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OnQ to Air Series Examining Local Water Challenges Including the Marcellus Shale

May 28, 2010

Rosemary Martinelli
412-622-6433 rmartinelli@wqed.org

Maria Pisano


OnQ to air series examining local water challenges including the Marcellus Shale

PITTSBURGH - Western Pennsylvanians enjoy their rivers, streams and lakes. As a result, people in the Pittsburgh region are taking innovative steps to prevent future water problems and to correct existing ones. Monday, May 31- Thursday June 3 at 7:30 p.m on WQED- TV, OnQ will address the issues concerning our region’s water to coincide with the Global Water Conference “Water Matters!” being held in Pittsburgh June 3.

Monday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m.
“Why Water Matters”
What is the economic impact on communities with or without efficient water systems? Michael Bartley hosts a discussion on water sustainability, solutions and accountability.

Tuesday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m.
“Water Run-off: Solving the Problems”
Tonia Caruso takes viewers inside the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) plant and shows why storm water run-off causes problems in the Pittsburgh region.
“The Fish Study”
Michael Bartley and University of Pittsburgh researcher Dr. Dan Volz look at how what ends up in the river affects fish and drinking water.
“Three Rivers Waterkeeper”
OnQ rides along with this non-profit organization to show how to protect and improve our region’s water.

Wednesday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m.
“Marcellus Shale Drilling”
It may be the answer to the needs of an energy-hungry nation, but it’s a different story for people who live close to the drilling sites – especially those who rely on well water. OnQ’s Chris Moore talks with some of those property owners in this report.

Thursday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m.
“Wingfield Pines”
80 acres in Upper St. Clair and South Fayette are now home to abundant wildlife, trails, and a natural filtering system that is helping restore Chartiers Creek.
“Nine Mile Run”
A report on the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association initiatives that have been successful in making this urban stream in Frick Park one of the finest examples of aquatic, ecosystem restoration in the United States.
“Rain Gardens”
Rain gardens collect and hold rain water runoff, allowing it to slowly seep into the soil, preventing erosion, water pollution, flooding, and reducing the load on sewer systems. Local people are creating rain gardens in their own yards. OnQ tours three of them.

This series is underwritten locally by ALCOSAN and Calgon Carbon Corporation.

OnQ is WQED’s nightly newsmagazine broadcast, the only one in the region and one of five in the country. In its 10th year, OnQ features long-form stories about the region's culture, business, future, history and human interest topics. A multiple Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award winning program, OnQ was the first news and information program to broadcast in high-definition (HD) in the Pittsburgh market. Other prestigious awards for OnQ include: The Edward R. Murrow Award, The Gabriel Award, and The CINE Golden Eagle Award.

WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. WQED creates, produces and distributes quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within its community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.

Located along the Ohio River in Pittsburgh’s Northside, ALCOSAN (Allegheny County Sanitary Authority) treats an average of 200 million gallons of wastewater daily representing treatment service from 320,000 customers in 83 communities including the City of Pittsburgh. ALCOSAN is not a county agency but a joint city-county authority operating under state guidelines receiving no tax monies with revenues generated solely by rates.

Calgon Carbon Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a global leader in services and solutions for making water and air safer and cleaner. The company employs 1,050 people and operates production facilities in Asia, Europe, and North America.


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