News from Clearwater Conservancy

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Millbrook Marsh Spring Program Leaders Needed!

Millbrook Marsh is looking for individuals to fill Spring Seasonal Program Leader positions. Program Leaders work April – June and provide the interpretive and educational programs at the nature center to visiting school groups. For more information contact Molly Hetrick at or visit on the web.

ClearWater 2012 For the Love of Art and Chocolate raises $27,000

We are pleased to announce the 2012 For the Love of Art & Chocolate raised over $27,000 for conservation and natural resource protection in Central Pennsylvania. A big thanks to the many folks who contributed to this success!  The original Gailbrath Gap painting is still available for purchase from artist Jennifer Kane. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit ClearWater Conservancy. For information, contact Jennifer directly at

ClearWater Connections applications due Friday

Once again, ClearWater Conservancy and Millbrook Marsh Nature Center have teamed up to offer grant money for children to attend outdoor environmental education programs at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center! The application deadline for spring 2012 is Friday, February 17. Field trips spots for Spring 2012 are still available. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis and will be announced as soon as possible after the application deadline so you can get your field trips scheduled.

Spring Creek Watershed Association Meeting

Feb. 21 – Join the Spring Creek Watershed Association at its next monthly meeting Feb. 21at 7:30 am at the Patton Township Municipal Building, 100 Patton Plaza, State College, 16803.

Organic gardening workshops coming up at Millbrook Marsh

Feb. 29 & March 28 – Millbrook Marsh will host an organic gardening workshop on two dates this winter lead by Dr. Gene Bazan. The workshop will focus on organic vegetable production for gardeners of all experience levels, both conventional and organic. The workshop will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 29 and March 28, followed by a garden walk through Gene’s home garden in the late spring. Gene and his wife Tania will lead by example and show their home garden where they grow 90 percent of their vegetables and 60 percent of their fruit year ’round.

Spring Creek Trout Unlimited invites all to annual Spring Banquet March 24

March 24 – The annual Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited banquet will be held Saturday, March 24, 2012 at the State College Ramada Inn. Happy hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., with a buffet style dinner starting at 7 p.m. The banquet will feature many raffle prizes, 52-card draw, a silent auction, and a live auction. Please join us for an evening of fun, and help support the chapter’s efforts this year. Tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for children under 15. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Jim Purtell by mail, telephone, or email. A few tickets will be available at the door, but reservations are appreciated prior to March 17.

Two Marcellus Shale- related events coming up in State College

  • April 9 & 10 – The Pennsylvania State University Goddard Forum will host “Oil and Gas Development Impacts on Forested Ecosystems: Research and Management Challenges” at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. The event is co-sponsored by the USFS Northern Research Station. This conference aims to bring together scientists, managers, conservation organizations, and industry representatives who are working with oil and gas development to share research results and management strategies. The pertinent questions revolve around how we can manage the gas development activities in a manner which preserves our environmental quality of life and deals with our social needs while providing economic benefits to our citizens and bolstering our supply of clean domestic energy.
  • April 11 & 12 – The Chesapeake Bay Program Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee will sponsor a workshop called “Exploring the Environmental Effects of Shale Gas Development in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed” at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, immediately following the Goddard Forum’s shale gas conference. The objectives of the workshop are: To review and synthesize the research available regarding shale gas development’s environmental effectsTo identify the environmental effects that shale gas development may pose to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed relative to Chesapeake Bay water qualityTo identify and prioritize future research needs relative to shale gas development and Chesapeake Bay water qualityTo register and for more information, Click Here.
  • Task force offers brochure for landowners with well water – The Centre County Natural Gas Task Force has created a brochure for landowners with private water wells considering leasing their land for Marcellus Shale drilling.
  • Private drinking water testing available – $150,000 has been secured by the Headwaters Quality Drinking Water project through the Colcom Foundation’s grant program “Marcellus Environmental Fund” to provide families in Cameron, Clearfield, Centre, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter counties with funding to secure chain of custody water sample analyses of their private water supplies prior to Marcellus Shale Gas Well Drilling activities. Income levels need to be submitted, but if enough people do not sign up who fall within the income requirements, testing will be done for the remaining applicants, up to 100 samples per county. Do not hesitate to sign up even if your income level is above the required amount- you still stand a chance to be involved in the program. For more information about the program, contact Brittany Dittemore at 814-503-8653.

Watershed Cleanup Day is April 21. Know a spot that needs cleaning up? Let us know!

With ClearWater Conservancy’s 16th annual Watershed Cleanup Day around the corner, we are looking for sites in Central Pennsylvania that need cleaning up. If you know of a trash dump on public or private property, please contact Nick Schipanski at Clearwater Conservancy at 237-0400.

The first annual Watershed Cleanup Day was held in 1997. Since then, 2,787 tons of illegal waste have been collected and disposed of from Central Pennsylvania’s watersheds, roadsides, sinkholes and other local areas plagued by trash. This year, Watershed Cleanup Day will be held on April 21, from 8 a.m. to noon with a picnic to follow at Millbrook Marsh. With your help, this year’s Watershed Cleanup Day can be the most successful one yet.

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