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The natural gas drilling boom is gaining momentum around the country. Ohio, particularly the eastern portion, is home to considerable amounts of Marcellus and Utica Shale. Natural gas, which is trapped in shale formations thousands of feet below ground, is extracted through a two-part process of horizontal drilling and hydrofracking (or hydraulic fracturing). Fracturing the shale can take as much as four million gallons of fresh water. The water is mixed with sand and chemicals and then…


This summer, many Ohioans find themselves unable to enjoy the typical outdoor activities associated with the season. With an active public health advisory in Ohio, visitors to Grand Lake St. Mary’s have been advised that swimming and wading are not recommended, water should not be swallowed, and surface scum should be avoided. This comes as a result of the Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) that are plaguing the waters.

Harmful Algal Blooms are not your typical algal blooms or surface scum…


As the temperature rises, so does the urge to spend time swimming, boating, and fishing. Pond owners have an all-access pass to these activities, but ponds require careful management. Here are a few basic tips that will help you keep your pond in peak condition for years to come.

Initial Construction

  • If you are constructing a new pond, be sure to seek professional help. Proper construction will help you avoid issues later. The size and depth of the pond…

Alloway’s V.I.P. Workshops are back by popular demand and headed to a location near you. We really do consider our customers our “V.I.Ps”, and these workshops are all about you!

Every time Alloway develops a new course, we look at feedback from previous courses.
Here’s what’s new about this year’s workshops:

  • You requested more drinking water topics, so we have separate days for water and wastewater.
  • You asked for Ohio EPA updates, so we invited guest…