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November 28, 2016

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has detected a new record-high level of radon and is once again encouraging state residents to test their homes for this radioactive gas, a leading cause of lung cancer.

November 28, 2016

Using 20 years of data from federal and state agencies, a fisheries biologist and a scholar are tracking how land use changes have impacted the water quality and aquatic life in lakes and streams in northeastern South Dakota. These environmental impacts can put pressure on aquatic ecosystems that, in the short term, can have a more dramatic effect than climate change.

November 21, 2016

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has developed a new geospatial information system (GIS) mapping website to help local governments and other entities pursuing permits for municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) to obtain information for their permit applications more easily.

Photo: James Clark, Penn State Extension
November 21, 2016

Penn State Extension Water Specialist, Bryan Swistock, and several Extension Water Team Members, trained other Extension Personnel at the recent Joint Council of Extension Professionals Conference in State College, PA.

November 21, 2016

A new multiyear study has shown for the first time how changes in ocean temperature affect a key species of phytoplankton. The study tracked levels of Synechococcus—a tiny bacterium common in marine ecosystems—near the coast of Massachusetts over a 13-year period. As ocean temperatures increased during that time, annual blooms of Synechococcus occurred up to four weeks earlier than usual because cells divided faster in warmer conditions, the study found.

Water testing class Photo: S Boser, Penn State Extension
November 14, 2016

Drinking water and clean watersheds were the focus this fall for water programming that took place throughout Western PA.

November 14, 2016

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists identified water-quality and environmental factors related to cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms at beaches in Ohio. This information was collected as part of a long-term plan to develop site-specific predictive models for microcystin concentrations.

November 14, 2016

An unprecedented 40-year experiment in a 40,000-acre valley of Yosemite National Park strongly supports the idea that managing fire, rather than suppressing it, makes wilderness areas more resilient to fire, with the added benefit of increased water availability and resistance to drought.

courtesy Penn State Marcellus Education Team
November 14, 2016

Every year in the U.S., a whopping 20 billion barrels of water are generated as a byproduct of domestic oil and gas recovery, according to the U.S. Department of Energy

November 9, 2016

If you’ve ever been fly fishing, you probably know what a mayfly looks like. These delicate insects are a tasty treat for freshwater trout and other aquatic species. They are also a hallmark of healthy streams and rivers. When mayfly populations decline, it’s a warning that something has gone wrong. But what?

MWON volunteer David McCobin talks with a private water system owner and her family at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days in August 2016 Photo: B Swistock, Penn State University
November 9, 2016

The Penn State Master Well Owner Network (MWON) is a volunteer program dedicated to providing unbiased, research-based education for the millions of private water well owners in Pennsylvania. Funding is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Ground Water Association.

November 9, 2016

Areas of the Arctic play a larger role than previously thought in the global nitrogen cycle—the process responsible for keeping a critical element necessary for life flowing between the atmosphere, the land and oceans.

November 9, 2016

The Chesapeake Conservancy recently partnered with the York County Stormwater Consortium to create a customized, web-based tool to streamline and standardize the data, calculations, and formatting of stormwater project reports that are submitted by the 44 participating municipalities, including the County, each year.

November 2, 2016

Pennsylvanians have more options to dispose of unwanted and expired medicines and pharmaceutical drugs thanks to enactment of HB 1737, part of the opioid epidemic package of bills signed by Governor Tom Wolf.

October 31, 2016

The Senate and House Wednesday unanimously took final action on legislation— House Bill 1737 (Maher-R- Allegheny)— to make it easier and safer to destroy unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs, sending it to Gov. Wolf for his action.

Summer Flood, Photo: S.Smith, Penn State University
October 31, 2016

Climate change poses significant challenges for water policy makers. Environmental law and water law are structured to treat issues of water pollution and temporary shortage, but poorly equipped to deal with increasingly rapid changes in the hydrological cycle that the existing forms of law have assumed to be nearly constant.

October 31, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a package of tools to help communities plan long-term strategies for managing stormwater pollution. EPA’s tools promote the use of flexible solutions that spur economic growth, stimulate infrastructure investments, and help compliance with environmental requirements.

October 31, 2016

A new soap molecule has been invented by scientists. The molecule is made from renewable sources that could dramatically reduce the number of chemicals in cleaning products and their impact on the environment.

Jim Clark shows Smethport resident, Pat Mayer, how candy resembles several prescription medications.Photo: K. Bohn, Penn State Extension
October 24, 2016

Penn State Extension Educator, Jim Clark, presented a Penn State Extension “Safe Drinking Water Display”.

October 24, 2016

Over the past seven years, USDA has worked with private landowners to implement voluntary conservation practices that conserve and clean the water we drink. USDA support-leveraged with historic outside investments-boosts producer incomes and rewards them for their good work. At the same time, USDA investments have brought high quality water and waste services to rural communities, which are vital to their continued health and economic viability.