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Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Private Well Owner Outreach Program in Pennsylvania

The Private Well Owner Outreach Program in Pennsylvania

by Mr. Brian Oram, PG

For the past 20+ years, I have been conducting water quality analysis,
baseline tesing, and conducting education programs for the citizens of
Pennsylvania. Even though our groundwater resources are one of our
most important assets, there is limited data on the quality and
quantity of regional groundwater.

While working at Wilkes University,

I helped establish the formation of a "Citizen" Groundwater and
Surfacewater Database. Even though I no longer work full-time at
Wilkes University, I am working with Dr. Brian Redmond and Dr. Sid
Halsor on the development, formation, and creation of this community

This regional water quality database is an unbiased warehouse

of water quality data that is supported by fellow "Citizens" of this
Commonwealth. After reviewing this information, I would hope you
will take action and support the Citizens Groundwater and Surfacewater
Database and Contribute to the PA Private Well Owner and Watershed

The database will provide information about the current state of
groundwater and surface water quality and serve as a basis for
monitoring impacts related to Marcellus gas drilling and other
activity in our region. The database initiative is the first of its
kind in northeast Pennsylvania and the initial database targeted
private wells in Luzerne and Columbia Counties, but we are reaching
out to build partnerships throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania .

The purpose of our database is twofold. We will use it to help us
better understand the current and future groundwater and surface water
quality for the region. The database will also be used to generate
educational materials relating to regional water quality. The database
is for research and education purposes, and will not be sold or used
for any commercial purpose. The database is managed by representatives
of the Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences Department at
Wilkes University, i.e., Dr. Brian Redmond and Dr. Sid Halsor.

To protect your privacy, the research database file will only include
the testing results, zip code, general information on well or water
source, and the latitude and longitude of the sampling site. Your
name, address, or other contact information will NOT be included
within the database.

Also - working on a Survey for Private Well Owners and Watershed
Groups in PA

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