"Robin et al: first of all, let me thank you very much for your generous donation, for the second year in a row. As a small organization, it is really important to get these donations for our continued work in your community. Most of our members can only contribute a small annual dues to our efforts, and this amount barely covers our newsletter and website. Any larger efforts, such as legal battles against pipelines or resource studies, are possible only with donations.
While we do not earmark your donations to a specific effort, we can tell you that these ongoing projects are important areas where additional funds, when available, are spent:
1. Intervention in the PennEast pipeline FERC permit. The CCWA took on the role of intervenor in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissions permitting process for the PennEast pipeline. We take exception to crossing the headwaters of the Cooks Creek with the pipeline because of the fragile nature of our ecosystem including groundwater, surface water and geology. In order to be effective, we hired lawyers from the firm of Curtin and Heefner to monitor the FERC process and file paperwork on our behalf. We have been soliciting funds from the community to help with this effort.
2. Professional evaluation of stream gauging effort. Over the last 15 years, the CCWA has been monitoring stream flow in order to better understand the effects of groundwater withdrawal and stormwater on the Cooks Creek system. We recently accepted a grant from the Lehigh Community Foundation to initiate a professional review of our data, modernization of our stream gauges, and recommendations for the future of our monitoring program. The grant we have only covers part of the initial work on this project. We hope to get additional grants going forward.
Thanks again, and keep up your good work!"
Cooks Creek Watershed Association
Artist Among Us Residency Program at the Arts Quest Center at Steel Stacks
“Funds raised at last year’s Art of Preservation made ArtsQuest’s 2016 Artists Among Us events happen, including the first-ever AQ-produced fashion show
featuring the work of local fashion designer Pamela Ptak.
Funds raised at this year’s event will be put towards 2017 Artist Among Us programming,
as we’ll remain vigilant in finding artists, performers, and makers throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley to highlight.” The Arts Quest Team
"Thank you for the continued support. I received today the final draft of Nockamixon's proposed groundwater management ordinance which has occupied so much of my energy over the last few years-it is going to be proposed in Bridgeton and Tinicum as well with their Supervisor support. This will be a big step forward to link land development to ground water availability and sustainable development and great to have off my desk!"
Todd Stone, Gallows Run Watershed Association