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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Cast for Cash underway; Ride for the Lake ahead

  • PALMYRA TWP. (Pike) - As of May 30th, 382 people have signed up for the fishing derby, said Keith Williams, board member of the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District (LWWMD). "Cast for Cash" was launched May 23rd. Williams said that so far, none of the 49 fish tagged for prizes have been caught. Someone out there in Lake Wallenpaupack is a fish worth $5,000 if it is the first one caught.
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  •  PALMYRA TWP. (Pike) - As of May 30th, 382 people have signed up for the fishing derby, said Keith Williams, board member of the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District (LWWMD). "Cast for Cash" was launched May 23rd. Williams said that so far, none of the 49 fish tagged for prizes have been caught. Someone out there in Lake Wallenpaupack is a fish worth $5,000 if it is the first one caught.
          Discussed in several recent articles, the Cast for Cash is a new LWWMD activity meant to bring more people to enjoy the lake, value its high water quality and realize the role everyone plays in keeping Wallenpaupack as pristine as possible- the mission of the District.
        At the May 21st Board meeting, Administrator Nick Spinelli said that they had $21,950 raised from a long list of local sponsors. PA Fish & Boat Commission tagged 49 fish and released them in Lake Wallenpaupack Each tag carries prizes valued at a minimum of $100 up to the grand prize of $5,000.
       To keep the suspense going, no one will know what prize their tag will bring until after the end of the contest in September. Spinelli said that only Promosis, the company contracted to adminster the derby, has that information.
       The top fish will bring $5,000 only if it is first caught and logged; after that, the tag will be worth $500.
       Registrations are being taken online at the LWWMD web site, wallenpaupackwatershed.org. There is no cost to participate; complete rules are listed online. PA fishing regulations apply. The contest runs May 23- September 30.
       Keith Williams was commended for his passion and dedication to seeing this new event become a reality.
       News about the derby was being spread by a variety of means, including the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau email list. Rack cards describing Cast for Cash are being distributed. They will be included in the annual appeal letter the District will be sending to about 8,500 to 9,000 property owners who live within a mile of Lake Wallenpaupack.
    ••• Motorcycle ride
        Discussion is also underway for the third annual Ride for the Lake, a motorcycle event meant to raise funds awareness to protect water quality.
          Both the derby and the bike ride are initiatives of  LWWMD, a not-for-profit partnership dedicated to overseeing the environmental health of the lake and its tributaries. Founded in 1979, in recent years the District has expanded its role of public education and boosting its financial base. The latter was done in the wake of waning federal and state grants used to assist landowners in preventing or correcting water pollution problems affecting Wallenpaupack.
       Brian Schan, District board director who initiated the motorcycle event, suggested having a planning meeting in early June. The next Ride for the Lake is set for Saturday, August 23, during Wally Lake Fest. In 2013, the second Ride for the Lake raised $4,950 for the District while giving 84 riders an enjoyable ride completely around the 5,700 acre lake (43 miles). There were 57 motorcycles involved.
    Page 2 of 2 -    The goal for 2014 is 75 motorcycles and 100 riders.
      For more information on the watershed and LWWMD activities, see wallenpaupackwatershed.org or call 570-226-3865.
    MORE MEETING ITEMS ARE FOUND IN THE STORY IN THE WEEKEND ISSUE.

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