JULY 2020
STREAMLINES: News and events from BWA
Habitat hunt at Cherry Valley wildlife refuge
Once a golf course, Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge near Stroudsburg is now a haven for birds, butterflies, bees and other pollinators. For families who enjoy a fun challenge, there are worlds to discover, and Brodhead Watershed Association offers a scavenger hunt to encourage adventure.

Sharp-eyed kids will find at least five distinct habitats. Take only pictures and leave only shadows!

The scavenger hunt is fun for adults and elementary-age children to do at their own pace. Get a printable list of clues, photos, video and information here.
Our annual Ramble, originally set for Aug. 2 at Skytop Lodge, will now be online with a virtual hike to Skytop’s Indian Ladder Falls. Resident naturalist Rick Koval and BWA’s hike leader, Carol Hillestad, will take you on an online tour of beautiful spots not usually open to the public. We’ll let you know when that video is available.
Webinar Saturday: The big deal about rain barrels
Have you ever wished for a more efficient way to water your garden, keep your car clean and save money all while helping the environment? A rain barrel can do all this and more.

On Saturday, July 25, Brodhead Watershed Association, in partnership with Monroe County Conservation District, will host a webinar showing what rain barrels do, how to install one and to decorate it.

In this online workshop, part of BWA’s Greening Mountainhome program, Darryl Speicher will talk about this method of collecting rainwater for many uses around the house as well as its pollution prevention abilities.

The webinar begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. Details of how to join the Zoom webinar will be emailed to registrants. Deadline to register is noon Friday.

To register, email your name to info@brodheadwatershed.org .

Mill Creek knotweed
project begins

Knotweed removal along Mill Creek – the next stage of BWA’s Greening Mountainhome project – has begun.

This year, knotweed along Mill Creek will be cut and treated from Route 191 to Pleasant Ridge Road, a 500-foot demonstration area.

At right: Matt Dilger starts cutting knotweed along Mill Creek at the Forest Fire Crew building.

Below: John Styk, right, gives Matt and Trip Dilger pointers on cutting knotweed at knee height as a first step. The regrowth will be treated with an herbicide at the end of the summer.
Time to put in your plant sale orders online
BWA’s Native Plant Sale – held online for the first time – is proving to be a success.

The sale will end at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 30: Get your orders in now!

There are still plenty of perennial plants, shrubs and vines available, with categories for sun- and shade-loving plants, as well as deer-resistant ones. All of them are native to this area, so they will be beneficial to the local ecosystem and require less care.

All orders are pre-paid via the website and distributed by contactless curbside pickup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, at Pocono Township Fire Hall’s “carnival building” on Route 611, Tannersville, Pa. Bring your receipt and ID to verify your purchase.

BWA members get 10% off their entire purchase. Shoppers can buy a BWA membership online along with their plants. Get the details and start shopping here.

Thank you to our partners who help make this event possible:
And thank you to the sponsors of our Native Plant Sale:
Now more than ever, we need to defend the pristine waterways of the Pocono Mountains region. Our communities rely on them. Our small businesses thrive on them. It’s paramount that we protect them, now and into the future. We need your support and action to ensure clean streams and economic development continue to coexist.


Need a digital rain gauge?

 Free to a good home: A Nova Lynx HOBO data-logging rain gauge RG3, with user manual and instructional DVD. Email BWA office at info@brodheadwatershed.org if you’re interested.
Our newest BWA members in July are: Jane Barthold of East Stroudsburg, Susan Deluca of Cresco, Tamre Joyce of Stroudsburg, Veronica Litras-Meehan of East Stroudsburg, Jaime MacDonough of East Stroudsburg, John Weidman of Philadelphia
BWA thanks the PPL Foundation for renewing its Environmental Partnership as a Headwater Steward with a donation of $2,500!

We always welcome new partners in the defense of our environment. If you would like information about the partnership program, click here .

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides new incentives for donors to contribute to their favorite charities this year.

There is now a $300 above-the-line ($600 for couples!) charitable income tax deduction. If you make a donation in 2020, and don’t itemize on your 2020 taxes, then you can give $300 to charity and get a full $300 tax break in addition to the standard deduction. That means your donation is 100% deductible!

You can still benefit even if you do itemize. The CARES Act allows for cash contributions to qualified charities to be deducted up to 100% of your adjusted gross income for 2020. There are also benefits for making a tax-free transfer from an IRA to a charity. Please check with your financial advisor regarding these policies.

This is a difficult time for everyone, and we truly appreciate your continued support!