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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Divers to help clean lake

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  • Just three days before their second, successful "Ride for the Lake" fundraiser, the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District (LWWMD) met to discuss further projects.
    The board went over the upcoming Scuba Diver Cleanup Day planned for Saturday, September 14 and involving local fire department dive reams.
    Administrator Nick Spinelli recommended the event, which first had to be cleared with their insurance carrier. With that matter covered, they are proceeding with the event, inviting local fire department dive teams.
    On September 14, the fire company divers will take part in a contest to bring up litter from the deeps. They will be diving near Cairn's Island, which Spinelli said is nicknamed "Party Cove." Prizes will be awarded for the most trash, the "weirdest" trash and the biggest piece of trash recovered.
    The event runs from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Lakewatch Assistance and secondary dive team boats will help keep the public away from the area.
    Steve Gelderman, who operates Wallenpaupack Scenic Boat Tours at Gresham's Landing, has offered use of their older tour boat to collect the trash and bring it to shore for proper disposal.
    Goals of the event include giving valuable practice for the volunteer divers, picking up some of the trash and raising awareness of the District's mission.
    A suggestion was made to leave the boat load of trash there for a while so the party people can see what they left behind.
    Also discussed:
    • The LWWMD web site (wallenpaupackwatershed.org) has been completely refurbished. Lockdata Technologies in Hawley was contracted to make the revisions, which are hailed as much easier to navigate than the old version. The new site has much more information, describing what they do and their history, providing watershed maps, tips on how to help keep a clean lake, water quality reports and more.
    • Carol Gwozdziewycz submitted her resignation from the LWWMD board, due to her moving plans. Spinelli said that Gwozdziewycz has been a great asset, bringing her financial expertise to the District's operations. Gwozdziewycz was actively involved in fund-raising projects. She also resigned from the Wayne Bank where she worked for 25 years. Member Charles Sexton advised looking for a new candidate who also has a financial background.
    • Spinelli was approved to participate in Leadership Wayne, a class hosted by local chambers of commerce.
    The District meets on the third Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. Their office may be contacted at (570)226-3865.

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