LAKE WALLENPAUPACK WATERSHED MANAGEMENT PROJECT 
PIKE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA

Lake Wallenpaupack is the largest man-made lake in Pennsylvania. It is the economic backbone of the Pocono Mountains. In 1978, F. X. Browne, Inc. developed the organizational plan for the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District (LWWMD) and assisted the local counties and municipalities to incorporate the district. F. X. Browne, Inc. then obtained an EPA Phase I Study grant for the District and developed a comprehensive watershed management plan for the 219 square mile watershed.

Lake and Watershed Management

In 1998, F. X. Browne, Inc. assisted the LWWMD in obtaining two EPA grants and one ACOE grant totaling $4 million dollars. As part of this project, F. X. Browne, Inc. conducted a watershed assessment of the watershed to identify significant nonpoint source problem areas. These areas were ranked and prioritized and their locations were added to the LWWMD GIS. The project also involved designing, permitting and providing construction management services for best management practices (streambank stabilization measures, agricultural BMPs, developed land BMPs, detention basin retrofits, sand filters, and more), developing a public education program including seminars, fact sheets, and brochures, preparing a Homeowners Handbook for Shoreline and Streambank Stabilization, analyzing long-term water quality data, calculating pollutant budgets, and updating the LWWMD website.

This project culminated in the publishing of an update to the 1982 Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management Plan in 2007. Participating in this project were the Principal Investigator, project managers, professional engineers, environmental scientists, draftspeople, field technicians, statistician, database manager, and support staff. Over 350 hours were spent collecting information and locating 176 nonpoint source problem areas. A total of 34 BMPs were evaluated and 17 were implemented, with more planned in the future. A nonpoint source loading study initiated under this project showed improvements in water quality runoff after implementation of BMPs.


Stormwater Management

F. X. Browne, Inc. was responsible for the water quality and non-point source elements of the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Act 167 Study. This Act 167 Study was adopted by Wayne and Pike Counties and is currently being implemented in 14 Townships and one Borough that comprise the 220 square mile watershed. F. X. Browne, Inc. developed pollutant budgets for the 39 subwatersheds using stormwater quality data collected over a 1 year monitoring period and current land uses in each subwatershed. Areas that showed high pollutant transport were targeted for regional stormwater management controls. F. X. Browne, Inc. also evaluated all potential Best Management Practices that could be implemented on a local level.

F. X. Browne, Inc. developed a stormwater management ordinance that included quantity and quality control. The ordinance was adopted by all 14 townships in the watershed. F. X. Browne, Inc. presented seminars on use of the ordinance to engineers, planners, and elected officials.

Reports

Watershed Management Plan - January 2007

Homeowner's Streambank and Shoreline Restoration Handbook

Effectiveness of BMP Controls Report

Watershed Assessment Report (for Growing Greener) - March 2006

LWWMD Lake Management Handbook

LWWMD BMP Final Report

 

Brochures

Watershed Management Brochure

Stormwater Management Brochure

Best Management Practices Brochure

Ecosystem Restoration Brochure

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