Grant to expand water education program to Luzerne County schools
SCRANTON, Pa. (DATE, 2016) – Pennsylvania American Water has announced that seven watershed-related projects across the commonwealth will receive financial support through the company’s 2016 Environmental Grant Program, including an environmental education project at Lacawac Sanctuary, Wayne County. The recipients will receive a share of grant funds totaling nearly $35,000 for their community-based projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds.
A panel of judges selected the grant recipients from nearly 40 applications, which were evaluated on such criteria as environmental need, innovation, community engagement and sustainability.
Pennsylvania American Water officials presented Lacawac Sanctuary with a $5,250 grant, which will allow the organization to develop a water resource program for fourth-grade classes in Luzerne County schools that will educate students on the importance of watersheds and how to protect water sources. Lacawac Sanctuary provides students opportunities to learn about the local natural environment and how they can improve conditions for future generations.
In addition to Lacawac Sanctuary, Pennsylvania American Water awarded its 2016 Environmental Grants to Armstrong Conservation District (Armstrong County), Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania (Butler County), Lehman Sanctuary (Luzerne County), Berks Nature (Berks County), Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper (Union County), and Lawrence County Conservation District.
“Over the years since we launched the Environmental Grant Program, organizations have presented projects and initiatives that are inspiring and made a positive impact on our watersheds,” said Kathy L. Pape, president, Pennsylvania American Water. “We are very proud to support these programs and the people behind them – many of whom are teachers, volunteers and neighbors in our communities.”
Pennsylvania American Water is a subsidiary of American Water, which initiated the Environmental Grant Program in 2005 in Pennsylvania to support projects that protect or restore drinking water sources and surrounding watersheds. Since then, American Water has expanded the annual program to many of its state subsidiaries across the nation.
Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.3 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. Marking its 130th anniversary this year, the company employs more than 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found at www.amwater.com.
Photo IDs (L-R): Craig Lukatch, executive director, Lacawac Sanctuary; and Susan Turcmanovich, external affairs manager, Pennsylvania American Water.
The Dime Bank donated $6,000.00 to Lacawac Sanctuary through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. The Lacawac Sanctuary is a non-profit conservation, research, and education center providing the community with a host of quality environmental, historical, and cultural programs. This donation will assist with academic enrichment programs such as Watershed Education & Outreach, Pathways in Ecological Research, Youth Environmental Leaders, K-12 Field Experiences and Youth Environmental Sciences Afterschool Outreach. 31Craig Lukatch, Lacawac Sanctuary president stated, “We are grateful to The Dime Bank for their financial assistance. Our programs help children in our community so the local funds support our local residents.” For more information visit www.lacawac.org.
The EITC program gives The Dime Bank an opportunity to support quality agencies working to educate children. The Dime Bank has been helping customers meet their financial needs since 1905. Serving its primary market of Northeast Pennsylvania, the bank offers a full array of financial services and solutions. Community banking yields community benefits. For more information on The Dime Bank, visitwww.thedimebank.com. Member FDIC.
Pictured left to right: Bill Boyle, The Dime Bank Vice President Commercial Lending; Craig Lukatch, Lacawac Sanctuary President; Pete Bochnovich, The Dime Bank Senior Vice President & Chief Lending Officer.
Source: The Dime Bank, April 1, 2016, Deborah Unflat
Lacawac Sanctuary is celebrating its 50th anniversary and friends and supporters are invited to leave their personal imprint on its history and future through participation in our Commemorative Brick Campaign. Join us in celebration of this special anniversary through the purchase of an engraved brick that will be placed at the entrance of the Coulter Visitor Center and Dr. Susan S. Kilham Environmental Laboratory.
Since 1966 the mission of Lacawac Sanctuary has been to preserve the nearly pristine glacial Lake Lacawac, its watershed, the surrounding forest and historic structures in order to provide a venue for ecological research, scholarly interaction and the training of scientists; and provide public education on environmental and conservation issues. Lacawac has accomplished this mission by offering a diverse set of natural areas, facilities, and programs for PreK-12 grades, post-secondary educators and students, area residents, scientific researchers, and summer visitors to the region.
Commemorative bricks are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate family milestones and honor or memorialize loved ones. They are a great way to recognize a special person in your life, honor a casual effort, or commemorate a special occasion
Why join our commemorative brick campaign? Support Lacawac’s commitment to educate the next generation of scientists and conservation leaders. Share your passion for our natural resources by providing opportunities for others to learn about nature. Show your commitment to nature and conservation. Commemorate a loved one, friend or special memory. Celebrate a birthday or other memorable occasion. Honor a teacher, colleague or a friend. Promote your business or group
Buy a brick at Lacawac’s Visitor Center and Environmental Laboratory and help support Lacawac’s mission of research, education and preservation for the next 50 years. Lacawac is a treasure and something special to be proud of and worth supporting. The brick campaign will allow Lacawac to raise the necessary funds to make upgrades to our visitor center and historic 1903 lodge. Each donated and engraved brick will be carefully placed in a new walkway leading visitors and guests to the entrance of the Coulter Visitor Center.
The Brick Campaign Donation Options are as follows: 4”x 8” Brick - $100 (3 lines of text 20 spaces per line) or 8”x 8” Brick - $250 (6 lines of text 20 spaces per line).
Bricks can be ordered online at: http://polarengraving.com/LacawacSanctuary.
For more information contact Lacawac at email@example.com or 570-689-9494. Visit http://www.lacawac-outreach.org/brick-campaign.html for ordering options and a brick campaign brochure.
Rising temperatures threaten ecosystems, drinking water, fish
OXFORD, Ohio —Climate change is rapidly warming the surface waters of lakes around the world, threatening freshwater supplies and ecosystems, according to a new study spanning six continents.
More than 60 scientists including Craig Williamson from Miami University’s Department of Biology and Center for Aquatic and Watershed Sciences took part in the research, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters and announced yesterday in a press conference at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union.
The study, which includes Lake Lacawac and Lake Giles in the Poconos of northeastern Pennsylvania where Miami faculty and students work at the Lacawac Field Station, found lakes are warming an average of 0.34 degrees Celsius, or 0.61 degrees Fahrenheit, each decade. That’s greater than the warming rate of either the oceans or the atmosphere, and it can have profound effects, the scientists say.
At the current rate, algal blooms, which can ultimately rob water of oxygen, are projected to increase 20 percent in lakes over the next century. Algal blooms, which are a serious problem in many Ohio reservoirs, and that are toxic to fish and animals, would increase by five percent. And these rates imply that emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide, will increase four percent over the next decade.
“Lakes are important because society depends on surface water for the vast majority of human uses,” said co-author Stephanie Hampton, director of Washington State University’s Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach. “Not just for drinking water, but manufacturing, for energy production, for irrigationof our crops. Protein from freshwater fish is especially important in the developing world.”
Temperature is one of the most fundamental and critical physical properties of water. It controls a host of other properties that include intricate living processes that have evolved within strict boundaries. When the temperature swings quickly and widely from the norm, life forms in a lake can change dramatically and even disappear.
“‘These results suggest that large changes in our lakes are not only unavoidable, but are probably already happening,” said lead author Catherine O'Reilly, associate professor of geology at Illinois State University. Earlier research by O’Reilly has seen declining productivity in lakes with rising temperatures.
Funded in part by NASA and the National Science Foundation, the study is the largest of its kind and the first to use a combination of long-term hand measurements and temperature measurements made from satellites, offsetting the shortcomings of each method.
A total of 235 lakes were monitored for at least 25 years. While that’s a fraction of the world’s lakes, they contain more than half the world’s freshwater supply.
Study co-author Simon Hook, science division manager at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said satellite measurements provide a broad view of lake temperatures over the entire globe. But they only measure surface temperature, while hand measurements can detect changes in temperature throughout a lake.
Williamson and colleague Rachel Pilla, a graduate and now Research Associate at Miami University, are working on an extension of this project that will examine changes in the deeper water as well as surface temperatures in a suite of over 100 lakes from around the world. Satellite measurements go back only 30 years while some lake measurements that Williamson and Pilla have collected from colleagues around the world go back more than a century.
The researchers said various climate factors are associated with the warming trend. In northern climates lakes are losing their ice cover earlier, and many areas of the world have less cloud cover, exposing their waters more to the sun’s warming rays.
Many lake surface temperatures, including those of the Great Lakes,are rising faster than the average air temperatures. Some of the greatest warming is seen at northern latitudes, where rates can average0.72 degrees Celsius, or 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit, per decade.Warm-water, tropical lakes may be seeing less dramatic temperature increases, but increased warming of these lakes can still have large negative impacts on fish. That can be particularly important in the African Great Lakes, home to one-fourth of the planet’s freshwater supply and an important source of fish for food.
Research published by Andrew Tucker and Kevin Rose, two previous Miami University PhD students working with Miami University professors Jim Oris and Craig Williamson, has shown that warming surface water temperatures in Lake Tahoe, combined with decreases in the transparency of these waters to ultraviolet radiation, may enable invasion of alien warm-water fish in clear, cold-water lakes.
In general, the researchers write, “The pervasive and rapid warming observed here signals the urgent need to incorporate climate impacts into vulnerability assessments and adaptation efforts for lakes.”
Contact: Susan Meikle, Miami University, 513-529-4619, firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal injury law firm Scartelli Olszewski, P.C. supports Lacawac Sanctuary and education outreach efforts
SCRANTON, Pa. (September 2015) – Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, Pa. personal injury law firm Scartelli Olszewski, P.C. will be a title race sponsor for Lacawac Sanctuary’s 2nd Annual Lake to Lake 8K Trail Run and Woods Walk to be held on Sunday, Oct. 18.
The race course will lead participants over the trails of Lacawac Sanctuary in Lake Ariel, Pa., offering views of 400 acres of rich biodiversity and natural resources.
Attorney Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr., a shareholder and managing partner with Scartelli Olszewski and the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Lacawac Sanctuary, noted that “protecting the environment is important to Northeastern Pennsylvania. We are happy to support such a worthy cause in order to help preserve and educate the public about one of the region’s natural landmarks.”
“The Lake to Lake event is a great way to get out and enjoy the beauty of Lacawac and nature while supporting the work that takes place at Lacawac’s field research station and environmental education facility,” said Craig Lukatch, President of Lacawac Sanctuary.
Race registration is $25 for the 8K and $15 for the woods walk, until Oct. 12. A group discounted rate of $75 per four individuals also is available for the 8K.
Each participant in the 8K and Woods Walk will receive a complimentary t-shirt. Entry forms must be received or postmarked by Monday, Oct. 12 to be guaranteed a t-shirt and goody bag. Limited quantities and sizes of shirts will be available on the morning of the race. Youth Sizes will not be available on race day.
Awards will be given in the 8K Trail Run for Overall male and female, plus top three finishers in age groups. The race results will be overseen by The Scranton Running Company using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip timing.
A postrace celebration will be hosted at the home of Melissa Scartelli and Peter Paul Olszewski Jr. for all participants.
To register, visit http://www.lacawac-outreach.org/lake-to-lake-8k-trail-run.html
For more information about sponsorships and athlete and participant packets or to volunteer, contact Lacawac at 570-689-9494 or email email@example.com.
Other major race sponsors include: M&T Bank, Pioneer Construction, Wayne County, Pioneer Construction, People’s Security Bank and Trust, Pocono Mountains Visitor Bureau, Phoenix Sports Technology, David Elliot Poultry Farm, Comfort Inn Pocono Lakes, Fox 56, Bold Gold Media, and Lake Region IGA.
Lacawac Sanctuary is a nonprofit association founded in 1966 for the purpose of protecting a gift of the original Connell Park lands by Arthur and Isabel Watres and facilitating environmental education and research. Located on Lake Wallenpaupack, the Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation plays an important role in the preservation of Lake Lacawac which is one of the southernmost glacial lakes in the hemisphere and has been preserved in pristine condition free from development and encroachment.
Lacawac Sanctuary has hosted many events to bring environmental awareness such as an annual ecology conference, various workshops, seminars and fundraisers. Lacawac Sanctuary is an ecological field research station and public environmental education facility.
PHOTO: L to R- Melissa A. Scartelli, Esq, Scartelli Olszewski President and Founder with Sophia; and Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr., shareholder and managing partner with Scartelli Olszewski with Miranda.
About Scartelli Olszewski, P.C.: Founded in 2001, Scartelli Olszewski, P.C. handles personal injury and wrongful death cases on behalf of auto and truck accident victims, malpractice victims and other injured individuals and their families, as well as criminal defense. Practice areas include medical malpractice, automobile accidents, tractor trailer accidents, auto defects, criminal defense, defective drugs and medical devices, insurance bad faith, liquor liability, nursing home negligence, premises liability, and product liability. Scartelli Olszewski is small enough to care, yet large enough to win for their clients in the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, Pa., region.
A check of $2,400 from The Rotary Foundation grant plus the Hawley Rotary's contribution was given to Lacawac Sanctuary representatives. The photo above shows District Grant Chair Mary Ellen Bentler, President Jim Pierce, Lacawac naturalist and educator Jenna Mauder, Lacawac bookkeeper Sean Mauder, and District Foundation Chair Paul Muczynski.
For several years, tree mortality at Talen Energy’s Shuman Point Natural Area increased due to gypsy moth defoliations, deer browsing and other environmental stresses. Earlier this year, a timber harvest was completed, which resulted in a healthier, more diverse forest. Biodiversity will flourish as new species inhabit the area, including Pennsylvania’s state bird, the ruffed grouse.
As a result of the harvest, Talen Energy is donating the profits totaling $3,460 to Lacawac Sanctuary to help fund their Watershed Education and Awareness Program. Lacawac’s Watershed Education and Awareness program operates in local schools and afterschool programs to teach natural resource sciences, ecosystem management, and watershed stewardship. Students learn scientific methods and gain valuable watershed knowledge through hands on and engaging environmental science lessons.
“We believe that the watershed program’s mission is well aligned with our own responsibility to protect the natural and scenic integrity of Lake Wallenpaupack” said Katie Lester, Talen’s manager of community relations. “By providing education about the importance of watersheds, Lacawac is helping to protect the future of Lake Wallenpaupack.”
"The future well-being of our local watersheds will soon rest in the hands of its youngest citizens. Establishing strong, targeted environmental education programs now provides a vital foundation for these future watershed stewards. Talen Energy helps us to train the next generation of stewards” said Craig Lukatch, President of Lacawac Sanctuary.
Since its inception in 1966, the mission of Lacawac Sanctuary has been to preserve Lake Lacawac, its watershed, the surrounding forest and historic structures; provide a venue for ecological research, scholarly interaction and the training of scientists; provide public education on environmental and conservation issues; and conserve open space in Pennsylvania. For over 40 years, Lacawac has accomplished this mission by offering a diverse set of natural areas, facilities, and programs for K-16 and post-secondary educators and students, area residents, scientific researchers, and summer visitors to the region. Lacawac is located on the southwestern shore of Lake Wallenpaupack in Lake Ariel. For additional information on Lacawac call 570-689-9494 or visit www.lacawac.org.
Photo: (left to right) Katie Lester, Talen Energy, Craig Lukatch, Lacawac President & Executive Director, and Jenna Mauder, Lacawac Environmental Educator & Naturalist.
Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station announced it has received a $2,500 grant from the People’s Security Charitable Foundation. The grant supports the Y.E.S. (Youth and Environmental Sciences) Afterschool program implemented to provide low to moderate income youth at risk for academic failure in Lackawanna County with opportunities to participate in additional out-of-school science and environmental education programs in areas which include biology, ecology, environmental science, and math.
The Peoples Security Charitable Foundation concentrates its grant making activities on 501(c)(3) charitable organizations seeking funds to advance innovative programs having a measurable and positive impact on the residents of the communities in which the Peoples Security Bank conducts business. The bank’s goal is to return to those communities some of the benefit the bank has received as a responsible corporate citizen. Areas of interest include health, education, scientific, literary and social welfare programs and the overall protection of children and youth.
Lacawac’s Y.E.S. Afterschool program is aligned with state and local efforts to improve science and math achievement among youth attending extended day and afterschool programs in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Wayne and Pike Counties. The YES Program targets children in grades Kindergarten through sixth especially those from minority groups and low-income residing in the counties.
Currently the YES program is serving approximately 450 children between the ages of 6-12 in center-based programs in throughout Lackawanna County. “All children benefit from hands–on learning experiences and Lacawac provides a variety of these experiences through its afterschool science programs,” said Craig Lukatch, Lacawac President. “This grant provides Lacawac with another way to collaborate with the after school programs and centers.”
Photo: (L to R): Patrick Dietz, People’s Security Bank Vice President/Business Banker and Craig Lukatch, President Lacawac Sanctuary
As Lacawac grows, our team grows! We're seeking to hire enthusiastic educators on a per diem basis for a variety of programs.
We offer field trips for schools, birthday parties, scout programs and afterschool programs all year. We'd like to extend our reach to offer environmental science to more students and families. Resumes are being excepted now for the 2016 school year (some summer opportunities may exist).
View the entire job description and find more information by downloading the Environmental Educator Position file below.
Wilkes Barre, PA and Lake Ariel, PA (March 2015) – Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station announced it has received a $5,000 grant from M&T Bank to support its Y.E.S. (Youth and Environmental Sciences) Afterschool program implemented to provide STEM education opportunities in area afterschool programs.
The Y.E.S. Afterschool program is aligned with state and local efforts to improve science and math achievement among youth attending extended day and afterschool programs in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Wayne and Pike Counties. The YES Program targets children in grades Kindergarten through sixth especially those from minority groups and low-income residing in the counties.
Currently the YES program is serving approximately 700 children between the ages of 5-12 in center-based programs in Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wayne Counties.
“All children benefit from hands–on learning experiences and Lacawac provides a variety of these experiences through its afterschool science programs,” said Craig Lukatch, President. “The support of M&T Bank affords Lacawac with yet another way to be creative with out-of-the-classroom educational experiences.”
Phil Johnson, Regional President of M&T Bank stated that “M&T recognizes that corporate success is directly related to the health and vitality of the communities it serves. So, as a corporate citizen, we believe in providing resources to not-for-profit organizations such as Lacawac that make our communities better places to live and work.”
“Through our philanthropic arm, The M&T Charitable Foundation,” said Johnson, “we support a diverse range of civic, cultural, health and human service organizations with financial grants, employee volunteerism and in-kind services.”
Since its inception in 1966, the mission of Lacawac Sanctuary has been to preserve Lake Lacawac, its watershed, the surrounding forest and historic structures; provide a venue for ecological research, scholarly interaction and the training of scientists; provide public education on environmental and conservation issues; and conserve open space in Pennsylvania. For over more than 50 years, Lacawac has accomplished this mission by offering a diverse set of natural areas, facilities, and programs for K-16 and post-secondary educators and students, area residents, scientific researchers, and summer visitors to the region. Lacawac is located on the southwestern shore of Lake Wallenpaupack in Lake Ariel. For additional information on Lacawac or its YES Afterschool Program call 570-689-9494 or visit www.lacawac.org.
Photo: (L to R) Ryan McGowan – AVP M&T Government & Institutional Banking; Craig Lukatch – President Lacawac Sanctuary & Field Station; Phil Johnson – M&T Regional President; Carmen Magistro – VP M&T Commercial Lending
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