For Pennsylvanians watching the lead contamination problem in Flint, Michigan, and wondering whether their drinking water is safe, one water-resources specialist at Penn State University says residents with private wells, especially, should consider having their water tested.
Let's forget about the climate for a minute. Largely hidden from public view, another global change is causing increasing disruption. Residues of medicines in water can kill aquatic animals and play havoc with their food web and reproductive cycle. An international team of researchers makes an urgent case for better wastewater treatment and biodegradable pharmaceuticals.
Researchers have found clear evidence that communities rich in species are substantially healthier and more productive than those depleted of species, once complicating factors are removed.
There are many types of water treatment methods, and no one treatment solves all problems. Here we examine one sort of treatment that is commonly used by well owners and public water customers, the activated carbon filter.
National events about lead exposure have generated new concerns for Pennsylvanians related to the safety of their homes and water. The Wolf Administration takes the issue of lead exposure very seriously and state agencies will continue to work together on their coordinated response to address lead exposure in communities across the commonwealth. The Departments of Health (DOH) and Environmental Protection (DEP) both work diligently to protect children from lead exposure and have many resources available for residents to learn more and take action on lead.
On the strength of the commonwealth’s rebooted strategy to improve clean water in the Susquehanna River watershed, extending into the Chesapeake Bay, announced last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has restored $3 million in program funding to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
By the latter half of this century, toxic algal blooms like the one that cut off drinking water to the city of Toledo in 2014 will no longer be the exception, but the norm, a study suggests.
The Penn State Water Resources Extension Team has provided monthly webinars on emerging water resources topics since 2010. See the schedule of webinars to be offered in 2016.
The January 6 Resource newsletter from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources reviews the agency’s accomplishments in 2015.
If they successfully invade Lake Erie, Asian carp could eventually account for about a third of the total weight of fish in the lake and could cause declines in most fish species -- including prized sport and commercial fish such as walleye, according to a new computer modeling study.
Taking on the rising problem of stormwater runoff.
Recent stories from Flint, Michigan have highlighted the important issue of lead in drinking water. High concentrations of lead have been linked with many serious health effects, especially in young children. While state and federal regulations exist to monitor and prevent lead contamination of municipal water supplies, homeowners using private water wells, springs or cisterns need to be more vigilant.
One of the most useful - and often missing – records a private well owner can have is the well completion report. This is the report that documents the construction of the well and the geology that will determine so much of the water quality.
Four Federal agencies, including the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), are collaborating to transform satellite data into information managers can use to protect ecological and human health from freshwater contaminated by harmful algal blooms.
Each year, pesticide products are cancelled by the manufacturer or phased out by operations, leaving farmers and professional applicators with quantities of unwanted and/or unusable pesticides. Due to the nature of these materials, there are often limited options available for responsible management. The high cost of disposal prohibits many users from hiring waste disposal contractors to collect and dispose of these materials. The waste pesticides may then become a safety hazard or environmental liability through long-term storage in barns and other areas in and around the farm or business.
A modified or "rapid" version of an existing wetland assessment tool can accurately assess the quality of wetlands, according to Penn State researchers. Using the rapid version of the tool, known as the Floristic Quality Assessment Index (FQI), can save time and improve upon wetland monitoring strategies.
After 30 years of work that has prevented millions of pounds of pollutants from reaching Pennsylvania’s waterways and the Chesapeake Bay, the commonwealth continues to face immense pressure from the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to improve water quality. In order to meet those obligations, Pennsylvania today unveiled a comprehensive strategy to “reboot” the state’s efforts to improve water quality in the commonwealth and the bay.
On Tuesday, December 15 Matt Royer, director of Penn State’s Agriculture and Environment Center, kicked off a new collaborative project entitled “Chiques Creek Reinvisioned”. Penn State was recently awarded a Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to facilitate a watershed partnership in the Chiques Creek watershed.
If you enjoy wildlife, fishing, nature walks, paddle sports and other streamside activities, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences now is giving you a chance to parlay those interests into becoming a citizen-scientist by observing and recording environmental and ecosystem changes. The only tool needed is a pencil or smartphone.
A recent U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study provides a rare glimpse into how nitrate levels in 22 large rivers across the Nation have changed during the past 65 years. Despite the stabilization of nitrogen inputs in recent decades, there is no evidence of widespread decrease in nitrate levels in rivers.