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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 Water Trail map front 3.15MB 10.14.2017.pdf 
bullet Swatara Water Trail map and guide 7MB 10.12.2017.pdf
bullet 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.  Beginners should reschedule at 2.2' deep.  Reschedule if experienced, but water is rising between 3.5' & 4', or below .4'.  Kayaks may float a bit lower.  Memorial Lake is an option when the Swatara is too high or too low. 

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

Bordner Cabin Business Partners:

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 Elk—shingles

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 Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority—waste disposal

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Hershey Nursery and Meadowood Nursery

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 Lowes—nails and other small supplies

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 United Rentals—1 day generator use

Bordner Cabin Benefactors:

Chuck & Charlotte Allwein, American Water Company, Paul & Janet Bird, Terry Baylor, Dick & June Blouch, Barb Charles, George Clark, Betty Conner, Stan Kastrava, Helen Kriston, Ann Lasky, Lebanon County Conservation District, Tracy Longenecker, Jennifer Minich, Northern Lebanon Rotary Club, Northern Swatara Creek Watershed Association, Jim Packer, Frank Smoker, Swatara Township, Ray Swingholm, Pam & Vince Tricamo, Union Township, John Witmer.

Government & Community Partners:

Governor Rendell, Schuylkill County Commissioners, Lebanon County Commissions, Jonestown Borough, Bethel, Pine Grove, Swatara, and Union Townships, Senator Brightbill, DCNR Secretary DiBeradinis, DCNR Chief Roger Fickes, State Park Manager Bill Friese, Lebanon County Conservation District, Lebanon County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Lebanon Historical Society, Northern Lebanon Rotary Club, Northern Swatara Creek Watershed Association, Sweet Arrow Lake Conservation Association.

Available Projects:

bulletAdopt-A-Cabin to monitor and spruce up for a month (sweep, pick up litter, pull weeds, deter vandals and graffiti with your presence, and answer questions posed by visitors):
bulletJanuary, Dick and June Blouch (1st week also Dave Ravegum)
bulletFebruary, Don and Stephanie Mock (1st week also Dave Ravegum)
bulletMarch, Bob Arnold, Dave & Ann Lasky
bulletApril, Becky L. Soliday & Pete Silldorff
May, James Smith
bulletJune, Lisa Carter, Mike Willeman, Joan and Tom Hawk
bulletJuly, Ed and Elaine Ludwig, Mike Willeman
bulletAugust, Marta Trainer & husband Mike
bulletSeptember, LC Conservation District.
bulletOctober, Becky L. Soliday
bulletNovember, Bill and Genie Potters
bulletDecember, Fred Rogers
bulletBioSun composting toilet (big ticket item)
bulletBridge over stream - Northern Lebanon Rotary
bulletInterpretive signage - Team Leader Jo Ellen
bulletLandscaping with native plants - Team Leader Art Schiavo--Hershey Nursery and Meadowood Nurseries.
bulletRemove graffiti - Team Leader Gretta Rank
bulletMend leak in falls - Team Leader Eagle Scout candidate Alex Bailor and consultants Stephanie Butler & Bret Lentz
bulletDoors on closets under steps to store supplies- Chuck Allwein.
bullet2010 DCNR & Labor & Industry approval needed Mike Willeman, then to obtain an occupancy permit:
bulletElectricity to Cabin (optional)- Met Ed
bulletSecurity System and sensored lighting (optional)
bulletHandicap accessible path
bulletWindow guards to 48"
bulletPlexiglass in front of loft banister
bulletPorch tongue and groove flooring
bulletReworked porch banister to 48"
bulletUnder porch, piers and a continuous pour reinforced retaining wall
bullet48" fencing extending 25' from cabin in both directions
bulletChimney sweep to drop a camera down the flu to inspect for gaps in mortar and stones, and place a new flu if needed
bulletLarge picnic table and benches in living room--SWA.
bulletReplace mantle-John Slotterback
bulletRemove and replace shingles on north side - Team Leader Pa Conservation Corps per Frank Brennan, Steve Fegley and Tom Killiam
bulletLevel stone step and walkway
bulletTongue and groove floor holes from heating system.  SWA.
bulletWater Wheel
bulletReplace west porch railing with "Armar"
bulletReplace stair case spindles
bulletBalcony banisters - Doug Ramsey.
bulletScavenger hunt for original or similar items for self-guided interpretive tour- Everyone!  Spinning wheel, lard can, braided rug(s), fireplace accessories, sleigh, Penn State blanket, oxen yoke...in pictures
bulletSign-in Stand - to hold Water Trail maps and Swatara Watershed member information.  SCWA completed.
bulletDead tree removal. Tom Killiam