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Recorded Webinars

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June 28, 2017

This webinar discusses the use of several models to study the projected changes in sediment, nutrient and organic matter loads to the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays under climate change scenarios.

May 31, 2017

Private water wells and springs are vital to the rural water infrastructure in Pennsylvania providing drinking water to approximately three million rural residents and farms. This webinar will summarize results from over 32 years of research and outreach with private wells in the state.

May 19, 2017

This study answers a basic question. "What is nature worth?" Does it have a hidden value beyond the beauty and welfare of a community? What are we willing to pay to maintain or enhance our quality of life, health, cost of living and economy that nature provides?

March 30, 2017

This webinar summarizes the extent of the use of water quality protection practices in Pennsylvania agriculture.

January 25, 2017

This two-part webinar discusses some specific examples of green parking lot zoning requirements and design in Pennsylvania and surrounding states.

December 14, 2016

Groundwater is a vital natural resources to the Commonwealth that must be protected from contamination.

November 30, 2016

PA Sea Grant and a host of partners have been helping coastal communities along the Delaware River to prepare for the flooding and extreme heat expected with future climate.

October 26, 2016

Climate change poses significant challenges for water policy makers. Environmental law and water law are structured to treat issues of water pollution and temporary shortage, but poorly equipped to deal with increasingly rapid changes in the hydrological cycle that the existing forms of law have assumed to be nearly constant.

September 28, 2016

Approximately 3 million people in Pennsylvania rely on private wells but groundwater is not ubiquitously free of chemical and/or microbial contaminants.

August 31, 2016

In an impaired watershed in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, a dynamic, locally- led partnership known as the Little Conestoga Partnership worked collaboratively over a three year period from 2013-2015 to assist municipalities and suburban/urban landowners with innovative, cost-effective tools and approaches to achieve and maintain reductions in stormwater pollution.

July 27, 2016

According to the Chesapeake Bay Model, planting certain biomass crops (specifically grasses like switchgrass and winter crops like winter rye and winter oilseeds can provide a reduction in nutrient pollution.

July 5, 2016

Nuisance algae growth is one of the most common problems reported by pond and lake owners in Pennsylvania. Of greatest concern are algae blooms that are caused by microscopic blue-green algae which are capable of producing toxins. These toxins can sicken animals and humans that contact the water and may cause the death of fish or other aquatic life.

May 25, 2016

Jennifer Fetter and Kristen Kyler from Penn State provide some details on this new tool for Citizen Scientists to use for easy evaluation of stream health.

April 27, 2016

This webinar by Erin Ling from Virginia Tech University provides an overview of a Virginia Cooperative Extension program, the Virginia Household Water Quality Program (VAHWQP).

March 30, 2016

Amy Galford, a water resources educator with Penn State Extension in Cumberland County, discusses specific issues associated with inspections of water wells and septic systems when buying or selling rural homes and farms.

February 10, 2016

In response to the increased attention that lead in drinking water has received over the past few weeks in Flint, Michigan, Penn State Extension Specialist Bryan Swistock provided a webinar focusing on lead issues in private drinking water supplies.

January 27, 2016

This webinar by Dan Ludwig from the Natural Resources Conservation Service highlights how properly balancing phosphorus levels in dairy and beef rations relates to and effects manure phosphorus excretion levels.

November 19, 2015

Bryan Swistock, a water resources extension associate with Penn State Extension, discusses "forest hydrology" or the movement of water within forested watersheds and how that ensures clean water.

October 28, 2015

Dr. Li Li, an Associate Professor in Energy and Mineral Engineering at Penn State, discusses the use of Reactive Transport Models for predicting subsurface water quality.

September 28, 2015

Jennifer Fetter from Penn State Extension discusses the new "Rain to Drain - Slow the Flow" curricula. This fun, engaging, hands-on experiment and activity walks learners through the basics of stormwater and how it moves.

September 9, 2015

This webinar discusses practices that homeowners can implement to protect groundwater including private water wells and springs.

August 26, 2015

Penn State Extension Water resources Educator, Susan Boser, highlights extension water resources available and designed to be used with youth audiences.

July 27, 2015

Dave Yoxtheimer, an Extension Associate with the Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research at Penn State, provides a summary of data on groundwater impacts from Shale Gas Drilling.

June 25, 2015

Amy Galford, Water Resources Educator for Penn State Extension, provides a summary of irrigation water quality concerns in Pennsylvania.

May 27, 2015

Penn State Agricultural and Environmental Economics Professor, Dr. Jim Shortle, explains water quality trading, what it is, and who does it.

April 29, 2015

Penn State Extension Water Resources Specialist, Bryan Swistock, discusses the causes and problems associated with harmful algal blooms in PA.

March 25, 2015

Erin Frederick with Penn State Extension in Lehigh-Northampton Counties and Jim Wilson with the Northampton County Conservation District describe the new Master Watershed Steward program that is being piloted in southeast Pennsylvania.

March 10, 2015

Bryan Swistock and Jim Clark from Penn State Extension discuss various ways that individuals can protect Pennsylvania groundwater using management practices.

February 25, 2015

Amy Galford, Water Resources Educator, and Steve Bogash, Horticulture Educator, from Penn State Extension discuss the importance of pH and alkalinity for irrigation.

January 28, 2015

Penn State Extension Watershed Youth Development Educator, Jennifer Fetter and Penn State Agriculture & Environment Center Project Coordinator, Kristen Kyler discuss the need for simple and inexpensive methods for stabilizing stream banks and explains how live staking can fill this need.

December 17, 2014

Dr. Rachel Brennan from the Department of Civil Engineering at Penn State talks about Endocrine Disrupting Compounds and how they can be removed using new technologies.

November 19, 2014

Dr. Tess Russo from the Geoscience Department at Penn State discusses a study of trends in groundwater across the United States and climate correlations.

October 28, 2014

Penn State Department of Meteorology lecturer, Paul Knight, examines trends in precipitation based on past data and data projections that will affect weather patterns in Pennsylvania.

September 24, 2014

Dr. Tony Buda, Research Hydrologist, USDA-ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit discusses this short-term decision support tool to optimize the timing of fertilizer and manure application to protecting water quality and use nutrients efficiently.

August 27, 2014

Melissa Hess, Senior Project Manager for URS, discusses green infrastructure projects installed in communities that are both beautiful and functional.

July 30, 2014

Kristen Kyler, the Project Coordinator of the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center’s Lower Susquehanna Initiative, discusses why homeowner’s need to manage stormwater and how the “Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater” is meant to be used.

June 25, 2014

Penn State Extension Water Resources Specialist, Bryan Swistock, covers five steps pond managers can use to create a healthier PA pond.

May 28, 2014

Steve Bogash, a Horticulture Educator with Penn State Extension, discusses building and maintaining your own home garden irrigation system.

April 30, 2014

Dr. Luke LaBorde from the Penn State Department of Food Science discusses water quality as it relates to food safety.

March 26, 2014

Matt Royer, Director of the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center discusses the Conewago Initiative’s approach and results.

February 26, 2014

PA Sea Grant Personnel, Sarah Whitney and Sara Stahlman, discuss aquatic invasive species.

January 28, 2014

Dr. Jim Shortle, a professor of Agriculture and Environmental Economics at Penn State, discusses the economic costs associated with plans to restore the Chesapeake Bay.

December 18, 2013

Lara Fowler, Senior Lecturer at Penn State Dickinson School of Law and Research Fellow at Penn State Institutes of Energy and Environment, reviewed water rights history and law in the western U.S. and lessons for integrated water management in the eastern U.S.

November 20, 2013

Penn State Extension Watershed Youth Development Educator, Jennifer Fetter, shares several Penn State Extension education tools for teaching youth about water.

October 30, 2013

Diane Oleson from Penn State Extension in York County and Jim Clark from Penn State Extension in McKean County discuss results from a study of several dozen roadside springs in Pennsylvania.

September 25, 2013

Dr. Susan Brantley, a Professor of Geosciences at Penn State University, presents resources available from the Shale Network, an online shared compilation of water quality information from watershed groups, agencies and institutes of higher learning.

September 4, 2013

Dr. Elizabeth Boyer from the Penn State Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, presents results of atmospheric deposition research.

August 28, 2013

Dr. Charles Abdalla, a Penn State Professor of Ag. and Environmental Economics, Renata Rimsaite, a Doctoral Student in Agricultural Economics at Penn State, and Dr. Allan Collins, a Professor and Assistant Director of the Division of Resource Management at West Virginia University present findings of a study of public water suppliers in PA and WV that have sold water to shale gas companies.

July 31, 2013

Penn State Doctoral student, Sarah Tzilkowski, presents results of a study of Pennsylvania residents opinions regarding water resources.

June 26, 2013

Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Susan Boser, discusses the West Nile Virus.

May 29, 2013

Seth Pelepko from the PA Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Oil and Gas Planning and Program Management, discusses using a statistical model to explain the variability of methane levels occurring in groundwater.

May 15, 2013

Joe Gallagher from Ecological Solutions, Inc. presents information on methods to control nuisance algae and aquatic plant growth.

March 27, 2013

Penn State Extension Water Specialist Bryan Swistock discusses results of a research study on the quality of water supplies for livestock, especially dairy cows.

February 27, 2013

Penn State Extension Watershed Youth Development Educator, Jennifer Fetter discusses a new youth water education program, now formally known as the 4-H Stream Teams Program.

January 30, 2013

Jim Clark from Penn State Extension in McKean County explains the results of a study of groundwater in northcentral PA as it relates to shale gas drilling.

December 18, 2012

Bryan Swistock, Extension Specialist in Water Resources, looks at how shale gas drilling relates to private water supplies and the potential impacts.

November 28, 2012

This webinar describes basic septic system functions, components, reasons for failures, and steps to prevent failures.

October 31, 2012

Dr. Charlie Abdalla, professor of Ag and Environmental Economics at PSU, describes a study done in several PA communities near shale gas drilling with the potential to impact their water supply.

May 30, 2012

Tom Christopherson from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services discusses the results from a study of grout used to seal water wells.

April 25, 2012

Joe Gallagher, President of Ecological Solutions, Inc. presents information on proper management of fish species in ponds and lakes.

March 28, 2012

Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Diane Oleson, highlights the practice of water gardening and how that relates to the spread of invasive species.

January 25, 2012

Susan Boser from Penn State Extension in Beaver County explains how to interpret results from water testing.

November 21, 2011

Jim Clark from Penn State Extension in McKean County introduces the Triple Divide Watershed Coalition and it's efforts toward Source Water Protection in northcentral PA.

November 1, 2011

The original taped webinar on this study was removed based on a laboratory error affecting some bromide data. The revised final report for the study is available at the link below.

April 27, 2011

Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Dana Rizzo, outlines the uses of rain barrels and rain gardens in stormwater management.

March 30, 2011

Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Susan Boser, talks about how to control aquatic plants and algae.

February 23, 2011

Dr. Tom McCarty from Penn State Extension in Cumberland County discusses the various types of drinking water treatment devices.

January 26, 2011

Penn State Extension Urban Forester, Vinnie Cotrone, reveals the role of forested landscapes and trees in particular in stormwater management and pollution mitigation.

November 17, 2010

Jim Clark from Penn State Extension in McKean County discusses how to protect water quality from pharmaceutical contamination.

October 27, 2010

Dave Yoxtheimer, Extension Associate in Earth and Mineral Sciences discusses the management of both freshwater and wastewater related to shale gas drilling operations.

October 1, 2010

Dr. Charles Abdalla, an Agriculture and Economics professor at Penn State, discusses the basics of River Basin Commissions in Pennsylvania.

September 15, 2010

Bryan Swistock, Extension Specialist, and Jim Clark, Extension Water Resource Educator help you understand complex test reports from water testing laboratories.

August 30, 2010

Diane Oleson from Penn State Extension discusses best management practices for aquatic invasive species.

April 27, 2010

Peter Wulfhorst from Penn State Extension in Pike County discusses how to properly manage a private water well, spring or cistern.

March 31, 2010

Susan Boser from Penn State Extension explains the aspects of good pond management.

February 24, 2010

This webinar by Dr. Tom McCarty from Penn State Extension discusses current water use and the amount of water and money that could be saved by installing water-conserving devices and adopting water-conserving habits.