In September 2014, the Pennsylvania Invasive Species Council adopted the Pennsylvania AIS Rapid Response Plan. A hands-on mock response exercise on October 22, 2015 from 8 a.m to 4:30 p.m. at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center will guide users through the components of this plan to help build an understanding of the rapid response effort, how management decisions are made, and the proper steps agencies and organizations can take when potentially invasive species are detected.
Projects and programs geared toward environmental education are now eligible to apply for grants from the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Environmental Education Grants. Schools, colleges and universities, county conservation districts, nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and businesses can to apply for the grants. Applications are due by December 18.
Penn State Extension held a Home Water and Septic System Workshop twice on September 29 in South Coatesville. A total of 74 people from 57 households attended, primarily from Chester County but also Lancaster and Cumberland Counties
A low-cost method of removing phosphates from tile drainage water has been developed, and may help protect lakes and streams. Using steel byproducts to trap phosphates in simulated tile drainage water, the researchers envision installing a steel-containing cartridge as an add-on to nitrate-capturing bioreactors.
In the battle against weeds, tillage is one of the strongest weapons at the disposal of organic or ecologically based farmers. But, depending on when it is used, tillage can also be a strong driver of nitrogen losses that contribute to groundwater pollution, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is marking the start of the Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign for 2016 by offering a free webinar for school science teachers and facility staff called “Creating a Healthy School Environment.” The webinar will focus on the dangers associated with the mismanagement of chemicals within schools, stress the importance of implementing best practices in the management of chemicals, and provide reference to available tools and guidance.
The Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR)- Bureau of State Parks is very excited to announce the new Watershed Education Website. The website is a mobile-friendly, responsive design website designed to promote PA State Park’s Watershed Education (WE) program and provide WE trained teachers with more resources. The WE Website contains links to the new Pennsylvania Water Basin maps, Charts for teaching about streams (slope, volume of flow, and stream mapping), Watershed Tour PowerPoints, Watershed Delineation PowerPoints, and more.
Stroud Water Research Center and the University of Delaware have received a $475,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study how the enormous amount of particulate organic nitrogen transported downstream during intense storms contributes to the overall nitrogen load, and what then happens to all the particulate materials.
Homeowners using wells, springs or cisterns as their water supply should consider having their water tested routinely. Anyone served by public water suppliers who is considering water treatment equipment would benefit, too.
The first continent-wide, multi-factor analysis of climate and land cover effects on watersheds in the United States, published today, provides a broad new assessment of runoff, flooding and storm water management options for use by such professionals as land use and town planners and water quality managers.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is reminding Pennsylvanians about the importance of onlot septic system maintenance. This annual initiative, led by DEP and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), encourages residents to learn about and properly maintain their septic systems during SepticSmart Week from September 21 to 25.
Over the past year, Extension educators around the state connected with a variety of youth audiences to teach them about water quality and help them to be more aware of where their drinking water comes from.
NRCS will be able to provide funding assistance directly to Pennsylvania farmers and landowners in Fiscal Year 2016 to help them implement conservation practices through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the agency’s largest Farm Bill conservation program, the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) program, and the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Interested producers should visit their local NRCS service center for sign-up information.
A new study reveals a pressing need to better understand water use in America's rivers, with implications for drought-stricken regions of the country. Findings from the study showed that virtually all of the water entering the Wabash River in Indiana during summer months is withdrawn and then returned to the waterway.
Understanding the role of freshwater lakes and reservoirs in the global carbon cycle is the focus of ongoing research. Lakes make up less than 3 percent of the landscape, but they bury more carbon than all the world's oceans combined. In the global carbon cycle, fresh water lakes and reservoirs are hot spots of carbon cycling and important players in the global carbon cycle.
Longer, more severe, and hotter droughts and a myriad of other threats, including diseases and more extensive and severe wildfires, are threatening to transform some of the world's temperate forests, a new study has found. Without informed management, some forests could convert to shrublands or grasslands within the coming decades.
The National Ground Water Association’s Protect Your Groundwater Day was held on September 8, 2015. Groundwater protection strategies are especially important in Pennsylvania which is home to over one million private water wells and springs, but is one of the few states that do not provide statewide regulations to protect these rural drinking water supplies.
Greening the Lower Susquehanna conservation corps volunteers had the opportunity to help maintain a rain garden on the base of the U.S. Air Force 193rd Special Operations Wing in Middletown.
The Chesapeake Bay Commission will hear a midpoint assessment of the progress states are making toward meeting their 2017 Chesapeake Bay cleanup milestones at its next meeting on September 10-11 in Alexandria, Virginia.
Shade may limit the presence of invasive plants along streams and rivers, based on a study conducted using stream condition data collected by means of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Stream Visual Assessment Protocol (SVAP).