This semester’s Science Inspires Series continues with an
examination of the many complexities that impact water quality in the area.
Nathan McElroy, Chemistry, will present “Water Quality Issues in Southwestern
Pennsylvania” at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2015, in 208
This talk is part of an ongoing lecture series presented by
the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Two CNSM faculty and one distinguished
guest speaker present their expertise to the IUP scientific community of
students and faculty every semester.
The last speaker for this semester, Colleen McClung
(University of Pittsburgh), will present her talk “It’s That Time of Day Again:
Biological Clocks and Psychiatric Disorders” on April 9 at 3:30
p.m. in the Eberly Auditorium.
More information about McElroy’s lecture is included
For over 150 years, Southwestern Pennsylvania has been a
source of fossil fuel extraction activities, including oil, coal, and natural
gas. The amount of and proximity to such
vast energy reserves also supported related industries such as fuel refining,
chemical feedstock production, and steel milling. For a century, this region
experienced great economic growth and provided employment at mills, mines, and
railroads. Though these industries have waned in recent decades, we’re now
experiencing a rebound of sorts in energy extraction from the Marcellus
In addition to the economic
advantages of these anthropogenic activities, there is an impact on surface and
ground water quality in our region. Recently, the popular media and general
public have tended to focus on hydraulic fracturing as the sole source of water
quality issues, but the problem is more complex than that.
This presentation will include a discussion
on our region’s water quality, descriptions of local monitoring programs, and
suggestions for future steps to address concerns on both sides of the issue.