Grace Hatton, representing the Pike County Conservation District, offered the District’s Annual Report Monday evening to the Blooming Grove Board of Supervisors.


Grace Hatton, representing the Pike County Conservation District, offered the District’s Annual Report Monday evening to the Blooming Grove Board of Supervisors.

Hatton presented an outline of the many projects completed and accomplishments for the 2007 fiscal year.

Under Education and Outreach and partnerships, the District worked with the Pike County Planning Office, Delaware Highlands Conservancy and with the help of an Environmental Education Grant, printed and mailed a pamphlet “Your Land, Your Legacy” to owners of large forested and agricultural properties in Pike.

Another grant helped to produce a brochure titled “Conservation Options for Landowners, which was distributed to landowners, lawyers, and accountants to provide information on land protection options and technical assistance available to landowners.

A newspaper insert was also developed from funding through the League of Women Voters Water Resource Education Network on Water Conservation, Community Involvement, Septic System Maintenance and Forest Stewardship.

CPI

The Pike County Community Planning Initiative (CPI) is where the District and Pike Planning Office have been working with municipalities for three years reviewing and making recommendations for updating comprehensive plans and ordinances to enhance natural resource protection.

Based on that success, said Hatton, the Planning Office and the County Commissioners received an additional $97,000 in State funding to support an inter-municipal comprehensive plan for Lackawaxen and Shohola townships; a comprehensive plan update for Blooming Grove Township; and Zoning and Subdivision/Land Development ordinance updates in Delaware Township.

Hatton continued that the District has been given Level 3 Delegation for administrative and enforcement functions in the Erosion Control and NPDES Permit programs. Also the District is considering a new DEP Delegation Agreement that would allow the District to review post construction stormwater management (PCSM) plans for projects that require NPDES permits.

Gypsy Moths

In 2007, the County worked with the PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the USDA Forest Service in a joint effort to spray gypsy moth caterpillars in certain residential and public high-use areas within the county.

In total acreage, the approximate private acreage treated was 4,600. Spring 2008 spray blocks can be viewed on the District website, Hatton added.

And finally, in the spring of 2007, the District started a three-year Comprehensive County-wide Groundwater Assessment, funded through a PA DEP Growing Greener grant and additional financial support from the Pike County Commissioners.

Working with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and volunteer private well owners throughout the county, the project provides a “snapshot” of groundwater quality and information about changes in local groundwater levels.

In other matters, the Board:

• Set Saturday, May 3 as Clean-up Day in Blooming Grove and Porter townships. 8 am to 1 pm at the Municipal Building. Proof of residency is required;

• Announced an Electronic Recycling Day for all Pike County residents on June 21, 8 am to 1 pm at Lehman Township Municipal Building. All types of electronics will be accepted;

• Have implemented a Burn Ban in the Township for a minimum of two weeks or until future notice;

• Received seven Building Permits, totaling $2,575.71 and four Zoning permits, totaling $225;

• Awarded the Schramn Air Compressor for $551.51 to Eugene Castimore. The other bid was for $250; and

• Complemented the Blooming Grove Fire Company for its hard work during a recent 1,200 acre brush fire, where the Fire Co. also provided sleeping cots and meals for firefighters that came from other areas of the state too assist with the fire.

The Blooming Grove Supervisors meet at 7 pm on the first and third Mondays of each month at the Municipal Building, Rt. 739, Lords Valley. The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 5.