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William Gough Describes Practical Geology at Work

October 17, 2003

Before beginning his presentation entitled, "Finding Water - Geology at Work," as part of the activities surrounding the dedication of Bracy Hall, William R. Gough proclaimed October 17 as a "great day for science."

 

Gough, a 1971 graduate of the College, is a senior geologist with Moody and Associates, Inc. He played a major role in the development of the new water supply source for the city of Franklin, PA.

After an introduction by Dr. Robert Wiese, professor emeritus of geology, Gough said that the tradition of science and geology continue at Mount Union.

"Just the size of the room we are in illustrates something special," said Gough. "At some institutions you would have 300 or more students in a class. This classroom holds about 45 people and that speaks to the individualized instruction that we have here at Mount Union."

Gough went on to explain how he became involved with the detailed geographical investigations that were launched to search for a new water supply for the city of Franklin.

"The practical use of geology played a major role in the development of this new water supply," said Gough, who used maps and other illustrations in a PowerPoint presentation to describe the process of searching for good quality groundwater. The city of Franklin sits near the French Creek river, which had been used as a water supply for many years. When the water treatment plant no longer met current standards, the city had to build a new water treatment facility or search for good quality groundwater. The latter was the more economical choice.

After describing what was inevitably a successful search for groundwater, Gough said that what is exciting to him, is that they were using practical applications of geology.

"Every day I get to use the fundamentals of geology," said Gough. "The very same ones that are being taught here today."

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