PASA News – Citizen Water Quality Monitoring Training & More

Citizen Water Quality Monitoring Training

Second in the four-part Marcellus Shale Choices series, this workshop will focus on citizen data collection of environmental impacts of Marcellus drilling.

Facilitated by staff of the Dickinson College Alliance of Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) and the Mountains Watershed Association, participants will learn water quality monitoring protocols that have been developed for citizen projects with the goal of monitoring small streams and their watersheds for early detection of the impacts from Marcellus Shale gas extraction in PA, including:

  • The Science of Macellus Shale Gas
  • The Science of ALLARM’s Water Quality Monitoring Protocol
  • How to choose monitoring locations
  • How to get information on well sites
  • Visual Assessment of Natural Gas Activities
  • Chemical Water Quality Monitoring Protocol

Dates & Locations:

Up to $100,000 grants available for farm marketing projects

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announces the availability of approximately $10 million in competitive grant funds for fiscal year (FY) 2011 to increase domestic consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. Examples of direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities include:

  • new farmers markets
  • roadside stands
  • community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs
  • agri-tourism activities
  • other direct producer-to-consumer infrastructure.

AMS hereby requests proposals from eligible entities within the following categories: agricultural cooperatives, producer networks, producer associations, local governments, nonprofit corporations, public benefit corporations, economic development corporations, regional farmers market authorities, and Tribal governments. The minimum award per grant is $5,000 and the maximum award per grant is $100,000. No matching funds are required.

Applications due July 1, 2011.

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