Cumberland Conservation Collaborative
Meeting Notes – March 17, 2014– Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau, Carlisle
Rick Rovegno welcomed the group; self-introductions were made. Attendees are listed at the end of these minutes. Around the Room:
Cumberland Valley Rails to Trails: Requested CCC endorsement of grant request to extend rail trail three miles toward Carlisle from Newville. Following discussion from the attendees, the Board voted unanimously to support. Individual organizations were urged to take the proposition up with their individual boards.
CCWA: There have been reports of oil spillage into the Conodoguinet. The Shippensburg waste treatment plant had a spillage of PVC pellets. Yellow Breeches WA: Will have a smaller cleanup this year than in previous years.
Audubon: An eruption of snowy owls likely caused by a bumper crop of lemmings in breeding ground. Owls in this area are being tagged with transmitters – can follow migration on web – “Operation Snowstorm”.
Central PA Conservancy: Ironmasters open house will be 12-4 pm April 2. Anyone interested in hosting an event there, contact Anna.
Trout Unlimited: Major chicken farm capable of a million chickens in and out every 14 weeks is in final stages of approval. Farm is in the middle of the last 6 years of stream restoration. April 4/5 Allenberry fly fishing museum open house.
Ship Organic Garden: Partnering with middle school for help in the spring. CVATC: Getting trail cleaned up after extended snows.
BSWA: Partnering with Newville Water Authority to remove silt from millpond – estimated at 9 feet deep. Green Spring fish hatchery has been polluted from a manure run off; 60,000 fish have been killed. Source not yet identified.
Rick: Per Donna Morelli, Chesapeake WSA is ready to participate in the May 3 cleanup day.
Attended South Middleton Supervisor’s meeting – they agreed to look at a Silver Spring type measure on the Fall 14 ballot.
The CCC Board of Directors recommends a May 3 cleanup day – concept is to encourage as many groups as possible to hold a simultaneous clean up day. CCC will contact Boy Scout Troops and other organizations for volunteers.
Discussion with respect to a May 3 Clean Cumberland Action Day:
YBWA – Will be gathering at Allen Middle School in Monroe TWP. Need advertising not more people. Will contact Jerry to put on website.
Shireen – will post all events on the PennDOT website.
Stephanie will contact landfill re how to have them accept results of Action Day.
Anna – need 30 volunteers 10 -3 pm May 3 for painting and other maintenance Herb – LeTort Authority could use 12 people on May 3 for cleanup.
Trout Unlimited – could use 12 – 15 people May 3; will send info to Jerry. ATC – Could use 4-6 people with gloves and bags. Date not stated.
BSWA – already have a spring and fall cleanup – can’t do May 3. Will be working April 19 this year.
CCWA – have cleanup scheduled 3rd Saturday of each month.
Discussion regarding educational role of CCC: Target group should be middle school students. We should have presentations and people ready to go. We could contact counselors and see what would be suitable and then prepare presenters – have them available on call.
Discussion regarding communications: Need for Facebook page and possibly smart phone app Meeting adjourned.
Au Thomas Clean Air
Auker Dennis Yellow Breeches
Edstrom Eric CV Trout Unlimited
Farr Shireen CVVB
Ferris Bill BS Water
Freedman Gil CCWA
Mummert Ben Central PA Conservancy
Pittman Justin CV Trout Unlimited
Raley Becca Part. for Better Health
Richards Susan Capital RC&D
Rovegno Rick CCC
Saintz Julia Ship. U. Organic Farm
Schmidlein Bob CV Rails to Trails
Schneider Bill CSF
Tuckey Jane CV App. Trail Clu
Weigl Herb LeTort Reg. Authority
Wilkes Jerry CCC
Williams Stephanie Cumb. Co. Plan Dept.
Yelk Anna Central PA Conservancy
Zeph Paul Audubon PA