Some much needed general housekeeping.

We’re well in to 2020 now and it’s time to get things rolling! This post will give some updates to what’s been going on, as well as a look into some of the great activities planned for this year.

The WCLV has been hosting a series of TapTalks at local breweries these past few months and it has been quite the success! Attendees have been treated to fine local beer while being able to enjoy a presentation on the health and history of the watershed. Haven’t been able to make it to one? No worries! There are still a few left in the series, and after a short summer break they’ll be back up and running again in September. The next one is at Eight Oaks Farm Distillery on March 5th at 6:30PM. The topic of the evening will be Coldwater Fisheries. Join us if you can!

The BHCWA meeting place has been officially moved to the Tri-Boro Sportsmen Club in Northampton on every third Thursday of the month. The address is 2110 Canal Street Northampton PA 18067. Join us for a round of drinks and some pretty great cheesesteaks while we hold our meetings.

On April 3rd, the BHCWA is hosting a Reptile Presentation featuring Brad Kunsman and his scaly menagerie at the Tri-Boro. The event will start at 5PM and – while donations are appreciated – attendance is free! Bring the family and get up close and personal to learn about various reptiles and amphibians.

On April 18th, the WCLV is hosting a Watershed Movie and Gourmet Popcorn Day at the Roxy. How fun does that sound! Beginning at noon, join us for a few hours of educational watershed films and delicious popcorn at a local landmark.

There are many more exciting events coming up in the future! They will be highlighted here as well as on the Facebook page, so keep an eye out for anything new. We hope to see you soon! And if you have any questions, feel free to contact us through the link provided on the home page.

Fight for Clean Water!

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The flyer in the link above provides a concise overview of what is happening at this very moment in our country.  If you want to know more, you can also visit https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/393736-five-things-to-know-about-repealing-obamas-water-rule.

The Clean Water Act has done wonders for the health of our nation’s water, the most famous example probably being the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland.

Photo: Cleveland State University Library

The Cuyahoga River was once one of the most polluted rivers in the United States. It has caught fire a total of 13 times dating back to 1868, including the blaze seen above in 1952 which caused over $1.3 million in damages.   It is now one of the 14 heritage rivers of the US, and though it still suffers from urban runoff and sewer overflows it has paved the way to a more promising future for itself and the rest of the river systems across the United States.

Now that protection is threatened, and WE CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.  Being an active and vocal part of our government is our right, and we’re here to help make it easier.

You can post a comment on the Federal Registry to make your voice heard.  The EPA must read every comment.  Comments can serve as a basis for legal challenge if not reviewed.  However, template comments will be overlooked, so make the comment your own and don’t be afraid to do your own research, as well!

The website for the direct docket is at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OW-2018-0149-0003

When you click on the link, it will take you to the page with the brunt of all the information regarding the issue.  Simply click on the Comment Now! button located in the upper right-hand corner.

Want to do more?  You can directly contact state representatives for this and any concerns you have!  Here’s yours!

Senate

Bob Casey

WASHINGTON, D.C.

393 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510

Phone: (202) 224-6324

Toll Free: (866) 802-2833

Pat Toomey

Washington, D.C.

248 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510

Phone: (202) 224-4254

U.S. House of Representatives

Susan Wild

Washington, DC 20515

(202) 224-3121

We hope this can help everyone realize that we the people have power.  If you have any questions or comments for the BHCWA itself, please feel free to contact us as well!  We have our Facebook page as well as several contacts throughout our website.  Happy commenting!

 

Eat Local, Support a Local CSA

From Lower Macungie Patch
I’m wearing bell bottoms and riding in the rear-facing seat of my parents’ paneled station wagon. I’m growing up in suburbia in the 1970’s and in the middle of our development my mom has a huge garden running the perimeter of the house from the side door to the back patio, with an additional garden plot located on land beyond the creek bed.
The scrawny seedlings she started would rapidly become strong stalks dangling vegetables colored in hues mimicking a sixty-four pack of Crayola crayons.   The bounty from her garden would feed me and my five siblings throughout the summer months and into fall.   Chartreuse green lettuce, string
beans, carrots, cucumbers, peas, inky-black eggplant, squash, potatoes and peppers would be on our plates in a variety of dishes.  Best of all was taking a momentary break from running through the sprinkler or playing tag and being able to stuff a juicy cherry tomato into my mouth fresh off the vine.

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