Spring Creek Watershed Commission

Spring Creek Watershed Commission
Mission Statement
Developed 1997

  1. To establish a long-range vision for the watershed that represents a consensus of thoughts and ideals that are commonly shared by the people of the Spring Creek Watershed.
  2. To establish a leadership role within the watershed to advance and coordinate projects and programs that are consistent with the long-range vision of the Spring Creek Watershed.
  3. To develop a long-range comprehensive Watershed Management Plan and a program of meaningful associated projects to protect and enhance the quality of life within the Spring Creek Watershed.

Meeting Minutes 02.15.2017

SPRING CREEK WATERSHED COMMISSION
Meeting Minutes
February 15, 2017
Spring Township Municipal Building
7:00 PM

1) Call to Order at 7:00 PM
2) Roll Call of Members

Janet Engeman – State College Borough
David Wise – Benner Township
Dan Trevino – Patton
Andy Merritt – Halfmoon Township
Denny Hameister – Harris Township
Gay Dunne – Bellefonte Borough
Bill Sharp – College Township
Paul Bartley – Milesburg Borough
Bill MacMath – Spring Township
Don Franson – Walker Township
David Whiteman – Potter Township
Peter Buckland – Ferguson Township

3) Approval of Minutes

Bill MacMath moved to accept the minutes from November 16, 2016 and January 18, 2017 meetings. Gay Dunne seconded the motion. The minutes were unanimously approved.

4) Citizen Comments

  • Dave Stone of State College Borough and the Nittany Valley Water Coalition expressed his concern about the Hanson Quarry drilling deeper. He emphasized that we need to use science in our favor particularly when dealing with big companies.
  • Todd Giddings reported on the Spring Creek water resources budget. Since the beginning of the year, the creek has a positive budget, which is important for recharge. Last year was ranked 102nd out of 121 years of data. Since last month, the water level at well 686 is 5.4 ft higher from last month, which is equivalent to 3 billion gallons of groundwater storage. However, last year the water level was 22.6 ft. higher. So while we are moving in a positive direction, we are still 12.3 billion gallons of water behind compared to last year. Centre County continues to be in a drought watch and groundwater level is still in a drought warning zone. March and April will be very important for groundwater recharge because once plants stop being dormant, we will start losing water to evapotranspiration. Annually, 2/3 of precipitation is lost via evapotranspiration.

 

5) Educational Topic – Spring Creek Watershed Management Plan Discussion

  • The group discusses how to begin the process of moving forward with Phase 2 of the watershed management plan.
  • Bill Sharp provided a draft summary of the 2003 Spring Creek Watershed Plan Phase 1 Final Report (attached).
  • The DCNR C2P2 Grant was presented as one possible funding source for this project.
  • The mission and goals of the Phase 2 Plan as well as leadership of the steering and technical committees were all discussed. There was general agreement that an outside consultant would help bring objectivity to the development of this plan. See attached sheet for more details.
  • Denny and Lexie were tasked with composing a letter to get support from municipalities on applying for the DCNR grant. (Note: a future meeting led to the decision that we would wait to apply for the DCNR grant in 2018).
  • The SCWA was tasked with organizing the first, preliminary public forum on this topic.

6) Old Business

A. Spring Creek Watershed Association – Bill Sharp

The SCWA’s next meeting is Tuesday February 21st at 7:30AM. This meeting will continue the discussion on the watershed management plan with a focus on community input.

B. Spring Creek Watershed Atlas – Bob Donaldson

The Atlas workgroup meeting has been rescheduled for Feb 23rd. There will be a discussion on Bob Carline’s edits to the outline of topics. There are many articles in the queue. Pat Drohan is working on an article on soils in the watershed. Jason Detar and Bob Carline are working on articles on trout fisheries. Hannah is working with Joe Bishop to get a map for her article on macroinvertebrates. Steve Sywensky, the owner of Fisherman’s Paradise, will be writing an article on the importance of high quality water on trout fisheries. Dave Whiteman, Jacklie Melander and Bob Donaldson will meet soon to put together an article related to old homesteads.

7) New Business

A. Approval of Craig Story’s website maintenance bill for $235.00.

Paul Bartley moved to approve Craig Story’s website maintenance bill of $235.00. Bill Sharp seconded seconded the motion. The motion unanimously passed.

B. The discussion on increased contributions from commission members to continue to support an Americorps member was pushed to the next meeting when Mark Stevenson will be present.

8) Other Business – no other business

9) Financial Report & Vouchers:

Balance: $14,164.38 after receiving $201.00 from Benner Township, $158.50 from Harris Township, $497.50 from Patton Township, $36.50 from Milesburg Borough, $114.50 from Potter Township, $144.00 from Walker Township, $309.50 from College Township and $201.00 from Bellefonte Borough.

10) Once around the Watershed – Members present are asked to provide some interesting news from their municipality

  1. Janet Engemen, State College Borough, wondered if the new and future building developments downtown would have an impact on the water.
    Brian Heiser of the State College Borough Water Authority responded that these new developments are well within their capacity of production.
  2. David Wise noted that Benner Township is in the final stages of creating a sourcewater protection ordinance. Also, earlier this week they opened bids for the Spring Creek Canyon Trail Phase 1 from the Blue Bridge to the Shiloh Road Bridge. The project will take approximately 4-5 months to complete.
  3. Denny Hameister, Harris Township: In two weeks, they will meet with College Township to discuss the extension of the beneficial reuse line to Mountain View Country Club.
  4. Gay Dunne announced that Bellefont Borough is releasing an RFP for marketing of their waterfront district and armory real estate.
  5. Bill MacMath noted that Spring Township continues to work with FEMA on the flood damage from October.
  6. Peter Buckland announced that Ferguson Township continues to work on the draft of their sourcewater protection ordinance. They are working through lots of comments.

Remaining meetings in 2017– March 15th, April 19th, May 17th, June 21st, July 19th, September 20th, October 18th, November 15th

C-NET Air Times
This meeting can be viewed on Channel 7 (CGTV) on the following days/times
- Monday 2/20- 7:00PM
- Wednesday 2/22- 10:00AM
- Thursday 2/23- 2:00PM
- Saturday 2/25 – 12:00AM and 8:00AM
Thank you to Centre County Government for sponsoring the airing of this meeting.

Meeting Adjourned at 8:55PM

Meeting Minutes 04.19.2017

SPRING CREEK WATERSHED COMMISSION

 

MINUTES

April 19th 2017

Chairman Hameister gaveled to meeting to order at 7:10 pm and led the group in the Plegde of Allegiance

Member Municipalities Present: Benner, Halfmoon, Harris, College, Potter, Spring, Patton, and Walker

Motion to accept the minutes from the February 15, 2017 meeting was made by Bill MacMath and seconded by Bill Sharp. Minutes were accepted unanimously.

Citizens comments:

Bob Vierck informed the Commission that Trout Unimited had awarded its George Harris Spring Creek Memorial Award to Joe Boston for his integral role in dam removal and other projects over the past several years.

Todd Giddings updated the Commission on the watershed’s Water Level/Water Budget stating that the wet and warm first three months of the year had somewhat replenished the ground water recharge after a dry 2016 that ranked 102nd out of 121 years of precipitation with the 121st year being the driest. YTD 2017 we’ve had 11 inches of precipitation and with the ground being less frozen than it normally is and the trees and grass being dormant, the conditions were ideal for recharge of the aquifer. Even with that injection of water the budget remains in deficit and the groundwater storage is still not back to normal and there are anecdotal reports of people’s wells having inadequate yield. Centre County still finds itself under ‘drought watch’ as we enter the spring when trees and other plants uptake a great deal of water as they produce leaves and transpire moisture into the atmosphere.

Educational Topic:

Dave Yoxtheimer previewed his presentation that will be given in May on water levels and quality as the region grows and adds population.

Old Business:

Spring Creek Watershed Association report: Bill Sharp introduced Tim Gould, the new water resource specialist at Clearwater Conservancy. He also gave a report on the Water Resource Management Project water sampling rain barrel workshops as well as the watershed clean up day this Saturday, April 22nd. He said the Association discussed the Watershed Plan Phase II and ways the Association can support the Commission in implementing an action plan coming out of Phase II.

Spring Creek Watershed Atlas report: Bob Donaldson mentioned the Atlas Group accomplished a good bit at their last meeting to include:

  • Created a Topics Committee chaired by Bob Carline to outline potential articles. Vice chairs will be the chairs of the assorted topic committees;
  • Selected Betsy Blumberg as the editor of articles given her background as a teacher and technical writer;
  • Agreed on guidelines for authors;
  • Talked about the position Lexie holds and provided support to her;
  • Noted that Lexie had requested and the Atlas Group supports the purchase of a dedicated computer for Lexie to use for Atlas and Commission business – estimated cost to be in the $2,500 to $3,000 range for the hardware and software needed.
  • Bob Eberhart is working with the Centre County Planning Office to obtain population projections for the watershed as well as possible measurements of impervious surface across time;
  • Barb Fisher is working on attracting authors for the Atlas from Penn State Environmental Engineering;
  • Denise Wardrop will author an article on climate change and its effect on Spring Creek;
  • Vice Chair Stevenson inquired as to when the Atlas website would go live and open to the public, Mr. Donaldson replied he believes the site will be open as soon as Lexie returns from her convalescence.

New Business:

Mark Stevenson nominated Denny Hameister to serve on the Act 220 – State Water Plan Advisory Committee. Bill MacMath seconded the motion and the Commission approved unanimously.

Mark Stevenson reviewed a spredsheet regarding possible increased per capita contributions by municipalities. He recommended looking at moving from 3.5 cents per capita to 7.5 cents per capita. Others suggested we consider 15 cents or 10 cents per capita in order to properly fund the Americorp position we have committed to into the future as well as other expenditures to support that position. Bill MacMath suggested the Commission detail what we would use the extra funds for so when we take the request back to our municipal boards during the 2018 budget season, we can support the request with facts. Benner township’s population numbers will need to be adjusted down to account for the two sets of prison populations (County and Rockview) since those residents do not contribute to the revenue of the township and therefore should not be included in the assessment.

Denny Hameister gave an update on the efforts of Bill Sharp, Mark Stevenson, and himself over the past month to line up support and funding from various authorities and others (foundation, private companies) to commence phase II of the watershed plan. A target of $32,000 to $36,000 is being sought with possibly $5,000 to $6,000 going to the Facilitator and the balance going to Lexie who will work the project on a full time basis in addition to her other existing duties.

Financial Reports and Vouchers:

Financial reports were reviewed. The Commission has $14,982.38 in its accounts after receiving $243 from Spring and $575 from Ferguson, respeoctively.   There was a website expense of $243 last month.

Once Around the Watershed:

Each municipality reported on water-related news and activities in their respective municipalities as appropriate.

The Chair reviewed the dates for the remaining meetings of 2017 and the CNET air times for this meeting.

A motion to adjourn at 8:40 pm was made and seconded, without objection the meeting was adjourned.

SCWC Meeting Agenda 05.17.2017

SPRING CREEK WATERSHED COMMISSION
May 17th, 2017
Spring Township Municipal Building
7:00 PM

1) Call to Order: - The Chair will call the meeting to order and lead the Pledge of Allegiance
2) Roll Call of Members – Establish which municipalities are present

3) Approval of Minutes -Take action on distributed minutes from April 19th, 2017 meeting. (Thanks to Mark Stevenson for composing the “Minutes”)

4) Citizen Comments – The public is invited to address the Commission on items not on the Agenda (5 minutes per comment)

5) Educational Topic – Dave Yoxtheimer, WRMP – “Geology and Water Resources of the Spring Creek Watershed”

6) Old Business

A. Spring Creek Watershed Association – receive an update
B. Spring Creek Watershed Atlas – receive an update

7) New Business:

A. Update on Discussion with Possible Funders for Phase II (see attached budget)
B. Re: Increased contributions from commission members – Patton Township has approved moving to 0.075 per resident

8) Other Business

9) Financial Report & Vouchers:

A. April Balance: $14,739.39 (no new activity)

10) Once around the Watershed – Members present are asked to provide some interesting news from their municipality

Remaining meetings in 2017– June 21st, July 19th, September 20th, October 18th, November 15th

C-NET Air Times
This meeting can be viewed on Channel 7 (CGTV) on the following days/times
- Wednesday 5/24- 10:00AM
- Thursday 5/25- 1:00AM and 7:00PM
- Friday 5/26- 8:30AM
- Saturday 5/28 – 4:00PM
Thank you to State College Borough for sponsoring the airing of this meeting.

SCWC Meeting Agenda 02.15.2017

SPRING CREEK WATERSHED COMMISSION
February 15, 2017
Spring Township Municipal Building
7:00 PM

1) Call to Order: - The Chair will call the meeting to order and lead the Pledge of Allegiance

2) Roll Call of Members – Establish which municipalities are present

3) Approval of Minutes -Take action on distributed minutes from November 16, 2016 and January 18, 2017 meetings. (Thanks to Lexie Orr for composing the “Minutes”)

4) Citizen Comments – The public is invited to address the Commission on items not on the Agenda (5 minutes per comment)

5) Educational Topic – Spring Creek Watershed Management Plan Discussion

6) Old Business

A. Spring Creek Watershed Association – receive an update
B. Spring Creek Watershed Atlas – receive an update

7) New Business

A. Approval of Craig Story’s website maintenance bill for $235.00.
B. Increased contributions from commission members.

8) Other Business

9) Financial Report & Vouchers: Balance: $14,164.38 after receiving $201.00 from Benner Township,
$158.50 from Harris Township, $497.50 from Patton Township, $36.50 from Milesburg Borough,
$114.50 from Potter Township, $144.00 from Walker Township, $309.50 from College Township and
$201.00 from Bellefonte Borough.

10) Once around the Watershed – Members present are asked to provide some interesting news from their municipality

Remaining meetings in 2017– February 15th, March 15th, April 19th, May 17th, June 21st, July 19th, September 20th, October 18th, November 15th

C-NET Air Times
This meeting can be viewed on Channel 7 (CGTV) on the following days/times
- Monday 2/20- 7:00PM
- Wednesday 2/22- 10:00AM
- Thursday 2/23- 2:00PM
- Saturday 2/25 – 12:00AM and 8:00AM


Thank you to Centre County Government for sponsoring the airing of this meeting.

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