Mayfield, PA and Lake Ariel, PA (March 2015) - Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station recently announced a partnership with Keystone Pure Water Tech. Keystone joins Lacawac’s Environmental Research and Education Consortium which was formed in the fall of 2013 with founding and sustaining partners Miami University, Ohio; Drexel University and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
Lacawac’s Consortium was developed to advance scientific understanding of the natural world through research and education. Lacawac maintains a 545-acre forest and glacial lake preserve and a biological field station with laboratories and a lodge in the Pocono Mountains. The Consortium collaborates with its members – prominent universities, K-12 schools, research institutions and like-minded corporations – in conducting scientific research, creating education programs for K-16 audiences, and offering resources and support for early-career scientists, including graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
The Consortium Seeks to: support environmental, collaborative research and teaching; educate the member institutions, and the public about water quality, climate change and land-use issues; and inform in an unbiased manner public policy on environmental issues around water quality, climate change and land use.
Since its founding in 1966, Lacawac has been host to a variety of universities doing environmental studies. In the 1990s, Lake Lacawac served as the baseline control lake for a large National Science Foundation study evaluating water quality across the entire Pocono region. Universities including Lehigh, Franklin and Marshall, Columbia, Temple, Scranton, and Pennsylvania State have sent researchers and students to conduct field studies at and around the lake. Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and Drexel University in Philadelphia have been key partners in developing the consortium concept, which will specifically focus on global climate-change issues and water-quality research. The consortium builds on the partnership between Miami University and Lacawac that has existed for the past several years.
Dan Summa, CEO and Foundation of Keystone Pure Water Tech Inc. noted that “this partnership between Lacawac and Keystone will be beneficial to all parties involved as we move toward a better world of clean water. Keystone Pure Water Tech provides highly efficient and cost-effective waste water cleanup solutions for shale gas drilling, mining and wastewater markets. These solutions include: frack water recovery, water conservation (recycling) and hazardous waste reduction.”
Keystone’s Advanced Oxidation Process combines ozone + electrocatalysts under super-critical conditions to create a high oxidative environment to convert hydrocarbons to CO2 & H2O while removing other contaminants. Normally a super critical process is very expensive process due to the higher temperature andpressures required. The Keystone AOP process occurs at lower temperature and pressure due to the influence of ozone and the electrolytic process. It is the most efficient method to treat organics & hydrocarbons.
Keystone has successfully treated a variety of waste water streams. It’s AOP technology is capable of the removal of heavy metals; removal of suspended and colloidal solids; breaking oil/water emulsions; removing fats, oils and greases; removingcomplex organics; destroying bacteria and viruses; and reducing BOD, phosphates and nitrogen levels.
Craig Lukatch, President of Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station stated that “Keystone Pure Water Tech is the first company to join numerous other research higher education institutions, land trusts, conservation organizations and workforce development agencies working together to promote science, technology, engineering and math throughout eastern Pennsylvania from Kindergarten through graduate school. We are happy to have them as a partner.”
For more information about Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station visit lacawac.org. Information about Keystone Pure Water Tech can be found out keystonepurewater.com.
Photo: (L to R) Dan Summa, CEO Keystone Pure Water Tech; Craig Lukatch, President Lacawac Sanctuary; Ray Angeli, COO Keystone Pure Water
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