Water Quality

Drinking Water Quality

Understand and protect your water supply and septic systems! Penn State Extension offers a variety of workshops that will provide information on protecting, testing, and treating private water supplies as well as workshops that will discuss septic system inspection and maintenance.

Education and outreach training for Pennsylvania residents who depend on household wells for their drinking water needs. Trained volunteers share their knowledge with others across the state.

A forum designed for the exchange of current scientific information and the promotion of the protection of groundwater resources throughout the state. One-day symposium.

Webinar education covers a wide range of topics relevant to safe drinking water. Webinars are recorded and archived for future viewing. Webinars can be found at

Watershed Management and Protection

This online course covers the basics of pond management and identifying and controlling aquatic plants.

A workshop on high priority watershed issues affecting water quality and quantity across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

These workshops teach pond ecology as well as proper management and maintenance of privately owned ponds and lakes and aquatic plants; management of fisheries and wildlife; water chemistry and techniques for testing water quality; and interpreting lab results.

The online course is intended to help owners of earthen ponds (generally larger than one quarter acre in size) better manage their pond or lake.

Topics include stormwater education, non-point source pollution education, best management practices education, and more.

Today's youth are the next generation of water stewards.