Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District
Committed to protecting, maintaining, and enhancing the water quality of Lake Wallenpaupack
Lake Wallenpaupack, located in the heart of the Pocono Mountains’ Lake Region, is a popular destination for boating, fishing, swimming, snowmobiling, and other activities. With 52 miles of shoreline and an overall length of 13 miles, Lake Wallenpaupack boasts 5,700 acres of open water, making it the third largest lake in Pennsylvania. Lake Wallenpaupack is within a day’s drive of many major metropolitan areas, making it a prime vacation destination for millions of inhabitants of the Mid-Atlantic States.
Our most effective and economically-viable option is to control pollution by stopping it at the source, or preventing it altogether.
What We Do
We Manage the Watershed
Our Mission is to protect, maintain, and enhance the quality of Lake Wallenpaupack and its watershed. Every day, the lake faces the threat of pollution from sources such as stormwater and agricultural runoff, stream bank and lakeshore erosion, invasive species, malfunctioning sewage disposal, and chemical runoff. These threats can harm Lake Wallenpaupack, our local economy, and our quality of life.
As a non-profit organization, we strive to provide leadership and encourage our elected officials, community associations, residents, and government partners to work together and achieve our Mission. If we all work together, we’re able to build consensus, manage the lake and watershed in everyone’s best interests, and achieve greater success. Simply stated, we’re working together to protect OUR lake. read more
Best Management Practices
How We Do It
Treating the water through filtration, chemical applications, or biological augmentation just isn’t feasible due to the sheer volume. The costs would be so great and the threats so constant that we’d go broke and be fairly ineffective at keeping the lake clean.
Our most effective and economically-viable option is to control pollution by stopping it at the source, or preventing it altogether. Responsible and effective watershed management requires working across multiple disciplines to affect change. read more
Protecting the 3rd largest lake in Pennsylvania is no easy task! Here’s how you can help:
Support us financially!
Our programs and projects are costly. We’re always on the lookout for grant programs but it’s support from the community and visitors that allow us to carry out our everyday tasks.
Do you have a special skill set? Are you looking to give back to the community? We have opportunities for you to showcase your talents. Call us to find out how you can help.
Be our “eyes and ears”!
219 square miles of land drain into Lake Wallenpaupack. It’s a big area and we need help keeping an eye on it. If you see pollution issues or know someone who needs a little guidance to solve a problem, let us know!