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National Water Protection Award

The Pennsylvania Master Well Owners Network (MWON) was selected by the National Ground Water Association to receive its 2005 Outstanding Ground Water Project Award in Ground Water Protection.

The MWON, created through a 2003 NIFA National Integrated Water Quality Program grant, increases dissemination of existing drinking water protection resources and programs to private water system owners. This is achieved through collaborative, interagency training and the professional development of a network of volunteers.

The National Ground Water Association promotes sound scientific, economic, and beneficial development, protection, and management of the world's ground water resources. Its award recognizes outstanding science, engineering, or innovation to protect ground water through:

  • excellence in protecting ground water from either overdraft or contamination;
  • originality or uniqueness in providing new insights into ground water protection; and/or
  • creativity and imagination in the engineered or constructed solution.

Stephanie Clemens, the Pennsylvania MWON Coordinator and an important contributor to the project’s success, accepted the award on behalf of Bill Sharpe and Bryan Swistock, co-principal investigators. The award presentation took place December 15 in Atlanta, Georgia. More information about the Pennsylvania MWON is available online.


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