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SWATARA WATERSHED ASSOCIATION

Lebanon, PA USA

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Swatara Watershed Association 

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:

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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   Apply for Bayer services to print registration forms. 

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

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14  X Request Proclamations from municipalities

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

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      Recruit Ben will contact 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.

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

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2.    XArrange 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.    A new banner is needed.

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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

      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:

 

 

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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 let us know about pizza and soda pick up for Sunday lunch at Water Works,

     Programs –

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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.

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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.

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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.

Ø     Food:

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,

Ø     Programs –

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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.

Bridges

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. 

Calendar:

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. 

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. 

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.

Calendar:

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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. 

Calendar:

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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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American Water Company grant to print new Swatara Water Trail maps

Tom reserved two vans from Mease Motors for pickup at 3PM the Friday before the Sojourn.  Bob Arnold volunteered to drive on Saturday. 

Ben requested that the Lebanon Valley and Manada Conservancies swap days due to a previous engagement by Manada Conservancy for Saturday.  Therefore, LV Conservancy will present during lunch at Boathouse Road Park on Saturday, and Manada Conservancy will present on Sunday at Schiavoni Park in Hummelstown. 

Mike will present Saturday night on the Bordner Cabin history, repairs and vision. 

Susquehanna River Basin Compact requires the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) to annually adopt a Water Resources Program to implement various goals and actions identified in the Comprehensive Plan.  The current Comprehensive Plan was approved by the Commission at its December 12, 2013 business meeting and can be accessed at  http://www.srbc.net/planning/comprehensiveplan.htm

Swatara Watershed Park:  Campsite agreement completed.  First camper ap received.  Further, Tom reported that the powerline Right of Way was trimmed again by the power company.  They did take down a large dead Sycamore tree, which is greatly appreciated.  This will improve safety in the Park.  Jo Ellen is working on a final report for the NL Rotary security grant.

Water Trail:  New Map Quote--Note, design is additional.  Quantity Price:  5,000 $1,377.00; 10,000 $2,042.00; 25,000 $3,945.00; 50,000 $6,990.00.  SWA Partnerships:  Utilize GIS layers created by PA Fish and Boat and DCNR public accesses .

Calendar:

bullet April 10 - LV Conservancy's Spring in the Valley will be held at Hebron
bullet April 22 - Little Swatara litter cleanup on Earth Day
bullet April 23 - United Way Day of Caring cleanups at both Bordner Cabin and Swatara Watershed Park
bullet May 7-8, 2016 - Swatara Sojourn, 1929 Blacks Bridge Road, Annville to Middletown Fish & Boat

Next Meeting: March 2, 2016

On a motion by Jack Stouffer, seconded by Dick Blouch, the meeting was adjourned.

January 6, 2016

In attendance:  Bob Arnold, June & Dick Blouch, Fred Folmer, Jo Ellen Litz, Ben Miller, Denny Miller, and Jack Stouffer.

Treasurer's Report by Denny Miller: Filed for audit.  January 'Mortgage': $21,358.74 balance:  Interest $59.78, Principal $345.61; Payment $405.39

Bordner Cabin:  .  DCNRs Deputy Secretary John Norbec, Park Manager Corey Snyder...will meet with SWA Board members Monday @ 2PM to further negotiate a new 10-year lease.  In the interim, a 6-month extension was granted. 

Conservancy: Dick Blouch said Spring in the Valley will be held at Hebron April 10th.

Conservation Districts: Stephanie Harmon -

Fort Indiantown Gap: Hotline 717.861.2007 to learn about activities at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Little Swatara: Because many of the residents Home-school, Fred Folmer stated that the Bethel EAC is looking to engage family units with school aged children to label storm drains.  They will create art at a "junk fair", and award three $60 prizes.  Finally there will be a litter cleanup on Earth Day, April 22.

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.  Through Karen Feather who is working on a sustainability program for Lebanon Valley College, the Clean Water Partnership was awarded a grant to coordinate uniform permit approval for municipalities along the Quittaphailla Creek.  .

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

Pipelines:  Eminent Domain Hearing on the docket for 1.8 in courtroom 2 at 8:30AM.  Postponed.  Further, Tom shared a letter from Mike Schroeder concerning hydrostatic water withdrawal to test pipelines, then discharge into the Swatara. 

Quittie Creek and Park: Ann Lasky. 

Sojourn:  Swatara Sojourn Planning May 7-8, 2016:

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File a float plan with PA Fish and Boat for the lower half, 1929 BBR to Middletown. – Jo Ellen

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Update web site. Create brochure  & an event on Facebook – Jo Ellen

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Create and mail Sponsor forms – Jo Ellen

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Sign up for Great PA Cleanup.  – Jo Ellen

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Arrange for toilets – Jo Ellen

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POWR grant application. – Jo Ellen

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Contact GLRA, Larry Taylor, for tire removal

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Brian Kettering or Larry Taylor at GLRA tires. – Jo Ellen

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Weidle dumpster at 1929 BBR & contact Middletown about disposal – Jo Ellen

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Photographers.  Everyone submit jpegs to Jo Ellen for inclusion on our Facebook Page.

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Shore support:  Laurie Andrews, Jack Stauffer, HS senior project volunteers,…others.

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Vans:  Tom make arrangements with Mease Motors.  Friday Jo Ellen pick up one Van, and make U-Haul Trailer arrangements; Tom pick up second Van. Ben Miller additional transport.  Fred Folmer and Jack Stouffer will man the equipment van and trailer

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Recruit Renaissance Crossroads volunteers.

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Food:

bulletJune Blouch breakfast both days?  Inquire with Sheetz for coffee, fruit, and pastries.
bulletPick up Seaman’s Subs for lunch Saturday at Boathouse Road Park,
bulletSwiss drinks from Wengert’s for Saturday lunch
bulletDinner Saturday evening, Jo Ellen check with Ono Fire Company for potpie
bulletAnn and David Lasky pick up pizza and soda for Sunday lunch at Schiavoni Park, Hummelstown
bulletCases of water. Denny & Tom??? 
bulletPrograms –Manada Conservancy (Saturday), Bob Arnold and Andy Ramsey portage; Lebanon Valley conservancy (Sunday). 
bulletHershey Highmeadow Campground Saturday, Jo Ellen    

Swatara Watershed Park

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Except for the Sojourn, on a motion by Dick, seconded by Fred, suggested canoe use will increase by $10. 

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On a motion by Bob, seconded by Dick suggested campsite use will increase by $25.  

Before Jo Ellen sends renewal registrations into Pa Fish and Boat, but first, Tom will check to make sure that the most "sea worthy" canoes are on the trailers.

Water Trail:  Possible article.

A discussion ensued on extending an invitation to Mike Willamen and either or both a member of the Manada Conservancy and PA American Water Company to join the SWA Board.

Calendar:

April 22 - Earth Day

May 7-8 Swatara Sojourn

May 21-22 Union Canal Days

Next Meeting: February 3, 2016.  Speaker Jesse Goldberg from the Reading Area Water

On a motion by Dick, seconded by Fred, the meeting was adjourned.

December 2, 2015

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

Treasurer's Report by Denny Miller: Filed for audit.

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November Mortgage: $22,048.97 balance:  Interest $61.77, Principal $343.62; Payment $405.39

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December Mortgage: $21,705.35 balance:  Interest $58.78, Principal $346.61; Payment $405.39

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$100 Donation from Ann Lasky.

Bordner Cabin:  On an Arnold/Blouch motion, SWA will move forward with requesting a meeting to negotiate the Bordner Cabin Lease.  The motion passed unanimously.

bullet 10-Year Lease Terms:  Requested outcome--Meet with DCNR Secretary, forgive $200/year rent and remove requirement to install doors and windows.
bullet Media coverage:  Positive public relations generated for Swatara State Park, concentrating on the last two years ( Armar Bordner/Bordner Cabin is a Destination drawing regional media reviews.pdf ). 
bullet Bench:  Mike will work with Fred and Ben.  Run design by Corey Snyder.
bullet Meeting Requested with DCNR:  Senator Mike Folmer and Representative Russ Diamond will arrange a meeting with Secretary Dunn, Central Office Staff....
bullet Labor and Industry Inspection is scheduled.
bullet How to Clean Plexiglas:  Laundry detergent mix in a spray bottle & a microfiber cloth.  Never rub dirt particles on the surface of your Plexiglas with a dry cloth, which can scratch.
bullet GoFundMe--possible online fundraising mechanism

Conservancy: Dick Blouch reports another easement donation on a plot in Union Township.  Larry Herr has been instrumental in acquiring numerous easement donations, and will be honored as the LV Conservancy's Conservationist of the Year.  15 people attended a Kittatiny Ridge meeting.  Springtime in the Valley will be held April 10 at the Hebron Fire Company.  WGALs naturalist Jack Hubley will return with a different program.  Silent Auction items are being sought. 

Conservation Districts: Stephanie Harmon -

Eagle Scout Projects

bullet Sean Blade's Eagle Scout project to power wash, stain and seal picnic tables at Swatara Watershed Park was completed and signed off on.
bullet Friend interested in a project.  Suggested the parking bollards at Swatara Watershed Park.

Floods, Droughts: No report.

Fort Indiantown Gap: Hotline 717.861.2007 to learn about activities at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Little Swatara: Fred Folmer reported that the next EAC meeting will take place December 7.  Engineer Jesse Goldberg, representing the Reading Area Water Authority, is responsible for water and runoff at the Warehouses on Route 22.  He requested to make a presentation to SWA, and Fred will invite him to speak at the January or February meeting. 

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.  Through Karen Feather who is working on a sustainability program for Lebanon Valley College, the Clean Water Partnership was awarded a grant to coordinate uniform permit approval for municipalities along the Quittaphailla Creek.  .

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

Pipelines:  Three Eminent Domain Hearings were held before Judge Eby.  Jo Ellen reviewed points made by both sides.  Two more hearings are on the docket for 12.4 in courtroom 1 and 1.8 in courtroom 2, both at 8:30AM.

Quittie Creek and Park: Ann Lasky.  The first phase of the Quittie restoration project is complete.  Next, the downstream banks will be stabilized at the 934 bridge.  The Spruce Street Bridge will be replaced to include an aboveground cross walk. 

Swatara Watershed Park

bullet Two parking bollards-- possible Eagle Scout Project
bullet Security--Northern Lebanon Rotary Club reimbursement requested.  On a Ben Miller/Dick Blouch motion, Tom and Jo Ellen will try to extract segments of Sean Blade's Eagle Scout project.  If everything works correctly, they are given permission to request a final bill be sent to the Northern Lebanon Rotary Club to close out the grant.    
bullet Hunters were given permission for archery, but the Park has a "no discharge of firearms" policy.  A neighbor was concerned when hunters drove about 13 deer from the Park, but they did not open fire, and honored our policy. 

Calendar:  PA Green & Healthy Schools tonight at LVC Mund Center -5PM, 12.2 a free event for community members to discuss ECO-Schools USA and to address the results of the Environmental Literacy Indicator Tool Survey (ELIT) in Pennsylvania schools.  Join the discussions with state, federal and local educators about statewide initiatives that encourage sustainable schools and models for “green school” STEM education!

Pennsylvania American Water annual Source Water Protection Meeting for the Hershey and Mechanicsburg Systems.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 10AM, G.C. Smith Water Treatment Plant, 200 East Canal Street in Hummelstown, PA. Lunch will be served following the meeting.

Next Meeting: January 6, 2016.

November 4, 2015

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

June Blouch asked if the Board could take Bordner Cabin project manager Mike Willeman and his wife to lunch at either the Timbers or Hide-a-Way in honor of his dedication and hard work.  Board members will be Dutch treat.  A motion by Jack Stouffer and Dick Blouch passed unanimously.  A second motion by Stouffer and Fred Folmer passed giving permission for Jo Ellen to purchase an appropriate gift.

Treasurer Denny Miller gave a report of the amount spent on the Bordner Cabin to date.  Invoices submitted for reimbursement included $861.29, $651.39, and $354.83 to Mike Willeman to reimburse him for lumber, cement, and other supplies.  Jo Ellen was reimbursed for student meals and supplies in the amount of $293.64.  Walter's Portable Toilet cost $168 for a two-month minimum.  Mease Motors van rental for the tour cost $74.85.  Additionally, $2343.74, one-half of the foundation work under the porch was paid to Matarazzi Contracting.  The report was filed for audit. 

A motion by Stouffer and Folmer passed to pay the second half of the Matarazzi bill.

Denny also asked if he was to prepare a 990N.  Jo Ellen will check to see if this is the form that the CPA completes.

Pictures of Cabin progress are posted on the Swatara Water Trail Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/Swatara-Water-Trail-86311524094/?fref=ts

At the Cabin, Linda Bordner, Armar's daughter, and her cousin, had visited from Arizona, and their stories were recorded and published on YouTube. 

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Linda reminiscing about living in the Cabin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AH1kkqA6QQ

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How and where Armar and Peg, his wife, died: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdsiA1umyI8

Also, under Mike Willamen's guidance, members shared their stories about working at the Bordner Cabin.    Fred Folmer hauled rough-cut beams that Mike purchased from a dismantled convent in Adamstown, and Fred helped under the porch.  Fred will also store black plastic pipe and bags of sand in his warehouse.  Ben helped with the basement beams and stone wall.  June stained cut porch boards and provided water for the cement mixture.  Dick helped to trowel smooth the cement.  Jo Ellen shared stories about screwing the porch boards into place, creating a header with a crescent moon on the outhouse and mixing many bags of cement.

On a motion by Ann Lasky and Stouffer, Jo Ellen was authorized to investigate the cost of natural, non-electrical lighting tubes for the Cabin

If Mike will provide some guidance, Fred and Ben volunteered to make a bench for the porch. Dick and June volunteered to pay for any needed materials. 

Mike has suggested a 5k to raise money for the Cause.  A Walter's toilet will cost $84 per month.  Jo Ellen suggested a May 1- October 31 season.  Insurance and regular maintenance are other expenses.  A $25 entry fee is normally charged, and it is believed that $1000 could be raised for Cabin maintenance.  Ben is working on coordinating a run, and will consider the State Park highlighting the Cabin.

Next steps for the Bordner Cabin include:  1) finishing the stairway railing and installing the Plexiglass donated by MSC Sid Tool; 2) Passing the Labor and Industry inspection; and 3) approaching DCNR to extend the lease by 10 years. 

At the Swatara Watershed Park, Tom reported the following items that need attention to close the Park:  1)  Dead tree removal, which Fred will help with; 2) Leveling the deck; 3) Moving the grills indoors; 4) Securing the canoes; 5) Storing Austin's launch sign for the winter; 6) Bringing in the feather sign flag; 7) Securing the entry; 8) Hooking the cable; and 9) Draining the pipes and shutting off the well.

On a Dick Blouch and Folmer motion, Jo Ellen is authorized to investigate the cost of one or two parking bollards like the ones used to secure roads through Swatara State Park.

Jo Ellen reported that a security system is installed.  She is not sure if Reed's is satisfied with the one camera, or if they will be replacing it.  One-half of the bill has been paid.  As soon as the balance of work is done, and a new invoice received and paid, a statement will be submitted to the Northern Lebanon Rotary Club sponsors for reimbursement. 

Sean Blade Eagle Scout project going on.  Sean will gather, pressure wash, and sealing picnic tables.

October 7, 2015  A work session was held at the Bordner Cabin.  Northern Lebanon High School students joined us, and lunch was provided.  Board members in attendance included Dick and June Blouch, Fred Folmer, Jo Ellen Litz and Ben Miller. Mike Willeman provided tools for students to stain boards for the outhouse and to dig the 5'x5' base for the toilet.  Students also dug a hole and set a post to hold a rail that will go along the steps.  Some students helped with moving rocks to prepare for a foundation to be poured between the porch peers.  Thank you to all who were involved.

Denny Miller provided a treasurer's report.

September 2, 2015 MINUTES

In attendance:  Dick Blouch, June Blouch, Tom Embich, Fred Folmer, Ann Lasky Jo Ellen Litz, Frank MaGuire, Ben Miller, Jack Stouffer, and by conference call, Mike Willeman.

Frank MaGuire, with both the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and PA Organization of Watersheds and Rivers POWR, invited everyone to a Water Trail Manager conference on 9.11.  He also volunteered to guide us to grant funding for new maps and infrastructure at for our Water Trail.

American Water Company: $25 Blue-Jean Friday donation received.

Bordner Cabin: Written permission received from DCNR to proceed with repairs. Waiting on variance for ramp from L&I.  Mike Willeman is coordinating volunteers.  Work to begin in September.  Contact us to volunteer.  litz@mbcomp.com

PA Historical & Museum Commission states, "Listing(s) provide recognition of a property's historic importance and assures review of federally funded or permitted projects that might effect the historic character of the property.  If the property is listed in the National Register, certain federal investment tax credits for rehabilitation and other provisions may apply.  Listing in the National Register does not mean that limitations will be placed on properties by the federal government. 

Bridges: The Lickdale bridge is closed for repairs, and is scheduled to reopen in October 2015.

Conservancy: Dick Blouch

Conservation Districts: Stephanie Harmon - Seeking nominations for:  2 names for Farmer Director and 2 names for Public Director, both volunteer positions, and each for a 4-year term beginning January 1.  Tom Embich will allow his name to be placed in nomination for public director.  Joel Smith, Palmyra, will be nominated for Farmer Director.

Donations, Financial:  Mortgage $22,728.41:  Interest $78.29, Principal $334.70; Payment $412.99

Income:

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 Blue Jean Friday from PA American Water Company - $25

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 Hershey through Bob Arnold - $245

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 Friends Helping Friends through Boscov's - $135

Expenses:

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Garcia Garman & Shay for audit and tax preparation $1750.  A Stouffer/Blouch motion passed unanimously to pay the bill.

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Members decided not to reapply for the Williams grant to print Water Trail maps.

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Reed's Locksmith--50% down for security system $2278.

 

Treasurer Miller reported a $10,751.05 checking account balance.

 

After a failed motion, Blouch/Embich's motion for Denny and Jo Ellen to present a financial plan for an electronic vote passed unanimously.  Jack will be notified by phone.

·         Legacy Giving - May your life be peaceful like a river.  May you make pools out of puddles.  And, when you tackle problems, start inward, then move outward, like ripples in a pond. (author unknown)  To donate using PayPal:  https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=ETAR7NLSKT496

·         We truly value our clean water.  It nourishes us, sustains our homes and businesses, cleanses us, and gives us new life through baptisms.  The same water on earth today, is the same water that was here in the beginning of time and will provide for future generations.  It's how we use and plan for that water that will impact lives positively or negatively.  As you think about your gifts beyond this life, please consider the gift of water by gifting annuities, trusts, life insurance, stocks, or a cash contribution to the Swatara Watershed Association, Inc., 2302 Guilford St., Lebanon PA  17046.  Give the gift that will keep on giving.  Thank you, and God bless you for your thoughtful consideration.

 (The Swatara Creek Watershed Association Inc. is a 501C3 nonprofit volunteer organization serving parts of Berks, Dauphin, Lebanon, and Schuylkill counties in south-central Pennsylvania.)

Eagle Scouts:

Eagle Scout Sean Blade's project and timeline: Location:  1929 Blacks Bridge Road, Annville PA

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7.19.2015, met with Jo Ellen Litz at Campground.

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8.30.2015, met with Jo Ellen Litz.  Completed pdf to be forwarded for signature of approval. 

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9.17.2015, Sean's project will go before the Scout committee for approval.

Project Description: 

By waiting until after the close of the camping season, campers will not need to be notified.  Move tables from under pavilion.

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11.01.2015, Tag and collect picnic tables from campsites, and move to under pavilion to utilize electricity and water.   If available, utilize Swatara Watershed Association's trailer to move tables.  If only one circuit breaker services the pavilion, also run an extension cord from the Park office.  SWA has a 100-amp service.  A power washer may utilize 15 amps.

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11.7.2015, Place tables onto tarps to catch any drips from the stain/sealer.  Power wash picnic tables with environmentally friendly Simple Green.  Let dry overnight.

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11.8.2015, Stain and seal picnic tables.  Return all tables to the pavilion for winter storage.

Advisors:  Mr. V Roscoe, Unit Leader & Mr. Else

Floods, Droughts: No report.

Fort Indiantown Gap: Hotline 717.861.2007 to learn about activities at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Little Swatara: Fred Folmer--reported on Watershed Awareness Day 8.31.2015

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. 

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

Pipelines: A vote of affirmation by Folmer/Stouffer passed in support of comments submitted to both Williams and Sunoco concerning opposition to removal of riparian buffers.

Quittie Creek and Park: Ann Lasky

Swatara State Park: Tom will notify MetEd about dead trees that may fall on their power line.

Park Timeline--

bullet1969 Project 70 public hearing introduced Swatara State Park to the public.
bullet1970 Swatara State Park is the last major Project 70 state park awaiting development and completion in central PA.
bullet1987 Most land acquisition completed (including the Bordner Cabin).
bullet1988 Waterville Bridge moved from Lycoming County, and re-erected  in Swatara State Park.
bullet1993 SR443 and SR 72 relocated 3.3 miles and dedicated.  Bicycle trail established.
bullet1994 Armar Bordner passed away.  Boy Scouts acquired a lease to his cabin.
bullet1995 Over 800,000 tons of coal refuse material was removed from the Park near Suedberg. 
bullet1997 Baltimore District, US Army Corps of Engineers finalized location of delineated wetlands.
bullet1998 Susquehanna River Basin Commission passed a Comprehensive Plan resolution.
bullet2006 Swatara Watershed Association secured a lease for the Bordner cabin.  Roof replaced.
bullet2015 Labor and Industry, Department of Environmental Protection, and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources documents in place to proceed with Bordner cabin repairs.

Swatara Watershed Park: NL Rotary approved a $5,000 grant for security.  A contract was signed with Reed's Locksmith, Annville for $4763.26; the balance to be used towards a security light.   Rotary grant requires that Rotarians participate in the project.  Rotarians will be invited to the demonstration, and participate in testing of the installed system.                                                                                                                  

Tom met with Andy Martin from Ono Fire Company concerning use of the boat launch.

Calendar:

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9.11. 2015 Water Trail Manager conference

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9.19.2015 - 9:30AM-noon Coastal Cleanup.  Leave from YMCA.

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September, Varied Dates - Bordner Cabin prep work and repairs to commence.  Area in Swatara State Park to be taped off.  Only volunteers signing a release will be permitted to enter the cabin during restoration.  Prep work will be done in a warehouse off-site.  Email litz@mbcomp.com  to volunteer.  Both tradesmen and novices welcome. 

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October 7, 2015  .Next Meeting:

August 5, 2015 MINUTES

In attendance: Richard & June Blouch, Tom Embich, Fred Folmer, Ann Lasky, Denny Miller

American Water Company: No report.

Bordner Cabin: By email, J. Litz sent a communication regarding status of the lease and work to be done. Historical account articles appeared in the Reading Eagle, and the Lebanon Daily News Sunday edition.  Also, a second video documentary was created with Armar Bordner's voice as narration.  Armar tells of his childhood growing up with the Brock millionaires in their mansion, which was located in Coleman Park.  The Millionaire Brocks narrated by Armar Bordner Already watched. - Duration- 40 minutes

Bridges: The Lickdale bridge is closed for repairs, and is scheduled to reopen in October 2015.  After 10-years, the Inwood Bridge has met with another delay.  The PHMC wanted more studies, but the Lebanon County MPO will ask PennDOT to allow the County to proceed with restoration of the bridge off-site.

Conservancy: A letter supporting the Bordner Cabin lease was issued to PA DCNR.  New conservation easements totaling about 200 acres have been added.

Conservation Districts: Stephanie Harmon issued a notice of the availability of tree stock via PSU.

Donations and Bequests & Financial: Mortgage $23,061.97:  Interest $79.43, Principal $333.56; Payment $412.99.  Denny Miller reported the checking account balance as of August 6 was $10,785.69  In a system of checks and balances, per our auditor's guidance, the president is designated to receive funds and statements while the treasurer deposits funds, writes the checks, and balances the account.  A Lasky/Blouch motion was made to have Treasurer Miller receive copies of statements pertinent to the SWA; motion passed unanimously.  Copy may be electronic.

Eagle Scouts: Sean Blade is considering cleaning campsite picnic tables, and possibly building an additional table.

Floods, Droughts: No report.

Fort Indiantown Gap: Hotline 717.861.2007 to learn about activities at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Little Swatara: Fred Folmer reported on two issues: (1) The water testing equipment turned over to him by the SWA was checked out by ALLARM and found to be either out of date for the chemicals in the wet test kits, or the probes no longer functioning.

Although new chemicals will bring the kits into current status, the cost to do so is not budgeted by the Berks EAC. (2) The scheduled education program for grade-schoolers to learn about stream quality measurement was cancelled due to lack of participation; only four registrants out of an anticipated 30 caused the cancellation of the 7/25 program.

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): LCCWA submitted comments to PA DEP.  A conference call took place with the Center for Clean Water, a division of Penn State.  Regarding draft regulations for MS4. Storm system mapping is on-going with the assistance of Lebanon County Planning Department GIS staff.

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

Pipelines: SWA submitted comments that were approved by email concerning both the Williams and Sunoco applications.  New maps showing possible route through Lebanon County have been posted.  http://elibrary.ferc.gov:0/idmws/file_list.asp?document_id=14318397

Quittie Creek and Park Report: Ann Lasky reported that about 50 trees are yet to be planted for the stream bank restoration project, but the hot weather has caused postponement until Fall.

SRBC: No report.

Swatara State Park: No report.

Swatara Watershed Park: We had good canoe usage so far this year. Approximately $1000 was brought in. 

  1. Some dead trees remain to be removed. Site 35 has a rotted poplar; and an oak is slumping into the creek. Any assistance offered will be appreciated.  Schedule with Tom.

  2. The search of energy efficient security light up to a cost of $100 needs review since the cost of the most appropriate lights plus supplemental installation will exceed the authorized amount.  Tom will get estimates for completing this task for next meeting.

  3. Fred, Bob & Tom spread the remaining millings and some stone in the driveway. The remainder can wait until cooler weather.

  4. Management of excess saplings at SWP:  Tom requested authorization to “donate” select saplings for forest restoration/stream bank stabilization projects. On a motion by F. Folmer/R. Blouch Annville Township and others will be allowed to use surplus saplings for restoration, with removal coordinated by T. Embich.  Physical removal will be performed by persons interested in the use of excess trees. The motion passed unanimously.

5. Launch area management:. A request will be made to Ono Fire Company, who asked about use of the launch for rescue craft if needed, to help remove a tree stump and log. T. Embich will coordinate a work day if enough volunteers or equipment are provided.

6. A motion was made to authorize reimbursement to T. Embich  for $37.73 by R. Blouch/F. Folmer, and passed unanimously. Mr. D Miller made payment.

Next Meeting: September 2, 2015.

July 1, 2015

In attendance:  Dick and June Blouch, Tom Embich, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Denny Miller, Nancy Shean.

After policing the Water Works Boat Launch area for litter, members ate watermelon and conducted a brief meeting in the field. 

American Water Company

Awards: 

Bordner CabinReading Eagle photographer Harold Hoch and columnist Bill Warner took a tour of the Bordner CabinWatch for an article in Berks Country on July 15.

bulletJo Ellen spoke with Linda Bordner, and sent her a copy of the mini-documentary on the cabin, which was created with Armar's (her Dad's) voice as the narrator.   A 22-year old interview when Armar was 89 was uncovered at the Lebanon Historical Society.  The interview was enhanced, and  photos added  to create the documentary.  Armar Bordner was born in Lickdale; graduated from Lebanon High School in 1924; went to Millersville University to be a school teacher; then Penn State. Armar also taught his final 4 years at Northern Lebanon High School, where he retired with a pension. After seeing his students make more money than he did, Armar worked as a draftsman in industry for 16 years.  Armar also lived in the Brock mansion at Coleman Park.  His mother, Stella Darkes, was a cook for Deborah Norris Coleman Brock.  Armar died in the cabin at age 90. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-jQBYR3xT4
bullet DCNR is reviewing our 10-year lease. Per Mike Willeman, Labor & Industry plan approved; DEP permit approved.  DCNR approval needed.  Mike met with facilities engineers from DCNR.  They offered tips that could save SWA money to complete repairs.  We are waiting on the go-ahead before we can proceed, and must complete repairs before the end of 2015 to accommodate a new lease for 2016.
bullet Old State Road/Bear Hole Run:  Open 2nd Friday & Saturday monthly; & the 4th Friday & Saturday March, April, September, & October, 9AM-3PMOne Way.  Enter from Swope’s Valley Road Trailhead on the northern end of the Park.  PS.  You would have to be “dropped off” to visit Bordner Cabin if driving through as the State Park doesn’t allow cars to park.  To all Volunteer Stewards, thank you!

BridgesThe Lickdale bridge is closed for repairs, and is scheduled to reopen in October 2015.

Conservancy Dick Blouch –  Negotiations are underway  for a 300+acre property on Gold Mine Road near the Wagner's.  An effort is being made to reinvigorate the Conservancy.

Conservation Districts:  Stephanie Harmon -

Donations and Bequests & FinancialDenny Miller reported a checking account balance of $7415.42.  On an Embich/Blouch motion, the report was accepted, and filed for audit.

·         Legacy Giving - May your life be peaceful like a river.  May you make pools out of puddles.  And, when you tackle problems, start inward, then move outward, like ripples in a pond. (author unknown)  To donate using PayPal:  https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=ETAR7NLSKT496

·         We truly value our clean water.  It nourishes us, sustains our homes and businesses, cleanses us, and gives us new life through baptisms.  The same water on earth today, is the same water that was here in the beginning of time and will provide for future generations.  It's how we use and plan for that water that will impact lives positively or negatively.  As you think about your gifts beyond this life, please consider the gift of water by gifting annuities, trusts, life insurance, stocks, or a cash contribution to the Swatara Watershed Association, Inc., 2302 Guilford St., Lebanon PA  17046.  Give the gift that will keep on giving.  Thank you, and God bless you for your thoughtful consideration.

(The Swatara Creek Watershed Association Inc. is a 501C3 nonprofit volunteer organization serving parts of Berks, Dauphin, Lebanon, and Schuylkill counties in south-central Pennsylvania.)

Eagle Scouts Inquiry from Sean Blade [seanpblade3@gmail.com]   No response to date.

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

Fort Indiantown Gap: Hotline 717.861.2007 to learn about activities at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Lebanon Water Authority:  County Planning Director Bob Sentz will be moving to the Authority to handle special projects.

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer

Membership:  To support SWA Clean Water Projects, donate using PayPalhttps://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. 

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

Pipelines: Jo Ellen was involved in a press conference to explain her recent vote to grant a right-of-way to Williams.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MXfEXJ9pRg   FERCs library contains testimony and maps.  A notification just arrived from the County Attorney David Warner stating that FERC accepted Lebanon County as an Intervenor. 

http://elibrary.ferc.gov:0/idmws/file_list.asp?document_id=14318397

Quittie Creek and Park Report:  Ann Lasky-- A successful breakfast under a tent and a tour took place at 8AM.  $10 admission.  Only about 30 potted shrubs purchased with a grant are left to plant.

SRBC:  

Swatara State Park:  The Trout Run Trailhead in Swatara State Park opened their composting toilet.  Members questioned if it was composting.  A check will be made.

Swatara Watershed Park  $1000 Keep PA Beautiful 25 in 25 grant to use toward a security system at Swatara Watershed Park was denied.   A $5000 funding application was also submitted to Northern Lebanon Rotary Club.

  1. Tom reported that White Oak Church of the Brethren, under the direction of Dustin Martin, will use two full trailers of canoes and the pavilion on July 18.
  2. That same day, Tim Slusser, Boy Scout Troop #456, will conduct an overnight campout for around 18 scouts. 
  3. Two small dead trees were cut down.  One big and one medium sized dead trees remain to be removed.  Site 35 has a rotted poplar.
  4. Lasky and Blouch moved to allow Embich to purchase energy efficient security lights up to a cost of $100.
  5. Fred will soon return from vacation, and plans to help spread the remaining stone in the driveways.  To make sure low spots are filled in, Tom will photograph or mark puddles after a rain.
  6. Tom is always looking for volunteers to help with maintenance.

Swatara Sojourn Final report was submitted to POWR, and receipt was acknowledged.

Other:  Jo Ellen was asked to reserve a spot, if possible, with the Boscov's Friends Helping Friends program, and share the date with the Board.

June 3, 2015

The meeting of the Swatara Watershed Association was called together at Swatara Watershed Park.

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

American Water Company

Awards: 

Bordner Cabin:  A 2-hour interview with Armar was obtained from the Lebanon Historical Society.  Highlights were included in a newsletter article

bullet DCNR is still reviewing our 10-year lease. A scheduled meeting with DCNR staff is scheduled for Monday, June 8 at 10AM.  Prior to the meeting, DCNRs facilities people will reinspect the cabin.  In preparation for this visit, on Tuesday, Jo Ellen walked to the cabin to clear a stone fire ring and litter outside of the kitchen area, logs and debris from inside the cabin, and horse manure in front of the cabin.  Corey Snyder had reported the debris left behind by a visitor.  Jo Ellen also forwarded promised excerpts from a visitor's logFormer Mayor George Kaufman was recruited to join us.
bullet Per Mike Willeman, Labor & Industry and DEP plans approved. 
bullet Old State Road/Bear Hole Run:  Open 2nd Friday & Saturday monthly; & the 4th Friday & Saturday March, April, September, & October, 9AM-3PMOne Way.  Enter from Swope’s Valley Road Trailhead on the northern end of the Park.  PS.  You would have to be “dropped off” to visit Bordner Cabin if driving through as the State Park doesn’t allow cars to park.  To all Volunteer Stewards, thank you!

Bridges

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Inwood Iron Bridge update, Anticipated project let date – October 2016.  Two cranes will lift the bridge, and turn it parallel to Swatara Creek where the bridge will be dismantled and then shipped for repair.  When returned, the bridge will be reassembled on site, lifted, and set back onto the bridge abutments.

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Lickdale Iron Bridge update.  The bridge is due to close on 6/10 (for repairs), and is supposed to be done October 2015. Regular maintenance is scheduled by PennDOT.

Conservancy Dick Blouch –  .

Conservation Districts:  Stephanie Harmon -

Donations and Bequests & Financial:  Paperwork changed to new treasurer at Jonestown Bank.  Denny Miller took Quicken class with CPA Bill Oyster at Garcia Garman & Shea.

·         Legacy Giving - May your life be peaceful like a river.  May you make pools out of puddles.  And, when you tackle problems, start inward, then move outward, like ripples in a pond. (author unknown)  To donate using PayPal:  https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=ETAR7NLSKT496

·         We truly value our clean water.  It nourishes us, sustains our homes and businesses, cleanses us, and gives us new life through baptisms.  The same water on earth today, is the same water that was here in the beginning of time and will provide for future generations.  It's how we use and plan for that water that will impact lives positively or negatively.  As you think about your gifts beyond this life, please consider the gift of water by gifting annuities, trusts, life insurance, stocks, or a cash contribution to the Swatara Watershed Association, Inc., 2302 Guilford St., Lebanon PA  17046.  Give the gift that will keep on giving.  Thank you, and God bless you for your thoughtful consideration.

 (The Swatara Creek Watershed Association Inc. is a 501C3 nonprofit volunteer organization serving parts of Berks, Dauphin, Lebanon, and Schuylkill counties in south-central Pennsylvania.)

Eagle Scouts:  Slade Hall, Troop 456, picnic tables for Swatara Watershed Park.  Put wheels on all of the tables under the pavilion.  The American Legion is funding his entire project.

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

Fort Indiantown Gap: Hotline 717.861.2007 to learn about activities at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Lebanon Water AuthorityWill make a donation to the Sojourn.

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer Water sampling and testing and other equipment lent to the Little Swatara Watershed/Fred Folmer includes:

  1. LaMotte model AM-22 testing kit with assorted test kits (e.g. D.O.; Nitrite-Nitrate; sulfate, alkalinity, total and calcium hardness, etc.), plus armored thermometer, and COD test kits (Swatara Kit #3)

  2. multimeter testers (pH, D.O. conductivity, temperature) electronic units; Swatara kit #3, and DER/DEP unit from CVMProgram (with assorted standards for pH, conductance, and dissolved oxygen)

  3. Stream sampler using weighted tube, modified squeeze bottle sampling bottle (2) rope and compositing sample bottle.

  4. Sample cooler with assorted standards and graduated cylinder, etc.

  5. Bucket for carrying sample bottles, with a couple of sample bottles/miscellaneous containers.

  6. 2 Carbouys (@ 5 gal. one with deionized water; one with 0.1 % hydrochloric acid for sample container cleaning)

  7. 1 small (@ 2 liter) flex container with sulfuric acid for sample treating for heavy metal sampling.

  8. Swatara kit #4 and Swatara kit #5 which each consist of the D.O./Conductivity/pH multimeter tester; and

  9. Swatara kit #1 LaMotte Model AM-22 testing kit  which contains testing materials/chemicals identical to Item #1 listed below.

Fred is meeting with a college that will test the equipment.

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. 

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

Pipelines: Trans Atlantic Pipeline File List with FERC. Maps of Lebanon County properties crossed by the pipeline can be viewed on maps 127 and 128.  http://elibrary.ferc.gov:0/idmws/file_list.asp?document_id=14318397

Quittie Creek and Park Report:  Ann Lasky--

SRBC:  

Swatara Watershed Park  Applied for a $1000 Keep PA Beautiful 25 in 25 grant to use toward a security system at Swatara Watershed Park.   Major funding application also submitted to Northern Lebanon Rotary Club.

bullet 12 seasonal campers, one more possible
bullet Limbs down from recent storm.  Tom, thanks for clearing debris.
bullet Stone from Pennsy Supply donated 96 tons of 2A modified aggregate to spread on our dirt and gravel road.  The aggregate is sourced locally at Millard Quarry.  A news release appeared in the Lebanon Daily News.
bullet See Slade Hall's Eagle Scout report on picnic tables.
bullet $50 from Bob Arnold for leftover shingles and nails.  4 bundles for repair of our roof remain in Fred's garage.
bullet 18" snake captured and released away from campsites.
bullet Approximately 12 dead trees marked for removal.
bullet On behalf of MetEd, Lewis Tree Service removed trees, but did not mulch as promised.
bullet Pure Test water report received after Tom submitted sample.
bullet Copy of insurance provided.  Since many of our members are involved in numerous nonprofits, a personal liability policy is recommended.  Through Erie, this extended insurance is available when you have either or both a home and/or auto policy.  When SWA was sued by RIMIRO over the Pine Grove Landfill, it was our homeowners policies that covered our individual liability, and paid for attorneys.

Swatara Sojourn As part of the Sojourn, a newsletter report was shared for proofing newsletters/Swatara News 2015.pdf, and is at the printer; postage $658.10.  After mailing, a final report can be completed with POWR, and grant reimbursement requested.  Pictures and a report were forwarded to Keep PA Beautiful via Michelle Dunn.  All events reported by June 20, 2014 will be eligible for equipment donated by Troy-Bilt.  Winning events will be notified by June 30, 2014.  16 participants completed our Survey Monkey questionnaire for feedback.  Results are encouraging.

It's time for Watermelon at the Waterworks where the next meeting of the Swatara Watershed Association will be held after a litter cleanup on July 1.

May 6, 2015

The regular meeting of SWA was held at Memorial Lake State Park Office, and dedicated to the Bordner Cabin.

In attendance from DCNR:  Judy Deiter and Corey Snyder.  SWA:  Dick Blouch, Tom Embich, Fred Folmer, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, Ben Miller, Denny Miller, Jack Stouffer, and Mike Willeman.

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Judy started by mentioning that lease agreements are not DCNRs number one priority for State Parks.

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She also thought we should have started earlier with lease negotiations.  We shared that a meeting was held on this topic on December 4, 2013 at which time SWA was told DCNR would work on providing a copy of a lease for review.

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Believing there is additional erosion, Judy wants DCNR Facilities people to inspect the project.  She said they need to assess the viability of this project.  Mike stated the facilities team did inspect the facility at the start of the project.  He also offered to meet them at the Cabin to answer questions.  For example, the change from a private residence to public assembly raises the pound limit from 40 to 100, so the floor must be reinforced with additional poles. 

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Judy asked if we know how many people visit the cabin. Jo Ellen offered to copy excerpts from the sign in book of record.

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Judy said that repairs must be completed prior to renewing the lease.  Jo Ellen confirmed with Mike, and stated that all we need is DCNRs written permission to proceed, and the work will be done before the end of the year.

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Finally, Judy did not think the Bordner Cabin was historical when compared to a colonial structure.  Jo Ellen stated we were not there to discuss historic status, but to obtain written permission to complete Cabin repairs, and to renew the lease. 

Lease Clarification requests or MOU 5.6.2015

P 1 Correct name to Swatara Watershed Association; Correct Address to 2302 Guilford St., Lebanon PA  17046

Repair Times conflict.  Suggest adding, "unless under contract with a reputable contractor". Inconsistent times explained as:

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#7 Remedy within 48 hours for special requests by DCNR;

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#13 correct any defects within a reasonable time, but in no event more than thirty (30) days, unless directed otherwise by Bureau's representative refers to inspections; and

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#40 cure breach immediately for safety or have thirty (30) days from time of notification to cure said breach....standard language in any contract.

Judy said she didn't think they could make any changes to the lease other than name and address updates.

P3 #10 repairs...shall be made according to the most up-to-date PA Uniform Construction Code.  The Code has changed once already, and a rewrite is being debated in the General Assembly.  We respectfully ask for written permission to proceed with L&I and DEP approved plans to facilitate completion prior to adoption of still another set of rules. 

Judy said that Code changes do not affect currently approved permits. 

P6 #29  Shall not be responsible for...guaranteed access, but an agreement exists with Swatara Township establishing hours to drive Old State Road/Bear Hole Trail, and to accommodate persons with disabilities, please consider incorporating said hours into the lease.  Open 2nd Friday & Saturday monthly; & the 4th Friday & Saturday March, April, September, & October.  (More educational for Judy then a hard push).  Judy said they can't combine two agreements.  One could terminate, and require the other to be renegotiated.

Per Mike Willeman, it was suggested by John Washington that some ramp requirements should be waived, or a harder grade used to come close to L&I standards.  Otherwise, the ramp may extend beyond the 25' circle of care.  A 5% grade rising on a 12:1 ratio is normal, and incorporates 5' landings.  May 20 is the next Accessibility Board meeting.  Mike asked DCNR to cooperate with presentation. 

Dick suggested that sustainable buildings like the Bordner Cabin have less impact on the earth, and should be encouraged and used as a teaching tool.

Ann stated that Lebanon Valley College has started a sustainability course, and could use the Bordner Cabin as a field trip.

Tom wondered if the land could be turned over to SWA to reduce the footprint of the Park, thus less for staff to patrol and maintain.

Fred suggested asking the new Destination Marketing Organization to include a picture of the Bordner Cabin in their Guide Books.

Mike thought that reinforced and filled concrete block is a viable alternative to the poured reinforced concrete, which needs poured within 90 minutes.  The block could be hauled in on a trailer with a pickup truck rather than a large heavy concrete truck that could damage the renovated stone road.

Bordner Cabin 10-year lease 2015

  1.       Point of interest on the Swatara Water Trail and maps;

  2.       Replaced the roof;

  3.       Held both a 70th and 75th anniversary celebration;

  4.       Placed required bars on the windows;

  5.       Led narrated walks for the N Lebanon Park and Recreation Association consisting of Bethel, East Hanover, Jonestown, Swatara, and Union Townships;

  6.       Used as a lunch stop on the Swatara Sojourn every other year over a 27-year period;

  7.       Stewards help to maintain the building monthly;

  8.       Per Mike Willeman, Labor & Industry approved professional drawings, which are posted on our web page;

  9.       Per Mike Willeman, DEP permit recently acquired to repair the piers;

  10.       Picnic tables added;

  11.       Native plantings;

  12.       Mantle replaced;

  13.       Graffiti removed; and

  14.       A United Way Day of Caring station numerous years

In summary, here is the status of required repairs:

      1.       Beers and Hoffman Professional sealed drawings complete.  Labor and Industry approval of our plan is complete.  Received DEP approval of our permit in October 2014.

      2.       DCNR must provide written approval of submiited plans.

      3.       For safety, window bars were installed per the L&I requirement.  Corey approved.

      4.       Reconstruction of the porch columns is the first major repair.  Decking, railings, fencing from the cabin…can only occur after the columns and cement work are completed.  Mike Willeman will coordinate repairs. Jo Ellen provided a list of volunteers to Mike.  Possible volunteers:  HACC Instructor Christine Bittinger & students; Jimmy Kutz; Pat Gray; Barry Lerch; and Roger Leed.  Add Renaissance Crossroads.

      5.       SID Tool per Kari is working with us to donate needed materials like Plexiglas for the upstairs railing to complete repairs.  Should this not materialize, a Lowe’s quote is $3500 for materials, but cement is additional.  We are working with Boger’s in Annville on special pricing, but Mike says a certain strength is needed.  Framing and pouring of concrete for additional basement peers can take place at the same time concrete is delivered for the peers by the water.

      6.       Corey requested a drawing of the ramp.  Mike Willeman met with Corey Snyder and L&I on site, and inspector John Washington suggested applying for a waiver.

      7.  Ask Mike to communicate monthly via email concerning the status and progress of the various improvements.

      8.  Swatara Watershed Association maintains liability insurance on the property, and annually provides a certificate to the Park Manager.

In addition to caring for the Bordner Cabin, SWA pulled tires from the Swatara Creek through Swatara State Park, and under SWAs direction, Renaissance Crossroad picked up litter on the way to the Bordner Cabin.  So, SWA helps to steward the Park as well as the Bordner Cabin.

Fulfilling this work will be one more step in the enhancement of the Swatara Water Trail and Swatara Rivers Conservation Plan as well as preservation of our history and culture while bringing an appreciation for clean water, the environment and nature.

Our volunteer efforts and those of the donating sponsors are to preserve history for future generations to experience by seeing and touching the unique combination of wood, stone, and water that comprises this Cabin's Rustic Architecture as it blends into nature. The Bordner Cabin and Swatara Creek are the centerpieces for Swatara State Park's potential to be one of Pennsylvania's finer state parks.  Finally, granting the Swatara Watershed Association stewardship to continue completion of improvements is an economically sensible decision to conserve this park's precious landmark. ----------------

At our last meeting on October 22, 2014 with DCNRs Barb Davey, Corey Snyder, and Jason Zimmerman, and SWAs Jo Ellen Litz, Tom Embich, and Fred Folmer, we discussed:

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Gravel Lock Dirt Glue for paths around cabin;

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Amendments for the lease written by Attorney Dave Barrett verses an MOU;

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Concrete bathrooms were being fabricated, and one is installed at Trout Run Trail Head, but DCNR is waiting on an occupancy permit.  When it arrives, the facility will open.

In closing: 

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DCNRs Permission to complete Bordner Cabin repairs per the Labor & Industry permit is requested.

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A new 10-year signed lease is requested.  Please provide a copy for review by our attorney.  Upon execution, a signed copy is requested for SWAs files.

April 1, 2015

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

American Water Company:  Will make a donation to the Sojourn.

Awards: 

Bordner Cabin

bullet DCNR is still reviewing our 10-year lease. A scheduled meeting with DCNR staff was postponed.
bullet Per Mike Willeman, Labor & Industry plan approved; DEP permit approved; and Mike is working on DCNR approval.  Barb Davey, Corey’s boss.  Mike will send copies of all permits for our file.
bullet Old State Road/Bear Hole Run:  Open 2nd Friday & Saturday monthly; & the 4th Friday & Saturday March, April, September, & October.  One Way.  Enter from Swope’s Valley Road Trailhead on the northern end of the Park.  PS.  You would have to be “dropped off” to visit Bordner Cabin if driving through as the State Park doesn’t allow cars to park.  To all Volunteer Stewards, thank you!

Bridges:  Duke Street Bridge in Hummelstown closed to vehicle and boat traffic.  The iron Inwood Bridge is closed south of the Appalachian Trail.  Finally, the weight limit was reduced from 10 to 5 tons on the Spruce Street Bridge over the Quittie in Annville.  Reviews for new construction are taking a long time; a walkway beneath the bridge would not be high enough; and an EIS is required; which may delay completion until 2018.

Conservancy Dick Blouch –  Total easements number around 1,000 acres.

Conservation Districts:  Stephanie Harmon -

Donations and Bequests & Financial

·         Denny Miller was introduced to the SWA Board.  Denny has donated drinks for the Swatara Sojourn for many years.  Bill Oyster is willing to provide training on Quick Books.  Being computer savvy, Denny is willing to learn.  He has served as the treasurer and president of the Water Works Fire Company, is active in the Campbelltown Fire Police, and is a volunteer tax preparer for VITA.  On a motion by Tom Embich and Ben Miller, a vote of affirmation passed unanimously to appoint Denny Miller as the treasurer of the Swatara Watershed Association.  Previously, an email vote also passed.

·         The Hershey Company Dollars for Doers Program, we are pleased to inform you that a Dollars for Doers grant in the amount of $250.00 has been awarded to your organization in recognition of the volunteer hours served by Robert Arnold.

·         Legacy Giving - May your life be peaceful like a river.  May you make pools out of puddles.  And, when you tackle problems, start inward, then move outward, like ripples in a pond. (author unknown)  To donate using PayPal:  https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=ETAR7NLSKT496

·         We truly value our clean water.  It nourishes us, sustains our homes and businesses, cleanses us, and gives us new life through baptisms.  The same water on earth today, is the same water that was here in the beginning of time and will provide for future generations.  It's how we use and plan for that water that will impact lives positively or negatively.  As you think about your gifts beyond this life, please consider the gift of water by gifting annuities, trusts, life insurance, stocks, or a cash contribution to the Swatara Watershed Association, Inc., 2302 Guilford St., Lebanon PA  17046.  Give the gift that will keep on giving.  Thank you, and God bless you for your thoughtful consideration.

·         A draft of financials and our 990 were emailed to the Board for review and questions.

(The Swatara Creek Watershed Association Inc. is a 501C3 nonprofit volunteer organization serving parts of Berks, Dauphin, Lebanon, and Schuylkill counties in south-central Pennsylvania.)

Eagle Scouts:  Slade Hall, Troop 456, met with Jo Ellen for signatures on his paperwork involving the picnic tables for Swatara Watershed Park.  If time and materials allow, he may put wheels on all of the tables under the pavilion.  The American Legion is funding his entire project.

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

Fort Indiantown Gap: Hotline 717.861.2007 to learn about activities at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Lebanon Water AuthorityWill make a donation to the Sojourn.

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer – will conduct a litter cleanup for Earth Day on March 31.  Also, ALARM met with four members yesterday, and will return on April 18 to train these volunteers to be trainers.  Home schooled children grades 6-9 will be targeted.  The training will take place at the Bethel library located at Route 501 and Interstate 78.  Then, on July 25, the Bethel Environmental Advisory Council will train up to 30 students and others to perform water quality monitoring on the Little Swatara Creek.  Fred will sign out and store SWAs water quality monitoring equipment. 

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.  Next meeting Thursday, April 9 at 2PM.

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

Pipelines: Trans Atlantic Pipeline File List with FERC. Maps of Lebanon County properties crossed by the pipeline can be viewed on maps 127 and 128.  http://elibrary.ferc.gov:0/idmws/file_list.asp?document_id=14318397

Quittie Creek and Park Report:  Ann Lasky-- 1/2 of the $1 million restoration of the Quittapahilla is completed.  After inspection by DEP and the Fish and Boat Commission who are paying for the project, the second half running to Route 934 will be competed.  Tyler Frantz, with the Lebanon Daily News, wrote a great article on the project.

SRBC:   

Swatara Sojourn Planning May 2-3, 2015:

bullet Mike Carter and Larry Taylor are scouting the Swatara in advance of the Sojourn.  Ben Miller volunteered to help with this endeavor.  Annville, North Lebanon, & Union Townships provided proclamations.  All municipalities are encouraged to provide a proclamation in support of the 2015 Swatara Watershed and Sojourn, and may include their proclamation in their MS4 files.

·         You know how people get sponsors for walks?  You have an opportunity to get recruit sponsors for our river cleanups. If someone sponsors you for 10 cents a mile, it would be $3; at $1 per mile, $30 for the entire length of the Swatara Sojourn.  This is on a voluntary basis. 

bullet At a cost of $40, Brandy Martin will present on “Walkin the Rails:  A trip down the Stony Valley Rail-Trail: at the Sojourn.  Anyone with Brandy's phone number, please share.  POWR will fund Jack Hubley at a cost of $500.  Artist Craig Andrews enjoys painting nature scenes, especially scenes involving water, and will share his water inspired art.
bullet Toilets are reserved with Associated Products per Pam Aldis.  pam@assocproducts.com
bullet U-Haul trailer is reserved.
bullet Lebanon Daily News' Rachel Ginder is working on an article for the Swatara Sojourn.
bullet Registration PDF emailed to last year's participants.
bullet Sheet will donate doughnuts, sandwiches, and coffee for breakfast(s).  Details are being worked out.  Cindy Dunn with Keep America Beautiful was instrumental in helping us with the connection.

Swatara State Park: Old State Road open—see Bordner Cabin. 

Swatara Watershed Park:  Our ‘mortgage’ stands at $_24,389.96_.  Monthly payments are $412.99.  This month, principal is $_328.98_, and interest $_84.01_.  The interest rate is 4% at Jonestown Bank.

·         Tom was authorized to obtain a GLRA permit.

·         Ben will look at a dead sycamore tree to see if he can drop it.  If not, we will approach the professional who dropped the dead oak tree for us.

bullet On a motion by Jack Stouffer, seconded by Dick Blouch, it was approved to order 16 ton of 2A modified stone for the road.  Fred volunteered to bring his little bucket equipment to spread the stone in needed spots.

Projects Canoes & CampersTom Embich

bulletA log at the launch, invasives, and a sink need removed.  A porch pier needs repaired.
bullet U-Haul Canoes = 1 Canoe rack of 8 canoes, plus vests, etc for Non     Profits: $200 less 10% = $180. 
bulletWe haul, the rack will be $240, less a 10% discount for non profits or $216.
bullet Individual canoes are $30.
bulletTom will be reimbursed the IRS rate for mileage--currently 56 cents/mile.

Previous campers notified

Camping Season May 1 thru October 31--:

6 months

$ 425.00

     

5 months

$ 375.00

     

4 months

$ 320.00

     

3 months

$ 260.00

     

2 months

$ 194.00

     

1 month

$ 117.00

     

1 week                         $50.00

1 day                            $10.00

Swatara Water Trail:  "Protect What You Love: Water Trail Ambassador and Stewardship Program" webinar CD has not arrived to date. Jack Stouffer sponsored $15 to purchase a CD of the presentation.

Triathlon 2016 - Ben Miller utilizing the Swatara Creek to paddle upstream, float back; bike and hike in a butterfly course all starting and stopping at the same staging area—either Boat House Road Park or Swatara State Park.  Ben will seek corporate sponsors like HMC, Hershey Entertainment, and Hershey Company. 

Other

bullet “Q” Commons at LVC on February 26, 2015 hosted at Leedy Theater was received well.
bullet On behalf of SWA, Tom will review and complete the FEMA Discovery process for the Lower Susquehanna.
bullet A letter of endorsement was provided to Austin Barry to apply for a Quittapahilla Watershed award.
bullet Betty Conner moved to Cornwall Manor.
bullet Jack Stouffer reported that he is doing well after being hospitalized.
bullet Ben Miller asked for clarification on the Harper's Gauge reading.  Tom Embich explained that the gauge reads the water at the bottom of the pipe, and can't see the stream channel, which is further out into the stream.  When the gauge reports .3 online, it is too low for canoes.  Kayaks may still be able to navigate. 

 Calendar:

April 12 Conservancy:  Spring in the Valley, 3-6 @ Hebron, $20

April 14th from 8AM to 6PM, Lebanon County tire collection. 

April 18, 2015 is United Way Day of Caring when we police the Swatara Watershed Park for litter…, and ready the Bordner Cabin for the season.

May 2-3 Swatara Sojourn

May 29, 2015 Lebanon High School invited us to join them 10:00am – 2:00pm as part of a community outreach for the 5th annual Project Aware and Step-by-Step Walk.  
June 20, Quittie will host a Hearty Walk and breakfast.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Due to weather, there was no March meeting.

Swatara Watershed Association, February 4, 2015

In attendance:  Richard Blouch, Jeff Clouser, Tom Embich, Fred Folmer, Ann Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz and Jack Stouffer.

Minutes for 2014 were approved on motion by Ben and Ann.

Election of officers and Board.  On a Dick/Ben motion, Jo Ellen Litz, Tom Embich, and Fred Folmer were respectively re-elected as president, vp, and secretery.  Further,  on motion by Fred and Ben, Bob Arnold, Richard Blouch, Charles Cravotta, Stephanie Harman, Ann Lasky, Ben Miller, and Jack Stouffer were re-elected to the Board.

American Water Company

Awards: 

Bordner Cabin

bullet DCNR is still reviewing our 10-year lease.
bullet Per Mike Willeman, Labor & Industry plan approved; DEP permit approved; and Mike is working on DCNR approval.  Barb Davey, Corey’s boss.  Mike will send copies of all permits for our file.
bullet Old State Road/Bear Hole Run:  Open 2nd Friday & Saturday monthly; & the 4th Friday & Saturday March, April, September, & October.  One Way.  Enter from Swope’s Valley Road Trailhead on the northern end of the Park.  PS.  You would have to be “dropped off” to visit Bordner Cabin if driving through as the State Park doesn’t allow cars to park.  To all Volunteer Stewards, thank you!

Bridges:  Duke Street Bridge in Hummelstown closed to vehicle and boat traffic.  The iron Inwood Bridge is closed south of the Appalachian Trail.  Finally, the weight limit was reduced from 10 to 5 tons on the Spruce Street Bridge over the Quittie in Annville.  Reviews for new construction are taking a long time; a walkway beneath the bridge would not be high enough; and an EIS is required; which may delay completion until 2018.

Conservancy Dick Blouch – The Conservancy asked for ZIP grant votes; participation in their annual appeal; and announced that Jack Hubley will make an appearance at their April 12 noon gathering.

Conservation Districts:  Stephanie Harmon -

Donations and Bequests & Financial

1.    SWA is seeking a new treasurer.  Members in good standing may apply.  Bill Oyster is willing to provide training on Quick Books.

Legacy Giving - May your life be peaceful like a river.  May you make pools out of puddles.  And, when you tackle problems, start inward, then move outward, like ripples in a pond. (author unknown)  To donate using PayPal:  https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=ETAR7NLSKT496

We truly value our clean water.  It nourishes us, sustains our homes and businesses, cleanses us, and gives us new life through baptisms. The same water on earth today, is the same water that was here in the beginning of time and will provide for future generations.  It's how we use and plan for that water that will impact lives positively or negatively.  As you think about your gifts beyond this life, please consider the gift of water by gifting annuities, trusts, life insurance, stocks, or a cash contribution to the Swatara Watershed Association, Inc., 2302 Guilford St., Lebanon PA  17046.  Give the gift that will keep on giving.  Thank you, and God bless you for your thoughtful consideration.

(The Swatara Creek Watershed Association Inc. is a 501C3 nonprofit volunteer organization serving parts of Berks, Dauphin, Lebanon, and Schuylkill counties in south-central Pennsylvania.)

Audit and tax return:  We need the following to complete our review for 12/31/2014:

  1.  CD statement at 12/31/14.
  2. Fulton 9/30/14 to 12/31/14 Statement Savings statement.
  3. Fulton CD statement at 12/31/14.

The Association’s general liability policy is coming up for renewal on 4/1/2015.  The company has some questions in order to property underwrite this coverage:

The policy lists the following named insured’s:

1        Swatara Watershed Association, Inc—Yes. Parent/Umbrella organization.  Water Trail, Watershed Park, Bordner Cabin….

2        Citizens Coordinating for Clean Water, (formerly SWA)

3        Little Swatara Creek Watershed—Yes.  Folmer on Board.  Water quality monitoring.

4        Northern Swatara Creek Watershed—Yes.  Seeking a Board representative.  Trout hatchery.

5        Quittapahilla Creek Watershed—Yes, Lasky on Board.  Riparian plantings.  Stream Restorarion.

They want to know the % of ownership of each entity and operations of each.

Is there any playground or other equipment on the property?

What are the annual events/activities and who is responsible for organizing them?

Can you get me photos of any buildings, equipment, etc on the property?

Each organization has been asked to provide this information to Jo Ellen Litz in order to put together a CD to present to Zinn Insurance.

Eagle Scouts:  Slade Hall, Troop 456, picnic tables for Swatara Watershed Park.

Slade is with. 

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

Fort Indiantown Gap: Hotline 717.861.2007 to learn about activities at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Lebanon Water Authority

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer – will conduct a litter cleanup for Earth Day on March 31.

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. 

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

Pipelines Feb. 17, to accept comments on an operating permit for a natural gas liquids pump station in West Cornwall Township, Lebanon County, a 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. DEP hearing will be at the Quentin Volunteer Fire Company Hall, 20 South Lebanon St., Lebanon.

Quittie Creek and Park Report:  Ann Lasky –  Their Winterfest with hot chocolate and ice skating on the quarry will take place February 15.  Then, on June 20, they will host a Hearty Walk and breakfast.

SRBC:  

We are looking to partner with folks on planning this project (starting now) and implementing this project Earth Day (April) timeframe.  So if you are interested in assisting in any way be it, hands-on, organization, funding, etc. let us know!

The Susquehanna River Basin Compact requires the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) to annually adopt a Water Resources Program to implement various goals and actions identified in the Comprehensive Plan.  The current Comprehensive Plan was approved by the Commission at its December 12, 2013 business meeting and can be accessed at http://www.srbc.net/planning/comprehensiveplan.htm.  The Water Resources Program is to consist of projects and facilities which the SRBC and other authorized governmental and private agencies, organizations, and persons plan to undertake to help meet water resources needs in the Susquehanna River Basin.

SRBC is seeking input for the Water Resources Program for Fiscal Years 2016 - 2017, which runs from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2017.  For reference, internal and external input that was provided for the FY 2015 - 2016 Water Resources Program can be accessed at http://www.srbc.net/planning/assets/documents/2015-2016_WRP_20140606.pdf.  The current input response form, which includes instructions for completing and submitting responses, can be downloaded at http://www.srbc.net/planning/water-resources-program.htmAll responses are due by March 6, 2015.

Jeff Clouser, says editing and communications is his thing, and has offered to coordinate our response to SRBC.

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the SRBC Comprehensive Plan.

In September 2014, the Swatara Watershed Association responded to resident concerns during a low-flow period on the Swatara Creek in Lebanon County.  The concern was over 1M gallons of water withdrawn over two days in Jonestown around-the-clock, and hauled away in large trucks, to test a newly installed Spectra/Texas Eastern Energy gas pipeline.  We were promised by an SRBC representative that the situation would be looked into, but we never received a follow-up report.  Here’s what we know:

1.       The Commission regulates ground and surface water withdrawals of 100,000 gallons per day or more (peak 30-day average), consumptive water uses and out-of-basin diversions of 20,000 gallons per day or more (peak 30-day average), and all in-basin diversions.

2.       Water extraction has the potential to cause impacts to the water resources of the basin.

What we don’t know:

1.       Did the tested pipeline transport water from the Swatara/Susquehanna Basin to another, perhaps the Delaware River Basin?

2.       Was this use consumptive?

3.       Did water withdrawal occur from more than one point on the Swatara Creek?

4.       Are different but related withdrawals cumulative, or can they be structured to avoid reporting/paying for used water?

5.       Rather than allowing withdrawals based on average flow of a stream, should withdrawals consider current flow?  In our case, the withdrawal may have taken out more than half of the flow of a low running stream that provides drinking water for no less than three water companies—American Water Co., Lebanon Water Authority, and United Water Co.  Were these water companies notified, and were they impacted?

6.       Are watershed associations, municipalities and counties notified in advance of such withdrawals?  If not, why not?

Swatara Watershed Association believes that our health, safety and welfare; our stream quality; and fish and aquatic habitat may have been negatively impacted, and would appreciate the SRBC incorporating our experience into their Comprehensive Plan. 

Swatara Sojourn Planning May 2-3, 2015:

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Mike Carter confirmed that he will Scout the Swatara in advance of the Sojourn.  He and Larry Taylor usually lead a crew if a path needs cut between fallen trees….

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Annville Township is the first municipality to provide a proclamation in support of the 2015 Swatara Watershed and Sojourn.  All municipalities are encouraged to participate, and may include their proclamation in their MS4 files.

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At a cost of $40, Brandy Martin will present on “Walkin the Rails:  A trip down the Stony Valley Rail-Trail: at the Sojourn.  Wolfe did not get back to us, and Hubley is $500.  Other possibilities include Gil Hershel as the Riverboat Man; an Appalachian Trail speaker; Catra; Wendy who operates a wild animal rescue, or Hawk Mountain.

Swatara State Park: Old State Road open—see Bordner Cabin. 

Swatara Watershed Park:  Our ‘mortgage’ stands at $_25,052.65_.  Monthly payments are $412.99.  This month, principal is $_326.63_, and interest $_86.16_.  The interest rate is climbing, so Jo Ellen will explore other financing options.

Projects & CampersTom Embich – The oak tree was cut up by Fred Folmer and Ben Miller.

Swatara Water Trail:  "Protect What You Love: Water Trail Ambassador and Stewardship Program" webinar put on by American Trails.  22 states participated.  As a coordinator, Jo Ellen was invited to participate for free—a $35 value.  Guess what.  The devil duck release by the Swatara Watershed was included in Amy Camp’s presentation.  She was one of three presenters.  I really liked a suggestion in the last presentation, from Maine, I think, to raise funds for the watershed association.  You know how people get sponsors for walks?  Well, they have participants get sponsors for their river cleanups.  I asked for a copy of the sponsor form.  My guess is they are sponsored “x” amount per mile.  So, if someone sponsors you for 10 cents a mile, it would be $3; at $1 per mile, $30 for the entire length of the Swatara Sojourn.  On a voluntary basis, members agreed to try this form of fundraising for 2014.  Jack Stouffer sponsored $15 to purchase a CD of the presentation.

OtherBen Miller provided an outline for a 2016 Triathlon utilizing the Swatara Creek to paddle upstream, float back; bike and hike in a butterfly course all starting and stopping at the same staging area—either Boat House Road Park or Swatara State Park. 

SWA missed out on the ZIP grant this year, however, Jo Ellen Litz was asked to present at an upcoming event “Q” Commons at LVC on February 26, 2015 hosted at Leedy Theater.

Q Commons convenes local leaders to think, learn, and work together on common topics and issues in our community. Our guests will hear presentations and have the opportunity to reflect and respond on ways they can collaborate and offer talent and resources to advance good in our county.

The participants attending represent those who live and lead within our neighborhoods and work within all sectors; business, the arts, entertainment, media, government, education, the church and the social sector.

Q is a cultural meeting. It’s like no other event most people have attended as it combines quick and high caliber presentations with the intentionality to galvanize Christian leaders in all spheres of society to work together and advance the common good in their communities.

Watch this 2-minute video to see what Q Commons is all about (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMOkuO4__u8) and check out the event website to see the complete details on our local expression (QCommons.com/annville).

 

Some of our nation’s most respected thought leaders (Malcolm Gladwell, Soledad O’Brien and Mark Burnett) will join with practitioners from the Annville area to deliver six 9 and 18 –minute talks tailored for us—Christian leaders intent on contributing to the common good of Annville and our surrounding community.

 

We will convene at The Leedy Theater on the Lebanon Valley College Campus and enjoy a great evening of learning, conversation and meeting others who share the same passion for helping our community flourish. Space is filling up, so reserve your seat today for only $29 ($49 for married couples) to confirm your participation.

Nate McKelvie (Milton Hershey Envirothon Advisor) and Gina Mason (Palmyra Envirothon Advisor) are interested in working on an urban forestry service project for Lebanon County!  Urban Forestry is the Enirothon's current issue this year.  We are looking to combine learning with action!

If you know of a location that would benefit from a urban forestry project or someone who may know of a location, we would love to hear from you! 

Calendar:

 

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February 15  Quittie Winterfest with hot chocolate and ice skating on the quarry. 

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February 17 to accept comments on an operating permit for a natural gas liquids pump station in West Cornwall Township, Lebanon County, a 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. DEP hearing will be at the Quentin Volunteer Fire Company Hall, 20 South Lebanon St., Lebanon.

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February 26, 2015 "Q" Commons hosted at LVC Leedy Theater will contain a Swatara Watershed presentation.

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March 4, 2015, Swatara Watershed Board next meeting.  Join us.

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March 22, Block Shoot and pig roast noon at the Izaak Walton League, 65 Monroe Valley Dr., Jonestown.  Lots of prizes.

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March 31 Little Swatara will conduct a litter cleanup for Earth Day.

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April 14th from 8AM to 6PM, Lebanon County tire collection

bullet April 18, 2015 is United Way Day of Caring when we police the Swatara Watershed Park for litter…, and ready the Bordner Cabin for the season.
bullet May 2-3 Swatara Sojourn
bullet  June 20, Quittie will host a Hearty Walk and breakfast.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

January 7, 2015

In attendanceBob Arnold, Dick & June Blouch, Jeff Clouser, Tom Embich, Fred Folmer, Ann & Dave Lasky, Jo Ellen Litz, and Ben Miller.

Business: 

American Water Company

Awards: 

Bordner Cabin

bullet DCNR is still reviewing our 10-year lease.
bullet Per Mike Willeman, Labor & Industry plan approved; DEP permit approved; and Mike is working on DCNR approval.  Barb Davey, Corey’s boss.  Mike will send copies of all permits for our file.
bullet Old State Road:  Open 2nd Friday & Saturday monthly; & the 4th Friday & Saturday March, April, September, & October.  To all Volunteer Stewards, thank you!
bullet A request for wedding photos at the Cabin were referred to Corey.

Bridges:  Duke Street Bridge in Hummelstown closed to vehicle and boat traffic.  The iron Inwood Bridge is closed south of the Appalachian Trail.  Finally, the weight limit was reduced from 10 to 5 tons on the Spruce Street Bridge over the Quittie in Annville.  Reviews for new construction are taking a long time; a walkway beneath the bridge would not be high enough; and an EIS is required; which may delay completion until 2018.

Conservancy Dick Blouch – The $5000 challenge grant match was achieved.  The Conservancy sponsored a grant for the Quittie.

Conservation Districts:  Stephanie Harmon -

Donations and Bequests & Financial

1.    SWA is seeking a new treasurer.  Members in good standing may apply.  RSVP volunteers may not attend meetings in a home…, and are not a viable option.   Pam Tricamo was asked if she had time to fill this role.  One other alternative suggested by Dave is to ask an LVC college student to serve as treasurer.  Bill Oyster is willing to provide training on Quick Books.

2.    January 12, Texas Roadhouse fundraiser.  Be sure to tell your waitress that you’re there to support the Swatara Watershed Association.

 

Legacy Giving - May your life be peaceful like a river.  May you make pools out of puddles.  And, when you tackle problems, start inward, then move outward, like ripples in a pond. (author unknown)  To donate using PayPal:  https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=ETAR7NLSKT496

We truly value our clean water.  It nourishes us, sustains our homes and businesses, cleanses us, and gives us new life through baptisms.  The same water on earth today, is the same water that was here in the beginning of time and will provide for future generations.  It's how we use and plan for that water that will impact lives positively or negatively.  As you think about your gifts beyond this life, please consider the gift of water by gifting annuities, trusts, life insurance, stocks, or a cash contribution to the Swatara Watershed Association, Inc., 2302 Guilford St., Lebanon PA  17046.  Give the gift that will keep on giving.  Thank you, and God bless you for your thoughtful consideration.

(The Swatara Creek Watershed Association Inc. is a 501C3 nonprofit volunteer organization serving parts of Berks, Dauphin, Lebanon, and Schuylkill counties in south-central Pennsylvania.)

Eagle Scouts:  Slade Hall picnic tables for Swatara Watershed Park.

Slade is with Troop 456. 

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

Fort Indiantown Gap: Hotline 717.861.2007 to learn about activities at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Also, SWA is invited to set up a display at the July 19 Car Show at the Community Club this summer.

Lebanon Water Authority

Little Swatara:  Fred Folmer

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. 

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

Quittie Creek and Park Report:  Ann Lasky –  Stone was placed on trails.  Rocky Powell’s streambank stabilization project is progressing.  For the newly purchased site, exercise equipment is being considered.

Pipelines

  1. Tuesday, February 17, 7 pm-Sunoco DEP Air Quality Permit Hearing; Quentin Fire
  2. The Line Filling Process for Mariner East 1 is now complete. Sunoco Logistics began line filling operations on December 19th, progressing region by region across the state to its destination at the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex— located in Marcus Hook, PA & Claymont, DE. The entire process took approximately 7 days to complete.
  3. South Londonderry Township was the first municipality to adopt a pipeline ordinanceAnnville Township is poised to be the second.

Public Relations:    SWA QR code for our Smart Phone savvy members,

On a motion by Fred Folmer, seconded by Bob Arnold, SWA will apply for a Lebanon Daily News ZIP Grant to promote our educational events….

SRBC:  

Swatara Sojourn Planning May 2-3, 2015:

Ø     Jo Ellen:

  1. File a float plan with PA Fish and Boat

  2. Update web site.

  3. Create and mail Sponsor forms

  4. Create brochure  & an event on Facebook

  5. Sign up for Great PA Cleanup & Get Outdoors Pennsylvania info@getoutdoorspa.org

  6. Arrange for toilets

  7. POWR grant application.                                                  

  8. Brian Kettering or Larry Taylor at GLRA to take tires and trash.

  9. Weidle dumpster

  10. Make U-Haul Trailer arrangements

Ø      Photographers.  Everyone submit jpegs to Jo Ellen for inclusion on our Facebook Page and on a disc to submit with our POWR report.

Ø      Shore support:  Laurie Andrews, Jack Stauffer, HS senior project volunteers,…others.

Ø  Vans:  Tom make arrangements with Mease Motors.  Friday Jo Ellen pick up one Van; Tom pick up second Van; and Ben Miller additional transport.  Fred Folmer and Jack Stouffer will man the equipment van and trailer.

Ø     Food:

bullet               June Blouch breakfast both days—will confirm.  Tony’s on Market in Jonestown is a possibility for Sunday. 
bullet               Pick up Seaman’s Subs for lunch Saturday at Bordner Cabin.
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Swiss drinks from Wengert’s for Saturday lunch

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

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PA American Water cases of water. ???

Ø     Programs –Dave Wolf, outdoors writer for the Lebanon Daily News   wolfang418@msn.com (Jeff will contact) ; Brandy M. Watts Martin Historian@StonyValley.com ; and Nature Expert Jack Hubly, WGAL TV8 jhubley@hearst.com .

Ø  Campground at Lickdale Saturday, chicken & ice cream dinner.  Tammy Boltz.– Dick    

Swatara State Park: Old State Road open—see Bordner Cabin.  Triatholon update—hike, paddle, bike—Ben and Stephany.  Ben will develop a plan to share.

Swatara Watershed Park:  Our ‘mortgage’ stands at $_25,378.22_.  Monthly payments are $412.99.  This month, principal is $_325.57_, and interest $_87.42_. 

bullet Projects & CampersTom Embich Jonathan Barry received his canoe.
bullet Dead oak tree down.  Fred & Ben will cut it up for firewood.  Fred will also cut up dead Sycamores for campers.
bullet E&E Metal Fab generously delivered four fire rings—old truck rims. 
bullet Eight canoes available for sale.  Remaining extra canoes have been consolidated to one rack.
bullet In this cool weather, Tom has been removing grapevines and multiflora rose.

Swatara Water Trail:  For all bridge replacement/rehabilitation projects, identification of PFBC designated water trails should be made during the Scoping Field View.  Projects involving these water trails are to include the installation of blue/white nonreflective signway finding signs that identify the route/road name of the structure crossing the water trail. The purpose of the sign is to provide aid to boaters in identifying their location on the water trail. The sign(s) should be placed on both the upstream and downstream sides of the bridge and be visible to boaters but should not detract from boaters' experience in the natural setting. If the waterway is 150 ft wide or more, multiple signs should be placed no more than 75 ft apart.  Maintenance of signs is the responsibility of the District. Signs can be examined during bridge inspections or as scheduled otherwise by the District.

Other:  Dick and June Blouch are downsizing.  Therefore, their preserved and well-kept 25-acre farm along the Swatara Creek in Union Township is for sale. An auction will be held in the spring.

The next meeting is February 4, 2015.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

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