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Pike County: Hemlock Farms Conservancy, Grant Amount: $5,000

Project Title: Pocono Source Water Collaborative
Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Source Water Protection Education 2013-2014
Contact:  Marian Keegan, Hemlock Farms Director of Community Conservation 570-775-4200 Ext 12
Email: Marian.Keegan@hfca.com
Partners:  Twin and Walker Lakes Conservancy, Blooming Grove Township, Pike County Conservation District, Lackawaxen River Conservancy, Pennsylvania Rural Water Association
Focus: The Partners will foster collaboration to prevent contamination of public and private water sources in Pike County. The Coalition will form a Source Water Environmental Education Team (SWEET) to conduct community education for key stakeholders about major pollutant risks and to encourage responsibility to reduce the risks. The team will develop a unifying message and develop a press release, website, and stewardship programs using models, fact sheets and educational materials. The Coalition plans to encourage all water systems in Pike County to implement source water protection efforts.

Pike County Conservation District, Pike Co, Grant Amount: $4800

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2007-2008
Project Title: PCCD Resource Guide Insert

Area to be Protected: Pike County watersheds and Upper Delaware River

Partners: Delaware Township Supervisors and Delaware Highlands Conservancy

Focus: design and distribute an 8 page full color newspaper insert encouraging residents of Pike County to take steps to protect surface and groundwater resources in the Upper Delaware River watershed from the effects of nonpoint source pollution and to be supportive of Pike County's continuing efforts to protect its natural resources in the face of rapid growth.

Read the Final Report.

Contact:  Michele Ulmer 570-226-8220, mulmer@pikepa.org

Birchwood Lakes Community Association: Lake Management Committee, Pike Co, Grant Amount: $5,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2007-2008
Project Title:  Creating a Model Watershed Education Program for Private Lake Communities
Area to be protected: Dingmans Creek

Partners: Delaware Township and Pike County Conservation District

Focus: provide printed materials and conduct a series of information sharing meetings to teach Birchwood Lakes Community residents and residents of other lake communities in the Dingmans Creek watershed how nonpoint source pollution can be decreased by installing native plants around the lakes, maintaining septic systems properly, and using healthy practices to care for lawns and automobiles. Septic workshop flyer.

Read the Final Report.

Contact:  Charles Ritson 570-828-2111 chasrits50@netzero.com

Pocono Environmental Education Center, Pike County, $4,500

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2005-2006
Project Title:  PEEC's BMPs
Area to be protected: Delaware River Watershed
Partners: Bushkill Watershed Conservancy,  Delaware Valley School District, Lehman Township supervisors,
Focus:  erect signage at the Center illustrating how the use of best management practices to control stormwater will reduce nonpoint source pollution in the Delaware River. The partnership will also hold a workshop aimed at best management practices for stormwater management.
Contact: ,Eric Schramm 570-828-2319, email:  eschramm@peec.org

Pike County Conservation District, Pike County, $2,675

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2004-2005
Project Title: Groundwater Education Initiative for Pike County Municipal Officials and Residents
Area to be protected: Upper Delaware River Watershed
Partners: Pike County Dispatch, Delaware Township supervisors, Pike County Association of Township Officials
Focus:  develop and present programs to municipal officials at public meetings which will identify planning and public involvement measures and land use strategies that officials can take to reduce nonpoint source pollution impacts to groundwater resources in the watersheds of the county.
Contact: John Jose, 570-226-8220, email: jjose@pikepa.org

 

Pike County Conservation District, Pike County, $4,000

Pike County: Where People, Land and Water Meet, A Citizen's Guide to Clean WaterFunded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2003-2004
Project Title: Pike County Residents' Guide to Resource Conservation
Area(s) to be protected: Upper Delaware River Watershed
Partner(s): Bushkill Watershed Conservancy, Twin and Walker Creeks Watershed Conservancy, and Delaware Township
Focus: to develop, print and distribute "Pike County:  Where People, Land and Water Meet - A Citizen's Guide to Clean Water,"  designed to raise awareness about nonpoint source pollution prevention in newly arriving and established county residents
Contact: John Jose, 570-226-8220, email: jjose@pikepa.org

 

Milford Borough Municipal Authority, Pike County, $3,880

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Protection Project 2003-2004
Project Title: Milford Water Authority Source water Protection Program - Public & School Education Campaign
Area(s) to be protected: Sawkill Creek Watershed
Partner(s): Pike County Conservation District, Delaware Valley School District, MWA Source water Protection Program, PA Rural Water Association, and Milford Borough Council
Focus: work with school district to design curriculum including source water protection material for elementary students and to publish and mail direct a series of newspaper articles about SWP
Contact: Thomas Hoff, 570-296-5585, email: binkie@pikeonline.net

Lackawaxen River Conservancy, Lackawanna, Wayne & Pike County, $5,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Watershed Protection Project 2002-2003
Project Title: Lackawaxen River Watershed Awareness Project
Area(s) to be protected: The Lackawaxen River Watershed
Partner(s): The Lackawaxen River Conservancy, Lackawaxen Township Supervisors & Pike County Conservation District
Focus: produce a variety of watershed educational materials
Contact: Craig Enqualdsen 570-685-2334

Pike Co Office of Community and Planning and Human Development
Know Your Watershed Education Campaign, Sawkill Creek and Vandermark Creek Watersheds
Area(s) to be protected:
Sawkill Creek and Vandermark Creek
Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Watershed Protection Project - 2001

Partner(s): Penn State Cooperative Extension, Pike Co Conservation District, National Park Service, and Delaware Valley School System
Focus: Hold public workshops on watershed ecology, surface and groundwater quality, homeowner conservation measures, and how to work with local decision makers. Partners will also produce fact sheets and educational modules for high schools in county.
Grant: $3,260
Contact: Earl Verbeek, 570.296.3440, email: everbeek@pikepa.org

Pike County's Water Resources Education Program - Pike, Wayne and Monroe counties, $3,000


Area(s) to be protected: all Pike County High Quality and Exceptional Value Watersheds
Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Watershed Education for Pollution Prevention Projects - 2000

Partners: Pike County Conservation District, and Pike County Penn State Extension Office
Focus: The coalition will conduct various water quality improvement related workshops geared towards citizens of Pike, Wayne, and Monroe Counties.
Contact: Sally Jones, 570.226.8220,
email: pikecd@ptd.net

Pike County Water Quality Coalition
Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Grants - 1997-1998

Coalition Partners: Pike County Office of Community Planning and Human Development, Pike County Cooperative Extension, Pike County Conservation District
Contact: Peter Wulfhorst, 717-296-3440
Grant: $ 3,000

Focus: This project had three parts:

1) a series of municipal water supply training sessions,
2) a municipal water supply needs assessment, and
3) an environmental expo/science fair.

The goal of the training sessions and needs assessment was to support and inform the Pike County Water Supply and Wellhead Protection Plan. The Expo/Science Fair is designed to initiate and support water quality education in the middle school system.

Accomplishments: A County Water Resource presentation was made to all 13 municipalities and three local organizations. A needs assessment instrument, completed by 91 people at the 13 municipal meetings, documented:

  • The sources of potential groundwater contamination that most concern local officials and residents.
  • Their common sources of information about water resources.
  • Their increase in understanding of water resource-related issues

About 50 people attended a Private Water Supply Owner Clinic in March 1998 that targeted landowners who have their own well. Drinking water samples brought by landowners were tested, and two specialists discussed how to interpret the results, as well as general information on assessing and protecting water resources.

Eleven 6th grade teachers from three middle schools received and taught a science unit based on a groundwater education curriculum. A pre-test was administered to students, followed by educational presentations (including demonstration of a groundwater flow model), and a post-test. Twenty-three middle school students submitted groundwater science projects for judging at an "Earth Wellness Festival" featuring "Groundwater: Our Wellspring of Life" that was held in April 1998. The festival also included a concert by an eco-related music group, prizes for attendees, and a visit from Wiley Water Drop.

Successes, Obstacles, and Unanticipated Outcomes: Attending the Groundwater Guardian Conference in November exposed the project's representative to many new contacts and specific ideas that helped the project. The positive responses to the municipal meetings indicated that this is an effective way to reach a county wide audience.

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