Bob Downing

The Sierra Club is providing a $10,000 grant to provide equipment for water testing in Carroll County.

The grant will enable Carroll County landowners to sample their water and provide baseline data on water quality in an area where coal mining is on the increase along with drilling for natural gas in the Utica shale.

"In order to protect their rights, Carroll County landowners need to document the condition of their water before industrialized mineral extraction like coal mining occurs. This grant will help train local citizens to capture that baseline data and to track water quality results over time," said Matt Trokan of the Sierra Club.

Said Paul Feezel, chair of the Carroll Concerned Citizens, "We are very excited abut this grant as it allows us to take local control of water monitoring. Our group will be working with the Sierra Club to develop a program that can make the best use of the funding."

Up to 50 people will be trained as water sentinels.

Those who are interested should contact Feezel at 330-627-7163 or