The Cameron County Conservation District collaborated with Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Jim Clark, to secure a seventy-nine hundred dollar grant from the Headwaters Research, Conservation, and Development Council.
Penn State is offering a pipeline restoration short course for industry and service industry professionals.
Concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in runoff from pavement with coal-tar-based sealcoat remain elevated for months following sealcoat application, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.
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 2014 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium at the Ramada Inn Conference Center in State College, PA.
National Invasive Species Awareness Week is scheduled for February 23-28, and according to experts with the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA), it’s a topic that deserves our attention. Non-native plants, animals and pathogens can harm humans and the environment and impact our nation’s economy. The damage done by invasive plants alone costs the U.S. an estimated $34.7 billion a year.
A Joint Production of River Network & Waterkeeper Alliance May 30-June 2, Pittsburgh, PA - Mark your calendars! River Rally 2014 is headed to Pennsylvania. Over 750 advocates for healthy rivers and watersheds will gather at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers. With educational workshops, inspiring speakers, a celebratory River Heroes banquet, field tours and unsurpassed networking, River Rally is your best opportunity of the year for professional development.
Penn State Professor Jim Shortle provided a one hour webinar on January 29, 2014 discussing a recent study on the agricultural costs of cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. Dr. Shortle is a Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Economics and Director of the College of Agriculture’s Environment and Natural Resources Institute at Penn State University.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. DEA will coordinate a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies focused on removing potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications to law enforcement officers for destruction.
Penn State Extension will offer an On Line Pond Course once again starting April 3, 2014. This class began in 2006 and has instructed 245 pond owners on the basics of pond management, so far.
We all know that it is very important to remove ice and snow from walkways to prevent injury. However, we often forget the damage that some of the materials we use to melt ice can do to plants and the environment.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Global Analysis-Annual 2013, was released by the National Climatic Data Center. The web site includes global and US data, and covers among other things the state of the climate, temperature, precipitation, drought, extremes, societal impacts, snow and ice, and references.
The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program provides a safe way to dispose of products that are hazardous in nature but are not regulated as hazardous waste under state and federal regulations.
In the winter water gets much colder and ice may cover the top of the pond for an extended period of time. How does this affect the animals living in the pond?
Traces of 18 unregulated chemicals were found in drinking water from more than one-third of U.S. water utilities in a nationwide sampling, according to new, unpublished research by federal scientists. Included are 11 perfluorinated chemicals, an herbicide, two solvents, caffeine, an antibacterial compound, a metal and an antidepressant.
Residents of Pennsylvania are used to dealing with snow. Annual snowfall ranges from an average of about 20 inches in southeastern counties to nearly 100 inches downwind of Lake Erie. While the winter of 2013-14 has produced some snow, most areas of the state have lacked a persistent snow cover for much of the winter.
Youth water education continues to be an important part of protecting and restoring America’s valuable water resources. Penn State Extension is proud to host the second ever Dive Deeper Summit for youth water educators in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Saving water is easy when you think about it. Here’s a fun and easy way to see how water-wise you are by taking a Home Water Audit, courtesy of iConservePA.org H20 Water Use It Wisely Program.
If you are interested in learning more about the proper management of private water wells, springs and cisterns and you are willing to share what you learn with others, you might be interested in applying for one of the Master Well Owner training courses being offered by Penn State Extension in February 2014!
The Water Resources Education Network (WREN) has funding available to help launch community partnerships that raise awareness and educate citizens about ways to keep Pennsylvania water resources clean and healthy. As a WREN project leader, you can make a difference to assure that families will have clean water for generations to come through nature protection and sustainable development. WREN projects help residents and community leaders work together to take action that will reduce risk and prevent pollution of the aquifers, lakes, rivers, streams, springs, and the places we fish, swim and enjoy. Grant Applications Due: March 21, 2014; Project Activity Timeframe: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015
How do you know if ice on a pond or lake is safe to walk on? I like to ice fish in the winter, but I always feel uneasy the first time on the ice because I don’t know how thick the ice is.