2023 Meeting Highlights

July 12, 2023 – General Meeting – Willowbank Building Room 245 9:30 AM & Zoom

Quality Control: Duplicate testing was completed for all but four teams. Rob suggested that the teams use each colorimeter then swap vials and retest to check for variations. Bill said they will begin the suggested procedure next year.

Supplies: Tape measures were purchased for Betsie’s kit and for spares.

Training News and Updates: Ralph and Ken are continuing to work on an exercise for new members to check their skills. Ken is working on the programming.

New Website: Rob will do a demo of the new website at a future meeting.

Alkalinity Tube Uniformity: A discrepancy between the two alkalinity test methods was discussed. It has been determined that the two methods are inconsistent. All teams should use method 1 (as described in the Hach manual) from this date forward. Bill will send out a notice to team leaders. Team leaders should check expiration dates on solutions.

Joining the Beech Creek AMD Work Group:  Group works to help remediate the Beech Creek Watershed. CCPaSEC was invited to join the Beech Creek AMD (Abandoned Mine Drainage) Work Group. Carolyn asked what are the expectations? This would need to be cleared with ClearWater and our group is already serving some needs by sharing data. Would we be competing for the same grant money? Carolyn will talk with ClearWater’s Deb Nardone. Bill will contact Beech Creek AMD and ask about expectations.

Picnic: The picnic will be a pot luck picnic, August 9 at 10 AM, following a brief meeting at Bald Eagle State Park (marina pavilion/second right after park entrance). Members should bring their own beverage and tableware, as well as a dish to share. Guests are welcome. 

The next regular meeting and Pot Luck Picnic will be held on Wednesday, August 9, 2023, at 10:00 AM, Bald Eagle State Park at the marina pavilion/second right after park entrance.

June 14, 2023 – General Meeting – Willowbank Building Room 245 9:30 AM & OWL

Announcements: Regarding high phosphates at the Slab Cabin Run site, DEP was contacted, and it was determined that the phosphate levels are not too high. Team 1 will continue to monitor those levels.

Quality Control: Duplicate testing was completed for about half the teams.

Publicity Report: Several members collected macros at Sinking Creek and Galbraith Gap and brought them to Family Fishing Day at Tussey Pond. Several families stopped by to learn more about them.

Grants and Funding:  Gary Moorman and several others submitted a grant proposal for $10,000 to the Land Trust Alliance. This proposal would be for new meters and probes, and chemicals and supplies. Grant awards determinations should be available by the end of June.

New Website: Rob is working on the new website, which uses WordPress for its development. 

Alkalinity Tube Uniformity: Andy noticed there is a difference of size in some of the Alkalinity measuring tubes. The volume of the tubes will be compared and dealt with.

Zoom for Future Meetings: For those who choose to attend online, starting in July, we will begin to use Zoom for the platform. 

Picnic: The picnic will be at 10 AM following the August meeting. Inquiries will be made to Bald Eagle State Park and Governor’s Park in Bellefonte for the location.

The next regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 12, 2023, at 9:30 AM, Room 245, Willowbank Building and online via Zoom.

May 10, 2023 – General Meeting – Willowbank Building Room 245 9:30 AM & OWL

Supplies: A functioning DO meter was given to the QC team.

Quality Control: Duplicate testing was completed for three teams and will continue in May.

Publicity Report: In May, we are scheduled to give a presentation at the monthly meeting of the Nittany Chapter of PARSE (PA Association of Retired State Employees), detailing how CCPaSEC activities benefit the environment. The PA Master Naturalist program will be held on Sept. 21. CCPaSEC has been part of the program since the beginning and has recruited a few members from the program.

Training: A training test is being worked on by two members, which will help integrate new members into the group. It was decided that new members would train with a team first on how to do the tests. Then, follow-up with Ken to complete formal training (why we do the tests, how to care for equipment, answer questions).

Membership: We have a list of potential new members to contact if a team has a need.

Special Election of President: Bill Smith was elected at the April meeting to complete this year’s term for President of CCPaSEC.

Watershed Cleanup:  8 members participated in ClearWater’s watershed cleanup day, scheduled for April 22, 2023. They collected 21 bags of garbage.

Grants and Funding:  It was proposed and approved that CCPaSEC develop a list of local companies interested in becoming sponsors – requesting annual sponsorships of $50 – $1000 to cover expendables. The process will be as follows: *Form a team to practice the presentation and prepare to meet with the company representatives. *Compile a list of local companies and get ClearWater’s approval. *Identify one person in each company as a contact. *Give a fifteen-minute presentation of what CCPaSEC does and why. It is a good idea to have a script. Hopefully there will be some donations from Centre Gives. If meters are replaced, it would be best to replace all at once because, when data reports are submitted, the type of meter needs to be named.

Workshop Opportunities: 2 workshops are available: 1. The Penn State Extension Stream Health will be free on ZOOM and app on May 23, 2023. Registration is required. 2. MAVMC (Mid Atlantic Volunteer Monitoring Conference) This conference will take place at Dickenson college on June 29 and 30. Registration is required at https://bit.ly/MAVMC23

The next regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, at 9:30 AM, Room 245, Willowbank Building and online via Microsoft Teams.

April 12, 2023 – General Meeting – Willowbank Building Room 245 9:30 AM & OWL

Supplies: A functioning DO meter was given to the QC team.

Quality Control: Duplicate testing was completed for Team 3.

Publicity Report: In May, we are scheduled to give a presentation at the monthly meeting of the Nittany Chapter of PARSE (PA Association of Retired State Employees), detailing how CCPaSEC activities benefit the environment. A trifold poster will be printed by Colonial Press. Appreciation was expressed to Gary Moorman for the excellent Stream Report special to the March 30 issue of The Centre County Gazette, located in Mature Lifestyles section Page B-9. “

Training: A training quiz on the website was discussed.

Special Election of President: Bill Smith was elected at the April meeting to complete this year’s term for President of CCPaSEC.

Watershed Cleanup:  Genie reported that the watershed cleanup day is scheduled for April 22, 2023.

Grants and Funding Resource Advisor:  Gary Moorman was appointed to this position.

The next regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at 9:30 AM, Room 245, Willowbank Building and online via OWL.

March 8, 2023 – General Meeting – Willowbank Building Room 245 9:30 AM & OWL

Supplies: The second meeting of members of the ad hoc supply committee on kit equipment for the future decided that it was best to maintain the equipment we have until it fails; and then repair or replace it. We investigated adding or deleting tests, and came to the conclusion that we are testing an appropriate set of parameters given our capabilities. Current parameters will continue to be tested. Equipment will be replaced as needed instead of all at once. 

Quality Control: A duplicate testing schedule has been set up for 2023. They are ready to start in April. A new member has joined the QC team.

Publicity Report: In May, we are scheduled to give a presentation at the monthly meeting of the Nittany Chapter of PARSE (PA Association of Retired State Employees), detailing how CCPaSEC activities benefit the environment. A trifold poster will be printed by Colonial Press. CCPaSEC will not attend the Outdoor Expo in Bellefonte this year. 

Membership: A new member has been added to the Sinking Creek Team.

Training & Copyright Info: Wording for the Copyright notice on our website was approved: “All contents copyright © 2022 by CCPaSEC. All Rights Reserved. No part of this document or the related files may be reproduced or transmitted in any form, by any means (electronic, photocopying, recording, or otherwise) without the prior written permission of the publisher.” Training information should be included on the website.

Re-election of President: Susan will need to resign her position by June. Bill Smith has offered to fill the position if elected at the April meeting. 

Watershed Cleanup:  Genie reported that the watershed cleanup day is scheduled for April 22, 2023.

Slab Cabin Run:  Carolyn reported that extensive data were collected on Slab Cabin Run and an extensive report was written in order to determine whether the stream should be reclassified from a High Quality Cold Water (HQ-CW) stream (Class A Wild Trout stream) to a Cold Water (CW) stream, a lower classification. A draft report is available for review on the DEP eComment website at www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment. CCPaSEC sent a letter of support for the draft.

The next regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at 9:30 AM, Room 245, Willowbank Building and online via OWL.

February 8, 2023 – General Meeting – Willowbank Building Room 245 9:30 AM & OWL

Supplies: The second meeting of members of the ad hoc supply committee on kit equipment for the future decided that it was best to maintain the equipment we have until it fails; then repair or replace it. We came to the conclusion that we are testing an appropriate set of parameters given our capabilities. Current parameters will continue to be tested. Equipment will be replaced as needed instead of all at once. 

Quality Control: A duplicate testing schedule is being set up for 2023. A new member has joined the team.

Publicity Report: Team leaders have been submitting their reports. CCPaSEC has been asked to set up a table at Clinton County Environmental Center on MLK day. In May, we are scheduled to give a presentation at the monthly meeting of the Nittany Chapter of PARSE (PA Association of Retired State Employees), detailing how CCPaSEC activities benefit the environment. A trifold poster will be printed by Colonial Press. 

Volunteer Hours: A yearly report was submitted for 2022.

Membership: A new member has been added to the Sinking Creek Team.

Constitution & By-laws: Changes to the Constitution & By-laws were approved.

Re-election of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer There were no new applicants. Susan will need to resign her position by June, thus we are searching for a new president. >/p> 

Watershed Cleanup:  Genie reported that the watershed cleanup day is scheduled for April 22, 2023. She will have more information and take sign-ups in March.

Slab Cabin Run:  Carolyn reported that extensive data were collected on Slab Cabin Run and an extensive report was written in order to determine whether the stream should be reclassified from a High Quality Cold Water (HQ-CW) stream (Class A Wild Trout stream) to a Cold Water (CW) stream, a lower classification. A draft report is available for review on the DEP eComment website at www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment.

The next regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at 9:30 AM, Room 245, Willowbank Building and online via OWL