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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Local Drinking Water Protection Efforts Lauded

Potter County Today

MarcusKohlPix1Public officials in Potter and Tioga counties are getting high marks for their commitment to protecting drinking water resources. Marcus Kohl, director of the Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection regional office in Williamsport, commended the Triple Divide Watershed Coalition (TDWC) and a similar organization in Tioga County as guest speaker during a joint meeting of the two coalitions in Mansfield. Kohl (right) expressed his support for vigilant protection of drinking water supplies from any adverse impacts of earth disturbances and industrial activity.

JohnMcLaughlinOn a related note, TDWC chairman John McLaughlin (below) of Potter County reported on the ongoing efforts to acquire equipment that will monitor public water sources 24/7 for changes in conductivity and other characteristics. Erica Tomlinson from the Tioga County Conservation District noted that she’s working on an educational video emphasizing the importance of protecting public drinking water sources. The units could be tied into an emergency services dispatch center to trigger quick response in the event of a pollution episode.

Tioga County Planning Director Jim Weaver updated members on the mapping of sourcewater areas with GPS technology and site visits. Penn State Extension water specialist Jim Clark announced that he is involved in a project to detect blue-green algae in ponds, lakes or other impoundments. Certain species of these algae can release a toxin into the water.
Next TDWC meeting will be held at 9 am on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the Gunzburger Building auditorium in Coudersport. Those attending should use the Water Street entrance.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's a damn shame that county permitting and zoning people don't have the same priorities.

Folks, monitoring of surface waters will only tell you AFTER it's been polluted...

Anonymous said...

Last I knew our public officials have been doing nothing but supporting the gas drilling. It is the private citizens who are concerned about our water and ecosystem that started this great work and have made it a success.

Lets not give credit where it isn't deserved. Our public officials are on the side that wants to destroy everything we love in Potter County in the name of money. If they were really interested in water quality, they'd be working day and night to ban all of the unconventional gas and oil production and associated destruction of God's Country.

Anonymous said...

Hum why does this have to be done?.. never had to worry about the water before? So What's Changed?
Fracking... Sounds to me they should be footing the bill for everything and monitoring the water not anyone else. All was fine before they came around.. You don't have to be a rocket scientist for this. it's a no brainer... FRACKING is the problem STOP IT NOW!

Anonymous said...

Comments by 7:01 are way off base. Potter County has received at least two state recognition awards of maybe more for their efforts to protect our precious water resources whether from gas drilling or other threats. Just look at the record. Our county officials launched this Triple Divide group for public water suppliers, started a Water Quality Committee for the watersheds and have supported these environmental stewardship efforts through Penn State Extension, Conservation District, Planning Commission, County Commissioners and others. Ask the guys at Trout Unlimited or the Watershed Associations that really know about this stuff what they think about the efforts by Potter County's leaders. Whoever 7:01 is, you don't have much information if that is the conclusion you reached.

Anonymous said...

7:01 said "last I knew" blah blah.
That's the problem -- he or she must not know much.