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Matthew Conlon

I am currently the project chief for the Pennsylvania Groundwater Monitoring Network. Much of my work has been focused on groundwater quality in the northeastern part of the state, an area that has seen extensive Marcellus shale gas development from the mid 2000s onwards. 

I began my career with the Pennsylvania Water Science Center in 2015 following the completion of my BS in Earth, Environmental, and Ocean Sciences and MS from the School for the Environment at the University of Massachusetts at Boston in 2013 and 2015, respectively. Previous work has included managing National Water Quality Assessment groundwater projects in the Marcellus region of northeastern Pennsylvania and in the Ohio and Allegheny River alluvial aquifers, as well as working on a number of groundwater and surface water data collection efforts.

The Pennsylvania Groundwater Monitoring Network, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, conducts biannual water quality sampling of 28 wells located in various settings aroud the state, with the goal of characterizing ambient groundwater conditions. Samples are collected in the spring and fall of each year and are analyzed for major elements, trace metals, nutrients, and organic compounds. This data is currently being synthesized for a report detailing findings from the first five years of sampling the network.

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