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What's New! updated 4/17/2014

Hot off the presses is the Pike County Conservation District’s
2013 Annual Report!

Please take a few minutes to read through all the great programs and services that the District was able to provide in 2013.




Do You Know Your Watershed Address?
PCCD has created a brochure and an interactive watershed map so you can easily identify your watershed along with some interesting facts about the water resources in that watershed.

A watershed is an area of land across which water, and the sediment and dissolved materials it contains, flow on their way to a single common outlet- like a stream, lake or river. Click on the brochure to the left to find out more!!



Meet the New PCCD Staff

In March, the District welcomed two new staff members to the PCCD team! Vincent Cordova joined the District on March 3 as the new Watershed Specialist. Vinny is no stranger to Pike County as he has lived in Matamoras most of his life. Vinny graduated from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology and recently worked as a substitute teacher in the sciences at Delaware Valley High School. His curiosity in the sciences and his appreciation for the great outdoors makes the Watershed Specialist position a great fit for him. William Erdman joined the PCCD staff team on March 17 as the new Resource Conservationist. Will moved to Northeast Pennsylvania from Central New Jersey. As an undergraduate at Penn State University, he studied Community, Environment, and Development. After graduation, he earned a certificate in Geographic Information Systems from Penn State.  Will has worked for the USDA and the organic farming community.  Will is also an avid sportsman and looks forward to exploring his new home in Pike County. Pictured above from left is Vinny Cordorva and Will Erdman.  



Less than 1% of the water available in the world is available for fresh drinking water.
And being that the average household in the US uses about 250 gallons per day
Every Drop Counts!
Rain barrels are one way to collect them!

Students in Canaan Christian Academy, Delaware Valley, Honesdale, and Wallenpaupack Schools Districts designed and painted rain barrels that will be auctioned  as part of the Every Drop Counts! project!

These rain barrels are being displayed at businesses throughout Pike and Wayne Counties until the Pike/Wayne Earth Day on 
Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 2:00pm
.

Proceeds from the sale of the rain barrels will go back to the schools that participated to be used for environmental education. 

 
Map of where the rain barrels are located


April 25 – 27, 2014, Hawley, PA.

 The event kicks off Friday at 2pm with the return of the Hawley Farmer’s Market in Bingham Park. Children’s activities will be presented in the Gazebo. A photo exhibit, comedy and music fill the evening.

 Saturday is a big day for Earthfest. Beginning with the Species Parade! Gather your friends and come as your favorite “species”, groups and organizations are encouraged to participate. Face painting and other activities are available. Meet at Bingham Park. Check out the HawleyEarthfest.com website for costume suggestions.

The PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center opens its doors at 10am through 3pm. Experts in gardening, composting, stewardship, eagles and so much more are on hand with information and demonstrations. Costume awards from the parade will be presented at 12noon. Rain Barrel Silent Auction will be on display 10-1:45. Winners will be announced at 2pm – you must be present to win. Also happening is The Delaware Highlands Conservancy Silent Auction – winners will be notified. The Hawley Library will be presenting a variety of activities throughout the day. Join the merriment at the Hotel Belvedere Block Party from 2-6.  The fun continues into great evening entertainment and dining throughout Hawley including Harmony Presents, The Boathouse Restaurant, Ehrhardt’s, Woodloch and more.

 Sunday hosts the springtime Tour d’Towpath bike ride. Registration begins at 9am at NEWE on Rt 6 next to Wayne Bank. Enjoy a yoga warm-up with Roots Yoga. Once the bike-ride starts and you are not bike riding, then head on over to Roots Yoga on Main Street for a full complimentary yoga class. Visit the Eagle Conservancy Winter Field Office in Lackawaxen. The Lake Wallenpaupack Visitor Center is open, scopes are available for wildlife viewing, and you are invited to enjoy the beautiful nature trails along the lake.

 Activities, events, happenings and special offers will continue to be added between now and April 25th.

Be sure to visit www.HawleyEarthfest.com for the latest information.  Or visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HawleyEarthfest.   To stay current on all local happenings, be sure to sign up for the VisitHawleyPA.com emails.


6 Regional Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance (ESM) Trainings - Spring 2014

The Center for Dirt and Gravel Roads has announced six regional Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance (ESM) Trainings throughout Pennsylvania for spring 2014. Because of the Dirt and Gravel and Low Volume Road Program funding increase, the Center is coordinating additional trainings to accommodate municipalities who may not have the certification needed to submit applications for funding for their Dirt and Gravel road maintenance projects. The ESM course is an intense two-day classroom session focused on providing the knowledge and tools necessary for road owners to maintain roads in a more cost-efficient and environmentally sensitive manner. The course runs from 8am to 4pm for two days and includes lunch. The course is free to municipal, county, and state agencies involved with PA's Dirt and Gravel Road Program. The course provides 1.3 Continuing Education Units from the PSU College of Engineering. The course is free, but registration is required, no walk-ins allowed if training is at capacity. Please contact the Center for Dirt and Gravel Roads to register for the program or have additional questions regarding the trainings at 814-865-5355, email dirtandgravel@psu.edu or visit www.dirtandgravelroads.org.


 Common Waters Fund

Healthy forests give us cleaner water and sustainable communities. If you own land in the Upper Delaware Watershed, the Common Waters Fund wants to help you. Read more about the Fund, review the eligibility requirements and program guidelines to see if you are qualified to receive a grant.
For more information visit the website at www.commonwatersfund.org


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