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2017 Cost-Share Program closed- Grants available to help landowners address pollution issues related to shoreline erosion, streambank erosion, stormwater, or agriculture

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The Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District (LWWMD) accepted applications for their 2017 Cost-Share Program through October 28th. The 2018 program will be announced in summer, 2017. The program is designed to provide financial assistance to landowners and keep Lake Wallenpaupack clean. Grant funding is awarded for projects in the Lake Wallenpaupack watershed that will help protect water quality. These projects may include shoreline erosion stabilization, stream bank erosion stabilization, storm water improvements, and agricultural improvements. Contact LWWMD if you have questions about your project/location eligibility.
2017 marks the seventh year of this successful program. Residential, commercial, and community properties are eligible. Grants may provide up to a 50% match of project cost; up to a maximum of $10,000. (For example-If your project cost is $20,000 the LWWMD may provide a $10,000 match.) Priority will be given to projects that reduce or eliminate the flow of pollutants into Lake Wallenpaupack and those that provide greater than 50% landowner match. Landowner match may be in-kind(materials/labor/etc.) or cash.
Funding for the LWWMD Cost-Share Program is provided by Brookfield Renewable through the FERC Relicensing Settlement Agreement of 2006.

The application period is now closed. Have a project but missed the deadline? Give us a call to sign up for future notification!

2017 Cost-Share Application

For more information, contact Nick Spinelli, Executive Director at 570-226-3865, or nick@wallenpaupackwatershed.org.

5th Annual Ride for the Lake held August 27th!

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Thanks to all of the great people who joined us for the 5th Annual “Ride”. We had 88 motorcycles and 128 total riders! With the help of our riders and sponsors, we were able to raise $6,438!

2016 Sponsors Final

Cooperative Habitat Improvement Program (CHIP)
Building fish habitat at Lake Wallenpaupack with the PA Fish and Boat Commission

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2016 Habitat Construction another successful event!

Map of Habitat Structures with GPS Locations

When Lake Wallenpaupack was built in the 1920’s, construction crews removed all of the structures in the Wallenpaupack Valley to make way for the lake. This September however, crews were busy putting structures back in the lake, albeit a different kind of structure. Early in 2013, the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District partnered with the PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) to improve fish habitat in the lake through their Cooperative Habitat Improvement Program (CHIP). The CHIP program utilizes the resources and expertise of the PFBC and the local knowledge of groups like the Wallenpaupack Watershed.

On June 23rd, approximately 15 volunteers gathered at the Mangan Cove Boat Launch to help build twenty “Porcupine Cribs”. These structures are specifically designed by fisheries biologists to provide improved habitat in impoundments (man-made lakes) lacking natural habitat. According to the PFBC, “Artificial fish habitat may provide opportunities for anglers to have greater success if the artificial habitat is accessible. But the main objective, is to increase the abundance of submerged native habitat materials, primarily, wood and rock rubble, through engineered structure design that mimics native or natural habitat found in Pennsylvania impoundments. Wood and rock rubble are the key habitat elements that invertebrate and vertebrate animals use in lakes and impoundments. When the utilization aspect of fish habitat improvement increases the anglers’ success and provides opportunities for aquatic animals to increase in abundance and in efficiency, it is a win-win lake management tool.”

Wallenpaupack Watershed relied on several local businesses to procure the materials needed for the project. Rough-cut lumber was purchased from Aldenville Log and Lumber. Tarantino Trucking, donated the truck and time necessary to shuttle the lumber from sawmill to work site. Concrete blocks were purchased from Keystone Block in Honesdale and delivered by local farmer and Wallenpaupack Watershed Board Member Karl Eisenhauer. “We really owe a huge thank you to the wonderful folks at Aldenville Log and Lumber, Bobby Tarantino of Tarantino Trucking, and Karl Eisenhauer for helping us bring all of these materials together for the project”, said Nick Spinelli, Executive Director of Wallenpaupack Watershed. “If it weren’t for their willingness to help, this project wouldn’t have happened this summer.”

The CHIP partnership is in its third year and will continue for two more years with different types of habitat being installed in the lake. “This year we’ve been working on establishing a relationship with anglers,” said Spinelli. “We want people to make the connection between healthy lakes and healthy fish populations. If we can get people interested in building fish habitat, maybe we can also get them interested in other ways to help protect the lake from pollution and accomplish the Watershed District’s Mission.”

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