Water quality monitoring continues throughout county

RIDGWAY - Water quality monitoring efforts throughout Elk County are progressing, according to updates given during Tuesday’s meeting of the Elk County Gas Task Force. Steve Putt, director of the Elk County Conservation District, said the county is continuing to monitor water quality in area watersheds and seven of 11 planned satellite telemetry systems to water monitor quality are now “on board.” “We’re focusing on those drinking water supply sources so those source water areas, their streams that contribute to drinking water systems, are kind of the areas that we’re focusing toward those satellite telemetry systems, so we now have seven of those online and the other four are kind of in various stages of installation and planning,” Putt said, adding that the next system will focus on Big Mill Creek. Putt said data loggers, equipment that is placed in streams, also continue to be moved around to monitor the area’s watershed. Jim Clark, McKean County Extension educator, announced some upcoming events: On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will hold its drug take-back program for unwanted or unused prescription drugs nationwide. In Elk County, the event will be held that day at Elk Regional Health Center from 8 a.m. to noon. Clark said the collection in northeastern Pennsylvania in April brought in 29,000 lbs. of drugs; On Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 9 to 10 a.m., the McKean County Gas Committee will tour the Penn Oaks cracker plant in Kane; andA “Boom and Bust Symposium” focusing on the impact of energy extraction on local communities will be held Nov. 12-13 at Power Center at Duquesne University. Experts, policy makers and the public will meet to explore the rapid growth and decline in energy extraction on local communities. More information may be found at www.pittsburgh.center.psu.edu/energyimpact