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Friday, January 9, 2015

Local Water Testing Results Posted Online

Local Water Testing Results Posted Online

Water_qualityConcerns about shale drilling prompted a number of Potter County residents to step forward and volunteer their time to monitor area streams and rivers for any signs of degradation. Two years later, the “Potter County Water Dogs” movement has evolved into a more comprehensive approach involving modern technology and a focus on any signs of changes in water conditions. 

Details were spelled out at a recent meeting of the Potter County Water Quality Work Group. Jason Childs, watershed specialist with the Potter County Conservation District, reported that maps and data developed by the group are now available online. 

The public can see the monitoring results on the Conservation District website (click here), under the Watersheds page. Childs said Potter County GIS Director Will Hunt was instrumental in establishing the website, which has potential for other information layers. Already, the site shows monitoring results, drainage basins, areas of potential threats to water sources and other features. 

On a related note, Childs and Potter County Water Dogs representative Mary Anne Heston reported that a public meeting for the current corps of volunteers and others who might be interested in joining will be scheduled for some time in February. Next meeting of the Water Quality Work Group is scheduled for 8 am on Monday, Feb. 9, at the Gunzburger Building in Coudersport.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you Jason Childs and "Water Dogs" members for sharing your expertise, time & initiative in monitoring our waters. Clean water is truly a matter of life or death from our mountains to our oceans. We ALL are responsible in this respect!