Extension program on gas drilling and private water supplies wins national recognition

Posted: April 9, 2010

The Penn State Extension Portable Classroom, titled “Natural Gas Drilling and Private Water Supplies,” won a Gold Award from the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals.

Jim Clark, extension educator based in McKean County, and Bryan Swistock, water resources extension associate in the School of Forest Resources, developed the program, which is a self-paced course contained on CD. Those taking the course can complete it independently or can interact with a local educator and receive a certificate of completion when finished.

The course covers a range of topics related to monitoring, maintaining and protecting private water supplies in areas where natural-gas drilling is taking place. A library of related fact sheets is included.

Besides Clark, county-based educators who act as course instructors are Dana Rizzo, Mark Madden, Peter Wulfhorst, Tom McCarty, Louise Bugbee, Susan Boser and Melanie Barkley.

The award will be presented at the association's conference, June 27 – 30, at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.