Citizen Science and the Citizen Groundwater/ Surfacewater Database
The Concept- The Need- The Purpose
The Private Well Owner Outreach Program in Pennsylvania
by Mr. Brian Oram, PG
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The database will
provide information about the current state of groundwater and surface
water quality and serve as a basis for monitoring impacts related to
Marcellus gas drilling and other activity in our region. The database
initiative is the first of its kind in northeast Pennsylvania and the
initial database targeted private wells in Luzerne and Columbia
Counties, but we are reaching out to build partnerships throughout
Northeastern Pennsylvania so the database can include other counties in
the area, i.e., Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Luzerne, Lackawanna,
Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Sullivan, Wayne, and Wyoming (Resource:
Initial Press Release dated –August 17, 2010).
The purpose of our database is twofold. We will use it to help us better understand the current and future groundwater and surface water quality for the region. The database will also be used to generate educational materials relating to regional water quality. The database is for research and education purposes, and will not be sold or used for any commercial purpose. The database is managed by representatives of the Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences Department at Wilkes University, i.e., Dr. Brian Redmond and Dr. Sid Halsor. To protect your privacy, the research database file will only include the testing results, zip code, general information on well or water source, and the latitude and longitude of the sampling site. Your name, address, or other contact information will NOT be included within the database.
This is what citizens are saying about this service and community
"WOW! I can’t thank you enough. My only regret is that you are not here to do the rest of the tests for my community. If all this drilling wasn’t coming here, I would be begging you to bring the family here." (Darlington, Pa)
"KUDOs to Brian and others for putting the concept together" (Wayne County, PA)
"Thank you for a most informative discussion last night. I think it may have opened many eyes and minds to well contamination issues already in the community" (Regional Task Force, PA).
"this program has been a ROCK to us... thank you, as always, thank you thank you! " ( Private Well Owner, Dimock, PA - Part of EPA Dimock Sampling)
If you have not conducted baseline analysis and have questions about the testing process and suggested parameters please go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
II. Guidelines for Data Submission
(Data Qualification Requirements)
For your data to be included in the database, it will need to meet the following criteria.
1. For inclusion in the water quality database, the water sample must have been collected using an independent third party for the sample collection and following the chain-of-custody process.
2. The testing must have been conducted by a certified laboratory which provided you with a copy of the certified results including a listing of methods, method detection limits, and reporting limits.
3. The water sample must be collected ahead of any water treatment system.
Chain-of-Custody – Is typically a document that tracks the sample from the time of collection to delivery to the certified laboratory and any subsequent releases of the sample to other laboratories for analysis.
Certified Laboratory – a laboratory that has been approved
and certified by the Pennsylvania Laboratory Accreditation Program for
the specific testing parameters and methods of analysis.
III. My Data Qualifies – What Do I Need To Do? - ACT NOW ! All Certified Data is Welcome from any State in the United States.
In order to participate in this process, please do the following:
1. Information Document about the Program (Download a copy - fill it out -Please Keep for Your Reference).
2. Download a copy of the Consent Form to release to the Database and Sign and Return.
3. Send a copy of your certified laboratory testing results with Chain-of-Custody Documents.
4. Mail this information to:
Mr. Brian Oram, PG
Citizen Outreach Program
15 Hillcrest Drive
Dallas, PA 18612
Questions - call (570) 335-1947
or send a pdf version by email to email@example.com.
Note: If you do not want to have the data entered into the database, we will still evaluate your Data for Free (use this form).
IV - What Next? More Information or Host a Community
Education and Awareness Event or Water Quality Screening Program
Schedule a Community Event - This includes a presentation on the database, suggestions for baseline testing, discuss on Methane Gas Migration, initial review of the data, and then submitting individual summaries of the results to the citizens or workshops on screening well and spring water quality (Need name, address, location, and time frame). Education events conducted by B.F. Environmental Consultants Inc working with the Carbon County Groundwater Guardians.
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