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Thursday, May 17, 2012

PhD student at Cornell doing a project

Dear Concerned Citizens,

I am a PhD student at Cornell doing a project examining changes to stream ecosystems connected to the density of natural gas drilling nearby.  You can see a bit about me and my project here:

I am looking for landowners in the Upper and West Branch watersheds of the Susquehanna (particularly in Potter, Tioga, Bradford, Susquehanna, Cameron, Clinton, Lycoming, Sullivan, Wyoming, and Clearfield Counties) who have small streams (headwaters and creeks) on their properties that they would be willing to let me survey.  A survey includes checking the flow and temperature of the stream, the depth and width, the amount and type of sediment, and taking samples of water and insect life.  Additionally, I will survey fish by 'electrofishing' - a process that will NOT injure your fish or your stream ecosystem!!  A survey takes no more than a couple hours.

If you or someone you know would consider allowing me to survey your stream, please email me.  I would be extremely grateful, and you'd be playing a vital role in advancing the scientific understanding of the ecological implications of natural gas extraction. 

PLEASE email if you have ANY questions.  Thanks for reading.

best, Maya

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