CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
April 23 - Earth Day at ESU BWA Annual Native Plant Sale and Festival is growing like a weed!
April 25 - Earth Day at Barrett
High Acres Park By: Rob Sedwin
May 14 - Native Plant Sale - Mem- This popular event, re-
bers only 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at named The BWA Native Plant
MCCD Sale and Festival adds a new
May 15 - Native Plant Sale and
benefit to BWA members this
Festival 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at
year, with a pre-sale on Fri-
day evening, May 14, for
June 20-26 - Delaware River So-
members only. Plan to check
in at our membership table to
June 26-27 - NEPA Energy Solu-
take advantage of this oppor-
tions Expo, Luzerne County Fair-
tunity from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
grounds If your membership has
lapsed, you can bring your Native plant use protects the growth and habitat informa-
August 8 - BWA sponsored
"McMichael Creek Ramble" - Save membership up-to-date then. species that belong here, and tion to aid the customer in
the Date! Not a member yet? BWA will help contain stormwater their planting transition into
memberships will be available runoff and protect groundwa- the garden.
Friday night as well. ter supplies. Prices range from $4.50
The Festival is now a day More than a 1,000 plants to $18.00. For a tentative list
ISSUE: will be available for sale from of plants or for more informa-
-long event on May 15 with an
expanded list of plants and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some new tion about the events of the
BWA Board 2 plants will be on hand, as well day, visit:
info on the plants available as
Member Bob LaBar as some of the old favorites. www.brodheadwatershed.org.
well as an invasive plants id
Honored by MCCD and info table, food vendors The sale will again offer an Directions: From
You can help and educational programming array of plants native to the Stroudsburg (or Exit 302B
for all ages at the Monroe Pocono region. It will include from I-80) go north on Rt. 611
County Conservation Dis- dozens of shade and sun per- to the traffic light in Bartons-
trict’s Environmental Educa- ennials including ferns, ville, and turn left onto Rim-
BWA and the 3 tion Center in Bartonsville. grasses and an assortment of rock Drive. Follow Rimrock
PMVB Win-Win on Gardeners and home- shrubs available for a variety Drive for 0.4 mile, bear right
Audubon Golf owners can come and learn of habitats in the Poconos, onto N. Easton-Belmont Pike,
Collaboration about a variety of native from sun to shade, alkaline to go 0.2 mile, then bear right
plants and buy what is suit- acidic soils, wetlands to dry. onto Running Valley Road.
Water Facts: able for their landscaping en- All plants will come with MCCD is 0.7 mile on left.
This unique event with a
Take Control of 4 large selection of native Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences –School
before they control
plants is an invaluable local
resource. Gardeners of all of Forest Resources –Natural Resource Extension
you! levels will have an opportunity Webinars 12:00 PM ET and 7:00 PM ET
to learn about how to partici- http://rnrext.cas.psu.edu/PAForestWeb/upcomingseminars.html
WELCOME NEW BWA pate in gardening methods 4/13 Lyme disease in PA
MEMBERS! that support and promote sus- 5/3 Native Plants
Bert and Jane Walck tainable use of residential 5/11 Migration Madness: Identification of PA Migrant Songbirds
Susan Lange land. By growing native 6/7 Rabbit Resistant Plants
Thomas Anderson plants, people are directly 6/8 Spreading Forest Stewardship to Youth
Kathleen McCarthy participating in the environ-
mental health of the planet.
Above, Native plants: Butterfly weed, Swamp Azalea, Black eyed Susan
BWA Board Member Bob LaBar You can help Protect Your Drinking Water
Honored by Monroe County By: Carol Hillestad making. With a grant from Grow-
Conservation District One of the joys of living in or
visiting the Brodhead Watershed
ing Greener and funding from the
BCRA itself, the authority set
Friday night March 26, 2010 at is that everywhere you turn you about identifying potential threats
Stroudsmoor Country Inn overlooking see a creek or stream, rivulet or to the water supply – and de-
Cherry Valley, several BWA board members wetland. When you’re here, scribed what they would do to
and their spouses joined Bob LaBar and his you’re never far from water. contain, eliminate or mitigate
wife Darlene at the MCCD Environmental those threats
That nearness to flowing wa-
Education Center annual dinner. The eve- ter makes it just a trifle unsettling The Plan as been approved
ning of fine food, entertainment and presen- to learn that contaminants that go by the Department of Environ-
tations included Bob receiving the Teacher into a creek can travel down- mental Protection. Here are
of the Year award, presented by MCCD Dis- stream at the rate of a foot or some of the actions BCRA will
trict Manager, Craig Todd. more per second – covering a take in implementing the plan:
Bob receive the award as result of the pro- mile in less than 90 minutes. • meet with PennDOT, rail-
gram he developed to involve his 7th grade road officials, hazardous materi-
This finding comes from the
students in a number of community activities als transportation companies,
Source Water Protection Plan, a
including testing water in the creek behind and others to review emergency
comprehensive study undertaken
the East Stroudsburg High School. The stu- response plans for spills and re-
by the Brodhead Creek Regional
dents’ results from several months of testing duce the use of herbicides to
Authority (BCRA). BCRA is the
will be added to BWA’s water quality data- clear brush along roads and train
water authority that provides
base. “This has been a really great oppor- tracks
drinking water for more 25,000
tunity to get students involved with protect-
people who live in the lower • meet with local municipal
ing their environment while gaining an ap-
reaches of the Brodhead – their leaders to review existing ordi-
“raw water” comes from the nances and suggest new ones –
Brodhead Creek and wells that such as encouraging homeown-
are linked to the creek. ers to have their septic systems
So everything that happens to properly cleaned and maintained.
munity. The the Brodhead and its tributaries • review applications to the
ultimate upstream happens to the water Delaware River Basin Commis-
goal is to that 25,000 people depend on for sion for new commercial uses of
inspire stu- drinking water. Based on this water – providing a heads-up
dents to study, an oil spill on Route 191 in about competing water uptake or
become Analomink could reach the water activities that could affect water
future stew- authority’s surface water intake in quality
ards of the just 90 minutes and their produc- You can help, too. Anything
environ- tion wells in 10-24 hours. you put in or on the ground even-
ment!”, said Is it any wonder that the tually finds its way into our water
Bob. Con- BCRA wants to protect the Brod- supply – sometimes sooner
gratulations head Creek? rather than later. If you don’t
Bob! BCRA’s Source Water Protec- want to drink it, don’t dump it!
tion Plan was five years in the
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BWA and the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau
Win-Win on Audubon Golf Collaboration
On Wednesday, March 3rd the industries, it costs money to "go Township and Shawnee Golf and
Brodhead Watershed Association in green" - lots of money. The golfing Country Club in Shawnee-on-
conjunction with the Pocono Moun- industry is different. Golf courses Delaware have been working to-
tain Visitors Bureau presented are in a unique position where mak- ward certification in the Audubon
“Golf's Green Bottom Line: Uncover- ing some simple changes can result Cooperative Sanctuary Program for
ing the Hidden Business Value of in almost immediate savings of Golf Courses already, and as a re-
Environmental Stewardship on Golf thousands of dollars annually. sult of the event, Terra Greens Golf
Courses.” at the Pocono Community Courses resisting the change, Sluit- course in East Stroudsburg signed
Theater in East Stroudsburg. ter said, could be in trouble when up for the $200-a-year program.
Stroud Township’s Glen Brook Golf the next generation of golfers starts Glenn Feick of Glen Brook said "I
Club and a donation from the Po- gaining more power.” A part-time think golf courses want to be part of
cono Heritage Land Trust also sup- lecturer at Rutgers University, he the solution now instead of being
ported this event. said the students he sees "have the part of the problem, that wasn't al-
Jim Sluitter of Audubon Interna- green thing down pat," and they're ways the case."
tional, the New York-based environ- going to be expecting their busi- The Audubon Cooperative Sanc-
mental education organization that nesses, including golf courses, to be tuary Program for Golf Courses
has devoted millions of dollars to green.” In his presentation Sluitter (ACSP-Golf) is an award winning
bringing golf into the environmental pointed out; “Changes could be as education and certification program
movement provided information to a simple as letting some out-of-the- that helps golf courses protect our
group of about 50 attendees which way spots on the course grow natu- environment and preserve the natu-
included representatives from over rally without any mowing, or building ral heritage of the game of golf. For
a dozen local golf courses, suppliers birdhouses on the course to natu- more information about the pro-
and local conservationists. rally control insects and create a gram, go to
sanctuary for native species.” www.acspgolf.auduboninternational.
According to Sluitter, “In most
Glen Brook Golf Club in Stroud org.
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Take Control of Invasive Plants before they control you!
By: Edie Stevens
Are invasive plants taking over your property? Help is on the way from Lori Colgan, BWA’s
new Invasive Species Management Plan (ISMP) staff member.
A few lucky BWA members can get Lori to look over their property this spring and summer
(streamside properties are the first priority) to point out where invasives are taking over, offer
suggestions for how to control them and recommend what native species to plant in their
place. In addition to personal consultations, Lori will also present workshops on controlling
invasive plants and replacement native plants to interested homeowner groups. Call the
BWA office (570) 839 1120 to make an appointment with Lori or to set up a seminar with
your neighbors and friends.
Lori is a graduate of ESU's Environmental Studies Program and Vermont Law School.
While at ESU, Lori worked for the Nature Conservancy, training volunteers in their Weed
Watchers and Weed Warriors programs. She will start work with BWA on April 15 and will finish the ISMP project, help
landowners manage their invasives, and survey demonstration projects and document results. She will also develop an
Action Plan for future projects in the watershed.
The ISMP project started 4 years ago under the guidance of Dr. Jeri Jewett-Smith with a grant to BWA from Dept of
Conservation and Natural Resources. Interns from ESU have walked all the major stream corridors and mapped loca-
tions and density of invasive plants. Working with Dr. Shixiong Hu, Jeri and interns have created maps showing their
work. Visit www.brodheadwatershed.org to view the maps and learn more.
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Henryville, PA 18332
The Brodhead Watershed Association is a non-profit organization formed in 1989 to promote and preserve the
environment of the Brodhead watershed and the water quality of the Brodhead, Cherry, Marshalls, McMichael,
Paradise, and Pocono creeks and their tributaries.