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Radio Smart Talk for Monday, November 5:
Pennsylvania's water quality and quantity are two of the most important environmental issues facing the state.
With a few exceptions, the state's rivers and streams are much cleaner than they were 40 years ago. That's because citizens and government took action to stop pollution and clean up the dirty waters that were unsafe and hazardous to humans, wildlife, and fish.
Pennsylvania has also been fortunate when it comes to the amount of clean, usable water available. That point is hammered home when one witnesses the droughts the Midwest and South have had recently.
That's not to say there aren't challenges or even threats. Natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale has exploded in Pennsylvania the last few years. The process to get to the gas called "fracking" includes the use of mass quantities of water. Some have also questioned whether the chemicals used in fracking are polluting the water too.
On Monday's Radio Smart Talk, Pat Bowling, a hydrologist with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Dr. Christopher Woltemade, a professor at Shippensburg University's Department of Geography/Earth Science, will appear to discuss water in Pennsylvania.
Both Bowling and Woltemade will be on a panel November 8 at Shippensburg University's Memorial Auditorium as part of the South Mountain Speaker Series that will focus on water quality and quantity.
Pat Bowling and Dr. Christopher Woltemade talk about water well protection in Pennsylvania on Radio Smart Talk.
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