Clean Water Institute hosts unassessed water initiative

Clean Water Institute hosts unassessed water initiative

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The Lycoming College Clean Water Institute and the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host a presentation on the initiative to assess the water quality of unassessed streams in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Heim Building G-11.

The program will be introduced by Bill Worobec, Lycoming alumnus and chair of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission board, and features Dr. Mel Zimmerman, Lycoming professor of biology and director of the CWI, and Robert Weber, fisheries biologist with the PFBC.

In a summer 2010 pilot study, Lycoming student interns, under the supervision of Zimmerman, were given a list of unassessed waters in Pine, Lycoming, Loyalsock and Muncy Creek watersheds. The program will review the initiative and present data from last year and plans for upcoming sampling this summer.

The unassessed water initiative was officially launched in 2010 as part of PFBC's five-year strategic trout management plan. Last year's efforts supported four summer interns with more than $10,000 in grant funds from two organizations. This year, new funding will support four to six interns.

There are more than 45,000 unassessed waters in Pennsylvania in which the status of fish populations is not documented. Partnering with colleges and conservation groups, PFBC is attempting to sample these streams in order to determine which merit the greatest protection.

Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News and World Report. Founded in 1812 in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.