Thursday, August 25, 2011

Community Information Presentations Concerning: The Water We Drink, Private Wells and Marcellus Shale Community Education

Community Information Presentations Concerning:

The Water We Drink

Open to the Public,
Reserve a seat with an email to WATER@ELROSE.ORG or call 570 663 2346

Date: Thursday September 1, 2011
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PA
Location: Silver Lake Municipal Building, Wilkes Barre Tpke

Brackney, PA 18812

Three Speakers from Wilkes University

Institute for Energy and Environmental Research of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Brian Oram- Professional Geologist - B.F. Environmental Consultants Inc.

Title: Getting the Water Tested- The Marcellus Shale Factor
This is a review of the local geology and baseline water quality for the region. The program discusses challenges that face private well owners prior to or outside of issues related to Marcellus Shale and additional concerns related to Marcellus Shale development. The presentation will highlight the available water quality data for the region, how groundwater can be protected, actions that can be taken by citizens, resources that are available for citizens, and general information on baseline testing for your private water source and water resources.
This talk will be a preliminary presentation of our work in Susquehanna county and will demonstrate the differences in the analysis data from continuous monitoring and grab sampling. We will also discuss how a citizen’s monitoring program can supplement larger programs.

Dr. Tom Barnard – IEER Director: Water Monitoring in Susquehanna County
At Wilkes University, the IEER is building a database of historical and ongoing surface water monitoring programs in the region potentially impacted by Marcellus gas production activities. The sponsoring programs include the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, United States Geological Survey, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, county conservation districts, researchers and volunteer watershed associations. We are using geospatial analysis tools to analyze how watershed characteristics, land uses, and human activities impact water quality. These will be used to evaluate the ability of current monitoring programs to detect and quantify the impacts of gas production on small and medium size streams in Pennsylvania. We will conduct monitoring at locations where gaps exist.

Erich Schramm – IEER Community Outreach Coordinator
History and mission of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research of Northeastern Pennsylvania
84 W South Street
Wilkes Barre, PA 18766

570) 408-5543 (office)

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