Estimates are that 1 of 7 households in Pennsylvania has at least an acre of trees. These woodland owners really like their woodlands. If you are one of these lucky owners, do you have questions about caring for your woods? To answer your questions, mark your calendar for March 20 and 21 for the Private Forest Landowners Conference in Altoona, PA.
Irrigation water can save a crop during drought, and is necessary to grow crops in sheltered environments such as greenhouses and high tunnels. That water can come from a variety of sources and its chemistry can vary tremendously. This impacts the ease of operating an irrigation system, plant nutrition, whether fertilizers and pesticides are effective, and ultimately a farm’s productivity.
With endocrine-disrupting compounds affecting fish populations in rivers as close as Pennsylvania's Susquehanna and as far away as Israel's Jordan, a new research study shows that soils can filter out and break down at least some of these emerging contaminants. The results suggest that water pollution can be diminished by spraying treated wastewater on land rather than discharging it directly into streams, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
The study of a graduate student includes the draining of ponds to verify fish counted on video. This leads to findings that can help fisheries managers control the invasive hydrilla.
USGS scientists assessed water quality in source (untreated) water from 6,600 wells in regionally extensive aquifers that supply most of the groundwater pumped for the Nation’s drinking water, irrigation, and other uses. The new USGS reports highlight how geology, hydrology, geochemistry, and chemical use affect the concentrations of individual contaminants in groundwater.
As we continue to change our landscapes, converting fields and forests to buildings, parking lots and lawns, we fragment forests and other productive landscapes and impact our streams, lakes and rivers with polluted stormwater runoff. Learn how Green Infrastructure is helping to conserve viable natural resources and capture, infiltrate and evapotranspire rain where it falls.
Fertilizers are known to promote the growth of toxic cyanobacterial blooms in freshwater and oceans worldwide, but a new multi-institution study shows the aquatic microbes themselves can drive nitrogen and phosphorus cycling in a combined one-two punch in lakes.
Stormwater runoff is water from rain or melting snow that doesn’t soak into the ground. It flows from rooftops, paved areas, bare soil, and across sloped lawns. Runoff transports many potential potential pollutants.
Irrigation water chemistry is important to meet your crop requirements. Production may be impacted by characteristics of your irrigation water through nutrient availability, pesticide chemistry, and pathogen management. Join us for the Irrigation Water Toolbox Training in Hershey, PA.
Take the EPA’s Water Sense Pledge and learn how you can save water each month of the year with a checklist you can download and keep on hand!
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists measured concentrations of select EDCs approximately 10 times in water and sediment from 2009 to 2011, at five sites in the Spirit Creek watershed near Fort Gordon, Georgia, as part of an assessment of the effects of the closure of a WWTP on EDC persistence.
Radon is a tasteless, colorless, odorless gas that comes from the natural breakdown of radioactive uranium in the ground. Radon can get into the air you breathe indoors and into the water you drink, and can also be found in small amounts in outdoor air.
Penn State Cooperative Extension will be offering an on-line Pond Home Study course again this year, beginning April 2, 2015, with a registration deadline of Friday, March 27, 2015.
If you are interested in learning more about the proper management of private water wells, springs and cisterns and you are willing to share what you learn with others, you might be interested in applying for the Master Well Owner online course being offered by Penn State Extension starting on February 9, 2015!
Earth 911 provides a listing of places in Pennsylvania and beyond where Christmas trees may be recycled. To be recycled, trees must be free of all bulbs, lights, tinsel etc. Some places will recycle trees curbside, while others require the tree to be taken to a specific collection location.
Average chloride concentrations often exceed toxic levels in many northern United States streams due to the use of salt to deice winter pavement, and the frequency of these occurrences nearly doubled in two decades.
Invasive plant and animal species can cause dramatic and enduring changes to the geography and ecology of landscapes, a study demonstrates. A review of studies on how life forms interact with and influence their surroundings concluded that invasive species can alter landscapes in myriad ways and with varying degrees of severity.
The majority of streams in the Chesapeake Bay region are warming, and that increase appears to be driven largely by rising air temperatures. These findings are based on new U.S. Geological Survey research published in the journal Climatic Change.
Are you interested in installing a rain garden? Check out this series of short videos that will will walk you through installing a rain garden from start to finish!
From the poorest slums to the most affluent suburbs, recycling wastewater into drinking water is becoming a reality. As the water cycle tightens, concern is escalating over the effects of residual contaminants on human health and aquatic ecosystems.