Conservation Conference to Focus on Water

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Water will be the focus of the Laurel Highlands Conservation Coalition's April 23 conference with an emphasis on the declining water supplies from the perspective of an international scientist and local conservationists.

The conference begins with sign-in from 9 to 9:30 a.m. and continues to 3:30 p.m. at the Ligonier Town Hall, located along the Diamond in the middle of town.

      Click here for the Agenda.

      Click here to register on-line (preferred).

      Click here to print out and mail in your registration.

The cost for the day-long event is $20 to cover lunch and room rental. If the on-line registration does not work or if you prefer, you may register by e-mailing

The keynote speaker is Dr. Leonard Konikow of the U.S. Geological Survey, who speaks internationally about water issues, especially declining groundwater supplies. Dr. Konikow has been a research hydrologist with USGS since 1972. He has an extensive resume of papers and service as chairman of committees for such organizations as the American Geophyscial Union and the National Research Council.

A discussion will follow about creating an Ohio River basin commission similar to those in the Susquehanna and Delaware basins that can regulate large water withdrals.

The other half of the day will provide information about hands-on ways to conserve and imrpove our critical water resource. The hands-on program includes:

  • A "toolkit" for conservation easements, "clean and green" leases and farmland preservation.
  • How to petition to have a stream re-designated as high value or exceptional value.
  • Information on a new Marcellus initiative and an update on one that has changed focus.
Date Posted: 
Thu, 2012-03-01