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2017

Save the Date – Dauphin County Home Water and Septic System Workshop
July 20, 2017
Protecting your family’s well or spring drinking water supply and keeping your septic and heating oil tanks from contaminating water supplies.
Penn State Extension-Berks County Graduates First Class of Master Watershed Stewards
July 10, 2017
The first group of Master Watershed Steward volunteers has completed the training portion of the program.
Antibiotic resistance linked to common household disinfectant triclosan
July 10, 2017
Scientists have discovered a link between a major mechanism of antibiotic resistance and resistance to the disinfectant triclosan which is commonly found in domestic products.
Parks can Play a Major Role in Managing Stormwater
July 10, 2017
Parks and other open spaces (rights-of-way, along streets, parking lot medians, etc.) are the most ideal places in a municipality to generate a variety of long-term economic, ecological, and community benefits,” such as water quality and quantity improvement and infrastructure protection.
NOAA, USGS And Partners: Chesapeake Bay 'Dead Zone' To Vary From Average To Slightly Smaller
July 3, 2017
Scientists expect that this year’s mid-summer Chesapeake Bay hypoxic low-oxygen zone or “dead zone” — an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and aquatic life — will be approximately 1.58 cubic miles, about the volume of 2.3 million Olympic-size swimming pools. This is close to the long-term average as measured since 1950.
Swimming Microbots Can Remove Pathogenic Bacteria From Water
July 3, 2017
The lack of clean water in many areas around the world is a persistent, major public health problem. One day, tiny robots could help address this issue by zooming around contaminated water and cleaning up disease-causing bacteria, report scientists.
Lower Susquehanna Community Comes Together to Save a Stream using Trees
July 3, 2017
Volunteers gathered on June 10th at a family farm just outside of New Holland along the banks of Mill Creek. The group included Penn State’s Greening the Lower Susquehanna volunteers, dedicated Lancaster County Citizens, and enthusiastic attendees from Lancaster County’s first annual Water Week activities. The day was filled with hard work for a good cause.
Simple Tactic Results in Dramatic Water Conservation, Study Shows
June 26, 2017
Rain or shine has new meaning thanks to an innovative, inexpensive and simple tactic that will really change how people think about watering their lawns. The tactic? A straightforward road sign.
PFOA threat to drinking water addressed with novel material
June 26, 2017
A highly toxic water pollutant, known as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), last year caused a number of U.S. communities to close their drinking water supplies. PFOA contamination also is a pervasive problem worldwide. A research team now reports an inexpensive and renewable material that rapidly removes PFOA from water. The novel treatment effectively eliminates the micropollutant to below 10 parts per trillion, far below US Environmental Protection Agency and all state health advisory limits.
Landscaping Professionals: Working for Cleaner Water and a Cleaner Look
June 26, 2017
Stormwater which is the water that runs off of houses, streets, parking lots, and any other hard surface during rain events, has been identified as a major cause of water pollution in recent years.
Could Radon Be Present in Your Well Water?
June 19, 2017
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.
World Environment Day: What Does The Future Hold For Earth's Ecosystems?
June 19, 2017
How healthy will Earth's ecosystems be in 2027, 2067 and beyond? It's an important question to ask, especially on World Environment Day, June 5.
How exactly does water get to homes?
June 19, 2017
Research shows wide knowledge gaps about how water infrastructure works. Many Americans don't know how clean water gets to their homes and especially what happens after wastewater is flushed away, knowledge that is vital in confronting challenges including droughts and failing infrastructure that can lead to contamination.
DEP Secretary: House Republican Budget Proposal Puts Public Health at Risk - Proposed cuts would affect air and drinking water quality
June 19, 2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) warns that cuts to environmental and public health programs in the proposed budget from House Republicans could put air and water quality at risk. In a letter to the chairmen of the House and Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committees, Secretary Patrick McDonnell outlined six key ways the proposed budget would impact public health, safety, and economic development.
Grant Aimed at Solving Agricultural Water Issues Through Community Engagement
June 12, 2017
A group of institutions led by Penn State has received nearly $2.2 million for the first year of a planned four-year, $5 million project aimed at developing a model for engaging communities and stakeholders to ensure adequate supplies of good-quality water both for and from agriculture. Partners include the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service, Arizona State University and the University of Nebraska Lincoln.
Water Efficiency in Rural Areas is Getting Worse, Even as it Improves in Urban Center
June 12, 2017
A nationwide analysis of water use over the past 30 years finds that there is a disconnect between rural and urban areas, with most urban areas becoming more water efficient and most rural areas becoming less and less efficient over time.
Penn State Extension Webinar Discusses Pennsylvania Water Wells
June 12, 2017
On May 31, 2017, the Penn State Water Resources Extension team hosted a webinar on Lessons from Over 30 Years of Water Well Research and Outreach in Pennsylvania. The presenter was Bryan Swistock, a Water Resources Extension Associate with Penn State Extension in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.
The State Permit to Use An Aquatic Herbicide in Ponds or Lakes
June 5, 2017
Over half of Pennsylvania pond owners indicate that nuisance algae and aquatic plants are a problem for their pond. Penn State surveys have found that about 40% of pond owners with nuisance algae and plants have used aquatic herbicides to control the growth.
Green Infrastructure: Managing Stormwater Runoff At The Municipal Level
June 5, 2017
If left unchecked, stormwater can add pollutants like soil, nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus), and pathogens into our streams and rivers. This may lead to health impacts, unsightly and unpleasantly smelling waterways, and a degraded environment.
Decades of Data on World's Oceans Reveal a Troubling Oxygen Decline
June 5, 2017
The amount of dissolved oxygen contained in the water -- an important measure of ocean health -- has been declining for more than 20 years, reveals a new analysis of decades of data on oceans across the globe.
BP Oil Spill Did $17.2 Billion in Damage to Natural Resources, Scientists Find
June 5, 2017
The 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill did $17.2 billion in damage to the natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico, a team of scientists recently found after a six-year study of the impact of the largest oil spill in U.S. history.
Trump Budget Proposal Threatens Safe Drinking Water, Clean Air, and Job Creation
May 31, 2017
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell has warned the Pennsylvania congressional delegation that the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to environmental protection and clean energy programs will threaten Pennsylvania residents and businesses.
Tracking down water pollution through DNA of algae
May 31, 2017
The degree of pollution of rivers resulting from human activities is assessed using different biotic indices. The latter reflect the ecological status of a river based on the quantity and diversity of organisms selected as bioindicators, due to their ecological preferences and tolerance to pollution. This is the case of diatoms, algae consisting of a single cell surrounded by a silica skeleton, recommended by researchers as one of the ideal bioindicators for rivers and lakes.
US streams carry surprisingly extensive mixture of pollutants
May 31, 2017
Many US waterways carry a variety of pollutants, but not much is known about the composition or health effects of these chemical combinations. A new in-depth study, however, is providing insight as it shows the mixtures are more complex than expected and contain compounds that could potentially harm aquatic species.
What Happens When Water Becomes Unaffordable?
May 31, 2017
A recent study made headlines with the conclusion that more than one third (35.6 percent) of U.S. households will find their water bills have grown unaffordable over the next five years if rates rise at projected levels. This will nearly triple the number of households that currently cannot afford water services, per the study.
Groundwater and Drinking Water Highlighted at 2017 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium
May 31, 2017
Groundwater professionals from across Pennsylvania gathered on May 3, 2017 at the Ramada Inn Conference Center in State College, PA for the 2017 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium. The symposium was again held in recognition of National Drinking Water Week to highlight the importance of groundwater to both public and private drinking water supplies across Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvanians Can't Wait for Clean Water. The State Must Act Now: Editorial
May 22, 2017
When you turn on the kitchen faucet at home, you count on a couple of things: First, that the water will flow freely. And second, that it's going to be clean and safe for you and your family to drink.
Penn State Extension Webinar Discusses Nature’s Financial Benefits
May 22, 2017
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?
DEP Proposes Plan to Improve Safe Drinking Water Oversight
May 22, 2017
In order to provide mandated protections to public drinking water, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) proposes to increase the number of inspectors who ensure safe drinking water is delivered from the state’s more than 8,500 public water systems to more than 10 million Pennsylvania residents. To fund the positions, DEP proposes a new annual fee and amendments to existing permit fees for public water systems. The proposed fee package will allow DEP to expand the existing drinking water staff complement by more than 50 percent and improve inspection rates of public water systems.
North America's freshwater lakes are getting saltier - Proximity to roads -- and road salt -- predicts escalating salinization
May 22, 2017
North America's freshwater lakes are getting saltier due to development and exposure to road salt. A study of 371 lakes published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports that many Midwestern and Northeastern lakes are experiencing increasing chloride trends, with some 44% of lakes sampled in these regions undergoing long-term salinization.
Drought Indicators Statewide Return to Normal
May 22, 2017
Following a meeting today of the Commonwealth Drought Task Force, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that 19 counties have moved out of drought watch into normal status.
A Green Solution to Stormwater Management
May 22, 2017
As our landscapes grow and develop, the health of our streams and rivers have been impaired. What we do on the land, or what we cover it with, affects the quantity (volume and velocity) and quality (pollutant levels) of the rainfall that enters our waterways; what many call stormwater.
Drought Happens
May 15, 2017
Drought is a regular occurrence somewhere in the United States, even here in Pennsylvania.
'Weather whiplash' triggered by changing climate will degrade Midwest's drinking water
May 15, 2017
New research shows weather whiplash in the American Midwest's agricultural regions will drive the deterioration of water quality, forcing municipalities to seek costly remedies to provide safe drinking water to residents.
Graphene sieve turns seawater into drinking water
May 15, 2017
Graphene-oxide membranes have attracted considerable attention as promising candidates for new filtration technologies. Now the much sought-after development of making membranes capable of sieving common salts has been achieved.
Websites aim to promote planting, protection of trees in Bay region
May 15, 2017
Two new websites will help those working to plant and protect trees throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The Chesapeake Riparian Forest Buffer Network and Chesapeake Tree Canopy Network—both launched through partnerships between the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Forestry Workgroup, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service—were created to help communities meet their forest buffer and tree canopy goals.
Drilling a New or Replacement Well
May 8, 2017
Anyone installing a new well—or replacing an inadequate old system needs to plan carefully to ensure an adequate supply of good-quality water.
Nitrogen, phosphorus from fertilizers and pet waste polluting urban water
May 8, 2017
New research points to lawn fertilizers and pet waste as the dominant sources of nitrogen and phosphorus pollutants in seven sub-watersheds of the Mississippi River in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
It's not too late to conserve water resources in rapidly urbanizing areas
May 8, 2017
Despite climate change plus urban growth, study says planning can help. As climate change and population pressure intensify in suburbia, a new study by a watershed scientist suggests that threats such as water shortages and poor quality can be met if managers begin to act now. He modeled how this watershed is going to look in the next 90 years taking both into account.
Light rain can spread soil bacteria far and wide, study finds
May 8, 2017
Global precipitation may account for 1 to 25 percent of bacteria emitted from land. A good rain can have a cleansing effect on the land. But a new study reports that, under just the right conditions, rain can also be a means of spreading bacteria. Using high-resolution imaging, researchers observed the effect of raindrops falling on dry soil laden with bacteria.
Water filter from wood offers portable, eco-friendly purification in emergencies
May 8, 2017
What can the forests of Scandinavia possibly offer to migrants in faraway refugee camps? Clean water may be one thing, suggests a new report.
Private Water System Education Workshop Held in York County
May 1, 2017
About one third of the households in York County are served by a private water system (wells or springs). Penn State Extension conducts Home Water and Septic System Workshops to assist homeowners in understanding, testing and maintaining these important systems.
Decline in hemlock forests linked to changes in water resources, study shows
May 1, 2017
An insect infestation that is killing hemlock trees in New England forests is having a significant impact on the water resources of forested ecosystems that provide essential water supplies to one of the nation's most populous regions, suggests new research.
Gardening worms, climate change undermine natural coastal protection
May 1, 2017
Dikes could be lower if they are protected against the waves by grassy marshes. But the protective salt marsh grass is struggling, not only due to increasingly stronger waves, but also to the superfood diet of ragworms. These sophisticated gardeners turn inedible, tough grass seeds into succulent, nutritious sprouts in their burrows. These cultivation techniques prevent many seeds from growing into salt marsh vegetation, thus undermining the use of salt marshes for 'natural' coastal protection.
Twelve States Earn Failing Grades For Lead In School Water
May 1, 2017
A new report shines a light on lead-contamination of drinking water in schools, highlighting how poor policymaking at the state and federal level poses a threat to children in various states.
Cool insights for a hot world: trees and forests recycle water
May 1, 2017
Anyone who has walked outside on a sunny day knows that forests and trees matter for temperature, humidity and wind speed. Planting trees speaks to concerns about climate change, but the directly important aspects of the tree-climate relationships have so far been overlooked in climate policy where it relates to forest.
Webinar Discusses An Inventory of Farm Conservation Practices in Pennsylvania
April 24, 2017
There is much interest into what extent Pennsylvania farmers are using water quality protection practices. Conservation practice adoption is well-documented for practices that are implemented with federal or state financial assistance.
Idaho State University Study Links Nitrate Contamination In Lower Portneuf Valley Watershed To Septic Tanks
April 24, 2017
Idaho State University researchers have established a clear link to septic sources of nitrate contamination in about one-third of the 100 private wells in the Lower Portneuf Valley Watershed sampled for a study.
New breed of supermolecule 'hunts down' harmful drugs, removes them from water
April 24, 2017
An effective, environmentally friendly way to monitor and remove pharmaceuticals from water has been discovered by a team of scientists.
Calculating recharge of groundwater more precisely
April 24, 2017
Current models underestimate role of subsurface heterogeneity, researchers suggest in a new article. Groundwater is a vital resource in many regions around the globe. For managing drinking water, the recharge rate is an important quantity for securing sustainable supplies.
Water and Forest Ecology among Topics at “The Woods in Your Backyard” Workshop in Southwest Pennsylvania
April 17, 2017
Of course trees need water to grow, but woods are equally important to the health of local waterways. Wooded areas reduce stormwater runoff, filter potential pollutants from entering surface water, and enhance aquatic life populations.
Colorado River flows will keep shrinking as climate warms
April 17, 2017
Warming in the 21st century reduced Colorado River flows by at least 0.5 million acre-feet, about the amount of water used by 2 million people for one year, according to new research. Climate change models project increasing temperatures, but future precipitation projections have more uncertainty. A new report, the first to quantify the different effects of temperature and precipitation on recent Colorado River flow, shows as temperature keep increasing, Colorado River flows will keep declining.
Examining Shifts in Stream Microbial Communities Exposed to Oil and Gas Wastewaters
April 17, 2017
Shifts in the overall microbial community structure were present in stream sediments that contained chemicals associated with unconventional oil and gas wastewaters. This work is part of a long-term study designed to understand persistence of chemicals from oil and gas wastewaters in sediments and water and how those factors might be related to exposures and adverse health effects, if any, on organisms
Rusty Crayfish
April 17, 2017
The rusty crayfish is an invasive species that can be found in some rivers and streams in Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. It has a spot on either side of its back that is rusty in color.
USGS Study Identifies Factors Related to Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Blooms
April 17, 2017
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists identified water-quality and environmental factors related to cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms at beaches in Ohio. This information was collected as part of a long-term plan to develop site-specific predictive models for microcystin concentrations.
Drought Warning Lifted For Mifflin, Union Counties, Watch Still In Place For 19 Counties
April 11, 2017
The Commonwealth Drought Task Force Thursday lifted the Drought Warning designation for Mifflin and Union counties, but 19 counties still remain in Drought Watch conditions which call for a 5 percent reduction in water use. In addition, Carbon, Juniata, Monroe, and Schuylkill counties were returned to Normal status.
Science vs. the sea lamprey
April 11, 2017
A promising -- and natural -- solution to curb destructive the sea lamprey population has been developed by a team of researchers.
Keeping Well and Septic System Records
April 11, 2017
If you are on a private well, it is your responsibility to determine the quality of your drinking water. If you have an on-lot sewage disposal system, it is your responsibility to ensure that the system is operating properly.
Preventing lead spread - Engineering team develops new approach to limit water contamination
April 11, 2017
While lead pipes were banned decades ago, they still supply millions of American households with water each day. A team of engineers has developed a new way to track where dangerous lead particles might be transported in the drinking water supply during a common abatement procedure.
DEP: Federal Budget Cuts Will Have Immediate, Devastating Effect In PA
April 11, 2017
StateImpact’s Marie Cusick reported Thursday Acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt saying the cuts to funding proposed by the Trump administration will have an “immediate and devastating effect” in Pennsylvania.
Stanford scientists map seawater threat to California Central Coast aquifers
April 11, 2017
Researchers from Stanford and the University of Calgary have transformed pulses of electrical current sent 1,000 feet underground into a picture of where seawater has infiltrated freshwater aquifers along the Monterey Bay coastline.
Focus on Aquatic Invasive Species – European Water Chestnut
April 3, 2017
The European Water chestnut has nothing to do with the edible variety. It is a rooted aquatic plant that can dominate ponds, shallow lakes, and rivers.
New York Schools Help Cornell Monitor Local Waterways for Invasive Species
April 3, 2017
Invasive aquatic species like round goby, Asian carp, and sea lamprey are a growing problem in New York State. Their presence impacts water quality, food supply, recreation and tourism, as well as human and animal health. Early detection is a critical first step in monitoring a species' spread and managing responses.
Accounting For Extreme Rainfall
April 3, 2017
A University of Connecticut climate scientist has confirmed that more intense and more frequent severe rainstorms will likely continue as temperatures rise due to global warming, despite some observations that seem to suggest otherwise.
Agriculture: Trump Budget Cuts Could Harm PA Agriculture, Rural Communities
April 3, 2017
The Trump administration’s proposed 21 percent cut to the U.S. Department of Agriculture could cause significant harm to Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry and rural communities, according to state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. The cuts, he said, could affect everything from the safety of community water systems and the prospects for economic growth in rural communities to funding for important agricultural research projects.
SRBC, DEP Partner On Water Loss Management Training For Drinking Water Systems
April 3, 2017
The Susquehanna River Basin Commission’s Public Water Supply Assistance Program by partnering with the Department of Environmental Protection Operator Outreach Assistance Program to present a three-part instructional series on Water Loss Management in April, July and August.
Wellhead Protection – the Area Around the Well Counts!
March 27, 2017
Inspecting the wellhead (the portion of the well above the ground) and the area around it annually is one of the best actions a well owner can discover potential issues before they become expensive problems and protect their water supply.
New Studies Quantify the Impacts of Water Use on Diversity of Fish and Aquatic Insects in North Carolina Streams
March 27, 2017
The health of fish and aquatic insects could be significantly affected by withdrawals of fresh water from the rivers and streams across North Carolina according to a new scientific assessment.
Over Time, Nuisance Flooding Can Cost More Than Extreme, Infrequent Events
March 27, 2017
Global climate change is being felt in many coastal communities of the United States, not always in the form of big weather disasters but as a steady drip, drip, drip of nuisance flooding. These smaller events can actually be more expensive overall, researchers report.
Winter Precipitation and Forests: Was It Enough?
March 27, 2017
It’s easy to wish for an early end to winter or more bright and sunny days, but don’t malign the importance of those grey wet days, the importance of a decent snowpack, the importance of groundwater, and the impacts we have on water.
Asian Carp and Old Chicago Waterways
March 20, 2017
Asian carp, currently confined to the Mississippi River system, are threatening to invade Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes through the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. Researchers reaffirm that providing safe drinking water to Chicago residents must remain the number one priority; however, the Asian carp must be blocked to prevent them from getting into the Great Lakes.
Focus on Aquatic Invasive Species – What are Asian Carp?
March 20, 2017
Asian carp is a catchall name for four species of carp, silver, bighead, grass, and black carp from Southeast Asia that escaped into the Mississippi river and are now threatening the Great Lakes.
House Bill Would Eliminate Churches, Schools, Camps From Safe Drinking Water Act Putting Federal Primacy At Risk
March 20, 2017
Rep. David Zimmerman (R-Lancaster) Wednesday introduced House Bill 776 that would no longer require thousands of church-owned facilities-- churches, schools, camps and businesses-- with their own water supplies from being required to meet state Safe Drinking Water Act requirements.
Have Fun Learning About Invasive Species With a New Tool from Pennsylvania 4-H
March 20, 2017
Penn State Extension, with funding from the state Department of Agriculture, has created a “fun,” hands-on, interactive curriculum to address the threat of invasive species, to be offered through its Pennsylvania 4-H youth program.
Road Salt Alternatives Alter Aquatic Ecosystems
March 13, 2017
Researchers test effects of common road salt, additives, and alternatives - Organic additives found in road salt alternatives -- such as those used in the commercial products GeoMelt and Magic Salt -- act as a fertilizer to aquatic ecosystems, promoting the growth of algae and organisms that eat algae, according to new research.
Just How Early is Spring Arriving in Your Neighborhood? Find out ...
March 13, 2017
While we've known for a over a decade now that climate change is variably advancing the onset of spring across the United States, a new set of maps from the USGS-led USA National Phenology Network now demonstrates just how ahead of schedule spring is in your precise neck of the woods.
Conference Report Sees Farmers Playing Key Role in Meeting Water-quality Goals
March 13, 2017
Because of a new narrative of stewardship, Pennsylvania farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed will be persuaded to look at conservation not as something they have to do but rather something they want to do.
Watershed-friendly Deicing
March 13, 2017
Everyone deals with snow and ice removal in the winter. One popular approach is to apply chemical deicing materials to clear sidewalks, stairs and driveways. But did you know that runoff containing these chemicals can damage our rivers and streams?
DCNR Announces Improvements to Pennsylvania Groundwater Information System
March 9, 2017
To mark National Groundwater Awareness Week, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today announced some improvements to the Pennsylvania Groundwater Information System (PaGWIS).
House DEP Budget Hearing: Safe Drinking Water, Permitting, Pipelines, Chesapeake Bay
March 6, 2017
Acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell answered questions before the House Appropriations Committee for 2 hours and 30 minutes Monday on DEP’s budget request touching on deficiencies EPA pointed out in the state’s Safe Drinking Water Program because of budget cuts, permit reviews, the regulation of pipelines, penalty assessments, going beyond federal requirements and meeting Pennsylvania’s obligations under the Chesapeake Bay Program.
Banned Chemicals From the '70s Found in the Deepest Reaches of the Ocean
March 6, 2017
Crustaceans from the deepest ocean trenches found to contain ten times the level of industrial pollution than the average earthworm, scientists have shown.
Fish Diets Switch From Aquatic to Terrestrial Insects in Streams Effected By Metal Contamination
March 6, 2017
Streams and rivers around the world are effected by acidic runoff and metal contamination. This can occur through natural processes caused by the action of wind, water, and air reacting with previously buried minerals and metals present in streams and their watersheds as well as activities associated with historical and ongoing mining activities.
Potter County is Implementing Their Source Water Protection Plan
March 6, 2017
Potter County takes the protection of their public drinking water very seriously. They were the first county in Pennsylvania to have approved source water protection plans for all of the public water supplies in the county.
EPA Providing Guidance For Drinking Water After Radiological Emergency
March 6, 2017
What would happen if there was an emergency in the U.S. that caused radioactive material to contaminate drinking water supplies? What steps could your utilities and government take?
Spring is a Good Time to Think about Water Well Maintenance
February 27, 2017
Your drinking water well requires regular maintenance, just like any other system in your home. Regular inspection and some simple steps will help safeguard your water supply.
How untreated water is making our kids sick: Researcher explores possible climate change link
February 27, 2017
A researcher has drawn a link between the impact of climate change and untreated drinking water on the rate of gastrointestinal illness in children.
BPA can disrupt painted turtles' brain development could be a population health concern
February 27, 2017
Research could help determine how BPA affects male and female brains
Move over Bear Grylls! Academics build ultimate solar-powered water purifier
February 27, 2017
You've seen Bear Grylls turn foul water into drinking water with little more than sunlight and plastic. Now, academics have added a third element -- carbon-dipped paper -- that may turn this survival tactic into a highly efficient and inexpensive way to turn saltwater and contaminated water into potable water for personal use.
Focus on Aquatic Invasive Species: Hydrilla
February 21, 2017
Hydrilla is a submerged aquatic weed of concern in Pennsylvania. This plant is a perennial that grows rapidly, covering the surface of the water, restricting boating, fishing and swimming among other recreational uses.
Deep groundwater aquifers respond rapidly to climate variability
February 21, 2017
Changes in climate can rapidly impact even the deepest freshwater aquifers according to hydrologists. The researchers found that responses to climate variations can be detected in deep groundwater aquifers faster than expected -- in many cases within a year.
Water Testing Engages Junior High Science Classes
February 21, 2017
What differences are there between water sources? Just because water looks clear, does that make it safe to drink? What are total dissolved solids?
Important submarine canyons ecosystems are at risk
February 21, 2017
A recent review of studies of submarine canyons has identified that they are at risk from human activities, and require better protection.
Govenor Wolf Proposes New Budget With Little New For The Environment
February 13, 2017
Govenor Tom Wolf Tuesday proposed a $32.3 billion General Fund budget which he said includes $2 billion in cuts and savings resulting from reinventing and reforming the way the public’s money is spent and $1 billion in new taxes, mostly on business.
Floating Towards Water Treatment
February 13, 2017
Researchers have found engineered floating wetlands show promise for water treatment.
It’s Time to Start Planning Your Stream Restoration Projects for This Year
February 6, 2017
Do you have a stream on your property that is eroding away, and taking your property with it?
Webinar Discusses Green Parking Lot Zoning and Design
February 6, 2017
As urbanization and development continue to occur, resulting issues with stormwater have been an increasing water resources issue.
Master Watershed Stewards at the PA Farm Show
February 6, 2017
The Pennsylvania Master Watershed Stewards participated in the 2017 PA Farm Show.
Forty-four invading species 'loose' in North Atlantic
February 6, 2017
Accidental introductions of non-native species has been of increasing concern since the 1980s when human-mediated transportation, mainly related to ships' ballast water, was recognised as a major route by which species are transported and spread.
Bioinvasion is jeopardizing Mediterranean marine communities
February 6, 2017
Non-indigenous species are harming indigenous species and habitats in the Mediterranean Sea, impairing potentially exploitable marine resources and raising concern about human health issues, according to a new study.
Is White Sucker Tumor Prevalence in some Wisconsin Rivers Related to Environmental Contaminant Exposures or Other Factors?
January 30, 2017
The incidence of particular skin and liver tumors on white suckers collected from some Wisconsin rivers corresponded to the degree of urban development within the watershed. Further research is needed to understand the relationship between exposure to urban-sourced contaminants and the initiation, promotion, and potential for population-level effects of these tumors.