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Post 1/22/2015

posted Jan 30, 2015, 8:14 AM by Lance Jubic   [ updated Apr 25, 2015, 8:38 AM by Rachael Huff ]
Welcome to Lawrence & Mercer Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM). This semester’s first meeting was held on Thursday, January 22 in Patterson hall room 208. Intro to Environmental Chemistry student, Melissa Egan, gave a presentation on water quality testing that she and her classmates performed on stream waters near Pulaski. Mara spoke about her independent research on air quality testing, which she recently presented and for which she won best oral presentation at the student symposium on the environment in December at Westminster College. Next month’s meeting will be held on Thursday, January 26 in Patterson hall.

For those of you who are new, the Lawrence & Mercer ALLARM program monitors local water and air qualities, educates the community about the oil and gas industry, and offers volunteers the opportunity to assess quality of the area’s natural resources. The ALLARM program was founded at Dickinson College, Pa and the Lawrence & Mercer County website is an extension of that branch.

To acquaint myself further with the program I went to some of the current members including co-creator of the website Lance Jubic for a quick recap of last semester’s accomplishments.

“Last semester, we hosted several speakers, including a fellow student who had the opportunity to work at hydraulic fracturing well,” said Lance. “We also acquired 2 data loggers.”

Environmental science majors, Mara Sawdy and Jamie Linderman are two additional current Westminster students working with the ALLARM team.

“For my part of the ALLARM program (the air quality measurements), we were able to get an air quality monitor into a house that is close to a well-pad site. I've started constructing a website that gives some basic air quality information and shows the measurements that have been taken so far,” said Mara.

“Last year, the goal of ALLARM was to expand and improve. We were fortunate to receive a grant from the Colcom Foundation, which allowed us to purchase the long-term data loggers that were placed in the stream, as well as Mara's air quality equipment,” said Jamie.

“We went to several outreach events throughout last semester, where we were able to engage with people in the community, and tell them what we are all about. At our monthly meetings, we had several guest speakers who were able to offer diverse perspectives about the topic. Along with making improvements to our website, we developed a mission statement which really embodies what we are trying to accomplish,” She added.