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Details about FACTS for Watershed Groups
Please Note: WPCAMR's Growing Greener Grant funding for the FACTS Program has ended. If future funding can be secured, we will resume this grant program.
The FACTS grant
Upon approval of a FACTS application, the Project Manager will prescribe a sampling schedule, complete with which sampling points and chemical parameters will be covered by the program. The Project Manager will closely consider the sampling schedule suggested by the system's OM&R plan, as well as advice from a panel of experts.
Money or services provided by the program cannot be used for
To be eligible for operational assistance through the FACTS program, a treatment system must meet the following criteria:
The FACTS grant was established with non-profit watershed groups, county conservation districts, RC&D councils, sportsmen's groups, and townships in mind. However, other not-for-profit entities are strongly encouraged to inquire about their eligibility for the program, as long as the treatment system to be sampled meets all the requirements listed above.
WPCAMR retains the sole discretion to provide or deny water sampling services.
In many organizations, sampling data gets looked at once when it arrives from the laboratory before getting filed away, never to be seen again for years. Although a quick glance can confirm that a treatment system is working well—or be indicative of failure—very gradual trends in the data over time are likely to be missed without continual, careful analysis. In addition, testing laboratories often send the data printed on paper, rather than electronically, making it nearly impossible for researchers to study complete datasets from the hundreds of treatment systems throughout Appalachia.
Datashed is a Web-based repository for water sampling data. It makes all this information publicly and freely accessible over the Internet (via a Creative Commons License). This allows other watershed groups, scientists, and academia to use it studying and evaluating AMD treatment technologies. Datashed also makes it easy to follow trends in a system over time.
The FACTS program uses Datashed as a central point of contact with all the participating laboratories and watershed groups. Groups can type field data directly into Datashed, and laboratories can upload their analysis results, making all data immediately available. Datashed can prescribe sampling plans for a treatment systems, send reminder e-mails, and handle payment for laboratory analyses.
At the moment, the two laboratories approved to accept water samples under the FACTS program are Mahaffey Laboratory (Grampian, PA) and G&C Laboratory (Summerville, PA). We will be expanding coverage across Pennsylvania very soon.
Even with just these two laboratories, the program is able to serve seven counties in Western Pennsylvania: Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Clearfield, Indiana, and Jefferson.
The largest part of the FACTS application is an operation and maintenance (OM&R) plan for the treatment system, which must meet certain requirements. Armed with a satisfactory OM&R plan, the applicant should complete and submit the online application form.
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