USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today announced that over $700,000 is available to help Pennsylvania agricultural producers improve water quality in selected high-priority watersheds through the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI). Through NWQI, NRCS will help agricultural producers in three Pennsylvania priority watersheds in Bedford and Blair Counties apply conservation measures that contribute to cleaner water downstream, benefiting the Chesapeake Bay.
Each year, more than one trillion gallons of water are wasted by easy-to-fix household leaks, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense program. That’s why EPA is encouraging consumers to “Be a Leak Detective” during WaterSense’s eighth annual Fix a Leak Week, March 14 through 20, 2016, by finding and fixing leaks around the home.
The "FreshWaterLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure" brings the mysteries of freshwater to classrooms grades 4 to 8 through FREE webcasts, webinars, and online resources about the origins, travels, and perils of water from green forests and grasslands to household faucets.
If you utilize a private water well for your drinking water supply, chances are you realize the importance of groundwater. Not only is groundwater supplying your well with water that you are able to use in your home, but it also plays a role in recharging surface water sources – lakes and rivers – from the ground up.
Researchers at Penn State University have created a factsheet to help growers decipher what the data on their water tests mean. Included are practical definitions of each component in a reading, which measurements should lead to concern, and how the components can be stabilized and/or removed. Bryan Swistock, Penn State Extension’s senior associate & water resources coordinator, explains the reasoning behind the factsheet and shares the biggest irrigation issues growers face.
Scientists have adapted traditional asset valuation approaches to measure the value of such natural capital assets, linking economic measurements of ecosystem services with models of natural dynamics and human behavior.
The EPA has released its online DWMAPS tool. The tool, whose full name is Drinking Water Mapping Application to Protect Source Waters, allows the user to find information about the sources of drinking water in their community.
NSF International has published an easy-to-use consumer guide to water filters that have been tested and certified by NSF International to reduce lead in drinking water. This guide also explains the NSF standards and the process by which NSF International verifies a filter’s ability to reduce lead in drinking water.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a notice of intent to cancel all Bayer CropScience, LP and Nichino America, Inc., flubendiamide products that pose a risk to aquatic invertebrates that are important to the health of aquatic environments.
A pair of research projects that focus on Salmonella and its relationship to irrigation water are designed to help Southeastern producers better understand associated risks and steps they can take to address them. The first one, led by George Vellidis, Ph.D. and a professor in the University of Georgia's Crop and Soil Sciences Department, looked at whether Salmonella moves through irrigation systems of Southeastern produce farms.
The Pennsylvania Departments of Transportation (PennDOT) and Environmental Protection (DEP) are seeking volunteers for this year’s Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania that begins March 1 and runs through May 31.
A report released Monday by the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia concluded Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters Program will have a $3.1 billion economic benefit to the community for an investment of $1.2 billion over 25 years.
The Department of Environmental Protection published notice it has finalized the assessment and listing methodology for determining if the water quality of streams and rivers is impaired in the forthcoming 2016 PA Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report.
Penn State Extension Educator, Jim Clark, presented a Penn State Extension talk entitled, “Keeping Pesticides Out of Groundwater” at the first of several pesticide update meetings for Pennsylvania agricultural producers on Friday, January 29, 2016, in Ulysses, PA.
It’s Science Fair season and students are looking for ideas on winning projects. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has some ideas to get students started for grades 6, 7 and 8. It’s NOT a compendium of finished projects, but presents ideas for students to explore.
High concentrations of nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorus, from agricultural sources are one cause for the degradation of the Chesapeake Bay. One method to potentially reduce these nutrient sources is to alter the levels of nutrients in feed use for livestock.
Conventional methods of stock monitoring are unsuitable for certain fish species. For example, the infestation of an area with invasive Ponto-Caspian gobies cannot be identified in time by standard methods. Researchers have now developed a simple, effective and cost-efficient test for these introduced non-native fish.
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists detected microcystin—an algal toxin—in 39 percent of 75 streams assessed in the southeastern United States. These results will inform and become part of a larger, systematic national survey of algal toxins in small streams of the United States.
The water crisis in Flint, Michigan shines a much-needed spotlight on public drinking water quality. Public outrage surrounding this crisis is understandable when regulations and standards intended to protect public health are sacrificed to save money.
Researchers have developed a new way to prioritize investigations on the environmental impacts of the estimated 1500 active pharmaceutical ingredients currently in use.