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It's all about Clean Water.  Post your pictures of our events, water conservation, floods, pollution.  Share your memories about the Swatara....  Our projects and areas of interest include the Bordner Cabin, Eagle Scout Projects, PA Conservation Corps, Swatara State Park, Swatara River, Swatara Sojourn, Swatara Water Trail, Tenaska, Swatara Watershed Park, and Water Companies

 Planning a Swatara Outing? Tips:

bullet Updated Map  swatara_watertrail final 2016.pdf  Public     access points about every 7 miles.
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For comparison, when the Harpers gauge at our launch @ 1929 Blacks Bridge Road, Annville reads the following heights:
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5.5’, & the Road to site #1 is almost covered, not         accessible and partly flooded;  

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

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

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

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

bulletUse caution at dams:  With groups, avoid low-head dam in Jonestown.  Uneven portage on left bank, which disappears    into tree line in high water.  Hershey dam portage is also           on the left.  Long, but flat, mowed route.  Take out at         feeder stream on left before warning sign.
bulletU-Tow Canoes Available  http://www.mbcomp.com/swatara/redirect/watertrail/canoe_rent.htm
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Canoe Use agreement: CANOE USE CONTRACT.pdf

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Seasonal Primitive Camping Camp/2017 Campsite Agreement.pdf  Fishing, hiking, picnicking 

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

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Most recent Newsletter:  2017 Swatara News .pub.pdf

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

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

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 Minutes/Statement of Importance of the Swatara Creek.pdf

About the Swatara Watershed

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Watershed Description

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Virtual Driving Tour

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Maps of the Watershed

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

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

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Tourist Destinations (New Feature)

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Contact Information/Press Room

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Flooding

About SWA

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Our History and Mission

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Officers and Board Members

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Legacy Giving

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Lifetime Members

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Become a SWA Member

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Support SWA

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SWA Newsletters

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Meeting Minutes

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SWA Awards and Publications

SWA Projects

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Canoe Trips and Sojourn

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Projects

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Intern Opportunities

Rivers Conservation Plan

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What is a RCP?

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About Swatara's RCP

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Get your own copy

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Read the RCP on-line

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View watershed maps

Swatara on Great Nonprofits: http://www.greatnonprofits.org/reviews/profile2/swatara-watershed-association

SWATARA WATERSHED ASSOCIATION Lebanon, PA USA

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OUR PROJECTS, PAST AND PRESENT

Our History and Mission

SWA Mission:   "To promote the conservation of the natural resources of the Swatara Watershed by conducting scientific investigations and research, disseminating information, conducting educational programs, sponsoring conservation projects and all activities incidental thereto."

The Swatara Creek Watershed Association, Inc. was founded in 1970 in response to encouragement from the Chamber of Commerce and State and federal agencies to promote conservation of the Swatara Creek Watershed.  The corporation was active in the 70's then became dormant.  Approximately 1986 a group of citizens became concerned about landfills being projected close to the Swatara Creek in Schuylkill County, PA.  As a result, they formed an association known as Citizens Coordinating for Clean Water (CCCW).  This group ultimately became active with regard to broader aspects concerning the Swatara Creek Watershed.  The increased size of the organization to over 100, expanded activities, and availability of government and private grants to support some of its educational activities caused CCCW to consider incorporating.  Several of the directors of the Swatara Creek Watershed Association were involved in the affairs of CCCW and it was suggested as a matter of economy to reactivate Swatara Creek Watershed Association, Inc. whose original purpose matched those of CCCW.  The last directors of the corporation met and agreed to become active again and to assimilate the activities of CCCW.  In 2009, the organization's name was shortened to Swatara Watershed Association.

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Officers and Board Members

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President:  Jo Ellen Litz, owner of Litz Company (commercial rentals), a notary, and a Lebanon County Commissioner;

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Vice President:  Tom Embich, retired Earth Steward Environmental consultant, HACC instructor;

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Secretary:  Fred Folmer, a retired businessman and earth & science teacher from Berks County;

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Treasurer:   Denny Miller, VITA.

Board members:   Bob Arnold, Hershey Foods, Richard Blouch, a farmer, retired agricultural teacher and psychologist; Charles Cravotta, USGS; Stephanie Harmon, Watershed Specialist, Lebanon County Conservation District; Ann Lasky, retired nurse; Ben Miller, a river guide and owner of Cocoa Kayaks;  Jack Stouffer, retired from Milton Hershey School; and Mike Willeman, Construction Drafting Services.

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90 Lifetime Members & counting

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Annville Rotary, Chuck & Charlotte Allwein, Lee & Sue Allwein, Michael Allwein, Wayne Anspach, Bob Arnold, Anna Bashore, Dr. Robert Bauer, Bethel Township, Richard & June Blouch, Harvey Bomberger, Pine Grove Borough, Tom Bowman, Steven Boyer,  Donald Brown, Alvin H. Buck, Carmeuse, Edward Carney (Formed Metal Products), Dick & Pauline Charles, Bob Checkett, Attorney John Childe, William & Carol Christ, CLEAN, Drs. George & Betty Conner, Simon & Patricia Dengel, Carl Donmoyer, Betty Eiceman, Tom Embich, Ruth Embich, Jay Felty, Jack Force, Walt & Barb Haber, Margaret Hatt, Col. (Ret) Raymond Hawthorne, Rugh Henderson, Charles & Jean Henry, Barb Herschkowitz, Mary Hicks, Nan Hoff, Nancy Hoke, Jonestown Borough, Kaylor Architects, Bruce Kurtz, Ann & David Lasky, Mary Jo Laughlin, Lebanon County Bassmasters, Lebanon County Conservation District, Lebanon Valley Conservancy, FW Light Jr., Karen Light, Neil Light, Jo Ellen Litz, Tracy Longenecker, David McSurdy, James & Sandy Meluskey, Ben Miller, Denny Miller, Cherie Mindy, Richard D Moore, Bob Morris, John D. Murphy, Heidi Neiswender, Northern Swatara Watershed Association, North Lebanon Township Lions Club, Antoinette Onushco, Lee D. Peiffer, Pine Grove Township, Lynn David Pleet, Robert & Pamela Ponting, Bill Potters, Dave & Patti Ravegum, Victor & Jean Rohrer, William E Schaeffer Jr. MD, Schuylkill County Conservation District, Jerry & Judy Schweingruber, David Sheridan, Thomas Sherk, Thomas Shott, Betty Shultz, Pete Silldorff, Gail Phelps Smith, James R. Smith, General Frank Smoker, South Hanover Township, Robert Spannuth, David & Renee Stachow, Jack Stouffer, Sunset Lions, Ray Swingholm, Irene Van Tassel, Ed & Bonnie Tenney, Marta Trainer, Union Canal Canoe Rentals, Waste Management, Wenger's Feed Mill Inc., John B. Wengert, John E & Marie Wengert, Jeff Werner, Beth White, John Worrilow.

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Becoming a SWA Member

SWA works to preserve our natural resource, the Swatara Watershed.  If you would like to enroll as a subscriber with full benefits, SWA will use your dues to help preserve our water.  Or, maybe you would like to give the gift of water to a special friend.  If so, for individuals, $20 per year or $200 lifetime provides a subscription to "Swatara News."  Corporate membership is $500 for a lifetime.  This will also keep you on the canoe trip mailing list.  Please mail your name, address, phone number, and email address along with your check to 2302 Guilford St., Lebanon PA 17046.  Adding $3 shipping and handling to either membership will also get you a free Swatara Watershed Mills and Bank Barns book or EELS-Envisioning an Environmental Legacy for the Swatara book.  The lifetime membership includes an autographed EELS book.  Finally,

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“EELS:  In Their Own Words
”, is a set of DVDs.  You may have read the EELS book or listened to the eloquent narration of the book by Gordon Weise, but $500 Gold Sponsors (individual or business) of the Swatara Watershed Association will be entitled to all of the above plus a special incentive--"EELS, In Their Own Words"--a DVD collection of over 40 hours of living history (interviews conducted to create the EELS book) on the Swatara Watershed.  It may be a cherished and valuable asset to your library or a way to teach your children about their heritage.  Make your check payable to SWA, and mail your membership and gift request to 2302 Guilford St., Lebanon PA  17046.

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Support SWA

You can support SWA through memberships, tax deductible donations, and or bequests.  , You can also choose any of the following items as a "New Member" incentive (please include $3 for shipping & handling with your new member dues.)

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"Mills & Bank Barns" Book $20 donation (Click here for photo.)

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"EELS"--Envisioning an Environmental Legacy for the Swatara Watershed. $20 donation

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License Plate $5 donation(Click here for photo.)

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Umbrella $7 donation

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T-Shirt $10  donation (Click here for photo.)

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Video $15 donation (eleven minutes, "Swatara Creek:  A Watershed at Work")

Add $3 shipping and handling, and make your check payable to SWA.  SWA is a 501C3 nonprofit organization run by volunteers, and all proceeds are directed back into the program itself.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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SWA Newsletters

The SWA distributes a quarterly newsletter.  Click here to see archived newsletters.

 
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bulletnewsletters/Swatara News 2015.pdf
bulletnewsletters/Swatara News 2014.pdf
bulletnewsletters/Swatara News 2013.pdf
bullet newsletters/Swatara News June 2012.pdf
bulletnewsletters/May 2009 Newsletter.pdf    
bullet newsletters/December 2008 Newsletter.pdf
bulletnewsletters/March 2008 Newsletter.pdf
bullet2006 Newsletters
 
bullet2005 Newsletters
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2003 Newsletters are a review of the Virtual Driving Tour.  December 2003

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2002 Newsletters
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2001 Newsletters
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2000 Newsletters
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1999 Newsletters
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1998 Newsletters
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Meeting Minutes

Click on the link below to read the minutes of our past meetings.

     
2015-2017 Minutes 2014 Minutes 2013 Minutes
2012 minutes 2011 Minutes 2010 Minutes
2009 Minutes 2008 Minutes 2007 Minutes
2006 Minutes 2005 Minutes 2004 Minutes

2003 Minutes

2002 Minutes

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2000 Minutes 1999 Minutes 1998 Minutes
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