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Water stewardship at second phase

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A special two-part, expert-led seminar, designed to further encourage prudent water stewardship in eastern Upper Bucks, will continue from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 25, at Palisades High School on Church Hill Road in Kintnersville.

The last half-hour has been designated for open discussion. Attendees are encouraged to bring electronic devices to allow for useful website access during the program.

The session will expand on the discussion from the Oct. 21 introduction, and feature current, local volunteer and government efforts to manage water resources, toward avoiding overuse, mitigating drought effects, and avoiding well contamination.

Presenters include civil engineer Dr. Art Baehr, a hydrology and environmental consultant since his retirement after 25 years at the United States Geological Survey (U.S.G.S.), and adjunct college professor in mathematics, groundwater hydrology and fluid mechanics, watershed hydrology, and environmental engineering; chemist Dr. Stephen Donovan, who has served in the private sector, as well as for the state Department of Health, and as chair of the Nockamixon Township Environmental Advisory Council (NTEAC) and vice-chair of the Bridgeton-Nockamixon-Tinicum Groundwater Committee (BNTGC); and Todd Stone, lifelong painter and artist, who serves as president of the Gallows Run Watershed Association, chair of the BNTGC, and member of the NTEAC.

The Nov. 25 session will lead with a presentation on the status of the three-township, joint ordinances to regulate groundwater withdrawals, which have been a primary focus of the BNTGC for the last several years, in an effort to help provide a prudent and responsible guideline for future development in the townships.

That work has derived largely from a major contribution by longtime Tinicum resident and chemical engineer, the late Dr. Robert B. Stanfield, who served on both the BTNGC and the former Tinicum Township Environmental Advisory Committee. Subsequent sessions will include regional mapping, well monitoring, and opportunities for new volunteers, within a theme of a call to “Stewardship Community Science.”


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