Rivers and streams could be a major source of antibiotic resistance in the environment. A new study found that greater numbers of resistant bacteria exist close to some waste water treatment works, and that these plants are likely to be responsible for at least half of the increase observed.
Penn State Extension and the Penn State Master Well Owner Network are excited to offer a special one hour webinar on March 10, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM in recognition of National Groundwater Awareness Week.
Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Jim Clark, based in McKean County, PA, assisted farmers and other pesticide applicators protect the groundwater that flows beneath their feet by offering an extension program about groundwater.
Arsenic is the biggest public-health problem for water in the United States -- yet we pay far less attention to it than we do to lesser problems. Private wells present continuing risks. Even low doses of arsenic may reduce intelligence in children. There are also well-documented risks of cancer, heart disease, and reduced lung function.
In celebration of National Drinking Water Week, Penn State Extension and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection along with numerous other sponsors invite you to attend the 2015 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium at the Ramada Inn Conference Center in State College, PA on May 6th.
Three Aquatic Invasive Species and Conservation Workshops will be conducted across the state (February 28, March 7, and 21) by the PA Council of Trout along with PA Sea Grant, Fish and Boat Commission and the local Trout Unlimited chapters.
The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Education Fund through its Water Resources Education Network (WREN) Project is pleased to announce the opening of the 2015 grant round for Source Water Protection (SWP) Collaborative projects. Funding is available to help launch or strengthen community partnerships that raise awareness and educate citizens about ways to keep Pennsylvania drinking water resources clean and healthy. If your proposal meets our criteria, we'll work together with you to help make your project a success. Grant Applications Due: March 20, 2015
The Delaware River watershed is one of our nation’s most treasured resources. It is home to more than 7 million people and the water supply for more than 15 million in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. An historic new Farm Bill program at USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will help farmers and local leaders make investments to keep the watershed healthy and vibrant for years to come.
Scientists determined the effect of a controlled-release fertilizer placement method on changes in leachate nutrient concentration throughout an irrigation event, and evaluated the changes throughout a production season. Experiments involved topdressed, incorporated, and dibbled controlled-release fertilizer placement methods. Analyses suggested that the dibble method may be an advantageous CRF placement method that conserves fertilizer resources and mitigates non-point source nutrient contributions by reducing undesired nutrient leaching during irrigation.
In a long-term field study, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Virginia Tech scientists have found that changes in geochemistry from the natural breakdown of petroleum hydrocarbons underground can promote the chemical release (mobilization) of naturally occurring arsenic into groundwater. This geochemical change can result in potentially significant arsenic groundwater contamination.
Researchers know that adding natural buffers to the farm landscape can stop soil from vanishing. Now a scientist has found that more buffers are better, both for pleasing the eye and slowing erosion.
Pennsylvania has over three million rural residents who use a private water supply (well, spring or cistern) yet it is one of only two states that do not provide statewide standards for the construction, location or maintenance of these water supplies. As a result, each private water supply owner in Pennsylvania must become educated on best management practices for their water supply.
The Department of Environmental Protection has scheduled a series of four webinars on March 10, 11 on the implementation of new stream buffer requirements as a result of Act 162.
Keep PA Beautiful Tuesday announced registration is now open for the 2015 Great American Cleanup of PA which runs from March 1 to May 31.
The Penn State Water Resources Team is offering Home Water and Septic Workshops across the state during 2015. The two hour class covers private water supplies and how they should be maintained, tested, and treated. Best management practices for homeowners to use to protect and maintain on-lot septic systems are also discussed.
To view application package, please download Grant Instructions and Application forms or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Two new U.S. Geological Survey publications that highlight historical hydraulic fracturing trends and data from 1947 to 2010 are now available.
The collection on September 27, 2014, appears to be the last Take-Back that the DEA will implement. So what happens now?
Field studies conducted in the United States have shown that mercury concentrations in groundwater affected by wastewater disposal can exceed the drinking water maximum contaminant level (MCL) established by the Environmental Protection Agency (2 micrograms per liter of water, µg/L). Two recently published reports by scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the University of Maine, and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) help to explain what can lead to elevated mercury levels in groundwater.