Our next meeting will be on July 21, 7pm, Polk Municipal Building.
On July 22, 2015, Deer Park will host an informational meeting regarding the proposed water withdrawal facility in Eldred Township. The meeting will be held at the Kunkletown Fire hall and will run from 6:30-8:30 pm.
Deer Park is owned by the multi national Nestle Corporation. Nestle is the worlds’ largest supplier of bottled water and “foodstuffs”, taking in 65 billion dollars a year.
The CEO, Peter Brabeck, has stated that
“Water is the most important raw material in the world. It is a question of whether we privatize the water supply for the population. There are two opinions on this. The extreme one is represented by Non- Governmental Organizations who bang on about declaring water a public right. That means that as a human being, you should have a right to water. That is an extreme solution.And the other view says that water is a food stuff like any other and like any other food stuff, it should have a market value.”
To see the interview, click on the youtube link below-
California is experiencing a record breaking drought, and the water withdrawal facilities owned by Nestle have not reduced their pumping out the aquifer at all. According to the California Department of Water Resources, Nestle takes 705 million gallons of water per year- http://www.circleofblue.org/waternews/2015/world/infographic-california-freshwater-withdrawals/.
For more information on the situation in California, here are more links-http://www.businessinsider.com/nestle-is-bottling-water-from-california-2015-4.
To see what Nestle is up to in Oregon, click on this link-http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2015/01/bottled_water_wars_nestles_lat.html.
Our next meeting will be on July 21, 2015, 7pm at the Polk Municipal Building.
APWC conducted our Earth Day Clean Up on April 11.
We collected a total of 16 bags of trash, 3 tires, several broken off road markers and miscellaneous junk. A bag of hazardous waste containing oil bottles, paint thinner and who knows what else was also found. We will notify PennDot so it will be handled properly .
In addition, 2 full bags of cans and bottles were collected by 2 of our volunteers on one section of the road. If Pennsylvania had a bottle bill (like NY, Vermont, etc), these bottles and cans would have been redeemed at 5 cents a piece, not littering our roads.
We had some help from the Living Hope Lighthouse Church again this year- many thanks again to the 4 volunteers that showed up to help. We were hoping to get a group picture, but everyone left before we could do that.
Thanks again to all!
Our next meeting will be on May 19, 7 pm, Polk Municipal Building.
The Lower Towamensing Township Board of Supervisors passed the Resolution against the construction of PennEast pipeline. The vote was unanimous. Thank you, Towamensing Township!
The Lower Tow Supervisors will be meeting on March 10, 7pm, at the municipal building. The address is 595 Hahns’ Dairy Road, Palmerton. A vote on a resolution against the PennEast pipeline is on the agenda. Please come out and give your support!
The pipeline will cut across Exceptional Value Wetlands and potential Bog Turtle habitat. It will also cause additional forest fragmentation and be a corridor for invasive species to become established.
The need for this pipeline is murky- most, if not all of the gas looks to be for export. And, why the need for a new Right of Way (ROW)? Transco/Williams already has a major ROW that goes in the same direction.
PennEast estimates 12,000 jobs- nearly all temporary (and minimum wage), such as motel rooms, food services, etc. Construction will be done by workers from Texas, Oklahoma- pipeline specialists.
Pipelines have been leaking and exploding more frequently-you have probably seen this on the news. It is cheaper and easier for the gas companies to make short-cuts and then pay the fines. They are unwanted, temporary neighbors to most of us. Groups who want to take the benefits and then leave. And they leave a forever changed landscape in their wake.
Carbon County Commissioners put forth a Resolution to oppose the Penneast Pipeline.
RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE PROPOSED PENNEAST NATURAL GAS PIPELINE AND AUTHORIZING THE COUNTY TO ACT AS INTERVENER AND TAKE SUCH ADDITIONAL ACTION IN THE COURSE OF THE REGULATORY PROCESS TO PROTECT THE INTERESTS OF THE COUNTY AND ITS RESIDENTS.
APWC applauds this action!
Due to the rain, our exhibit at Ross Township Day was a wash out. We had a good display of invasive plant species, and a buzzboard for kids to match larval macroinvertebrate species with the adult forms. The rain squashed our efforts. There were far more exhibitors than people interested in the exhibits.
However, at our last meeting, a motion was made and passed to purchase a waterproof canopy so we need not worry about bad weather for our community outreach events.
The Friends of Cherry Valley hosted a Spring Festival at the Moreton Homestead on May 17th. This was the first such event held on Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge grounds. Attendance was estimated at 300 people. The event went well, in spite of very muddy conditions due to a 4″ rain storm the preceding day.
There were 25 exhibitors representing many local environmental groups, recycling information, and wildlife rehabilitation. A representative from the Lenape Nation demonstrated games for children and tribal objects.
An archery range was set up for the kids, as well as fishing, seed planting, bird house building, nature walks and bird feeder making.
We hope the next festival will attract even more people!