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October 28, 2009

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

Business:  Jack Stouffer called the meeting to order.

Administration:  A letter arrived from the Department of State officially recognizing our name and address change.

Bordner Cabin:  June & Dick Blouch reported that once again, the toilet is upset.  A closet door and screen are broken too.  Repairs will be made this week.  Establish a more stringent police policy.  Post no smoking signs.  With Dan Logar moving on, did we miss a window of opportunity for electricity, which would have aided in surveillance equipment?

Center for Land and Water Report:  Jack Stouffer reported that CLaW met on October 27 from 9AM  to noon at Milton Hershey School Horticultural Center.  Matt Royer, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and Andy Gavin, SRBC, led discussions on Steering Committee reports and developing projects and skills inventories.  Breakout sessions of the Land, Water, and Education Committees took place before a wrap-up panel consisting of Andy Gavin, Susan Parry, and Kristen Saacke-Blunk on the value of the CLaW.

Chesapeake Bay

2009 Chesapeake Bay Executive Order  YouTube post 3:21

 

President’s Executive Order.  Conference call with EPA.                                                                                          Met at LCCD with new DEP Water Deputy Secretary John Hanger who lives in Palmyra.

Conservancy ReportTheir annual appeal raised over $18,000.  November 15 is an easement party at Carol Christ’s home. 

Donations and bequests are always welcome to help with SWA projects and to preserve our water.  Currently SWA is conducting a Capital Campaign to support both the Bordner Cabin and Union Canal Canoe Rentals.  Please be as generous as you can.  Thank you.

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

Swatara Water Trail

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

Inwood BridgePer Tom Kotay at the MPO meeting October 29, the MPO can't afford two bridges; PA Historic and Museum Commission wants the existing bridge repaired; the existing bridge won't accommodate fire trucks, which is the main purpose to keep a bridge at this location.  No one will budge.  So, a "no build" is being considered.  In this event the road that floods from Manada could be raised.

Jonestown Boat Launch:  Talked to Mayor Kauffman about rocks placed near the water at the new Jonestown Launch.  Denise said that the Mayor was very understanding, and will have the rocks moved so that trailers with boats can enter and maneuver the boat launch.

Lebanon Water Authority:  Make contact to discuss future water needs.

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

Presentations:  Jonestown Seniors, HMC World Culture Club, S Lebanon Lions Club, Women’s Club (donations received).                 

Northern Swatara Watershed and Sweet Arrow Lake Report:  Denise Donmoyer reported that the Army Corps of Engineers is looking into dredging the Lake.  December 5 a Barbershop Chorus will perform at Sweet Arrow Lake Clubhouse.

Quittapahilla Audubon Report:  Karen Light

Quittie Creek and Park ReportAnn Lasky reported that a Pumpkin Walk will be held on Friday night October 30 between 7-9PM.

Rail Trail Report:  John Wengert received a Lebanon County Conservation District award for his dedication to bringing this magnificent trail to Lebanon for all of our residents.

Sojourn:  Begin planning at January meeting.  Volunteers wanted.  EMA HazMat Training 11/15 @ Lickdale Campground 8AM-11AM.

State Water Board Report:  Betty Conner.  Pour point water deficit areas outlined in a report.

Swatara RiverDesignation requested through EPA.

Swatara State Park:  Since the budget was passed, is their an appropriation to complete Phase I of the Plan?  Meeting with Angel, Swatara State Park Manager.

Tenaska:  No action taken at last months Chamber Government Affairs meeting.  SRBC contact.

Tom’s of Main Application:  Conflicting notification said we were not chosen to compete.  L

Trout Unlimited Report:  No report

Union Township Farm:  No report

Watershed Specialists Report:  A get well card will be sent to Stephanie Harmon.

Water Trail:  Refiled a final report and payment request.

Wise Property:  Will call to see if Fish and Boat’s executed contract is on track to arrive in the next few days.  When the contract arrives, a special meeting will be called to go over settlement and operations details.

Other:  Thursday evening, October 29, Pete Sildorff will receive WGAL’s Jefferson Award.  Dick and June Blouch will attend, and give Pete our congratulations and best wishes.

Next Meeting:  Wednesday, November 25, 9:30AM.

September 30, 2009

 

The Swatara Watershed Association took a field trip to the American Water Company in Hershey PA. In attendance were: Bob Arnold, Dick Blouch, John Cradic, Betty Conner, Denise Donmoyer, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, John Prawdzik, Jack Stouffer, Gary Witmeyer, Jack Worrilow. SWA learned how AWC treats and filters water drawn from the Swatara. Licensed to withdraw 11 million gallons per day from the Swatara and 5 mgd from Manada Creek, AWC has been drawing 8 mgd from the Swatara. Because of growth in the area and to meet customer demand, beginning in 2010, they plan to add a pump and clarifier to take advantage of the 11 mgd approval. AWC is interconnected with the Lebanon Water Authority, and they plan to establish a connection to United Water Company too.

AMC is also updating their Source Water Protection Plan with the help of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission. The process starts with a self assessment; appointment of a steering committee; a contaminate source inventory; contingency planning for emergencies; and ends with identification of new sources of water supply.

September 3, 2009

A special meeting of the Swatara Watershed Association was called to order at 8AM in the Commissioner's conference room, 400 St. 8th St., Lebanon PA for the sole purpose of discussing Tenaska's proposed gas-fired power plant.  In attendance were, Andrea Blosser, Dick and June Blouch, Dan Culver, Ron Fortna, Cheri Grumbine, Stephanie Harmon, John Heisey, David Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Elaine Ludwig, Earl Roberts, Jack Stouffer, Ray Swingholm, Sheila Wartluft, Chuck Wertz, and Sandra and Ken Wolfe.

After Tenaska representative Dan Culver answered 20 questions that were provided in advance, he took questions from the floor on topics ranging from grey water, wells, property values, why Lebanon was chosen for a plant, impacts, benefits, evaporation, a timeline, value added proposals, how an 8-million gallon project can be implemented in 3.5 years, whether a moratorium would occur on other businesses locating to the area, violations, and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission's reaction to the proposal.

 
Tenaska 1 10 of 20 Questions 9:48  If you prefer to read the answers to SWA's 20 questions, visit http://swatara.ning.com/forum/topics/tenaska-power-plant .  There is also an opportunity to comment on this blog.
 
 
 
 
 

August 26, 2009

Watermelon at the Waterworks:  Members of the Swatara Watershed Association patrolled and picked up litter at their “Adopt-a-Launch” site at the Waterworks, East Hanover Township, Lebanon County.

In attendance were: Bob Arnold, Dick Blouch, June Blouch, Jineen Boyle, Denise Donmoyer, Tom Embich, Stephanie Harmon, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Jack Stouffer, and John Worrilow.  At the conclusion of the brief meeting and clean-up, members enjoyed watermelon.

Business:

Administration:  The Department of State returned paperwork for a third time to recognize a name and address change.

Bordner Cabin:  A cable and lock will be purchased to secure the porta-potty to a tree.

Conservancy ReportAnn invited everyone to Walk Walmer’s on Distillery Road, Schaefferstown on 9/13 at 9:30AM, to see riparian buffers.

Donations and bequests are always welcome to help with SWA projects and to preserve our water.  Currently SWA is conducting a Capital Campaign to support both the Bordner Cabin and Union Canal Canoe Rentals.  Please be as generous as you can.  Thank you.

Facebook:  Become a friend. 

Swatara Water Trail

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

Jonestown Boat Launch:  On the Water Trail, some rocks were placed near the water at the new Jonestown Launch.  Without the rocks, boats can turn with trailers.  It is difficult to back up the ramp.  She wondered if the rocks could be removed.

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

Northern Swatara Watershed and Sweet Arrow Lake Report:  Denise shared that to increase capacity, Bob Evanchalks says that Sweet Arrow Lake is targeted by the Army Corps of Engineers for dredging, but they need about $500,000 in matching funds.

Tenaska:  Today’s mail brought written answers to our 20 questions.  Dan Culver asked to meet with residents on September 3 at 8AM.  We will meet in the Commissioner’s Conference room 207, 400 S 8th St., Lebanon PA.

Tom’s of Main Application:  SWA was notified that technical requirements are met.  Verification of our non-profit status was submitted.

Watershed Specialists Reports:  Stephanie asked everyone to mark their calendars for a Watershed Forum on October 31 from 9AM to noon.  Further, the Lebanon County Conservation District will celebrate their 60th Anniversary with a dinner on October 15 at the Schaefferstown Fire Company.

Finally, Fall bulb orders are due September 10.

Wise Property:  The PA Fish and Boat contract was reviewed by Attorney Henry, signed by SWA officers, and returned for execution.  Lebanon County Commissioners would not approve a $25,000 Comprehensive Plan Implementation Grant to help with local match.  SWA was raising a matching $25,000. 

·        September 30 SWA meeting will be a field trip to the American Water Company for a tour—9:30AM. 

July 29, 2009

Attendance:  Dick Blouch; Betty Conner, Secretary; George Conner; George Cradic, American Water; Denise Donmoyer; Jessie Donmoyer; VP Tom Embich; Jo Ellen Litz, John Worrilow. 

Business:

Audit:  Hard copies distributed.

Bordner Cabin:  June & Dick retrieved Bordner’s 1936 Masters Thesis on a countywide Technical School.  It is fascinating to get into his mind and learn how he thought.  The Thesis was scanned page by page and photo copied for reference.  Porta Potty tipped.  Here is a link to The National Trust for Historic Preservation Flicker site where they post This Place Matters photos.   http://www.flickr.com/photos/preservationnation/3657096969/in/photostream/  David Kimmerly

Center for Land and Water Report – 

Conservancy ReportDick Blouch reported that Betty and George Conner will serve as the 2009 Appeals Chairs.  The Heritage Trail, including the Route 419 Scenic Byway, runs 100 miles throughout Lebanon County.

Donations and bequests are always welcome to help with SWA projects and to preserve our water.  Currently SWA is conducting a Capital Campaign to support both the Bordner Cabin and Union Canal Canoe Rentals.  Please be as generous as you can.  Thank you.

Facebook:  Become a friend. 

Swatara Water Trail

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I-81 Corridor:  A representative from this multi-county group may contact us to help bring federal dollars to our area to improve the corridor.

Interns and Eagle Scouts are always welcome None active, but completed projects highlighted at http://swatara.ning.com/forum/topics/eagle-scout-project-highlights Received inquiry about Scout projects from Cornwall Troop 415.  The northern bridges need “signed.”

Inwood Bridge

Jonestown Boat Launch:  The Ziegler family used the launch, and ended at Dick Blouch’s farm.

Lebanon Water Authority:  Recently, people were rescued from the low-head dam.  SWA will inquire about the “Dam Ahead” sign visibility.

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

Northern Swatara Watershed and Sweet Arrow Lake Report:  Denise Donmoyer reported that on August 12, Sweet Arrow Lake will have a program on Crickets and Katydids. 

Quittapahilla Audubon Report:  Karen Light

Quittie Creek and Park ReportButler Manufacturing is expanding a truck parking lot and turn around area that flows under the railroad next to Hoss’s.  Tom raised concern about proper vegetative cover and sinkholes.  He was encouraged to contact Annville and North Annville to work out a solution.

Rail Trail Report:

Sojourn:  POWR Check received.

State Water Board Report:  Betty Conner said that per Act 220, the new Water Plan will be updated every five years.

Sustainable Landscapes Conference:  No report.

Swatara River:  No report 

Swatara State Park:  Letter received and reviewed from Park Manager Angel Croll.

Tenaska:  To date, no response to submitted questions.  To The Honorable Jo Ellen Litz,

Please know your questions have been received and we will be providing responses.  Due to a long planned vacation schedule and national holiday, I am enjoying my grandchildren this week and weekend, but your questions are very important to me and Tenaska.  We will endeavor to get back with you soon.  Some of the questions involve studies that are also in progress and therefore our answers may provide explanations of process, but rest assured, we will get you full information as it develops.  Sincerely, Daniel (Dan) G. Culver

Mr. Dan Culver

Dear Sir:

Thank you for agreeing to open a dialogue concerning Tanaska.

As previously stated at the Chamber of Commerce breakfast on June 24, 2009, Lebanon County is flattered that businesses are looking at Lebanon County to do business.  That being said, in the interest of due diligence for our citizens, we need to ask some questions:

1.      Of the 25 jobs created, how many people will transfer into our community from other Tenaska facilities?

2.      Would the location of Tenaska in Lebanon County increase the chances of a proposed electric line locating here as well as the line crossing Lebanon County on its way from West Virginia to New York?  We are told that eminent domain proceedings will take place on homes, businesses and farms—anything in the path of the electric line.

3.      If Ag Security Areas, to avoid islands of small farms, are required to submit blocks of 500 contiguous acres for protection from complaints, why would a different standard (350 acres) be applied to business or industry, especially when the entity is asking for a zoning change from Agriculture?

4.      What are the soils on the farms?

5.      We currently have a water deficit area in Bethel Township.  Would withdrawal of water by Tenaska increase the size of the water deficit area?

6.      The Seigrist Dam holds around 10 million gallons of water.  If all of the people living and working in Lebanon County utilize this facility, and Tenaska wants to use 8 million gallons of water per day, how can Lebanon County justify this request?

7.      Another proposal talks of withdrawing some water from Seigrist Reservoir and some from wells.  What radius would a cone of depression cover from a well drawing millions of gallons of water per day from the ground?  Would that radius overlap with the water deficit area in Bethel?

8.      Has the Susquehanna River Basin Commission approved a water withdrawal plan?

9.      We understand that ground and surface water are interconnected.  By way of canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and swimming, the Swatara Water Trail (recognized by both the state and nation) provides recreation for residents and visitors to our community.  With Tenaska in our community, would the flow of the Swatara be negatively impacted, thus negatively impacting tourism dollars?

10. What is the operational lifetime of the plant?

11. How is the plant decommissioned?

12. Is there any remaining hazardous waste?

13. Is it a duel fuel plant?

14. What happens to the land after the plant is decommissioned?

15. If duel fuel, what is the backup fuel?

16. If fuel oil, how will the oil be stored?

17. Will it be a “demand only” or constantly running plant?

18. Will the electric plant supply electricity locally and benefit local citizens with lower electricity bills?

19. Is there a chance of explosion at the plant?  If so, what area around the plant is at risk?

20. Will a public hearing take place for both the zoning request and the water withdrawal request?

Thank you for your time and willingness to answer each of our preliminary questions. 

John pointed out that Bethlehem Steel used to withdraw 6 million gallons of water per day.  When asked if the reservoir between Annville and Palmyra could be used, he said that the water was too hard, and would be too costly to process

Tom’s Of Maine Application  As a fund raiser, we will ask for your online votes, probably in September.  Winners of this national contest are determined by votes, and the top five vote getters will each receive $20,000, which we can use toward our projects.

Trout Unlimited Report

Union Township Farm:  No report

Watershed Specialist Report:  Stephanie Harmon 

Wise Property

Lebanon County Commissioners have not yet approved final Comprehensive Plan Implementation grant.  SWA needs grant approval before settlement can occur, and to have the deed in our name before the Red Horse Unit at FIG can submit paperwork to Washington to assist us with improvements to the boat launch.  Ramez Ziadeh will be processing the DEP permit application required for the boat launch.

Water Trail

bulletWaiting on word whether or not a field visit will take place, and on final payment.  Meet with Angel Croll about updates in Swatara State Park.

Other:  George explained that when water pressure is increased for added fire protection, and with infrastructure over 100 years old, some leaks develop.

Dates to Remember:

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August 6, GLRA Open House to celebrate the facility's 50th Anniversary—all day long.  Check out their environmental campus—wind, solar, methane energy produced on site; Union Canal Tow Path; and a landfil.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009  WGAL Town Meeting, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., Lebanon Valley Expo Center

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August 11th, Corn Roast &  September 8th, Pot Luck, Izaak Walton League--Bingo will be held after every meal.

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August 26 SWA meeting:  Watermelon at the Waterworks.  We’ll pick up litter at our adopted canoe launch, and enjoy a cool treat when we’re done—9:30AM.  Join us.

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September 30 SWA meeting will be a field trip to the American Water Company for a tour—9:30AM. 

June 24, 2009

Attendance:  Bob Arnold, Richard Blouch, Norman Brandt, Denise Donmoyer, Susan Eberly, Tom Embich, Walt Haber, Stephanie Harmon, David Kimmerly, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Donna Reside, Brad Rhen, Earl Robert, Fred Rogers, Bruce and Cindy Smalley, Jack Stauffer, Marta Trainer, Ralph and Trudy Trautman, and John Worrilow.

Business:

Audit: – Completed.  Must sign and mail.  Hard copies not available for today.

Swartara Watershed Association is the winner of a $250 grant from the 10th anniversary Growing Greener Celebration for our entry on the GrowingGreener.com website.

Bordner Cabin:  SWA will participate in the “This Place Matters” campaign, a project of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company.

Historic status:  Jo Ellen met with Preservation PA representative  David Kimmerly, and SWA was encouraged to submit an Historic Resource Survey Form to determine whether or not the Cabin is historically significant.

Rustic Style Architecture is defined by the National Park Service as structures built between 1916 - 1942 such as a log cabin that is so highly stylized in its attempt to be non-intrusive that it attracts the immediate attention of those who are accustomed to the simplicity and frequent sterility of contemporary architecture. It may be built of over-sized, rough-hewn logs and stones with its obviously intensive use of hand labor and its clear rejection of the regularity and symmetry of the industrial world, marking it as the work of another age, the product of an attitude far removed from our own. Perhaps for the first time in the history of American architecture, a building became an accessory to nature... Early pioneer and regional building techniques were revived because it was thought that a structure employing native materials blended best with the environment...

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Question:  Are there any other examples of Rustic Architecture in Lebanon County?  Answer:  None known.  Both Camp Bashore and Kenbrook Bible Camp built their structures after 1942.

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Question:  Did Bordner build other homes.  Answer.  Yes.  Bordner created a subdivision on the south side of Tunnel Hill Road.  At one time, he also owned and operated the Pansey Hill Market just east of Tunnel Hill Road and west of Coleman’s Park.  If you know of other structures, please advise.

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Question:   Other than the carving on the cabin itself, is there any other documentation for the year the Cabin was built?  Answer:  We have one newspaper article where Bordner was interviewed.

Dick and June Blouch will travel to Penn State on July 18 to retrieve Bordner’s Master’s thesis on vocational education.

Center for Land and Water –  No report.

Donations and bequests are always welcome to help with SWA projects and to preserve our water.

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

Inwood Bridge:  No report.

Jonestown Boat Launch:  No report.

Ning.com:  Did you sign up on the professional social network for the Swatara Watershed on ning.com ?  You can share your photos and video from Swatara Sojourns and other Swatara Watershed events; post flood or pollution pictures; share your memories; comment on forums:  floods, conservation tips, pollution, Swatara State Park, Bordner Cabin…. (Ning is a professional site that operates similar to Facebook, which is for individuals.)

Northern Swatara Watershed and Sweet Arrow Lake Report:  Denise Domonyer

Quittapahilla Audubon Report:  Karen Light

Quittie Creek and Park Report:  Ann Lasky

Rail TrailDedication from Wilhelm Avenue Bridge to both South Lebanon and the City of Lebanon took place.  For an updated map and data, visit http://www.lebcounty.org/lebanon/lib/lebanon/Handout_USGS_Map.pdf  and http://www.lebcounty.org/lebanon/lib/lebanon/DEV_SUMMARY.pdf .  To view pictures from the dedication, visit Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/album.php?aid=25217&id=1094403643 .  YouTube video is also available at  Rail Trail expanded from Cornwall to the City of Lebanon and joined to South Lebanon, PA

Sojourn Final narrative and financial reports, and a request for payment are being prepared for submission to Jonathan Meade, Pennsylvania Environmental Council & PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers.

Sustainable Landscapes Conference:  No report.

Swatara River:  No report. 

Save Our State Parks 2Swatara State ParkArticle I, section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution provides as follows:
Sec. 27. Natural Resources and the Public Estate--The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. PA's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the peopleThis amendment, which was adopted in 1972, encompasses two basic principles. First, Pennsylvanians have a right to a decent environment, and second, Pennsylvania government has a trusteeship responsibility to protect that environment on behalf of future generations.  The statute creating DCNR, as well as the statutes that the Department is charged with administering, implement this amendment. 

May PA Angler features Memorial Lake and mentions Swatara State Park.

Denise, Spencer, Jo Ellen and other Lebanon County residents rallied on the capital steps to keep Swatara, Memorial Lake, and other State Parks open.  View pictures at http://swatara.ning.com/   Denise also attended a Penn Future Press conference: http://paenvirodigestvideo.blogspot.com/2009/06/legislators-groups-push-natural-gas.html

Union Township Farm:  No report

Wise Property

Lebanon County Commissioners will discuss Comprehensive Plan Implementation grants on Thursday.  SWA needs grant approval before settlement can occur. 

Water Trail

bulletWaiting on word whether or not a field visit will take place, and on final payment.

 Dates to Remember:

bullet June 25 Chamber of Commerce sponsoring a 7:30AM Government Affairs breakfast on Tenaska at All About You Catering on Lehman St., Lebanon.  http://swatara.ning.com/forum/topics/tenaska-power-plant
bullet July 2, 3, 4 (Sat.), 10, and 11 (Sat.). Butterfly tour @ FIG.  Registration is at 8:30 am, ~2. 5 hour guided tours begin precisely at 9 am  http://www.milvet.state.pa.us/DMVA/3706.htm
bulletJuly 14, Green Roof Symposium, 10AM @ LVC
bulletAugust 6, GLRA Open House to celebrate the facility's 50th Anniversary

May 27, 2009

Business:

Audit: – provided letters to document committed funds.

Bordner Cabin:  SWA will participate in the “This Place Matters” campaign, a project of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company.

  1. Friday Jo Ellen met with Swatara State Park Manager Angel Croll, Central Office Staffer John Clifford, and Regional State Parks Manager Barb Davey. 
  2. Monday Jo Ellen met with Architect Mike Willeman.  Eight (8) drawings were produced and donated to SWA for the project. 
  3. If you visit the cabin, to avoid animals spewing garbage about the property, SWA will enforce a carry in, carry out trash policy.  Premises are monitored and patrolled by Park Rangers and by the PA State Police.
  4. Dick volunteered to remove broken glass from a picture frame.
  5. We will obtain a new sign in book.

The Bordner Cabin is our Falling Water. With all of the regulations, you couldn't build it today. Would you be willing to help with repairs to the Bordner cabin, which turns 70 years old in 2009? For general maintenance and to obtain a Labor and Industry Occupancy Permit, some of the items that need repaired include:
* re-create a stone wall along Rattling Run (a DEP permit must first be obtained);
* grade the bank along the steps to the entrance;
* place a stone path around the Cabin to the back porch for handicap access;
* concrete work under the porch by pouring a retaining wall and recreating piers on top of the wall to support the porch;
* place tongue and groove over the existing porch decking;

* craft two doors, one to the basement and one with lexan to block off the bedroom overlooking the living room (ceilings are not 7' high, but lexan panels will allow the public to look inside the room);
* remove stairs in the basement;
* pour 3 concrete bases and mount 3 posts on top of the bases in the basement--under the bedrooms;
* craft railings to code (no more than 4" spaces between lintels)--up the interior stair well, along the interior balcony, along the porch; and extending 25' in both directions from the building along Rattling Run, and in windows to meet 42" height requirements;
* provide sealed electrical engineer drawings for wiring;
* install emergency lighting, an outlet or two, and a security system; and
* complete the application for historic preservation.

Historic status:  Karen Light or Francis Ditzler—no report

If you value the Bordner cabin as much as the Swatara Watershed does, but you can't help with the physical repairs, perhaps you'd consider a donation of cash or materials like lexan or cement to our 501C3 organization. If you don't have the money now, maybe you'd like to leave us something in your will. Whatever you can do, we would be most grateful. PS T-shirts are available for a free will offering. Make checks payable to SWA, and mail to 2302 Guilford St., Lebanon PA 17046. Thank you again.

PS: We would be very interested in hearing stories from you if you were one of Armar Bordner's students who helped to build the Cabin; a member of his family; a co-worker; boy scout who stayed at the Cabin; or a friend of Armar's.

Center for Land and WaterNext "water" meeting, 10AM at Milton Hershey on June 2.

Donations and bequests are highly encouraged to help with SWA conservation projects and to preserve our water. SWA is a 501c3 non-profit.

Interns and Eagle Scouts are always welcome!  We've got a project for you.

Inwood BridgeReceived an invitation to provide input.  Waiting on a notice for a meeting.

Jonestown Boat Launch:  Mayor Kaufman dedicated  the new Swatara boat launch at Jonestown  http://www.jonestownpa.org/Swatara_Creek_Trail/sct.htm

Lebanon County Conservation District –SWA awards nominations: 

  1. Landowner of the Year:  Dean and Miriam Patches whose farm is in Swatara Township.  Dean is a township supervisor and writes conservation plans as well.
  2. Conservationist of the Year:  Stephanie Harmon who organizes Watershed Forums, gets us all thinking about conserving and reusing water with rain barrels, and presents programs on various topics.
  3. Educator of the Year:  Linda Barnum whose team won the Lebanon County Envirothon;
  4. Business Steward of the Year:  Bill and Ruth Wise who have been protecting 33+ acres along the Swatara for decades;
  5. Special Recognition:  Quittie Creek Nature Park for their faithful volunteer service to the Annville Community by providing walking paths, fishing, birding, and educational programs.

Ning.com:  (NEW) You are invited to join a professional social network for the Swatara Watershed on ning.com.  You will have to register.  Then, you can share your photos and video from Swatara Sojourns and other Swatara Watershed events; post flood or pollution pictures; share your memories; comment on forums:  floods, conservation tips, pollution, Swatara State Park, Bordner Cabin…. (Ning is a professional site that operates similar to Facebook, which is for individuals.)  Over 150 photos from the sojourn are currently posted.  A slide show plays on the opening page.  More will follow.

Rail Trail: A map was received. 

Sojourn

bulletPrioritize difficulty of Swatara segments: 
bulletWith its fallen trees across the waterway and many twists and turns, Pine Grove to the Lickdale Campgrounds is the most challenging course.
bulletFrom the Jonestown Boat Launch Trail Head to Union Canal Canoe Rentals is a relatively easy trip. 
bulletLikewise the trip from UCCR to Boat House Road Park is an easy float.  However, this day contains a portage around the American Water Company Dam in Hummelstown.
bulletThe segment from Hershey Highmeadow Campgrounds to Middletown is the longest trip. 
bulletBridge signs on the lower segment are very beneficial. 
bulletRemind drivers not to block or park near dumpsters. 
bulletFollow-up report in newsletter, which should go out any day.
bulletFinal report must be filed.

Sustainable Landscapes Conference:  As a result of the SLC, Dick is installing wild (native) grass on his farm.

Swatara RiverRepresentative RoseMarie Swanger wrote a follow-up letter of support to USGS.

Swatara State Park

Public meeting requested.  During public meetings to design the Park, our email and street addresses were collected with the promise that we would be notified directly of any future Park meetings as well as to keep us informed of Park progress.  For decades promises have been forgotten or ignored, and our beloved Swatara State Park is not completed.  So, we are persistent in requesting a public meeting now.  We want to be helpful, and make sure that Swatara State Park keeps on track.  We don’t want to be scolded for being lax in following the details.  We’d also like to know:

1.      What changes are planned for the Park that were not shared at the original Park meetings?

2.      Is funding flowing to meet Swatara State Park construction goals?

3.      Have all of the municipalities signed off on turning over Old State Road?

4.      Are the DEP and other permits completed?

5.      When will the contracts go out for bid?

6.      When will Old State Road close for construction?

7.      How long will Old State Road be closed?

8.      Has someone looked at coordinating underground electricity needs for water pumps on Old State Road and our needs for security and lighting at the Bordner Cabin?

9.      Similar to signs indicating surveillance around Memorial Lake State Park, to cut down on vandalism, is DCNR on board with surveillance on Old State Road?

bulletApparently, a combined Memorial Lake and Swatara State Park meeting occurred.  That date did not make it onto our calendars.  Please provide a list of attendees, news articles, web links, and copies of the agenda, PowerPoints, minutes or other handouts from that meeting.
bulletLand Swap at Lickdale:  4.14 acres to Lickdale Campground; 11.91 acres to DCNR.

Union Township Farm:  No report

Wise Property:  Features 3,341' of fishable banks, a small boat launch, picnic pavilion, trails, and a few camp sites along the Swatara.

bullet$90,000 grant awarded towards the purchase price, and Scott Bollinger at PA Fish and Boat hopes to have the documents in the mail to us any day now.  Legal eagles are going over the contracts.  An additional $50,000 is needed to help with a required match, closing costs, appraisal, signage....  Please consider a donation to Honor your Father on Father's Day, June 21.  You will receive a handsome certificate to present to your father in honor of the memories he created when he took you fishing.
bulletAn article appears in today's Lebanon Daily News.
bulletOn a motion by Denise and Jack, a unanimous vote passed to purchase approximately 30 picnic tables for the campsites.
bulletDenise, backed up by Jack, will run the canoe rental for SWA.  Other volunteers are welcome.  There is a training period.  Please contact SWA.

Water Trail

bulletJune is taking a group tubing, and is looking for used tractor trailer tire tubes.
bulletRequested documentation has been submitted.
bulletWaiting on word whether or not a field visit will take place.
bulletWaiting on final payment.

Other:

bulletDenise reported that Sweet Arrow Lake events are posted on the Schuylkill County web site.
bulletA successful reptile program by Tom Powers and Richard Light recently occurred.
bulletTonight, Ti-chi grand master George Graham will give lessons. 

Dates to Remember:

July 14, Green Roof Symposium, 10AM @ LVC

April 29, 2009


Welcome and Introductions
:  Bob Arnold, Dick & June Blouch, Norm Brandt, Denise Donmoyer, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Jack Stouffer, and John Worrilow.

Business: 

Bordner Cabin: 

bulletArchitect Mike Willeman--no report
bulletDay of Caring April 18 cleanup and repairs.  Nice job team
bulletHistorical Designation:    no report

Swatara State Park:

bulletRequested a public meeting

Center for Land and Water:

bulletBoth the Steering and Water Committees met.

Sojourn:

o       Administration (Jo Ellen)

o       POWR grant $1800 awarded to help with expenses.

o       Theme:  The Cabin, the Swatara, a Canoe, and You; 70th Anniversary of the Bordner cabin. 

o       T-shirts with the Bordner Cabin on the front have arrived.  Get your shirts for a free-will offering.  Please be as generous as you can.  Your donations will help with renovations and upkeep. 

o       Fish and Boat float plan filed by John Meade at POWR.

o       Weidle will provide dumpsters for refuse removal.  Also, GLRA will provide a container for tires at the ending point, then haul to Kettering’s for us.

o       GLRA will accept waste

o       Lickdale Campgrounds will provide accommodations again this year. 

o       Toilets were ordered from Associated Products for Route 645, Swope’s Valley Road, Jonestown Boat launch, and Water Works launch..

bulletFood

o       Saturday Breakfast –at Route 645 coordinated by June Blouch who will pick up doughnuts from Jonestown Foodtown.

o       Saturday Lunch – at Bordner cabin sponsored by Isaac Walton League.  Seaman’s subs picked up by Norm Brandt.  Bob Arnold will pick up drinks from Wengert’s Dairy/Swiss Premium Dairy.

o       Saturday Dinner – at Lickdale Campgrounds coordinated by owners, Tammy Blouch

o       Sunday Breakfast – at new Jonestown launch coordinated by June Blouch

o       Sunday Lunch – at Water Works launch –pizza coordinated by Ann Lasky

bulletAdvance Team— Crews cleared the Swatara on April 11, 18, and 25.  Dave Ravegum,  Bill Davidson, Fred Light, Don Mock, Bob Morris, and Larry Taylor deserve our thanks and appreciation.  These guys are our heroes.
bulletLand Logistics/Shore Support
bulletJack Stouffer and Laurie Andrews will be joined by Ron Boyer, Scott Ihn, Bill and Ruth Wise, Swatara State Park Manager Angel Croll, and others.    Mease Motors has a rental for $50 per day, which includes mileage.  Recyclables can go on the trailer as well as tires from the first day for deposit in the end container.
bulletPrograms
bulletDenise Donmoyer
bullet Country Hank & Friends (aka The Groundhog Band) will be joining us at 1PM for Lunch at the Bordner Cabin;
bullet Stephanie Harmon—How Green Are You?  Enviroscape for children Saturday;
bullet Peggy Hentz—wild animals on Saturday evening; and
bullet Steel Pier performer George Graham will join us for lunch at the Water Works on Sunday.
bulletSafety
bulletLiz and Andy Ramsey; Lisa and Austin Carter (also sweep); Jo Ellen safety briefings
bulletLead
bulletJo Ellen Litz and Denise Donmoyer
bulletTransportation—rent van and coordinate drivers
bulletTom Embich, Dick Blouch, and Norm Brandt

Swatara River:

bulletSenator Specter’s office called to say that a name change for Swatara River was turned down by USGS.  An appeals request was forwarded to USGS.

Union Township Farm:  No report.

Water Trail:  Documents provided to DCNR for review.

Wise property

bulletWaiting on word from PA Fish and Boat about funding.
bulletPreapplication for a $250,000 line of credit at 5.25% approved with JBT.

Kudos were shared for DCNR’s Sustainable Landscapes Conference at Milton Hershey School.

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            Questions:

  1. How much water does the plant use per day?
  2. From where will the water come?
  3. Has the Susquehanna River Basin Commission approved the water withdrawal plan?
  4. What is the operational lifetime of the plant?
  5. How is the plant decommissioned?
  6. Is there any remaining hazardous waste?
  7. Is it a duel fuel plant?
  8. What happens to the land after the plant is decommissioned?
  9. If duel fuel, what is the backup fuel?
  10. If fuel oil, how will the oil be stored?
  11. Will it be a “demand only” or constantly running plant?
  12. Will the electric plant supply electricity locally and benefit local citizens?

Other:  Summer Programs that will take us on the road include the Water Works litter cleanup in July; a tour of Swatara Falls in Schuylkill County; and a tour of American Water Company in Hershey.  If you’d like to join us, let us know.  We will car pool.

John Worrilow discussed the trees that came down at Coleman’s Park.

Ann Lasky reported on United Way Day of Caring at the Quittie Creek Nature Park.

Guest Speaker:  None this month. 

Calendar:

bulletApril 30 – Great American Green Fest at the Renaissance Fair.
bulletMay 2-3 Swatara Sojourn
bulletJuly 14th at Lebanon Valley College--"Green Roof Symposium

March 25, 2009

Welcome and Introductions:  June and Dick Blouch, Denise Donmoyer, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Jack Stouffer, John Worrilow

Business: 

bulletFrom Union Township, Jo Ellen acknowledged a $500 contribution for recycling.  Swatara Watershed Association wishes to thank the Union Township Supervisors for their generosity.

Bordner Cabin: 

bulletArchitect Mike Willeman--no report
bulletDay of Caring  April 18 cleanup and repairs—Sign up today
bulletHistorical Designation:  Researched Armar Bordner, the cabin, Benjamin Aycrigg and Aycrigg’s Falls for Francis Ditzler.  Online, it says that Penn State is supposed to have a copy of Armar’s master’s thesis, but I don’t have the needed passwords to obtain the document relating to his students. Winifred McGee at Ag Extension is trying to obtain a copy for us. 

Swatara State Park:

bulletAn Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Fort Indiantown Gap Railhead Exchange orland swap’ is on file at both the Lebanon Library and Union Township building.  The proposed action is the exchange of 4.191 acres of State Park land (Parcel A) for two parcels of adjacent private land of equal or greater value, known as the Boltz parcels (Parcels B and C). Parcel A represents a portion of the 65.39-acre State Park parcel, which is formerly part of the Fort Indiantown Gap. This parcel was deeded to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by the Department of Interior as surplus federal land through the Federal Lands to Parks Program.  Volunteer(s) to read and comment.
bulletSupervisor Al Aungst said that after DEP issues a permit, Pine Grove Township must sign off on the encroachment permit for a footbridge before the Swatara State Park project can move forward with Phase 1.  A 3/8/09 deadline was extended to 9/9/09.
bulletAlso needed is an Erosion and Sedimentation Control Permit from the Lebanon Conservation District.
bulletFunds must be released from the state.  If everyone cooperates, stimulus money may finally make this shovel ready project move forward.

Center for Land and Water:

bulletBoth the Steering and Water Committees met.

Sojourn:

o       Administration (Jo Ellen)

o       POWR grant application submitted to John Meade (PA Environmental Council).

o       Theme:  The Cabin, the Swatara, a Canoe, and You; 70th Anniversary of the Bordner cabin. 

o       Pricing t-shirts with cabin on front.  Asking for a donation based on a person’s ability to pay.  It is hoped that with a free-will offering, people who can be generous will donate larger sums to help with renovations.  View t-shirt design at http://www.mbcomp.com/swatara/State%20Park/bordner_cabin.htm

o       Sponsor requests designed, printed, mailed, and posted to the web site  canoe/21st sojourn/Sponsor Request Upper Swatara.pdf

o       Registration designed and posted to the SWA web site.  canoe/21st sojourn/2009 Sojourn Registration.pdf  100 color copies printed for distribution at Sustainable Landscapes Conference.

o       Fish and Boat float plan filed by John Meade at POWR.

o       Weidle will provide dumpsters for refuse removal.  Also, GLRA will provide a container for tires at the ending point, then haul to Kettering’s for us.

o       GLRA will accept waste

o       Lickdale Campgrounds will provide accommodations again this year. 

o       Toilets were ordered from Associated Products for Route 645, Swope’s Valley Road, Jonestown Boat launch, and Water Works launch..

bulletFood

o       Saturday Breakfast –at Route 645 coordinated by June Blouch

o       Saturday Lunch – at Bordner cabin by Isaac Walton League

o       Saturday Dinner – at Lickdale Campgrounds coordinated by owners, Tammy Blouch

o       Sunday Breakfast – at new Jonestown launch coordinated by June Blouch

o       Sunday Lunch – at Water Works launch –pizza coordinated by Ann Lasky

bulletAdvance Team— Crews will be on the Swatara April 11, 18, and 25.  I hope I don’t miss anyone’s name who is helping.  Serving as coordinator is Dave Ravegum assisted by Bill Davidson, Fred Light, Don Mock, Bob Morris, and Larry Taylor.  Prior to the sojourn, the team will scout the Swatara for obstacles, mark and/or remove fallen trees as needed.  To volunteer, contact Dave at ravegumd@comcast.net .
bulletLand Logistics/Shore Support
bulletJack Stouffer and Laurie Andrews.  PS.  Since I traded in my car, we will also have to rent a vehicle to tow my trailer.  Mease Motors has a rental for $50 per day, which includes mileage.  Recylcables can go on the trailer as well as tires from the first day for deposit in the end container.
bulletPrograms
bulletDenise Donmoyer
bullet Country Hank & Friends (aka The Groundhog Band) will be joining us at 1PM for Lunch at the Bordner Cabin
bullet Stephanie Harmon—How Green Are You?  Enviroscape for children
bullet Peggy Hentz—wild animals
bulletSafety
bulletLiz and Andy Ramsey; Lisa and Austin Carter (also sweep); Jo Ellen safety briefings
bulletLead
bulletJo Ellen Litz and Denise Donmoyer
bulletTransportation—rent van and coordinate drivers
bulletTom Embich, Dick Blouch, and Norm Brandt

Swatara River:

bulletContacted Holden, Casey, and Specter’s offices for a report.  A change in administration means new department heads are reviewing our material to familiarize themselves with our request.  Still no word.  L  It was suggested to contact the Conestoga River organization.

Union Township Farm

bulletStephanie Harmon prepared an NRCS Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program application for SWA.  No additional activity to report.

Water Trail

bulletJay Schreiberman requested a breakdown of volunteer time and signed letters from several people, firms or organizations who donated services.

Wise property

bulletWaiting on word from Fish and Boat about funding
bulletDiscussed a loan with JBT
bulletDenise and I met with Bill and Ruth Wise.  They are willing to wait until the end of the month until Fish and Boat awards their grants.

Other:           

bulletBank statements were available for review.
bulletThe Storage Tank UST Operator Training proposed rulemaking will be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on March 14, 2009.  The 30-day public comment period will begin upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and conclude on April 13, 2009.  The Pennsylvania Bulletin notice requests individuals to submit comments directly to the Environmental Quality Board.   http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol39/39-11/466.html
bulletFree office supplies at LCCM for Lebanon County non-profits.
bulletA Union Canal article that appeared in the March 2009 Civil Engineering magazine is available by PDF.
bulletAmerican Water Company has grants available.
bulletAnn Lasky reported that a butterfly garden is planned at the bridge, and American Elm trees will be planted at Quittie Creek Nature Park.
bulletDenise Donmoyer reported that Sweet Arrow Lake is planning a multiple access fishing area near the club house.  22” lunkers are being stocked.
bulletDenise also relayed the outcome of the senate race to replace Senator Rhodes.  Dave Argal is the new senator.
bulletDick Blouch said there is confusion over a zoning map proposal that changes land to agriculture, but the land contains residences.
bulletJune Blouch shared that by listening to last month’s speaker, using logs, she was able to create a corduroy to create a temporary road for her tractor.

Guest Speaker:  None this month.  Members present requested a field trip to see Swatara Falls in Schuylkill County.

Calendar:

bulletMarch 30, at Sweet Arrow Lake, 7PM, Ukrainian folk art--Pisanki Egg demonstration.
bulletApril 1, Sustainable Landscape’s Conference at Founder’s Hall, Milton Hershey School, 801 Meadow Lane, Hershey PA.  More information at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/09slc/index09.aspx
bulletApril 4, at Sweet Arrow Lake, Breakfast 6AM-10AM, on opening day of trout.  The lake is stocked.  Cost $5 adults/$3.50 children.  Opportunities to sponsor release of a lunker. 
bulletApril 18 – Day of Caring work session at Bordner cabin
bulletApril 30 – Great American Green Fest at the Renaissance Fair.
bulletMay 2-3 Swatara Sojourn
bulletJuly 14th at Lebanon Valley College--"Green Roof Symposium

February 25, 2009

Welcome and Introductions:  Bob Arnold; Dick & June Blouch; Betty & George Conner; George Cradic, the new supervisor for the PA American Water treatment plant in Hershey; Denise Donmoyer; Stephanie Harmon; Ann Lasky; Walter Lehman, Schuylkill County Watershed Specialist;  Karen Light;  Jo Ellen Litz; Jack Stouffer; Megan Williams, Americorps Vista.

Business:

bullet A unanimous vote by Light/Arnold passed to pay for Insurance and the Port-a-potty at the Bordner cabin.

Bordner Cabin: 

bulletIt’s gone now, but SWA would like to acknowledge and thank Don Mock for graciously donating a tree for the holidays. 
bulletArchitect Mike Willeman’s report is due anytime now.
bulletDay of Caring volunteers sought for April 18 cleanup and repairs
bulletFrancis Ditzler needs to ask questions concerning the historic status application.

Center for Land and Water:

bulletStephanie Harmon reported that the Water Committee met.

Sojourn

Administration (Jo Ellen)

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 POWR grant application submitted to John Meade (PA Environmental Council).

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   Theme:  A Cabin, the Swatara, a Canoe, and You; 70th Anniversary of the Bordner cabin

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Sponsor requests designed, printed, mailed, and posted to the web site  canoe/21st sojourn/Sponsor Request Upper Swatara.pdf

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Registration designed and posted to the SWA web site.  canoe/21st sojourn/2009 Sojourn Registration.pdf

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 Must file Fish and Boat float plan

bullet

 Must contact Weidle for refuse removal

bullet

 Must contact Lickdale Campgrounds for accommodations

bullet

 Must order toilets for Route 645, Swope’s Valley Road, Jonestown Boat launch, and Water Works launch.

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Must complete GLRA request to accept waste.

Food

bullet

Saturday Breakfast –at Route 645 coordinated by June Blouch

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Saturday Lunch – at Bordner cabin –subs from Seaman’s

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Saturday Dinner – at Lickdale Campgrounds --pot pie from church or fire company

bullet

Sunday Breakfast – at new Jonestown launch coordinated by June Blouch

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Sunday Lunch – at Water Works launch –pizza coordinated by Ann Lasky

Advance Team—Ask Dave Ravegum or Larry Taylor if prior to the sojourn, they will be able to scout the Swatara for obstacles, mark and/or remove fallen trees as needed.

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

Programs--Denise Donmoyer

bulletCountry Hank & Friends (aka The Groundhog Band) will be joining us at Lunch at the Bordner Cabin
bullet Stephanie Harmon—How Green Are You?  Enviroscape for children

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

Lead--Jo Ellen Litz and Denise Donmoyer

Transportation—rent van and coordinate drivers , Tom Embich and Dick Blouch

Swatara River:

bulletContacted Holden, Casey, and Specter’s offices for a report.  A change in administration means new department heads are reviewing our material to familiarize themselves with our request.

Union Township Farm

bulletStephanie Harmon prepared an NRCS Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program application for SWA.

Water Trail

bulletWaiting on direction for final payment from Jay Schreiberman.

Wise property

bulletHad breakfast with Dr. Austin, head of Fish and Boat
bulletWaiting on word about funding
bulletDiscussed a loan with JBT
bulletRenew sales agreement.

Other:           

bulletDonna Morelli, PA Director Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, reports that the 2009 Susquehanna Sojourn is (hopefully) launching from Harrisburg or Middletown to Holtwood Dam this year.
bulletRavegum reports that he has walked and geo-coded the canal.  Further, beavers are rebuilding the Union Canal in Swatara State Park.
bulletKaren Light reports that the GLRA insert shows barn owls and kestrels.  Tonight’s Audubon meeting is on native plants by Ann Bodling.
bulletAnn Lasky reported that if the Hemlocks along a stream are in trouble, the fish will die.  Quittie Creek Park is also hosting volunteers during Day of Caring.  Quittie Creek Park is celebrating their 20th anniversary.  They just received a $90,000 Growing Greener grant.
bulletBetty Conner reported that the Act 220 State Water Planning Phase 1 is complete.  The plan addresses quantity of water available for various uses.  The plan will be updated every five years. 
bulletStephanie Harmon passed out Conservation District tree sale flyers.  She also invited organizations to contact her with their Earth Day activities for inclusion on a calendar.

Guest Speaker:  Walter Lehman showed slides of manmade passive treatment wetlands constructed below Tracy Air Hole.  Arial shots show the first pond in orange.  Between pools, water flows through wooded land.  The Tracy Airhole Discharge is located 3 miles west of Donaldson, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania in the Good Spring Creek Watershed a sub-watershed of Swatara Creek.  Located in the headwaters, the Tracy Airhole Discharge is one of the largest abandoned mine drainage (AMD) discharges within the Upper Swatara Creek Watershed.  Average flow from the discharge is 1,210 gpm and water quality monitoring has shown discharge water to be net alkaline with a near-neutral pH, containing 14.8mg/L iron, negligible amounts of aluminum and 2.53mg/L manganese.  Metal loading from the Tracy Airhole and other discharges, resulted in Good Spring Creek's and Upper Swatara Creek's designations as “impaired” on the 303(d) list with approved TMDLs.  In 2005, the Schuylkill Conservation District was awarded a Pennsylvania DEP Nonpoint Source Management Program grant to engineer and construct a treatment system for the Tracy Airhole Discharge.  Construction of the treatment system commenced in January 2008 and was completed in April 2008.  Water quality samples have shown the treatment system to be removing 92% of the total iron and 33% of the total manganese from the discharge water. 

Forested Area

Route 125

Primary Settling Basin

Polishing Wetland

Overflow Basin

Good Spring Creek

PND1DISC

TAHWEIR

PND3IN

PND3DISC

OVRPDIN

OVRPDDISC

Forested Area

Forested Area

Excess water to overflow basin

Discharge Water

Discharge

Excess water to stream

Level Spreader

Inline Water Control Structure

GSCUP

GSCDN

Air Compressor shed

 

Calendar:

bulletMarch 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm at the Middletown High School, the Turnpike Authority is having a public meeting on the replacement of the Swatara Creek Bridge.
bulletMarch 7, at Sweet Arrow Lake, pancake breakfast from 7-10:30AM, cost $6.  They’ll be tapping a maple tree for a maple syrup demonstration.
bulletMarch 22, at Sweet Arrow Lake, Celtic benefit concert at 2PM for Red Creek Wildlife to care for critters.  A raptor release will take place.
bulletMarch 30, at Sweet Arrow Lake, 7PM, Ukrainian folk art--Pisanki Egg demonstration.
bulletApril 1, Sustainable Landscape’s Conference at Founder’s Hall, Milton Hershey School, 801 Meadow Lane, Hershey PA.  More information at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/09slc/index09.aspx
bullet On a Stouffer/DBlouch motion, SWA voted to become a $50 nonprofit Sponsor with a display.  Jack volunteered to man the booth.  Steph volunteered to split the cost of the booth with the Conservation District.
bullet Door prize—SWA will also provide a complimentary Swatara Sojourn package for two and copies of our books—EELS and Mills and Bank Barns.
bulletApril 4, at Sweet Arrow Lake, Breakfast 6AM-10AM, on opening day of trout.  The lake is stocked.  Cost $5 adults/$3.50 children.  Opportunities to sponsor release of a lunker.  
bulletApril 18 – Day of Caring work session at Bordner cabin
bulletApril 30 – Great American Green Fest at the Renaissance Fair.
bulletMay 2-3 Swatara Sojourn
bulletJuly 14th at Lebanon Valley College--"Green Roof Symposium

January 28, 2009

Attendance: Bob Arnold, Jo Ellen Litz, and John Worrilow.  Even a snow storm couldn't keep former marine John Worrilow from a scheduled meeting.  John used a COLT bus, which dropped him off a block from his destination.  Using his two canes, he arrived for the meeting on time.

To obtain a quorum, Business conducted electronically:

bulletAudit - Request a vote to conduct the 2008 audit by Faren and Garcia.
bulletCenter for Land and Water – Request a vote to send letter of support.

Bordner Cabin

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Mike Willeman called to report that he visited the cabin a few times, but the falls were roaring, which made a thorough inspection of the piers difficult.  His plan is to complete the Labor and Industry presentation by the middle of February.  Bob Hoffman will review the proposal.  SWA will receive a copy.  The process dictates that DCNR review the proposal before being forwarded to Labor and Industry.

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We will also need a DEP permit.

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With the requirements in hand, we can continue our capital campaign and recruit volunteers and materials.

Historic status

Karen Light talked to Francis Ditzler.  The State was contacted to locate the forms on the Internet.  Forms can be found at www.PHMC.state.pa.us .  Go to Preservation Programs, PA & National Registration Programs, Reviewers, Recording Resources, Historical Resource Survey Form.   Francis will pencil in the forms, and we will enter the data into the computer.  Because DCNR holds the property that SWA rents, DCNR will review the application prior to submission to the Historical commission.

Swatara River:  Matt Leonard in Senator Casey’s office said that due to the presidential transition, the USGS is pretty empty right now.  He is trying to contact a deputy secretary to learn the outcome of our request for designation.

Sojourn:  John Meade, POWR, called to say that funding is available for the 2009 sojourn in the same capacity as in previous years.  Volunteer coordinators, please confirm your participation in this year’s event, which is held the first weekend in May.

Wise Property:  No news from PA Fish and Boat on our current application.  We are also waiting on a reply from the Comprehensive Plan and Penn DOT applications.

 Water Trail:  On the last leg of the sojourn, we should be able to view the work of Eagle Scout Eddy Kosik.  The bridge signs are up.

Union Township Farm:  SWA visited the facility in December with Griffith Jones, who represented John Camp, and Pam Shellenberger of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  Also in attendance were Bob Arnold, Denise Donmoyer, Tom Embich, George Gress, and Jo Ellen Litz.  SWA was asked to design a management plan for the property and additional wetlands, for which a deed restriction and conservation easement will be established.  Members present agreed to the concept.  No date for settlement on the farm has been established.

CCR Registration:  For finalization, Tom Embich will complete a section on the web site.

Dates to Remember:

o       April 1  Sustainable Landscapes Conference at Founder’s Hall, Milton Hershey (For more information, call DCNR at 787-3212.)

o       April 18 United Way Day of Caring work session at Bordner cabin

o       April 22 Earth Day

o       May 2-3 Swatara Sojourn