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Melinda Chapman, recently appointed Director of the Pennsylvania Water Science Center (previously Assistant Chief of the USGS Office of Groundwater), introduces the first issue of the Pennsylvania Waters newsletter.

Introducing the Pennsylvania Water Science Center’s Newsletter, Pennsylvania Waters. Our newsletter will be published periodically to keep you informed of the latest USGS water-resources information for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Articles present new data, reports, activities, and outreach from our center as well as USGS national and regional programs. 

In this inaugural issue of Pennsylvania Waters, we are highlighting the Next Generation Water Observing System (NGWOS) pilot project in the Delaware River Basin. A USGS National Initiative, NGWOS will provide high-fidelity, real-time data on water quantity and quality necessary to support modern water prediction and decision support systems for water emergencies and daily water operations. As the equipment is installed and the data streams coming in, we will keep you up to date through our newsletter, website, and social media posts.

Groundwater quality has been a cornerstone discipline of the PaWSC. In this edition we are showcasing the statewide Groundwater Quality Monitoring Network and our efforts in characterizing the groundwater quality of water in residential wells across northcentral and northeastern Pennsylvania. A report on the groundwater quality of Clinton County is the latest of six publications characterizing the water quality in the aquifers underlying these central and northern tier counties.

In the wake of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic I assure you that our Center has continued to collect, analyze, and provide the vital water-resources information needed by our cooperators and the public, while maintaining a safe working environment for our employees. Although our day to day operations may have changed, our mission has not, and we will continue to accomplish that mission.


Melinda Chapman

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