By Peter Becker

Managing Editor

Looking ahead to help fund a clean lake, Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District is talking about a boat fund-raiser in 2013.

Tom Mueller is the owner of 1st Klas Marina in Tafton. At his first board meeting of the year as chairman of the Watershed District, Jan. 17, he offered that the company would co-sponsor the boat. The craft is a 16-foot Lund Fury, with a trailer included.

The board discussed how to proceed, and sent the offer to the District's Fund-Raising Committee for review. The same committee organized the successful motorcycle ride around Lake Wallenpaupack, as well as the kayak raffle in 2012.

They were debating how many tickets would be needed to sell and at what price. Mueller hoped a decision would be made at the February meeting, which is a week earlier than normal, on Feb. 13.

Fund-raising activities have been pursued in lieu of ready availability of federal and state grants the District utilized in the past. Funds can be used to provide matching grant programs to assist lake-front owners and others in the watershed, to protect the lake's water quality.

The motorcycle ride, which was held in conjunction with Wally Lake Fest in late August, is expected to be held again.

Also discussed:

• Cost Share grant recipients from 2011 have until the February 2013 meeting to indicate that they still plan to use the funding. A few of the recipients had not made use of the approved funds for the projects they wished to undertake, to protect the water quality. The District board plans to withdraw the funding if they do not hear from the recipients.

Starting with the 2012 round of funding, the Cost Share Program was given a time stipulation. Now in its third year, program funding and invitation for applicants will be made after the status of the remaining 2011 applicants are known. Funds from the annual PPL Relicensing federal agreement are allocated for the program. Typical projects include stream bank stabilization, barnyard manure controls and storm water diversion. Applicants provide a 50 percent match.

• Two proposals are being compared to restructure the District's web site and design a new logo. Both quotes are from local firms.

• A thousand full-color copies of the 2012 Annual Report will be printed. Administrator Nick Spinelli designed the report, which had not been done in previous years. The report, highlighting activities last year and plans for 2013, will be sent to 2012 donors and be distributed at key locations.

Pike County Commissioner Richard Caridi, who is a member of the District board, suggested that Spinelli make a presentation on the Annual Report at the County Commissioners' meeting, both in Pike and in Wayne.

• Alex Zidock, who served as chairman in 2012, carried on their ceremonial tradition of "monkey business." Each year the departing chairperson passes a stuffed monkey toy to another board member who was a particular help in the past year, "taking the monkey off the chairperson's back." This year the monkey went to Charles Sexton, thanking him for all his help assisting Administrator Spinelli.

The LWWMD board normally meets on the third Wednesday. Next month, they meet on the second Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m., at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. Meetings are open to the public.

For more information, contact the LWWMD office at (570)226-3865 or visit online at