Over the past year, Extension educators around the state connected with a variety of youth audiences to teach them about water quality and help them to be more aware of where their drinking water comes from.
NRCS will be able to provide funding assistance directly to Pennsylvania farmers and landowners in Fiscal Year 2016 to help them implement conservation practices through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the agency’s largest Farm Bill conservation program, the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) program, and the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Interested producers should visit their local NRCS service center for sign-up information.
A new study reveals a pressing need to better understand water use in America's rivers, with implications for drought-stricken regions of the country. Findings from the study showed that virtually all of the water entering the Wabash River in Indiana during summer months is withdrawn and then returned to the waterway.
Understanding the role of freshwater lakes and reservoirs in the global carbon cycle is the focus of ongoing research. Lakes make up less than 3 percent of the landscape, but they bury more carbon than all the world's oceans combined. In the global carbon cycle, fresh water lakes and reservoirs are hot spots of carbon cycling and important players in the global carbon cycle.
Longer, more severe, and hotter droughts and a myriad of other threats, including diseases and more extensive and severe wildfires, are threatening to transform some of the world's temperate forests, a new study has found. Without informed management, some forests could convert to shrublands or grasslands within the coming decades.
The National Ground Water Association’s Protect Your Groundwater Day was held on September 8, 2015. Groundwater protection strategies are especially important in Pennsylvania which is home to over one million private water wells and springs, but is one of the few states that do not provide statewide regulations to protect these rural drinking water supplies.
Greening the Lower Susquehanna conservation corps volunteers had the opportunity to help maintain a rain garden on the base of the U.S. Air Force 193rd Special Operations Wing in Middletown.
The Chesapeake Bay Commission will hear a midpoint assessment of the progress states are making toward meeting their 2017 Chesapeake Bay cleanup milestones at its next meeting on September 10-11 in Alexandria, Virginia.
Shade may limit the presence of invasive plants along streams and rivers, based on a study conducted using stream condition data collected by means of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Stream Visual Assessment Protocol (SVAP).
Sixty-eight McKean County Residents delivered medications to the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Unwanted Medication Collection Program on Saturday, September 12, 2015, at the Penn State Extension Office in Smethport.
Despite it feeling like a wet and gray winter, it hasn’t translated into a very wet spring. We are blessed to have the giant sponges that are forested watersheds to help us out. Penn’s Woods isn’t just about the trees.
Pennsylvanians should prepare for dangerously high summer temperatures and more severe storms, increased threat of certain diseases carried by insects, and drastic changes to agriculture and water quality, according to a new report on the impact of climate change from Penn State University. The report was authored by Dr. James Shortle with assistance from a multidisciplinary team of colleagues at Penn State.
This little black box could change how we study one of the world's biggest water quality issues. Scientists have created this new nitrate test kit.
The Joint Legislative Conservation Committee has released a Green Paper on the fluoridation of public drinking water systems in Pennsylvania. The report provides historical background on fluoridation, potential medical effects, and a current snapshot of fluoridation from a statewide perspective.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has opened a grant program to control urban stormwater and improve local water quality. Municipalities, including cities, boroughs, or incorporated towns within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed are eligible to apply.
Penn State Extension Water Resource Team Member, Jim Clark, assisted in organizing an Allegheny River Clean-up Project on three miles of the river’s headwater streams on August 13, 2015.
Blooms of toxic cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, are a poorly monitored and under-appreciated risk to recreational and drinking water quality in the United States, and may increasingly pose a global health threat, scientists warn.
Penn State Extension Water Resource Team Members operated a water display at the 2015 Ag Progress Days in Rock Springs, Pennsylvania.
When trying to explain the potential effects of climate change on plants, fish and wildlife, scientists usually resort to language that fails to convey the impact of warming. Now, a study clearly explains the impact of projected warming waters on wild brook trout in the eastern US for fishermen.
Pennsylvania experiences a lot of rain. When one considers the droughts causing havoc on the West Coast, the amount of rainfall the commonwealth enjoys is certainly a blessing. But it can also have its drawbacks. In a report released by the University of Pittsburgh, the unique difficulties associated with plentiful rainfall and water resources are explored, as well as a way to mitigate them.