Tuesday’s high, 76; Overnight low, 51







Elk County trees damaged by vandals….St. Marys driver arrested for DUI….Potter and Tioga County water resources studied….62.8% of PA residents now vaccinated….

State police at Ridgway are investigating vandalism occurring between July 1 and July 7 on Zola Street in Kersey. Vandals damaged 34 arborvitae trees owned by a 60 year old man. Damage is estimated to be $4080.00 and anyon with information is asked to call state police at 814.776.6136.

A 22 year old  St. Marys resident has been arrested for DUI by state police at Ridgway. Troopers claim when they stopped the suspect’s 2001 Jeep Cherokee on South Saint Marys Street a few minutes after 2:00 am this past Sunday. The suspect’s name was not released.

Penn State Extension and the Water4Ag program in partnership with 11 representatives including farmers, local and federal agencies, landowners and municipalities have come together to jointly focus and discuss the area’s most pressing water resource issues. Over the past several months, the Local Leadership Team has been collaborating on a stakeholder led approach to address issues most important to the agricultural community in Potter and Tioga counties, including surface and groundwater quality.

Now, the Local Leadership Team representing Potter and Tioga counties will work with Penn State project team members to conduct water quality monitoring and sampling. This project was initiated when Local Leadership Team members recognized a need to update water quality data on area streams. As one Leadership Team participant, Jeff Cady, explains:

“It’s been a while since these streams were assessed. We want to know how the improvements landowners have made in recent years have had an impact on our watershed.”

For example, data collected by state regulators to designate stream impairments in the North Fork was last collected in the early 2000s. Thus, this project meets a need for updated water quality data to assess current conditions. The group wanted to learn whether farmer adoption of best management practices in recent years have improved water quality since data was last collected. More, the group wants to use this information to spark discussion on protecting the area’s local water resources. As another Leadership Team member, Charlie Tuttle, tells us:

“We also want to share this information back with the community. We want to discuss what we learn about the condition of our streams and groundwater and what opportunities this presents”

Water quality samples will be collected quarterly from March through December 2021 from stream locations across Genesee River, Cowanesque River, and Pine Creek watersheds totaling 15 locations and sent to Penn State for laboratory analysis. Location selection was informed by Local Leadership Team members and designed to capture how local land use impacts water quality. In addition, each of the 15 surface water locations will be outfitted with a datalogger that will continuously record key indices of water quality and quantity including pH, temperature, conductivity, and flow. Water quality samples will also be collected quarterly from five groundwater locations, primarily from residential wells.

Penn State personnel will demonstrate proper field sampling techniques to the local leadership team and provide a hands-on experience to facilitate community-led monitoring efforts. Continuous communication and community led discussion will keep water quality data transparent and accessible to all residents through the use of presentations and reports. The data collected will be used to inform the community of the current watershed health and bring about a deeper understanding of water quality issues. Regular updates on this study will be shared via press releases and the local leadership team’s FaceBook page (“Potter and Tioga Water4ag”). The Local Leadership Team welcomes any questions on how this data is being collected and analyzed.

The Local Leadership Team will continue to collaborate with farmers and non-farmers on the water sampling project. Below is the timeline for the project:

Spring 2021         Installing data loggers; collect first quarterly samples

Summer 2021    Collect second quarterly samples

Fall 2021               Collect third quarterly samples

Winter 2021        Collect fourth and final quarterly samples

Spring 2022         Present study results to the public

The Potter and Tioga Water4Ag Local Leadership Team will be hosting demonstration at the Potter County Fair, Tuesday, August 3, 2021 in the evening at the Livestock Show arena. They will also have booth space at the Potter and Tioga County Fairs where you can pick up information on the projects.


Additional information contact: Nicole Santangelo, Penn State                                   Extension Educator, nls18@psu.edu, 814-274-8540

Jon Laughner, Penn State

Extension Educator, jbl14@psu.edu

And visit our website at http://water4ag.psu.edu/


– The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 30 that there were 1,110 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,224,500.

There are 473 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 101 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19. More data is available here.

The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients per continues to increaseStatewide percent positivity for the week of July 16 – July 22 stood at 2.6%.

The most accurate daily data is available on the website, with archived data also available.

As of 11:59 p.m., Friday, July 30, there were 8 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 27,850 deaths attributed to COVID-19. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

According to the CDC, as of Friday morning, July 30, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

According to the CDC, as of Friday morning, July 30, 62.8% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

Statewide data representing the 66 counties within the Department of Health’s vaccine jurisdiction:

Pennsylvania’s vaccine dashboard was updated on Friday, July 9 to more accurately reflect the number of people who are partially and fully vaccinated in each county outside of Philadelphia, along with demographics of those receiving vaccine.

Vaccine providers have administered 11,613,138 total vaccine doses as of Friday, July 23.

5,704,720 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 12,500 people per day receiving vaccinations.

The department continues to urge Pennsylvanians to follow CDC guidance for wearing a mask where required by law, rule and regulations, including healthcare, local business and workplace guidance. For the protection of themselves and others, individuals who have not yet been vaccinated or are partially vaccinated, are still encouraged to wear a mask when in public.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there have been a total of 72,261 resident cases of COVID-19, and 15,627 cases among employees, for a total of 87,888 at 1,604 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Approximately 29,355 of total cases have been among health care workers.

All Pennsylvanians age 12 and older are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine. Use Vaccine Finder to find a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you.

A commonwealth COVID-19 vaccination guide explains the current process for getting one. Pennsylvanians with questions about the vaccination process can call the Department of Health hotline at 1-877-724-3258.