Peifer, Brown Applaud Pike County Water Quality Grant
HARRISBURG – The Pike County Conservation District has been awarded a $188,000 grant for water quality testing, Reps. Mike Peifer (R-Monroe/Pike/Wayne) and Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) announced today.

The grant was awarded through the Baseline Water Quality Data program, which is part of the Marcellus Legacy Fund established by Act 13 of 2012.

“This is an important investment in public health and the environment,” said Peifer. “I am pleased to see funding collected through Act 13, which imposed an impact fee on natural gas drilling in the Commonwealth, used to monitor our water quality.”

Brown agreed. “The impact fee is helpful with these types of projects. The water quality data program is especially valuable because it establishes solid baseline data to help track any future changes in our water supply.”

With the grant funding, the Pike County Conservation District plans to collect and test 80 privately owned domestic supply wells in the county. A groundwater dataset is needed to establish a broad suite of chemical characteristics in the groundwater against which future water-quality changes can be assessed. The testing also will provide a basis for identifying water-quality problem areas and the type and magnitude of groundwater-quality problems associated with various land uses or settings in Pike County.

The grant was awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

Representative Mike Peifer
139th District
Representative Rosemary M. Brown
189th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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(717) 772-9846
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