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2010

Shaping a Vision for the Conewago
December 28, 2010
This fall, Penn State Extension has been working deeply within a local watershed community in the Lower Susquehanna region, helping to craft its vision for the future.
New Master Well Owner Training Coming in February
December 22, 2010
Those interested in becoming a new Master Well Owner volunteer can now be trained through a new online module!
Pennsylvania’s ‘Discovery Watersheds’
December 20, 2010
‘Discovery Watersheds’ are small watersheds in which resources are targeted to enhance conservation efforts and ultimately solve problems related to agricultural nonpoint pollution.
New Opportunity for Combining Education and Community Service
December 10, 2010
A brand new 4-H project book, Riparian BUFFers - Making Our Riparian Areas Strong is now available from Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Pennsylvania 4-H Program.
DEP Publishes Riparian Forest Buffer Guidance
December 6, 2010
The Department of Environmental Protection published Riparian Forest Buffer Guidance as final in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on November 27, 2010.
Front End Solution to a Back End Problem
December 6, 2010
Precision feeding of dairy cows is a great way to address water quality concerns in local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay. So what is precision feeding? It is feeding dairy cows to most precisely meet their nutrient requirements based on their level of production.
EPA Publishes Document on Non-point Source Pollution
September 27, 2010
A new document focused on the Chesapeake Bay presents a suite of tools and management practices to manage non-point source pollution on federal lands.
Youth - A Key Audience for Water Resource Education
September 7, 2010
A new program designed to promote water stewardship in youth is introduced in one of the showcase watersheds.
Wading through water-test results subject of webinar
September 3, 2010
When it comes to water-test results, one of the murkiest problems facing homeowners is how to interpret the results, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. And with the flood of Marcellus shale gas-drilling activity in Pennsylvania, there has been a steadily rising tide of information about water availability, water quality, water-testing procedures and what those tests indicate.
Farmers Meet to Talk Water Quality
August 31, 2010
The inaugural meeting of the Conewago Creek Dairy Discussion Group occurred July 28, 2010.
Welcome to “Watershed Winds”, the Newsletter for the Discovery Watershed Initiative
July 1, 2010
This space will showcase of some of the tools and approaches developed for nutrient and sediment reduction within Pennsylvania’s watersheds. Many of the best management practices and partnership building activities in the Conewago Watershed, Pennsylvania’s showcase watershed will be highlighted, but other watershed agencies and organizations also have stories to tell.
Marcellus shale well accident reinforces need to guard water quality
June 21, 2010
The recent eruption of a Marcellus shale gas well in Clearfield County, Pa., has triggered investigations by state agencies. A Penn State Cooperative Extension water specialist said it also should remind Pennsylvanians that drilling can impact surrounding water resources, and well owners near any drill sites should take steps to monitor their drinking water.
Extension receives grant to enhance water-conservation education
June 21, 2010
Most people have no concept about how much water they use in their homes, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
The Facts on Iron Bacteria
June 2, 2010
Since iron is a very common mineral found in the ground, iron bacteria is fairly common in ground water wells. Iron bacteria can cause problems for your water and the water system itself.
Should wellheads be above or below the ground surface?
June 2, 2010
Research studies have demonstrated a clear benefit to having an extended wellhead.
Drinking Water Scams
June 2, 2010
These various types of water scams can be very convincing and some just outright absurd. Many scams utilize pseudoscience and manipulate information in order to make their claims seem valid.
Nutrient Management Research to Benefit Chesapeake Bay
May 28, 2010
Nitrogen contamination of ground and surface water and air pollution caused by leaching, runoff and gaseous nitrogen emissions from animal-feeding operations are the most important environmental concerns related to animal agriculture, which is known to be the leading polluter of the bay.
On-Lot Septic Management is Vital to Water Quality
May 19, 2010
This webinar offers guidelines and maintenance advice for owners of septic systems
New Penn State Water Testing Program for Ponds and Lakes
April 19, 2010
For ponds or lakes with an existing water quality program, testing is an essential tool for diagnosing the cause of the problem and determining suitable treatment options.
Penn State Pond Guru Says Get Your Water Tested
April 7, 2010
Swistock has one concise message for pond owners: If you think you have a problem with your pond, you most likely do.
Safe Water, Ponds And Septic Systems Webinars
January 22, 2010
Water quality and water conservation will be the focus of five Web-based seminars produced by Penn State Cooperative Extension this spring. Topics will include water testing, septic systems, managing ponds and lakes, and safe drinking water.