Gannett Fleming Supports Clarion River Acid Rain Projects

Pictured are Jeffrey Ream, G.F. regional manager in Clearfield and Jane French, HCT executive director. (Provided photo)

Pictured are Jeffrey Ream, G.F. regional manager in Clearfield and Jane French, HCT executive director. (Provided photo)

DUBOIS – The Headwaters Charitable Trust has welcomed the participation of the Gannett Fleming Corp. in the Headwaters Conservation Partnership (HCP) program with their recent donation dedicated to acid rain remediation projects in the Clarion River watershed.

“It’s great to see the Clearfield office of Gannett Fleming joining our efforts to improve water quality in this groundbreaking effort to mitigate the serious impact of acid rain pollution,” stated Headwaters Executive Director Jane French.

While acid precipitation is invisible to the eye, the impact on water quality is notable, reducing the ability of impacted streams to support aquatic life. In February of 2012, Headwaters was awarded $354,000 for two Growing Greener grants for an assessment of the headwaters of the Clarion River and the construction of a passive treatment system on the Smith Run tributary. The Gannett Fleming donation will be utilized as part of the matching funds required for these important projects.

Founded in 1915 and headquartered in Camp Hill, Gannett Fleming has grown dramatically to more than 2,000 employees, providing engineering services in 50 states and more than 65 countries. Extremely diversified, the company has a distinctive environmental orientation with extensive involvement in water and air pollution abatement, collection and treatment of potable drinking water, and flood control.

Jeffrey Ream, regional office manager of Gannett Fleming’s Clearfield office, shared the reason why the company chose to partner with Headwaters. “We were already aware of the good work that Headwaters has performed in our region for decades, and supporting water quality projects is obviously aligned with our core principles of sustainability and community involvement. It is a pleasure to work with a dedicated conservation group that has such a long history of making great projects happen by bringing many diverse partners together.”

The Headwaters Conservation Partnership invites all corporations, small businesses and individuals active in the Headwaters region of Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter counties to participate in the program. See www.headwaterspa.org for more information.

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