Northeastern Section - 47th Annual Meeting (1820 March 2012)
Paper No. 48-3
Presentation Time: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

GEOCHEMICAL ASSESSMENT OF SOUTH RENOVO BOROUGH WATER SYSTEM

KHALEQUZZAMAN, Md.1, WAY, John H.2, LACHHAB, Ahmed3, LACY, Gerry4, CORNIA, Steve5, PIERSON, Jacob5, and MURTORFF, Gabe5, (1) Geology & Physics, Lock Haven University, 104B Ulmer Hall, Lock haven, PA 17745, mkhalequ@lhup.edu, (2) Geology & Physics, Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA 17745, (3) Earth & Environmental Sciences, Susquehanna University, 514 University Ave, Selinsgrove, PA 17870, (4) South Renovo Borough Water System, 10772 Ridge Road, Renovo, PA 17764-1604, (5) Geology & Physics, Lock Haven University, 401 N. Fairview St, Lock Haven, PA 17745

The Hall Run and its tributaries are an integral part of South Renovo Borough Water System (SRBWS) that provides drinking water to approximately 540 people in Clinton County. It draws an average demand of 70,000 gallons per day directly from a reservoir and, during times of low-flow conditions, uses a well to supplement the drinking water supply system. The entire Hall Run watershed serves as the recharge area for this public water supply system, and therefore, contamination in any part of the basin could compromise the borough’s drinking water system. In view of all of the Marcellus Shale gas drilling activity occurring just across the watershed’s boundary, it is timely to establish a baseline dataset for water quality in the SRWBC.

The importance of pre-drilling, water-quality stream monitoring is magnified as drilling activity throughout the county increases dramatically. Shallow gas wells are present within the watershed boundaries, and there are three Marcellus drilling sites along nearby Mill Run Road and considerable truck traffic on Pete's Run Road and Route 144 that runs through the watershed.

Along with assessing visual conditions of the streams within the Hall Run watershed, team members collected the following field data: temperature, pH, TDS, conductance, ORP, DO, and flow rate. These standard field parameters provided the basic framework for characterizing the quality of the various tributaries feeding Hall Run. Laboratory testing yields additional data on TSS, aluminum, arsenic, barium, bromide, calcium, chloride, copper, total iron, TOC, lead, magnesium, manganese, nitrate, phosphate, sodium, and sulfate data. In addition, a Hydrolab Sonde (DS 5X) was deployed for a week to collect continuous data on temperature, DO, conductance, TDS, pH, ORP, and chlorophyll-a.

For each round of water sampling, the concentrations of these variables provided a snapshot of the watershed’s water quality. Over several sampling cycles, these data not only characterized the health of the ecosystem but also served to establish a trend in a baseline data set. Based on the field and lab analyses, we concluded that the water quality in the Hall Run Watershed met drinking water standards.

Northeastern Section - 47th Annual Meeting (1820 March 2012)
General Information for this Meeting
Session No. 48--Booth# 3
Environmental Geoscience and Hydrogeology (Posters) II
Hartford Marriott Downtown: Ballrooms A, B & C and Ballroom Pre-function Area
8:00 AM-12:00 PM, Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 44, No. 2, p. 108

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