Webinar Series Focuses on Water Issues

11/3/2012 7:00 AM

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The effects of Marcellus Shale natural-gas drilling and other emerging water-resources issues will be covered during monthly Web-based seminars produced by Penn State Extension, starting this week.

Topics over the next 12 months will include water testing, septic systems, groundwater quality, water education, West Nile virus and managing ponds and lakes.

The first webinar, Tradeoffs for Municipal Officials in Leasing Watershed Lands for Marcellus Drilling, was Wednesday.

Charles Abdalla, professor of agricultural and environmental economics in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, discussed the effects of shale-gas development on water resources, especially on watershed lands used for public water supplies.

“Such activity has the potential to influence the quality and adequacy of drinking water for a large number of people and businesses,” Abdalla said.

Pre-registration is encouraged but not required for these webinars. Recorded versions of each webinar also are posted on the website for those who cannot log on for the live version.

To register or learn more about future or recorded webinars, visit http://water.cas.psu.edu/webinars.htm.

For more information, contact Bryan Swistock at 814-863-0194 or brs<\@>psu.edu.

Source: Penn State Ag Sciences News.

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