University water program to be discussed on radio show Nov. 5

Two individuals who are panelists on a presentation at Shippensburg University on water quality will be guests Monday on Radio Smart Talk on WITF-FM in Harrisburg. The program will be broadcast from 9 to 10 a.m.

Pat Bowling, a hydrologist with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and Dr. Christopher Woltemade, professor of geography-earth science at Shippensburg University, will be guests on the program.

Bowling and Woltemade will be joined by Michael Christopher, manager of Washington Township in Franklin County, at the Nov. 8 program the university will host on conserving water quality and quantity in the region. The free, public program begins at 6:30 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium with a reception featuring displays by local watershed and advocacy groups. The discussion begins at 7 p.m.

The program is the final lecture of the year in the South Mountain Speaker series. It is sponsored by the Adams, Cumberland and Franklin county conservation districts; Shippensburg University; the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; and the South Mountain Partnership.

This is the third year for the South Mountain Speakers Series, envisioned as a revival of the talks given by Joseph Rothrock in the late 19th century as part of his work to preserve and restore Pennsylvania’s forests and natural landscape. The series is anticipated to return in 2013.

Sparked by DCNR’s Conservation Landscape Initiative, the South Mountain Partnership is an effort to engage communities, local partners, state agencies and funding opportunities to conserve high-quality natural and cultural resources while enhancing the region’s economic viability.

For more information about the speaker series, visit or call the Appalachian Trail Conservancy at 717-258-5771.