Environmental Advisory Council of Harveys Lake

Harveys Lake Earth Day Cleanup
Sunday, April 27, 2014

What is EAC?

EAC is an officially constituted municipal board created to advise the Borough of Harveys Lake on environmental issues and policies. The council consists of 6 members who serve without compensation and are appointed by the Harveys Lake Borough Council.

Who are the current members of EAC?

Sid Halsor - Chairperson
Mike Daley
John Levitsky
Megan Sgarlat-Prynn
Jason Miller
Amanda Blaine
Tom McGrory

Administrative Assistant: Denise Sult

When does EAC meet?

EAC meets at 7pm on the second Tuesday of each month in the General Municipal Authority building of Harveys Lake. Meetings are open to the public.

Info for upcoming events:

Info for past events:

Water Testing/Questions and Answer 2012

A comprehensive package of drinking water tests will be offered once again this summer at a deeply discounted price to Harveys Lake residents by the Water Research Center and National Testing Laboratories, Ltd. together with the Harveys Lake EAC.

The tests will be conducted on Saturday morning, July 21. On Saturday morning, August 4, a free follow-up Q&A session on water well systems and non-point source pollution issues will be held. The Q&A session is open to all residents, not just those testing their wells.

The cost of this year's water well test pachage will rise to $95 (compared to a retail value of more than $225).

Residents' water will be tested for Alkalinity (Total as CaCO3), Chloride, Fluoride, Hardness, Nitrate as N, Orthophosphate, pH (Standard Units), Sulfate, Total Dissolved Solids, Turbidity (Turbidity Units), Total Coliform with e. coli check, Aluminum, Arsenic, Barium, Cadmium, Calcium, Chromium, Copper, Iron, Lead, Magnesium, Manganese, Mercury, Nickel, Potassium, Selenium, Silica, Silver, Sodium and Zinc.

Interested residents should register with Denise, at 639-1042.

Participants can pick up water sampling kits at the Harveys Lake Borough Building between July 9 and 21. Water samples must be dropped off between 10am and noon on July 21 at the Borough Building's meeting room, where scientists will perform certain tests immediately. Confidential final test results will be mailed to participants directly from the Water Research Center within two weeks of the testing date. Payment in full for the testing is due on July 21.

The well water and non-point source pollution Q&A session will be conducted at 10am on August 4 by Brian Oram, a professional geologist and water well expert who has run the testing programs here at Harveys Lake for many years. Brian will make an informative presentation and then take questions from the public. Brian's past Q&A sessions here at the lake have been greatly appreciated by all attendees.

Important Note: This program's test results do not meet the requirements of a legal baseline water well test. However, these tests remain a valuable and cost-effective opportunity for homeowners to monitor the safety of their drinking water. Residents can learn more about legal baseline testing and find competitive pricing at: Well Testing

Harveys Lake Earth Day Clean-up

C'mon out on Earth Day & participate in a roadside cleanup of our local neighborhood. Join the Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) in a community effort to pick up litter along the streets surrounding the lake... What a fun & rewarding way to celebrate Earth Day with your neighbors!

DATE: Sunday, April 22 - Earth Day 2012

TIME: 12:00-3:00pm

Roadside cleanup was a success with less than 25% of the roadways cleaned and 35 bags of trash collected. Come out with us in the near future to continue our cleanup of the Lake. Planning for the cleanup and other environmental work is at the monthly EAC meeting, 7:00pm the second Tuesday of each month at the Borough office. The public is encouraged to come and help protect Harveys Lake!

L-R: Megan Sgarlat-Prynn, Luzerne Conservation District Mgr. Joshua Longmore, Susan Vosik-Pekala, EAC Vice Chair Cathy Link, John Levitsky, EAC Chairman Jason Boice, EAC Secretary Denise Sult, Sid Halsor
for being the recipient of the
Luzerne Conservation District's 2012 Watershed
Stewardship Award
This annual award honors individuals/organizations that have made meaningful contributions throughout the year to the conservation of land and water resources in Luzerne County.

What is EAC doing for the benefit of Harveys Lake Borough?

EAC identifies environmental issues and recommends plans and programs to the appropriate municipal agencies. EAC is involved in a number of initiatives that reduce polution and protect and improve the quality of our environment in all lands that contribute water to Harveys Lake. Some of our current activities are:

  • Assessing the need to restore bus service to Harveys Lake
    • Luzerne County Transit Authority BusWould you be interested in taking a bus to destinations between Harveys Lake and Wilkes-Barre? Ride sharing and mass transit are two ways in which commuters can reduce their carbon emissions and save money. Currently, Harveys Lake residents who take the bus need to drive to Dallas, the nearest scheduled bus stop. An added inconvenience is the absence of any designated parking areas that promote "park and ride" bus service. EAC is interested in working on behalf of our residents to restore bus service to and from Harveys Lake. Would you use the bus if it were available? If so, please let us know by emailing EAC at: dsult18618@aol.com
  • Well water testing program
    • EAC continues to support a biennial drinking water testing program. Assisted by Wilkes University's Well Water TestingEnvironmental Quality Center, Harveys Lake residents can have their well water analyzed and gain an understanding of the overall quality of the water that their consuming. This volunteer program also helps EAC monitor and identify sources that degrade water quality. As natural gas drilling activity increases in our region, there is even more reason for residents to have their drinking water tested. Water sampling kits at discounted cost will be available for pick up at the Harveys Lake Borough building July 12th through July 24th. Interested residents should register with Denise Sult at 639-1042. For more information see the featured article in the Borough's 2010 newsletter (pdf).
    • Additional information is also available on Legal Baseline Water Well Testing.
  • Storm water implementation plan
    • Storm Water DeviceEAC is assisting the Borough and our environmental consulting firm, Princeton Hydro, in reducing the amount of phosphorus that enters the lake. Phosphorus is a nutrient for plant growth but excess phosphorus can accumulate in our lake, over-stimulate aquatic plant growth and reduce the amount of oxygen needed to support healthy and diverse populations of plants and organisms, including fish. The Borough is fortunate to be the recipient of several grants over the last ccouple deccades that have resulted in the steady reduction of phosphorus entering the lake. At present, watershed projects ranging from stabilizing stream banks and shorelines to the installation of pollutant-trapping storm water devices have achieved 31% of the targeted reduction in phosphorus. A new grant will allow the next phase of a phosphorus-reducing storm water implementation program to move forward. A summary of watershed projects can be found at: Princeton Hydro's March 2010 report
  • Soil nutrient testing program
    • Soil TestingIn support of the ongoing efforts to improve lake water quality, EAC coordinated with two senior students at Wilkes University who conducted a soil sampling and nutrient analysis project. A grant supported the project and enabled 50 Harveys Lake residents to have their turf soil analyzed free of charge. If soils have excess nutrients, these nutrients can be carried to the lake during storm events as rainwater accumulatesSoil Testing and flows over lawns. Again, excess nutrients in the lake can lead to degrading water quality. The Wilkes University research team created a soil database that was integrated into a computerized map-making system. This map-database was used to assess relationships between soil nutrient contents and areas within our watershed that yield varying levels of phosphorus and other nutrients. Residents who volunteered to participate in the study will receive the results of their soil analysis and a reccommendation for optimizing soil fertility. Harveys Lake residents are reminded that an ordinance prohibits the use of phosphorus-bearing lawn fertilizer.