STREAMLINES: News and events from BWA
Get ready to party by the Delaware
Brodhead Watershed Association will host its annual Members & Friends Celebration on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort.

This all-outdoor gathering will be held in Shawnee’s River Sanctuary along the Delaware to celebrate BWA’s continued efforts to promote and protect clean and abundant water in the Brodhead and Cherry Creek watersheds.

Dr. Jay Hunt, director of marine science at East Stroudsburg University, will speak on the topic "Water, water, everywhere: How upstream decisions impact downstream environments."

The celebration will include live music with a jazz trio, “dine around” heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Reservations required. Reserve your spot with prepayment online. Tickets are a $65 donation for BWA members, $70 for nonmembers.

The ticket cost is considered a donation to BWA, an environmental nonprofit. These donations are not refundable. The event will take place rain or shine.

Register by Monday, Sept. 20, 2021.
And an auction, too!

BWA is also bringing the outdoors online for its annual auction fundraiser, to be held virtually Sept. 15-25. The auction features many outdoor experiences and other outings. To register to bid and see the prizes starting Sept. 15, click here.

For information, email or call 570-839-1120.
How our watershed handled stormy Henri
On August 11, 2021, a group of kayakers on the Delaware Sojourn put in at Minisink Park on the Brodhead Creek. (Photo courtesy Robert Lovenheim)
A view of the same stretch of the Brodhead, from a bit further upstream, on August 23, 2021. Minisink Park is to the right. (Photo courtesy Robert Lovenheim)
One day in August, Hurricane Henri blew into town and dumped between 2.4 billion and 4.8 billion gallons of water on the Brodhead watershed.

From the Pocono Plateau to the floodplain of Minisink Park, the watershed did its job.

After thundering through various creeks and tributaries, the rain filled Minisink Park’s broad floodplain, filling acres of soccer fields, trails, and woodlands several feet deep before finally releasing its burden of water to the Delaware River.

A catastrophe? No, not at all. This is a floodplain, and that’s just what nature intended to happen.

On Aug. 21, Our Pocono Waters invited enthusiastic critter fans to find the aquatic insects flowing in Tank Creek, an Exceptional Value (EV) stream at the 52-acre Fieldstone Farm, owned by the Pocono Heritage Land Trust.

Brodhead Watershed Association, PHLT and Our Pocono Waters partnered with Sierra Club Northeast PA and the Brodhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited to host the Critter Crawl – a big, nymph-filled success!

To learn more about the event, click here.

To learn more about EV streams and to participate in future events, join the campaign by pledging to defend Our Pocono Waters.
Beware the wineberry
Wineberry is a shrubby member of the raspberry family. Like so many plants that escape to become pests in the wild, wineberry was brought here intentionally, arriving from eastern Asia in 1890. It is still used by berry breeders today.

BWA welcomes new members this month: Katie Calcaterra of East Stroudsburg, Patricia Goucher of Cresco, Sara Gurunathan of Effort, Anna Lukasiak of East Stroudsburg, Lynn Pappalardo of East Stroudsburg, Robin Petras of Cresco, Tim Sanders of East Stroudsburg, Marie Smeraldo of Saylorsburg, Rich Staneski of Stroudsburg, Nancy & Bill Tkacs of Cresco

Perennial Club is a time-saving way to keep your membership current through automatic, online donations. For information, click here.

We thank the following members for recently renewing their Environmental Partnerships: Ann & Joseph Farda Foundation, Brodhead Flyfishers, Bushkill Falls, Mark & Wendy Lichty, Middle Smithfield Township, Sheelagh Murphy and Parkside Angling Association. For information on the Environmental Partnership Program, click here.
Ray Roper, a photographer and BWA member, will host an exhibition, “Focus on the Poconos (with a few ringers),” at Brodhead Creek Heritage Center through September.

An opening reception will be held 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, at The Gallery at BCHC. Visitors may enjoy light refreshments and are invited to explore ForEvergreen Nature Preserve on the property. Photography will be for sale during the event.

No RSVP required. Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

Visit the gallery during regular business hours (open most days, as staffing allows) Monday through Friday. Click here for information.
MCCD TECHNICIANS PRAISE NEW E-REPORTING SYSTEM: In-the-moment inspection reports are just one way Monroe County Conservation District has been working toward faster review times and better communication with the regulated community. For information about what’s going on at MCCD, click here.