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
And being that the average household in the US uses
about 250 gallons per day
Every Drop Counts!
Rain barrels are one way to
Canaan Christian Academy, Delaware Valley, Honesdale, and
Wallenpaupack Schools Districts designed and painted rain
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
Earth Day on
April 26, 2014 at 2:00pm.
from the sale of the rain barrels will go back to the
schools that participated to be used for environmental
of where the rain barrels are located
April 25 – 27, 2014, Hawley, PA.
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
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.
events, happenings and special offers will continue to be
added between now and April 25th.
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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
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