Approximately 3 million people in Pennsylvania rely on private wells but groundwater is not ubiquitously free of chemical and/or microbial contaminants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This webinar discusses practices that homeowners can implement to protect groundwater including private water wells and springs.
Penn State Extension Water resources Educator, Susan Boser, highlights extension water resources available and designed to be used with youth audiences.
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.
Amy Galford, Water Resources Educator for Penn State Extension, provides a summary of irrigation water quality concerns in Pennsylvania.
Penn State Agricultural and Environmental Economics Professor, Dr. Jim Shortle, explains water quality trading, what it is, and who does it.
Penn State Extension Water Resources Specialist, Bryan Swistock, discusses the causes and problems associated with harmful algal blooms in PA.
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.
Bryan Swistock and Jim Clark from Penn State Extension discuss various ways that individuals can protect Pennsylvania groundwater using management practices.
Amy Galford, Water Resources Educator, and Steve Bogash, Horticulture Educator, from Penn State Extension discuss the importance of pH and alkalinity for irrigation.
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.
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.
Dr. Tess Russo from the Geoscience Department at Penn State discusses a study of trends in groundwater across the United States and climate correlations.
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.
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.
Melissa Hess, Senior Project Manager for URS, discusses green infrastructure projects installed in communities that are both beautiful and functional.
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.
Penn State Extension Water Resources Specialist, Bryan Swistock, covers five steps pond managers can use to create a healthier PA pond.
Steve Bogash, a Horticulture Educator with Penn State Extension, discusses building and maintaining your own home garden irrigation system.
Dr. Luke LaBorde from the Penn State Department of Food Science discusses water quality as it relates to food safety.
Matt Royer, Director of the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center discusses the Conewago Initiative’s approach and results.
PA Sea Grant Personnel, Sarah Whitney and Sara Stahlman, discuss aquatic invasive species.
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.
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.
Penn State Extension Watershed Youth Development Educator, Jennifer Fetter, shares several Penn State Extension education tools for teaching youth about water.
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.
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.
Dr. Elizabeth Boyer from the Penn State Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, presents results of atmospheric deposition research.
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.
Penn State Doctoral student, Sarah Tzilkowski, presents results of a study of Pennsylvania residents opinions regarding water resources.
Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Susan Boser, discusses the West Nile Virus.
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.
Joe Gallagher from Ecological Solutions, Inc. presents information on methods to control nuisance algae and aquatic plant growth.
Penn State Extension Water Specialist Bryan Swistock discusses results of a research study on the quality of water supplies for livestock, especially dairy cows.
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.
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.
Bryan Swistock, Extension Specialist in Water Resources, looks at how shale gas drilling relates to private water supplies and the potential impacts.
This webinar describes basic septic system functions, components, reasons for failures, and steps to prevent failures.
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.
Tom Christopherson from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services discusses the results from a study of grout used to seal water wells.
Joe Gallagher, President of Ecological Solutions, Inc. presents information on proper management of fish species in ponds and lakes.
Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Diane Oleson, highlights the practice of water gardening and how that relates to the spread of invasive species.
Susan Boser from Penn State Extension in Beaver County explains how to interpret results from water testing.
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.
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.
Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Dana Rizzo, outlines the uses of rain barrels and rain gardens in stormwater management.
Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Susan Boser, talks about how to control aquatic plants and algae.
Dr. Tom McCarty from Penn State Extension in Cumberland County discusses the various types of drinking water treatment devices.
Penn State Extension Urban Forester, Vinnie Cotrone, reveals the role of forested landscapes and trees in particular in stormwater management and pollution mitigation.
Jim Clark from Penn State Extension in McKean County discusses how to protect water quality from pharmaceutical contamination.
Dave Yoxtheimer, Extension Associate in Earth and Mineral Sciences discusses the management of both freshwater and wastewater related to shale gas drilling operations.
Dr. Charles Abdalla, an Agriculture and Economics professor at Penn State, discusses the basics of River Basin Commissions in Pennsylvania.
Bryan Swistock, Extension Specialist, and Jim Clark, Extension Water Resource Educator help you understand complex test reports from water testing laboratories.
Diane Oleson from Penn State Extension discusses best management practices for aquatic invasive species.
Peter Wulfhorst from Penn State Extension in Pike County discusses how to properly manage a private water well, spring or cistern.
Susan Boser from Penn State Extension explains the aspects of good pond management.
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.