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Residents to benefit from Sierra Club water testing grant

FPS staff report

A grant has been awarded to Carroll County to document base-line water quality in areas impacted by increases in coal mining.

The Beyond Coal campaign of the Sierra Club is providing $10,000 for field testing equipment, third-party lab tests, local citizen training and a mapping database.

“In order to protect their rights, Carroll County landowners need to document the condition of their water before industrialized mineral extraction like coal mining occurs,” says Matt Trokan, conservation manager for the Clean Water Campaign at the Sierra Club. “This grant will help train local citizens capture that baseline data and to track water quality results overtime.”

Paul Feezel, chair of the Carroll County Concerned Citizens, says now that gas drilling has arrived in Carroll County, landowners are beginning to understand how important it is to do baseline water testing. Applying the same approach to testing water around coal mining is just as critical for protecting landowner rights, he says.

“We are very excited about this grant as it allows us to take local control of water monitoring. Our group will be working with the Sierra Club to develop a program that can make use of the funding,” Feezel stated.

The grant provides funding for up to 50 people to be trained and equipped as water sentinels. Those interested should contact Paul Feezel at 330-627-7163 or paulfeezel@carrollcountyconcernedcitizens.org. 


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