County Gets More Money For Water Quality Monitoring
MILFORD — At the County Commissioners meeting last Wednesday, Nov. 19, Sally Corrigan and Vinny Cordoba of the Pike County Conservation District shared that the PCCD was awarded a grant to increase the number of water quality monitoring wells in Pike County. They applied for $250,000 and were awarded $188,000 by Pennsylvania’s Dept. of Community and Economic Development and funded through the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Marcellus Legacy Fund.
The baseline monitoring study was the only one funded in the state by the competitive grant program, and the U.S. Geological Survey will more than make up the deficit, bringing the total of the project up to $325,000.
Cordoba said they would add 60 new monitoring and quality control wells. Corrigan said potential wells need to have construction information available, and USGS would assist with well selection in January and February next year. Landowners interested in having their wells added to the project should call 570-226-8220.
This is the third groundwater study by the Conservation District, with the first, which took place in 2007, focused on water quantity. At the Aug. 20 Commissioner’s meeting, Corrigan and Cordoba presented the results of the previous water quality study, which provides a baseline comparison in the event of drilling or fracking contamination in the future.
Earlier in the meeting, Peter Helms and Michael Mancino were reappointed to the Pike County Conservation Board for four-year terms as Public Director and Farmer Director, respectively. County Commissioner Rich Caridi was also reappointed for a one-year term as Commissioner Director... for complete story, get this week's issue.