A little background info on the Cooks Creek Watershed Association’s all-volunteer board of directors.
W. Scott Douglas, President
Scott has lived in the Watershed since 1990 and is currently residing in Springtown. Scott is a professional environmental toxicologist with more than 25 years of experience working in the areas of surface water hydrology, freshwater stream ecology and sediment toxicology.
Currently employed as a Project Manager at NJ Department of Transportation where he coordinates environmental programs and dredging projects for the State of NJ. Scott has been active in the Watershed since 1990, when he became involved in opposing the proposed quarry and asphalt plant in Durham.
Scott has been a member of the Durham Township Environmental Advisory Council since 1993 and was the coordinating force behind the development of the Cooks Creek Watershed Protection Plan. He is also a founding member of the Springfield Township Environmental Advisory Council and is currently the Chairperson of the Springfield Township Planning Commission.
Scott conducts the Cooks Creek Watershed Association’s Mini-Monster Mayhem children’s education program and directs the water-quality and quantity monitoring program.
Hans Reimann, Vice President
Hans is a life-long resident of Bucks County. He grew up with Delaware Valley College, farms and the forest out his back door. He attended Lock Haven University as an environmental biology major from 1971-1974. He has been a 20 year resident of Springfield Township living on Kohlberg Hill (Laughing Springs).
As a former member of of the Springfield Township Open Space Committee, Hans helped promote a successful Open Space funding referendum, which led to the preservation of hundred of acres. A former board member of the Springfield Authority, Hans authored Springtown’s Source Water Protection Grant which is currently being used to develop protection standards for Springtown’s water supply by Springfield Township Environmental Council of which he is currently is a member.
Hans is a Habitat Steward for the National Wildlife Federation, promoting backyard wildlife habitats. He is actively working with Lower Saucon Township on a native landscape park at the municipal building using some of the native plants from his property. He is enthusiastically involved in eliminating invasive plant communities from his own and other properties in the Cook’s Creek Watershed. He has been instrumental in contributing a clause to mandate an invasive plant management plan to Springfield Township’s new Comprehensive Planning Document.
Lois Oleksa, Communications Director
Lois is a homemaker and owner of Gill O’er the Ground (a provider of high quality gardening services). She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology (specializing in the field of Botany) from Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA. She has been a member of the Board of the Cooks Creek Watershed Association for more than 25 years and is trained to assist and has performed water testing for the Delaware River Keeper. She has been active in the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education and served as President of its local affiliate, GEP (Gifted Education in Palisades).
Her interest in the Cooks Creek Watershed began soon after moving to Durham. Her family property borders Cooks Creek, located about a mile from its mouth. When a spring flood threatened to destroy the bank of the stream and began to divert the water in a new direction, the family began to repair the banks without the use of large equipment, a “natural” correction for the problem. The Cooks Creek Watershed Association members volunteered to assist and a bond was forged with the organization.
She currently resides with her husband, David, in Durham, Pa., and operates a small business from her property selling fresh flowers from a road-side stand. She grows oyster and shiitake mushrooms on logs in the woods and helps her husband, David, with their goats and cheese making. She is on the Durham Township Planning Commission, the Durham Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) and Durham’s Open Space Committee.
In her capacity as Newsletter Editor, she is appreciative of any articles or rebuttals suitable for publication in the Cooks Current.
Jim moved into the Cooks Creek Watershed in 1973 and has been a member of the Watershed Association since 1975. He holds a degree in Environmental Science from Lehigh University and worked for many years in industrial wastewater treatment and air pollution monitoring.
Jim has served on the Cooks Creek Watershed Association’s Board of Directors since joining the Association, for a time filling the role of president. He has worked on many of the association’s projects including stream improvement, tree sale, roadside cleanup, newsletter and stream classification upgrades.
Rose Strong has lived in Springfield Township since July 1992. Currently she works as the office administrator for Furia Rubel Communications, Inc., a full-service integrated, strategic marketing and PR firm in Doylestown, Pa. Her role with Cooks Creek Watershed Association is as communications and development director, getting the word out about the group’s happenings and events and helping raise much needed funds.
In 1995, Rose returned to the classroom, attending Cedar Crest College, where she graduated with a BA in studio art in 2005. She found her calling as a writer where she wrote a column on LGBT issues in the college newspaper, The Crestiad. She has been a freelance writer for The Bucks County Herald since 2002, for which she has covered municipal meetings, feature stories and local news including more than a decade of coverage of the Cooks Creek Watershed Association.
Rose’s articles have appeared in Fido Friendly magazine, Dog Fancy magazine, and Urban Farm magazine, DogChannel.com and others.
Active in her local community, Rose is an appointed member of the Springfield Township Historic Commission and former chairperson of the Springfield Township Community Day Committee for which she handled marketing and publicity, managed volunteers and became a community liaison. Rose is also the organizer of the Upper Bucks County Food Swap, a club where those who enjoy local food, share what they make with others.
Rose became a board member in 2012.