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Potter County

Potter County Conservation District, Grant Amount: $8,000

Project Title: Potter County Public Water Supply Protection & Awareness

Funding Source: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Source Protection 2011-2012

Contact:  Colleen Frank, Assistant Manager, 814-274-8411 Email:  c.frank@pottercd.com

Partners: Potter County Commissioners, Penn State Cooperative Extension, nine (9) public water systems: Austin Borough Water, Coudersport Borough Authority, Galeton Borough Water,  Genesee Twp,  Roulette Twp, Shinglehouse Borough, Ulysses MA, Northern Tier Children’s Home, Charles Cole Memorial Hospital;  five (5) school districts: Austin, Coudersport, Galeton, Northern Potter, Oswayo Valley; Emergency Management 911 GIS System, Potter County Planning Director and Commissioner, a former DEP Sanitarian, and Coudersport Well Drilling, Inc.

Focus: Potter County is forming a county-wide coalition with participation of all nine Public Water Suppliers that will educate citizens and school children about ways to protect drinking water source areas from pollution and address the increasing level of gas well drilling in the county.  The coalition will create a Source Water Environmental Education Team (SWEET) that will design and distribute educational materials, conduct training using visual models, and perform pre-drill water test documentation.   The activities of the grant will have a regional impact supporting suppliers located in Cameron, Elk, and McKean counties. View their Drinking Water Protection Brochure. Click to view the Coalition's website developed under the grant, known as the Triple Divide Watershed Coalition.

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

Project Title:  Keeping Pharmaceuticals Out Of Our Water Resources

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

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

Shinglehouse Borough Water Dept, Coudersport Borough Authority and Roulette Water Company, Potter Co, $5000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Protection Project 2007-2008
Project Title: Shinglehouse/Coudersport/Roulette Wellhead Protection, Education and Outreach
Area to be protected: Upper Allegheny River

Partners: PA Rural Water Association and Potter County Conservation District

Focus: work jointly to install Water Supply Area signs, demonstrate groundwater model and Enviroscape model (picture 2), and distribute source water protection brochures in a continued effort to educate Coudersport, Oswayo Valley, and Port Allegany students and citizens about the importance of protecting the groundwater which serves as the source of drinking water for households in these three municipalities. 

Read their Final Report

Contact:  Deborah Resig 814-697-6711 shinglehouseoffice@frontiernet.net

 

Ulysses Municipal Authority, Genesee Township Water Authority, Northern Tier Children’s Home and Covington-Karthous-Girard Area Water Authority, Clearfield & Potter Co, $4000

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Protection Project 2007-2008
Project Title: Ulysses, Genesee and CKG Area Wellhead Protection Project
Area to be protected: Genesee River and Cowanesque River headwaters

Partners: Potter County Conservation District and PA Rural Water Association

Focus: work jointly to install Water Supply Area signs, demonstrate groundwater models, and distribute source water protection brochures in a continued effort to educate residents in the Northern Potter and Whitesville School Districts and the Clearfield school district and surrounding townships about the importance of protecting the groundwater that provides the drinking water to these communities.  Contact:  Betty Jo Hilfiger, 814-848-7551, ulyssesboro@verizon.net

Read their Final Report

Jack Reese 814-263-4150, ckg@pennswoods.net

Northern Potter School District, Potter County, $4,500

Funded by: LWVPA-CEF WREN Project, Drinking Water Source Protection Project 2003-2004
Project Title: Northern Potter School District Source Water Education and Protection Program
Area(s) to be protected: Genesee Watershed
Partner(s): PA Rural Water Association, Ulysses Borough, and Genesee Township Authority
Focus: involve students in the development of a wellhead protection plan and introduce a Groundwater Simulator and Watershed Model into classrooms for the purpose of educating about source water protection
Contact: R. J. Cowburn, 814-848-7431, email: rcowburn@iu9.org

Groundwater Guardian Community 1995, 1996
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

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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