USGS scientists assessed water quality in source (untreated) water from 6,600 wells in regionally extensive aquifers that supply most of the groundwater pumped for the Nation’s drinking water, irrigation, and other uses. The new USGS reports highlight how geology, hydrology, geochemistry, and chemical use affect the concentrations of individual contaminants in groundwater.
Fertilizers are known to promote the growth of toxic cyanobacterial blooms in freshwater and oceans worldwide, but a new multi-institution study shows the aquatic microbes themselves can drive nitrogen and phosphorus cycling in a combined one-two punch in lakes.
Stormwater runoff is water from rain or melting snow that doesn’t soak into the ground. It flows from rooftops, paved areas, bare soil, and across sloped lawns. Runoff transports many potential potential pollutants.
Irrigation water chemistry is important to meet your crop requirements. Production may be impacted by characteristics of your irrigation water through nutrient availability, pesticide chemistry, and pathogen management. Join us for the Irrigation Water Toolbox Training in Hershey, PA.
Take the EPA’s Water Sense Pledge and learn how you can save water each month of the year with a checklist you can download and keep on hand!
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists measured concentrations of select EDCs approximately 10 times in water and sediment from 2009 to 2011, at five sites in the Spirit Creek watershed near Fort Gordon, Georgia, as part of an assessment of the effects of the closure of a WWTP on EDC persistence.
Radon is a tasteless, colorless, odorless gas that comes from the natural breakdown of radioactive uranium in the ground. Radon can get into the air you breathe indoors and into the water you drink, and can also be found in small amounts in outdoor air.
Earth 911 provides a listing of places in Pennsylvania and beyond where Christmas trees may be recycled. To be recycled, trees must be free of all bulbs, lights, tinsel etc. Some places will recycle trees curbside, while others require the tree to be taken to a specific collection location.
Average chloride concentrations often exceed toxic levels in many northern United States streams due to the use of salt to deice winter pavement, and the frequency of these occurrences nearly doubled in two decades.
Invasive plant and animal species can cause dramatic and enduring changes to the geography and ecology of landscapes, a study demonstrates. A review of studies on how life forms interact with and influence their surroundings concluded that invasive species can alter landscapes in myriad ways and with varying degrees of severity.
The majority of streams in the Chesapeake Bay region are warming, and that increase appears to be driven largely by rising air temperatures. These findings are based on new U.S. Geological Survey research published in the journal Climatic Change.
Are you interested in installing a rain garden? Check out this series of short videos that will will walk you through installing a rain garden from start to finish!
From the poorest slums to the most affluent suburbs, recycling wastewater into drinking water is becoming a reality. As the water cycle tightens, concern is escalating over the effects of residual contaminants on human health and aquatic ecosystems.
Changing water temperatures, rainfall patterns and seasonal river flows linked to global warming may give invasive wetland plants a slight but significant competitive edge over less adaptable native species, according to a groundbreaking three-year field study conducted at 24 riparian wetland sites in the US Southeast.
Are you getting a new electronic gadget as a holiday gift? Do a little research now on how you can recycle or reuse the old one before you just throw it out.
Across the nation, water is vital to every household and every community; to agriculture, energy production, and a productive economy; to wildlife, forests, and a healthy environment. America’s water resources are generally abundant but they are not limitless. It is vital as well that we have a comprehensive understanding of how much water is being used across the country so we can make wise choices in managing our water resources.
The Penn State Master Well Owner Network (MWON) recently added 24 new volunteers who completed the Fall 2014 online training courses. These volunteers join over 600 others who are dedicated to providing unbiased, research-based education on the proper management of private water wells, springs and cisterns.
Rep. Robert Godshall (R-Montgomery) and Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery) have both announced plans to reintroduce legislation setting standards for water well constructions.
Do you rely on a private well for your drinking water? If so, when is the last time you had your water tested? Private water supplies in Pennsylvania are not monitored by any regulatory agency.
By assessing the impacts of a range of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, research has shown that the growth of edible crops can be affected by these chemicals -- even at the very low concentrations found in the environment.