DUBOIS – At DuBois City Council’s last work sessionon May 20, City Manager John “Herm” Suplizio mentioned that the city had entered into contract with Casselberry and Associates, Inc. of State College. Casselberry is a geologist who is doing research in regards to Marcellus Shale.
In an e-mail to Suplizio, dated May 24, Casselberry outlined his agenda for the watershed study. Casselberry and Associates, Inc. intends to do the following:
- Create topographic and geologic base maps showing the entire drainage area of the reservoir.
- Define a preliminary layout of the 12 stream-flow gaging and water sampling stations they plan to use to characterize spatial variations in stream discharge and water quality within the water shed.
- Meet with DuBois personnel to field view the water shed and to reassess the location of the 12 stream flow gauging and water sampling locations.
- To be meaningful, the stream flow gaging should be performed in a period of base flow. The USGS gages in Clearfield County will be polled to evaluate whether the streams are at base flow conditions by mid-week.
According to the email it should take three field days to perform the stream gauging work. If the USGS gauges document base flow conditions, and the weather forecast remains dry, Casselberry will conduct the gaging and water sampling work this Wednesday through Friday.
Casselberry will be at the next council meeting to discuss their findings in the water shed study.