Extension Accomplishments Well-Represented at Annual UCOWR Conference in June

Several Penn State Extension staff took part in the Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) Annual Conference held June 26-28 in Pittsburgh, PA.
Extension Accomplishments Well-Represented at Annual UCOWR Conference in June - News


Bryan Swistock presents a session on bacterial contamination in drinking water at the 2018 UCOWR Conference.

The UCOWR conference brings together professors, students, and Extension staff from across the country to highlight the research and programming being done in all aspects of water resources from drinking water to water supply and land management issues.

Staff representing Penn State Extension were involved in the conference and presented information related to projects they have been involved in over the past number of years.

Bryan Swistock, Extension Associate in Water Resources, served as Technical Program Chair for the 2018 conference and was part of the conference planning committee. Swistock also presented several breakout sessions including one looking at influences on bacteria levels in private water wells in Pennsylvania and another discussing water well quality before and after gas well drilling in Pennsylvania.

Susan Boser, Extension Educator in Beaver County, presented a session on the results of a study of private water systems in 9 underserved PA counties. Andy Yencha, Extension Educator in Cumberland County, discussed a Penn State Extension study of water quality in and usage of in roadside springs as a drinking water source. Kristen Kyler and Sarah Xenophon of the Penn State Ag and Environment Center participated in a poster session highlighting the work they did for a watershed assessment in the Chiques Creek Watershed in eastern Pennsylvania.

The annual conference provides a unique opportunity for networking with other universities working on education and research in water resources.