What's in Your Backyard?
Students from Butler Area High School, under the direction of Michael Doran, an environmental science teacher, Drs. Abad and Vidic from the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, and Barbara Paul from the Clinical and Translation Science Institute, participated in a multi-day field trip to examine the water quality impact due to Marcellus Shale activities along the Little Connoquenessing Creek. The students took creek measurements and water samples from points above and below a current well site along the creek to use as indicators of stream health.
Connoquenessing Creek is a tributary of the Beaver River that is located in Western Pennsylvania, and is approximately 50 miles long, providing local residents with drinking water, businesses with water for their operations, outdoor recreation enthusiasts with a place to paddle or fish, and wildlife with an essential element of their habitat needs.
Land uses and human influences can impact the quality of watershed. Surface water, groundwater, floodplains, riparian zones, storm water, dams, and wetlands are important components to water quality.