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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Eroded creek bed to be tackled

  • Bids will likely be sought for a contractor to repair storm damage to Swan Creek in Paupack Township, which cuts under Lakeshore Drive and empties into Lake Wallenpaupack. This is another project of the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District (LWWMD), pledged to protect the ecological integrity of the Big Lake by which it is named.
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  • Bids will likely be sought for a contractor to repair storm damage to Swan Creek in Paupack Township, which cuts under Lakeshore Drive and empties into Lake Wallenpaupack. This is another project of the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District (LWWMD), pledged to protect the ecological integrity of the Big Lake by which it is named.
       District Administrator Nick Spinelli discussed the project with their board at the December  meeting. He said that a homeowner on one side of the creek was able to get federal funding some years ago after a flooding event badly eroded the creek. This allowed the creek to be repaired on the homeowner’s side but the opposite side hasn’t been done. Subsequent rain storms have made it worse. The creek crosses near the sharp curve on Lakeshore Drive.
      Erosion along street beds can send high levels of nutrient-laden sediments into the lake, encouraging algae blooms.
      Kiley & Associates will perform the survey work. The project will be paid through accumulated funds from the annual PPL relicensing account that also allows for homeowners, municipalities and community associations to apply for a 50/50 matching grant from the District to fix conditions that threaten the lake’s water quality.
      Under the 2013 budget for LWWMD, $20,000 was set aside for the Swan Creek project. Spinelli affirmed that the scope of the project should warrant sending it out to bid, as they have done for agricultural projects.
       PPL obtained their federal license renewal a few years ago to operate the Wallenpaupack hydroelectric plant and maintain the lake and dam. As part of the agreement, funds are set aside for water quality protection. A committee comprised of PPL, the Wayne and Pike Conservation Districts, PA Department of Environmental Protection and LWWMD decides on how the account funds are distributed.
      The Budget Committee will convene to review the 2014 draft budget which the board expects to bring to a vote in January. The draft budget lists $134,550 in General Income and $115,070 in General Expenses.
        Second one-year terms were approved for their slate of officers: Tom Mueller, President; Mark Reidenbach, Vice-president; Charles Sexton, Secretary and Karl Eisenhauer, Treasurer.
       Financial donations from the public as of November 30th have totaled $18,688.37, received from the direct mail campaigns. The money helps the District maintain its mission for a clean lake.
        The LWWMD normally meets on the third Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. For more information contact the District at 570-226-3865 or visit online at www.wallenpaupackwatershed.org.

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