The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced its commitment work with bay partners and interested stakeholders to develop to an action plan to reach the goals outlined in the recently signed Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement.
Do you enjoy bird or wildlife watching out your windows? Why not add some features and resources to your property to attract them? Although backyard feeders are a popular way to attract birds, providing a source of water is equally important for creating a wildlife friendly yard.
Using Best Management Practices (BMPs) that effectively control urban stormwater runoff flow and reduce levels of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment in stormwater runoff is integral to meeting water quality goals in local streams and downstream in the Chesapeake Bay.
Fall in Pennsylvania is a beautiful time with all of the changing colors of foliage. When those leaves finally do fall from their trees, we are left with an abundance of leaves on the ground that we may be responsible for cleaning up.
EPA's Office of Environmental Justice announces the opening of its Request for Applications (RFA) for the 2015 Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program. The EJSG Program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and/or public health issues within an affected community.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today invited schools, colleges and universities, county conservation districts, nonprofit organizations, municipalities and businesses to apply for Environmental Education Grants to develop environmental education programs and projects. The application period will begin Monday, Oct. 6. Deadline to Apply Is Dec. 19
Penn State University operates a state-accredited water testing laboratory at the Agricultural Analytical Services Laboratory at University Park, PA. The lab provides a number of water testing packages for homeowners through kits that are available at Penn State Cooperative Extension county offices or from the lab directly
An interactive documentary project designed to promote awareness of the role that green infrastructure can play in creating a sustainable water future. Water Blues Green Solutions tells stories from across the country of communities that are adopting new ways of thinking about how to protect, restore, and preserve our rivers and sources of drinking water.
The Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday urged Pennsylvania students, ages nine to 14, to enter a national radon poster contest designed to help raise awareness about the dangers of radon. The deadline to enter is October 31.
The PA Environmental Council Friday urged members of the Pennsylvania Senate to pass House Bill 343 (Miller-R-York) designed to help protect rural water supplies by requiring the adoption of construction and decommissioning standards for private water wells.
Conservation Tools Help 'Pick-Your-Own' Farm Thrive
Dropping temperatures may be something you want to put out of your mind for as long as possible, but it has been getting chilly at night. Winter will soon be here and when that happens, temperatures drop considerably and can cause freezing water issues both indoors and out. So here are some tips to help you avoid common problems in winter and prevent frustration for you, pets, livestock and even the wild birds that you may like to feed.
Pennsylvania remains one of the few states lacking statewide regulations on the location or construction of private water wells. There have been numerous legislative attempts to pass statewide regulations in the past.
The week of September 22nd through the 26th is Septic Smart Week! EPA's SepticSmart initiative is a nation-wide public education effort that aims to inform homeowners living on properties serviced by septic systems on the importance of properly maintaining their septic system and provide valuable resources to help homeowners make important decisions regarding their wastewater management needs.
Four additional Pennsylvania counties are quarantined effective immediately because of the detection of Thousand Cankers Disease found in trees in Chester County.
During SepticSmart Week, the EPA encourages homeowners to get SepticSmart and take action. A few small, simple steps of proper care and maintenance of your septic system can lead to a big pay off in terms of keeping you and your neighbors healthy and protecting the environment. For homeowners, proper care can also prevent costly repairs or replacement of systems, protect property values, and save water.
In the first broad-scale estimate of air pollution removal by trees nationwide, U.S. Forest Service scientists and collaborators calculated that trees are saving more than 850 human lives a year and preventing 670,000 incidences of acute respiratory symptoms.
By the end of 2015, this roadside spring in Fox Township, Elk County, may be the most talked about spring in the state of Pennsylvania. On September 3, 2014, the Township Supervisors of Fox Township voted unanimously to cooperate with Penn State Law Students, under the direction of Ross Pifer, Director of the Rural Economic Development Clinic, to examine the legal issues for the municipality concerning the spring.
September 9th is Protect Your Groundwater Day! Everyone can and should do something to protect groundwater. Why? We all have a stake in maintaining its quality and quantity.
Autumn is less than a month away and DEP would like to remind citizens about important precautions to take as they are closing their pools and filling their home heating oil tanks. Pool wastewater, if not disposed of properly, can contaminate local waterways, while poorly maintained home heating oil tanks can leak.