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Loganton area groundwater is focus of program

LOGANTON — The groundwater of Sugar Valley will be the focus of an educational program scheduled for March 2 at 7 p.m. at Trinty United Methodist Church on Campground Road in Greenburr, south west of Loganton.

Hydrogeologist Mark Stephens of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and John Clune, a hydrologist with the United States Geological Survey (USGS), will talk about the groundwater in Clinton County including the Loganton area which private wells and public water systems rely on for drinking water.

The presenters will also discuss factors that influence the quality and abundance of groundwater. Clune will discuss his research of groundwater in Clinton County which characterizes water quality and summarizes areas where drinking water standards were not met in the county and valley wells. He will also provide an overview of the Fishing Creek water quality study and will talk about a joint venture between Trout Unlimited and the Clinton County Conservation District to create a Watershed Implementation Plan for Fishing Creek.

John Clune is a hydrologist with USGS. He received his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburg and an MS in Biology and is currently pursuing a PH.D. at Penn State University.

Clune worked with USGS in the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Water Science Center on Chesapeake Bay watershed research early in his career. He continues with similar work in Pennsylvania with a focus on the effectiveness of conservation practices. His research focuses on both past and projected changes in nitrogen in the Chesapeake Bay during the period from 1950 to 2050. John recently completed studies of the quality of groundwater in Clinton County.

Mark Stephens is a Licensed Geologist who works with DEP addressing issues of groundwater. He works with DEP’s Safe Drinking Water Program and often staffs public education events to help people better understand groundwater and groundwater protection. He helps local water systems protect themselves from liability with Source Water Protection Plans.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. and be followed by the annual public meeting of the Sugar Valley Watershed Association. The public is invited to attend both the program and the meeting. Election of officers and directors of the Sugar Valley Watershed Association occurs at the March meeting.

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