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Centre County continues to grow with each U.S. Census.  This growth is reflected in a 12% population increase from the 2000 Census which had a population of 135,758 residents to the 2010 Census with a population of 153,990.  This population growth trend is continuing with the release of the Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey (ACS) Centre County estimate of 161,464 residents which is approximately 5% more than the 2010 Census.  Based on the 2016 ACS estimate, Centre County is the seco...

October 2, 2017

From the standpoint of water, this is an unlikely place for a city of 100,000 people.  Water is the resource that limits local population growth. I have a personal perspective on the relationship between growth and available water supply.  I grew up here; I studied hydrogeology here; during the 1990s, I more than doubled our well water supply capacity; and I now serve on the board of the sewer authority.  Herein I discuss growth I have seen, where we have obtained our water supply during my time...

The natural beauty of the Spring Creek Watershed's landscape is increasingly transfigured by development. Its rural character, reflecting generations of farming on its rich soils, attracts residential development. But, as the streets are laid out and the homes and associated commercial establishments are built, acres of farmland and forestlands disappear. The people who live here, however, recognize the need to preserve open spaces. Not only is it pleasant to live near woods and farm fields, ope...

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