Despite it feeling like a wet and gray winter, it hasn’t translated into a very wet spring. We are blessed to have the giant sponges that are forested watersheds to help us out. Penn’s Woods isn’t just about the trees.
Pennsylvanians should prepare for dangerously high summer temperatures and more severe storms, increased threat of certain diseases carried by insects, and drastic changes to agriculture and water quality, according to a new report on the impact of climate change from Penn State University. The report was authored by Dr. James Shortle with assistance from a multidisciplinary team of colleagues at Penn State.
This little black box could change how we study one of the world's biggest water quality issues. Scientists have created this new nitrate test kit.
The Joint Legislative Conservation Committee has released a Green Paper on the fluoridation of public drinking water systems in Pennsylvania. The report provides historical background on fluoridation, potential medical effects, and a current snapshot of fluoridation from a statewide perspective.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has opened a grant program to control urban stormwater and improve local water quality. Municipalities, including cities, boroughs, or incorporated towns within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed are eligible to apply.
Penn State Extension Water Resource Team Member, Jim Clark, assisted in organizing an Allegheny River Clean-up Project on three miles of the river’s headwater streams on August 13, 2015.
Blooms of toxic cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, are a poorly monitored and under-appreciated risk to recreational and drinking water quality in the United States, and may increasingly pose a global health threat, scientists warn.
Penn State Extension Water Resource Team Members operated a water display at the 2015 Ag Progress Days in Rock Springs, Pennsylvania.
When trying to explain the potential effects of climate change on plants, fish and wildlife, scientists usually resort to language that fails to convey the impact of warming. Now, a study clearly explains the impact of projected warming waters on wild brook trout in the eastern US for fishermen.
Pennsylvania experiences a lot of rain. When one considers the droughts causing havoc on the West Coast, the amount of rainfall the commonwealth enjoys is certainly a blessing. But it can also have its drawbacks. In a report released by the University of Pittsburgh, the unique difficulties associated with plentiful rainfall and water resources are explored, as well as a way to mitigate them.
Estimates vary, but each of us uses about 80 to100 gallons of water per day according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Outdoor water use stresses existing water supplies by contributing to peak demand during summer months.
The effort to improve food safety by clearing wild vegetation surrounding crops is not helping, and in some cases may even backfire, according to a new study. The findings call into question the effectiveness of removing non-crop vegetation as a way to reduce field contamination of fresh produce by disease-causing pathogens.
Development of natural gas and oil from shale formations has become a very important part of the U.S. energy portfolio over the last decade. Water quality impacts from shale development have gained significant public concern and media attention, though well-documented impacts are not common.
Penn State Extension Water Resource Team Members, Bryan Swistock and Jim Clark, offered a Pond Management Workshop on Thursday evening July 30, in Reynoldsville, PA, in Jefferson County.
The deadly fungus Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans could cause salamander population declines and extinctions if brought to North America via international trade, biologists warn. They are calling for the federal government to place an immediate ban on salamander imports to the United States until a plan is in place to detect and prevent the fungus' spread.
A teen is tackling serious water quality issues that threaten the health of rivers, streams and groundwater. Now she has just put the final touches on her research of a plastic adsorbent that removes pharmaceutical drugs from water sources.
When detected early, Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics. Left untreated, the disease can spread to the joints, heart and nervous system.
Ponds and creeks are favorite habitats for many frogs, turtles, and snakes. You can help map Pennsylvania’s herpetofauna.
Penn State Extension Water Resource Educators, Jim Clark and Jennifer Fetter, presented an hour long water workshop at the Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers Conference held on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at Penn State.
It is with great excitement for the people and water resources in rural counties of Pennsylvania, that we report that the “National Drug Take Back Program”, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), is returning this September.