Stream monitoring project rolls along
Watershed specialist Kim Bonfardine of the Elk County Conservation District updated officials on the status of the Elk County Monitoring Project during Monday night's regular meeting."Much time was spent this summer getting systems up and running and projecting data to the internet," Bonfardine said. The monitoring project is designed to keep track of stream conditions in the wake of the Marcellus Shale drilling activity by measuring the temperature, flow and conductivity in each stream. According to Bonfardine, seven of the 11 satellite telemetry systems are online and running. "The satellite telemetry systems are in the streams right now and working and posting on the internet," Bonfardine said. "I can take a look at them every day and see what's going on around the county."Regarding the four remaining sites, Bonfardine said she is working with personnel to find proper locations for two of the remaining sites. "I am meeting with Allegheny National Forest on Thursday to see about the Mill Creek location and also Sugar Hill Farm to gain access to Laurel Run," Bonfardine said. "The two remaining units will be in Wilcox and James City."Bonfardine will be presenting the project to the Highland Township Municipal Authority at their regular meeting Sept. 4 to discuss options."I am very happy about how the project is going along," Bonfardine said. "We hope to get the four in by the end of the year."