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.
The drop in fuel prices this winter may cause many homeowners to think about finding ways to store more fuel at home. If you decide to do this, be sure to research all of the ramifications and possible pitfalls of this activity.
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists studying a midwestern stream conclude that pharmaceuticals and other contaminants in treated wastewater effluent discharged to the stream are transported into adjacent shallow groundwater. Other mobile chemicals found in wastewater are expected to have similar fates.
White Clay Creek at Stroud Center has transformed from ‘impaired’ stream into habitat for trout.
Groundwater constitutes a critical component of our water resources, especially during dry seasons and droughts, and in regions lacking reliable access to surface water.
A team of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MCPA) scientists measured 127 organic chemicals in groundwater underlying urbanized areas in Minnesota. These chemicals include ones commonly used and consumed in our daily lives, in products such as human–use and veterinary pharmaceuticals, fragrances, surfactants, plastic components, and fire retardants.
Conserving nature can improve human lives. From forest watersheds that perform natural filtration of drinking water to coral reefs that break tsunami waves before they flatten seaside villages, intact ecosystems provide innumerable services to human society. Might biodiversity be healthy for the ecosystem and also protect people against infectious diseases?
As part of a continuing education curriculum for Penn State Master Well Owners, Penn State Extension presented a pair of webinars on November 6, 2014 on Water Corrosivity and Lead/Copper Contamination of Private Water Supplies in Pennsylvania.
The Groundwater Foundation has developed a variety of educational resources for students and teachers that can be easily adapted to school and community education programs. The Awesome Aquifer: Advanced Hydrology Kit is available for $36 and is an affordable alternative to those who cannot afford the cost of a large groundwater model.
The Green Infrastructure Collaborative consists of more than 20 organizations committed to advancing the adoption of green infrastructure as a means of supporting water quality and community development goals. This broad group of signatories includes academia, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.
The USGS Office of Surface Water has released a poster that explains the concept, probabilistic nature and inherent uncertainties of a 100-year flood.
Several public water supply coalitions recently met with the North Central Regional DEP Office Director, Marcus Kohl, in Mansfield, PA. Kohl praised the coalition’s work on source water protection and answered questions and concerns of those who attended.
Earlier this year (2014) the Chesapeake Bay Program approved a credit for the use of on-site wastewater treatment systems (OWTS) for nutrient reduction in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Join us for a webcast to find out what this means for local jurisdictions in meeting their Bay TMDL allocations! Thursday, 20 November 2014, 12:00 pm EST - 1:30 pm EST; Cost: FREE; Registration is open and required.
The “Empowering Educators” grant program directs focus toward science, technology, engineering and math projects to encourage action in schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey near company facilities. Through these competitive grants, teachers can receive up to $2,000 funding for educational projects that focus on energy issues like renewable energy demonstrations, energy efficiency and the greening of schools.
Coldwater Conservation Plans are useful in building local awareness and support for the long-term stewardship of coldwater streams and their surrounding watersheds. The plans are meant to identify potential problems and opportunities for stream conservation, and may often also lead to more detailed watershed studies or projects, ultimately improving the health of coldwater ecosystems.
On October 8th, EPA’s Green Infrastructure Program and the White House Council on Environmental Quality launched a broad collaborative of external stakeholders to advance green infrastructure implementation. The Green Infrastructure Collaborative will leverage efforts from the federal family, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and academia to advance green infrastructure as a means of supporting water quality and community development goals.
While there have been several notable dry spells in Pennsylvania since the era of warming began in the 1980's, a sustained drought has been rare compared with the decades prior. Climate models predict more frequent droughts over the continents in decades to come, but virtually none of these models forecast that precipitation would increase by 10% during the last century.