And an auction, too
BWA is also bringing the outdoors online for its annual auction fundraiser, to be held virtually Sept. 15-25. The auction features many outdoor experiences and other outings. For information, email or call 570-839-1120.
Time to celebrate
Brodhead Watershed Association will host its annual Members & Friends Celebration on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort.
This all-outdoor gathering will be held in Shawnee’s River Sanctuary along the Delaware to celebrate BWA’s continued efforts to promote and protect clean and abundant water in the Brodhead and Cherry Creek watersheds.
Anne Fetherman of Cherry Valley will be honored for her local environmental work, with the John Riley Friend of the Watershed Award (scroll down for more about our honoree).
Dr. Jay Hunt, biology professor and director of the Marine Science Program at East Stroudsburg University, will be keynote speaker, delivering a talk titled “Water, Water, Everywhere: How upstream decisions impact downstream environments.” (Scroll down for more about our keynote speaker.)
The celebration will include live music with a jazz trio, “dine around” heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Pocono Cheesecake Factory will supply the delicious dessert!
Reservations required. Reserve your spot with prepayment online (click the button below). Tickets are a $65 donation for BWA members, $70 for nonmembers.
The ticket cost is considered a donation to BWA, an environmental nonprofit. These donations are not refundable. The event will take place rain or shine.
Register by noon Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 (deadline extended!).
About the honoree
Brodhead Watershed Association will honor Anne Fetherman of Cherry Valley at its annual Members & Friends Celebration. She will receive the John Riley Friend of the Watershed Award.
Anne has been a Streamwatcher since helping create the Cherry Valley arm of the creek-monitoring program. She conducts monthly tests on Cherry Creek, contributing to 20 years’ worth of water quality data in Cherry Valley.
As Cherry Creek team leader, she directs 20 Streamwatchers, reviews testing kits, replenishes supplies and reviews data. While Anne will soon retire from Streamwatching, she has a succession plan and a replacement: longtime volunteer Ron Crank will take over her duties.
Anne was also instrumental in the designation of Cherry Valley as a National Wildlife Refuge and in the formation of the Friends of Cherry Valley conservation organization.
In 2005, Anne and her husband, Red, put an agricultural easement on their 200-acre Cherry Valley property, keeping it permanently in farmland. This land keeps the waters of the creek safe and pure as they flow toward the Delaware River to become drinking water for millions.
The next generation – Royce Fetherman and his wife, Debra – now operates the vineyard, winery and Christmas tree farm as Eagles Rest Cellars. Anne, who grew up in Stroudsburg, is moving to Maryland to be near her daughter. She will be missed as her environmental legacy flourishes in Cherry Valley.
About the keynote speaker
Dr. Jay Hunt, biology professor and director of the Marine Science Program at East Stroudsburg University, will be keynote speaker at Brodhead Watershed Association’s annual Members & Friends Celebration. He will deliver a talk titled “Water, Water, Everywhere: How upstream decisions impact downstream environments.”
Dr. Hunt received his bachelor’s degree in bio-geology from the University of Rochester in 1988 and his doctorate in biology from UCLA in 1996.
He then spent five years in Japan as the chief scientist for the Mesoplankton Biology Program of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science & Technology. He returned to the U.S. in 2001 to take an assistant professor position at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. In 2006, he joined the faculty of ESU to become the director of the Marine Science Program.
Dr. Hunt has conducted oceanographic research on deep-sea ecology, particularly the behavioral ecology of gelatinous zooplankton. His recent research focuses on the impacts of climate change on the ecology of our oceans.
Thank you to our Watershed Stewards
Thank you to our Headwater Steward
Thank you to our River Stewards
Jim & Carol Hillestad
Middle Smithfield Township