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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  •  Bike ride nets $4,600 for Lake W 

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  •  Managing EditorLake Wallenpaupack’s environmental watchers were beaming at their last meeting. Was it over the lake’s current state? Plans and progress of efforts to keep it clean? Actually it was over a motorcycle ride. It wasn’t just any bike event. This was one that circled the entire lake and brought in over $4,600 to help ensure good lake water quality for the future.?Something new for the 33-year old Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District (LWWMD), the nonprofit partnership has ventured into the world of creative fund-raising. In a day and age of lean or lack of federal and state financial grants, LWWMD seeks ways to help property owners around the afford projects to keep pollution and extreme nutrient levels from invading Wallenpaupack.?Administrator Nick Spinelli reported at the Sept.19th board meeting that the bike ride they held during Wally Lake Fest, raised $4,671.35. This is over and above expenses of $1,687.21. The first time they ever tried it, they worked feverishly to raise sponsorships and spread the word to alert bikers about the ride. On the morning of the event on Aug. 25, however, they had only 14 registrations.?Brian Schan, LWWMD board member who raised the idea for the event, said the bikers started poring in the Wallenpaupack Area High School parking lot. They ended up with 50 motorcycles and 64 riders. As expected, many are believed to have waited to know how the weather would be.?Schan and the committee were thanked for their committed effort to make the ride happen. Schan stated that they learned from the first event, and look forward to making this an annual ride, a signature event for the Watershed District.?They also had a raffle for two kayaks. This raised $1,672.63, over expenses of $1,447.37. While not bringing what they had expected, the raffle was still hailed as a success. Spinelli said they would look to see what more suitable prize could be offered next year.?In a spirit of good fun, LWWMD also had a float in the Wally Lake Fest boat parade. They netted sixth place for their highly decorated lake monitoring boat.Also discussed:• Two of the five 2012 Cost Share Program applicants already have their projects completed. These are Woodland Hills development, which received $3,500, and Killam Park Association, which received $4,462.50. Both were for projects, to direct stormwater away from entering the lake. The Cost Share Program is a 50/50 match grant, with the applicant paying half (or providing in-kind labor or materials), and the rest coming from an annual PPL budget allocation received by LWWMD.?• Palmyra Township (Pike) is exploring ways to institute a sewer system for the commercial district along Route 6. One method being looked at is “Renewage,” which uses a submerged wastewater treatment cell, replicating a natural wetland. The merits of the system was discussed around the District table. Pike County Commissioner Rich Caridi, who is on the LWWMD board, questioned if there is sufficient land mass to accommodate the system.?• Spinelli recently met with the Lake Henry Cottagers Association. The group would like to have Facebook page of lake managers within the Wallenpaupack watershed. Spinelli is seeing how the LWWMD can assist in the proposed partnering of local lake managers.For more information on the LWWMD, call (570)226-3865 or visit online at www.wallenpaupackwatershed.org. 
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