNR will close a grant round in October. Therefore, each SCWA members is welcome to submit their Top Three Priorities to Jo Ellen for consideration in compiling a grant. Jim Boyer will be asked to assemble a grant application.
State of the Swatara Watershed: With a focus on goals attained that are listed in our Rivers Conservation Plan, a report will be compiled for distribution and inclusion in our grant applications. Jim Boyer was also asked to compile the report.
Karen reported that Cindy Dunn will be the main speaker at the Audubon banquet tonight, and Saturday, the Appalachian and local Audubon groups will meet at Heisey’s Diner at 8:30AM to visit the Greater Lebanon Landfill Blue Bird Trail.
Ann reported on Love Your Park day and the United Way Day of Caring that brought together students and volunteers to clean up the park. Trails were mulched, black willow tree shoots were planted along the bank, and milk, garter, and water snakes were examined.
Further, even though the property owners are in agreement, funding is in place, partners are on board, and petitions show public support, for a footbridge connecting a path from Annville Cleona High School through Quittie Park to the library, a zoning hearing board variance appeal is delayed until July 2. For it’s high point, which would favor the least impact from high water, engineers recommended the site of the bridge. There is concern that Penn DOT will not hold the funds.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
April 28, 2004
The meeting was called to order at 9:30AM at the Swatara Watershed Association office.
In attendance were: Jim Boyer, Betty Conner, Tom Embich, Adam Fletcher, Karen Light, Jo Ellen Litz, Amy Morgan, & Ray Swingholm.
Members reviewed the audit from Faren Associates. The Baord gave direction to ask why the value of the board’s donated labor was not included in the audit.
Chesapeake Bay Gateway Network application due May 14. Susan Parry and Liz Baker volunteered to write the grant.
Water Trail On behalf of PA Governor Rendell, the Northern Swatara Water Trail is approved for a grant in the amount of $19,000 from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Partnership Program. The funds come from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation (Key 93) Fund or the Environmental Stewardship Act (Growing Greener) Fund. With matching funds, this will allow SCWA to add 12 miles and seven new access points to the existing 48 mile Swatara Water Trail for a total of 60 miles. We will be able to purchase fiberglass signs plus frames for each new access, maps of the entire Water Trail, and weatherproof map boxes to attach to the signs. Sample maps were available.
National Water Week is next week.
EELs Update: Comments on abstracts. Progress reports on chapters.
Susan Obleski, SRBC obtained permission from the Army Corps of Engineers for us to use the impervious surface map created during the water Supply study.
Sojourn: Registration posted to the web site. Mark your calendar for May 1 & 2.
Gretta is still trying to get fish donated for the lake at Camp Bashore. They closed the valve. Within a few hours the level had risen 5 inches so it didn’t take long for it to fill.
Christine Bittinger, Instructor, made contact concerning internships. Completed an interview with Dylan Moyer who is attending HACC in an Environmental class (probably one of Christine’s students), and is interested in an internship. He was directed to go through RC&D.
Contacted by Jeff Benoit of the Marstel-Day team working on the Fort Indiantown Gap Compatible Uses Plan.
West Nile Virus education is done so well that I’ve had numerous calls about
tires on properties. Agriculture is exempt when tires are used to weight down
tarps. Vassel junk yard was another site of concern. Loyal Hall responded.
May 8, PSU Hazelton, speak on NEPA Passing Go Training about your “real world” success with a Marketing/Fundraising Plan.
· A portage trail is established around the Route 81 bridge reconstruction just south of the Appalachian Trail bridge and Swatara State Park. Large chunks of limestone have rolled into the stream bed. Also, if something fell, it is extremely dangerous to travel under the bridge. All of the macadam and/or concrete is ripped up in the North bound lane. Chris Wall, who heads the construction crew, relayed that they will be replacing I-beams next. The South bound lane will only be done next year.
March 31, 2004
In attendance were: Harvey Bomberger, Betty Conner, Denise Donmoyer, Tom Embich, Adam Fletcher, Carol Keesey, Ann Lasky, Karen Light, Jo Ellen Litz, Susan Parry, Gail Smith, Chuck Wertz, John Worrilow.
The Swatara Water Trail was awarded Chesapeake Bay Gateway Network status by the National Park Service, which makes SCWA eligible for federal grants. Susan Parry, Liz Baker, and Ed Chubb volunteered to attend a mandatory training at the Maryland Historical Society on April 2. The goal is to link Gateways through a network of boating, walking, biking, or driving routes that explore the Bay area and rivers of the Bay watershed. Connecting routes fosters appropriate public access to, and interpretation of, the natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources along the route. Trails and water trails emphasize low-impact use and offer opportunities for volunteers to help restore or conserve Bay resources. For more information, visit www.baygateways.net/about/types.htm .
EELs Update: Copies of abstracts were distributed for comments by our next meeting. Corrections are to be highlighted on the printouts. Assignments to write chapters were accepted by: Jo Ellen Litz, 1-American Eels; Tom Embich, 2-History; Dan Koury, 3-Mining (suggested); Chuck Wertz, 4-Agriculture; Gail Smith, 5-Agnes; Betty Conner, 6-Water; Marta Trainer, 7-TMI; Karen Light, 8-Recreation; and Susan Parry, 9-Lessons Learned.
Lebanon Daily News insert featured the Swatara Water Trail. By David Pidgeon
Sojourn: Registration posted to the web site. Mark your calendar for May 1 & 2.
Jo Ellen will present at SRBC's "Getting the Insurance Coverage Your Watershed Group Needs" on Thursday afternoon, May 13, 2004 at the Four Points Sheraton, Harrisburg.
Very much appreciated GLRA and East Hanover Township's cooperation in cleanup of waste dumped on a farmer's property. While GLRA &, EHT didn't know it, according to Mary Golab, someone called into the Governor's radio talk show about this trash, and if I understood correctly, tied together grants we receive with why we didn't clean it up. The caller must have been unaware that we are all volunteers, and each person in Lebanon County can pitch in like SCWA, the GLRA and EHT to help keep our community clean. Grants come with funds committed for specific actions.
February 25, 2004 - 9:30AM, Swatara Creek Watershed Association Office
Next Meeting - March 31 at 9:30AM at 2501 Cumberland St., Lebanon, Dave McSurdy will talk about hiking, his knowledge of Indian culture, and other topics concerning the Northern Swatara Watershed.
January 28, 2004, Jo Ellen Litz called the meeting of the Swatara Creek Watershed Association or order.
Membership Report—Annual ‘Give the Gift of Water’ campaign netted 15-20 new lifetime members.
Little Swatara Quarterly report filed. There was no new construction or design activity to report, therefore the LCCD has no hours for reimbursement and there are no construction invoices. All of the work to be completed is done (project was completed by the end of the 3rd quarter of 2003) at the Dutch Country Egg Farms.
ACUB meeting at FIG -Tom Embich attended and reports that FIG is pursuing a buffer area around their perimeter.
Grant Applications completed: Committee volunteers. Bob Arnold; Tom Embich, transportation; Ann Lasky; & Stephanie Harmon. Others welcome. Please contact Jo Ellen.
Tom Ford, PA Fish & Boat Commission writes: a gateway program has established the date for project nominations (Feb 20). Don't forget that riparian restoration projects are eligible in addition to water trail related work. Susan Parry, RC&D, is preparing a submission that encompasses both the Swatara Greenway and Swatara Water Trail.
On a vote by Ann Lasky, seconded by Dave McSurdy, SCWA voted to volunteer as a cooperative Watershed to host a public education day by partnering with a local business to recommend less toxic pest control and do public service announcements. The program is titled Your Home to Our Streams. The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, RC&D, and Conservation Districts will administer the program.
DaveMcSurdy questioned when construction in Swatara State Park will begin.
Gerry Johnston will move back to northern Virginia to be closer to family. He has accepted a job that he could not refuse. He has gained some valuable insight and experience from the meetings and hopes to join up with a local watershed group to get involved down there. His first day on the job will be January 30th.
CET Engineering Services is working with Lower Paxton Township
Authority on a project to replace and upgrade a sewer interceptor along Beaver
Creek from a tributary across Blue Ridge Avenue in Linglestown to a new
wastewater treatment plant located at the junction of South Hanover, Lower
Paxton and Swatara Township. A main goal of this project is to eliminate
sanitary sewer overflows. The proposed layout of the sewer permanently affects
approximately 1 acre of wetlands. The Corps of Engineers has suggested that LPTA
provide streambank restoration, wetland enhancement or such along Beaver Creek
as compensation for these impacts. I am writing to inquire about any projects
that the watershed association may have in mind or underway for Beaver Creek,
and also about the possibility to collaborate on such a project. Anita Stabile,
Environmental Scientist, CET Engineering Services, 1240 N. Mountain Road,
Harrisburg, PA 17112, 541-0622, 541-8004 (fax) Tom will follow up.
Kate Dowling works with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, P.O. Box
1981, Richmond, VA 23218
Mary Pettice is representing a group of Annville residents (and, hopes, the Township--) in seeking grants to acquire the 11 acres currently being considered for re-zoning and residential building. The developer told her that if she can meet his cost ($300 K+), he will sell the township the property for recreational use. She has been in contact with people at DCNR and DCED; later this week, she will have more information from them concerning the grant process. (Currently, the developer has dropped his request for an R-2 zoning change and is requesting R-1, which will be restricted to single family homes on lot sizes that are smaller PA than Annville's current R-1 lot size description. There was a public meeting on Jan. 19.)
Dry Hydrant Program finalized for the Capital RC&D. Received a
funding contract through the US Forest Service to help improve fire prevention
ratings (ISO) within select communities within our region. This will be done
several ways, the easiest of which is to install dry hydrants in areas in each
county that may lack the benefit of community water systems. We will also be
doing outreach/education about this type of hydrant, as well as an overall
inventory of existing sites so that we come up with the best place to put the
hydrants. We have funding for approximately 5-6 units per county- the difficulty
will be prioritizing within the counties. We will be working with the County
Conservation Districts and the state Department of Conservation and Natural
Resources (Bureau of Forestry) to determine the best way to do that.
SCWA voted to ask David L. Sheridan, P.E.to prepare a grant application for the 3/5/04 deadline. There is no cost for the grant preparation. One week before the February 25 meeting, members are to receive a copy for review. On February 25, we will request a final vote and seek letters of support. We would like to look at alternate ways of conserving and reusing water, costs to implement the methods for business and industry, or new housing construction, as well as long-term cost savings and other advantages to the business or industry. Tom Embich was appointed to work with Dave to consult with Mary Golab, our DEP watershed coordinator.