July 25, 2020

“Bellefonte is now a great railroad center, and trains are arriving and departing continually, connections being made in all directions.” So proclaimed the Democratic Watchman, one of the community’s weekly papers, in its September 9, 1885, edition. The Watchman noted...

There is a rich collection of historic houses in the Spring Creek Watershed, some of them more than 200 years old.  They range from individual properties located on or near Spring Creek or its tributaries to those included in the historic villages and towns that evolve...

The early economy of central Pennsylvania was closely tied to harnessing flowing water to power mills and forges. Gristmills, the focus of this report, use millstones to grind grain into flour that fed the people settling the Spring Creek Watershed. Even though the ear...

Water Demand

Water is essential to life as we know it.  We can survive for weeks without food, but for just a few days without water. 

         Municipal water providers, even in communities as small as a few thousand inhabitants, deliver potable water to our homes...

The Pennsylvania State University owns and operates a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) that is located at 501 University Drive in State College Borough, Centre County.  Penn State’s WWTP has been in operation since the early 1900’s, and provides sanitary sewer service...

          When someone in the watershed runs water into a sink, turns on a washing machine, or flushes a toilet, this wastewater is conveyed to an on-lot septic system or to a series of pipes that eventually connect to a wastewater treatment plant.  Most of the homes a...

This article is in preparation. 

This map shows the location of the Ridge Overlay Zone that protects source-water on Tussey Mountain in Ferguson Township.  This source water is ultimately pumped from the Thomas and Harter Well Fields of the State College Borough Water A...

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