Baseline water-testing grant awarded to Carroll County

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Major funding is coming to Carroll County to document base-line water quality in areas being impacted by increases in coal mining. Thanks to a grant from the Beyond Coal campaign of the Sierra Club, $10,000 in field testing equipment, third-party lab tests, local citizen training, and a mapping database will be made available to local volunteers.

According to Matt Trokan, conservation manager for the Clean Water Campaign at the Sierra Club, "In order to protect their rights, Carroll County landowners need to document the condition of their water before industrialized mineral extraction like coal mining occurs. This grant will help train local citizens to capture that baseline data and to track water-quality results overtime."

Now that shale-gas drilling has come to Carroll County, landowners are beginning to understand just how important baseline water testing is. Applying the same approach to testing waters around coal mining is just as critical for protecting landowner rights.

Paul Feezel, chair of Carroll Concerned Citizens said, "We are very excited about this grant as it allows us to take local control of water monitoring. Our group will be working with the Sierra Club to develop a program that can make the best use of the funding."

The grant provides funding for up to 50 people to be trained and equipped as Water Sentinels. Those interested in being trained should contact Paul Feezel at 330-627-7163 or paulfeezel@carrollconcernedcitizens.org for more information.

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