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M.S., M.Ed., Watershed Project Manager
Jason Fillhart is the Watershed Project Manager for the West Virginia Water Research Institute (WVWRI). He is charged with managing various projects under the banner of the Energy Institute and WVWRI. Previously, he worked as the STEM Program Coordinator for WVU Extension Services where he provided project support for various initiatives; with a focus on the Mylan STEM-CARE program. He also spent time in an industry setting with Williams Energy where he was an Environmental Specialist with a focus on air-quality permitting and compliance. Mr. Fillhart was also a Project Coordinator for WVWRI from 2012 to 2018 where he managed projects and was the Primary Investigator (PI) for the National Mine Land Reclamation Center (NMLRC). He also assisted in the application of various supplementary research programs and was responsible for monitoring field data for Acid Mine Drainage, Marcellus Shale Drilling, and Biofuels research platforms at the institute. Mr. Fillhart has over 20 years of experience in the field of environmental science and management of water quality and extensive non-formal teaching experience. His background includes work in remediation of hydrocarbons in water and soils from underground storage tanks (UST’s), contamination containment and disposal, monitoring public water systems, and educating K through 12th grade students about environmental science topics. While at WVWRI, Mr. Fillhart developed and taught Freshwater Ecology curriculum for the Boy Scout Jamboree held near Beckley West Virginia. Mr. Fillhart holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Science from Thiel College, a Master of Science Degree in Park and Resource Management and a Master of Education Degree in Environmental Education, both from Slippery Rock University. Jason lives on a 12-acre hobby farm in Washington County, PA with his wife, son and chocolate lab. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching his son’s baseball team, fly-fishing, and spending time at his family’s cabin in Warren County, PA.