Last week, the governor of Colorado signed a bill legalizing rain barrels. Before then, the capture and use of rainwater, even on so small a scale, was illegal in Colorado.
Pause for a moment and consider your nearest stream. Do you know where it goes? Chances are, if you live in one of the 41 counties covering central Pennsylvania, that water finds its way to the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay. This week, June 5-11, marks the first-ever Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week. It’s a time to celebrate the Bay watershed’s diverse waterways and landscapes, rich history, immense economic impact, and the aesthetic and recreational offerings it and all of its local waters provide to the 18 million people who live in its watershed.
The overall health of Chesapeake Bay improved in 2015, according to scientists. The largest estuary in the nation scored a C (53 percent) in 2015, one of the three highest scores since 1986. Only 1992 and 2002 scored as high or higher, both years of major sustained droughts.
Many landowners, regulators and citizen scientists are interested in simple tools to assess the health of streams. The latest webinar in the Penn State Water Resources Extension series focused on a new stream health assessment tool called First Investigation of Stream Health or “FISH”.
Private water supplies in nine Pennsylvania counties underserved by water-quality educational programs and water testing will be the focus of two new Penn State Extension projects aimed at helping well owners detect and remediate lead and other common contaminants.
Protein discovery is important first step in harnessing power of green algae for agriculture. Algae may hold the key to feeding the world's burgeoning population. Because they are more efficient than most plants at taking in carbon dioxide from the air, algae could transform agriculture. If their efficiency could be transferred to crops, we could grow more food in less time using less water and less nitrogen fertilizer. New work reveals a protein that is necessary for green algae to achieve such remarkable efficiency.
Newly published research shows water yields from unmanaged forested watersheds in the southern Appalachian Mountains declining by up to 22 percent a year since the 1970s. Changes in water yield were largely related to changes in climate, but disturbance-related shifts in forest species composition and structure over time also played a role. The study findings have implications for managing the forest composition of watersheds to ensure water supply under future climate change.
Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Jim Clark, presented a class on aquatic invasives to young people at the Wildcat Park in Ludlow, PA, in McKean County on May 17, 2016.
Study surveyed bacterial ecosystems in developing countries. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria most often are associated with hospitals and other health-care settings, but a new study indicates that chicken coops and sewage treatment plants also are hot spots of antibiotic resistance.
Severe oxygen drops in the water can leave trails of fish kills in their wakes, but scientists thought adult fish would be more resilient to the second major threat in coastal waters: acidification. A new study shows that is not entirely true -- where fish are concerned, acidification can make low oxygen even more deadly.
An assessment of rivers in the US suggests that although there is a relationship between increased flood size and erosion, the effect is most pronounced for moderate floods.
We are excited to announce that York County’s very first Master Watershed Steward Class finished their training in April.
“What is the Midpoint Assessment, and why should I care?” is a question that is echoing from the farthest reaches of local governments in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to those closest to the Bay itself.
Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Jim Clark, introduced U.S. Congressman Glenn Thompson from the 5th Congressional District during lunch at the 2016 PA groundwater Symposium on May 4th, in State College, PA.
Drinking water from private wells, particularly dug wells established during the first half of the 20th century, may have contributed to the elevated risk of bladder cancer that has been observed in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont for over 50 years.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced today the selection of 114 projects to receive $25,143,294 in funding from Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), for the protection of Pennsylvania’s water resources. The selected projects enhance watersheds, mitigate acid mine drainage, and support water pollution cleanup programs.
Although your septic system may work well during dry weather, too much water from flooding or heavy rains can cause problems.
Close your eyes and listen for a babbling brook. In your mind’s eye, does it have trees along it, making the picture cool and green? Not only are trees along streams beautiful, they also help provide a filter between polluting landscapes and receiving waters.
Over 70 McKean County Residents delivered medications to the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Unwanted Medication Collection Program on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Penn State Extension Office in Smethport.
The pavement sealcoat products used widely around the nation on thousands of asphalt driveways and parking lots are significantly more toxic and mutagenic than previously suspected, according to a new article.