USDA has recently noticed that some growers are using bleach (Clorox TM) as a disinfectant in post-harvest washing systems. Disinfectants are regulated the same way as pesticides and unless the label on the bottle indicates EPA approval for washing fruits and vegetables, it is against federal law to use it for that purpose.
July and August often bring numerous calls and emails to Penn State Extension from pond owners about nuisance growth of algae. While long strands of filamentous algae are unappealing and have little value to the pond ecosystem, some other types of pond algae can actually provide important benefits to a pond.
At this time of year, many calls are received at the Extension office from individuals who are interested in finding out how to eliminate aquatic plants that have suddenly taken over their ponds and have become a problem either aesthetically or for the pond’s recreational use.
Intersex fish have been found in Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna, Delaware and Ohio river basins, indicating that the effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals are more widespread than previously known. New U.S. Geological Survey-led research published in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment found two fish species, smallmouth bass and white sucker, exhibiting the effects of exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Intersex characteristics caused by hormones and hormone-mimicking compounds include immature eggs in male fish.
A workshop designed to educate municipalities, engineers, watershed groups and students about the value of trees and green infrastructure in water quality was held on June 9, 2014 at the York Water Company Employee Center in York County.
The farmers on this website have been identified by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and EPA for implementing specific best management practices to reduce pollution while also improving or sustaining their profits, soil quality and/or yields. We celebrate these farmer heroes who are making a difference to improve America’s water resources and invite you to read their stories.
The 6th grade classes of Dutch Ridge Elementary in the Beaver Area School District culminated their Trout in the Classroom Project at the end of April by releasing 160 fingerling trout into Brady’s Run.
You work on them, Play on them, Drink from them. But have you recently taken the time to really appreciate your local lake, pond, or reservoir?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it has sent orders to 85 municipalities in north central and northeast Pennsylvania requiring improvements to their programs for managing stormwater.
Do you ever think about water when you buy a gallon of milk at the store? Perhaps you should!
Penn State Extension, as part of the Greening the Lower Susquehanna project, has developed a new citizen science monitoring tool. It is designed for families that have recently made stream side improvements on their property and would like to measure the valuable changes in wildlife habitat that take place as a result.
Marinas can help reduce pollution and protect the local environment by efficiently using materials and energy, and making changes to water or land operations. Get ideas related to fuels management, boat maintenance, stormwater runoff, dredging, and much more.
Ailanthus, the so-called tree-of-heaven, is probably the most famous invasive tree in the United States. It’s the title tree in Betty Smith’s classic 1943 novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, where it is used as a metaphor for persistence and toughness in the face of adversity. However, that toughness makes this tree— Ailanthus altissima (aka ailanthus, tree-of-heaven, stink tree, and Chinese sumac)—a serious problem wherever it grows.
For most people living in rural areas, collection, treatment, and disposal of household sewage must be accomplished on site.
Groundwater professionals from across Pennsylvania gathered on May 7, 2014 at the Ramada Inn Conference Center in State College, PA for the 2014 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium. The symposium was again held during National Drinking Water Week in recognition of the importance of groundwater to both public and private drinking water supplies across Pennsylvania.
EPA's online Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection was recently updated in April 2014 to include the latest information about FY2014 federal funding allocations for programs focusing on watershed protection and restoration. The site houses an easy-to-use, searchable database of 85 programs in which financial assistance sources, including grants, loans and cost-sharing, are available to fund a variety of watershed activities.
Feral swine/wild hogs have been documented in numerous areas of Pennsylvania. USDA-Wildlife Services is looking for information in order to document locations and collect disease samples. Information is also being sought on shooting preserves (past and present).
Two teams of Penn State Extension educators, specialists, and faculty have been selected as national award winners by the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP) and will be recognized on May 21 at the upcoming ANREP Conference in Sacramento, CA.
Penn State Extension has recently completed work on a new mobile device App called “H2OSolutions” to help private water system owners and professionals evaluate wells, springs and cisterns.
This May will mark the 24th anniversary of American Wetlands Month, a time when EPA and its partners in federal, state, tribal, local, non-profit, and private sector organizations celebrate the vital importance of wetlands to the Nation's ecological, economic, and social health. It is also a great opportunity to discover and teach others about the important role that wetlands play in our environment and the significant benefits they provide — improved water quality, increased water storage and supply, reduced flood and storm surge risk, and critical habitat for plants, fish, and wildlife.