I think I have loved springs my entire life. I grew up in the central PA karst region and spent many happy hours visiting the karst spring on my father's nursery or locating sandstone springs while hiking the local ridges. There is something magical about seeing water flow forth from the rock. I feel very privileged to be able to combine my background in geology and geochemistry to better understand springs. Plus they are lovely locations to do research.
My interest in the springs of the geologically-complex Valley and Ridge region continues in my current work in WV. Monroe County - where this project is located - which has abundant spring water that supplies nearly all county residents via either private and public sources. The water also supports the local economy by providing farmers and bottled-water companies with high-quality resources. Unfortunately, we understand very little about the vulnerability and sustainability of these resources. For this project we have teamed with the Indian Creek Watershed Association to help answer these questions. The interaction of the watershed group with the WVU researchers has been tremendous. Both Emily and I appreciate the opportunity to do good science while supporting community needs.