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Webinar Discusses Protecting Groundwater from Pesticides

Posted: December 19, 2016

Over half of Pennsylvania residents rely on groundwater for at least part of their drinking water. Groundwater is also the predominant source of water used for agriculture, commercial and mining activities in the state. While Pennsylvania has abundant groundwater resources, it is critical that they be properly protected from pollution associated with land use activities. Use of pesticides represents one such groundwater threat.
Photo: Bryan Swistock, Penn State

Photo: Bryan Swistock, Penn State

In 2016, the Penn State Extension Water Resources team developed and delivered a new educational program entitled Keeping Pesticides out of Groundwater. Educators delivered 19 of these programs in 14 counties to a total of 1,178 pesticide applicators who owned or managed over 16,000 acres of land where pesticides are applied.

On December 14, 2016, the Penn State Water Resources Extension team hosted a webinar on Keeping Pesticides out of Groundwater by Bryan Swistock, a Water Resources Specialist in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. In this webinar Bryan discusses the importance of the groundwater resource, the basics of pesticide fate and transport, and best management practices to protect groundwater from pesticide contamination.

To view the entire 53-minute recorded webinar along with a PDF of the presentation slides, visit the Penn State Extension Water Resources Webinar series.