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bullet Updated Map  
bullet Swatara Water Trail map and guide 7MB 10.12.2017.pdf
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For comparison, when the Harpers gauge at our launch @ 1929 Blacks Bridge Road, Annville reads the following heights:
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5.5’, the Road to site #1 is almost covered, not             accessible and partly flooded;  

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7’ our ramp is covered to the top gravel border; 

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9’ the swell puts water onto sites 1-4 & site 8; and

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10.56', only sites 26-35 do not flood. 

Depth  USGS Guages  National Weather Service provides forecasts for Harper's and Hershey gauges. Check the gauge nearest your start point.  Beginners should reschedule at 2.2' deep.  Reschedule if experienced, but water is rising between 3.5' & 4', or below .4'.  Kayaks may float a bit lower.  Memorial Lake is an option when the Swatara is too high or too low. 

bulletUse caution at dams:  With groups, avoid low-head dam in Jonestown.  Uneven portage on left bank, which disappears  into tree line in high water.  Hershey dam portage is also on the left.  Long, but flat, mowed route.  Take out at feeder stream on left before warning sign.
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Canoe Use agreement: CANOE USE CONTRACT.pdf

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Seasonal Primitive Camping Camp/2018 Campsite Agreement.pdf  Fishing, hiking, picnicking 

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Visit the Bordner Cabin in Swatara State Park:  Bordner Cabin Drive thru Swatara State Park 9AM-3PM the 2nd Fri & Sat monthly & 4th Fri & Sat Mar, Apr, Sep & Oct.

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Most recent Newsletter:  2017 Swatara News .pub.pdf

 
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Envisioning an Environmental Legacy for the Swatara EELS, the Book in pdf file

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Mills and Bank Barns Mills and Bank Barns Book.pdf\

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Swatara State Park (position papers: Bordner Cabin and Old State Road

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Watershed Links (more than 200 links to Recreational opportunities, Schools, local government, and MORE!)

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Swatara Watershed Association,1099 Facebook Likes  10.3.2018

Welcome.  In attendance:  Mike Adams, Bob Arnold, Tom Embich, Fred Folmer, Jo Ellen Litz, Ben Miller,

Secretary’s ReportThe Secretary’s report was emailed, will be posted on-line, and unanimously approved on a ____Folmer/Arnold ___ motion.

Treasurer’s Report:  Denny Miller reports:   Due to the generosity of donations in memory of Dick Blouch and a successful Food and Brew, SWA Board members paid off the mortgage on 1929 BBR.  Thank you cards and letters were sent to donors.

COMMON ENEMY RULE:  And I always thought of water as my friend.  https://www.facebook.com/joellenlitz/videos/10216309847314196/

 

1929 BBR--Tom Embich—Office posts—5 outer posts replaced.  Working on 1.  And 3 remain.   

A cleanup day was set for October 22 at 10:30AM. 

The volleyball net has a ripped string.

The “bridge” to the back acreage is not maintained by the Township.  Tom will notify MetEd.  Service to Township residents could be unnecessarily interrupted if the crossing is not maintained.

Projects Available:  Floating dock; stabilize bank.

 Baseline Water Quality Data Program Grant:  Lebanon County’s proposal, in fact no baseline water quality data grants were awarded this round. 

Bordner Cabin This section of Old State Road/Bear Hole Trail is still closed to the public.  However, SWA has permission to conduct a special clean-up this weekend.  Message Jo Ellen for details.    Ben and Ann volunteered to help.

Projects Available:  Mike, estimate.  Restore spokes in two wagon wheels; porch bench; chimney repair; walkway replacement; driveway, under porch; 2 Amish solar lights. 

Bridges

Eagle Scouts/Interns:  Two new inquiries, one is scout master Ben Sholly’s son (Troop 415) who wants to improve the portage around Jonestown dam, and Nabeel Rangoonwala (Troop 65who will redo the office porch.   Eagle Scout Hall of Fame album on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/Swatara-Water-Trail-86311524094/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10151572544779095

Flooding:   VOAD established—Volunteers Offering Assistance after Disasters.    https://www.facebook.com/LebanonCountyVOAD/   Please report your loss at https://helpdesk.lcdes.org . It's a long process, but if money flows down from the federal government, and you've exhausted your insurance options, there may be some reimbursement.  In the meantime, there may be volunteer assistance. 

Lebanon Water Authority:  There is a bill on water quality.

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer reports a Spotted Lantern Fly seminar was held on 9.10.18 .  24 people attended.  The Flys are poor flyers, but good hoppers and hitch hikers.  Scrape grey egg masses (the size of a silver dollar) into a ziplock bag containing alcohol or hand sanitizer to kill to keep the eggs from hatching in the Spring.  Adults will die when it frosts. 

LV Conservancy: Bob Arnold informed members the Conservancy hasn’t made any progress on the 34 acre Wagner pond property, but they are in talks with Williams Atlantic Sunrise to preserve the land.  They have a goal of preserving 2000 acres by 2020.  They are currently at 850 acres.

MS4:  Tom Embich reports the University of Maryland Finance Center and Ellen Kohler are looking at $200,000 in projects in 2019.  Tom is concerned about maintenance.  Tom will also be presenting at the Township Conference.

Quittapahilla:  Ann Lasky said there’s a washout on the Quittie where Rocky Powel restored the streambank.  Funding is being sought to make repairs.

Pipelines  Testing of 11 miles of pipeline is done at the Waterworks.  https://www.facebook.com/joellenlitz/videos/10216322801838051/ Tom stated that the GLRA is accepting leftover pipeline debris, sorting out the rock, and using the dirt as groundcover. 

Rail Trail:  Tunnel Hill Road is open.  NL Township is purchasing an ATV to monitor the Trail through the Tunnel.    The Meily farm is for sale. 

RSVP: Please complete your forms for Jo Ellen to validate, and send in mileage and your time.   Fred donated a $35 check he received for mileage reimbursement.

Sojourn

SRBC:  Signed permission granted to install a WATER QUALITY MONITORING STATION @ 1929 BBR. 

Swatara Food & Brew Weekend—Fred thanked Ben and Jo Ellen for taking the lead on this successful fundraiser.  Both Ben and Jo Ellen mentioned that it was a team effort. 

Visit Lebanon Valley Outdoor Guide is done.  Copies will be sought for members.  10,000 4 x 7" field guides will be printed with 24-36 pages.  SWA provided 4-5 trivia questions/ fun facts, and our Top Five recommended experiences.

Water Conservation

·         3.12.2018  FEMA 10-year floodplain map link for review and comment: http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=c7c19ef8fa384660ba320823e0f0ac9d&extent=-76.8576,40.1983,-76.0144,40.5556

Water TrailInterviews 9.6 @ 11AM with Josh Raulerson, PEC @ Watershed Park is available statewide as both a podcast and YouTube videos.  Videos are in support of reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. 

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·         Preserving land around creeks is monumental:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fg2HDEgrDEU&index=8&list=PLMpHW-KP8hDEiCr4yFoR7XqXWeA3rWl2O

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·         Supporting local economies:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4Fs6zBnjqo&list=PLMpHW-KP8hDEiCr4yFoR7XqXWeA3rWl2O&index=5

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·         Creating Opportunities:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uY_BbFj6RK0&index=3&list=PLMpHW-KP8hDEiCr4yFoR7XqXWeA3rWl2O

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·         Healthier Communities:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDFdyNxgGP8&list=PLMpHW-KP8hDEiCr4yFoR7XqXWeA3rWl2O&index=2

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·         Investing in Conservation:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4ZYaSKIkoY&list=PLMpHW-KP8hDEiCr4yFoR7XqXWeA3rWl2O&index=1

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·         Blog & podcast link:  http://pecpa.org/pec-blog/pennsylvania-legacies-82-fund-drive/

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On a motion by Ben Miller, seconded by Fred Folmer, Mike Adams, Hershey Outfitters, was appointed to the Board to represent Dauphin County.

Mike also stated that bow and arrow deer season is open. 

LVC held a Governor’s Cabinet where the Secretaries of Agriculture, Drug and Alcohol, Education, and the Adjutant General answered questions. 

Madeline Ting’s son lives on the Swatara.

On a Lasky/Embich motion, SWA will submit Bob Arnold as a Public Director.  Tom suggested and will contact Daryl Emrich to gauge his interest in the Farmer Director position.

Ben will set up another Trivia Night at the Mt Gretna Brewery for January 17, 2019.

Ben also had a sample fire bucket made from recycled plastic containers.

The meeting was adjourned _____Folmer/Adams_________ motion.

2018 Swatara Watershed Association event schedule:

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      October 10, Water Trail Manager’s meeting, 243 S Allen St., State College 16801, 11AM-3PM

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·         October 22 at 10:30AM, clean-up day at Swatara Watershed Park

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·         October 26, Quittie Pumpkin Walk—noon-9PM

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·         November 7, next Watershed meeting at 9:30AM

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·         November 15, The Swatara Story, noon at Londonderry Village.  FREE

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·         January 17, 2019 Trivia Night at Mt. Gretna Craft Brewery

**At meetings, those in attendance are asked to refrain from private conversation.

**Any person in attendance with a question or comment is asked to be recognized by the chair.

Swatara Watershed Association,1084 Facebook Likes  9.5.2018

Welcome.  In attendance:  Bob Arnold, Tom Embich, Fred Folmer, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Ben Miller, Denny Miller,

Secretary’s ReportThe Secretary’s report was emailed, will be posted on-line, and unanimously approved on an ____Lasky/Arnold ___ motion.

Treasurer’s Report:  Denny Miller reports that the mortgage on 1929 BBR stands at $7622.05 this month’s payment of $350.42 consists of $322.52 in principal and $27.90 in interest.  The interest rate is climbing to 5%.  Denny calculates that we can save over $500 in less than two years if we pay off the loan.  Due to the generosity of donations in memory of Dick Blouch and a successful Food and Brew, on an Embich/Arnold motion, SWA Board members unanimously approved paying off the note. 

Memorial contributions on behalf of Dick Blouch total $485.   The treasurer’s report was approved on a _Folmer/Embich_____ motion. 

The Board approved reimbursement of $261.21 to Tom Embich for repair of the mowers by Ken Herr on Palmyra Road after the flood, mousetraps, and a sledge hammer.

COMMON ENEMY RULE:  And I always thought of water as my friend.  https://www.facebook.com/joellenlitz/videos/10216309847314196/

 

1929 BBR--Tom Embich—Office posts—5 outer posts replaced.  4 remain. 

Eagle Scout submitted proposal to repair, power wash and stain the office deck.

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·         Jim Myers installed our gate.  One-Call said the installer (other than the owner) needs to pay $125 one time annually per site.  One-Call would not waive their fee. 

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·         Waiting on MetEd to remove a dead oak and poplar that could fall on their wires near site 24.

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·         Pavilion Use September 8, 2018. 

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·         Reviewed SWA policy of allowing only the official flags of the USA, PA, County, military forces and POW/MIA to be flown at our sites.

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·         Toilet replaced after mistakenly being taken away.

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·         On our property, East Hanover Township installed a culvert and road in a feeder creek to the Swatara.  The crossing accommodates MetEd to service their lines that bring electricity to residents of the Township.  The road narrowed during flooding, and Jo Ellen will bring this to the attention of the Township.  Other campgrounds along the Swatara Creek (Jonestown KOA and HersheyPark Camping Resort) were also hit several times with flooding this summer.  Campers are resilient, and have been calling about renewing next year. 

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·         Tom requested a workday to retrieve benches and picnic tables that were not fastened, and moved west on the property.  Donated 5-gallon buckets are in the shed.  They need holes drilled and rope fastened as handles for use as fire buckets at each campsite.

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·         Two more water tests at $28 each are needed this season.

Projects Available:  Floating dock; stabilize bank. 

Baseline Water Quality Data Program Grant:  November award announcements.  USGS will test 44 wells, each in a different square on a grid, to get a good look at the groundwater quality of our area. Testing is done on a voluntary basis. The homeowner receives free results on testing of over 100 parameters, a $1000 value.

Bordner Cabin Swatara Creek flooded  additional times.  Sections of Swatara State Park, including Bear Hole Trail/Old State Road, are still closed.  Rangers are working on road repairs.  We may have to cancel our annual hike and history tour on September 16.  Fred and Jo Ellen will check with people working on the Trail and the Park Manager.  Also, Denny reports that the Blue Montain Eagle Climbing Club has a hike to the Cabin scheduled for September 23. 

Projects Available:  Mike, estimate.  Restore spokes in two wagon wheels; porch bench; chimney repair; walkway replacement; driveway, under porch; 2 Amish solar lights. 

Bridges:  Many bridges and roads are closed due to 8.8” of rain falling in a few hours—Bethel, Jackson, Millcreek, Myerstown, Richland, Schaefferstown, Swatara….  If multiple municipalities declare a Disaster Emergency and damage assessments exceed $500,000, the County will declare a Disaster Emergency by Thursday at their meeting.

Eagle Scouts/Interns:  Two new inquiries, one is scout master Ben Sholly’s son (Troop 415) who wants to improve the portage around Jonestown dam, and Nabeel Rangoonwala (Troop 65)  who will redo the office porch.   Gavin Bender delivered the final map box mounted on a post in a flower pot.  Jo Ellen signed off on his project.  Eagle Scout Hall of Fame album on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/Swatara-Water-Trail-86311524094/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10151572544779095

Flooding:   August 31, 2018 Summary-- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHbCuTTGtU8&feature=share   Please report your loss at https://helpdesk.lcdes.org . It's a long process, but if money flows down from the federal government, and you've exhausted your insurance options, there may be some reimbursement.

Lebanon Water Authority

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer reports a Spotted Lantern Fly seminar is scheduled for September 10th @7PM at the Bethel Berks Township Building.  Take Exit 13 off I78. 

Further, the Bethel EAC is working with Berks Nature to approach Camp Swatara about a conservation easement next to the Appalachian Trail.  The easement would preserve the headwaters and viewshed to the Little Swatara.

LV Conservancy: Bob Arnold informed members the Conservancy received $2000 in memorium for Dick Blouch.  John Schoch joined their Board.  They are working on conservation easements. 

MS4:  Tom Embich reports the Clean Water Alliance has completed an educational brochure. 

Quittapahilla:  Ann Lasky said Michael Schroeder will conduct a litter cleanup leaving the YMCA parking lot  The annual Pumpkin Walk will be held October 26 from noon-9PM.  Also, there is erosion on the North Bank in the Park above where the Rocky Powell project was completed.  At the root of the problem, a tree came down, and redirected the water.

Pipelines  Testing of 11 miles of pipeline seems to be done at the Waterworks.  https://www.facebook.com/joellenlitz/videos/10216322801838051/ Tom stated that the GLRA is accepting leftover pipeline debris, sorting out the rock, and using the dirt as groundcover. 

Rail Trail:  Tunnel Hill Road culvert almost covered. 

RSVP: Please complete your forms for Jo Ellen to validate, and send in mileage and your time.  

Sojourn

SRBC:  Requested permission to install a WATER QUALITY MONITORING STATION @ 1929 BBR.  After discussing the advantages, on a Lasky/Folmer motion, permission is granted.  Tom Embich voted no.  Jo Ellen will notify SRBC.

Swatara Food & Brew Weekend 2018 July 13-15. 

Gross $2985.43 includes the cost of jars.  Tattered Flag and Babe’s are still out.  Ben will follow up with them.  Pay bill for Pilsner glasses.   When we have a final net total, a news release will be prepared, and thank you letters sent. 

Visit Lebanon Valley Outdoor Guide in the works.  10,000 4 x 7" field guides will be printed with 24-36 pages.  SWA provided 4-5 trivia questions/ fun facts, and our Top Five recommended experiences.

Water Conservation

·         3.12.2018  FEMA 10-year floodplain map link for review and comment: http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=c7c19ef8fa384660ba320823e0f0ac9d&extent=-76.8576,40.1983,-76.0144,40.5556

Water Trail:  Corner map box being delivered this afternoon.

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·         Interview 9.6 @ 11AM with Josh Raulerson, PEC @ Watershed Park.

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·         Bob provided information on a portable rechargeable light. 

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·         Ben asked if the pumps by the Swatara were permanent.  All agreed they appeared to be temporary in nature. 

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·         Landscape fabric and orange fencing are in the Swatara Creek and in trees, and need removed.  The pipeline company should shoulder this responsibility. 

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·         After 30 years of leading the Swatara Sojourn, Jo Ellen previously asked if Ben would take the lead on the water during future sojourns.  Ben agreed.

The meeting was adjourned on an Arnold/B Miller motion.

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·         September 23, Blue Montain Eagle Climbing Club hike

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·         October 3, next Watershed meeting at 9:30AM

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·         October 10, Water Trail Manager’s meeting, 243 S Allen St., State College 16801, 11AM-3PM

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·         October 26, Quittie Pumpkin Walk—noon-9PM

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·         November 15, The Swatara Story, noon at Londonderry Village.  FREE

**At meetings, those in attendance are asked to refrain from private conversation.

**Any person in attendance with a question or comment is asked to be recognized by the chair.

Swatara Watershed Association,1067 Facebook Likes  8.1.2018

Welcome.  In attendance:  Mike Adams, Bob Arnold, Tom Embich, Fred Folmer, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Denny Miller, Jack Stouffer.

Secretary’s ReportThe Secretary’s report was emailed, will be posted on-line, and unanimously approved on an _Arnold/Folmer ___ motion.

Treasurer’s Report:  The mortgage on 1929 BBR stands at $7943.27 this month’s payment of $350.42 consists of $320.48 in principal and $29.94 in interest.  The treasurer’s report was approved on a Folmer/Stouffer motion. 

1929 BBR--Tom Embich— Flooding crested at 17.15” on the Swatara Creek after 14-17.5” fell in the Valley over three days--July 23-25, 2018.  For the Swatara Watershed Park, a $5,000 damage assessment for stone in the road and lawn mower overhaul was filed with the County of Lebanon.  This may help residents, but FEMA does not award any funds to nonprofits.  If your municipality is unable to assist with your claim, please report damage by calling 717-675-1380 (voicemail system where you can leave your information) or by going to https://helpdesk.lcdes.org .

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·         Office posts—4 outer corner posts replaced.  Number 5—center rear--in the works.  Jacking up rear to replace and concrete office posts to keep them from sinking into the ground.

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·         Eagle Scout submitted proposal to repair, power wash and stain the office deck.

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·         Tom must still mark campsites with tags.  He needs help with height and a sledge hammer. 

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·         Jim Myers installed our gate.  Added posts to deter 4-wheelers.  Pay balance of bill.  Tom said One-Call needs verification of our IRS statement to waive their fee.  He provided the address and phone number to Jo Ellen after the meeting.

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·         Waiting on MetEd to remove a dead oak and poplar that could fall on their wires near site 24.

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·         A red truck and trailer tried to hall in brush yesterday.  Jo Ellen explained that we’re 1 of 13 counties under quarantine due to the Spotted Lanternfly, and no wood or brush may be brought on site. 

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·         Lock for first responder and trainer Mark Sallada was removed by someone outside of SWA. 

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·         Sites that lost campers to flooding 1, 9, and 21.  Mike Hoffa’s camper is in the lot airing out.

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·         Remove flag.

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·         Site 11, Marti Speck, a no show due to rain for pavilion July 21, 2018.  Policy is that donations are not refunded.  He was offered use of the pavilion on another date, or as an alternative, use of a canoe, life vest and paddles.  We count on camper donations to cover the mortgage.  Therefore, no credit towards camping is honored. 

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·         8.5.18 Pavilion rental for a scout troop.  Will camp around pavilion.  The ground is dryer there.  They need electricity.  $100 donation. 

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Swatara Watershed Park Flooding Protocol    AT 17.15 peak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o69qEem2rT0

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1.       At 9’, notify campers of rising water, & ask them to move their campers to the parking lot or off site at 13’.

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2.       Open gate to allow unobstructed passage of vehicles

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Treating mold after a stormDo not use chlorine bleach, which can cause other problems. Instead, use MOLDSTAT. Spray before removing items as well as after items are removed.  Available at Lowes, WalMart, Amazon. 

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2.       Shed (Tom will explore tethering shed on a mound where the Wise’s were going to build a home.)

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3.       Toilet

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4.       Picnic tables under pavilion and at campsites  (Keep rope in the office.  Bob will donate rope.)

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5.       If more than 17’ are projected, remove mower from shed and tow off site.

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6.       Take pictures of the above for documentation.

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7.       Post “No vehicles on grass” signs.

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3.       Gravel Hill Road 15-17’.

Members with trucks to help haul canoes in an emergency:

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2.       Tom Embich

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3.       Bob Arnold

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4.       Ben Miller, but his ground flooded too.  Call last.

Projects Available:  Floating dock; stabilize bank.

 Baseline Water Quality Data Program Grant:  November award announcements.  USGS will test 44 wells, each in a different square on a grid, to get a good look at the groundwater quality of our area. Testing is done on a voluntary basis. The homeowner receives free results on testing of over 100 parameters, a $1000 value.

Bordner Cabin Swatara Creek flooded  with a crest of 17.15” of rain July 23-25. As a result, Swatara State Park was closed.  Rangers were to do an assessment the end of last week, but we haven’t heard if the Cabin has more damage.  Per Mike and Jo Ellen’s visit, we know we need to build a 13’ wall at the falls; add stone beneath our work under the porch; replace the sidewalk as a result of the June 28 500-year flood event; and the driveway needs redone.

Mike Willeman ash benches and 3” slab lumber?   Wheel spokes—Jo Ellen got a spoke shave, and Jeff White is willing to mentor a scout on how to shape the oval portions of the spokes. 

Projects Available:  Restore spokes in two wagon wheels; porch bench; chimney repair; walkway improvements; 2 Amish solar lights.  Ask Mike to calculate this into repairs so that if it’s cloudy, we have light inside of the Cabin.

Bridges:  Jo Ellen visited and documented many bridges and launches at a 15’ flood stage.  Many were impassable.  Yorty’s Bridge is still closed.  County is working on clearing.  Video documentary--https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10156830354809095.1073741851.86311524094&type=3

Eagle Scouts/Interns:  Two new inquiries, one is scout master Ben Sholly’s son (Troop 415) who wants to improve the portage around Jonestown dam, and Nabeel Rangoonwala, Troop 65,  who will redo the office porch.   Eagle Scout Hall of Fame album on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/Swatara-Water-Trail-86311524094/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10151572544779095

Lebanon Water Authority:  Added new signage to warn paddlers about the low-head dam, and direct them to the left side to portage around the dam.  An Eagle Scout candidate also called, and is interested in improving the portage trail.  One sign placed on a tree that fell is down already.  There is also a large tree blocking the portage area.

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer reports that on 9.1.18 at 7PM at Bethel Township, Evan Corondi, Berks Conservation District, will make a presentation on the Spotted Lantern Fly.  The Township Building is at Routes 501 and 78. 

LV Conservancy: Bob Arnold informed members about their fund drive in progress as well as a pond parcel they are pursuing in the Lickdale area. 

MS4:  Tom reports the MS4 program is preparing an educational brochure for educational use by municipalities.  He is dismayed at the 50% loss of credits for planting riparian buffers when no scientific evidence is offered to support the change.  Also, MS4 is to address point source pollution, and DEP wants to change the program to include runoff from roads.  Further, certain counties are targeted for enforcement while 23 other counties are not being inspected or fined.  Tom questions the validity of spot enforcement. 

Quittapahilla:  Ann Lasky said the storm upset the white bridge, but volunteers have already made repairs. 

Pipelines  The Waterworks drilling project under Swatara Creek flooded, again.  It doesn’t seem like they are pumping the hole out this time.  Not sure if they’re done.  Their toilets floated from site and tipped. One is in a cornfield, and one is in a swamp.

Rail Trail:  Starting Thursday this week the Tunnel Hill Road culvert will be assembled in place.  This is one project that benefits the majority of citizens, be it wellness, family time away from electronics, an alternate transportation route to ride your bike to work or school, and there's a safety element with an alternate exit out of town if highways are blocked with traffic during an emergency evacuation.

The Rail Trail will parallel Swatara Water Trail on the north side of Lebanon County.  You will find that a Rail Trail goal is to connect communities and parks. I may miss some, but the LVRT connects Mt. Gretna, CCHS, the LV Expo, South Hills Park, City of Lebanon, Lebanon High School, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Jubilee Ministries, Lebanon Catholic HS, future Wengert Memorial Park, Gloninger Meadows Park, Coleman Park, LV Mall, Union Canal Tunnel Park, Swatara Water Trail, Jonestown, Swatara State Park, future Allwein Park, Appalachian Trail, and Stony Valley. Further, counties are connected--Lancaster, Lebanon and Schuylkill. It's a win /win.

RSVP: Please complete your forms for Jo Ellen to validate, and send in mileage and your time.   

Sojourn

SRBC: 

Swatara Food & Brew Weekend 2018 July 13-15. 

Gross $2658.86 includes jars.  Pay bill for Pilsner glasses.  Jo Ellen--Hidden Still Spirits & Snitz Creek outstanding.  Ben—Babes & Tattered Flag outstanding.

Ben:  suggested music for the event.

Donation jars were not all returned. 

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1.      Pilsner glasses available for a $5 donation.

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2.    Chef cook-off to announce the amount of donations raised, and how much is still needed to complete repairs.  Sell tickets.  Use mason jars for people to place tickets to vote for their favorite dish. 

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3.    Verify that 4 chefs are still interested in participating. 

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4.    Will follow-up with thank you letters.

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5.    Grateful for the excellent press coverage.  WLBR/WQIC Radio, WITF, Lebanon Daily News, Hummelstown Sun, Visit Lebanon Valley, Hershey/Harrisburg Visitor’s Bureau, our Facebook and Twitter followers, NBC Channel 8, ABC WHTM 27. https://www.abc27.com/news/local/swatara-food-and-brew-weekend-benefiting-watershed-association-clean-water/1302992935

 

 

 

Visit Lebanon Valley Outdoor Guide in the works.  10,000 4 x 7" field guides will be printed with 24-36 pages.  SWA provided 4-5 trivia questions/ fun facts, and our Top Five recommended experiences.

Water Conservation

·         3.12.2018  FEMA 10-year floodplain map link for review and comment: http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=c7c19ef8fa384660ba320823e0f0ac9d&extent=-76.8576,40.1983,-76.0144,40.5556  

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·         New Lebanon Water Authority dam signage, one down.

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·         Dave & Denise Johnson may purchase a property from Sheriff sale, and donate to East Hanover.  Possible additional launch site near eagles nest on Pine Road.

 

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1.       Mike said that the Longhorn tick is a new species.  While harmful to animals, to date no humans have become sick.

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2.       Mike volunteered to fill map boxes with dry maps on the Swatara Water Trail. 

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3.       Bob visited Highbridge Reservoir after the storm, and saw vast erosion of the road and pipeline in the area. 

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4.       Article on American Eels returning to the Swatara Creek was in the Patriot News 7.15.18. 

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The meeting was adjourned on a motion by __Embich/Arnold ___.

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2018 Swatara Watershed Association event schedule:

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·         August 2, 10AM, Dauphin, Lebanon, Perry County work group @ Dauphin County Ag Center RSVP 717.376.3507  Mike Snyder

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·         August 17 at 2PM, The Swatara Story, Juniper Village  FREE

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·         September 16 Bordner Cabin Hike and History Tour.  1PM, meet at Sand Siding Trailhead in Swatara State Park.  FREE

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·         November 15, The Swatara Story, noon at Londonderry Village.  FREE

**At meetings, those in attendance are asked to refrain from private conversation.

**Any person in attendance with a question or comment is asked to be recognized by the chair.

Swatara Watershed Association,1032 Facebook Likes  7.10.2018

June 28 Flood a Triple Whammy—Watershed Park, Waterworks pipeline crossing & Bordner Cabin

Welcome.  In attendance:  In addition to kayaking, visitor Mike Adams, Hershey Outfitters, offers Segway tours, & geocash; Tom Embich; Fred Folmer; Ann Lasky; Jo Ellen Litz; Ben Miller; Denny Miller.

Board member Richard Blouch passed away.  SWA offers condolences to June, his wife.  Richard was a long-time Board member who could be counted on with his truck to haul anything from garbage to canoes, make a financial contribution, and with his wife June, annually made and/or picked up both breakfast and lunch for our Swatara Sojourn.  Dick will be missed.

Secretary’s ReportThe Secretary’s report was emailed, will be posted on-line, and unanimously approval on a _Ann Lasky/Ben Miller___ motion.

Treasurer’s Report:  The mortgage on 1929 BBR stands at $7943.27 this month’s payment of $350.42 consists of $320.48 in principal and $29.94 in interest.  A motion to pay the CPA bill of $750 passed on a _____ motion.

1929 BBR--Tom Embich— Flooding 11’5” crest June 28, 2018

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·         Office posts—2 outer front posts replaced.  Jacking up rear to replace and/or concrete to keep posts from sinking into the ground.

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·         Mark campsites with tags.

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·         Jim Myers installed our gate.  Added posts to deter 4-wheelers. 

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·         Waiting on MetEd to remove a dead oak and poplar that could fall on their wires near site 24.

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·         During flooding on June 28, MetEd entered the site around 5pm.  Their lock then went from chain link to chain link rather than in a Daisy chain with our lock, which caused us to cut the chain for access.  Also, a lock for first responder access was removed by someone outside of SWA. 

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·         Site 17 John Sarson will use the site intermittently as well as a canoe.

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·         Site 11, Marti Speck, is renting the pavilion for a birthday party July 21, 2018.  He needs electricity, and will be sure to collect and properly dispose of all trash. 

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·         Tom said the June water test was late. 

Projects Available:  Concrete porch piers; floating dock; stabilize bank.

Baseline Water Quality Data Program Grant:  November award announcements.  USGS will test 44 wells, each in a different square on a grid, to get a good look at the groundwater quality of our area. Testing is done on a voluntary basis. The homeowner receives free results on testing of over 100 parameters, a $1000 value.

Bordner Cabin flooded  with 7.5” of rain in 2 hours creating a 60’ wide debris field that moved trees, stone, and earth down the mountain.  Sheets of rain poured off of Route 81 to join with an already swollen Aycrigg’s Falls wiping out 50’ of the stone wall built by Armar Bordner as well as his swimming and source water pools in the falls.  Aycrigg’s Falls is forever changed.  From the Cabin, you can now see natural terraces at the top of the Falls.  They are quite impressive. 

There are two 2-3’ potholes in the driveway, and other washout down about one foot.  A 2’ wide strip of macadam leads to the Cabin.  The sidewalk washed out about 1’ down, cracked, and needs replaced.  Some stone is also needed under the porch. 

Mike Willeman and Jo Ellen visited the Cabin, and put up yellow tape.  Chris the Park Manager has closed Bear Hole Trail/Old State Road.  It is estimated that it will take two months to repair the road to make it passable with a vehicle.  We will need to remove logs, mud, and other debris from the Cabin, then power wash everything.  Further, we will build 13’ of wall at the 25’ perimeter above the Cabin toward the Falls.  While we wait, per Chris’ request, Mike will work on a written plan for approval. 

Mike Willeman ash benches and 3” slab lumber?   Wheel spokes—Jo Ellen got a spoke shave, and Jeff White is willing to mentor a scout on how to shape the oval portions of the spokes. 

Projects Available:  Restore spokes in two wagon wheels; porch bench; chimney repair; walkway improvements; 2 Amish solar lights. 

Bridges:  Yorty’s Bridge is clear.  Video of Inwood Bridge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCFosfBwjvc

Eagle Scouts/Interns:  Two new inquiries, one to improve the portage around Jonestown dam, and one for electronics.   Eagle Scout Hall of Fame album on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/Swatara-Water-Trail-86311524094/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10151572544779095

Lebanon Water Authority:  Added new signage to warn paddlers about the low-head dam, and direct them to the left side to portage around the dam.  An Eagle Scout candidate also called, and is interested in improving the portage trail. 

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer reports the storm drains are stenciled in Frystown. 

LV Conservancy:

MS4:  Tom reports the MS4 program   North Lebanon Township presentation:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8z81uQnr4Q&feature=share   Can chart impervious surface using online maps.  Sample available.  Their annual meeting will be held in August. 

Quittapahilla:  Ann Lasky said there was an $800 sign vandalized as well as benches and stone.

Pipelines  The Waterworks drilling project under Swatara Creek flooded.  Life vests were added to rails around the deepest hole.  Workers were pumping out the hole. 

Rail Trail costs and benefits--The Trail is completed with a combination of funds from fundraising by LVRT to DCNR Growing Greener and PennDOT from the fuels tax with a 5% County match. This is one project that benefits the majority of citizens, be it wellness, family time away from electronics, an alternate transportation route to ride your bike to work or school, and there's a safety element with an alternate exit out of town if highways are blocked with traffic during an emergency evacuation.

You will find that a Rail Trail goal is to connect communities and parks. I may miss some, but the LVRT connects Mt. Gretna, CCHS, the LV Expo, South Hills Park, City of Lebanon, Lebanon High School, future Wengert Memorial Park, Gloninger Meadows Park, Coleman Park, LV Mall, Union Canal Tunnel Park, Swatara Water Trail, Jonestown, Swatara State Park, future Allwein Park, Appalachian Trail, and Stony Valley. Further, counties are connected--Lancaster, Lebanon and Schuylkill. It's a win /win.

RSVP: Please complete your forms for Jo Ellen to validate, and send in mileage and your time. 

Sojourn

SRBC: 

Swatara Food & Brew Weekend 2018 July 13-15.  Ben:  Tavern Owner Feedback included:

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6.      Donation jars delivered to eateries.  To add to Ben’s inventory, Jo Ellen purchased another dozen mason jars, cut holes in the top, labeled, and tied colored string for distribution.  Do your best to retrieve the jars after the F&B for use next year. 

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7.      Pilsner glasses delivered to Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel, Harper’s Tavern, Heisey’s Diner, Mt. Gretna Brewery, Quentin Tavern.

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8.      Video DVDs for all participants. Files can be transferred to flash drives to play on newer tvs without a DVD player. 

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9.    Chef cook-off perhaps to announce the amount of donations raised, and how much is still needed to complete repairs.  Use mason jars for people to place dollars to vote for their favorite dish. 

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10.  Framed maps delivered to Forrest Feed Co., Gin Mill, Harper’s Tavern, Heisey’s Diner, and Snitz Creek.

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11.  Publicity:  WITF, WLBR, WHTM 27, Visitor Bureaus, Social Media, the Sun in Hummelstown, 2 front page mentions in the Lebanon Daily New with one being a feature story above the fold and the other part of things to do this weekend.   The Patriot mentioned the Swatara Creek on the front page in a series on Clean Water that ran 11 pages in Sunday’s paper.  Likewise, the Lebanon Daily News has recently run two Clean Water articles, one of them an editorial.

Water Conservation

·         3.12.2018  FEMA 10-year floodplain map link for review and comment: http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=c7c19ef8fa384660ba320823e0f0ac9d&extent=-76.8576,40.1983,-76.0144,40.5556

Water Trail:  New Lebanon Water Authority dam signage

Other

The meeting was adjourned on a motion by __ ___.

2018 Swatara Watershed Association event schedule:

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·         Future  Speaker Taylor Nezat, PennFuture.

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·         July 13-15 Swatara Food and Brew Weekend at many local restaurants and pubs—Batdorf, Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel, Mount Gretna Craft Brewery, Quentin Tavern, Snitz Creek Brewery, Swatara Coffee….  Visit a different venue each day to try unique dishes and drinks.  Watch the Swatara Water Trail Facebook page for more sponsors and information.  https://www.facebook.com/SwataraWaterTrail/

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·         August 17 at 2PM, The Swatara Story, Juniper Village

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·         September 16 Bordner Cabin Hike and History Tour.  1PM, meet at Sand Siding Trailhead in Swatara State Park.  FREE

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·         November 15, The Swatara Story, noon at Londonderry Village.  FREE

Swatara Watershed Association,1003 Facebook Likes  6.6.2018

Welcome.  In attendance:  Tom Embich, Fred Folmer, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Ben Miller, and Jack Stouffer.  Note:  Ben will bring Mike Adams, Hershey Outfitters at Hotel Hershey, to a future meeting.

Secretary’s ReportThe Secretary’s report was emailed, posted on-line, and unanimously approval on a Folmer/Lasky motion.

Treasurer’s Report:  The mortgage on 1929 BBR stands at $8,763.10 this month’s payment of $350.42 consists of $318.35 in principal and $32.07 in interest.  Tom donated items worth $116.93—posts for campsite markers, a battery for the mower, and gas for the Sojourn shuttle van.  Thanks Tom!!!   CPA reports are availableJo Ellen will seek a pdf to share.  Bureau of Charitable Organization certificate received.  A motion to pay the CPA bill of $750 passed on a Stouffer/Folmer motion.

1929 BBR--Tom Embich—

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·         Mark campsites with tags.

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·         Two new 50’ hoses purchased. 

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·         Twelve 2018 Campsite agreements are secured to date.    New, Ron & Tara Turner site 29.

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·         Jim Myers installed our gate.

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·         Canoe registration stickers thru 2020 were applied.  A missed call came in over Memorial Day weekend.

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·         Fire ring in site 2 Strunge 

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·         Waiting on MetEd to remove a dead oak and poplar that could fall on their wires near site 24.

Projects Available:  Concrete porch piers; floating dock; stabilize bank.

 

Baseline Water Quality Data Program Grant:  The grant was filed timely.  Waiting on outcome.  USGS will test 44 wells, each in a different square on a grid, to get a good look at the groundwater quality of our area. Testing is done on a voluntary basis. The homeowner will receive free results on testing for over 100 parameters, a $1000 value.

Bordner Cabin: Graffiti removed.  Half-moon installed over toilet.  Walter’s pumped weekly.  Chris Houck called,  & Walter’s was reminded that only drive-through days are available for service. 

Mike Willeman ash benches and 3” slab lumber?   Tom wheel spokes? 

Projects Available:  Restore spokes in two wagon wheels; porch bench; chimney repair; walkway improvements; 2 Amish solar lights. 

Bridges:  The County received a DEP permit to clear Yordy’s Bridge.  Video of Inwood Bridge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCFosfBwjvc

Eagle Scouts/InternsEagle Scout Hall of Fame album on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/Swatara-Water-Trail-86311524094/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10151572544779095

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer reports the Bethel Berks EAC will stencil drains in Frystown on June 9th.  On September 10, a public information seminar hosted by Evan Corondi, Berks CD insect control specialist, will take place on the Spotted Lantern Fly.  Lantern Flys are not good flyers, and usually travel with the prevailing wind, which travels west to east, away from Lebanon County.  In this scenario, the wind may be Lebanon County’s friend.

LV Conservancy: Dick Blouch said

MS4:  Tom reports the MS4 program   North Lebanon Township presentation:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8z81uQnr4Q&feature=share   Can chart impervious surface using online maps.  Sample available.

Quittapahilla:  Ann Lasky said the Quittapahilla Watershed will man a booth at Old Annville Day this Saturday from 9AM-2PM.  Sunday, July 10 at 4PM will be a dedication of the Richter Trail.  They acquired a sign with a Blue Heron for the dedication.  Take High Street to Bachman Road. 

Pipelines  Another Snitz Creek spill.  There had been at least four spills of "drilling mud" at the site in the past eight months.  June 14 there is a meeting being held by Lebanon Pipeline. Judge Tylwalk granted Sunoco permission to go ahead in Quentin. 

Rail Trail:  Next week, it looks like the culvert will go in under Tunnel Hill Road, which will be closed beginning June 11.  The Road will also be repaved. 

RSVP: Please complete your forms for Jo Ellen to validate, and send in mileage and your time. 

Sojourn:  Ben will consider leading the 2019 Sojourn.  Denny won the 30th anniversary poster.

SRBC: 

Swatara Food & Brew Weekend 2018 July 13-15.  Ben:  Tavern Owner Feedback included:

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12.  Volunteers to distribute 30 folders.

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13.  Ben provided donation jars.

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14.  Jo Ellen will order about 100 Pilsner glasses

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15.  Jo Ellen will make several videos available on a CD for all participants. Jo Ellen has several, and Ben will provide his PowerPoint.  Run on Sports Bar televisions.   

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16.  Chef cook-off

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17.  Jo Ellen will email all participants to ask them to communicate with brewers on specialty drinks.  Brad Kleinfelter at Mount Gretna Craft Brewery will be brewing a new batch of Swatara Divide; Pat Freer at Snitz Creek will be brewing their Swatara special too. 1/6, ¼ and Kegs will be available; and Michael Rotunda will also brew a beer at the Batdorf and Rotunda Brewery.  

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18.  Jo Ellen will look for frames for maps.

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19.  Ben will work on WITF, and has notified Hershey Visitors Bureau

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20. Signed/Confirmed Participants Twelve (12):    Jo Ellen:  Gin Mill (Bob); Heisey’s Diner, 72N; Moose’s LZ, Jonestown; Quentin Tavern; Snitz Creek, Lebanon City; Swatara Coffee, Jonestown.  Ben:  Harpers Tavern; Mt Gretna Craft Brewery; Forrest Feed; Babes; and Irv’s.    Fred:  Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel.

Water Conservation

·         3.12.2018  FEMA 10-year floodplain map link for review and comment: http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=c7c19ef8fa384660ba320823e0f0ac9d&extent=-76.8576,40.1983,-76.0144,40.5556

Water Trail:  New launch in East Hanover, Dauphin coming with support from Hershey Trust.  Also contact Gavin about two remaining map boxes.  Ben reviewed the Emrich launch, and will obtain an estimate of total cost.  We will consider “crowd funding” and asking for donations in addition to what Pennsy Supply provides. 

Other Submitted 5 experiences; trivia questions; and photos for an Outdoor Guide scheduled for a July 4 release by Visit Lebanon Valley.

The meeting was adjourned on a motion by __ Folmer/Stouffer___.

2018 Swatara Watershed Association event schedule:

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·         July 11 Watermelon at the Waterworks, 9:30AM—walk our adopted launch at the Fish and Boat property, and pick up litter,  Afterwards, enjoy watermelon and conversation with members of SWA.  All are welcome.  FREE  Speaker Taylor Nezat, PennFuture.

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·         July 13-15 Swatara Food and Brew Weekend at many local restaurants and pubs—Batdorf, Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel, Mount Gretna Craft Brewery, Quentin Tavern, Snitz Creek Brewery, Swatara Coffee….  Visit a different venue each day to try unique dishes and drinks.  Watch the Swatara Water Trail Facebook page for more sponsors and information.  https://www.facebook.com/SwataraWaterTrail/

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·         September 16 Bordner Cabin Hike and History Tour.  1PM, meet at Sand Siding Trailhead in Swatara State Park.  FREE

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·         November 15, The Swatara Story, noon at Londonderry Village.  FREE 

5.1.2018

Welcome.  In attendance:  Dick Blouch, Tom Embich, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Ben Miller, Jack Stouffer.

Secretary’s ReportThe Secretary’s report was emailed, posted online, and unanimously approval on a __Dick Blouch and Ann Lasky___ motion.

Treasurer’s Report:  The mortgage on 1929 BBR stands at $9,081.16 this month’s payment of $350.42 consists of $318.06 in principal and $32.36 in interest.  Jack, Ann

1929 BBR--Tom Embich—Mark campsites with tags.

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·         State water test are for bacteria, iron, nitrate, ph, and are completed for our well.  We need two new 50’ hoses.  Ball valves spray out like a shower.  Two faucets at each location. 

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·         Eleven 2018 Campsite agreements are secured to date. 

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·         Jim Myers is installing our gate with three locks at the campground.  One lock is for campers, one for MetEd, and one for First Responders.

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·         Fred, Bob, Ben & Tom cut up fallen trees.

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·         During United Way Day of Caring, 15 volunteers from the Youth Advocate Program YAP; Mick & Stephanie Sechman; and Harold Hannah Realty Group, Palmyra worked to clean-up; and 5-gallon fire-bucket containers were removed and stored in the shed.  Wood is also at the shed.  Garbage was picked up, and we cleaned out flowerbeds.  The Site 2 sign was replaced. 

Projects Available:  Concrete porch piers; floating dock; stabilize bank.

Baseline Water Quality Data Program Grant:  Jo Ellen is steering the process.  A bipartisan ask was sent to all of our elected officials—Township, State, and Federal.  So far, to the nonprofit organization letters, we have added a resolution from the Lebanon County Commissioners and S Annville Township, and a letter from US Senator Pat Toomey and PA Senator Mike Folmer.  USGS has guaranteed a $75,000 match to a successful grant submission.  Local corporations were approached as well. 

Bordner Cabin: United Way Day of Caring volunteers helped to ready the Bordner Cabin for the season.  Volunteers came from Halcyon & WellSpan.

Mike Willeman ash benches and 3” slab lumber?   Tom wheel spokes? 

Projects Available:  Restore spokes in two wagon wheels; porch bench; chimney repair; walkway improvements; 2 Amish solar lights. 

Bridges:  Trees are once again blocking Yordy’s Bridge.  The County is waiting on a DEP permit.

Eagle Scouts/InternsEagle Scout Hall of Fame album on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/Swatara-Water-Trail-86311524094/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10151572544779095

Envirothons:  May 3 Middle School; and May 10 Elementary;  Volunteers welcome. 

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer conduct an annual litter cleanup on Earth Day.  The picked up at four ramps on 645 & 78. 18 people helped for three hours.  71 bags of trash were collected.  The Flying J Truck Stop is nearby.  5 large truck tires, a mattress and large chunks of tire treads were removed over 800 yards of distance.  A small creek in the segment feeds to the Little Swatara.  Mostly, plastic beverage bottles were removed. 

LV Conservancy: Dick Blouch said the Middle Creek Wildlife event was a success.  Jack Hubley was a hit, especially with the kids.  The Karen and Richard Light Scholarship went to Claire Leedy. 

MS4:  Tom reports the MS4 program is applying through DEP for PRP-pollution reduction plan.  All roadways must be included, not just those with storm water outlets.  PSATs said the MS4 program to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay results in a 4% reduction of pollution load. This costs millions of dollars.  Adams, Franklin, Lancaster and York are pilot projects. 

Quittapahilla:  Ann Lasky reported that Day of Caring was great with 30 kids from Palmyra and 22 from LVC.  They cleaned trails, and pulled out multiflora rose and garlic mustard.  Annville Township helped too.  Trillium was planted last year.  It’s still there.   May 3 is a wildflower walk starting at 3PM at the bridge.

PipelinesListening session scheduled for Thursday, May 10 at 6PM, Pollock Center, Philhaven. 

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1.      Union Canal Tunnel Park, men are working on the roof, where the Krall Barn has sheathing and tarpaper. 

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2.      The Commissioners & Meilly’s signed an agreement to proceed to Long Lane.  First, they’re holding a construction meeting.

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3.      West Lebanon Township is actually a right-of-way, and North Lebanon Township owns the land on the west side of 25th Street.

RSVP: Please complete your forms for Jo Ellen to validate, and send in mileage and your time. 

SOJOURN:  30th Anniversary Proclamations received to date: the County of Lebanon, Annville, City of Lebanon, North Lebanon, North Londonderry, and South Annville Townships.  Celebrating a Cool River—the Swatara.  https://www.facebook.com/pg/SwataraWaterTrail/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10156451825219095

Received to date:  39 Pre-registrations for Saturday; 35 for dinner; 22 camping; and 29 for Sunday.   All plus shore support.  Therefore, 50 subs for Saturday is good.  Likewise, 50 potpie dinners were ordered.  We’ll have speakers and shore support to feed too.

Shore support:  Laurie Andrews, Jack Stauffer

Ø    Vans:  Tom Embich will make arrangements with Mease Motors.  Tom will also fill in as a driver. Jo Ellen & Tom will pick up Vans. Ben Miller additional transport; scout.  Fred Folmer tow rented canoes and, along with Jack Stouffer, man the equipment van and trailer.  Denny Miller will provide drinks and be a runner.

      Safety:  Lisa Carter & Scott Webber will coordinate the portage point.

Ø     Food:  June Blouch will pick-up breakfast from Sheetz both days.  

Programs

 

Saturday Lunch at Boat House Road Park: subs June & Dick--Program by Fred Folmer on Spotted Lantern Fly.

 

Saturday Dinner (Delivered @ 5PM):  potpie from Ono Fire Co.  Program on the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail by Bentura Rodriguez.

 

Sunday Lunch at Schiavoni Park:  pizza  Ann & Dave-- Program on Drone demonstration by Jo Ellen Litz; Paint Night. Campfire.  

Group Picture.

Mural/poster using numbered blocks donated by artist Craig Andrews.  Can autograph 2” squares to paste onto a frame depicting the 30th anniversary of the Swatara Sojourn.

SRBC: 

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21.  Volunteers to distribute 30 folders.

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22.  Ordering Pilsner glasses –need to know amount needed. 

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23.  Making our video used in the heading to our Facebook page available to run on Sports Bar televisions.  Upon request, longer videos can be created. 

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24.  Chef cook-off

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25.  Mount Gretna Craft Brewery will be brewing a new batch of Swatara Divide; and Snitz Creek will be brewing their Swatara special too. 1/6, ¼ and Kegs will be available. 

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26.  Framed maps available.

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27. Signed/Confirmed Participants:    Heisey’s Diner, 72N; Moose’s LZ, Jonestown; Snitz Creek, Lebanon City; Swatara Coffee, Jonestown.  Harpers; Mt Gretna Craft Brewery; Forrest Feed; Babes; and Irv’s.

Water Conservation

·         3.12.2018  FEMA 10-year floodplain map link for review and comment: http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=c7c19ef8fa384660ba320823e0f0ac9d&extent=-76.8576,40.1983,-76.0144,40.5556

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The meeting was adjourned on a motion by __Tom Embich and Dick Blouch ___.

2018 Swatara Watershed Association event schedule:

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·         April 29, 1PM, Lebanon Valley Conservancy @ Middle Creek.

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·         May 3 Middle School Envirothon @ Levitz Park.

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·         May 5-6 Swatara Sojourn will start from the campgrounds at 9:30AM.  Pre-registration required to participate.  Visit www.SwataraWatershed.com for more details. 

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·         May 10 Elementary Envirothon @ Coleman Park.

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·         July 5 Watermelon at the Waterworks, 9:30AM—walk our adopted launch at the Fish and Boat property, and pick up litter,  Afterwards, enjoy watermelon and conversation with members of SWA.  All are welcome.  FREE

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·         July 13-15 Swatara Food and Brew Weekend at many local restaurants and pubs—Batdorf, Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel, Mount Gretna Craft Brewery, Quentin Tavern, Snitz Creek Brewery, Swatara Coffee….  Visit a different venue each day to try unique dishes and drinks.  Watch the Swatara Water Trail Facebook page for more sponsors and information.  https://www.facebook.com/SwataraWaterTrail/

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·         September 16 Bordner Cabin Hike and History Tour.  1PM, meet at Sand Siding Trailhead in Swatara State Park.  FREE

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·         November 15, The Swatara Story, noon at Londonderry Village.  FREE

4.4.2018

Welcome.  In attendance:  Bob Arnold, Dick and June Blouch, Tom Embich, Fred Folmer, Ann Lasky, Ben Miller, Jo Ellen Litz, Jack Stouffer.

Secretary’s ReportThe Secretary’s report was emailed, posted on-line, and unanimously approval on a __Lasky/Blouch___ motion.

Treasurer’s Report:  The mortgage on 1929 BBR stands at $9,577.46 this month’s payment of $350.42 consists of $315.30 in principal and $35.12 in interest.

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·         $750.00 First Energy Sojourn donation

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·         $150.00 Jonestown Bank Sojourn donation 

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·         $450.00 Karen Courchaine Site 2

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·         $450.00 Jonathan Stichler Site by PayPal Hoping for site 32.

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·         $   20.00 Wes Bowers dues by PayPal

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·         $  70.00 Robert Lewis Sojourn registration

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·         $  70.00 Robert Morris Sojourn registration

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·         $  70.00 Scott Webber Sojourn registration by PayPal

 1929 BBR--Tom Embich—Mark campsites with tags.

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·         2018 Campsite agreements emailed/mailed.

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·         Jim Myers is installing our gate with three locks at the campground.  One lock is for campers, one for MetEd, and one for First Responders.

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·         Large poplar and a red oak tree leaning towards the power line at site 24

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·         Fred, Bob & Tom  volunteered to cut up fallen trees, especially at site 1.

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·         United Way Day of Caring volunteers requested to shovel mud from the ramp, pick up debris, and stack limbs.  Compeer has volunteered 9 people for the Bordner Cabin.  Two have volunteered at the Campground.

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·         Plumber bids were received to replace the hydrants from Bowman and Lou Caputzal who was awarded the $865 bid on a Stouffer/Blouch motion. 

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·         Seasonal System Requirements Revised Total Coliform Rule PWS#7380376 will be completed after the plumber is done.

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·         A job johnnie is still at site 1.

Projects Available:  Concrete porch piers; floating dock; stabilize bank.

Baseline Water Quality Data Program Grant:  Review presentation.

Bordner Cabin: United Way Day of Caring volunteers signed up from Compeer.

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·         Wagon wheel spokes

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·         Ash benches—no report.

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·         Tom said to renew existing registered canoes.  Jo Ellen & Denny worked together to make this happen.

Mike Willeman ash benches and 3” slab lumber?   Tom wheel spokes? 

Projects Available:  Restore spokes in two wagon wheels; porch bench; chimney repair; walkway improvements; 2 Amish solar lights. 

Bridges:  Trees are once again blocking Yordy’s Bridge. 

Eagle Scouts/InternsEagle Scout Hall of Fame album on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/Swatara-Water-Trail-86311524094/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10151572544779095

Envirothons:  April 26 High School; May 3 Middle School; and May 10 Elementary;  Volunteers welcome.

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer is working with Berks Conservancy to present a September seminar on invasives.  He is also working with Camp Swatara through Berks Nature on both Forest Stewardship and an easement bordering the Appalachian Trail on the Kittatinny Ridge.

LV Conservancy: Dick Blouch said that Jack Hubley will again present his wild animals at a Conservancy event on April 29 at Middlecreek.  Cost is $20.  The Conservancy is also hiring a fundraiser. 

MS4:  Tom reports the MS4 program is proposing a $5M project over 5 years utilizing an established  baseline fee, and Lebanon County Clean Water Alliance will meet on May 1, June 24, and October 23, 2018. 

Quittapahilla:  Ann Lasky reported that for the 12th year, Palmyra School students will pull invasives and much at the Nature Park.

PipelinesSnitz Creek impacted.  Many zoning regulations do not allow construction within 75’ of a residence.  Sinkholes were being discussed on Laura LeBeau with Pam Bishop, Ann Pinca, and Mike Schroeder.  The pipelines are considered a utility. 

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4.      Union Canal Tunnel Park is waiting on shingles to arrive to roof the Krall Barn.  New Booklets with Water Trail quote.

5.      West Lebanon Township received an evaluation by LTAP stating that the Tunnel meets current ADA requirements. 

6.      Commissioners signed an agreement to proceed to Long Lane.  Waiting on the Meilly’s signatures.

RSVP: Please complete your forms for Jo Ellen to validate, and send in mileage and your time.  Banquet 4.3.18.  Certificates presented.

SOJOURN:  30th Anniversary Proclamations received to date: the County of Lebanon, Annville, North Lebanon, North Londonderry, and South Annville Townships.  Celebrating a Cool River—the Swatara.  https://www.facebook.com/pg/SwataraWaterTrail/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10156451825219095

Ø      Shore support:  Laurie Andrews, Jack Stauffer

Ø    Vans:  Tom Embich will make arrangements with Mease Motors.  Tom will also fill in as a driver. Jo Ellen & Tom will pick up Vans. Ben Miller additional transport; scout.  Fred Folmer tow rented canoes and, along with Jack Stouffer, man the equipment van and trailer.  Denny Miller will provide drinks and be a runner.

      Safety:  Lisa Carter & Scott Webber will coordinate the portage point.

Ø     Food:  June Blouch breakfast both days.   

Programs

 

Saturday Lunch at Boat House Road Park: subs June & Dick--Program by Fred Folmer on Spotted Lantern Fly.

 

Saturday Dinner (Delivered @ 5PM):  potpie from Ono Fire Co.  Program on Drone demonstration by Jo Ellen Litz; Paint Night. Campfire.  

 

Sunday Lunch at Schiavoni Park:  pizza  Ann & Dave--Program on the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail by Bentura Rodriguez.

Group Picture.

Mural/poster using numbered blocks donated by artist Craig Andrews.  Can autograph 2” squares to paste onto a frame depicting the 30th anniversary of the Swatara Sojourn.

While we did not receive a 2018 grant, SWA provided POWR with a Letter of Support.

SRBC: 

Swatara Food & Brew Weekend 2018 July 13-15.  Ben:  Tavern Owner Feedback included:

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28.  Volunteers to distribute 30 folders.

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29.  Ordering Pilsner glasses –need to know amount needed. 

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30.  Making our video used in the heading to our Facebook page available to run on Sports Bar televisions.  Upon request, longer videos can be created. 

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31.  Chef cook-off

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32.  Mount Gretna Craft Brewery will be brewing a new batch of Swatara Divide; and Snitz Creek will be brewing their Swatara special too. 1/6, ¼ and Kegs will be available. 

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33.  Framed maps  

Water Conservation

·         9.7.2017, for $500,000, Lebanon Water Authority purchased 44.62 acres containing a mansion known as “The Forge” near the Christian E Siegrist Dam in Schuylkill County.  5 acres will be subdivided to contain “The Forge,” pool, and barn.  Invasive bamboo will be eradicated.  In about one year, the 5-acre parcel will be put up for bid.

·         3.12.2018 To PennDOT, Jo Ellen reported a mud spill into the Quittapahilla Creek from drilling on a bridge during road repairs just west of the new McDonalds between 7th and 6th Avenues on Cumberland Street.  Pictures were taken for documentation as well as do what’s necessary to stop the mud from entering the Quittapahilla as well as getting the contractor to make things right.  Trout are stocked in local streams.  Sediment is the number one polluter.  Fish gills will clog, and they won’t get needed oxygen from the water to survive.  If there’s a fish kill, the PA Fish and Boat Commission will get involved too.  Conclusion:  Drilling was stopped. Sediment subsided.  No fish kill observed.  Contractor is preparing another plan of action.

·         3.12.2018  FEMA 10-year floodplain map link for review and comment: http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=c7c19ef8fa384660ba320823e0f0ac9d&extent=-76.8576,40.1983,-76.0144,40.5556

Other 9 former Swiss Dairy farmers were picked up with Harrisburg Dairies.  Between Lebanon and Lancaster Counties, 40 farmers remain with Swiss Dairy. Scott Sechler, Bell and Evans, offered to purchase chickens from the remaining farmers should they wish to switch to growing chickens.

Ben received a report of raw sewage being dumped into the Swatara Creek off of Pine Road in Palmyra—1/2 mile downstream from Gravel Hill Road.  There are 10 large 5th wheel campers there.  The reporter is checking with the Township to see if the property is zoned correctly, and sewage is adequate. 

George Kaufman will help to fill map boxes in Jonestown. 

A request to use only our canoe trailers was tabled.

Luke recommended working closely with Mr. Emrich while adding stone to the new launch site.  Luke also recommended laying a membrane on the ground prior to the stone to keep the stone from sinking into the mud.

Ben suggested “entering” and “leaving” the Swatara Watershed road signs as a future project. 

The meeting was adjourned on a motion by __Blouch/B Miller___.

2018 Swatara Watershed Association event schedule:

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·         April 26 High School Envirothon @ Middle Creek.

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·         April 21 United Way Day of Caring, 9:30AM--clean-up both Swatara Watershed Park at 1929 Blacks Bridge Road, Annville and the Bordner Cabin.  Register on the United Way website for a free t-shirt, and to let us know you’re coming.  Refreshments provided.  http://www.unitedwaylebco.org/volunteer/day-of-caring-volunteer FREE

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·         April 29, 1PM, Lebanon Valley Conservancy @ Middle Creek.

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·         May 3 Middle School Envirothon @ Levitz Park.

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·         May 5-6 Swatara Sojourn will start from the campgrounds at 9:30AM.  Pre-registration required to participate.  Visit www.SwataraWatershed.com for more details. 

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·         May 10 Elementary Envirothon @ Coleman Park.

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·         July 5 Watermelon at the Waterworks, 9:30AM—walk our adopted launch at the Fish and Boat property, and pick up litter,  Afterwards, enjoy watermelon and conversation with members of SWA.  All are welcome.  FREE

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·         July 13-15 Swatara Food and Brew Weekend at many local restaurants and pubs—Batdorf, Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel, Mount Gretna Craft Brewery, Quentin Tavern, Snitz Creek Brewery, Swatara Coffee….  Visit a different venue each day to try unique dishes and drinks.  Watch the Swatara Water Trail Facebook page for more sponsors and information.  https://www.facebook.com/SwataraWaterTrail/

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·         September 16 Bordner Cabin Hike and History Tour.  1PM, meet at Sand Siding Trailhead in Swatara State Park.  FREE

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·         November 15, The Swatara Story, noon at Londonderry Village.  FREE

 3.9.2018

Welcome.  In attendance:  Dick & June Blouch, Fred Folmer, Tom Embich, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Jack Rudick. 

Secretary’s ReportThe Secretary’s report was emailed, posted on-line, and unanimously approval on a ________________________ motion.

Treasurer’s ReportDenny Miller’s treasurer’s report, which was submitted in writing, was approved to file for audit on a _____________________ motion.  The mortgage on 1929 BBR stands at $9,895.09.  This month’s payment of $350.42 consists of $317.63 in principal and $32.79 in interest. 

·         $900 Penny Daugherty for campsites 21 & 22;

·         $100 Izaak Walton League Sojourn Sponsor;

·         $210.87 Red Canoe-Mount Gretna Craft Brewery Sojourn Sponsor donation;

·         $350 PEC, final 2017 Sojourn grant reimbursement.

On a Folmer/Embich motion, SWA approved a $505 payment to Lebanon Valley Insurance Company.

1929 BBR--Tom Embich—On a Folmer/DBlouch motion, SWA approved purchase of posts as needed for Tom to mark campsites with tags.

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·         2018 Campsite agreements emailed to last year’s campers.

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·         Jim Myers is installing our gate at the campground. 

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·         Tom will notify the power company about a large poplar and a red oak tree leaning towards the power line at site 24.  He notes that studies by the University of Maine show our forests are changing.  Warm winters allow Beech Trees to spread north.  Also, we are losing species of trees to the Gypsy Moth, Emerald Ash Borer, Spotted Lantern Fly, and a black fungus on Chestnut Oaks. 

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·         Fred volunteered to cut up fallen trees, especially the tree blocking site 1.

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·         Tom stated that it was unusual that the campground flooded twice over the winter.  A lot of debris was left behind that needs picked up.

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·         United Way Day of Caring volunteers requested to shovel mud from the ramp, pick up debris, and stack limbs. 

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·         Tom will acquire plumber bids to repair the spigots.

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·         Tom will complete Seasonal System Requirements Revised Total Coliform Rule PWS#7380376

Projects Available:  Concrete porch piers; floating dock; stabilize bank.

Baseline Water Quality Data Program Grant:  No report.

·         Bordner Cabin: United Way Day of Caring volunteers signed up from Compeer.

·         Tom shared his progress on the wagon wheel spokes, and the hand work needed.  Dick and June will see if Londonderry Village’s woodshop would be willing to assist.

·         Ash benches—no report.

·         Tom will provide a list of Registration numbers on the best canoes to register with PA Fish and Boat Commission.

Mike Willeman ash benches and 3” slab lumber?   Tom wheel spokes? 

Projects Available:  Restore spokes in two wagon wheels; porch bench; chimney repair; walkway improvements; 2 Amish solar lights. 

Bridges:  Trees are once again blocking Yordy’s Bridge. 

Eagle Scouts/InternsEagle Scout Hall of Fame album on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/Swatara-Water-Trail-86311524094/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10151572544779095

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer will make a presentation on the invasive Spotted Lantern Fly Saturday lunch on the Sojourn.  The nasty bug is causing concern in 13 counties.  He passed out plastic cards with a picture and some statistics on the pest, which thrives on Tree of Heaven.  The TofH looks similar to Sumac with it’s base leaves.  If you pinch the underside pimples at the base and it smells like rancid peanut butter, it’s Tree of Heaven.  Eradicate it. Eggs are laid in October, and hatch in May.  The egg masses are dark brown with a waxy appearance.  Scrape them into a baggie with isopropyl alcohol to destroy them. 

Fred will also present at Camp Swatara off of Route 645 near I78. 

The Little Swatara is creating a list of infrastructure to mark and paint “Drains to the Bay.”

Further, they’re holding a recycling program through a Junk Fair where students make art from discarded items, and will award three $50 prizes. 

LV Conservancy: Dick Blouch said that Jack Hubley will again present his wild animals at a Conservancy event.  The Conservancy is also hiring a fundraiser. 

MS4:  Tom reports the MS4 program is pitting economics of the Chesapeake Bay watermen against local farmers over phosphorus.  When sediment, specifically clay that the phosphorus binds to, erodes from our banks, downstream where it leaves fresh water and mixes with salt water, the phosphorus is released around the Bay Bridge, and the water turns green from algae bloom.  Turbidity results. 

As an unfunded mandate, the MS4 program expanded to require nonpoint sources of run-off to be mapped and controlled.   Comparing this to a football game, the most gains occur near the 50-yard line.  The closer you get to the goal, the harder it is to cross.  Wetlands and the Bay will fill in.  It’s a natural process that cannot be controlled 100%.  Therefore, it would be more realistic to maintain an 80-90% storm-water compliance rate.  To try and stop the inevitable is costly, and will unduly burden property owners. 

Quittapahilla:  Ann Lasky reported that the Palmyra School District will assist on Earth Day.  Tom suggested clearing poison hemlock before the students arrive.  The QWA is planning an event around the acquisition of the Graham property. 

PipelinesRumors were going around that Williams Atlantic Sunrise hit the main water line coming down from Seigrist Dam.  Jonathan Beers said that, “They are crossing our 30-inch raw waterline. But have not hit it.”

Next, Sunoco’s Mariner 1 has been closed due to sinkholes around the 87-year old line near residential areas in Chester and Montgomery Counties.See today's meeting highlights: http://joellenlitz.com/meetinghighlights.htm See today's meeting highlights: http://joellenlitz.com/meetinghighlights.htm

Rail Trail:  Black and white maps of the Trail are available. 

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7.      Union Canal Tunnel Park is waiting on shingles to arrive to roof the Krall Barn.  The Historical Society received a $30,000 grant to connect to the Trail at two places, erect signs, install benches….

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8.      West Lebanon Township is waiting on an evaluation by LTAP concerning the Township’s Cease and Desist order for sidewalk behind the Lebanon Valley Mall.  At issues is whether the County needs a separate sidewalk permit to comply with ADA standards to go through the tunnel even though they proposed no changes to the existing red-light and pedestrian signals, which will be utilized.

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9.      George Chrisitan said the County has a verbal agreement to proceed to Long Lane.  The agreement has yet to be signed. 

RSVP: Please complete your forms for Jo Ellen to validate, and send in mileage and your time.

SOJOURN:  30th Anniversary Proclamations received to date: the County of Lebanon, Annville, North Lebanon, North Londonderry, and South Annville Townships.  Celebrating a Cool River—the Swatara.  https://www.facebook.com/pg/SwataraWaterTrail/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10156451825219095

Ø      Shore support:  Laurie Andrews, Jack Stauffer

Ø    Vans:  Tom Embich will make arrangements with Mease Motors.   Jo Ellen & Tom will pick up Vans. Ben Miller additional transport; scout.  Fred Folmer tow rented canoes and, along with Jack Stouffer, man the equipment van and trailer.  Jack Rudick will drive on Sunday.  Denny Miller will provide drinks and be a runner.

      Safety:  Andy and Liz are unavailable this year.  Approach the Carter’s and Dick Morris about staffing the portage point.

Ø     Food:  June Blouch breakfast both days.   

Programs

 

Saturday Lunch at Boat House Road Park: subs June & Dick--Program on Spotted Lantern Fly.

 

Saturday Dinner (Delivered @ 5PM):  potpie from Ono Fire Co.  Program on Drones; Paint Night. Campfire.   

 

Sunday Lunch at Schiavoni Park:  pizza  Ann & Dave--Program on the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail.

Group Picture.

Create a mural/poster using numbered blocks.  At registration, each participant may donate $1 for a 3” square to paste onto a frame depicting the 30th anniversary of the Swatara Sojourn. The finished collage can be auctioned off.  Participation is not limited to the Sojourn.  At other events, the project can be part of our display, and the public afforded an opportunity to support SWA with their participation.     

SRBC: 

Swatara Food & Brew Weekend 2018 July 13-15.  Ben:  A meeting of restaurant partners took place Monday, February 26,10-11am between Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel, Mount Gretna Craft Brewery, Quentin Tavern, Snitz Creek Brewery, and SWA.  Ben presented a PowerPoint.  His wife created a special logo for the event.  SWA presented Bags of Swag to Tavern owners.  Included were the EELS and Mills and Bank Barns books, a water conservation kit, license plate….

Tavern Owner Feedback included:

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34.  Ordering Pilsner glasses with the Swatara logo to offer to customers so that they can keep a souvenir. SWA would coordinate a bulk purchase based on orders from Taverns. 

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35.  Making our video used in the heading to our Facebook page available to run on Sports Bar televisions.  Upon request, longer videos can be created. 

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36.  Chefs will be busy coming up with Swatara dishes. We may even have a chef cook-off at some point. The interest in food and resulting “clicks” on social media was reviewed.  This aspect makes the event desirable coverage by media. 

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37.  Mount Gretna Craft Brewery will be brewing a new batch of Swatara Divide; and Snitz Creek will be brewing their Swatara special too. 1/6, ¼ and Kegs will be available. 

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38.  Snitz Creek also requested a large framed map for their wall.  Cocoa Kayaks may sponsor the frame. 

All in all, we anticipate about 20 restaurants and/or pubs to participate in the event. All pubs will be invited to tap the Swatara special brews.

Next Steps:  Prepare an agreement of participation for Tavern owners to sign.  Assign teams to visit the Taverns.  Add the Blue Bird to the list. 

Water Conservation

Other Swiss Dairy notified two dozen, and Dean Foods notified 130 farmers that they have 90 days to find another outlet for their milk.  Jo Ellen wrote a blog to share ideas on how we can help local farmers.  http://blogs.ldnews.com/peopleabovepolitics/2018/03/08/saving-family-farms/ Tom suggested adding that Hershey, Rutter’s and Turkey Hill may accept the milk.  They may have the ability to turn it into powdered milk, which would transport well, especially overseas.   

It’s almost spring, and time to list our vintage canoe on Craig’s List.

The meeting was adjourned on a motion by Embich/Folmer___.

2018 Swatara Watershed Association event schedule:

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·         April 21 United Way Day of Caring, 9:30AM--clean-up both Swatara Watershed Park at 1929 Blacks Bridge Road, Annville and the Bordner Cabin.  Register on the United Way website for a free t-shirt, and to let us know you’re coming.  Refreshments provided.  http://www.unitedwaylebco.org/volunteer/day-of-caring-volunteer FREE

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·         May 5-6 Swatara Sojourn will start from the campgrounds at 9:30AM.  Pre-registration required to participate.  Visit www.SwataraWatershed.com for more details. 

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·         July 5 Watermelon at the Waterworks, 9:30AM—walk our adopted launch at the Fish and Boat property, and pick up litter,  Afterwards, enjoy watermelon and conversation with members of SWA.  All are welcome.  FREE

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·         July 13-15 Swatara Food and Brew Weekend at many local restaurants and pubs—Batdorf, Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel, Mount Gretna Craft Brewery, Quentin Tavern, Snitz Creek Brewery, Swatara Coffee….  Visit a different venue each day to try unique dishes and drinks.  Watch the Swatara Water Trail Facebook page for more sponsors and information.  https://www.facebook.com/SwataraWaterTrail/

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·         September 16 Bordner Cabin Hike and History Tour.  1PM, meet at Sand Siding Trailhead in Swatara State Park.  FREE

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·         November 15, The Swatara Story, noon at Londonderry Village.  FREE

2.7.2018

Welcome.  In attendance:  Jo Ellen Litz, Ben Miller, & Denny Miller.  No quorum.  Electronic votes requested, please. 

Secretary’s ReportThe Secretary’s report was emailed, posted on-line, and unanimously approval on a ________________________ motion.

Treasurer’s ReportDenny Miller’s treasurer’s report, which was submitted in writing, was approved to file for audit on a _____________________ motion.  The mortgage on 1929 BBR stands at $10,208. 03.  This month’s payment of $350.42 consists of $312.94 in principal and $37.48 in interest.  The three members in attendance focused on finances.  Denny is willing to stay on as Treasurer.  Everything is ready for the CPA, and Denny will get a written quote prior to leaving our work with him. 

1929 BBR--Tom Embich.     VOTE of affirmation requested: Gate bid from Jim Myers for the Park entrance.  Installation of two 14’ gates that meet in the center would cost of $2250, and is recommended by Mike Willeman.  Denny provided a check for $750 in advance.

Projects Available:  Concrete porch piers; bollards at entrance; floating dock; stabilize bank.

Baseline Water Quality Data Program Grant:  The County is evaluating if they can raise a 15% match for a $250,000 grant for USGS to establish Baseline Water Quality for wells in the County.  It may require funding from our 4 local hospitals and 3 public water supplies who have a vested interest in clean water. 

Bordner Cabin: Chris Houck is the acting Park Manager for Swatara State Park.

Mike Willeman ash benches and 3” slab lumber?   Tom wheel spokes? 

Projects Available:  Restore spokes in two wagon wheels; porch bench; chimney repair; walkway improvements; 2 Amish solar lights. 

Bridges

Eagle Scouts/InternsEagle Scout Hall of Fame album on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/Swatara-Water-Trail-86311524094/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10151572544779095

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer said

LV Conservancy: Dick Blouch

Ms4:  Tom reports

Quittapahilla:  Ann Lasky reported

Pipelines See today's meeting highlights: http://joellenlitz.com/meetinghighlights.htm See today's meeting highlights: http://joellenlitz.com/meetinghighlights.htm

Rail Trail:  Rafters are on the Krall .   

RSVP: Please complete your forms for Jo Ellen to validate, and send in mileage and your time.

SOJOURN:  Ø      Shore support:  Laurie Andrews, Jack Stauffer

Ø    Vans:  Tom Embich make arrangements with Mease Motors?   Jo Ellen & Tom pick up Vans. Ben Miller additional transport; scout?  Fred Folmer tow any rented canoes?  Bob Arnold and Jack Stouffer may man the equipment van and trailer?  Denny Miller, runner.  Please commit if you can.

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June Blouch breakfast both days? 

Programs

 

Saturday Lunch at Boat House Road Park: subs June & Dick?--Program on

 

Saturday Diner (Delivered @ 5PM):  potpie from Ono Fire Co.  Program on

 

Sunday Lunch at Schiavoni Park:  pizza  Ann & Dave?--Program

SRBC: 

Swatara Food & Brew Weekend 2018 July 13-15.  Post on community calendars.  Ben is leading the effort.  A meeting of restaurant partners is scheduled for Monday February 26 from 10-11am.

Water ConservationWater Quality Report:  

Other Ben report on results of Mt. Gretna Brewery Swatara Trivia pending. 

Ben Emrich Launch at Harper’s.  Ask Stephanie if NRCS Engineer is free.  If so, proceed.

The meeting was adjourned on a motion by _________________________

2017-18 Calendar:   

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March 7, 2018 next Swatara Watershed Association meeting, 9:30AM

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May 5-6 Swatara Sojourn – 30th anniversary.  Watch www.SwataraWatershed.com for more information.

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July 5 Watermelon at the Waterworks.  9:30AM.  Litter clean-up of our adopted access on PA Fish and Boat property similar to adopt-a-highway.  Afterwards, we enjoy watermelon.  Bring a lawn chair, insect repellent, gloves, & sunscreen.  We provide the garbage bags. 

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July 13-15 Swatara Food and Brew.  Watch www.SwataraWatershed.com for more information.

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September 16 Bordner Cabin Hike and History Tour.  Meet at Sand Siding Trailhead in Swatara State Park.  Bordner Cabin Trail Map and history @ http://users.mbcomp.com/swatara/State%20Park/bordner_cabin.htm

1.3.2018                           

Welcome.  In attendance: Dick and June Blouch, Fred Folmer, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, and Ben Miller.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS On motion by Dick Bloch, seconded by Ann Lasky, the following slate of officers was unanimously elected:  Jo Ellen Litz, president; Ben Miller, vice president; and Fred Folmer, secretary.  The treasurer’s position will be filled at a future meeting when Denny Miller and new Board member Gavin Bender can be in attendance.  On a Fred Folmer/Ben Miller motion, the following Board members were approved:  Bob Arnold, Gavin Bender, Dick Blouch, Chuck Cravotta, Tom Embich, Stephanie Harmon, Ann Lasky, Jack Stouffer, Mike Willeman.

Secretary’s ReportThe Secretary’s report was emailed, posted on-line, and unanimously approval on a Dick Blouch/Fred Folmer motion.

Treasurer’s ReportDenny Miller’s treasurer’s report, which was submitted in writing, was approved to file for audit on a Fred Folmer/Ann Lasky motion.  Denny’s absence excused.

1929 BBR--Tom Embich absence excued.                                                                                                                                    Jo Ellen shared gate bids from Jim Myers for the Park entrance.  Installation of two 14’ gates that meet in the center would cost of $2250; or a 16’ gate with “fenced” sides, $1875.  Mike Willeman recommends the first design.  An email ballot will be requested.

Projects Available:  Concrete porch piers; bollards at entrance; floating dock; stabilize bank.

Baseline Water Quality Data Program Grant:  Jo Ellen shared a Patriot and Lebanon Daily News article chronicling pipeline spills in Lebanon County.  Further, the County is evaluating if they can raise a 15% match for a $250,000 grant for USGS to establish Baseline Water Quality for wells in the County.  It may require funding from local hospitals and public water supplies who have a vested interest in clean water. 

Bordner Cabin: Mike Willeman ash benches and 3” slab lumber?   Tom wheel spokes?  Projects Available:  Restore spokes in two wagon wheels; porch bench; chimney repair; walkway improvements; 2 Amish solar lights. 

Bridges

Eagle Scouts/InternsEagle Scout Hall of Fame album on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/Swatara-Water-Trail-86311524094/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10151572544779095

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer said their group will continue drainage awareness with markings.  Further, a surveyor is delineating a wetland boundary by Bethel Municipal Building.

LV Conservancy: Dick Blouch said the Conservancy submitted a grant request for Wengert Park.  He also highlighted cooperation with the Kittatinny Ridge coalition and the Cold Spring Hotel.  Next, he made members aware of an annual appeal.  They’re looking for a 2018 leader.  Finally, Dick reviewed a recent meeting touring the Larry Herr preserved farm

Ms4:  Tom reports

Quittapahilla:  Ann Lasky reported their group held a Trail Day before Christmas when they spread mulch purchased by the Township.

Pipelines: Jo Ellen Litz reported checking on the progress of Williams Atlantic Sunrise, and discovered that, on Christmas eve, work stopped at the Swatara Creek on Swatara Drive in the Waterworks.  Drone video was posted YouTube.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZem2LXTfII  The Lebanon Daily News and other outlets are reporting that Sunoco Mariner East work has been haulted.  See today's meeting highlights: http://joellenlitz.com/meetinghighlights.htm See today's meeting highlights: http://joellenlitz.com/meetinghighlights.htm

Rail Trail:  The Krall Barn is progressing nicely.  The Eastern log crib is up, and the Western log crib is one-half way up.  Cold set in, and no additional work has taken place for about a week.   Lebanon PA Over 40 will raise funds to sponsor an indoor improvement.    

RSVP: Please complete your forms for Jo Ellen to validate, and send in mileage and your time.

SOJOURN:  Planning will take place at the February meeting.

SRBC: 

Swatara Food & Brew Weekend 2018 July 13-15.  Post on community calendars.  Ben will lead effort.  A meeting of restaurant partners will be established in the near future.

Water ConservationWater Quality Report:  Waiting on USGS groundwater testing program meeting.

Water Trail Gavin Bender installed the last Water Trail sign on Christmas Eve. 

1.      Lebanon Daily News did a follow-up article in Saturday’s paper.

  1. Drone video is available on the installation activity at Schiavoni Park in Dauphin County.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0VHNjpUpkQ

3.      The final report was filed with PEC. 

4.      Thanks to everyone involved!

 

Other Ben shared three items:

1.       Ben saw a tv show about the Coleman’s and opera fudge.  Jo Ellen shared some mock opera fudge with attendees.

2.       Mt. Gretna Brewery would like to hold a Swatara Trivia night one Thursday from 7-9.  On a Fred Folmer/Dick Blouch motion, the Board gave Ben approval to work with MBG to set up the Trivia event. 

3.       Ben provided estimates of needed gravel for the Emrich Launch at Harper’s.  There is a 3000 sq’ (40’x75’) parking area, 250’ of drive to the ramp, and 65’ of ramp that is 8’ wide.  He’d like to complete the project by May.  In 2011, after Tropical Storm Lee, we used 2B stone at the Watershed Park.  Ben was given permission to seek donations on behalf of the Swatara Watershed Association.  He was asked to keep the Township, via Mr. Emrich, informed.  This is an historic access on the 60-mile long Swatara Water Trail where coal trucks hauled dredge material from the Swatara for the foundry. 

The meeting was adjourned on a motion by Fred Folmer, and seconded by Bob Arnold.. 

2018 Calendar:   

January 25, 2018, 7-9PM, Swatara Trivia night at Mt. Gretna Brewery.  Corner of Rt. 322 and Rt. 117 (Forge road) Campbelltown

February 7, 2018 next Swatara Watershed Association meeting, 9:30AM

May 5-6 Swatara Sojourn – 30th anniversary.  Watch www.SwataraWatershed.com for more information.

July 5 Watermelon at the Waterworks.  9:30AM.  Litter clean-up of our adopted access on PA Fish and Boat property similar to adopt-a-highway.  Afterwards, we enjoy watermelon.  Bring a lawn chair, insect repellent, gloves, & sunscreen.  We provide the garbage bags. 

July 13-15 Swatara Food and Brew.  Watch www.SwataraWatershed.com for more information.

September 17 Bordner Cabin Hike and History Tour.  Meet at Sand Siding Trailhead in Swatara State Park.  Bordner Cabin Trail Map and history @ http://users.mbcomp.com/swatara/State%20Park/bordner_cabin.htm

12.6.2017

Welcome.  In attendance: Bob Arnold, Dick Blouch, Tom Embich, Fred Folmer, Ben Miller, Jo Ellen Litz, and Denny Miller.

PROGRAM

On a motion by Bob Arnold, seconded by Fred Folmer, the Treasurer's report by Denny Miller was filed for audit.  Motion carried.  The loan for the Watershed Park stands at $11,011.67.  While the original payment of $405.39 was made, the bank requires $350.42 with $308.93 attributed to principal, and $41.49 toward interest.   SWA makes quarterly payments for the difference.  JBT interest rate is 4.25%.  Denny calculated that we are paying around $500 in interest annually, and suggested we look for a way to pay off the mortgage.  Denny also said that he’s having trouble with his hands, and would not be able to continue as treasurer next year.

The December and November Secretary reports, which were previously shared by email, and posted online, were approved on a motion by Dick Blouch, and seconded by Ben Miller.  Motion carried.                                   .

1929 BBR--Tom Embich presented an end of year report: Before we open, we must do a DEP Water test in April.  Notice of open (RTR Seasonal Report) is a standard form that gets sent to Dave Linton at the Lancaster office of DEP.  A book of current protocol will be in the office desk.  701 Well discharge in pit; 702 behind office; 703 pavilion.   After the initial sample, a monthly sample must be taken for bacteria, coliforms, nitrates, and phosphorus.  High iron level does not disqualify as drinking water.  Next, results from Pure Test are posted in a plastic bag on the pavilion and office.   The well is shut down.  The office faucet behind the office froze and burst.  Make sure you close the handle and drain the valve.  We should consider a filter for iron at the faucet.   The “No discharge of firearms” sign missing.    There are 9 dead  trees, which are marked.  In the wind, 2 more large trees fell down leaving site one access blocked.   Four sites, 2-4, left debris.  Office sinking on side towards Swatara.  Construction advice.  Jeff Camp replacing wetlands.  Working with HRG.  DEP Regional office on site with engineer.  East end of property near hog farm is a site they’re looking at where water accumulates in the old Canal.  Probe hole update:  3 pits with backhoe—wet surface, water 6.5’ done above a clay layer where water may have run off towards the stream.  The irrigation line is sealed in the well pit.  Tom will take photos to share at the next meeting.     

Tom also shared a resolution for Ann and Dave Lasky from Annville Township. 

Projects Available:  Concrete porch piers; bollards at entrance; floating dock; stabilize bank.

Bordner Cabin: Mike Willeman ash benches and 3” slab lumber?   Tom wheel spokes?  Ben commented that the Cabin looks good.  Bob asked about lighting the inside with LED lights.  With no electricity, Amish solar lights are on the agenda to brighten the entry.  Members held a Lucy solar light discussion.  We experimented with solar lights, but the tree canopy is dense, and prevents adequate charging of the solar panels.  Battery operated lights would have to be stored on site, and may not last.

Projects Available:  Restore spokes in two wagon wheels; porch bench; chimney repair; walkway improvements; 2 Amish solar lights. 

Bridges

Eagle Scouts/InternsEagle Scout Hall of Fame album on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/Swatara-Water-Trail-86311524094/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10151572544779095

5.      Gavin Bender assembled and installed 2 Water Trail signs.  A third sign awaits a part.  Map boxes are also needed. Board members are asked to try to attend the press conference at Emrich’s. 

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer no report.

LV Conservancy: Dick Blouch no report.

Ms4:  Tom reports no real change in status. The group is looking at temporary investment opportunities. 

Quittapahilla:  Ann Lasky – excused.

PipelinesLiberty Technology Center spur near Schaefferstown.

Rail Trail:  Krall Barn appears to be on hold, perhaps awaiting a second “center” beam to meet L&I PSI requirements for assembly.  West Lebanon curb on hold by 25th Street Tunnel.   

RSVP: Please complete your forms for Jo Ellen to validate, and send in mileage and your time.

SOJOURN:  Final payment of $720 received.

SRBC: 

Swatara Food & Brew Weekend 2018 July 13-15.  Post on community calendars.  Ben will lead effort.

Water ConservationWater Quality Report:  Waiting on USGS groundwater testing program meeting.

Water Trail— Final parts (appropriate sized backing, pop rivets, and map boxes) for sign to be shipped on Thursday along with touchup paint.  As soon as Gavin can dismantle posts from small backing and insert larger backing, Schiavoni sign will be installed.  Fred volunteered to trim the path to the sign at Route 645.

OtherBen update on Kyle Stokes, Swatara Outfitters.    

Officers are elected in January. 

Jim , a former welding teacher at LCCTC, makes gates that would be suitable at the Watershed Park.  The Board concurred that we should get an estimate.  The gate posts should be placed 3.5’ from the trees so that people can carry canoes and kayaks in and out during off-season.   

The meeting was adjourned on a motion by Fred Folmer, and seconded by Bob Arnold.. 

2017-18 Calendar:   

Monday, December 11, 2017, at 11AM Sign dedication at the Emrich farm launch, 10605/10621 Jonestown Rd., Jonestown PA (about ½ mile east of the 934 intersection @ Harper’s).

January 3, 2018 next Swatara Watershed Association meeting, 9:30AM

May 5-6 Swatara Sojourn – 30th anniversary.  Watch www.SwataraWatershed.com for more information.

July 5 Watermelon at the Waterworks.  9:30AM.  Litter clean-up of our adopted access on PA Fish and Boat property similar to adopt-a-highway.  Afterwards, we enjoy watermelon.  Bring a lawn chair, insect repellent, gloves, & sunscreen.  We provide the garbage bags. 

July 13-15 Swatara Food and Brew.  Watch www.SwataraWatershed.com for more information.

September 17 Bordner Cabin Hike and History Tour.  Meet at Sand Siding Trailhead in Swatara State Park.  Bordner Cabin Trail Map and history @ http://users.mbcomp.com/swatara/State%20Park/bordner_cabin.htm

11.1.2017

Welcome.  In attendance: Richard Bloch, Tom Embich, Jo Ellen Litz & Ben Miller.

PROGRAM Treasurer's report by Denny Miller will be filed for audit.  The loan for the Watershed Park stands at $11,320.16.  While the original payment of $405.39 was made, the bank requires $350.42 with $308.93 attributed to principal, and $41.49 toward interest.   SWA makes quarterly payments for the difference.  JBT interest rate is 4.25%. 

The Secretary's report, which was previously shared by email, and is posted online, will be approved at the next meeting.

1929 BBR--Tom Embich.  Probe holes on golf course.  Plug irrigation.  Campers notified to pull out. 9 dead trees are marked.  Pull toilet.  Tom asked for reimbursement of $241.93.  A woodpecker drilled holes in the west side of the office.  The camping season is closed, and campers will be notified that the lock will go across the road on Tuesday. 

Projects Available:  Concrete porch piers; bollards at entrance; floating dock; stabilize bank.

Bordner Cabin: 10.27.2017 Mike Willeman & Ben Miller were on hand to finish staining.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHHhNwmt_ag .  Tom has oak blanks cut for the wheel spokes.  Electronic guest book stickers arrived.  Stickers will be attached to pictures hanging in the Cabin.

Ash bench is a fall project; 3” Wood slab listed on Craig’s list   Wedding inquiry.

Projects Available:  Restore spokes in two wagon wheels; porch bench; chimney repair; walkway improvements; 2 Amish solar lights. 

Bridges

Eagle Scouts/InternsEagle Scout Hall of Fame album on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/Swatara-Water-Trail-86311524094/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10151572544779095

1.      Gavin Bender will assemble and install assemble 3 Water Trail signs, fill map boxes,  contact 1-call.  Received landowner clearances.  Working on exact spots.  Ask Gavin to pre-dig holes for signs, and coordinate a press conference at Emrich’s, if agreeable.

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer reports that

LV Conservancy: Dick Blouch reports that they are working with Interactive Lancaster on fundraising. 

Ms4:  Tom reports that the Consortium 6 filed for PRP for the Chesapeake Bay.  The LCCWA with the remaining municipalities will file for exempt status. 

Quittapahilla:  Ann Lasky

Pipelines

1.      The Atlantic Sunrise will cross the Swatara on the western boundary of the Fish and Boat property near the Waterworks canoe launch.

2.      Near Clear Spring Road west of Annville is where Atlantic Sunrise will cross Route 422.

3.      At this point, DEP will not allow Sunoco to continue digging.  After blasting, MTBE is in the ground offsite.

4.      Hikers on the LV Rail Trail complained about signs contemplating extended blocking of the Trail on a newly refurbished section.  The County provided a copy of their lease agreement to workers stating that they can only work on the crossing weekdays, and may not block the crossing for more than a few days.  Further access via a detour must be provided. 

Rail Trail:  Krall Barn history & summary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHHhNwmt_ag

RSVP: Please complete your forms for Jo Ellen to validate, and send in mileage and your time.

SOJOURN:  Final payment?

SRBC: 

Swatara Food & Brew Weekend 2018 July 13-15.  Post on community calendars.

Water ConservationWater Quality Report:  Waiting on USGS groundwater testing program meeting.

Water Trail—Maps distributed.  Signs in process.  Eagle Scout candidate Gavin Bender to install new trailhead signs. Try to meet Friday at Emrich’s farm at dry hydrant.  Supervisor ok if farmer is ok.   Coordinates for Union Canal locks obtained and distributed.  Tom will clear a path to the Pine Grove Trail sign.

OtherBen update on Kyle Stokes, Swatara Outfitters.    Water Trail conference tidbits:

1.       Include river mile on bridge signs;

2.       Consider water bypasses at dams;

3.       Encourage Land Trails along rivers (Swatara Water and Rail Trail will parallel each other from the abandoned L&T Railroad Bridge in Bunker Hill north through Swatara State Park.

4.       An Iowa model creates white water parks where dams are removed. 

As a reminder, strainers occur in nature.  Never get too comfortable on a waterway.  That’s when something can happen.  The water is so calming, but has great force.  It’s tempting to buy a kayak at the end of the year sales, and float.  Know your waterway.  Study a map for known obstacles like dams.  No alcohol, which can impair judgment.  Wear a life vest.  Carry a whistle.  License your canoe or kayak. 

 

After 34 years as an officer of the Swatara Watershed Association, Tom Embich shared that he will not be running for re-election as vice president.  He will continue on the Board as well as mow and do minor repairs at Swatara Watershed Park.  He has also managed the canoes, sizing people for vests and paddles, and answers paddler’s questions.  Tom is a consistent and dependable volunteer at the Swatara Sojourn, shuttling paddlers to pick up their vehicles.  With his background as an environmental consultant, his knowledge of science and record keeping serve Swatara Watershed Association well.  We truly value his attention to detail, well-water testing and completing DEP forms in a timely manner.  Tom recalled being on a previous Board at the inception of the Association when the Chamber of Commerce initiated the corporation in 1970.  Among others, the original Board members included Harold Brewer, chair; Tom Embich, Fred Richter, Chuck Henry, John Feather, and Dick Rotunda.  Thank you Tom for your service to both the Swatara Watershed Association and the community. 

Officers are elected in January. 

The meeting was adjourned.

2017-18 Calendar:   

December 6, 2017 next Swatara Watershed Association meeting, 9:30AM

May 5-6 Swatara Sojourn – 30th anniversary.  Watch www.SwataraWatershed.com for more information.

July 5 Watermelon at the Waterworks.  9:30AM.  Litter clean-up of our adopted access on PA Fish and Boat property similar to adopt-a-highway.  Afterwards, we enjoy watermelon.  Bring a lawn chair, insect repellent, gloves, & sunscreen.  We provide the garbage bags. 

July 13-15 Swatara Food and Brew.  Watch www.SwataraWatershed.com for more information.

September 17 Bordner Cabin Hike and History Tour.  Meet at Sand Siding Trailhead in Swatara State Park.  Bordner Cabin Trail Map and history @ http://users.mbcomp.com/swatara/State%20Park/bordner_cabin.htm

 

10.4.2017

Welcome.  In attendance: Tom Embich, Fred Folmer, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Ben Miller, Denny Miller,

PROGRAM – Met at Denny Miller’s home.

Treasurer's report by Denny Miller was filed for audit, and a motion to pay bills and pay an extra $180/month on the “mortgage” passed on a D Miller/Folmer motion: The loan for the Watershed Park stands at $11,810.11.  While the original payment of $405.39 was made, the bank requires $350.42 with $308.51 attributed to principal, and $41.91 toward interest.   Quarterly payments are made for the difference.  JBT interest rate went from 3.5% to 4.25%Erik Johnson lifetime member $503; Holy Trinity Boy Scouts $50 for camping.  Denny also donated $14 from recycling cans, which he received from Larry, his brother.  A PayPal transfer will be made for recent donations.

The Secretary's report, which was previously shared by email, and is posted online, was approved on a Folmer/Embich motion.

1929 BBR--Tom Embich, CANOE USE and Camping.  Tom filed opening and closing well water test results with DEPs Dave Lenten, Lancaster.  The hiking trail needs work.  Tom is considering purchase of a brush cutter to control multiflora rose.  He also reports a tree stand that may be on Swatara Watershed property.  Tom will check with the Game Commission.  Further, new 16” tires are needed for the canoe trailer.  Projects Available:  Concrete porch piers; bollards at entrance; floating dock; stabilize bank.

Bordner Cabin: 10.4/5/6.2017 Mike Willeman rescheduled staining with Park Manager Nate.

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Notified: Mike, Dick, Ben, Jo Ellen, Jack, Elaine Ludwig, Tony Cek, & David Johnson.  Lower Dauphin.

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Ash bench is a fall project; 3” Wood slab listed on Craig’s list?

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Sunday’s Hike and History tour was successful with 18 participants. 

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Jo Ellen recounted the great communication accumulated in past  “guest books” at the Bordner Cabin, but often times, pages were missing….  Therefore, she suggested an electronic guest book utilizing our Facebook Page.  She requested permission to print QR code decals to place on the corner of Cabin pictures letting people know how to find our electronic guest book on the Swatara Water Trail Facebook page.  Administrators can monitor for appropriate comments.  Ben suggested adding an address to check in.  On a motion by B Miller/Lasky, permission was granted to purchase QR code decals to direct visitors at the Bordner Cabin and Swatara Watershed Park to our Electronic Guest Book as well as to update Swatara Water Trail signs throughout the Watershed.  A second decal would be placed on Water Trail Signs to update the Swatara State Park amenities.

Projects Available:  Stain the Cabin; restore spokes in two wagon wheels; porch bench; chimney repair; walkway improvements; 2 Amish solar lights. 

Bridges

Eagle Scouts/InternsEagle Scout Hall of Fame album on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/Swatara-Water-Trail-86311524094/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10151572544779095

1.      Gavin Bender met 8.21.2017.  Will assemble and install assemble 3 Water Trail signs, and fill map boxes.  Will contact 1-call.  Received landowner clearances.  Working on exact spot.

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer reports that the Bethel EAC marked four storm drains on September 9, 2017.

LV Conservancy: Dick Blouch reports

Ms4:  Tom reports that the pollution reduction for the Bay has been given an extension.  Officers of the consortium were elected.  The LCCWA will meet quarterly at North Lebanon.  The first identified project is a wetland on 22nd St.

Quittapahilla:  Ann Lasky reported there are new signs at Quittie Creek Nature Park.  Anglers seem to like that only articial lures are allowed.  October 27 there will be a Pumpkin Walk from 7-9PM.

Pipelines: MTBE discovered across Route 322 after blasting.  Press conference being held by West Cornwall Township Supervisors. 

Rail Trail:  Krall Barn ceremony at Union Canal Tunnel Park at 3PM today.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxhDdFdSRBI

RSVP: Please complete your forms for Jo Ellen to validate, and send in mileage and your time.

SOJOURN:  Final payment from POWR?

SRBC:  The Delaware River is off limits for hydrologic fracturing, and inter-basin transfers of water will be allowed. 

Swatara Food & Brew Weekend 2018.  Dates were set for July 13-15.  SWA will get their event posted on community calendars.

Water ConservationWater Quality Report:  Hold a public meeting on the USGS groundwater testing program.  Conservation District declined lead.  Something SWA is willing to do?

Water Trail—Maps and Signs in process.  Eagle Scout candidate Gavin Bender will install new trailhead signs. Emrich’s farm (will meet on placement),  Suggested sign at dry hydrant.  Jo Ellen is working with Zach on a meeting. 

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Other:   1972 Klepper Kayak – readvertise in spring.         

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Brief report sent to Jeanne Ortiz, Kittatinny Ridge.

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Reporter Drew Anderson working on a story.        

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Ben will invite Kyle Stokes, Swatara Outfitters, to become active in the Swatara Watershed Association.    

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Jo Ellen asked members to consider coordinating with USGS on well testing.      

The meeting was adjourned on motion by Folmer/DMiller.

2017 Calendar:   

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October 27 Pumpkin Walk at Quittie Creek Nature Park

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November 1 next Swatara Watershed Association meeting

2018 Calendar:

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May 5-6 Swatara Sojourn – 30th anniversary.  Watch www.SwataraWatershed.com for more information.

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July 5 Watermelon at the Waterworks.  9:30AM.  Litter clean-up of our adopted access on PA Fish and Boat property similar to adopt-a-highway.  Afterwards, we enjoy watermelon.  Bring a lawn chair, insect repellent, gloves, & sunscreen.  We provide the garbage bags. 

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July 13-15 Swatara Food and Brew.  1-3PM. Watch www.SwataraWatershed.com for more information.

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September 17 Bordner Cabin Hike and History Tour.  Meet at Sand Siding Trailhead in Swatara State Park.  Bordner Cabin Trail Map and history @ http://users.mbcomp.com/swatara/State%20Park/bordner_cabin.htm

9.6.2017

Welcome.  In attendance: Dick Blouch, Jeff Chaplin, Chuck Cravotta, Tom Embich, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Ben Miller, Denny Miller, and Jack Stouffer.

PROGRAMUS Geological Survey Baseline Groundwater testing program for Lebanon County—by Chuck Cravotta and Jeff Chaplin who would help to write a grant proposal in cooperation with a county authority that goes to PaDEP for funding consideration mid 2018.  Grants to test domestic supply wells in rural areas are awarded in November 2018.  After funding is secured, at least 2 months of planning and coordination are required to review information on possible well locations, contact homeowners, and develop the stratified sampling plan. This sampling plan attempts to identify a uniform distribution of sites across the county to represent a wide range of possible conditions. No attempt is made to locate sites next to specific sources of pollution or development. Instead, the sites are randomly chosen and in a given grid block. Before sampling is conducted, every participating household proposed for sampling is visited to document the site characteristics and verify location. Then, sampling teams are dispatched during a relatively brief window (usually summer) to get all the samples in as short a period as possible. The resulting data are extremely useful for documenting the range in groundwater characteristics and for evaluating potential natural or manmade sources of constituents and environmental controls on the water quality. A public meeting will be sought to bring municipalities, water companies, hospitals, conservation groups, and others together for educational purposes, and to request resolutions of support to conduct the baseline groundwater study. The more partners that come together, the better the chance for approval of the grants.  Costs run between $295,000 and $367,000 to test and analyze between 56 and 89 wells.  A 15% match could come from Growing Greener or other grants.  Timeframe:

  1. ·         November 2017 announcement to apply

  2. ·         Applications due the end of May or June 2018

  3. ·         Grants awarded November 2018

  4. ·         Field work takes place the summer of 2019

  5. ·         Reports are delivered the end of 2019 or beginning of 2020

Treasurer's report by Denny Miller was filed for audit, and a motion to pay bills passed on a Folmer/Blouch motion: The loan for the Watershed Park stands at $12,135.57.  While the original payment of $405.39 was made, the bank requires $362.03 with $325.46 attributed to principal, and $36.57 toward interest.   Quarterly payments are made for the difference.  Jo Ellen donated a $104 RSVP check for mileage to SWA.  Derry Township recycling donation $115.50.  PA American Water Company Blue Jean Friday donation $50.  Fred also donated a $19.76 check for RSVP mileage.  Cocoa Kayaks collected $59, Babe’s Restaurant $51, Batdorf $12.05, and Irv’s $5.32 in canisters for a total of $127.37 additional profit for the Swatara Food and Brew.

The Secretary's report, which was previously shared by email, and is posted online, was approved on a Blouch/B Miller motion.

1929 BBR--Tom Embich, SMART METER installation.  Possible CANOE USE tomorrow by students from Philadelphia.  LAB REPORT.  The recent 9’ swell on the Swatara put water onto sites 1-4 and site 8. 

Projects Available:  Concrete porch piers; bollards at entrance; floating dock; stabilize bank.

Bordner Cabin: Mike Willeman will reschedule staining with Park Manager Nate.

  1. Since staining the Cabin was postponed, volunteers were notified: Mike, Dick, Ben, Jo Ellen, Jack, Elaine Ludwig, Tony Cek, & David Johnson. 

  2. Ash bench is a fall project;

  3. 3” Wood slab listed on Craig’s list ?

Wagon wheel spokes—Tom will take better pictures of where the 15 spokes enter the hub.

Projects Available:  Stain the Cabin; restore spokes in two wagon wheels; porch bench; chimney repair; walkway improvements; 2 Amish solar lights. 

Bridges

Eagle Scouts/InternsEagle Scout Hall of Fame album on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/Swatara-Water-Trail-86311524094/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10151572544779095

1.    Griffin Smith FINAL REPORT submitted to clean, repair, paint and weed our signs along the entire 60-mile stretch of the Swatara Water Trail.

2.      Ben Slusser met 8.1.2017. Considering a project(s) at Swatara Watershed Park.

3.      Gavin Bender met 8.21.2017.  Considering a project to assemble 2 new Water Trail signs, install those signs and the sign we have in storage, and fill map boxes.  He will also be responsible for contacting 1-call.  Jo Ellen will work with Gavin on Township clearances.

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer reports that this Saturday, the Bethel EAC will begin spraying culverts blue and stenciling Drains to Chesapeake in their Township.  PennDOT and the Township are both on board.

LV Conservancy: Dick Blouch reports their next meeting is being scheduled.

Ms4:  Tom reports that the wetland bank off of Chestnut Street behind the Dairy Queen has been identified as a project, but due to an advertising glitch, DEP extended their time to apply until October.  Their next meeting will be at the old Red Cross building at 12th & Mifflin Streets on September 18.  LCCWA will start meeting quarterly and continue their educational mission.  Their next meeting is November 21. 

Quittapahilla:  Ann Lasky reported about work on a handicap access and expansion of the Graham property. 

Pipelines:  Atlantic Sunrise received permits to proceed, and will cross the Swatara Creek near the Waterworks Access.  SWA is monitoring the project by first reviewing diagrams on file with the State.

Rail Trail:  The new Trailhead behind Lebanon Valley Mall is progressing nicely. 

RSVP: Please complete your forms for Jo Ellen to validate, and send in mileage and your time.

SOJOURN:  Before final payment is issued, SWA had to complete a 2017 Success Story form.

SRBC: 

Swatara Food & Brew WeekendJuly 14-16 $742.91 + today’s report of an additional $127.37 for a grant total of $870.28 in profit. Feedback:  Combining two suggestions from restauranteurs, the end of May, start with a group meeting.

Water Conservation:  Jo Ellen presented a program on the Swatara at Juniper Village.

Water Quality Report:  See today’s program.

Water Trail—Maps and Signs in process.  Eagle Scout candidate Gavin Bender will install new trailhead signs at Emrich’s farm (working with Zachary @ County Planning for permission from E Hanover Twp), Harper’s; Schiavoni Park installation is approved for Swatara Township, Dauphin County.  SWA chose a third site at Swope’s Valley Road on a Folmer/Embich motion. Jo Ellen will contact the new State Park manager for permission.  Other sites considered were Lickdale @ Moechlin Road and Middletown.  On a Stouffer B Miller motion, Litz will seek an amendment for another brochure box, which will be cemented into a planter at our office location. 

OtherOn a Blouch/Stouffer motion, CALVIN MILLER & BOB ARNOLD were approved for nomination to the BOARD OF LV CONSERVATION DISTRICT.

1.        1972 Klepper Kayak listed on Craig’s list http://harrisburg.craigslist.org/boa/6248849701.html and local online auction/yard sale listings.  Tom was not successful contacting a museum.  Ben is willing to contact the Belfont kayak museum.                           

2.      Williams Pipeline meeting 8.2.17 @ the EXPO.  Learned that even though Williams requested sharing of an electronic invitation, and wanted access to all social media @ electronic registration, both the LDN & constituents were not invited.  Video was posted.

3.       Development of peninsula by UPS in Lower Swatara Township

4.       On a B Miller/Embich motion, SWA will work with other entities on a public meeting on the USGS groundwater testing program. 

5.       On a Folmer/Cravotta motion, a letter written by Litz on the effects of farms on the Chesapeake Bay is supported by SWA

6.       Cravotta reported that Schuylkill County Conservation District is being funded by DEP to resurrect acid mine drainage treatment from Rowe Tunnel.  Cravotta will invite Wayne Lehman, Schuykill County’s water specialist, as a speaker to a future meeting. 

The meeting was adjourned on motion by Blouch/D Miller.

Calendar:

·           September 24, 2017 Hike and History Tour to the Bordner Cabin, 1-3PM

·           October 4, 2017 next Swatara Watershed Association meeting at the home of D Miller.

8.2.2017

Welcome.  In attendance: Bob Arnold, Richard Blouch, Tom Embich, Fred Folmer, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Denny Miller, & Dr. Phil Stieg.

Treasurer's report by Denny Miller was filed for audit, and a motion to pay bills passed on a Folmer/Blouch motion: The loan for the Watershed Park stands at $12,459.92.  While the original payment of $405.39 was made, the bank requires $362.03 with $324.35 attributed to principal, and $37.68 toward interest.   Quarterly payments are made for the difference.  Fred donated a $44.88 RSVP check for mileage reimbursement.  Thanks, Fred!

The Secretary's report which was previously shared by email , and is posted online, was approved on an Arnold/Lasky motion.

1929 BBR--Tom Embich, Bob Arnold and Fred Folmer cleared overgrowth, filled potholes….   Tom will mark, and Fred volunteered to cut down two dead Sycamore trees, and lower stumps in October.     Tom also wants to reset the bolts for the grills, and treat poison ivy. 

The shed roof is shingled; wasp nests sprayed; and netting placed under the rafters to keep birds and wasps from entering.  Jo Ellen is working on the eves and removing interior 2x4s. 

When Harper’s gage reads 5.5’ the Road to site #1 is almost covered, not accessible and partly flooded.  @ 7’ our ramp is covered to the top gravel border.

7.11.17 A developer brought USGS and DEP to look at possibly creating a 3/4 acre wetland.

Projects Available:  Concrete porch piers; bollards at entrance; floating dock; stabilize bank.

Bordner Cabin: Mike Willeman

A well-written article by Corey Snyder appeared in Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks magazine.

Ash bench project scheduled for fall;

Wood listed on Craig’s list offering the 3” slab we currently have along with the option for more.

Mike recommends using ladders.  A workweek is scheduled for August 7-11; Tony Cek is a former industrial painter, and has offered to help.

Tom said that he won’t have the wagon wheel spokes completed for the workweek.

Projects Available:  Stain the Cabin; restore spokes in two wagon wheels; porch bench; chimney repair; walkway improvements; 2 Amish solar lights. 

Bridges

Eagle Scouts/Interns

1.    Griffin Smith Eagle Scout project on the Swatara Water Trail.  Saw him in the field.  The Route 22 sign was removed, and is being stored in Fred’s warehouse.  Other signs are being cleaned and painted.  A QR code was added to map box lids for people to get more information on the Swatara Watershed. 

2.      Ben Slusser met 8.1.2017. Considering a project at Swatara Watershed Park.

3.      Hunter Nelson met 8.1.2017 to discuss environmental issues—clean water, litter and riparian buffers.

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer reports that the Industrial Development Authority in Berks County needs tenants at I78 where the  Pet Smart, Sams, and Dollar General are located.  He understands that Amazon is moving in too.  He helped to review wetlands encroachment and runoff for these large firms. 

LV Conservancy: Dick Blouch reports that the Governor Dick event was good, but not many people attended.  He is concerned with the loss of farmland, and increased pavement and roofs that will have serious impacts to our environment.  He believes that we need a culture change. 

Ms4:  Tom reports that

Quittapahilla:  Ann Lasky reports that the Richter’s are putting up the $15,000 to purchase 1/3 mile of land along the stream, but another $11,000 is needed for legal work.  Therefore, envelopes were sent out for a fundraiser to help with expenses. 

Pipelines:  Sunoco land is cleared across the County, and pipes are being assembled.  On hold where drilling horizontally using Bentonite because of blow-back. 

Rail Trail:  Segment off 25th Street behind LV Mall @ LV Rails Business Park to Tunnel Hill Rd.

RSVP: Please complete your forms for Jo Ellen to validate, and send in mileage and your time.

SOJOURN:  1st payment received.  Waiting on final payment.

SRBC: 

Swatara Food & Brew WeekendJuly 14-16.  @$743.91.  We used Social Media extensively, and our promotional video was shared 17 times.  The Lebanon Daily News did a front-page article.  Both Lebanon Valley and Harrisburg-Hershey Visitor Bureaus included our event on their calendars and/or Facebook pages https://www.facebook.com/86311524094/videos/10155710875989095/ We connected to Central PA food networks as well. 

        B Miller- business leads, Mount Gretna Brewery $193.01, Batdorf restaurant $100, Irv’s restaurant, Babes Grill House            Jo Ellen Litz- business leads Heisey's Diner $58.40, Quentin Tavern $300.00, Snitz Creek Brewery $16.50; Ann Lasky             Hometown in Palmyra, and $25 from her sonFred Folmer the Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel $50.00.  Feedback:  QT—            not prepared for the success of the event.  Ordered what he thought would last the weekend, but ran out of fish 1st night.     Combining two suggestions from restaurateurs, the end of May, start with a group meeting.

Yogiventure August 9 coming up.

Water Conservation

Water Quality Report

Water Trail—POWR matching grant award July 21 for two new trailhead signs, one for Emrich’s in the Harper’s area and one at Schiavoni Park in Dauphin County.  Waiting on contract to move forward.  Jo Ellen was informed that the contract will come pre-signed from POWR or PEC, and as soon as we sign it, we can get started. 

Other

  1. Dr. Phil Stieg led assembly of his donated vintage 1972 Klepper Kayak.  SWA also thanks Rosemary Stieg, his wife.  This vintage 16' two-seater kayak is a gem.   With practice, the collapsible boat stored in duffle bags assembles in 15 minutes.  Original manual included as well as 33 interlocking wooden parts (ash and birch), 2 paddles, 2 seats and backrests, 2 inflatable flotation air tubes, and a sail.  Hull of rubberized material rolls up for storage.  Gray upper, navy blue Egyptian cotton deck.  Can sell for up to $4,000.  Using this kayak as a fundraiser.  The details are on Craig’s list.  http://harrisburg.craigslist.org/boa/6248849701.html   Feel free to share the link and QR code with anyone who you think might be interested.                                   

  2.  Statement of importance of Swatara Creek is for education, and so other groups don’t put words into our mouths.  Experts can try to diminish the value of the Swatara by saying it’s a “warm water fishery,” as if it doesn’t matter, and anything goes.  SWA can’t stand by and allow our clean water to be disregarded.  Minutes/Statement of Importance of the Swatara Creek.pdf

  3. 7.18.17 Zion Church Water Camp presentation to youth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUd8BEm_8r0

  4. Rev Dr. Glenn Fisher Watershed Discipleship

  5.  Jo Ellen will attend a Williams Pipeline meeting 8.2.17 @ the EXPO at 11AM today

  6.  Development of peninsula in Lower Swatara Township meeting July 20, 2017, put request to remove conservation area on hold.

  7.  Thanks for the PA Senior America ad, which helped to bring home an Ambassador award.

  8.  Two Pavilion use inquiries.  Birthday party; Mennonite church—items left behind.

  9.  East Hanover Township Trails and Greenways Master Plan awarded $50,000 to Simone Collins.  Challenges crossing 81 & 22; topography & gravity challenges.  Connect Appalachian, Stoney Valley, & Swatara Water Trail.

  10.  July 22, 2017 Hike to Bordner Cabin with WellSpan president Tom Harlow was enjoyable, despite a delay due to the road being washed out near the driveway to the cabin.

  11.  Overview video of Swatara Creek  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHJTL6Uv0LU&t=2s

The meeting was adjourned on motion by Folmer/Blouch.

Calendar:

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  August 7-11, 2017 Workweek @ Bordner Cabin to stain the outside.

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 August 29: MS4 @ North Lebanon Township

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 September 6, 2017 next Swatara Watershed Association meeting

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 September 24, 2017 Hike and History Tour to the Bordner Cabin, 1-3PM

7.5.2017 Watermelon @ the Waterworks

Welcome.  In attendance: Tom Embich, Fred Folmer, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Ben Miller, Denny Miller, Mike Willeman.

After picking up litter along the Swatara Creek at the Waterworks, members enjoyed watermelon, and held a brief meeting.

Treasurer's report by Denny Miller was filed for audit, and a motion to pay bills passed on a Blouch/Lasky motion: The loan for the Watershed Park stands at $12,914.  While the original payment of $405.39 was made, the bank requires $362.03 with $322.13 attributed to principal, and $39.90 toward interest.   Quarterly payments are made for the difference.  Bob Morris became a lifetime member.        

The Secretary's report which was previously shared by email , and is posted online, was approved on a Lasky/B Miller motion.

1929 BBR--Tom Embich      The fallen, poison ivy covered tree was moved by the neighboring farmer. 

Projects Available:  Concrete porch piers; bollards at entrance; floating dock; stabilize bank, finish shed. 

Bordner Cabin: Mike Willeman reported on the

 Ash bench project scheduled for fall, and remaining wood will be listed on Craig’s list shortly offering the 3” slab we currently have along with the option for more,

David Stites treated logs,

Scaffolding or a lift is not practical.  Mike recommends using ladders.  A workweek is scheduled for August 7-11,

Tom will try to have wagon wheel spokes completed for the workweek,

Tony Cek is a former industrial painter, and has offered to help.

Projects Available:  Stain the Cabin; restore spokes in two wagon wheels; porch bench; chimney repair; walkway improvements; 2 Amish solar lights. 

Bridges

Eagle Scouts/Interns

1.     Griffin Smith Eagle Scout project on the Swatara Water Trail

2.    Ben Slusser  inquiry

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer reports their next meeting is July 10.

LV Conservancy: Dick Blouch reports Site Assessments are underway for easements. 

Ms4:  Tom reports that municipalities that must submit a pollution reduction plan quarterly have formed a consortium, and include:  Annville, Cleona Authority, City of Lebanon, North Cornwall, North Lebanon, & South Lebanon.  The LCCWA, which consists of “everyone,” runs parallel to the consortium.  The next meeting is August 29 at North Lebanon Township.

Quittapahilla:  Ann Lasky reports that

Pipelines:  Sunoco land is cleared across the County, and pipes are being assembled.  Testimony was presented at Lebanon Valley College in June requesting that they drill under the Creeks to eliminate sediment getting into the waterways; keep from blocking paddlers; and keep from losing equipment and ballast during high storm events. 

Rail Trail:  Per Judge Kline’s recommendation, the County is seeking mediation for the Meily Farm. 

RSVP: Please complete your forms for Jo Ellen to validate, and send in mileage and your time.

SOJOURN: Final report filed. 

SRBC: 

Swatara Food & Brew Weekend.  Ben Miller July 14-16.  , Swatara Snapper Soup; Swatara Eggs; Harper’s Swattie Fries; Swatara Trout, bass and or salmon (historical); Swatara Fish Cakes, Turtle Pie, duck, frogs legs...

B Miller- business leads, Mount Gretna Brewery, Batdorf restaurant, Irv’s restaurant, Babes Grill House,Jo Ellen Litz- business leads Heisey's Diner; Quentin Tavern; Ann Lasky Hometown in Palmyra.  Fred Folmer the Fredericksburg Eagle HotelFACEBOOK EVENT & WEB updated.  Promotional movie made.  News Release Friday.  TENTS.  Dick Blouch Hershey Pantry will be a great future fundraiser @ 20%. 

Yogiventure June 21 had 10 participants, July 19 and August 9 coming up.

Water Conservation

Water Quality Report:  Our well passed, and the bill was paid.

Water Trail—POWR matching grant award July 21 for two new trailhead signs, one for Emrich’s in the Harper’s area and one at Schiavoni Park in Dauphin County. 

Other

1.      Rev Dr. Glenn Fisher Watershed Discipleship

2.      Jo Ellen Attended Susquehanna River Rally.  Also attended June 14 Pipeline meeting @ LVC.

3.      A Stieg vintage Klepper kayak donation was approved on a motion by Folmer/Blouch.

4.       Hartz inquiry on development of peninsula in Lower Swatara Township with meeting on .July 20, 2017 from 6 - 8 pm @ Lower Swatara Twp. Fire house, 1350 Fulling Mill Road, Middletown, Pa.

5.      Replacement of 16” main water line by Lebanon Water Authority in Swatara Township, Lebanon County will be with a 24” mail line.

6.      14 Kayaers stranded.  One trapped beneath rapids after passing over low-head dam.  Man was helping other kayakers.  Authority sign updated recently.

7.      Thanks for the PA Senior America ad.

8.       Two Pavilion use inquiries.

9.       East Hanover Township Trails and Greenways Master Plan put out to bid.  Rep for each *date requested. 

·         *Thursday, June 29 (6:30pm): Jo Ellen attended to review proposals and scoring sheet instructions

·         *Monday, July 10 (6:30pm) Steering Committee Meeting – select short list for interviews (if needed) and determine recommendation to Board of Supervisors

·         *Thursday, July 13 (6:30pm) Steering Committee Meeting – short list interviews (if needed) and recommendations to Board of Supervisors

·         Tuesday, July 18 (7:00pm) Board of Supervisors Meeting – Park and Recreation Director presents Steering Committee’s recommendation to the Supervisors, anticipated proposal selection

·         Wednesday, July 19: Proposal selection announced

Tom suggested burning ordinances for municipalities without such ordinances. 

The meeting was adjourned.

Calendar:

·           July 14-16, Swatara Watershed Weekend—a culinary event throughout the Watershed.  Order the Swatara Special at Babe’s in Palmyra; Batdorf in Annville; Heisey’s in Ebenezer; Hometown in Palmyra, Irv’s in Hershey; the Mt. Gretna Brewery in Campbelltown; or Quentin Tavern.

·           July 20, 2017 from 6 - 8 pm @ Lower Swatara Twp. Fire house, 1350 Fulling Mill Road, Middletown, Pa is a hearing on development of a peninsula in front of Pennsy Supply, across from Indian Echo Caverns.

·           July 22, 2017 Hike to Bordner Cabin with WellSpan president Tom Harlow.  Walking together for better Health.  Meet at Sand Siding Road @ 9AM.

·           August 2, 2017 next Swatara Watershed Association meeting

·           August 7-11, 2017 Workweek @ Bordner Cabin to stain the outside.

·            August 29: MS4 @ North Lebanon Township

·           September 24, 2017 Hike and History Tour to the Bordner Cabin, 1-3PM

6.7.2017

Welcome.  In attendance: Dick Blouch, Fred Folmer, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Denny Miller, Jack Stouffer, and Mike Willeman.

Treasurer's report by Denny Miller was filed for audit, and a motion to pay bills passed on a Fred Folmer/Jack Stouffer motion: The loan for the Watershed Park stands at $13,236.43.  While the original payment of $405.39 was made, the bank requires $362.03 with $322.13 attributed to principal, and $39.90 toward interest.   Quarterly payments are made for the difference.   Jo Ellen both contacted and visited the DOS concerning due date and filing for our Charitable status.  She completed paperwork while at DOS, and entries were confirmed by the CPA.  

The Secretary's report which was previously shared by email , and is posted online, was approved on a Dick Blouch/Ann Lasky motion.

1929 BBR--Tom Embich is on vacation.  There was no response concerning the roof repair on the shed.  The fallen, poison ivy covered tree still needs moved from the boat ramp circle. 

Available:  Concrete porch pier; bollards at entrance; floating dock; stabilize bank. 

Bordner Cabin: Mike Willeman reported on the ash bench, and feels that two benches can be made from ½ slab of wood.  Mike suggested selling the other half on Craig’s list.  Ash is rare, and may bring several hundred dollars.  On a Jack Stouffer/Dick Blouch motion, Mike was given permission to try to raise funds for the Association by selling the fallen Ash tree.  Also, David Stites, exterminator, is rescheduled for 10AM this Friday.  The Builders Association will not be assisting.  After Stites’ treatment, a date for staining will be set.  Mike will check out rentals for scaffolding or a lift that can be towed.  Mike provided a sample wagon wheel spoke for Tom to replicate.  From the pictures, it looks like 6 spokes are needed. We learned that Corey is no longer the manager at Swatara State Park.  Mike will call to see if there is an interim manager. Mike also reported that Zion Luthern Church will host Jim Gill, Thrivent on June 11 at noon in Jonestown.   Finally, WellSpan has made the Bordner cabin a hiking destination in their wellness program.  Members are encouraged to join the first hike on July 22.

Projects Available:  Stain the Cabin; restore spokes in two wagon wheels; porch bench; chimney repair; walkway improvements; 2 Amish solar lights. 

Bridges

Eagle Scouts/Interns

1.     Griffin Smith Eagle Scout project on the Swatara Water Trail

2.     Matthew Lengle (Troop 415) is interested in an Eagle Scout project.  

3.     Derek Progin- volunteer—Jo Ellen will follow-up concerning interest.

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer provided a link to the results of atrazine testing throughout the Susquehanna River Basin. If it works, you should be able to zoom in and out by clicking on the "+" and "-" signs and "grabbing" the map to view other locations by clicking and holding. https://www.newatershed.net/projects/view/47/40.4438/-76.3315/9=  One test strip was provided to each location.  Only two locations tested positive.  Atrazine is NOT in Round-up.  That chemical is Glysophate.

 

LV Conservancy: Dick Blouch reports there is nothing new.

Ms4:  Because they have no storm water outfalls to streams, a preliminary report was accepted requesting that West Lebanon be exempt from Ms4 requirements.

Quittapahilla:  Ann Lasky reports that they will have booths set up at Old Annville Days from 9-2 on Saturday.  The Quittapahilla is a catch and release stream.  Only artificial lures and barbless hooks--no worms--may be used between Spruce and White Oak Streets in Annville.  Also, Watershed signs will be installed.  Further, they are still working on acquiring 2 acres of land. 

Pipelines:  In anticipation of installation of both the Sunoco and Sunrise lines, traffic is picking up near the old Alcoa Plant where pipe is being stored.  Delaware River Keeper trained the Pipeline groups on following the law and respecting property rights. 

Rail Trail:  Per Judge Kline’s recommendation, the County is seeking mediation for the Meily Farm. 

RSVP: Please complete your forms for Jo Ellen to validate, and send in mileage and your time.

SOJOURN: Swatara News is at Minuteman Press, and will go out soon.  Survey Monkey was used to collect feedback from paddlers. 

SRBC: 

Swatara Watershed Weekend:  Ben Miller July 14-16.  , Swatara Snapper Soup; Swatara Eggs; Harper’s Swattie Fries; Swatara Trout and or salmon (historical); Swatara Fish Cakes, Turtle Pie... After discussion and negotiation, members concurred to call the event Swatara Food & Brew Weekend.  Board Members assigned restaurants to call upon.

Table tent at Blose Printing. 

Ben made a $70 donation from Bob Morris.  Vote on Yogiventure June 21, July 19 and August 9.

Water Conservation

Water Quality Report

Water Trail—A grant is being finalized to purchase two new trailhead signs, one for Emrich’s in the Harper’s area and one at Schiavoni Park in Dauphin County.  Thanks again to Tom for securing a signature from the Emrich Farm.  Matching the map and sign project with funds from First Energy Foundation and POWR will “grow” our project.  We are waiting on quotes for sign-posts and fiberglass wayfair signs. 

Other:  Congratulations to the Palmyra HS Envirothon team for placing second at the State Envirothon.

East Hanover Township Trails and Greenways Master Plan put out to bid.  Rep for each *date requested. 

Wednesday, June 28 (Noon): Proposals due by Noon. 

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·         *Thursday, June 29 (6:30pm): Steering Committee Meeting – review proposals and scoring sheet instructions

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·         *Monday, July 10 (6:30pm) Steering Committee Meeting – select short list for interviews (if needed) and determine recommendation to Board of Supervisors

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·         *Thursday, July 13 (6:30pm) Steering Committee Meeting – short list interviews (if needed) and recommendations to Board of Supervisors

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·         Tuesday, July 18 (7:00pm) Board of Supervisors Meeting – Park and Recreation Director presents Steering Committee’s recommendation to the Supervisors, anticipated proposal selection

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·         Wednesday, July 19: Proposal selection announced

The meeting was adjourned on a Jack Stouffer/Fred Folmer motion.

Calendar:

·           June 10, 2017 Heros' Challenge 5K mud run/color run at Jonestown KOA Campground. 9:00 AM and all proceeds will go to KOA Care camps, a summer camp program for children with cancer to attend and receive treatments on site.

·           June 10, 9-2 Old Annville Days

·           June 11, noon, Zion Lutheran in Jonestown, is hosting Thrivent’s Jim Gill

·           July 5, 2017 Watermelon at the Waterworks Adopt-a-Launch clean-up, 9:30AM

·           July 14-16, Swatara Watershed Weekend—a culinary event throughout the Watershed.

·           July 22, 2017 Hike to Bordner Cabin with WellSpan president Tom Harlow.  Walking together for better Health.  Meet at Sand Siding Road @ 9AM.

·           September 24, 2017 Hike and History Tour to the Bordner Cabin, 1-3PM

5.3.2017

Welcome.  In attendance:  Bob Arnold, Dick Blouch, Tom Embich, Ben Miller, Denny Miller, Fred Folmer, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Jack Stouffer.

Treasurer's report by Denny Miller was filed for audit, and a motion to pay bills passed on a Bob Arnold/Ann Lasky motion: The loan for the Watershed Park stands at $13,558.89.  While the original payment of $405.39 was made, the bank requires $362.03 with $322.46 attributed to principal, and $39.57 toward interest.   Quarterly payments are made for the difference.   Denny will contact the DOS concerning due date for our Charitable Contribution.  PayPal payments (by campers and paddlers) were transferred to our account.  An $11.76 commission check was received from SquadLocker. 

The Secretary's report, which was previously shared by email , and is posted online, was approved on a Bob Arnold/Ann Lasky motion.

1929 BBR--Tom Embich thanked Dick and June Blouch for picking up sticks so that he can mow.  Jo Ellen said there are 15 Campers, 2 still looking.  She will also check when the roof will be repaired on the shed.  Tom will work on servicing the mower this afternoon.  He also discovered hot coals in an unattended pit.  Campers were notified that they must completely extinguish fires with water and dirt prior to leaving a campsite.  For fire bailers, Ben is donating buckets from a discarded ramp.  Water pressure at the pavilion is good, but behind the office, it is low.  Further, a trailer jack is needed.  Finally, Tom is donating a compressor for use at the Swatara Watershed Park.  Thank you, Tom. 

Projects Available:  Concrete porch pier; bollards at entrance; floating dock; stabilize bank. 

Bordner Cabin: Mike Willeman reports the historic tour for the Jonestown church went well.  They donated $150.87, $20 of which was in cash, and the balance on a VISA card.  On a Fred Folmer/Ben Miller motion, Jo Ellen was given authority to use the card for purchases for the Sojourn.  These funds will be reimbursed, and put toward Cabin repairs.  More spokes are missing from the wagon wheels.  They appear to have rotted off.  Also, David Stites, exterminator, must be rescheduled.  The Builders Association has not returned calls concerning the program at the Cabin, nor do we have a firm commitment concerning repairs.  After Stites’ treatment, a date for staining will be set.  Jo Ellen will check with Mike on the progress of the benches & replacement spokes.  Finally, WellSpan has made the Bordner cabin a hiking destination in their wellness program. 

Projects Available:  Stain the Cabin; restore spokes in two wagon wheels; porch bench; chimney repair; walkway improvements; 2 Amish solar lights. 

Bridges

Eagle Scouts/Interns

1.     Griffin Smith Eagle Scout project on the Swatara Water Trail

2.     Matthew Lengle (Troop 415) is interested in an Eagle Scout project.  

3.     Derek Progin- volunteer—Jo Ellen will follow-up concerning interest.

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer reports only one kit and sample will be taken for atrazine, probably May 10, after a rain.  There was so much interest in the program that anticipated multiple testing won’t take place.  The Swatara was on the tail end of the requests, and will not receive a kit.  On another note, the Bethel EAC picked up 55 bags of litter on Interstate 78 & Route 645 ramps.

LV Conservancy: Dick Blouch reports a successful event at the Foundry.  In addition to Dick, Bob, Fred, and Jo Ellen attended.  Troy Peters is the outgoing campaign chair, and Pete Silldorff is the incoming chair. 

Ms4:  Tom Embich reports the Redevelopment Authority should provide a final document on May 8.  It is uncertain if both groups will continue. 

Quittapahilla:  Ann Lasky reports 50 students helped to pull 22 bags of Garlic Mustard on United Way Day of Caring.  Ann’s group and Annville Township are working on purchasing a 2.5 acre strip of land owned by Stumpy Graham.  The land, subdivision, and closing costs will total $27,000.

Pipelines

Rail Trail:  Per Judge Kline’s recommendation, mediation is being sought on the Meily Farm.  A display will be set up at the Jonestown KOA campground Saturday night after the Sojourn.

RSVP:

SOJOURN: 90 paddlers and 12 shore support are ready for the Swatara Sojourn this weekend.  For planning purposes and to purchase food, there will also be speakers joining us.  A Strainer @ The Steps was removed by Corey and staff at Swatara State Park. Greatly appreciated, guys! We are also awaiting permission from Corey to drive to the Cabin with food and the trash trailer.  Our new Banner was on display.  Jack cannot help on Sunday.  2 canoes were reserved for scouts.  Jo Ellen will check to make sure no one else needs a canoe.  Larry Taylor said the tire trailer will be at the Watershed Park. 

SRBC: 

Swatara Watershed Weekend:  Ben Miller shared a potential table top display piece.  He welcomes word-smithing.  A QR code will be added.  The event will take place July 14-16

Water Conservation:  Lebanon County is still in a drought.

Water Quality Report:  Little Trout Run excavation inquiry was turned over to the Conservation District with a recommendation to also check with PA Fish and Boat Commission.

Water Trail—Lizzie Hessek said PECP is providing an opportunity for mini grants for signs....  Jo Ellen will follow up.  Ben’s last email on coordinates will be reviewed after the Sojourn.  A Dauphin County Parks document is available for review.  The map and sign project will be matched with funds from First Energy Foundation.

Other:  Lisa Boltz:  Heros' Challenge 5K mud run/color run. This charity event will be held June 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM and all proceeds will go to KOA Care camps, a summer camp program for children with cancer to attend and receive treatments on site. 

The first crop of Rape Seed, the 3rd largest source of vegetable oil, was planted on the Jeff and Sue Werner farm in Swatara Township.  The fields of bright yellow flowers can be seen for miles. 

West Lebanon Township’s Annual Drinking Water Quality Report is available for review. 

The meeting was adjourned on a StoufferBlouch motion.

Calendar:

·           May 6-7, 2017 Swatara Sojourn, 30 miles, Pine Grove, Schuylkill County to East Hanover Township, Lebanon County.  Please preregister using online form at http://users.mbcomp.com/swatara/canoe/18thcanoe.htm

·           June 7 NEXT SWATARA WATERSHED MEETING; 9:30AM

·           July 5, 2017 Watermelon at the Waterworks Adopt-a-Launch clean-up, 9:30AM

·           July 14-16, 1st Annual Swatara Watershed Weekend—a Culinary Event throughout the Watershed at multiple Watershed Eateries who have signed on to donate a percentage of their proceeds to the Swatara Watershed Association.  Anticipate “specialty dishes and drinks” made from fish, snapper turtles, and of course with our clean water from the Swatara Creek delivered by local water companies to our homes and businesses.   Check out participating businesses at www.SwataraWatershed.com .  Additional donations to help support Clean Water projects and the Swatara Water Trail, Park, Bordner Cabin… are welcome via PayPal from the same web page. 

·           September 24, 2017 Hike and History Tour to the Bordner Cabin, 1-3PM

4.5.2017

Welcome.  In attendance:  Bob Arnold, Dick Blouch, Tom Embich, Fred Folmer, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Ben Miller, Denny Miller, Jack Stouffer

Treasurer's report by Denny Miller was filed for audit, and a motion to pay bills passed on an Arnold/Folmer motion: $750 to CPA Hostetter; $15 for non-profit status.  The loan for the Watershed Park stands at $14,008.78.  While the original payment of $405.39 was made, the bank requires $362.03 with $319.81 attributed to principal, and $42.22 toward interest.   Quarterly payments are made for the difference.   Fred and Dick donated their RSVP checks to the treasury.  Dick also presented an aluminum can recycling donation.  Additionally, two camper, two sojourner, and two sponsor checks were turned over to Treasurer Miller.

The Secretary's report which was previously shared by email , and is posted online, was approved on a Folmer/Arnold  motion.

1929 BBR--Tom Embich reported that he will monitor high water on the Swatara at our campsites; the well needs primed; sticks need picked up; and pruning is needed.  Jo Ellen noted an inquiry from a developer who needs to create .5 acres, and looked at our site for a wetland bank.  No proposal has been received to date.  Tom requested a feather flag for the entrance.  Dick volunteered to help on United Way Day of Caring.

Projects Available:  Concrete porch pier; bollards at entrance; floating dock; stabilize bank. 

Bordner Cabin: To create two benches, Mike Willeman received the slab wood from Fred Folmer.  The sawmill charged $30 to cut our ash tree, and Fred donated the service.  Also, David Stites, exterminator, will treat Friday, April 28 prior to staining.   Visited Builders Association. 

Projects Available:  Stain the Cabin; restore spokes in two wagon wheels; porch bench; chimney repair; walkway improvements; 2 Amish solar lights. 

Bridges:  22nd Street Bridge over the Quittapahilla may be replaced, and facilitate the Rail Trail.

Eagle Scouts/Interns

1.     Griffin Smith is developing his Eagle Scout project on the Swatara Water Trail

2.     Matthew Lengle (Troop 415) is interested in an Eagle Scout project.  Waiting on a response.

3.     Derek Progin- volunteer

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer reports that he is participating in atrazine testing (a herbicide that kills seeds and stays in the environment for 20 years) for the Susquehanna River Basin.  In addition to Bethel Berks, Fred is willing to test for the Swatara Watershed Association at our Watershed Park.

LV Conservancy: Dick Blouch reports that April 29 is the Conservancy event, and passed out invitations.

Ms4:  Tom Embich reports that behind Dairy Queen on 422, there is a project to create wetlands.  Bryan Hoffman and Betsy Bowman with the Housing and Redevelopment Authorities will lead the project for a group of 12 municipalities forming a partnership.  DEP likes a joint municipal approach.

Quittapahilla:  Ann Lasky reports that on Day of Caring, Palmyra students will assist at Quittie Creek Park.  Purchase of land on the west of the Park is under way from Paul Graham.  Signs are going up at the historic grist mill. 

Pipelines

Rail Trail:  Wengert Park, county owned land along the Quittaphailla for several blocks west of 22nd Street, and replacement of the 22nd Street bridge may facilitate a revised route to cross Route 422 AND connect to the new Gloninger Woods Park in N Cornwall Township.  A concerned citizen reported erosion at the new Jonestown trail section.  Jo Ellen forwarded information to County planners….

RSVP: Jo Ellen attended the volunteer banquet on 4.4.2017 at Salem Church on N 8th Street.  3 people asked for more information.

SOJOURN:  See below.  Registration forms were distributed to Visit Lebanon Valley, the Expo, and members took copies for distribution. Kayaks are $35 each.  Ann & Dave will do lunch on Sunday.  On a Stouffer/Blouch motion, a letter of support will be sent to POWR for funding.

SRBC: 

Swatara Watershed Weekend:  Ben Miller reported on the proposed event.  On a Stouffer/Folmer motion, the event will proceed with Ben and Jo Ellen agreeing on a date.

Water Conservation:  Lebanon County is still in a drought.

Water Trail--  $3500 grant received from First Energy Foundation.  Members provided proof for map and text.  Ben Miller/Ann Lasky moved to go to print.  Tom will approach a land owner for permission to include a launch in the Harper’s area.  In the future, Tom reported that a gun club near Route 645 in Pine Grove, may facilitate a ramp.  He also confirmed that there is no sign at Sweet Arrow Lake. 

Other:  To give 100% effort to the Watershed Weekend, members agreed to take a break from the Jonestown Block Party and Boscov’s Friends Helping Friends.

The meeting was adjourned on an Arnold/Stouffer motion.

Calendar:  EARTH DAY

·           April 22, 2017 United Way Day of Caring.  SWA projects at the Bordner Cabin in Swatara State Park as well as our Swatara Watershed Park at 1929 Blacks Bridge Road, Annville.  Join us with your gloves and garden tools. 

·           April 22 Booth at Swatara Township Fair at 1PM

·           April 22 Little Swatara trash pick-up

·           April 29 LV Conservancy annual appeal with JBTs Troy Peters will take place at Foundry Craft Grillery.

·           May 3, 2017 NEXT SWATARA WATERSHED MEETING; 9:30AM

·           May 6-7, 2017 Swatara Sojourn, 30 miles, Pine Grove, Schuylkill County to East Hanover Township, Lebanon County.  Please preregister using online form at http://users.mbcomp.com/swatara/canoe/18thcanoe.htm

·           July 5, 2017 Watermelon at the Waterworks Adopt-a-Launch clean-up, 9:30AM

·           September 24, 2017 Hike and History Tour to the Bordner Cabin, 1-3PM

SojournSwatara Sojourn Planning May 6-7, 2017:

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1.    X Create brochure

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2.    X File a float plan with PA Fish and Boat

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3.    X File a plan with EMA.

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4.    X Update web site.

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5.    X Create event on Facebook

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6.    X Create and mail Sponsor forms

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7.    X  Write letter requesting free trash disposal GLRA

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8.  XX Arrange for tire disposal with Brian Kettering or Larry Taylor at GLRA.

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9.    X Apply for POWR grant application.

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10X   Apply for a grant from Sheetz

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11.   X Apply for Hershey Co. grant

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1       XApply for Bayer services to print registration forms. 

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13.  XApply for Met-Ed grant for maps. 

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14  X Request Proclamations from municipalities

      X Applied for United Way Day of Caring on April 22.

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        X  Recruit Ben will contact Community service volunteers-DECLINED THIS YEAR

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16. X  Sign up for Great PA Cleanup/Keep PA Beautiful with Penn DOT to receive free gloves & trash bags. 

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1.       X Sign up for Get Outdoors PA--Swatara Sojourn in May, Watermelon @ the Water Works in July, & Hike to Bordner Cabin in September.

2.       bulletXSigned up for Swatara Township Fair April 22 at 1PM.

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2.    X Arrange for Walters toilets. 

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3.    X Arrange for Campground @ Lickdale Saturday, chicken & ice cream dinner. 

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4.    X Arrange for Weidle dumpster

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5.    X Make U-Haul Trailer arrangements

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6.    X Banner order.

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7.    X Solicit Photographers for jpegs for inclusion on our Facebook Page...

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8.    Pick up Van on Friday

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9.    Pick up U-Haul Trailer

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10.Pick up Swiss drinks for Saturday lunch

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11.Power wash U-Haul Trailer

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12.Return U-Haul Trailer

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13.Fill van with gas.

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14.Return van to Mease Motors

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      Return crates to Swiss Premium Dairy

Ø      Shore support:  Laurie Andrews, Jack Stauffer, RSVP volunteers.

Ø  Vans:  Tom Embich make arrangements with Mease Motors.   Tom pick up second Van. Ben Miller additional transport.  Fred Folmer may tow any rented canoes.  Bob Arnold and Jack Stouffer may man the equipment van and trailer.

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June Blouch breakfast both days.  Jo Ellen apply for & received a grant from Sheetz. 

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June will pick up Sheetz for breakfast & Seaman’s Subs for lunch Saturday at Bordner Cabin,

      Ann and David Lasky will pick up and deliver pizza and soda pick up for Sunday lunch at Water Works,

Ø     Programs –

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Saturday Lunch: subs--Program on Swatara State Park declined and if approved at their February meeting, Bordner Cabin projects by Lebanon County Builders Association.

Lebanon Valley Rail Trail at take out or Lickdale Campground.

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Saturday Diner:  chicken/ice cream-Program, Fort Indiantown Gap conservation by David Weisnicht.

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Sunday Lunch at the Water Works:  pizza--Program with Jeanne Ortiz on the Kittatinny Ridge and a second speaker will highlight the Appalachian Trail through the Swatara State Park and Watershed.

SquadLocker sample.

 

Proclamations Received:  County of Lebanon, and Annville, City of Lebanon, North Lebanon, N Londonderry, and West Lebanon.

Ben is scouting the Swatara for obstacles of which we should be aware.

3.1.2017

Welcome.  In attendance:  Dick Blouch, Tom Embich, Fred Folmer, Jo Ellen Litz, Ben Miller, Denny Miller, Derek Progin, Jack Stouffer.

Treasurer's report by Denny Miller was filed for audit on a Folmer/Blouch motion, which passed unanimously.  The loan for the Watershed Park stands at $14,331.80.  While the original payment of $405.39 was made, the bank requires $362.03 with $317.80 attributed to principal, and $44.23 toward interest.   Quarterly payments are made for the difference. 

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·         Sojourn Sponsors:  E&E Metal Fab $50, LV Expo $25, Soaps by Elizabeth $100.

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·         A motion to pay the Zinn/LV Insurance Co invoice of $417 passed unanimously on a Stouffer/BMiller motion.

The Secretary's report which was previously shared by email , and is posted online, was approved on a Blouch/Embich  motion.

1929 BBR--Tom Embich reported that a new lock and code for the entrance was installed.  Tom requested a sign (apx 18”x12”) for the entrance that provides the seasonal camping dates, hours of operation, and parking information.  Fred cut and selected an 8.5’ section of the fallen ash tree with a diameter of 17” to take to a local saw mill to be cut in half lengthwise to create two benches for the porch of the Bordner Cabin.  Jo Ellen contacted Swatara State Park manager Corey Snyder for approval, which was received.  Jo Ellen signed up for United Way Day of Caring volunteers to spruce up the Park for the season.  A seasonal Walters Toilet will also be secured.  Combined bills will be emailed to both DMiller and Jo Ellen.  Further, Campers Stephen Novosel/Penny Dougherty sites 21 & 22 are reserved.  Gruber & 2 others are interested in returning. 

Projects Available:  Concrete porch pier; bollards at entrance; floating dock; stabilize bank. 

Bordner Cabin: Mike Willeman suggested that the exterminator be contacted for an application prior to staining.  Jo Ellen signed up for United Way Day of Caring volunteers to spruce up the Cabin for the season.  A seasonal Walters Toilet will also be secured.  Combined bills will be emailed to both DMiller and Jo Ellen.  Finally, Winston Lackey shared his story of working for Armar Bordner both at his store on Pansy Hill and at the Bordner Cabin.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2htkWtXSxk   No report from Builders Association.  Jo Ellen will follow-up.

Projects Available:  Stain the Cabin; restore spokes in two wagon wheels; porch bench; chimney repair; walkway improvements; 2 Amish solar lights. 

Bridges:  From the PennDOT website, a list of Lebanon County bridges, along with the County or municipality owning the structure, was shared.  Further, Jo Ellen shared that she is working with Tom Kotay and Chuck Allwein on an alternative site for the Inwood Bridge.

Eagle Scouts/Interns

  1.  Griffin Smith is developing his Eagle Scout project on the Swatara Water Trail.  In consultation with the Board via email, Jo Ellen reviewed and signed off on his proposal.  An option was presented later that suggested removing a sign from Hummel Nature Trail to be placed at Schiavoni Park, across the Swatara.  We leave this to Griffin’s discretion. 

  2.  Matthew Lengle (Troop 415) is interested in an Eagle Scout project.  He was asked to consider placing bollards at the entrance to Swatara Watershed Park.  Waiting on a response.

  3.  Derek Progin- resume received.  Interested in volunteering to help with projects.  Has lawn care experience.

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer reports that along with Bethel Berks, they will continue to work on drainage awareness; conduct an annual clean-up on April 22; and present recycling awards at a “Junk Fair.”

LV Conservancy: Dick Blouch reports that on April 29 an annual appeal with JBTs Troy Peters will take place at Foundry Craft Grillery.

Ms4:  Tom Embich reports that Steckbeck Engineering represents 10 Lebanon County municipalities, and proposes an MOU for the Redevelopment Authority to manage a plan of action on a fee basis based on population, stream banks, and impervious cover.  As an example, over a 5-year funding cycle, Annville would pay $100,000.  There is little enforcement at DEP, but NOIs (Notices of Information) to comply were received.

Quittapahilla:  Ann Lasky

Pipelines:  4 eminent domain takings were in the news for the Sunoco pipeline.  Focusing on pipelines crossing streams, a statement was reviewed requesting that any and all pipelines in the Swatara Watershed follow a protocol of drilling under streams, which would help to protect riparian buffers that help to shade and cool the water, thus reduce evaporation, as well as keep precious topsoil from eroding and ending up in the Chesapeake Bay.  An observation was shared that Lancaster and Lebanon Counties are using different approaches to address pipelines—militant verses regulatory compliance.

Rail Trail:  A new Presenting Sponsor at the Swatara Sojourn.

RSVP:

SOJOURN:  See below.

SRBC: 

Water Conservation:  Per DEP, the area is still under a Drought Watch.  Continue to conserve water on a daily basis.

Water Trail--  Consensus to address land-owner concerns by exploring partnerships to establish a new public launch that is not currently part of the Swatara Water Trail.  Members thought the Sweet Arrow Lake Swatara Water Trail sign was located on top of the Dam Breast.

Other

Ben Miller developed a proposal to establish a weekend to raise awareness and funds for the Swatara Watershed by engaging local restaurants to create and name unique dishes using fish and/or water that could be from the Swatara Creek.   Examples might be home recipes for Swatara Eggs or Harper’s Swatara Fries; Swatara Trout….  Members are to digest the proposal, and provide feedback at the next meeting. 

Dick Blouch suggested Swatara Watershed signs be posted along roads where you enter and leave the Swatara Watershed.

Jack Stouffer presented volunteers to present from 5-8PM at a First Friday Art Walk station at Trinity UMC in the City of Lebanon.  Ben volunteered, and Jo Ellen will work with Jack on a date for the Watershed.  

Jo Ellen Litz is setting up a new computer to type minutes, create Sojourn brochures, complete grant requests, maintain the Swatara Water Trail Facebook Page, edit the website..., and applied for and received free Microsoft software through TechSoup. 

With gratefulness, the passing of Betts Shultz was duly-noted, acknowledging her contributions toward establishing the organization; providing guidance; and helping to defend the Association from a lawsuit in our infancy.  Rest in Peace, Betts.

The meeting was adjourned on a  Stouffer/Blouch motion.

Calendar:

·         April 22, 2017 United Way Day of Caring.  SWA projects at the Bordner Cabin in Swatara State Park as well as our Swatara Watershed Park at 1929 Blacks Bridge Road, Annville.  Join us with your gloves and garden tools. 

·         April 22 Booth at Swatara Township Fair at 1PM

·         April 22 Little Swatara trash pick-up

·         April 29 LV Conservancy annual appeal with JBTs Troy Peters will take place at Foundry Craft Grillery.

·         May 3, 2017 NEXT SWATARA WATERSHED MEETING; 9:30AM

·         May 6-7, 2017 Swatara Sojourn, 30 miles, Pine Grove, Schuylkill County to East Hanover Township, Lebanon County.  Please preregister using online form at http://users.mbcomp.com/swatara/canoe/18thcanoe.htm

·         July 5, 2017 Watermelon at the Waterworks Adopt-a-Launch clean-up, 9:30AM

·         September 24, 2017 Hike and History Tour to the Bordner Cabin, 1-3PM

SojournSwatara Sojourn Planning May 6-7, 2017:

1.    X Create brochure

2.    X File a float plan with PA Fish and Boat

3.    X File a plan with EMA.

4.    X Update web site.

5.    X Create event on Facebook

6.    X Create and mail Sponsor forms

7.    X  Write letter requesting free trash disposal GLRA

8.  XX Arrange for tire disposal with Brian Kettering or Larry Taylor at GLRA.

9.    X Apply for POWR grant application.

10X   Apply for a grant from Sheetz. 

11.   X Apply for Hershey Co. grant

1   Apply for Bayer services to print registration forms. 

13. Apply for Met-Ed grant for maps.  Close to a funding decision.

14  X Request Proclamations from municipalities

*      XApply for United Way Day of Caring on April 22.

      Recruit Ben will contact Community service volunteers

16. X  Sign up for Great PA Cleanup/Keep PA Beautiful with Penn DOT to receive free gloves & trash bags. 

1.       X Sign up for Get Outdoors PA--Swatara Sojourn in May, Watermelon @ the Water Works in July, & Hike to Bordner Cabin in September.

2.       XSigned up for Swatara Township Fair April 22 at 1PM.

2.    XArrange for Walters toilets. 

3.    X Arrange for Campground @ Lickdale Saturday, chicken & ice cream dinner. 

4.    X Arrange for Weidle dumpster

5.    X Make U-Haul Trailer arrangements

6.    A new banner is needed.

7.    X Solicit Photographers for jpegs for inclusion on our Facebook Page...

8.    Pick up Van on Friday

9.    Pick up U-Haul Trailer

10.Pick up Swiss drinks for Saturday lunch

11.Power wash U-Haul Trailer

12.Return U-Haul Trailer

13.Fill van with gas.

14.Return van to Mease Motors

      Return crates to Swiss Premium Dairy

      Shore support:  Laurie Andrews, Jack Stauffer, HS senior project volunteers, Renaissance.

  Vans:  Tom Embich make arrangements with Mease Motors.   Tom pick up second Van. Ben Miller additional transport.  Fred Folmer may tow any rented canoes.  Bob Arnold and Jack Stouffer may man the equipment van and trailer.

     Food:

 

 

June Blouch breakfast both days.  Jo Ellen apply for & received a grant from Sheetz. 

June will pick up Sheetz for breakfast & Seaman’s Subs for lunch Saturday at Bordner Cabin,

*      Ann and David Lasky will let us know about pizza and soda pick up for Sunday lunch at Water Works,

     Programs –

Saturday Lunch: subs--Program on Swatara State Park by Park staff and if approved at their February meeting, Bordner Cabin projects by Lebanon County Builders Association.

Lebanon Valley Rail Trail at take out or Lickdale Campground.

Saturday Diner:  chicken/ice cream-Program, Fort Indiantown Gap conservation by David Weisnicht.

Sunday Lunch at the Water Works:  pizza--Program with Jeanne Ortiz on the Kittatinny Ridge and a second speaker will highlight the Appalachian Trail through the Swatara State Park and Watershed.

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Proclamations Received:  County of Lebanon, and Annville, North Lebanon, N Londonderry, and West Lebanon.

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Ben is scouting the Swatara for obstacles of which we should be aware.

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Jo Ellen set up SquadLocker to make tshirts, hats, and other gear available to participants.

February.1.2017

Welcome.  In attendance:  Bob Arnold, Dick Blouch, Tom Embich, Fred Folmer, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Ben Miller, Denny Miller, Jack Stouffer. 

Treasurer's report by Denny Miller was filed for audit.  A vote of Affirmation to an electronic motion by Embich, 2nd by Blouch passed unanimously to pay $400 to $750 for our IRS 990 short form tax return & charitable registration filing by Hostetter.  For future reference, the BC-10 requires “Gross Contributions":

  1. 1.       Less than $25,000 can be filed  electronically at no cost, but a CPA completing the forms carries the weight of a professional eye on our finances, and provides grantors with that professional documentation.  Further, in a year when a grant is received, SWA may exceed the $25,000 contribution threshold. 

  2. 2.       Less than $100,000 are required for a compiled financial statement at a cost of $400-$750;

  3. 3.       $100,000 - $300,000 need a reviewed financial statement at a cost of $700-$1,000; and

  4. 4.       Over $300,000 need an audited financial statement, which we haven't needed in quite some time.

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·         The loan for the Watershed Park stands at $14,649.60.  While the original payment of $405.39 was made, the bank requires $362.03 with $317.80 attributed to principal, and $44.23 toward interest.   Quarterly payments are made for the difference. 

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·         Sojourn Sponsors:  American Water $200; Izaak Walton League $100; Northern Swatara Watershed Assn $200; and Hershey Co. $500 and product.  As part of an "Extreme Sport" publication, there's a possibility that the Swatara Sojourn will be highlight by Visit Lebanon Valley magazine.

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·         Municipal Proclamations Received:  North Lebanon Township

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·         2 Canoe Trailer registrations @ $6 each were received and approved for payment on a Blouch/Stouffer motion.

The Secretary's report which was previously shared by email , and is posted online, was approved on a Blouch/Stouffer motion.

1929 BBR--Tom Embich reported that a new lock was purchased.  Also, the Huskvarna lawn tractor has a rubber bladder that prevents the gas tank from breathing.  If using the mower, unscrew the gas tank lid every half hour to avoid shutdowns. 

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·         Projects Available:  Concrete porch pier; bollards at entrance. 

Bordner Cabin: Mike Willeman. Visit from students of Lower Dauphin Price School

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·         Projects Available:  Stain the Cabin; restore spokes in two wagon wheels; 6' porch bench; chimney repair; walkway improvements; 2 Amish solar lights. 

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·         Ground Pilot Images created and posted a drone video of the Bordner Cabin that has received over 40,000 views on Facebook, and another 600 views on YouTube.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDDPU3Hv2Wo

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    Waiting to hear if the Lebanon County Builders Association will help with remaining repairs at the Cabin.

Bridges:  Inwood Bridge moved again.  DCNR concerned about riparian buffers. 

Groundhog Day and the Inwood Bridge on Phase 10 - Duration- 10 minutes

Eagle Scouts/Interns

  1. 1.       Griffin Smith is developing his Eagle Scout project on the Swatara Water Trail

  2. 2.       Matthew Lengle (Troop 415) is interested in an Eagle Scout project.  He was asked to consider placing bollards at the entrance to Swatara Watershed Park.  Waiting on a response.

  3. 3.       Derek Progin- resume received.  Invite to a future meeting.

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer reports that Bethel Township supervisors approved permission to stencil drainage that goes to the Chesapeake Bay.  On a unanimous motion by Stouffer/Lasky, a youth program similar to RSVP will be sought for insurance on participants.

LV Conservancy: Dick Blouch is the new president.

Ms4

Quittapahilla:  Ann Lasky reported that Day of Caring is approaching.  Also, co-president Mike Schroeder is under the weather.

Pipelines

Rail Trail

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·         A 4-acre Wengert Memorial Park plan that will run parallel to Chestnut Street and Route 422 between the Quittapahilla Creek and Chestnut Street was shared.  Wengert Memorial Park on the Rail Trail - Duration- 2 minutes, 47 seconds

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·         While the State's Stream Gazetteer lists the water body running through the Meily Farm as unnamed, Clarks Run was Cattail Run in the area known as Carina on Trail History maps. 

RSVP: Certificate received.  Letter of support approved for their grant application to take fresh fruit to local playgrounds.

SRBC: 

Water Conservation:  Drought.

Water Trail-- 

Other:  Ben Miller distributed Hershey Travel Guides.  Ben also suggested asking regional restaurants to create signature meals and drinks with a percentage of the purchase going to Swatara Watershed projects.  Jo Ellen suggested that the dish be made from fish.  Ben will pursue details of this event in lieu of Ride, Float, Run, which is being hosted for disabled veterans through Swatara State Park.

The meeting was adjourned on a B Miller/Folmer motion.

Calendar:

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·         March 1, 2017  Next SWA Meeting, 9:30AM.

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·         May 6-7, 2017 Swatara Sojourn, 30 miles, Pine Grove, Schuylkill County to East Hanover Township, Lebanon County.  Please preregister using online form at http://users.mbcomp.com/swatara/canoe/18thcanoe.htm

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·         July 5, 2017 Watermelon at the Waterworks Adopt-a-Launch clean-up, 9:30AM

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·         September 24, 2017 Hike and History Tour to the Bordner Cabin, 1-3PM

SojournSwatara Sojourn Planning May 6-7, 2017:

1.    X Create brochure

2.    X File a float plan with PA Fish and Boat

3.    X File a plan with EMA.

4.    X Update web site.

5.    X Create event on Facebook

6.    X Create and mail Sponsor forms

7.    X  Write letter requesting free trash disposal GLRA

8.    Arrange for tire disposal with Brian Kettering or Larry Taylor at GLRA.

9.    XApply for POWR grant application.

10X   Apply for a grant from Sheetz. 

11.   X Apply for Hershey Co. grant

1   Apply for Bayer services to print registration forms. 

13. Apply for Met-Ed grant.

14  X Request Proclamations from municipalities

      Recruit Community service volunteers

16. X  Sign up for Great PA Cleanup/Keep PA Beautiful with Penn DOT to receive free gloves & trash bags. 

1.    X Sign up for Get Outdoors PA--Swatara Sojourn in May, Watermelon @ the Water Works in July, & Hike to Bordner Cabin in September.

2.    Arrange for Walters toilets. 

3.    X Arrange for Campground @ Lickdale Saturday, chicken & ice cream dinner. 

4.    X Arrange for Weidle dumpster

5.    X Make U-Haul Trailer arrangements

6.    A new banner is needed.

7.    X Solicit Photographers for jpegs for inclusion on our Facebook Page...

8.    Pick up Van on Friday

9.    Pick up U-Haul Trailer

10.Pick up Swiss drinks for Saturday lunch

11.Power wash U-Haul Trailer

12.Return U-Haul Trailer

13.Fill van with gas.

14.Return van to Mease Motors

      Return crates to Swiss Premium Dairy

Ø      Shore support:  Laurie Andrews, Jack Stauffer, HS senior project volunteers, Renaissance.

Ø    Vans:  Tom Embich make arrangements with Mease Motors.   Tom pick up second Van. Ben Miller additional transport.  Fred Folmer may tow any rented canoes.  Bob Arnold and Jack Stouffer may man the equipment van and trailer.

Ø     Food:

 

June Blouch breakfast both days.  Jo Ellen will apply for a grant from Sheetz. 

June will pick up Seaman’s Subs for lunch Saturday at Bordner Cabin,

Ann and David Lasky will let us know if they can pick up pizza and soda for Sunday lunch at Water Works,

Programs

Saturday Lunch: subs--Program on Swatara State Park by Park staff and if approved at their February meeting, Bordner Cabin projects by Lebanon County Builders Association.

Saturday Diner:  chicken & ice cream--Program on Fort Indiantown Gap conservation activity by David Weisnicht.

Sunday Lunch at the Water Works:  pizza--Program with Jeanne Ortiz on the Kittatinny Ridge and a second speaker will highlight the Appalachian Trail through the Swatara State Park and Watershed.

January.2.2017

Welcome.  In attendance:  Bob Arnold, Dick Blouch, Tom Embich, Fred Folmer, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Ben Miller, Denny Miller, Jack Stauffer.

Treasurer's report by Denny Miller.  The books are ready for audit. 

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·         The loan for the Watershed Park stands at $15,096.15.  While the original payment of $405.39 was made, the bank requires $362.03 with $316.47 attributed to principal, and $45.56 toward interest.   Quarterly payments are made for the difference. 

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·         Thanks to Ann Lasky for a $100 donation. Jo Ellen donated RSVP reimbursement of $19.50 to SWA.  Also, Sharon Grumbein paid dues of $20.  Cocoa Kayaks donated $150 to be split between the Bordner Cabin and other projects. 

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·         On a Folmer/Arnold motion, a $10.82 gas bill was approved as reimbursement to Tom Embich. 

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·         Our accountant does a fine job.  It is also good business practice to seek a competitive accounting bid.  Therefore, Hostetter's was consulted, but he was on vacation. He should get back to us today or tomorrow.  We need to timely file a Charitable Organization form.

The Secretary's report was previously shared by email .

1929 BBR--Tom Embich reported.

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·         Projects Available:  Concrete porch pier; bollards at entrance.  

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·         While it couldn't be moved in one piece, the shed is moved thanks to Fairland Church youth.  Tom will cover the shed for the winter in order to finish replacing a row or two of shingles in the spring.   Fred will deliver left over shingles from the pavilion for use on the shed.  Pictures were shared with everyone present.   A video of the project was also created:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZ8m5SM346k&feature=share

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·         Tom will also install a roof vent to keep the shed from floating away again.  Further, a cable will secure the shed to a nearby tree. 

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·         Tom changed the combination on the entrance cable. 

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·         Ben will stop and make sure that all of the picnic tables are secured with a rope. 

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·         Fred will pick up the ash tree to have cut for benches at the Bordner Cabin.  

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·         Organized by Mark Sallada, on November 6, Special Unit 66 Search and Rescue conducted a multi-departmental search training at the Swatara Watershed Park.  A Lebanon Daily newspaper article helped to inform neighbors in advance of the exercise.

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·         Tom disposed of items left behind at campsites.  McAllister has a few items of value that were retained.

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·         The well is closed, but the lawn mower needs winterized. 

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·         A new flag to mark the entrance is needed. 

Bordner Cabin: Mike Willeman.
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·         Projects Available:  Stain the Cabin; restore spokes in two wagon wheels; 6' porch bench; chimney repair; walkway improvements; 2 Amish solar lights. 

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·         Mike has a spoke from the wagon wheel for Tom to use as a pattern to make replacements for missing spokes. 

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·         Lebanon County Builders may assist.  Adam Brock called on behalf of Nate Wenger, 1st VP of the Builders Association.  The LCBA will meet on the 1st Wednesday in February where they will make a decision on whether or not to assist. 

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·         Steward Pete Silldorff reports all is well at the Cabin.  

Bridges

Eagle Scouts

  1. 1.       Griffin Smith is developing his Eagle Scout project on the Swatara Water Trail.  We met, and Griffin was provided with a map, Latitude and Longitude coordinates, and the name of the manufacturer to purchase the right size of rivets.  He will clean the signs, paint the frames, repair map boxes as necessary, remove weeds, do some landscaping, and remove the Route 22 sign for use at a future launch.  We may need to store the sign until then.  Tom has rivets.

  2. 2.       Matthew Lengle (Troop 415) is interested in an Eagle Scout project.  He was asked to consider placing bollards at the entrance to Swatara Watershed Park.  Waiting on a response.

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer

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·         Drain culverts were identified in Frystown and Bethel.  Blue paint, then stencils, "Drains to the Chesapeake Bay" will be completed after receiving supervisor approval. 

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·         Three $50 prizes were donated for Bethel Township's "Junk Fair" where art is created from discarded items.

LV Conservancy: Dick Blouch is the new president.

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·         The new program administrator is Laura Crawford.

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·         A phone-bank will follow-up on the recent annual fund drive mailing.

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·         Rather than Spring in the Valley, an Octoberfest will be held.

Ms4:  Municipalities may have received an invitation from new officer Ron Fouche to join a group.   
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·         Some municipalities are filing exemption waivers.  DEP is overwhelmed with permits..., and may focus on larger metropolitan areas.  Exemptions can be granted for municipalities under 1000 in population.  Some municipalities do not have a stream running through them, and/or don't discharge any storm water into streams.  Therefore, they can't plant riparian buffers.  Further, some municipalities do not have any farming, thus produce no nitrogen or phosphorus.  A 2017 exemption application could provide relief through 2013.

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·         The County-run program under Planner Julie Cheyney is seeking a second grant to implement the Center for Watershed Protection Plan.

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·         Annville Township signed onto the Dauphin County COG to purchase waste water treatment chemicals at bulk rate prices.

Quittapahilla:  Ann Lasky reported that Fish and Boat awarded a $115,000 grant to restore Snitz Creek.  Rocky Powell is working on a grant for Cleona stream banks.  QWA needs four more landowners to sign onto the project by the grant deadline of January 31. 

Pipelines:  Newspapers reported that both Sunoco and Williams received clearances to build.   It is believed that the Annville crossing on Route 422 was moved away from the sewer treatment plant closer to the new intersection at Clear Spring Road.

Rail Trail:  A culvert will be constructed under Tunnel Hill Road as part of Phase 7 of the Rail Trail.  The Creek that runs through the Meily farm starts at Lions Lake, and empties into Cedar Run.  Jo Ellen will check the PA stream gazetteer to see if the stream is named.  

RSVP: Submitted forms filed.  Will sign Fred Folmer's form, and submit Bob Arnold's form.

Sojourn Swatara Sojourn Planning May 6-7, 2017:  Administrtraion, Jo Ellen:

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1.    X Create brochure

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2.    X File a float plan with PA Fish and Boat

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3.    X File a plan with EMA.

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4.    X Update web site.

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5.    X Create event on Facebook

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6.    X Create and mail Sponsor forms

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7.    X  Write letter requesting free trash disposal GLRA

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8.    Arrange for tire disposal with Brian Kettering or Larry Taylor at GLRA.

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9.    Apply for POWR grant application.

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10X   Apply for a grant from Sheetz. 

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11.   X Apply for Hershey Co. grant

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1   Apply for Bayer services to print registration forms. 

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13. Apply for Met-Ed grant.

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14  X Request Proclamations from municipalities

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      Recruit Community service volunteers

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16. X  Sign up for Great PA Cleanup/Keep PA Beautiful with Penn DOT to receive free gloves & trash bags. 

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1.    X Sign up for Get Outdoors PA--Swatara Sojourn in May, Watermelon @ the Water Works in July, & Hike to Bordner Cabin in September.

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2.    Arrange for Walters toilets. 

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3.    Arrange for Campground @ Lickdale Saturday, chicken & ice cream dinner. 

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4.    Arrange for Weidle dumpster

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5.    Make U-Haul Trailer arrangements

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6.    A new banner is needed.

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7.    Solicit Photographers for jpegs for inclusion on our Facebook Page...

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8.    Pick up Van on Friday

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9.    Pick up U-Haul Trailer

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10.Pick up Swiss drinks for Saturday lunch

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11.Power wash U-Haul Trailer

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12.Return U-Haul Trailer

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13.Fill van with gas.

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14.Return van to Mease Motord

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      Return crates to Swiss Premium Dairy

Ø      Shore support:  Laurie Andrews, Jack Stauffer, HS senior project volunteers, Renaissance.

Ø  Vans:  Tom Embich make arrangements with Mease Motors.   Tom pick up second Van. Ben Miller additional transport.  Fred Folmer may tow any rented canoes.  Bob Arnold and Jack Stouffer may man the equipment van and trailer.

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bulletJune Blouch breakfast both days.  Jo Ellen will apply for a grant from Sheetz. 
bulletJune will pick up Seaman’s Subs for lunch Saturday at Bordner Cabin,

Ann and David Lasky will let us know if they can pick up pizza and soda for Sunday lunch at Water Works,

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Saturday Lunch: subs--Program on Swatara State Park and Bordner Cabin projects.

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Saturday Diner:  chicken & ice cream--Program on Fort Indiantown Gap conservation activity.

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Sunday Lunch at the Water Works:  pizza--Program with Jeanne Ortiz on the Kittatinny Ridge.

SRBC: 

Water Conservation:  As of last month, a drought was still in effect.  For educational purposes, kits were shared with a group.

Water Trail--  Emerich is on the NE side of  934, and has the least slope; and Hostetter is on the S side. 

Other Jim Cheney UncoveringPA.com may do a story on the Swatara Watershed projects.  Previously a Bordner Cabin story "went viral."

Calendar:

February 1, 2017  Next SWA Meeting, 9:30AM. (Russ Collins, Trout Unlimited possible speaker)

May 6-7, 2017 Swatara Sojourn

The December 2016 meeting was canceled.

November 2,2016

Welcome.  In attendance:  Dick Blouch, Tom Embich, Fred Folmer, Jo Ellen Litz, Mike Willeman.

Excused:  Ann Lasky, Ben Miller.

Treasurer's report by Denny Miller:  The loan for the Watershed Park stands at $15,857.53.  A payment of $362.03 was made with $314.24 attributed to principal, and $47.79 toward interest. 

A problem was investigated with a JBT resolution authorizing Denny as a signer in the bank S on 72. Tara could not cash her refund check.  Also, members wondered why the mortgage drop by $40/month?  A.  The loan is adjusted annually.  We had paid ahead.  To continue paying the original mortgage, and pay off the loan early, we must submit the difference by check, which will be done quarterly per a Folmer/Embich motion.  New checks were purchased from Walmart.

The Secretary's report was previously shared by email .

1929 BBR--Tom Embich reported that MetEd will trim trees.    The Job-Johnny is gone for the season.  Someone discarded a gutted deer by the stream.  It may have been hit along the road.   Dick will collect and recycle aluminum.  Projects Available:  Move shed; Concrete porch pier; bollards at entrance. 

Bordner Cabin: Mike Willeman.  Fred will collect the Ash tree from the Watershed Park to take to a saw mill on Old 22 East of Bethel.  Fred and Tom will make benches for the porch.                  Projects Available:  Stain the Cabin; restore spokes in two wagon wheels; 6' porch bench; chimney repair; walkway improvements; 2 Amish solar lights.

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Eagle Scouts:  Griffin Smith asked about possible projects.

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer.  11.3 @ 3pm, the EAC will hold a Hawk Mountain seminar and learn about the Kittatiny Ridge Coalition. 

LV Conservancy: Dick Blouch.  11.12 @ 8:30AM, pancakes will be served at Camp Bashore.  People can learn about farm conservation easements and preservation.

Ms4:  Next meeting is 11.7 @ 1:30PM at the Ag Center.

Quittapahilla:  Ann Lasky reported that LVC students helped with a Pumpkin Walk.  About 300 people attended. 

RSVP: Submitted forms filed.  Additional forms requested from members not in attendance at the last meeting.  Turn in your mileage forms.

Sojourn:  No report. 

SRBC: 

Water Conservation:  The Swatara is critically low at .24'.  Help to spread the word that water must be conserved.

Water Trail--  Ben featured on life vest safety on ABC News 11pm 11.1.16.

Projects Available:  Secure sponsor(s) to print new maps; add a launch; move sign from Route 22. 

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On a motion by Blouch/Embich, the Board affirmed a training exercise on 11.6.16 at 14:00 hours. Search Team 66, based out of Lebanon County, will be holding a training exercise at 1929 Blacksbridge Road. Local Fire Departments and other search crews will be assisting in the exercise. The Swatara Watershed Association is allowing use of their Park so we are more prepared for any incident.

The meeting was adjourned on a Blouch/Embich motion. 

October 4, 2016

Welcome.  In attendance:  Dick Blouch, Tom Embich, Fred Folmer, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz.  Excused:  Ben Miller, Denny Miller, and Mike Willeman.

Treasurer's report by Denny Miller:  The loan for the Watershed Park stands at $16,172.28  A payment of $405.39 was made with $359.13 attributed to principal, and $47.28 toward interest.  The Treasure's report was filed for auditng. 

The Secretary's report was previously shared by email .

1929 BBR--Tom Embich reported that mowing was completed, and trees were cut.  At 2.5', water is over the dock.  The recent rain saw the Swatara rise to 2.8'.   Projects Available:  Move shed; Concrete porch pier; bollards at entrance. 

Bordner Cabin: Mike Willeman cancelled a recent stain party.  Since the stain is water based, we will reschedule, and try to use a sprayer.      Projects Available:  Stain the Cabin; restore spokes in two wagon wheels; 6' porch bench; chimney repair; walkway improvements; 2 Amish solar lights.

Bridges:  Route 934 and Ono Bridges are open.

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer reports:  1) Bethel Township will restore a wetland next to the municipal building.  2)  Storm drains will be stenciled to protect the Chesapeake Bay from trash.  3) The Recreation Board will develop a plan for 15 acres to create a Township Park.  A grant will be facilitated by DCNR.

LV Conservancy: Dick Blouch  stated that Troy Peters will head their annual appeal.

Ms4:  Next meeting is October 19, 10AM at the North Lebanon Township Building.

Quittapahilla:  Ann Lasky reported that the 26th annual pumpkin walk will take place October 28 from 7-9PM.  The event is for children ages 4-12.  Quittie Watershed will also sponsor a Sip and Stroll.  Another fundraiser will be held November 18 at Hoss Steak and Seafood.  Rock Powel was contracted to finish the second phase of the Quittapahilla Creek restoration project. 

RSVP: Submitted forms filed.  Additional forms requested from members not in attendance at the last meeting.

Sojourn:  No report. 

SRBC:  Susquehanna River Basin Commission Announces Proposed Rulemaking

Also released consumptive water use mitigation policy for comment

The Commission is holding two informational webinars explaining the proposed rulemaking on Oct. 11, 2016, and Oct. 17, 2016. For more information or to register for the webinars, visit www.srbc.net.

The Commission has also scheduled four public hearings on the proposed rulemaking and policy:

bullet Nov. 3, 2016, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. or at the conclusion of public testimony, whichever is sooner; Pennsylvania State Capitol (East Wing, Room 8E-B), Commonwealth Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17120.
bullet Nov. 9, 2016, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. or at the conclusion of public testimony, whichever is sooner; DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Binghamton (South Riverside Room), 225 Water St., Binghamton, NY 13901.
bullet Nov. 10, 2016, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. or at the conclusion of public testimony, whichever is sooner; Holiday Inn Williamsport (Gallery Room), 100 Pine St., Williamsport, PA 17701.
bullet Dec. 8, 2016, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. or at the conclusion of public testimony, whichever is sooner; Loews Annapolis Hotel (Powerhouse-Point Lookout), 126 West St., Annapolis, MD 21401.

Written comments on the policy may be submitted on or before January 6, 2017. Written comments on the proposed rulemaking may be submitted on to before Jan. 30, 2017. Comments may be submitted by mail to Jason E. Oyler, Esq., General Counsel, SRBC, 4423 N. Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17110-1788, or by e-mail to regcomments@srbc.net.

Water Conservation:  While the burn ban was lifted, water conservation is at a voluntary 5%.  Fix faucets with drips.  Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.  Put low-flow screens on the end of your faucet.  Only do dishes when your dishwasher is full.  Every little bit helps. 

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Projects Available:  Secure sponsor(s) to print new maps; add a launch; move sign from Route 22.  Volunteer needed to assist with a special one-day project. 

Other:  Successful Fireball Run station at the Union Canal.  Safety plan filed with EMA.  Special thanks to Cocoa Kayaks for providing and transporting the kayaks.  Greatly appreciated.  Guest bags presented.  Affirmation of an electronic vote to host the kayaking experience was approved unanimously on motion by Jack Stouffer, seconded by Ann Lasky

The meeting was adjourned on a Fred Folmer/Jack Stouffer motion.  we went to a small stream near the headwaters to the Tulpehocken Creek, which flows into the Delaware River and Bay. We also stopped at the Quittie Wetland, which flows into the Swatara Creek then Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay. Representing the bridge between the two watersheds, we visited an historic marker for the Union Canal. At the first stop, Psalms 29 was read. Then, we sprinkled salt after 2 Kings 2:19-22. We prayed for clean water, a soaking rain, good stewardship....even played a shofar ram horn. Water from the "healing spring" at Cold Spring was also sprinkled.

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October 7th at the Columbia Crossing River Trail Center

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October 18 or 25 Stain the Bordner Cabin--Volunteers needed.

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October 28 from noon-3PM Pumpkin Walk at Quittie Park

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October 29 RSVP Fall Volunteer Fair at the Lebanon Valley Mall.

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November 2, 2016  Next SWA Meeting, 9:30AM.

September 7, 2016  --  Did you visit a National Park?

Welcome.  In attendance:  Bob Arnold, Tom Embich, Fred Folmer, Margie Groy, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Denny Miller, Jack Stouffer, and Mike Willeman.  Excused:  Ben Miller, Dick and June Blouch.

Speaker:  RSVP by Margie Groy.  As a 501c3 nonprofit, Swatara Watershed Association volunteers aged 55+ can qualify to be covered by liability insurance and receive reimbursement for mileage by completing and submitting an RSVP form.  Active retirees can contribute their skills as Riverkeepers, Bordner Cabin Stewards, and/or Swatara Watershed Park Guardians. mailto:Litz@mbcomp.com for more information. 

Treasurer's report by Denny Miller:  The loan for the Watershed Park stands at $16,531.41.  A payment of $405.39 was made with $359.13 attributed to principal, and $46.26 toward interest. Through the Foundation for Enhancing Communities, a $102.85 donation was received from the Derry Township Recycling Committee fund.  Also, a $35 donation for dress down day came from American Water Company, but the money order needs signed.  An Embich/Arnold motion passed to accept Miller's report.  Further, on a Lasky/Embich motion, an $1800 bill for an audit and filing of tax returns from Garcia Garman and Shay was approved for payment.  It was agreed that bids for this service will be sought for 2016-17.

The Secretary's report was previously shared by email .

1929 BBR--Tom reported that three pin oaks are dying.   Because of lack of rain, the Swatara Creek is too low to paddle.  Tom's grandson is willing to volunteer at the Park, and Tom asked if there was any liability coverage for younger volunteers.  Once the RSVP program is in place, SWA will explore AmeriCorps. Tara Turner reserved the pavilion for 9.25.16 Projects Available:  Move shed; Concrete porch pier; bollards at entrance. 

Bordner Cabin:

Josh Boertner was contacted at LCCTC to repair the fireplace.  Toilet service will be coordinated with drive-through days.  Mike will see if October 18 or 25 suits Corey for a "Stain the Bordner Cabin Day."  Volunteers will be needed to help with this project.   Projects Available:  Stain the Cabin; restore spokes in two wagon wheels; 6' porch bench; chimney repair; walkway improvements; 2 Amish solar lights.

Bridges:  DEP issued a permit to clear Yordy's Bridge.  Inwood Bridge will be rehabilitated and placed on the Rail Trail.  Then, a new bridge will be constructed across the Swatara.  Ono Bridge has been closed for quite some time, perhaps due to a revision in their permit.  934 Bridge is one way.  These and other bridges under construction either cross or provide access to get to the Swatara Creek, a State Water Trail connected via the Susquehanna River to the national Captain John Smith Water Trail. 

Facebook Page:  Posted the history of our water system; and interviews with Betty Conner and Ed Keener.  Did you know we have 24 water supply systems in Lebanon County?

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer had no report.

LV Conservancy: Dick Blouch had no report.  

Ms4:  Next meeting of the CWAC is September 27, 10AM at the Ag Center.

Quittapahilla:  Ann Lasky reported that a pumpkin walk is being planned for October 28 from noon-3PM.  Destination Annville will hold a Sip and Stroll on September 24 from 1-4PM. 

Sojourn:  No report.

Water Conservation:  While the burn ban was lifted, water conservation is at a voluntary 5%.  Fix faucets with drips.  Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.  Put low-flow screens on the end of your faucet.  Only do dishes when your dishwasher is full.  Every little bit helps.

Water Trail--  Projects Available:  Secure sponsor(s) to print new maps; add a launch; move sign from Route 22.  Volunteer needed to assist with a special one-day project.

What do you do if you're caught outdoors in a thunder storm accompanied by lightning? On a float trip, getting inside of a building or vehicle may not be possible. Therefore, follow these tips to slightly lessen the threat of being struck by lightning:
• Avoid open fields, the top of a hill, or a ridge top;
• Stay away from tall, isolated trees or other tall objects. If you’re in a forest, stay near a lower stand of trees; and
• If you’re in a group, spread out to avoid the current traveling between group members.

Other:  August 6, prayed for healing of the Swatara.  Pictures on our Facebook page.  We went to a small stream near the headwaters to the Tulpehocken Creek, which flows into the Delaware River and Bay. We also stopped at the Quittie Wetland, which flows into the Swatara Creek then Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay. Representing the bridge between the two watersheds, we visited an historic marker for the Union Canal. At the first stop, Psalms 29 was read. Then, we sprinkled salt after 2 Kings 2:19-22. We prayed for clean water, a soaking rain, good stewardship....even played a shofar ram horn. Water from the "healing spring" at Cold Spring was also sprinkled.

The meeting was adjourned on a Folmer/Miller motion. 

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September 17 --2nd Annual International Coastal Cleanup in the City of Lebanon, Saturday, 9.17  from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

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September 24 from 1-4PM Sip and Stroll at Quittie Park.

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September 27, 10AM at the Ag Center. for the next MS4, Clean Water Action Partnership meeting.

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September 27-28 Fireball Run.  This is not a fast race, but a road rally that uses GPS to make sure everyone obeys speed limits.  Each team is given missing child posters to place in the community.  Expect fancy cars, music, CEOs, celebrities, sports stars...and a good time.  Follow teams online as they participate in the 10th Anniversary show http://www.fireballrun.com/events/2016-10th-anniversary/lebanon  50 Cars arrive in the City of Lebanon Thursday between 3-4PM.  Leave Annville (Sheridan Ave at Lebanon Valley College) Friday at 9AM.  Attend one or both events.

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October 5, 2016  Next SWA Meeting, 9:30AM.

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October 18 or 25 Stain the Bordner Cabin--Volunteers needed.

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October 28 from noon-3PM Pumpkin Walk at Quittie Park

August 3, 2016

Welcome.  In attendance:  Dick and June Blouch, Tom Embich, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Denny Miller, Jack Stouffer.  Ben and Mike were excused.

Treasurer Denny Miller's Report was approved on motion by Tom Embich, seconded by Fred Folmer.  The loan for the Watershed Park stands at $16,889.47.  A payment of $405.39 was made with $358.67 attributed to principal, and $46.72 toward interest.  Our IRS Return was submitted through Garcia Garman & Shea.

The Secretary's report was approved on motion by Dick Blouch, seconded by Fred Folmer.

1929 BBR--Tom reported that two trees were down at sites 2,3,4 & 5.  Fred has a chainsaw, and will help to cut up the wood.  A $53.41 Huscvarna mower repair bill was submitted and approved for payment.  Tessa Kelley wants to hold a birthday party. Denny suggested a $50 deposit to covered cleanup and landfill fees if not left in good condition.  Because of constant repairs, the Sears lawnmower will be scrapped on motion by Fred Folmer, seconded by Ann Lasky. 

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Michelle found her lost items.

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Numerous campsite inquiries were received.

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A camera failed.  Reed repaired it, and SWA received a $121.90 bill.  Jo Ellen inquired whether the repairs should be covered under warranty.

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Wish List of Swatara Watershed Park projects:  Scouts, RSVP Volunteers, Civil Air Patrol and others have an opportunity to sponsor a project with a bequest, donation, and/or your gift of time and talent to help us take the Park to a condition that will last another 7 decades so that future generations will be able to learn, explore, and appreciate the outdoors with a passion.  So what would we like done?
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Disassemble shed that moved during Tropical Storm Lee, and reassemble shed next to parking lot.

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Install traffic bollards at the entrance to the Park.

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Rebuild dock at launch.

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Remove non-native Hosta plants.

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Replace support post on northeast corner of office deck.

Bordner Cabin: Dick and June visited.  All is well.

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2 people paid $40 for the paint class directly to SWA with no intention of painting.  They were direct contributions because we did the Cabin fundraiser.

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The handrail on the stairs was shortened.

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The inside of the outhouse was painted, and the toilet pushed inside.

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Dates for a 2017 fun run were discussed to submit to Ben. 

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Instructor Josh Boertner will be contacted at LCCTC to repair the chimney.

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A toilet service schedule was worked out to coincide with drive-through days. 

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Using a fallen tree, Tom and Fred volunteered to work with Corey to craft a bench(es) for the porch.

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The Civil Air Patrol is also looking for projects.

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Wish List of Cabin projects:  You have an opportunity to sponsor a project with a bequest, donation, and/or your gift of time and talent to help us take the Bordner Cabin to a condition that will last another 7 decades so that future generations will be able to learn, explore, and appreciate real workmanship with a passion.  So what would we like done?
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Restore spokes in the wagon wheels by Aycrigg's Falls.

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Build a bench for the porch.

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Repair the chimney.

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Improve the walkway, perhaps with a pebbled epoxy finish.

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Install two Amish solar lights inside the entrance to brighten the cabin and stairs on overcast days.

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Stain the Bordner Cabin to preserve the hand-hewn oak logs.

Bridges:  One passage under Yordy's Bridge is cleared.  Ono bridge is out.

LV Conservancy: Dick Blouch reported that a new executive director will start in January.  They are loking for someone to work 35 hours per week; Board members; and an annual appeal chair.  Dick and June will also work on a letter to acquire and manage the wetland off of Route 422 at Walnut St.

Ms4:  Karen Feather reported the grant to LVC was cancelled, and Karen is moving on.

Quittapahilla:  Ann Lasky reported that a ribbon cutting took place celebrating the end of Phase I and start of Phase 2 restorations.  A pumpkin walk is being planned for October. 

Sojourn:  Great comments on this year's video utilizing a drone.  Walt Haber and others commented that they didn't receive a newsletter this year.  Indeed.  Because we did not receive a grant this year, we had to cut back on printing and mailing as well as paid speakers.  Scout master feedback was excellent.  They plan to return.  Missing are a GPS unit and ratcheting tie-down.  If found, please contact Jo Ellen.

Water Trail--SWA will continue to work on a launch around Harper's.  This spot is not currently on the Water Trail, but is a popular access against the wishes of the land owner.  We will also look for a source of funding to print more maps as a supplement to our online version.  Tips welcome where to apply.

Next MeetingSeptember 7, 2016  Speaker from RSVP.

July 6, 2016 

Welcome to Watermelon at the Waterworks.  In attendance:  Dick and June Blouch, Tom Embich, Fred Folmer, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Denny Miller, Jack Stouffer.  After patrolling the Waterworks launch area for litter, members enjoyed watermelon.

Fred's Secretary's report was approved as corrected on motion by Dick Blouch, seconded by Ann Lasky. 

Treasurer's report:  Denny Miller:  The IRS returns were filed electronically by Garcia Garman & Shea CPA, and we must sign and submit our non-profit paperwork.  The mortgage stands at $17,248.14.  The monthly payment was $405.39,  of which $356.13 was principle and $49.26 was interest.  Denny will also be purchasing a deposit stamp and address labels.  On a motion by Jack Stouffer, seconded by Fred Folmer, the treasurer's report was accepted.

Lifetime member John Worrilow passed away.  Jo Ellen provided a verbal tribute for all of the support John provided the Watershed Association.  Videos from the Swatara Watershed Association's living history project when we were gathering information for our EELS Book contained an interview with John Worrilow which was edited and placed on YouTube.  Steel and Water https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFE-qPiZQTI           Agnes Flood, Hazel Dyke, Droughts, Chrisian Seigrist Dam, Brasenhill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0zgHqyJik8  A Facebook photo album tribute was also created:  https://www.facebook.com/joellenlitz/media_set?set=a.10209197249983708.1073741863.1094403643&type=3

Bordner Cabin:  Stewards Dick and June visited, and spent time at the cabin.

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·         Ask Mike if he will coordinate building a bench for the porch.

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·         2 people paid $40 for the Brushstrokes on Canvass paint class directly to SWA with no intention of painting.  They were direct contributions because we did the fundraiser.  Therefore, total profit from the fundraiser is $258, which will be applied toward the Bordner Cabin account for repairs....

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·         Handrail on stairs shortened.

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·         Painted inside of outhouse, and pushed toilet inside.

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·         Avoiding the Downtown CLA Craft Fair and Street Fair, 3 June dates will be chosen for Ben to work with Corey for a Swatara Fun Run to benefit maintenance and improvement of the Bordner Cabin in Swatara State Park.  Annual expenses include items like the toilet and insurance.  Improvements needed include a porch bench, Amish solar lights inside the entrance, staining of the entire cabin, restore the spokes in the wagon wheels at the end of the porch, repair the chimney, and improve the walkway.  Susie Daub volunteered to help with the event.

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·         Tom has been using the old Sears mower, but even after replacing the battery, it's not charging properly.

Bridges:  One passage cleared at Yordy's.  Ono out.  934 access bridge one lane.

Jonestown Block Party:  A well-attended and worthwhile event. 

Little Swatara held their educational event.  Fred Folmer reports their next project will most likely involve painting storm drains blue. 

MS4:  LVC grant cancelled.  Karen Feather moving on.

Quittie Creek per Ann:  Held a ribbon cutting to kick off phase 2 of the bank restoration. 

Quittie Wetland on the E end of Lebanon was discussed.  Since it is public knowledge, Dick said he would talk to the Conservancy about accepting the easement.  Jo Ellen explained her vote to preserve the wetland now so that adjoined properties could not discharge storm-water into the wetland.

1929 BBR--Tom:  Michelle's Subaru located.  One boat found.

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·         Numerous campsite inquiries

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·         One camera failed.  Reed repaired.  Bill $121.90?  Under warranty?

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·         Many amphibians, including a wood frog, are inhabiting the Park. 

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·         Would appreciate help to complete a list of maintenance.

Sojourn:  Great video by Ken.  Walt Haber comments that people didn't receive a newsletter.  The Sojourn overview/newsletter and non-paid speakers were two ways expenses were cut this year due to not receiving a grant.  Scout master feedback excellent.  Renaissance did a fabulous job.  Looking for misplaced GPS unit & ratcheting tie down.  Please let Jo Ellen know if you found them. 

Water Trail--will continue to work on launch at Harper's.  Will look for another source of funding for maps.  Tips welcome.  Will remove the sign along 22 around September when the temperature is cooler. 

On a motion by Fred Folmer, seconded by Jack Stouffer, the meeting was adjourned.

 

June 1, 2016

Call to order: Vice-president Embich called the meeting to order at 9:37 a.m. at the SWA Park pavilion.

Attendance: SWA directors/members present were Tom Embich, Ann Lasky, Fred Folmer, Ben Miller and Denny Miller. There were no other persons in attendance.

Business items:

Bordner Cabin: A fund raiser for the cabin, “Brushestrokes on Canvas” was announced for Wednesday,

Bridges: The following issues affecting Swatara Creek bridges and/or its access were reported:  ! Waterworks bridge on the Annville/Ono Road - currently closed for replacement; expected to remain closed for the better part of the coming year, and ! Yordy bridge - still has a major log jam but is narrowly navigable, and Annville railroad bridge - (at Lebanon Valley College) is currently reducing Route 934 traffic to one lane.

Lebanon Valley Conservancy - There was no report.

Lebanon County Conservation District - There was no report.

Financial report: Treasurer D. Miller submitted a detailed written report listing income & expenses through May 31, 2016. As of then, the general checking account balance stood at $10,760.60 and the Bordner Cabin balance was $3,646.74 for a grand total of $14,407.34. He also reported that on May 3, 2016 a payment of $405.39 was made toward the SWA Park loan which consisted of $356.71to the principal and interest of $48.68 which left a balance of $17,604.47 due. He added that the audit results are pending. B. Miller moved to accept the report as submitted. Lasky seconded and the motion carried.

Swatara State Park: There was no park report per se but B. Miller informed the group that he had met with the park’s director, Cory Snyder, concerning the possible use of the park to hold a future foot race as a fund raiser. He added that at this time a specific date for the event, sometime in 2017, needs to be chosen. By consensus it was felt that should be done at a subsequent meeting when more members are present.

Eagle Scout projects: Embich reported there were no projects currently in progress. He suggested some possible projects. (See SWA Park work day agenda below).

Floods/Droughts: There were no issues reported.

Little Swatara: Folmer gave a detailed verbal report of the Water Quality Education Day put on by the Bethel Township (Berks County) Environmental Advisory Council on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Camp Swatara. In summation, it was a free event attended by 15 children ranging in age from 5 thru 14 years and 6 adults. It consisted of some morning classroom instruction in the camp’s Nature Lodge, macroinvertebrate collection in a small unnamed tributary of the Little Swatara Creek and the identification & tabulation thereof to determine the stream’s water quality. After a break for lunch there was instruction on basic water chemistry followed by testing for pH, nitrates, conductivity and alkalinity.

Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer System (MS4): Embich reported the Lebanon County Clean Water Alliance is in the process of finalizing data with the Center for Watershed Protection for the county-wide MS4 compliance proposal to be part of the municipalities‘ Chesapeake Bay Comprehensive Plan. The main parameters being addressed are 1) sediment load (i.e. total suspended solids), 2) nitrate/nitrite levels and 3) phosphate levels.

Quittapahilla Creek & Park: Lasky reported their group is getting ready for Phase II of the stream bank restoration plan. She informed everyone the grant writer for the restoration project already completed, Rocky Powell, is working on a future grant which will include Cleona. She added they will have a stand at Old Annville Day on June 11, 2016. She also pointed out that Annville-Cleona students have done macroinvertebrate collections to determine water quality of the creek.

Susquehanna River Basin Commission: There was no report.

SWA Park: Embich put forth the following items as the work day agenda:

  1. Move all stick piles to the overflow parking area north of the stone pile;

  2. Trim trees/shrubs along roadways;

  3. Spread supplemental stone in potholes in driveway;

  4. Dig Hosta plants from flower beds and/or decide what to do with them;

  5. Launch area management - Do we need a new “dock” platform or should it be removed?

  6. Replace support post on northeast corner of office deck;

  7. Inspect well house and determine what should be done to properly maintain it.

Ongoing Informational Items:

Fort Indiantown Gap: Hotline 717-861-2007 to learn about activities at Ft. Indiantown Gap

Membership: To support SWA projects, donate using PayPal - https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_sxclick&hosted_button_id+ETAR7NLSKT496 Suggested donation: Individual Annual Dues $20; Individual Lifetime Membership $200; Business Partners Lifetime membership $500. (We reserve the right to only accept memberships consistent with our mission). Mail to 2302 Guilford St., Lebanon, PA 17046 or use a credit card or PayPal online at www.SwataraWatershed.com.

Northern Lebanon & Sweet Arrow Lake: (per Denise Donmoyer) Events posted at: www.SweetArrowLakePark.com

Pipelines: http//elibrary.ferc.gov:0idmws/file_list.asp?document_id=14318397

Adjournment: At 10:47 a.m. Folmer made a motion to adjourn. B. Miller seconded and the motion carried. The next meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.  The location is to be announced.

(Minutes submitted by Fred Folmer, SWA Secretary)

May 4, 2016   Guest speaker, Dr. Owen Moe on limekilns. 

Annville Lime Company and Bachman Mill  - Duration- 24 minutes

In attendance:  Bob Arnold, Dick Blouch, Tom Embich, Fred Folmer, Ben Miller, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Jack Stouffer

Treasurer's Report: Denny Miller:  Mortgage balance to $17,960.98:  Interest $48.68, Principal $356.71; Payment $405.39  File Treasurer's report for audit.  Jonestown Bank made a $200 donation.

Bordner Cabin:  Toilet left in Swope's Valley Road parking lot.  Will move to Cabin.  Purchased stain to match.  Corey copied.

bullet Pursue a chimney repair estimate.  LCCTC instructor Boettner.
bullet Dick Stites treated wood.
bullet Over 2 days Jack, Mike and Jo Ellen stained new wood on the porch and balcony.
bullet A fundraiser will be held at Brushstrokes on Canvas on June 1 where participants will paint the Bordner Cabin.  Profit for the fundraiser on $40/person will yield $12 towards SWA.  You can also maintain a donation jar during the event to garner more donations.  We can host up to 40 people, and should serve light refreshments.  We will promote the event at the Swatara and Jonestown Block Parties.
bulletBen Miller will consider working with a committee to coordinate a 5K run to raise money for upkeep.  Corey said that certain days would be acceptable, there is a $25 fee, and details will need to be worked out.

Bridges:  Ben and Deb scouted.  Yordy's Bridge is all but blocked.  County is contracting for cleanup.

Conservancy: Dick Blouch - Will do the presentation at Saturday's Sojourn.  LVC Scholarship presented to Kaitlyn Gingrich.

Conservation Districts: Stephanie Harmon - Envirothons:  Levitz Park Senior High; Middle Creek, Middle School; and Coleman Park, Elementary.

Fort Indiantown Gap: Hotline 717.861.2007 to learn about activities at Fort Indiantown Gap.  Interviews going on concerning BRAC.

Little Swatara: Fred Folmer - Water Quality Education Day at Camp Swatara on May 7.  14 students and 6 adults registered.

Membership:  To support SWA Clean Water Projects, donate using credit card on PayPal:  https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_sxclick&hosted_button_id=ETAR7NLSKT496 Suggested donation:  Individual Annual Dues $20; Individual Lifetime Membership $200; Business Partners Lifetime Membership $500 (We reserve the right to only accept memberships consistent with our mission.) Mail check to 2302 Guilford St., Lebanon PA 17046, or pay online at www.SwataraWatershed.com

MS4  (municipal separate storm water sewer system):  15 Municipalities and 5 nonprofits have adopted an MOU.  Water pollution and flood control.   The Center for Watershed Protection in MD received a contract to calculate sediment reduction going into the Chesapeake Bay.  Cherie Brown is completing a GIS map.  5.24, 10AM is the next meeting at the Ag Center.

Northern Swatara Watershed & Sweet Arrow Lake: Denise Donmoyer—events SweetArrowLakePark.com

Pipelines: Explosion recently in Greensburg.  42" Pipe is being stockpiled at the Old ALCOA plant.

Quittie Creek and Park: Ann Lasky -  After a beautiful sunrise, 30 students helped pull garlic mustard on United Way Day of Caring.  Virginia Bluebells were in bloom.  6.11 is Old Annville Days.

Sojourn:  Swatara Sojourn May 7-8, 2016:

Completed: 

Ø  Filed & received approval of float plan PA Fish & Boat for the lower half, 1929 BBR to Middletown.

Updated web site. Created brochure  & an event on Facebook.  Bayer will print 500 brochures.

Ø  Created and mailed Sponsor forms – Jo Ellen  Izaak Walton League, Soaps by Elizabeth, each $100.  PA American Water $200.  E&E Metal FAB $50.  Mease Motors van rental Discount confirmed.  Ann Lasky lunch confirmed.  Ben Miller water confirmed.  Tom Embich and Denny Miller drinks confirmed.  Hershey Highmeadow campsites and pavilion confirmed.

Ø  Signed up for Get Outdoors PA, Keep PA Beautiful and Great PA Cleanup.  – Jo Ellen

Ø  Contacted GLRA to accept tires and trash - Confirmed

Ø  Contacted Middletown about disposal

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Ø  Sheetz request to cover breakfast - Completed online.  Confirmed

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Ø  Penn DOT - gloves and trash bags picked up.

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Ø  POWR grant application. – Completed.  Denied.  Jo Ellen            

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Ø  Hershey sponsorship - Completed online. Jo Ellen

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Ø  Sought Resolutions of Support from municipalities.  7 to date.  Jo Ellen

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Ø  U-Haul Trailer reserved.  Jo Ellen

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Ø  Toilet at 1929 BBR.  Confirmed.

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Ø  Ordered pot pie from Ono Fire Company

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Ø  Renewed canoe registrations. 

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Ø  11 Renaissance Crossroads volunteers will participate Saturday morning. 

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Ø  Float Plan filed with EMA

To Do:

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Ø  Weidle dumpster at 1929 BBR for disposal – Jo Ellen

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Ø  PU Van at Mease Motors

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Ø  PU Water Bass Pro

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Ø  PU Trailer UHaul

Tom reserved two vans from Mease Motors.  PU 3PM Friday before Sojourn.  Bob Arnold drive on Saturday.  Fred Drive on Sunday.  Assisted by Jack Stouffer both days.  PICK UP SUBS.

June and Dick pick up breakfasts from Blouch's.  Ann, pizza on Sunday.

Program:  LV Conservancy lunch at Boathouse Road Park on Saturday; Manada Conservancy on Sunday; and Mike Willeman Saturday night on the Bordner Cabin history, repairs and vision.  Jo Ellen safety briefings.

Susquehanna River Basin Commission:

Swatara Watershed Park:  Tom - Water test two times a year.  DEP requiring a "plan," which Tom will file.  Consulted with Jack Curry, field agent.  Monthly monitoring for 7 months will now be required.  BSA Troop 117 Canoe and Campout May 14-15 was paid in advance.  At

Water TrailGrant request with American WaterWorking on text.  Map Quote from Colortech-- design is additional.  Quantity: 50,000 for $6,990.00.  Exercise:  Members marked up a map.  Fish and Boat GIS layers edited Possible new access.  Talk to adjoining landowners.  Over the summer, remove sign from Route 22 where the access has been closed by the Water Authority.  Austin Shuey drum @ Jonestown.  Attended Slade Hall's ceremony.

Calendar:

bullet May 7-8, 2016 - Swatara Sojourn, 1929 Blacks Bridge Road, Annville to Middletown Fish & Boat
bullet May 7 - Little Swatara Water Quality Nature Day at Camp Swatara
bullet May 28 - Jonestown Block Party 10' x 10' booth from 5-9PM to highlight the Bordner Cabin and other SWA projects.  Recruit volunteers and members.
bullet June 1 Brushstrokes on Canvass, $40, Paint the Bordner Cabin.  6:30-9:30.  Open to the public.  Pre-register at http://brushstrokesoncanvas.com/event/198/swatara-township-fund-raiser

Next Meeting: June 1, 2016:  Tom will host the meeting at 9:30AM at Swatara Watershed Park.  Afterwards, a work session will take place.  Volunteers welcome.

On a motion by Fred Folmer, seconded by Dick Blouch, the meeting was adjourned.

April 6, 2016

In attendance:  Bob Arnold, Dick Blouch, Tom Embich, Fred Folmer, Ben Miller, Denny Miller, Ann Lasky,     Jo Ellen Litz

Treasurer's Report: Denny Miller: On a unaimous Fred Folmer/Ben Miller motion, $2,000 was placed on the 'Mortgage': bringing the balance to $18,315.29:  Interest $51.08, Principal $354.31; Payment $405.39  File Treasurer's report for audit.  Discussion concerning paying down the mortgage ended with a consensus that our interest rate is reasonable, and instead, we can use working capital for repairs, upkeep, and fronting payments for grants until reimbursed.   PA American Water Company made a $50 donation they received for a Hershey speaking engagement.  Denny requested a letter for Jonestown Bank for a donation.

Bordner Cabin

bullet Hiking map completed. 
bullet Follow-up article by Bill Warner for Berks Country. 
bullet Pursue a chimney repair estimate.
bullet Pursue Dick Stites to treat wood.
bullet On a Dick Blouch/Ben Miller motion a fundraiser will be held at Brushstrokes on Canvas on June 1 where participants will paint the Bordner Cabin.  Profit ratio for the fundraising effort is $40/person will yield $12 towards SWA.  You can also maintain a donation jar during the event to garner more donations.  We can host up to 40 people, and should serve light refreshments.  We will promote the event at the Swatara and Jonestown Block Parties.
bulletA letter came from DCNR stating in summary that to allow someone to drive to the Cabin would require handicap access.
bulletBen Miller will consider working with a committee to coordinate a run to raise money for upkeep.

Mike Willeman - New 10-year lease received from DCNR!  Executed Labor & Industry permit.  DEP permit. Thank you to everyone for your patience, hard work, & perseverance.  Awaiting State review & approval of a reservation form for the Cabin.  Inquiry from Heather Mearkle for a wedding.  Corey passed the application onto the State for review.  Received a phone call.  Copy to follow.

Bridges:  Ben and Deb scouted.  Discovered Yordy's Bridge is all but blocked.  County is contracting for cleanup.

Conservancy: Dick Blouch - April 10 is the Conservancy's Spring in the Valley banquet at Hebron.

Conservation Districts: Stephanie Harmon -

Fort Indiantown Gap: Hotline 717.861.2007 to learn about activities at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Little Swatara: Fred Folmer -

Membership:  To support SWA Clean Water Projects, donate using credit card on PayPal:  https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_sxclick&hosted_button_id=ETAR7NLSKT496 Suggested donation:  Individual Annual Dues $20; Individual Lifetime Membership $200; Business Partners Lifetime Membership $500 (We reserve the right to only accept memberships consistent with our mission.) Mail check to 2302 Guilford St., Lebanon PA 17046, or pay online at www.SwataraWatershed.com

MS4  (municipal separate storm water sewer system):  15 Municipalities and 5 nonprofits have adopted an MOU.  Working on water pollution and flood control.   The Center for Watershed Protection in Maryland received a contract to calculate sediment reduction going into the Chesapeake Bay.  Cherie Prentice Brown is completing a GIS map.

Northern Swatara Watershed & Sweet Arrow Lake: Denise Donmoyer—events SweetArrowLakePark.com

Pipelines: Two new communications.

Quittie Creek and Park: Ann Lasky -  Participating in the Day of Caring cleanup.  In June work on the banks will resume to Route 934.  Owen Moe is researching the lime kilns within the Park, and will be SWAs guest speaker in May.  Finally, a handicap accessible fishing platform is being built.

Sojourn:  Swatara Sojourn May 7-8, 2016:

Completed: 

  1. Ø  Filed & received approval of float plan PA Fish & Boat for the lower half, 1929 BBR to Middletown.

  2. Updated web site. Created brochure  & an event on Facebook.  Bayer will print 500 brochures.

  3. Ø  Created and mailed Sponsor forms – Jo Ellen  Izaak Walton League, Soaps by Elizabeth, each $100.  PA American Water $200.  E&E Metal FAB $50.  Mease Motors van rental Discount confirmed.  Ann Lasky lunch confirmed.  Ben Miller water confirmed.  Tom Embich and Denny Miller drinks confirmed.  Hershey Highmeadow campsites and pavilion confirmed.

  4. Ø  Signed up for Get Outdoors PA, Keep PA Beautiful and Great PA Cleanup.  – Jo Ellen

  5. Ø  Contacted GLRA to accept tires and trash - Confirmed

  6. Ø  Contacted Middletown about disposal

  7. Ø  Sheetz request to cover breakfast - Completed online.  Confirmed

  8. Ø  Penn DOT - gloves and trash bags picked up.

  9. Ø  POWR grant application. – Completed.  Denied.  Jo Ellen            

  10. Ø  Hershey sponsorship - Completed online. Jo Ellen

  11. Ø  Sought Resolutions of Support from municipalities6 to date.  Jo Ellen

  12. Ø  U-Haul Trailer reserved.  Jo Ellen

  13. Ø  Toilet at 1929 BBR.  Confirmed.

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Ø  Ordered pot pie from Ono Fire Company.  Will confirm count week before event.

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Ø  Renew canoe registrations.  Some processed.  Waiting on others. Trail registrations arrived.

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Ø  Renaissance Crossroads volunteers will participate Saturday morning. 

To Do:

Ø  Weidle dumpster at 1929 BBR for disposal – Jo Ellen

Tom reserved two vans from Mease Motors.  PU 3PM Friday before Sojourn.  Bob Arnold drive on Saturday.  Fred Drive on Sunday.  Assisted by Jack Stouffer both days. 

Program:  LV Conservancy lunch at Boathouse Road Park on Saturday; Manada Conservancy on Sunday; and Mike Willeman Saturday night on the Bordner Cabin history, repairs and vision.  Jo Ellen safety briefings.

Susquehanna River Basin Commission:

Swatara Watershed Park:  Tom - Water test two times a year.  BSA Troop 117 Canoe and Campout May 14-15 was paid in advance.  At a crest of 10.56', sites 26-35 did not flood.  Many volunteers are needed for United Way Day of Caring to clean-up the Park, move picnic tables back to campsites, clear the boat launch of mud....  Tom will set up a second date to move picnic tables.  The office porch deck needs leveled.  4 campers have reserved sites to date.

Water TrailGrant request completed with American Water.  Also working on text.  New Map Quote from Colortech--design is additional.  Quantity: 50,000 for $6,990.00.  Exercise:  Members marked up a map with corrections/updates.  Fish and Boat GIS layers being edited.  A Bob Arnold/Ann Lasky motion passed to explore prices to adopt a new access.  Over the summer, remove sign from Route 22 where the access has been closed by the Water Authority.

Calendar:

bullet April 10 - LV Conservancy's Spring in the Valley will be held at Hebron, 3PM: 
bullet                 Also, Owen Moe @ Annville Train Station on the lime industry on the Quittaphilla Creek and Bachman Run, 2PM.
bullet April 20 Tire Collection 8AM-6PM at the LV Expo.  Run by Extension.  Pre-register to guarantee free disposal of up to 10 tires.
bullet April 22 - Earth Day
bullet April 23 - Little Swatara litter cleanup of I78 ramps on Route 645 or 501.
bullet April 23 - United Way Day of Caring cleanups at both Bordner Cabin and Swatara Watershed Park as well as Quittie Nature Park
bullet April 30 - Swatara Township Environmental Education Day, 536 N Mill St., Jonestown; 9AM-noon
bullet May 7-8, 2016 - Swatara Sojourn, 1929 Blacks Bridge Road, Annville to Middletown Fish & Boat
bullet May 7 - Little Swatara Water Quality Nature Day at Camp Swatara
bullet May 28 - Jonestown Block Party 10' x 10' booth from 5-9PM to highlight the Bordner Cabin and other SWA projects.  Recruit volunteers and members.

Next Meeting: May 4, 2016:  Guest speaker, Owen Moe.

On a motion by Fred Folmer, seconded by Dick Blouch, the meeting was adjourned.

March 2, 2016

In attendance:  Dick and June Blouch, Tom Embich, Fred Folmer, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Ben Miller, Denny Miller, Mike Willeman.

Treasurer's Report: Denny Miller: 'Mortgage': $20,666.58 balance:  Interest $54.10, Principal $351.29               ; Payment $405.39  File Treasurer's report for audit.  Discussion concerning paying down the mortgage ended with a consensus that our interest rate is reasonable, and instead, we can use working capital for repairs, upkeep, and fronting payments for grants until reimbursed.

Election of Officers:  Secretary Fred Folmer took over the meeting.  On a motion by Denny Miller, and seconded by Ben Miller, Jo Ellen Litz was re-elected as president.  Motion carried.  Jo Ellen Litz then called for nomination of vice president, secretary, and treasurer.  On a motion by Denny Miller and Ben Miller, VP Tom Embich, Sec. Fred Folmer, and Trea. Denny Miller were re-elected unanimously.

Bordner CabinMike Willeman - New 10-year lease received from DCNR!  Executed Labor & Industry permit.  DEP permit. Thank you to everyone for your patience, hard work, & perseverance.  Awaiting State review & approval of a reservation form for the Cabin.  Inquiry from Heather Mearkle for a wedding.  Corey passed the application onto the State for review.

Conservancy: Dick Blouch - Due to the lack of a State Budget, 4H and Agriculture at Penn State Extension are in jeopardy of funding.  Heritage Trail maps for the City of Lebanon are being printed with a grant from the Lebanon County Commissioners from their tourism dollars.  April 10 is the Conservancy's Spring in the Valley banquet at Hebron.

Conservation Districts: Stephanie Harmon -

Fort Indiantown Gap: Hotline 717.861.2007 to learn about activities at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Little Swatara: Fred Folmer - A $100 donation was received from the Reading Water Authority.  The water quality training at Camp Swatara is progressing.

Membership:  To support SWA Clean Water Projects, donate using credit card on PayPal:  https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_sxclick&hosted_button_id=ETAR7NLSKT496 Suggested donation:  Individual Annual Dues $20; Individual Lifetime Membership $200; Business Partners Lifetime Membership $500 (We reserve the right to only accept memberships consistent with our mission.) Mail check to 2302 Guilford St., Lebanon PA 17046, or pay online at www.SwataraWatershed.com

MS4  (municipal separate storm water sewer system):  15 Municipalities and 5 nonprofits have adopted an MOU.  Working on water pollution and flood control.    A March meeting is planned.

Northern Swatara Watershed & Sweet Arrow Lake: Denise Donmoyer—events SweetArrowLakePark.com

Pipelines:

Quittie Creek and Park: Ann Lasky -  Participating in the Day of Caring cleanup.  In June work on the banks will resume to Route 934.  Owen Moe is researching the lime kilns within the Park.

Sojourn:  Swatara Sojourn May 7-8, 2016:

Completed: 

Ø  Filed & received approval of float plan PA Fish & Boat for the lower half, 1929 BBR to Middletown.

Updated web site. Created brochure  & an event on Facebook.  Bayer will print 500 brochures.

Ø  Created and mailed Sponsor forms – Jo Ellen  Izaak Walton League, Soaps by Elizabeth, each $100.  PA American Water $200.  E&E Metal FAB $50.  Mease Motors van rental Discount confirmed.  Ann Lasky lunch confirmed.  Ben Miller water confirmed.  Tom Embich and Denny Miller drinks confirmed.  Hershey Highmeadow campsites and pavilion confirmed.

Ø  Signed up for Get Outdoors PA, Keep PA Beautiful and Great PA Cleanup.  – Jo Ellen

Ø  Contacted GLRA to accept tires and trash - Confirmed

Ø  Contacted Middletown about disposal

Ø  Sheetz request to cover breakfast - Completed online.  Confirmed

Ø  Penn DOT - gloves and trash bags picked up.

Ø  POWR grant application. – Completed.  Jo Ellen            

Ø  Hershey sponsorship - Completed online. Jo Ellen

Ø  Seek Resolutions of Support from municipalities.  Jo Ellen

To Do:

Ø  Weidle dumpster at 1929 BBR for disposal – Jo Ellen

Ø  Recruit Renaissance Crossroads volunteers.

Ø  Order pot pie.

Ø  Renew canoe registrations.

Ø  Toilet at 1929 BBR.

Tom reserved two vans from Mease Motors.  PU 3PM Friday before Sojourn.  Bob Arnold drive on Saturday.  Fred Drive on Sunday.  Assisted by Jack Stouffer both days. 

Program:  LV Conservancy lunch at Boathouse Road Park on Saturday; Manada Conservancy on Sunday; and Mike Willeman Saturday night on the Bordner Cabin history, repairs and vision.  Jo Ellen safety briefings.

Susquehanna River Basin Commission:

Swatara Watershed Park:  Tom - Water test two times a year.  BSA Troop 117 Canoe and Campout May 14-15 was paid in advance.  The receipted amount will be honored for this year.  Flooding pictures shared with campers to emphasize the need to remove all belongings at the end of each season.  It was also noted that crest was 10.56', and sites 26-35 did not flood.  Many volunteers are needed for United Way Day of Caring to clean-up the Park, move picnic tables back to campsites, clear the boat launch of mud....

Water TrailGrant request completed with American Water.  New Map Quote from Colortech--design is additional.  Quantity: 50,000 for $6,990.00.  Exercise:  Members marked up a map with corrections/updates.  Tom will drop of his notes at a later date.  Fish and Boat GIS layers work, and can be edited.

Calendar:

bullet April 10 - LV Conservancy's Spring in the Valley will be held at Hebron: 
bullet April 20 Tire Collection 8AM-6PM at the LV Expo.  Run by Extension.  Pre-register to guarantee free disposal of up to 10 tires.
bullet April 22 - Earth Day
bullet April 23 - Little Swatara litter cleanup  
bullet April 23 - United Way Day of Caring cleanups at both Bordner Cabin and Swatara Watershed Park as well as Quittie Nature Park
bullet May 7-8, 2016 - Swatara Sojourn, 1929 Blacks Bridge Road, Annville to Middletown Fish & Boat
bullet May 28 - Jonestown Block Party 10' x 10' booth from 5-9PM to highlight the Bordner Cabin and other SWA projects.  Recruit volunteers and members.

Next Meeting: April 6, 2016

On a motion by Ben Miller, seconded by Fred Folmer, the meeting was adjourned.

February 3, 2016

Guest Speakers:  Jesse Goldberg and Lyn O'Hare from Reading Area Water Authority (RAWA), which runs on three wells, spoke about their current assignment.  The duo requested input for projects for large 1M square' warehouses like Dollar General and Pet Smart.  In addition to infiltration, which is not working as designed, recycling water from the roofs of these mammoth buildings would minimize ground water runoff into a tributary of the Little Swatara Creek around Crosskill Creek and Route 645.  Similar to the interconnection between Lebanon Water Authority and American Water Company, other suggestions included capturing water for interconnection between the Reading Water Authority and the Lebanon Water Authority via pipes run along Route 78 to our warehouses in Bethel, Lebanon County and/or storing water in a cistern for fire suppression.  Jesse and Lyn were also considering demonstration sites for children. 

In attendance:  Bob Arnold, Dick and June Blouch, Tom Embich, Fred Folmer, Jesse Goldberg, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Ben Miller, Denny Miller, Lyn O'Hare, Jack Stouffer, and Mike Willeman.

Treasurer's Report by Denny Miller: Filed for audit.  'Mortgage': $21,013.13 balance:  Interest $58.84, Principal $346.55; Payment $405.39.

Bordner Cabin:  SWA signed and mailed a new 10-year lease to DCNR.  We are waiting on a copy of the fully executed document from DCNR.  In the interim, a 6-month extension was granted.  We have the executed Labor and Industry permit, which includes variances for a ramp and toilet, in hand.  On another note, the Fireball Run advanced team thought the cinders on Old State Road/Bear Hole Trail were not conducive to a road rally where $300,000 cars would travel timed routes.  However, they were impressed with the Bordner Cabin and Acyrigg's Falls, and are considering a segment highlighting the Bordner Cabin.  If so, this would provide an international marketing venue for the Swatara State Park and the Bordner Cabin.  Finally, Mike Willeman volunteered to coordinate the Cabin Steward program to police for litter, clean up the Cabin, make minor repairs, and provide educational and interpretive programs there.

On a motion by Jack Stouffer, seconded by Dick Blouch, Mike Willeman was appointed to the Board of the Swatara Watershed Association.  The motion carried unanimously.  Congratulations, and welcome aboard, Mike.

Conservancy: Dick Blouch.

Conservation Districts: Stephanie Harmon.

Fort Indiantown Gap: Hotline 717.861.2007 to learn about activities at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Little Swatara: Fred Folmer stated that a new focus for the EAC will incorporate family programs to accommodate the large population of home-schooled children in the Little Swatara Watershed.  Programs will take place at no cost at Camp Swatara in their Nature Center pavilion as well as the library.

Membership:  To support SWA Clean Water Projects, donate using PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_sxclick&hosted_button_id=ETAR7NLSKT496 Suggested donation:  Individual Annual Dues $20; Individual Lifetime Membership $200; Business Partners Lifetime Membership $500 (We reserve the right to only accept memberships consistent with our mission.) Mail to 2302 Guilford St., Lebanon PA 17046, or use a credit card or PayPal online at www.SwataraWatershed.com

MS4  (municipal separate storm water sewer system):  15 Municipalities and 5 nonprofits have adopted an MOU.  Working on water pollution and flood control.    SWA provided a copy of the Swatara Rivers Conservation Plan for their study.  Also, a National Fish and Wildlife grant will allow countywide GIS mapping of storm water drains.

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

Pipelines: On a motion by Jack Stouffer, seconded by Dick Blouch, SWA will cooperate with Dana Heston, USGS, concerning the concept for study of stormflow management and effects on sinkholes in the area of Palmyra in relation to the proposed path of the Williams pipeline proposed to traverse that karst area, and the issues of sinkholes and water management, which warrant consideration in the environmental safety assessment for such pipeline projects.  The pipeline structure would not only require fortification, but the pipeline route and drainage paths (which will be altered by the pipeline) may require water management strategies to reduce focused sources of recharge. Such focused recharge of "corrosive" runoff water could exacerbate the development of sinkholes.

Quittie Creek and Park: Ann Lasky. 

Sojourn:  Swatara Sojourn May 7-8, 2016:

Completed: 

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Filed a float plan with PA Fish and Boat for the lower half, 1929 BBR to Middletown.

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Updated web site. Created brochure  & an event on Facebook

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Created and mailed Sponsor forms – Jo Ellen

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Signed up for Great PA Cleanup and Get Outdoors PA.  – Jo Ellen

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Contacted GLRA to accept tires and trash

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Contacted Middletown about disposal

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Completed a Sheetz request to cover breakfast

To Do:

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POWR grant application. – Jo Ellen            

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Weidle dumpster at 1929 BBR for disposal – Jo Ellen

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Recruit Renaissance Crossroads volunteers.

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Hershey sponsorship grant

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Order potpie

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