Triple Divide Watershed Coalition To MeetNext meeting of Potter County’s Triple Divide Watershed Coalition will include updates on emergency response plans and discussion of the possible impact of abandoned gas and oil wells on public water supplies.
The coalition’s meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at 9 am on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Gunzburger Building in Coudersport. Guest speaker John Erich, who manages the emergency response team for the Pa. Dept. of Environmental Resources regional office in Williamsport, will discuss the impacts of shale gas activities, the 911 emergency communications system, a recent water contamination incident in Blossburg, and updating of public water suppliers’ emergency response plans.
Triple Divide Watershed Coalition is comprised of the county’s 10 public water suppliers and numerous county agencies and organizations working collectively to protect public drinking water resources, improve efficiencies and lower operational costs. Named for Potter County’s status as the origin of three major watersheds, Triple Divide developed the state’s first approved “sourcewater protection plan” for all public water supplies — 19 separate sources — in the county. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last year recognized the local organization as a model for the rest of the nation. Later, Triple Divide Watershed Coalition was recipient of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence. Among advisors to the coalition are Department of Environmental Protection geologist Mark Stephens and Penn State Extension water specialist Jim Clark.