The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency -- in conjunction with federal, state and local government and private sector partners -- is kicking off its fourth annual SepticSmart Week to encourage American homeowners and communities to properly maintain their septic systems.
About 25 percent of all housing units in Pennsylvania use on-lot septic systems for the treatment and disposal of household wastewater. Properly designed, installed and maintained on-lot septic systems provide adequate treatment and disposal of liquid household wastes.
Warming climate triggers changes in forests' impact on cleaner water. A warming climate is causing earlier springs and later autumns in eastern forests of the United States, lengthening the growing season for trees and potentially changing how forests function. Scientists have found that in years with early springs, trees use more nitrogen to grow than is naturally provided in soil, which could impact tree growth rates and the amount of carbon dioxide forests take out of the atmosphere.
All over the world, lakes, rivers, and coastal waters are threatened by high nutrient inputs. Nitrate or phosphates from waste-waters or fertilizers causes eutrophication. The consequence: Algae, in particular cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), grow uncontrollably and may release toxic substances. Hence, extensive water monitoring is indispensable for drinking water supply and water protection. Researchers have now develop a smart monitoring system, combining various technologies in a depth profile-measuring multi-sensor buoy for monitoring water bodies and in particular algae growth.
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn Thursday announced the 2016 State Forest Resource Management Plan that will chart the course of Pennsylvania’s future state forests has been finalized and is now available.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invites nonprofits, local governments, schools and universities, and other organizations to apply for 2017 Coastal Zone Grants to be used for projects that benefit Pennsylvania’s coastal resources in the Lake Erie and Delaware Estuary watersheds. Applications for the 2017 grants will be taken until 4 PM, October 17, 2016.
While current efforts to curtail agricultural runoff will improve the health of Lake Erie, much more work will be needed to protect the streams that feed the lake, new research shows.
PPCPs are widely released into the world’s freshwaters and oceans, where they mix at low concentrations over long time periods and seep into diverse environmental pathways such as surface water, groundwater, drinking water or soil.
A new study contradicts the common assumption that down-the-drain disposal is an important source of pharmaceutical pollution in wastewater.
The decrease in fishery productivity in Lake Tanganyika since the 1950s is a consequence of global warming rather than just overfishing, according to a new report. The lake was becoming warmer at the same time in the 1800s that the abundance of fish began declining and the lake's algae started decreasing. Large-scale commercial fishing did not begin on Lake Tanganyika until the 1950s.
Kansans who own water wells show more awareness of state water policy issues than those who rely on municipal water supplies, according to a study that could have implications for groundwater management and environmental policies.
Norristown, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has released results of surveillance for Aedes mosquitoes, which have been found to be vectors of the Zika virus. At this time, there have not been any cases of Zika transmitted locally in Pennsylvania, nor have mosquitoes tested positive for the virus.
Hundreds of homeowners with private water wells, springs, cisterns, ponds or lakes received educational assistance at two exhibits during Ag Progress Days on August 16-18, 2016.
A recent study out of the University of Colorado indicates since introduction of horizontal drilling combined with high-volume hydraulic fracturing, the rate of groundwater contamination remained the same as in the previous years.
Researchers studied drilling wastes produced at two research wells near Morgantown and found they are well below federal guidelines for radioactive or hazardous waste.
A study shows that weather patterns tied to climate change may increase the severity of algal blooms in Chesapeake Bay as extreme rainfall cycles flush larger amounts of nitrogen from fertilizer and other sources into the Susquehanna River. The researchers found that a spike in rainfall can increase nitrogen levels in the bay even if the amount of fertilizer used on land remains the same, leading to explosive algae growth that poisons humans and wildlife, and devastates fisheries.
Penn State Extension Educator, Jim Clark, presented information on basic hydrology and where to go for drought monitoring information at a Drought Seminar for Potter County Farmers on Thursday, August 11, 2016.
Researchers developed an affordable way to monitor rivers and stream flow, 24/7, using open source products.
A new virus has been identified in association with a die-off of largemouth bass in Pine Lake in Wisconsin's Forest County. The previously unknown virus was isolated at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's La Crosse Fish Health Center from dead fish collected by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) during an investigation into a May 2015 fish kill in the northeastern Wisconsin lake.
Penn State Extension Water Educator, Jim Clark, and Extension Water Specialist, Bryan Swistock, presented a workshop for 61 Venango County Residents on Tuesday, August 2, 2016.