Shine a light

Clean Water for Clean Food
By Jo Ellen Litz

Swatara Creek Swatara Creek Have you ever thought about all of the uses for Clean Water? When you sit down at a local restaurant, waitresses serve clean water free to drink. In the kitchen, chefs use clean water to prepare your food. When you are finished eating, restaurant staff wash your dishes in clean water.

Joining in the second annual Swatara Food and Brew Weekend July 13-15, locally owned and operated eateries are helping the Swatara Watershed Association bring awareness to our Clean Water while also raising sorely needed funds for Swatara Watershed Association Clean Water projects -- the Bordner Cabin, Swatara Watershed Park, and Swatara Water Trail. Recent flooding along the Swatara Creek has made support both timely and critical as we clean up mud, litter and wood debris in addition to annual costs to maintain these resources for the public. The SWA also conducts free educational programs in local schools and encourages water conservation.

From July 13-15, please plan a meal, or three, at any of these fine local eateries, and order their Swatara Special created especially for you: Babe’s, the Batdorf Restaurant, Brass Rail Deli, Forrests Feed Co., Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel, Gin Mill, Harper’s Tavern, Heisey’s Diner, Irv’s Pub, Moose’s LZ, Mt. Gretna Craft Brewery, Quentin Tavern, Red Canoe General Store, Rotunda Brewing Co., Snitz Creek Brewery, Swatara Coffee Co., and Tattered Flag.

Specialty drinks and dishes at sponsoring restaurants may include The Swatara Divide by Mt. Gretna Craft Brewery and Tattered Flag; Muddy River at Heisey’s Diner; Shore Lunch at Snitz Creek Brewery; Harper’s Haunted Hooch; Salty Sojourn Iced Coffee at Red Canoe; Swattie Biscotti at Swatara Coffee; fish (historically, trout, bass, catfish, even salmon, are/were found in the Swatara Creek) as well as snapper turtles; duck; frog legs; or land animals that drink the Swatara Creek’s Clean Water.

Clean Water is also a key ingredient in making local products, among them beer. Four local breweries - Mt. Gretna Craft Brewery, Rotunda Brewing Co., Snitz Creek Brewery, and Tattered Flag Brewery - use water that originates from the Swatara Watershed. These breweries are creating named brews to celebrate our clean water and support the Swatara Watershed Association and their Clean Water projects. Many of the restaurants will offer these locally crafted brews during the Swatara Food and Brew weekend. Further, Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel, Harper’s Tavern, Heisey’s Diner, Mt. Gretna Craft Brewery, and Quentin Tavern will carry Pilsner glasses with the Swatara Watershed logo.

Post pictures of your Swatara Specials on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SwataraWaterTrail/Thanks for your support!

Jo Ellen Litz is a Lebanon County Commissioner and President of the Swatara Watershed Association.

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