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The Lycoming College Clean Water Institute (CWI) recently received two recognitions for its environmental efforts.
The CWI received one of the 16 "Champion of the Pennsylvania Wilds" awards presented April 28 in St. Marys. The awards recognize individuals and organizations for their efforts toward the Pennsylvania Wilds initiatives of economic development, planning, community revitalization, community character stewardship and conservation. The Pennsylvania Wilds region encompasses the counties of Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Tioga and Warren.
The CWI has already completed 43 stream assessments and plans to work with the PA Fish and Boat Commission in the coming months to assess remaining streams in the Pine Creek Basin.
In addition, CWI interns Zachary Bassett, Zebidiah Buck, Laura Walter, Lauren Mesko and Lori Smith were recognized May 2 at the annual CromaCollege workshop in Williamsport, Pa.
For more than 16 months, the interns and Dr. Mel Zimmerman, professor of biology and director of the CWI, participated in a project for Cromaglass Corporation of Williamsport, which manufactures wastewater treatment systems. The project tested the efficiency of BioFilter technology for improved wastewater treatment. The students highlighted the results of their project at the workshop.
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.