Pennsylvania has over three million rural residents who use a private water supply (well, spring or cistern) yet it is one of only two states that do not provide statewide standards for the construction, location or maintenance of these water supplies. As a result, each private water supply owner in Pennsylvania must become educated on best management practices for their water supply.
The Delaware River watershed is one of our nation’s most treasured resources. It is home to more than 7 million people and the water supply for more than 15 million in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. An historic new Farm Bill program at USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will help farmers and local leaders make investments to keep the watershed healthy and vibrant for years to come.
Scientists determined the effect of a controlled-release fertilizer placement method on changes in leachate nutrient concentration throughout an irrigation event, and evaluated the changes throughout a production season. Experiments involved topdressed, incorporated, and dibbled controlled-release fertilizer placement methods. Analyses suggested that the dibble method may be an advantageous CRF placement method that conserves fertilizer resources and mitigates non-point source nutrient contributions by reducing undesired nutrient leaching during irrigation.
In a long-term field study, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Virginia Tech scientists have found that changes in geochemistry from the natural breakdown of petroleum hydrocarbons underground can promote the chemical release (mobilization) of naturally occurring arsenic into groundwater. This geochemical change can result in potentially significant arsenic groundwater contamination.
Researchers know that adding natural buffers to the farm landscape can stop soil from vanishing. Now a scientist has found that more buffers are better, both for pleasing the eye and slowing erosion.
The Department of Environmental Protection has scheduled a series of four webinars on March 10, 11 on the implementation of new stream buffer requirements as a result of Act 162.
Keep PA Beautiful Tuesday announced registration is now open for the 2015 Great American Cleanup of PA which runs from March 1 to May 31.
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Two new U.S. Geological Survey publications that highlight historical hydraulic fracturing trends and data from 1947 to 2010 are now available.
The collection on September 27, 2014, appears to be the last Take-Back that the DEA will implement. So what happens now?
Field studies conducted in the United States have shown that mercury concentrations in groundwater affected by wastewater disposal can exceed the drinking water maximum contaminant level (MCL) established by the Environmental Protection Agency (2 micrograms per liter of water, µg/L). Two recently published reports by scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the University of Maine, and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) help to explain what can lead to elevated mercury levels in groundwater.
Many streams in Pennsylvania suffer from degraded stream banks and increased erosion due to adjacent land disturbance. The latest webinar in the Penn State Water Resources Extension series focused on the need for simple and inexpensive methods for stabilizing stream banks and explained how live staking can fill this need.
DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council Wednesday completed work on a Transition Report to the incoming Wolf Administration and DEP Secretary on environmental issues facing Pennsylvania and the Department of Environmental Protection.
2015 WREN Grant proposals are due March 20, 2015. Funded project activities must begin on or after July 1, 2015 and end June 30, 2016.
The PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers announced the opening of the 2015 PA River Sojourns Grant cycle. The deadline for applications is February 27.
Estimates are that 1 of 7 households in Pennsylvania has at least an acre of trees. These woodland owners really like their woodlands. If you are one of these lucky owners, do you have questions about caring for your woods? To answer your questions, mark your calendar for March 20 and 21 for the Private Forest Landowners Conference in Altoona, PA.
Irrigation water can save a crop during drought, and is necessary to grow crops in sheltered environments such as greenhouses and high tunnels.
With endocrine-disrupting compounds affecting fish populations in rivers as close as Pennsylvania's Susquehanna and as far away as Israel's Jordan, a new research study shows that soils can filter out and break down at least some of these emerging contaminants. The results suggest that water pollution can be diminished by spraying treated wastewater on land rather than discharging it directly into streams, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
The study of a graduate student includes the draining of ponds to verify fish counted on video. This leads to findings that can help fisheries managers control the invasive hydrilla.