Watershed managers will be updating its education program thanks to a grant.


Watershed managers will be updating its education program thanks to a grant.

The Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District Board was told the District received a $5,000 grant to update the six week program which is taught to ninth graders. Executive Director Meg Welker explained she also uses portions of the program as presentations to community groups and local government bodies.

She said the program will be upgraded with better graphics, music and will be more interactive. She said faculty at Wallenpaupack Area School District will help with the computer presentation upgrade.

The District is also exploring projects for its next Grower Greener application. One project is a continuation of the Wangum Cove  project. They discussed venturing up the Wallenpaupack Creek to look for stabilization projects which might not be visible from a road survey.

They also discussed finding so farms to work with on Best Management Practices work such as barnyards.

The Board also discussed recruiting members to file two vacancies. They discussed contacting the area banks to seek a representative from the business community.

Two seats are currently vacant — Wayne County at large and at large from either Pike or Wayne County.

The Board approved the recommendation of Bruce Chandler to represent Paupack Township on the LWWMD Board. Chandler replaces the late Tom Danilovitz, who recently passed away.

The Board also discussed plans to work more closely with the Conservation Districts in all three counties. The plan being worked out with the County Commissioners is to have a resource person from each Conservation District spend a half-day each month aiding the Watershed District. The exchange would give the Watershed District expertise, that it would otherwise have to hire someone for.

The LWWMD Board also gave the go ahead for a new educational and awareness project. Board Member Alex Zidoc explained the project will include giving out bags of information and a bilge sock with each new boat sold by area marinas.

Zidoc said the bags would be sealed and include a variety of information including a fundraising letter from the LWWMD and the brochure the District created last year.

The Board discussed creating a newsletter to send out to interested parties including those who were signed to received the bag.

Zidoc said that he found an interesting bilge sock which uses bacteria to eat oils and other waste often found in bilges of boats. The bacteria eats the waste and give off a fatty acid which fish love to eat.

Each one lasts for about 30 days in the average size boat found on Lake Wallenpaupack.

Zidoc said he would be looking to work closely with the marine trade association around the lake on the program.

The Board approved spending up to $3,000 on the program.

In hopes of encouraging more participation, the Board moved its meeting time to 5:30 pm. The Board meets on the third Wednesday of every month at the PPL Environmental Learning Center on Route 6.