APWC Meetings for 2019
APWC Meeting May 21, 2019
Open Meeting and Roll Call: At 07:05 President Jim Vogt called the meeting to order. Also present were: Gerry Madden, Al Barney, Bob Boileau, Linda Snyder, Bob Reiss, and Carolyn Lange.
Approval of Minutes: Bob B. made a motion to approve the minutes from the March 19, 2019 meeting. Al seconded the motion. All were in favor and there were no corrections so the motion carried.
Financial Report: Expenditures were $64.00 for the Hologram. This came from the Stroud Water Research (SWR) funds.
Income: We took in $387.00 in memberships and donations.
Memberships: The Spring Newsletter brought us five renewing members. We also have one new membership to report!
1) PennEast- Not much new to report-it is good news for us that there has been little activity. Williams/Transco is building a parallel line which will help increase competition. New Jersey is still not allowing PennEast to go through. Gerry reported that he is aware of one landowner who signed papers allowing PE to access their property, but many have not. Carolyn distributed petitions against fracking, water withdrawals for use in fracking, and other frack related activities. Also memberships for the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. Jim reminded everyone that APWC is a member of DRN and that we sign onto petitions as a group.
2) DO Meter- Al has given us one. Thank you, Al! It needs a battery and a probe.
3) Spring Roadside cleanup- Thanks to everyone who helped, especially Al who went out
twice and really worked above and beyond the call. Yeah Al!! Jim related a story from earlier this year about illegal dumping at the CVNWR in which the villain was caught and fined. Bob suggested contacting the Times News when there is a win like this so they can get the word out and remind the public that this is a bad idea.
4) Earth Day and Spring Fling- Jim and Carolyn reported on these two events. Turnout was good both days. The MCCD Earth Day Celebration at the Northampton Co. College Monroe Campus was held inside for the first time. This was good considering the wind and cool weather. The macroinvertrebrates went over very well, and many kids were very interested. We felt like we did educate many families who were previously unaware of their existence and significance. We received $2.00 at MCCD.
5) Newsletter- The Spring edition went out recently. Jim acknowledged the work that Carolyn put into it. Ideas for the Fall edition will be needed in the coming months.
6) EPA Revised WOTUS Definition- APWC sent in a comment opposing this. It’s a hugestep backwards for water protection.
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1) Monitoring Streams- Our new member is interested in helping out. Jim suggested he coordinate with Al and Gerry. Al mentioned that we will need to do a flow study soon. MCCD has a flow meter we might be able to borrow. Jim mentioned that SWR will have another class on the May Fly meters in July. Details still TBD. Carolyn proclaimed that she will get out to test more. She admitted to being very lax. The EXEL spread sheets are already made up for entering the data. Jim nominated Charlie to take over that job. Gerry seconded the motion. All were in favor. Motion carried. Thanks Charlie!!
2) Logging on Upper Smith Gap Road- In Ross Twp. near the Aquashicola Creek. Jim told everyone about this recent activity. He will keep an eye on it and make sure the proper authorities are aware.
3) OPW Webinars- There will be a series of three webinars discussing the importance of clean streams and also the facts about EV status. Check out OPW website. The webinars can be seen on a podcast if you miss the live one. Next one is May 28th, and there will be one in June.
Carolyn and Bob R. informed the group about the Chestnut Tree planting that they helped with on April 22nd at the Bethlehem Municipal Water Authority property near Beltzville Lake. A group of volunteers joined the BMWA staff and employees of Meadowview Research Farms to plant 400 hybrid Chestnut trees and 200 white Oak trees. The trees were placed in a 4-acre plot that has deer fencing around it. They are 7thgeneration American and Chinese Chestnut that will hopefully be blight resistant. It was a really great experience! Linda reported that the Atlantic Wind project in Penn Forest Twp. is still being held up in the courts. Jim tossed out the idea of doing a pick nick in July instead of having a meeting. The idea was well received by the group. Where to have this was discussed, but no decisions were made. Details TBD. PHLT: Linda gave us an update on the recent property acquisitions. This included the Pomeroy property near Quiet Valley Farm. It has a stream on it and some great habitat. Some people have donated parcels of land, and other parcels are protected by conservation easements. Smaller parcels can be used as collateral to acquire more desirable pieces of land if the seller or donor agrees. Another noteworthy property is 16 acres on Rt. 209 in Brodheadsville across from the ESU bank.
Meeting Adjourned at 8:05.
Submitted by Carolyn Lange, SecretaryTreasurer
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