What may be a record, in at least recent years, the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District received $24,559.00 in contributions from the two direct mail appeals sent out in 2017.

PALMYRA TWP. (Pike) - What may be a record, in at least recent years, the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District received $24,559.00 in contributions from the two direct mail appeals sent out in 2017.

The not-for-profit organization relies largely on donations, both from individuals, contributions from Wayne and Pike counties, townships in the watershed that have chosen to participate (Paupack and Palmyra - Pike) and Brookfield Renewable, the power company that owns the lake and hydroelectric facility.

Administrator Nick Spinelli commented to the District board at the January 17th meeting that both the improving economy and an expanded mailing base likely are the factors for the greater revenue.

Otherwise known by their acronym, LWWMD, the District is charged with the oversight of the environmental state of the water quality in both the lake and its tributaries. Stakeholders make up the board of directors, sharing the common interest in having and keeping a clean lake. Their efforts these past 39 years have been focused on public education, seeking funds to prevent and correct water polluting conditions, assisting landowners with better management practices and monitoring the water quality in order to track data.

Their 2017 budget totaled $135,725.00 in General Income; the actual was $171,400.86.
Budgeted expenses were $123,785.02. Actual expenses were $112,395.65.

They had planned for $22,000.00 from direct mail fundraising. Two letters are sent out, one to businesses and the other to property owners around the lake. In 2017 they increased the targeted area.

In 2016, $23,145.78 was taken in from the appeal letters.

The board has discussed sending out the appear letter to property owners in the time frame of late June or early July, as they had done in 2017, rather than in the spring. More people are up in the summer enjoying the lake, and it is seen as a better time for businesses to be able to contribute.


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LWWMD board meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. For more information on the LWWMD and what can be done to improve and maintain Lake Wallenpaupack’s good water quality, visit www.wallenpaupackwatershed.org or call 570-226-3865.