The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs

February 5, 2013 by   - () Comments Off on The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs


From the Jackson Hole News and Guide:

Yellowstone National Park is harnessing the power of flowing water with a new hydroelectric facility on the Gardiner River.

It’s the first time since the 1950s that the park has been generating some of its own electricity.

A new micro-hydro plant is satisfying about a third of the electricity demand for National Park Service administration buildings in Mammoth, said Peter Gallindo, project manager and a Yellowstone engineer.

The plant is rated at 230 kilowatts, but will average 180 kilowatts factoring in downtime and periods of low flow on the river.

“It will save us about $70,000 in electricity,” Gallindo said. “It’s a super green energy source that’s always there.”

The life of the new hydro facility, which is not part of a dam but uses water piped into an outbuilding, is expected to be 50 to 80 years, Gallindo said.

Water that feeds the turbine flows 560 feet downhill from the Gardiner River, Panther Creek and Indian Creek water intakes. An existing storage reservoir at Mammoth’s water treatment plant feeds a turbine through an existing 12-inch pipe, Gallindo said.

The Yellowstone engineer heralded the project for having only a slight effect on park resources.

“It’s a project we had on the books for a long time, because it’s such a good project in terms of payback,” he said. “When the (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) came around, we were able to secure funding.”

The plant — the largest renewable energy-producing plant in Yellowstone — cost $1.1 million. It’s expected to pay for itself in about 12 years.


From a news release:

Arden L. Keller, 82, founder of Indian Valley Camping Center in Souderton, Pa., passed away on Sunday (Feb. 3).

In 1962, he founded Indian Valley Camping Center, and in 1971 became a Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PCOA) member. He remained president of the Camping Center until 2000 when he retired. He was an avid reader, golfer and photographer who loved spending time with his family. Together they enjoyed camping, boating at the lake, skiing and bowling. Keller was a member of Calvary Church where he served as a former Sunday school teacher and church elder.

He and his wife, Shirley, were married for 61 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by this three sons, Robert Keller and wife, Ruth of Tiny, Ontario, Canada, Barry Keller and wife Carol of Lancaster, Pa., Claire Keller and wife, Donna of Souderton, Pa.; his daughter, Joan Shellenberger and husband, Henry of Telford, Pa.; his sister Gloria Moyer and husband, Stanley of Souderton, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Calling will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday at Calvary Church, 820 Route 113, Souderton, where the service will be held at 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Calvary Church, 820 Souderton Pike (Route 113), Souderton, PA 18964 or Souderton Mennonite Homes, 207 W. Summit St., Souderton, PA 18964.

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