On Thursday, November 6, Shippensburg University’s Geography and Earth Science Department hosted their annual career fair.
The afternoon allowed several groups to come and set up display tables for students to visit and speak with directly regarding future employment opportunities in the environmental field. Kim Falvey, Cumberland County Conservation District Technician, and Tammy Piper, Watershed Specialist/Act 38 Technician with the Franklin County Conservation District were both on hand to speak with students about all of the work districts are involved in on a daily basis. Tammy was joined by Justin Atkins, NRCS District Conservationist at the Chambersburg Field Office, as their two offices work together to offer a summer internship experience to interested students.
Brandi Hunter-Davenport, PACD Director of Public Affairs and Education, was also available to speak with students about the work of the Association and how their efforts support each of the 66 districts.
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By Terry Fisher, PACD
Clarion County is becoming a destination point for tourists. Kayaking, mountain biking and hunting are some of the activities outdoor enthusiasts enjoy in this remote part of Pennsylvania. However, with a history rich in coal mining, there are scars on the land that affect water quality, diminish the wild beauty of the area and pose safety concerns for those using it. The 290-acre McCandless parcel along the Allegheny River in Madison Township, Clarion County was a prime example of this.
But like much of the area, the parcel was heavily impacted by mining. Abandoned mine drainage from both surface and deep mine discharges from the Lower Kittanning and Clarion coal seams resulted in field measured PH of 4.0 with no aquatic life observed. A number of “boney piles” (mine spoils and highwall areas) and abandoned mine lands from surface mines existed on the property. Steep banks and little vegetation made these un-reclaimed areas prone to water quality issues from erosion and sedimentation. They also attracted unauthorized ATV use that further degraded site conditions and water quality. Click here to read the entire article.