The Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District, a community-based nonprofit corporation founded in 1979, is committed to protecting, maintaining, and enhancing the water quality of Lake Wallenpaupack and its tributaries through leadership, public education and promotion of public awareness, scientific studies, and development and implementation of a comprehensive watershed management program, including the installation of watershed improvement projects. This will ensure high quality of life in the community, the protection of the natural environment, and the sustainability of the regional tourism and recreation economy.
Our mission statement guides our actions and accomplishments and serves as a “macro view” of why we exist. How we meet the requirements of the mission statement is the “micro view” and the more complicated answer to the question: “So… what exactly does the LWWMD do?”
According to the LWWMD By-Laws, “The District is incorporated for the following purposes:
- To perform diagnostic studies to evaluate Lake Wallenpaupack and its watershed, determine pollutant sources of Lake Wallenpaupack, develop a watershed management plan and implement a continuing watershed management program for Lake Wallenpaupack.
- To implement the best management practices to control pollutant loadings to Lake Wallenpaupack; such organic materials, heavy metals, pesticides and other toxic or harmful material.
- To do any and all things necessary to protect or improve the Lake and its tributaries.
- To protect public health, welfare and public rights at Lake Wallenpaupack.
- To promote environmental values and to provide for orderly Lake and watershed management at Lake Wallenpaupack.
- To make contracts, accept gifts and donations, purchase, lease, hold, or dispose of real or personal property, disburse money, contract debts and initiate studies to accomplish the aforesaid purposes.”