Ken Ersbak, a Pike County Conservation District associate director, shares "Water Wonders of Pike County," with members of the agency's board of directors.
developed the presentation to increase awareness of the county's water resources.
October 24, 2012 -
PIKE COUNTY, PA - The Pike County Conservation District
(PCCD) wants to get the word out-Pike County can still claim excellent water quality and should make every effort to protect its valuable water resources.
To that end, biologist and PCCD associate director Ken Ersbak has developed "Water Wonders of Pike County," a presentation that he has begun sharing with the community and at the most recent meeting of the PCCD directors on October 15.
"Recent focus has been on the biological component because we feel that is the one that really tells us what's going on in these streams," said Ersbak
"We look at the life forms that live in these waters, as well as the chemical and physical nature of the water and the habitat that exists for these organisms.
Much like the canary in the coal mine, the organisms provide an early warning of hazardous changes in water quality."
likened the monitoring to a physical and biological checkup.
"We come up with something called biological integrity, which is an index that measures the water quality standard," he
"By monitoring it, we can tell whether the biological integrity of that water resource has changed since the last time we visited.
It helps us to identify those streams that are extremely important to protect from future impacts."
Monitoring can reveal environmental trends and cycles, too.
now has 50 stream-monitoring sites including 18 baseline stations in Pike County.
"We have a program in which we visit streams every three to five years to see if there have been changes," said Ersbak