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Meeting Minutes 06.15.2016



Mr. Hameister called the meeting to order


Meeting minutes

Citizen Comments:

Judy from Trout Unlimited:updated on the Get Outdoors Fishing event. 300 people at the event. Ferguson and Harris, thank you for financial support. The event was educational about the Spring Creek Watershed in different ways. Judy passed around pictures.

Shirley Gyriczik (sp): She is in a source water protection plan area in Grove Park and Hampton Hills along Route 550. Parts of the system from Bellefonte and Milesburg are part of Zone 2 goes to Gatesburg. They’d like to know about groundwater monitoring. Are there voluntary options like land management, educational programs, and groundwater monitoring. Buffalo Run and Spring Creek monitored. Bellefonte borough, she says, has contributed to Clearwater Conservancy.

Mr Hameister said that the contributions from the municipality to the water monitoring project is voluntary. Adrienne who runs the water monitoring project said multiple scientists are on it. The authorities are the major contributors—UAJA, Penn State, SCBWA, etc. $10-15,000 per authority.

Discussion occurred on the annual budget contributions.

The committee of ground water monitors said places in the area are ideal places to do monitoring for a number of reasons including stream flows, water table level fluctuations.

There are 8 springs monitored, 13 discharge stations, 18 temperature stations.

The groundwater wells are in Filmore, Rothrock State Forest on 26, and Big Hollow off of I-99. Two are maintained by USGS, one by Gatesburg and one in the office park near the Ferguson municipal building. Some are on data cards and some are real time. Water quality is done at springs on a number of chemicals.

A fact sheet will be made available to explain annual informations.

Ms. Gyriczik said water is monitored for pyrite.

Mr. Stevenson asked if Penn State can ask PSU Extension can do water quality assessments. They can.

Mr. Hameister asked about the master well owners program? Mr. Giddings works in this program to help private landowners to be more informed, better stewards, and educators on groundwater. There is a website available for it.

Ms. Gyriczik asked for any advice for proceeding on a source water protection plan. Two people suggested approaching Mark Stevenson from DEP. They are in touch already. He has spoken at Bellefonte Borough Council and there could be some actions that proceed from that action.

Members of the public discussed multiple wells that are monitored by the Centre County Senior Environment Corps.

There was discussion about the coordination between different authorities regarding source water protection.

Anne Donovan addressed poison hemlock issue. Spraying at Millbrook Marsh. College Township has quite a bit of it. US Fish and Wildlife will provide labor. She isn’t asking for money. They will look at grant funding. Spreading on the waterways. She also commented on Thompson Run. Next week there will be a buffer put in on Zangrelli property. In fall there will be structures put in and a wildflower meadow at the Blaise Alexander property.

Old Business:

Bill Sharpe discussed SCWA meeting will be next week at 730 am on June 21 at the Patton Township with Cory Miller of UAJA to discuss nutrient management.

Mr. Sharpe also discussed the Celebration Committee. Millbrook Marsh has been secured the barn at 10 am on Sept 10, 2016. $220 expenditure. Program will have potluck picnic. Sign-ups welcome. Much discussion of cake, ice cream and spoons. They are putting together a timeline exhibit showing 20 years of benefits to the watershed including people and events including monitoring, commission forming, and more. Mr. Sharpe brought examples including awards from the governor, Senate, and photographs. Mr. Sharpe read a statement from the Senate award.


Atlas Report from Bob: Bob gave customary report. They are keeping in touch with authors. He is also working on a new project on the historic homes along Spring Creek. He named several of these homes all the way to Harmony Forge. He wonders if there could be a chapter on the Atlas. Mr. Stevenson thinks it’s a great idea because it will connect to history, economy, and people. Others agreed and suggested including 16 gristmills, saw mills, the iron furnaces, McCoy Dam, and other businesses.

Atlas Report from Todd: Mr. Giddings stressed that it’s a web atlas. It has been in the works for 11 months that has gone from a concept to something more. He stressed the multimedia format that’s imitating the Lake Champlain web atlas that came from a book. Showed examples from the website including issues in the basin (watershed), nature, people and economy, detailed maps, and others. Showed us intro page and headers. Discussed limitations to Lake Champlain site. Showed us how our atlas is easier to use. Then he showed us hot links from maps and discussed how our maps will do the same such that you can zoom into different stream drainage basins and can zoom in on pdfs. There was discussion of databases providing maps. Showed embedded links to interlink chapters and articles. The terminology might confuse some people so they have placed dotted underlines under words of importance like “watershed.” When a visitor hovers their mouse over the underlined word a bubble pops up with the definition. There is a bread crumb feature. There are also most recent posts featured on the right side of the webpage. Mr. Giddings shared a video he prepared to inform people about the Atlas, its history, its objectives, and the sections. Mr. Giddings said that the atlas website is like a dinner table that can be expanded and its menu can be built up and they would like more cooks in the kitchen. They’ve discussed some ways to get authors including early atlas access, help section for authors with tooltips and so on, a way to submit a map, FAQs, and a list of support people.

Mr. Hameister readdressed historic structures. Mr. MacMath brought up contacting elementary and secondary teachers. Mr. Giddings responded by discussing state science standards. Mr. MacMath stressed that it would be good to work with teachers. Discussion of science curricula ensued. Discussion of how to improve the overview video. Bill Sharpe will provide the pie.

Mr Hameister discussed older business on AmeriCorps and finances with update on $220 not $200 in agenda. Once around the watershed: Potter Township, Spring Township had a boil water issue that is now lifted, Milesburg borough had nothing to report, College Township had nothing, Bellefonte borough had nothing, Harris Township had nothing new, Ferguson Township passed the storm water ordinance, Halfmoon Township removed toxic mold in their township building, and State College borough had nothing to report.

Mr. Hameistser announced future meetings and air times on C-NET.

Motion to adjourn. Adjourned.