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The Lycoming College Clean Water Institute hosted the 4th annual summer intern gathering of the Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Science on Friday, July 20.
The SRHCES – consisting of Bloomsburg University, Bucknell University, Kings College, Lock Haven University, Lycoming College and Susquehanna University, as well as Geisinger Environmental Health Institute – promotes collaboration in research, provides environmental education, improves water quality and addresses other environmental concerns related to the Central Heartland area of the Susquehanna River Watershed.
In 2011-12, more than 40 interns supported by more than eight foundations completed a variety of projects including Susquehanna River water quality monitoring; acid mine remediation; hellbender population monitoring; monitoring habitat, fish and marcoinvertebrate recovery following the September 2011 flooding of Loyalsock Creek and other impacted watersheds; additional unassessed waters fish surveys; and a variety of other projects targeting specific watersheds.
The interns will present their work at a poster session at the River Symposium on Friday, Oct. 12, at Bucknell University. The two-day symposium, titled "Exploring Our Vital Resource," will focus on the river's ecological health and its connection to the Chesapeake Bay, highlighting the research of scientists at the Bucknell University Environmental Center, the Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, the U.S. Geological Survey and other organizations. The SRHCES has been successful in raising $4.5 million for the renovation of the marina at Shikellamy State Park. This facility and its access to the river will create a focal point for researchers. Based on the current schedule, the research station will be fully functional for the summer 2013 field season.
Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., the College fosters academic rigor, a supportive faculty and successful outcomes. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 educational institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812, Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.