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2021 Meeting Highlights

April 14, 2021 - General Meeting - Zoom Meeting, 9:00 AM

Changes to the Constitution & By-laws: The amendments to the Constitution & By-laws were discussed. A vote to accept the changes was taken and amendments were approved.

Equipment & Supplies: Dan will check on availability of a facility to do the Equipment Check for 2021.

Publicity: Our brochures have not been printed yet due to Constitution revisions. The March Newsletter is now available. Ken was complemented on it.

Quality Control: QC Duplicate Testing will begin April 15, 2021 and should be completed by September.

Membership: Membership Resource Advisors Susan Robb and Jan Hoffmaster asked for member updates to their information if needed. Contact them directly. Also, Team 1 needs a new team co-leader.

Website: The Teams page on the CCPaSEC website has been updated. If there are corrections, please contact Joyce.

Annual Clean-up Day: Scheduled for April 24, 2021: Members interested in participating will meet at the Benner Township Building at 8:30 am. Anyone else who wants to join can just come there.

Shale Network Workshop: Virtual 2021 Shale Network Workshop is coming up. Registration is required. Contact Susan Sapp for more information.

Training Updates: Ralph is working on a stream side review to provide more guidance for filling out Stream Habitat data on our recording sheets.. A note will be sent out to the team leaders requesting that they review the document. Team leaders will be asked to take it to their team for discussion.

Macros: Genie noted Macro Surveys should be scheduled for April, May, or June.

CentreGives: CentreGives will be held May 11, 2021 at 9 AM to May 12 at 9 PM.

Clearances to work with Kids: Review of regulations is needed. Sharon will research it.

Master Naturalist Program: CCPaSEC was again asked to participate in this program at Shaver's Creek in October.

The next general meeting of CCPaSEC will be May 19, 2021 at 9 AM on Zoom.
Please note: This is the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

March 10, 2021 - General Meeting - Zoom Meeting, 9:00 AM

Changes to the Constitution & By-laws: The amendments to the Constitution & By-laws were discussed. A vote to accept the changes will be held at the April meeting.

Publicity: We need a member to take over the publicity duties. Please notify Susan Sapp if you are interested. Ken is hoping to set up a display at a local bank. The Bellefonte Volunteer Fair will not be held this winter.

Quality Control: Bill Smith is working on a QC Duplicate Testing Schedule for 2021. He will be in contact with QC Team members for availability.

Training: Calibration standard sachets/envelopes: How often to change standards: Dan uses two sachets per container for two months. Clean off the probe before calibration and again before use. Do not use an abrasive substance on the porous membrane of the pH part of the probe which is a very delicate and sensitive part of the instrument. Dan has electrode cleaner available.

Membership: New Membership Resource Advisors are Susan Robb and Jan Hoffmaster. They will contact members whose information is incomplete in our records as well as new members.

Data: Rob, Joyce, and Bill will work with ALLARM (Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring) to help copy our data into the Chesapeake Data Explorer database. This is a comprehensive data analysis tool used by groups such as USGS.

Annual Clean-up Day: Scheduled for April 24, 2021: Members interested in participating need to contact Genie Robine.

ClearWater Conservancy’s Art & Chocolate on 18 March 2021 7 pm: The winter fund raiser for the ClearWater Conservancy will be held virtually. Go to www.clearwaterconservancy.org to bid on items for the auction and participate in this free event. The bidding is open now. There will be music and cooking demonstrations.

Penn Environment’s Microplastics in PA’s Local Waterways Webinar presentation by Faran Savitzat discussed a study which found Microplastics in 100% of tested Pennsylvania Waterways — Including 4 in Centre County/State College, PA. Plastics were found in all local streams tested.

Macros: Genie noted Macro Surveys should be scheduled for April or May.

The next general meeting of CCPaSEC will be April 14, 2021 at 9 AM on Zoom.

February 10, 2021 - General Meeting - Zoom Meeting, 9:00 AM

Publicity: We need a member to take over the publicity duties. Please notify Susan Sapp if you are interested. The presentation materials for CCPaSEC are currently being stored in ClearWater's office. It was suggested to distribute our new brochures at local banks when safety permits.

Quality Control: Bill Smith is working on a QC Duplicate Testing Schedule for 2021. He will be in contact with QC Team members for availability.

Training and Membership: The flow procedure training will be addressed at the March 2021 meeting. Team leaders are to view the Teams page on our website to see if their members, days, and streams listed are correct. They should also make sure all team members are members of RSVP or ClearWater Concervancy. An informational email will be sent by Susan Sapp.

Volunteer Hours Report for 2020: Total hours reported - 2021.40; total miles driven - 7998.0. Numbers for 2020 were less than previous years due to the impact of COVID-19.

Data: The 2020 CCPaSEC Data Check is nearing completion. Rob, Joyce, and Bill will work with ALLARM (Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring) to help copy our data into the Chesapeake Data Explorer database.

Equipment & Supplies: Supplies were ordered and received for 2021. Team leaders should notify Dan if they need more supplies.

Change to the Constitution & By-laws: The amendments to allow CCPaSEC membership to be based on ClearWater Concervancy or RSVP membership passed. The revised Constitution & By-laws will be posted on the website. A committee was formed to consider the ramifications of the changes.

Annual Clean-up Day: Scheduled for April 24, 2021. Members interested in participating need to contact Genie by the March 10 meeting.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Tour: Information will be sent to the membership. There is a fee to participate.

CCPaSEC's Twentieth Anniversary: 2022 will be our PaSEC's 20th Anniversary. A newpaper article or Town & Gown article would be nice to run, We would need new photos to contribute.

The next general meeting of CCPaSEC will be March 10, 2021 at 9 AM on Zoom.

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