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SU Biology Professor Receives Conservation Award

April 1, 2008

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.) – Jack Holt, professor of biology at Susquehanna University, and his research partner, Mike Bilger, were recently named “Watershed Men of the Year” by the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD).

Holt and Bilger have been working with the Lower Penns Creek Watershed Association (LPCWA) to assess current conditions in the watershed. The pair has volunteered thousands of dollars of in-kind services to the project by training volunteers on water quality monitoring and providing technical assistance on other projects.  In 2006 and 2007, they sampled 12 sites along 40 miles of lower Penns Creek.   

Holt and Bilger were nominated along with other individuals in the county by staff members of the conservation district. “Jack and Mike really stood out,” said district spokesperson Rosalee Wise. “We greatly appreciate their efforts, hard work and dedication.”

The LPCWA is a nonprofit, volunteer organization committed to protecting and improving the Lower Penns Creek Watershed through the wise stewardship of land and aquatic resources.  The group received a Growing Greener grant from the Department of Environmental Protection to help fund the assessment, and has applied for a grant from the Foundation of Pennsylvania Watersheds to continue funding for the three-year study. 

Contact: Gerald Cohen
570-372-4119

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