The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee held a hearing on House Bill 343 (Miller-R-York) setting standards for drinking water wells on Wednesday. The bill authorizes the Environmental Quality Board to establish water well construction standards through the adoption of rules and regulations of the DEP that are generally consistent with the National Groundwater Association construction standards. Specifically, the legislation would establish construction standards, including the decommissioning of abandoned wells, to be followed by water well drillers and owners. Nothing in this legislation requires the metering of homeowner wells.
If you are a pond owner, it is a good idea to take a walk around your pond in early spring and check to see if any maintenance is needed. Follow up with another inspection in early fall. If you don’t inspect your pond regularly and make any necessary repairs promptly, more costly or even irreparable damage may occur.
Are you ready to discover your changing world? This free activity book will introduce you to The Essential Principles of Climate Science, help you learn about Earth's climate system, the factors that drive and change it, the impacts of those changes, and what you can do to explore, understand, and protect our Earth. Download the full activity book or individual activities below. Have Fun!
This new report from the United States Geological Survey examines the landscape impacts from both conventional and Marcellus natural gas development in Allegheny and Susquehanna Counties between 2004 and 2010.
New curriculum materials designed to educate water gardening enthusiasts about aquatic invasive species are available for use on the Penn State Water Resources website.
Dairy farms rely on good quality water to ensure maximum milk production and herd health. While most dairy farms routinely conduct bacteria testing of their water supplies, additional testing for salts, metals, and other parameters that can affect herd performance are less frequently tested.
The James River Association and the Center for Watershed Protection conducted a study that provides local governments in the James River watershed with cost-effective solutions for meeting their stormwater pollution obligations under the Chesapeake Bay Cleanup. Read more in this report, released March, 2013.
EPA and its state, tribal, federal and other partners have completed the report highlighting the work on the first survey of the nation's rivers and streams (National Rivers and Streams Assessment, NRSA 2008-2009). This survey combines an assessment of the nation's rivers with the second national survey of small wadeable streams (Wadeable Streams Assessment (WSA)). Planning is also underway for the next survey of the nation's rivers and streams (NRSA 2013-2014).
The nation faces costly upgrades to aging and deteriorating drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. Frequent and highly publicized incidents of combined sewer overflows into rivers and streams, as well as water main breaks in the nation's largest cities, are the most visible manifestations of this problem. The Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) J. Alfredo Gomez, Director of Natural Resources and Environment, issued testimony before the House Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies. In the statement, GAO reviews three approaches to bridging the gap between projected drinking water and wastewater infrastructure needs and their current funding.
Penn State Extension is delivering an important message to pesticide applicators in Pennsylvania this year on the impact of water quality on pesticide performance.
If you have a pond and want to stock it with trout there are a few things you need to think about.
World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The first World Water Day was held 22 March 1993.
The clean water paradigm in the United States is changing. The Water Resources Utility of the Future will transform the way traditional wastewater utilities view themselves and manage their operations. They also will transform their relationships with their communities and their contributions to local economies. This report presents the clean water industry's vision for the future as well as a series of actions that will help deliver our vision. It is jointly released by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF). The audience for this report includes federal policy-makers, local utility managers, private sector interests, and state and local governments.
American Rivers has released this new guide to permitting approaches that encourage or require low impact development or green infrastructure. The guide combines model permit language with excerpts from comment letters that have helped to drive permit evolution. It is intended to be a resource for community and watershed advocates.
A hands-on, inquiry based activity that helps older youth and adults learn about water quality issues surrounding small watersheds and the decision making processes that go into improving those water quality issues.
Penn State Extension Educator, Jim Clark, and the Cameron County Conservation District, recently obtained a $6,000 grant from the Headwaters RC&D Sinnemahoning Stakeholders Group. The grant will pay for water tests for 35 rural ponds located throughout the Sinnemahoning Watershed.
You can’t see, smell or taste radon. It could, however, be a problem in your home. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Surgeon General, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. And if you smoke and your home has high radon levels your risk of lung cancer is much higher.
A couple married for 61 years brought a water test report for clarification into the Extension office. They have tested their well periodically for years and for the first time they had a positive total coliform bacteria test. They had the usual questions, “is that bad? (we haven’t been sick or anything).” And, “what should we do about it?”
The Chesapeake Bay Program’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) has just released "Exploring the Environmental Effects of Shale Gas Development in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed." This report has been submitted to CBP Management Board and a response has been requested on its specific recommendations. A copy of the report, and all other STAC reports, can be found on the STAC website at: http://www.chesapeake.org/stac/. Additionally, STAC is developing a Marcellus Shale factsheet that will summarize the key points of interest and concern with shale gas development.
Droughts occur periodically over much of the United States. In Pennsylvania, severe droughts have occurred more frequently over the past two decades. During droughts, water supplies often become critically low. In some cases, whole communities are either without water or have very limited supplies. Water use restrictions are often imposed on the residents of these communities.