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Clean water, healthy communities


May 30, 2012

PIKE AND WAYNE COUNTIES — A regional group of organizations and agencies has combined efforts to offer a series of programs focused on the value of water resources in the Upper Delaware region. As a bonus, those who attend the programs will have the opportunity to win a free rain barrel donated by the Honesdale Agway.

The Conservation Partnership, comprised of more than 20 members, has compiled the programs in order to raise awareness of the importance of balancing economic development in Pike and Wayne counties while maintaining water quality.

Encouraging responsible stewardship of clean water is essential to preserving quality of life in the region. In addition to meeting human needs for drinking water, clean water supports recreation activities like swimming, kayaking, fishing and boating; provides essential wildlife habitat; enhances home value and supports tourism; is an essential resource for farm and forest product producers and supports local economic development.

Conservation Partnership members are Pike County Conservation District, Pike County Office of Community Planning, Delaware Highlands Conservancy, Penn State Extension, The Nature Conservancy, Alliance to Keep Pike Green, The Pinchot Institute for Conservation, Lackawanna College, the Upper Delaware River Roundtable, National Park Service—Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Common Waters Partnership, the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Lackawaxen River Conservancy, PPL, Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District, Pocono Environmental Education Center, Wayne Conservation District, the Northeast PA Audubon Society, US Forest Service, SEEDS and the Eagle Institute.


Upcoming events

Each of the following programs will provide an opportunity to enter a drawing to win a rain barrel donated by Honesdale Agway. The drawing will occur on August 24 and the winner will be notified by phone.

• June 2 - Native Plants Walk, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Camp Speers-Eljabar YMCA, Dingmans Ferry, PA. Contact Delaware Highlands Conservancy, 570/226-3164.

• July 11 - Japanese Knotweed/Invasive Species Demo, 1:30 pm, Stourbridge Mall in Honesdale, PA. Contact Wayne Conservation District, 570/253-0930.

• July 14 - Macroinvertebrate Mayhem, 2–5 p.m., Promised Land State Park, Greentown, PA. Contact Promised Land State Park, 570/676-0567.

• August 4-5 - Festival of Wood, 10-4 and 10-5, Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford, PA. Contact USFS, 570/296-9671.

• August 8 - Water Wonders of Pike County, 6:30 p.m., PPL Environmental Learning Center, Hawley, PA. Contact Pike County Conservation District, 570/226-8220.

• August 22 - What Lives In the Lake?, 6 p.m., PPL Environmental Learning Center, Hawley, PA. Contact PPL, 570/253-7001.