Educating Homeowners to Help Improve Water Quality
Consider some or all of these conservation actions:
2. Fertilize lawns only when needed to establish vegetation or when called for by a soil test. If applying fertilizer, use a spreader calibrated to apply the minimum recommend rate.
3. Reduce energy consumption. Power plants contribute to pollution rot the atmosphere in the form of nitrogen oxides which, when deposited on land by rainfall area source of excess nitrogen in waterways.
4. Reduce fuel consumption. Car exhaust is also a significant source of atmospheric nitrogen.
5. Do not connect sump pumps, cellar drains, or roof drains to the sanitary sewer system. Modern sewage systems are designed to handle sewage only, not stormwater—which can overwhelm a system and potential cause overflows.
6. Minimize or eliminate the use of a garage disposal. Instead use a backyard composter. It reduces the burden on sewer systems and creates with which to fertilize gardens.
7. Compost grass clippings and autumn leaves. They are a natural source of fertilizer for plants and trees.
8. Minimize stormwater runoff by using rain barrels, rain gardens, and pervious surfaces. These are natural filtration systems into the ground rather than letting water run off to storm drains.
9. Maintain septic tank systems since overburdened or malfunctioning systems contribute nitrogen to groundwater and local surface water.
With the news in April 2017 that we have been awared a DCED grant to buy easments and construct Marshalls Falls Park, we are half-way to our goal of neally $500,000 total. We are now applying for a DCNR grant for the remainder (April 12 submission deadline). Here you can see the master plan for the new park. DOCUMENT ATTACHED Click on title to open this item and see the attached master plan document that can then be downloaded.
Smithfield Township is served by Bushkill Emergency Corps and Suburban Emergency Medical Services.
The Bushkill Emergency Corps contact is Debbie Kulick, who can be reached at 570 223-1906, the Corps’s business office number. The Suburban EMS contact is Barry Albertson, at 610-923-7500. Bushkill Emergency Corps services most of Smithfield Township, except the area near Route 611 and the Borough of Delaware Water Gap, which is served by Suburban EMS.
Smithfield is served by three volunteer- staffed Fire Companies, Marshall's Creek Fire Company, Delaware Water Gap Fire Company, and Shawnee Fire Company. They each have designated coverage areas.Marshalls Creek Fire Chief is Joe Luisi Jr., phone 570-982-4152. Marshalls Creek meets and drills on Tues nights at 7:00 pm. Shawnee Fire Chief is Donald Fuller, phone 570-476-0736. Shawnee meets and drills on Tues nights at 7:00pm. Delaware Water Gap Fire Chief is Brad Miller, phone 570-476-0092. DWG meets and drills on Monday nights at 7:00 pm.
Pocono Medical Center is located on East Brown Street in East Stroudsburg, PA. General Information 570-476-3367, Main Switchboard 570-421-4000. Established in 1915 as "General Hospital", Pocono Medical Center is an acute, not-for-profit community hospital, fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
Carbon-Monroe-Pike Mental Health and Mental Retardation promotes an environment where all community members receive the supports that they need to be self-sufficient and to maintain a high quality of life in a community that fosters resiliency and embraces recovery. Monroe County Offices are at 730A Phillips Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360, 570-420-1900, 8:30 am- 4:30 pm.
Police protection is provided by Pennsylvania State Police at Swiftwater, phone 570- 839-7701. Swiftwater Barracks are located on Route 611 in Swiftwater, PA.
Animals left in cars
If someone sees an animal suffering in such a situation, the next number to call, after 911, is the animal cruelty hotline at 866-601-7722.
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced on Dec. 5, 2017, that Smithield Township's Marshalls Falls Municipal Park project has been awarded a 2017 grant. This is the final step in assembling sufficient grant funds to fully realize the park project. We expect construction to begin in the late spring (2018) based on the master plan already prepared (you can download it from this site, under Township News). For those who don't know of Marshalls Falls, it is a hidden oasis on Marshalls Creek less than a mile upstream from route 209 on Marshalls Creek Road. Now it is accessed by an unmarkred parking lot. The new park will be easy to find, and contain numerous trails, most built to Americans with Disabilities specifications. Smithfield Township now contains 5 major parks with the addition of Marshalls Falls (Minisink, Family Bike Park, Mt. Nebo, Waterfront, Marshalls Falls). All of this adds to the "quality of life" concern that voters expressed last year by passing the Clean Water bond auhorization. Combined with sharing our northern border with Shawnee Mountain Ski Area and Delaware River National Recreation Area, Smithfield Township, the addition of Marshalls Falls Park makes Smithfield a park paradise.
BWA is excited to see that a Master Watershed Steward program is about to begin in Monroe County. In this worthy program, individuals with passion for water quality can receive training on how they can use their energies and skills to help protect the environment and water quality.
We encourage interested individuals to attend the informational meeting. See details below:
Penn State Extension and the Monroe County Conservation District are excited to launch the Master Watershed Steward Program.
The Master Watershed Steward program is a collaborative effort between Penn State Extension, Monroe County Conservation District, and local conservation groups. It is similar to the Master Gardener program and is designed to train people in a formal way about the basics of water resource stewardship, creating an energized and educated group of citizens. The MWS program is in 13 counties across the state and has 194 volunteers that have contributed over 7,500 volunteer hours in 2017.
We are recruiting 20-25 interested people for the class of 2018.
The class will consist of 40 hours of training on various topics, including water quality, stream health, groundwater, native plants, and recreational resources.
Once this part of the training is complete, trainees perform 50 hours of volunteer service on selected projects such as:
- Organizing and executing stream cleanups.
- Designing and installing demonstration rain gardens.
- Assist in stream restorations.
- Organize educational workshops addressing topics such as rain barrels, pollution prevention, invasive plant control, and stormwater management.
Applicants are welcome from all walks of life. If under 18, you must be accompanied by a guardian or adult.
The program will start on Thursday, March 1, 2018, 6:00-8:30 pm
and will continue every Thursday through May.
There will be several Saturday field trips.
An informational session at 6:30 pm will be held on Thursday, January 18, at:
Monroe County Conservation District
8050 Running Valley Rd.
If interested, please contact:
Penn State Extension
724 Phillips Street, Suite 201
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Ticks and Deer Ticks are perennial challenge to living in the Poconos. Our part of Pennsylvania has one of the highest infestation rates in the Northeast. The best way to know if a tick is potenially harmful is to have it annalyzed. First you must remove the tick using a "Pro-Tick Remedy" remover (availavble online--basically a pair of cheap tweezers with a magnifying glass) or a pair of regular tweezers. Grasop the tick the head, pull it fimly put it in a plastic bag. Then clean the bite area with disinfectant. You should do this within 24 hours of the bite.
Take the tick to DEWA Safety Office at ESU Innovation Center, 562 Independence Rpad (Route 442 at the cornner of Brown Street). Their number: 570 422 7892. If you have been bitten by a deer tick, a rash will begin within 3 to 30 days. (The "bullseye many people think is the sign of a bite only appears in 50-60% of the cases). Symptoms can be: headache, loss of appetite, dfever, swollen glands, muscle and joint pain, conjunctivits (pink eye), tiredness. If you think you may have some of the symptoms or if rash develops--see a doctor without delay.
Anf the easiest way to prevent all this is to wear light colored clothing (to better see the ticks on you), wear insecticide where the active ingrtediant is DEET (the more the better), put your pants inside your socks, and check you body (or a friend's) after your hike. This is serious stuff if you get Lyme desease, so try to prevent tick bites.
Did you know bees travel 55,000 miles to make one pound of honey? That 12 bees produce one teaspoon of honey in their entire lifetime? Our resident beekeeper, Erik Diemer, is full of such interesting facts. You can see him tending his bees in the Township Apiary, behind the community gardens, almost every weekend.
Erik put together a text alert list, people can join and he will post alerts for the apiary. He will post with a few days notice when I am going to do inspections, and invite whoever is in the list to watch if they would like. Anyone is free to join! Text @stbees to 81010 (include the @).
The area of the community garden is opposite Waterfront Park on Red Fox Road. You can spot it easily if you look for the old log cabin next to it. Because of the nearness to all the flowers in the garden, the flowing water of Marshalls Creek, and the Delaware River about a mile away (as the bee flies), Smithfield is ideal for bee keeping. Visitng the apiary, please beware of the bear fence! It gives bears an electric shock if they touch it. Same is true for humans.
Contact Supervisor Lee Bower for more information on the Community Garden where the hives are located, and demontrations Erik will do for the gardners and other intereasted residents.
Say goodbye to long delays on Route 209. By this time next year Smithfield and Middle Smithfield hope to have a new, state-of-the-art computer actuated system controlling 10 lights at all major intersections on the corridor (except for Bushkill, since Lehman Township deciced not to participate in the program). The grant money, plus money contributed by the townships, will put in place a three quater of a million dollar system with a master control so sophsiticated it will actually learn traffic patterns and adjust flow 24 hours a day. When auto drive vehicles appear on the scene, this same system will be able to use years of stored data sets to control them. Rosemary Brown initiated interest, approaching us. We countered by suggesting covering the whole corridor and Middle Smithfield agreed to participate as well.
News that China is no longer taking unsorted recycling waste is leading to a major crises in the system. Americans regularly throw jsut about every category of supposedly recylable waste in the recycle bins, but only a fraction of it can be used. The rest is plowed under in landfills.This includes pizza boxes with grease stains, plastic coated diapers, packing tape on boxes, food clam shell boxes, and junk mail. Limit what you throw in your recycle boxes to "The Big Four." That is: Corrugated cardboard, plastic bottles and jugs with necks, metal food ns beverage cans, and glass bottles and jars. Concentrate on bottles with a neck like water bottles,milk jugs, detergent bottles. That's it! Throw away all caps and lids--that is a different material. And don't think that because the plastic bottle has the little triange on it (see photo above) that it is recyclable.Sadly, most of what we use goes to landfills.