Aerial view of campus with Williamsport, the Susquehanna River and Bald Eagle Mountain as a backdrop

Clean Water Institute News


Sen. Gene Yaw honored for hellbender legislation

Lycoming College and the Pennsylvania Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Student Leadership Council (SLC) formally recognized PA Sen. Gene Yaw ’70 for helping to name the Eastern Hellbender the official amphibian of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with a special event on Friday, Nov. 1, in the College’s Krapf Gateway Center, Trogner Presentation Room. Thanks to Yaw’s collaborated efforts with the SLC and Lycoming College’s Clean Water Institute (CWI), the Eastern Hellbender now stands as a symbol of Pennsylvania’s commitment to clean water.

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Grant dollars support student travel, presentation at Society for Freshwater Science

Two representatives of Lycoming College Clean Water Institute (CWI) recently traveled to the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, to present research and hear about the state of the science in freshwater ecology. The Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) is an international scientific organization that promotes further understanding of freshwater ecosystems and ecosystems at the interface between aquatic and terrestrial habitats. This year’s conference carried the theme of translation ecology in freshwater science.

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PPL Foundation films at Waterdale Environmental Education Center

PPL Foundation recently filmed fourth-graders experiencing the Waterdale Environmental Education Center.

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Clean Water Institute aids hellbender in achieving celebrity status

Lycoming College’s Clean Water Institute (CWI) scored a victory this week with its beloved Eastern hellbender, voted Pennsylvania’s official amphibian by the state’s House. Championed by Sen. Gene Yaw ’70 (R-23), the bill is expected to be signed by Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday. The news has sparked broad media coverage in outlets including ABC News and The Washington Post, among others.

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Biology faculty member chosen to participate in teaching mentoring network, chair of organization

Bob Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology at Lycoming College and Clean Water Institute research associate, was recently selected to participate in the Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN) for “Reducing Barriers to Teaching with R in Undergraduate Biology” and to serve as Chair for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Freshwater Science.

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Lycoming College student, faculty member collaborate on curriculum guide for Waterdale Environmental Center

Lycoming College senior biology major, Brandan Gracia (Houston, Texas) recently completed work on a curriculum guide for the Waterdale Environmental Education Center, which was a collaboration with Amy Rogers ‘92, Ph.D., associate professor of education at Lycoming College. Gracia and Rogers presented the curriculum guide on Thursday, Jan. 24, to the IU17 Curriculum Council from schools in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, and Tioga counties.

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Lycoming establishes biology field station for experiential learning and research

Lycoming College recently established the Lycoming Biology Field Station* on 116 acres of land near the campus. The College’s biology department intends to use the field station for courses in aquatic biology, ecology, plant science, vertebrate and invertebrate zoology, and environmental biology as well as student research and practica projects.

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Lycoming College presents author and photographer Tim Palmer

Lycoming College’s Clean Water Institute (CWI) will host author and photographer Tim Palmer for a talk on his book, “Wild and Scenic River: An American Legacy,” on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. in room G-11 of the Heim Building on the College campus.

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Lycoming’s Clean Water Institute provides educational workshop, water testing aboard the Hiawatha

Lycoming College’s Clean Water Institute (CWI) took part in the Middle Susquehanna River Keeper’s floating classroom program aboard the Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat in Williamsport on July 10. The CWI presented a workshop focused on water quality of the West Branch Susquehanna River and requested that community participants bring a water sample from their local stream or creek for testing.

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