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Nittany Valley Water Coalition Raises Awareness, Funds To Stop New Student Housing Development

Kelli Hoover gives a presentation at the fundraising event on June 3.
Talia Cowen

The Nittany Valley Water Coalition held an event Friday at a private residence to support their lawsuit against the Ferguson Township Council and the real estate company the Toll Brothers. About 60 people were in attendance to hear the group’s plans to stop the new student housing development in State College.

The land, currently owned by Penn State, is a water recharge area, and the group is concerned construction there could contaminate the town’s water supply.

Kelli Hoover, a founding member of the Coalition and a plaintiff on the lawsuit, said they hoped the event would help inform the community.

Hoover said, “This isn’t just about Ferguson township, everyone here uses State College water. So raising awareness, raising some money to help with the lawsuit, but more importantly, we’d like to see more people get involved with their community and get involved with us.”

Arguments in the lawsuit will begin in July. In addition, Friday’s event also asked for community input for other uses for the land, things like a solar power field or community farm. The group hopes to present these alternative uses to Penn State president Eric Barron.  

Erin Cassidy Hendrick was an associate producer at WPSU. She produced the programs “BookMark” and “This I Believe” for the station.
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