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(from the Monroe County Comprehensive Plan Update - December 2014) 

"...As the County’s prime agricultural soils become increasingly scarce, the importance of protecting the future value of farmland as a food producing resource for generations of Monroe County citizens cannot be overemphasized. (page 64) 

Failure to act will surely mean the devastating loss of a continual source of food, economic productivity, environmental and cultural qualities and the heritage of one of Monroe County’s prime assets. (page 65) 

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Join hike leader Carol Hillestad for this moderate hike of about 2 miles.

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, July 15
Where: Meet at Mount Airy Trail Network’s Red Rock trailhead on Red Rock Road. From Route 191 in Paradise Valley, take Red Rock Road for eight-tenths of a mile. Trailhead is on your right.

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Please see below PDF for details.  Water mains and hydrants to be replaced in Mountainhome in 2018.

 

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Monday, 13 March 2017 00:00

DEP issues pollution violation to Weiler

The Department of Environmental Protection issued a notice of violation to the Weiler Corporation for polluting a pond on its property.

Weiler is in the process of remediating the spill.

The pond sits to the left of a land bridge at the company’s entrance and creates a smaller pond through a culvert to the right of the roadway.

Weiler Corp. first noticed a sheen on the pond in front of the facility and tried to determine what the source of the substance was, according to Weiler President and CEO Chris Weiler. They learned of the source on Feb. 3.

“It was likely some underground storage tanks that are used to heat and cool the building,” he said.

 

Full Article:
http://www.poconorecord.com/news/20170311/dep-issues-pollution-violation-to-weiler

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The zoning board will announce their decision at an upcoming Zoning Board meeting:

Date: July 31, 2017
Time: 6pm
Location: Barrett Township Supervisor Building, Route 390

Please note that this meeting will NOT be advertised in the paper, because its date / time were announced at the public meeting on 6/12/17.

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Mountainhome, PWSID# PA2450039

Our drinking water contains chlorine, arsenic, copper, and lead.  (On the bright side, at least it doesn’t contain fluoride!)

Are you drinking FILTERED water?
Below are some suggestions for filtering the water in your home.

  1. Install a sediment filter on your incoming water line.  This will help protect your appliances (dishwasher, washing machine, etc) from any particles that come into your plumbing:
    https://www.amazon.com/Culligan-HF-360A-Sediment-Cartridge-Included/dp/B000BQUPZ8/

  2. Get a drinking water filter like this for your kitchen:
    http://www.bigberkeywaterfilters.com/

    These filters are MUCH nicer than a standard “Brita” filter, which pass water through charcoal.  These Berkey filters are essentially filtering water through a stone.  The filters are able to filter red food coloring out of water.  They also remove chlorine and other soft metals.  The photo attached to this article shows a “3 years later” shot of our Berkey filter element.  Note that we have been putting approximately 1 gallon of “AQUA Public Water” through this filter every day. 

 

We encourage everyone to drink clean water and eat quality food. 

Even if you have well water, adding the above filters to your home’s water system couldn’t hurt.   

 

If you want to have you water checked, here is the information for a PA-state-accredited water testing lab:
Prosser Labs
(570) 629-2981
http://www.prosserlabs.com/Bacteria-Testing-Contact-Effort-PA.html

 

 

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Editor's Note:
Anything we can do, collectively, to prevent storm water from rushing downhill into the creek is going to help with erosion.  Instead of pushing water downhill, straight past your property, consider adding a berm to run the water laterally, across the slope.  That way, the water stays in the ground and supports our water table, instead of drying out the hillside so that we can buy water in bottles!


Any person would say the Monroe County Conservation District’s plan to combat stream pollution is pretty novel. Just don’t ask any beavers — they might think its a little contrived.

A few months after publicly discussing a shift of district focus from builder regulation to waterway cleanup, MCCD chairperson Joe Hanyon and board member David Moyer are outlining plans to implement man-made beaver dams to restore stream banks and reduce pollution.

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