Following a meeting today of the Commonwealth Drought Task Force, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that two counties remain in drought warning status. Six improve from warning to watch status, and 11 improve from watch to normal status.
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful announced Wednesday applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Dr. Pepper Snapple/Keep America Beautiful Park Recycling Bin Grants. The deadline for applications is February 24. The grant program is open to all government agencies that own or manage local, regional or state parks. Nonprofit organizations and KAB affiliates are also eligible to apply on behalf of government agencies. For-profit businesses are not eligible to receive grants.
Govenor Tom Wolf Tuesday proposed a $32.3 billion General Fund budget which he said includes $2 billion in cuts and savings resulting from reinventing and reforming the way the public’s money is spent and $1 billion in new taxes, mostly on business.
Researchers have found engineered floating wetlands show promise for water treatment.
Do you have a stream on your property that is eroding away, and taking your property with it?
As urbanization and development continue to occur, resulting issues with stormwater have been an increasing water resources issue.
The Pennsylvania Master Watershed Stewards participated in the 2017 PA Farm Show.
Accidental introductions of non-native species has been of increasing concern since the 1980s when human-mediated transportation, mainly related to ships' ballast water, was recognised as a major route by which species are transported and spread.
Non-indigenous species are harming indigenous species and habitats in the Mediterranean Sea, impairing potentially exploitable marine resources and raising concern about human health issues, according to a new study.
The incidence of particular skin and liver tumors on white suckers collected from some Wisconsin rivers corresponded to the degree of urban development within the watershed. Further research is needed to understand the relationship between exposure to urban-sourced contaminants and the initiation, promotion, and potential for population-level effects of these tumors.
The new Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) certification program relies on several publications and resources to help landscape professionals learn all they can about sustainable landscaping practices before taking a final exam.
As a result of the globalization of trade and transport, in the past decades, tens of thousands of species have spread into regions where they were not originally at home. Potentially serious consequences of this include the displacement or extinction of native species and the spread of health risks. Even though trade flows are known to represent an important path for the introduction of invasive species, this fact alone is not enough to explain the observed distribution patterns of species.
Upgrades to a wastewater treatment plant along Ontario's Grand River, led to a 70 per cent drop of fish that have both male and female characteristics within one year and a full recovery of the fish population within three years, according to researchers.
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will begin accepting applications for the next round of Community Conservation Partnership Grants January 23. The grant round closes April 12. (formal notice). The grant program focuses on planning, acquisition, and development activities associated with conservation areas, community parks, trails, river conservation and recreation-- and new this year-- riparian buffer areas.
The health of the Chesapeake Bay improved two points (six percent) this year to 34, equivalent to a C-, according to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s bi-annual 2016 State of the Bay Report.
The quality of our rivers and lakes could be placed under pressure from harmful levels of soluble phosphorus, despite well-intended measures to reduce soil erosion and better manage and conserve farmland for crop production, a new study shows. The team of international scientists found that increased levels of soluble phosphorus in rivers entering Lake Erie, in the USA, may be linked to conservation measures.
The Penn State Extension Water Resources Team has released a new “LearnNow” video on Aquatic Invasive Species in Pennsylvania. LearnNow videos are short, narrated PowerPoint presentations that are new learning tool being utilized by Penn State Extension.
First-ever reconnaissance study documents the off-field transport of nitrapyrin — a nitrification inhibitor applied with fertilizers as a bactericide to kill natural soil bacteria for the purpose of increasing crop yields — to adjacent streams. This study is the first step in understanding the transport, occurrence, and potential effects of nitrapyrin or similar compounds on nitrogen processing in aquatic systems.
Most health risks in water as well as taste, odor, or appearance problems can be resolved with home water treatment. However, treatment systems only work properly if they are maintained!
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) urges Pennsylvanians to test their homes for radon in January as part of national Radon Action Month. Colorless, odorless, and radioactive, radon is a known human carcinogen and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.