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Advisory Committee on our Watershed and Environment 

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Hemlock Blight - Hemlock Woolly Adelgid


The Committee has researched the blight that is beginning to infest many of the Hemlock trees around the Lake.  First seen in Virginia in 1951 the blight, known as  Hemlock Woolly Adelgid or even more formally, adelges tsugae, has spread up and down the eastern US.  Lacking the natural predators that exist in their native Japan, the insects freely attack Canadian and Carolina Hemlock species, killing them in a few years.  Treatment/prevention is expensive, and impractical on other than a small scale.  Read more here by Clicking Here.

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-Lynn Shimer


Charter and Membership

Inarguably the most valuable item of ‘infrastructure’ at Indian Lake is Indian Lake itself.  A recent comprehensive study of the Lake’s water quality has found it to be one of the cleanest lakes ever studied by DEP, and perhaps the cleanest private lake in the Commonwealth.  This is a testimony to the stewardship of our predecessors, and preserving that legacy is a challenge to us all going forward.

Protecting the dam has been a major current undertaking and we are all aware of its importance; that guarantees we have a lake.   Preserving the Lake’s water quality must also stay in the forefront.  One surprising fact from the DEP Study is that Indian Lake’s water quality is actually better than the two main incoming tributaries (Clear Run and Calendar Run).  Our watershed (all area feeding the lake and its tributaries) is around 14.5 square miles, only a portion of which lies within the Borough’s boundaries and the rest is beyond our control; what is important though is that it is not beyond our influence.  With our lake water quality being driven by the tributaries, and most of our watershed outside of our control, we need to partner with the surrounding communities to keep it clean or to make any improvements. We are in an excellent position to gain influence now, proactively, before we absolutely need to.  




Lynn Shimer, Chair

Chris Meyer

Bob Hanson