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Drinking Water Webinars

Penn State Extension hosts a monthly webinar series on topics related to water issues for homeowners, gardeners, water professionals, youth educators, and more.

Water Resources Webinars

View list of upcoming webinars and webinar recordings.

Drinking Water Webinar Recordings

Previously recorded webinars are free of charge for you to watch.

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?

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.

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.

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 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.

March 10, 2015

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

February 23, 2011

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

September 15, 2010

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

April 27, 2010

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