Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Jim Clark, taught a session on aquatic invasive species for over 100 elementary school students in McKean County on Tuesday, May 19th, at Wildcat Park near Kane, PA.
NOAA is predicting 2015 western Lake Erie harmful algal bloom season will be among the most severe in recent years and could become the second worst behind the record-setting 2011 bloom.The bloom will be expected to measure 8.7 on the severity index with a range from 8.1 to potentially as high as 9.5. This is more severe than 2014's 6.5, and may equal or exceed 2013, which had the second worse bloom this century.
Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Jim Clark, assisted the North Central Forest Landowners Association by speaking at ponds at their recent summer picnic.
A recent review performed by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation showed Pennsylvania is falling short of meeting its commitment to reduce pollution and ultimately restore its waterways, but York County remains on track to meet its own pollution reduction goals.
Extension Educator Jim Clark reports on the national lake association newsletters entitled “NALMS Notes”. Here are some interesting pond or lake related items and resources that Pennsylvania residents may find useful as well.
Tiny microscopic animals called zooplankton are ingesting plastic particles at an alarming rate, according to a new study. That could not only pose a risk to salmon but also spell trouble for the entire aquatic food web -- from zooplankton to humpback whales.
Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Jim Clark, offered a Home Water and Septic System Management Workshop at the Jefferson County Conservation District Office on June 17, in Brookville, PA.
The use of irrigation to support crops in Pennsylvania in fields, greenhouses, and high tunnels is growing. Irrigation water quality characteristics such as hardness, dissolved salts, and microorganisms vary depending on the local geology and type of water source. These water quality constituents can have important implications for both the health of and yield from irrigated crops.
What prudent steps can help you manage your small water system, one of your key business assets to avoid the calamity of a contaminated community water supply well or wells? If you are the owner of a water well or wells at a mobile home park, homeowners association, small community, nursing home or residential treatment facility that serves 500 people or less, you owe it to yourself and your residents to check out the benefits of DEP's voluntary Small System Source water Protection Program, available at no out-of-pocket cost.
A new project to help identify and remediate harmful algal blooms could make Pennsylvania ponds and lakes safer for people and animals.
As water scarcity and quality issues grow in California and around the world, a new book examines the experience of 15 countries where conservation has been achieved through water-pricing incentive systems.
Water quality trading was the topic of a live webinar on May 27, 2015 sponsored by the Penn State Extension Water Resources team. Water quality trading is drawing much interest as a market-based mechanism for water quality protection.
What would happen if a common tree had the potential to turn cloudy, contaminated water into clean, safe drinking water for millions in need? Penn State researchers are hoping to find out using the seeds of the Moringa oleifera tree.
Volunteers and Penn State staff came together Tuesday evening, June 9, to rescue 130 silver maple tree seedlings. If you are wondering what it means to rescue a tree, you are not alone.
Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Jim Clark, assisted PA CleanWays of McKean County, an affiliate of Keep PA Beautiful, and several other organizations to conduct an electronic recycling event at the Bradford Public Works site in Bradford, PA, on Friday, June 12, 2015.
Approximately one million rural homes and farms across Pennsylvania get their drinking water from a private well, spring or cistern but we are one of the few states that lack comprehensive standards for private water supply construction or management.
Pond owners are being urged not to use garden chemicals, or to release goldfish into ponds, because of the risk they could pose to wild frogs. Researchers found that the severity of ranavirosis, a devastating disease that kills thousands of frogs each year, increases in the presence of exotic fish. The use of garden chemicals was also associated with increased severity of the disease.
The County of Lycoming paid a total of $51,363.70 to local farmers whose nitrogen and phosphorus credits were sold in 2014 through the Lycoming County Nutrient Trading Program. Combined with previous credit sales since 2011, the program has sold a cumulative $253,764 in nutrient credits.
Assessment shows hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources and identifies important vulnerabilities to drinking water resources.
A recent study of harmful algal blooms in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries shows an increase in ecosystem-disrupting events in the past 20 years being fed by excess nitrogen runoff from the watershed. While blooms have long been a concern, this study is the first to document their increased frequency in the Bay. Similar events are happening around the world.