Promoting clean lake
By Peter Becker
PALMYRA TWP. (PIKE) -Further efforts are underway by the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District (LWWMD) to promote a clean lake and show the public what they do and why the do it.
A glossy, full color annual report for 2012 has been printed and is being distributed, believed to be the first time the non-profit LWWMD has done this in their nearly 33 year history. The magazine-style booklet contains articles about their public education outreach, funding projects aiding property owners with erosion, storm water or shoreline problems, the first annual motorcycle ride event and other activities.
The Board authorized printing of 1,000 copies. Annual reports are being sent to financial donors from 2012, and copies are being supplied at key locations in the Lake Region.
At the February board session, Lockdata Technologies was picked to redesign the District's web site and fashion a new logo. The Hawley-based computer/design consultant has been hired to assist the LWWMD in fashioning an improved look and more useful web site for the many stake-holders in the watershed to obtain information and understanding of their mission.
District Administrator Nick Spinelli was given approval to serve as a member of the board of directors of Lacawac Sanctuary. Spinelli said that this summer, an intern from Lacawac will be accompanying the LWWMD in taking regular water samples from Lake Wallenpaupack. Lacawac Sanctuary is participating in a large scale comparative study of the ecology of lakes in the Northeast.
Spinelli is also on the board of the Pennsylvania Lake Management Society (PALMS), a non-profit organization dedicated to the management, restoration and protection of lakes and watershed in the state.
He attended the annual PALSM conference held at Penn State in February, He and David Ingegneri, General Manager of Big Bass Lake Community Association near Gouldsboro were part of a panel discussion on creating and maintaining sustainable lake management associations. Spinelli led the forum.
In 2013, the LWWMD plans to host their second annual motorcycle ride around Lake Wallenpaupack, to raise funds for the District. Held during Wally Lake Fest in August, in 2012 the event included 50 motorcycles on a 29-mile route. They raised $4,671 for the cause of a clean and healthy lake.
The LWWMD Board decided to table a proposed boat auction out of concern for the time to make up costs. The fund-raising committee will be seeking alternative fund-raising opportunities.
Last year, $19,593 was contributed in private donations; contributions totaling $86,000 were also collected from annual donations made by local governments (the counties of Wayne and Pike, Paupack Township and Palmyra Township -Pike). Since the drop in available grant funding, the District has sought other fund-raising methods.
For more information about LWWMD and how to maintain a clean Lake Wallenpaupack, call their office at (570)226-3865 or visit online at www.WallenpaupackWatershed.org. The board meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m., at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center.