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McKean County

Groundwater Guardian Community since 1995
Explanation of Groundwater Guardian Award

Contact: James A. Clark
McKean & Potter Co. Cooperative Extension
P.O. Box 1504
Smethport, PA 16749-0504
Phone (814) 887-5613
Fax (814) 887-5645


Port Allegany Borough, McKean Co, $3,400

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Protection Project 2008-2009

Project Title:  McKean County SWP Education Project

River, stream, watershed affected by this project:  Aquifer underlying the Borough of Port Allegany and the wells/spring located east of Mount Jewett

Partners: Port Allegany Borough Water Department, PA Rural Water Association and PSU Agriculture Extension for McKean County

Focus: enhance emergency response personnel's ability to respond effectively to incidents where PA Route 6 and other major roads intersect the wellhead protection area, post water supply area traffic signs at the boundaries of the wellhead protection area, and design and distribute educational placemats and other print materials to promote the protection of the community's drinking water.

Read their Final Report.

Contact:  Richard Kallenborn 814-642-2526, portaboro@zitomedia.net


McKean County Conservation District, McKean and Potter Cos, $5,000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Protection Project 2008-2009

Project Title:  Keeping Pharmaceuticals Out Of Our Water Resources

River, stream, watershed affected by this project:  Upper Allegheny Watershed

Partners: Penn State Cooperative Extension (Cameron, McKean and Potter Unit), Upper Allegheny Watershed Association, Port Allegany Borough and Bradford Water Authority

Focus: educate residents of McKean and Potter Counties about the issue of pharmaceuticals in water supplies, survey health care establishments' current practices regarding pharmaceutical disposal, and explore the feasibility of collaborating with multiple agencies and municipalities the Upper Allegheny watershed to conduct a household hazardous waste/ pharmaceuticals collection. View their poster, intake form, controlled substance inventory, survey, Powerpoint and pictures.

Read their Final Report.

Contact:  Heather McKean 814-887-4003 hsmckean@mckeancountypa.org

Johnsonburg Municipal Authority, $2,000 J


Title: Upper Clarion River Watershed/Wellhead Protection Plan Implementation

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Wwater Protection Project 2006-2007
Area to be protected: Upper Clarion River Watershed

Counties served:  Elk and McKean

Partners:  Wilcox Water Company, Johnsonburg Elementary School, Elk County Conservation District, Elk County Planning Office.

Focus: begin implementing the education component of their Source Water Protection Plan with installation of five Water Supply Area signs and printing and distributing Source Water Protection brochures in the Upper Clarion River watershed

Contact: James DeAngelo, jmawater@ncentral.com


Water Resources Councils

Water Resource Councils
Funded by LWVPA-CEF WREN Project - Ground Water and Wellhead Protection Grants- 1995 & 1996

In Potter and McKean counties, Penn State Cooperative Extension helped form Water Resource Councils made up of county and municipal officials who deal with water related issues. The Councils sponsored training sessions for local officials and the public on groundwater resources and wellhead protection. A regional meeting for a six-county area was also held. 5000 water quality bookmarks were produced and distributed.

Contact: Bernice Pierson,Penn State Cooperative Extension, 814-887-5613 or Stan Hess, PA Bureau of Forestry, 814-274-8474.

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