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Lycoming College's Clean Water Institute (CWI) has received a $20,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) for work completed as a part of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s (PFBC) Unassessed Waters Initiative.
Since 2010, CWI has employed nine summer interns to complete more than 300 electrofishing surveys of head water streams in Pine, Lycoming and Loyalsock creeks and other watersheds in Northcentral Pennsylvania. These data are then used by the PFBC to evaluate the classification of the waterways.
The scope of the grant project authorized by the NFWF, in partnership with the PFBC and the R.K. Mellon Foundation, is to develop a geographic information system-based prioritization of unassessed waters throughout the state; to assist in assignment and tracking of completed surveys to avoid duplication of effort; and to assist with contract preparation and field activities as necessary.
NFWF is an organization that protects and restores the nation’s wildlife and habitats. Created by congress in 1984, it directs public conservation dollars to the most pressing environmental needs and matches those investments with private contributions.
The Unassessed Waters Initiative was officially launched in 2010 as a part of the PFBC’s five-year strategic trout management plan. Its goal is to proactively identify and properly classify the most at-risk streams that support naturally reproducing trout populations in order to protect, conserve and enhance the waters as wild trout streams.
Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit www.lycoming.edu.