This is a project from the 2012 Environmental Studies 411 'Community Projects' senior clinic course.

Environmental Education Guide. Over the course of this semester our group worked to create an Environmental Education Guidebook specific to the Lower Susquehanna Valley Region. Our goal in creating this guidebook was to help teachers connect broad, abstract environmental issues with specific local examples. We felt that this was an important project because from our experiences and research, the high school environmental science curriculum  does not always localize the environmental problem it is discussing.

- Ashley Urban, Bob Donato, Elise Gorab, Rebecca Bub, Taylor Funk.

1.  Acid Mine Drainage

This story focuses on the issue of acid mine drainage, specifically in Shamokin Creek. This story is an overview of the effects of anthracite coal mining on water quality and aquatic ecosystem health. It examines the chemical reactions responsible for the degradation of streams and aquatic ecosystems, while also offering treatment options and programs that exist in the state of Pennsylvania. Its local focus is on the Shamokin Creek, its watershed and how it has been affected by the historical coal mining practices in the Susquehanna Valley region.

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2. Anthracite Coal

The anthracite coal story looks at the history of coal mining in the lower Susquehanna Valley Region. In particular, it focuses on the region of Shamokin, as it is one of the most disturbed parts of the country due to coal extraction. The story goes from broad to specific, and highlights how coal was formed in this area and then utilized as an energy source. It also touches upon coal mining methods and highlights how these processes have impacted the land in this area. Finally, the story highlights how coal mining has impacted this area in other ways, such as land disturbance and acid mine drainage. It ends discussing Shamokin and how coal mining has dramatically impacted this region

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3. Nutrient Pollution

This Chapter discusses nutrient pollution and the various problems associated with eutrophication. This chapter begins with the broad issue of nutrient pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, and then traces various sources of nutrient pollution back to the Lower Susquehanna River, and finally to a tributary of the Susquehanna, Penns Creek. Penns Creek enters the Susquehanna just south of Selinsgrove and is on the EPA's list of impaired waterways. This story focuses on the relationship between nutrient pollution and agricultural practices, and discusses various solutions such as best management practices

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4. Marcellus Shale

           Another one of our chapters highlights the Marcellus Shale which lies beneath a vast majority of of the State of Pennsylvania. It discusses the formation of the shale, reason for extraction now compared to the past, methods of extraction and the implications for people living in Pennsylvania. It focuses on the impacts that drilling has had on residents in the Susquehanna Valley Region including concern about groundwater contamination, damaged roadways due to an increase in truck traffic,and job creation. This story also touches upon the local governments response to citizens concern and the industry moving into their towns.

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5.  Lycoming Landfill

The Lycoming Landfill story focuses on the history, double-lined lagoon, gas production, and accessibility components of the landfill. The Lycoming Landfill opened in 1973 and is home to the trash of the surrounding counties in the Susquehanna Valley region. The landfill is inspected by the EPA and continues to accept trash today. The landfill has many advantages including energy production from the methane gas produced by municipal waste and an installed double-lined lagoon system to prevent groundwater contamination from leachate. This story discusses why the landfill is an important part of our community since it disposes our waste, which helps protect the environment.

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