Potter County Today
January 6th, 2017
The meeting is open to the public.
All nine public water systems in the county banded together to form the coalition, under a plan that was hatched by the Potter County Commissioners and the county’s Planning Department. TDWC won the Pa. Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence in 2012, but its work had only begun at that point.
Today, members are working on a plan to install 24/7 monitors on the 19 wells, springs and impoundments feeding the public water systems. This equipment will measure and chart water conditions to establish a record and to provide an early warning of any contamination. They’re also part of the historic Potter County groundwater characterization study that is expected to kick off later this year.
With the assistance of the U.S. Geological Survey and other partners, this first-ever detailed analysis of groundwater resources in Potter County will chart the water’s location and components, as well as migration patterns and other characteristics. It’s important information to have when assessing the potential impact of shale gas drilling and other industrial activities.
Another ongoing project is the development of a geographic information systems (GIS) mapping series that plots the location and characteristics of infrastructure for each of the public water systems.
Those three items are on Wednesday’s meeting agenda, as is a report from Commissioner Paul Heimel on a recent meeting with the deputy secretary of the Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection, plans for updating each system’s sourcewater protection plan, and a proposal by Clarion University to digitize data collected from dozens of water wells drilled around Potter County.
TDWC represents municipal systems in Shinglehouse, Austin, Galeton, Coudersport, Genesee, Roulette, Ulysses and Port Allegany, as well as the Northern Tier Children’s Home and Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.