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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Triple Divide Watershed Coalition To Meet

Triple Divide Watershed Coalition To Meet

tripledivideNext 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.


Anonymous said...

While this smoke and mirrors meeting is going on, the Ulysses township supervisors are voting on a county changing facking plant in Ulysses township. Both meetings are the same night. Get use to buying bottled water!!!

Jonathan Huff said...

What part of 9AM did you miss? The TDWC is not a County organization, it is a group of water suppliers from across the county that have great concern for the water and tributaries. There are county employees on the board and the commissioners have done a great job by helping us to organize it and have been very supportive in our endeavors. This is the quarterly meeting that was set 3 months ago, long before the fracking treatment plant meeting was even thought of. I too am worried about the potential disasters that loom ahead for our watershed, as I am certain that most others would be too. I plan on bringing the issue to the table for discussion, if it isn't already on the agenda. We have no actual say in the matter, but can stand strong as a group if the majority are in favor of it.
Rather than bashing our group, why don't you ask for our help or guidance. We have a wealth of combined knowledge, experience and connections. Protecting our watersheds is our primary goal, wouldn't we be a better ally than foe?

Anonymous said...

You tell them 12:47..... open mouth an insert foot 5:59 I bet money he won't even show for the meeting.. but will be the first to bitch..

Anonymous said...

You will find taking to the Ulysses township supervisors a waste of time.

Anonymous said...

This group has good intentions but is simply "singing to the choir".
They have no power whatsoever and in the end will accomplish nothing. Money and greed will over power their best intentions. Just go to the Ulysses Township meeting on the 13th and see greed at its worst!