Sept. 23, 2008
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine:
Gov. Rendell appoints Rock graduate to water commission
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Greg Phillips, a 1978 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been appointed by Gov. Edward Rendell to serve as one of three commissioners representing Pennsylvania on The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission.
The commission works to control and abate pollution in the Ohio River Basin, which includes all streams flowing through Westmoreland County to the Ohio River.
"I am looking forward to learning more about the issues and adding my experience with upper watershed work and non-point source pollution control to the commission," Phillips said. The appointment will run until 2010.
Phillips, district manager and chief executive office of the Westmoreland Conservation District, has been a champion for water quality for nearly 25 years. Under his direction, the Westmoreland district has cleaned up drainage from abandoned coal mines and reduced storm water runoff into streams.
He is treasurer of the Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, a 23-county organization that works to restore streams and land damaged by past mining. He founded a number of grassroots conservation organizations, including the Sewickley Creek Watershed Association and Penn's Corner Conservation Charitable Trust.
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