Westminster Gets Grant to Monitor Water Quality

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Colcom Foundation in Pittsburgh has awareded funding to Westminster College that will allow it to expand its participation in the Lawrence and Mercer County Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring, the college announced Tuesday.

The grant will be used to buy more water quality monitoring equipment, to publicize the program, and outreach efforts to educate and recruit additional volunteers.

Amount of the grant was not disclosed.

The aquatic resource monitoring program -- Allarm is the acronym -- originated at Dickinson College, founded by Westminster students Lance Jubic and Tyler Umstead. Their mentor was Helen Boylan, Westminster professor of chemistry and coordinator of its environmental programs.

"Through the Lawrence and Mercer Allarm program, we are vigilant of our pristine watershed and we educate the public about hydraulic fracturing activities in our area," Boylan said in a prepared statement. "Our website provides fracking information and serves as an interactive, real-time repository of water quality data."

Under the grant, all water quality data collected through Allarm will be shared with 3 Rivers Quest, a public repository of water quality data.

SOURCE: Westminster College.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.
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