Penn State Extension Water Resource Team Members, Bryan Swistock and Jim Clark, offered a Pond Management Workshop on Thursday evening July 30, in Reynoldsville, PA, in Jefferson County.
The deadly fungus Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans could cause salamander population declines and extinctions if brought to North America via international trade, biologists warn. They are calling for the federal government to place an immediate ban on salamander imports to the United States until a plan is in place to detect and prevent the fungus' spread.
A teen is tackling serious water quality issues that threaten the health of rivers, streams and groundwater. Now she has just put the final touches on her research of a plastic adsorbent that removes pharmaceutical drugs from water sources.
When detected early, Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics. Left untreated, the disease can spread to the joints, heart and nervous system.
Ponds and creeks are favorite habitats for many frogs, turtles, and snakes. You can help map Pennsylvania’s herpetofauna.
Penn State Extension Water Resource Educators, Jim Clark and Jennifer Fetter, presented an hour long water workshop at the Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers Conference held on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at Penn State.
It is with great excitement for the people and water resources in rural counties of Pennsylvania, that we report that the “National Drug Take Back Program”, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), is returning this September.
The number of plant species growing just next to restored streams can take up to 25 years to increase above those channelized during the timber floating era, research concludes.
Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Jim Clark, taught a session on aquatic invasive species for over 100 elementary school students in McKean County on Tuesday, May 19th, at Wildcat Park near Kane, PA.
NOAA is predicting 2015 western Lake Erie harmful algal bloom season will be among the most severe in recent years and could become the second worst behind the record-setting 2011 bloom.The bloom will be expected to measure 8.7 on the severity index with a range from 8.1 to potentially as high as 9.5. This is more severe than 2014's 6.5, and may equal or exceed 2013, which had the second worse bloom this century.
Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Jim Clark, assisted the North Central Forest Landowners Association by speaking at ponds at their recent summer picnic.
A recent review performed by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation showed Pennsylvania is falling short of meeting its commitment to reduce pollution and ultimately restore its waterways, but York County remains on track to meet its own pollution reduction goals.
Extension Educator Jim Clark reports on the national lake association newsletters entitled “NALMS Notes”. Here are some interesting pond or lake related items and resources that Pennsylvania residents may find useful as well.
Tiny microscopic animals called zooplankton are ingesting plastic particles at an alarming rate, according to a new study. That could not only pose a risk to salmon but also spell trouble for the entire aquatic food web -- from zooplankton to humpback whales.
Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Jim Clark, offered a Home Water and Septic System Management Workshop at the Jefferson County Conservation District Office on June 17, in Brookville, PA.
The use of irrigation to support crops in Pennsylvania in fields, greenhouses, and high tunnels is growing. Irrigation water quality characteristics such as hardness, dissolved salts, and microorganisms vary depending on the local geology and type of water source. These water quality constituents can have important implications for both the health of and yield from irrigated crops.
What prudent steps can help you manage your small water system, one of your key business assets to avoid the calamity of a contaminated community water supply well or wells? If you are the owner of a water well or wells at a mobile home park, homeowners association, small community, nursing home or residential treatment facility that serves 500 people or less, you owe it to yourself and your residents to check out the benefits of DEP's voluntary Small System Source water Protection Program, available at no out-of-pocket cost.
A new project to help identify and remediate harmful algal blooms could make Pennsylvania ponds and lakes safer for people and animals.
As water scarcity and quality issues grow in California and around the world, a new book examines the experience of 15 countries where conservation has been achieved through water-pricing incentive systems.
Water quality trading was the topic of a live webinar on May 27, 2015 sponsored by the Penn State Extension Water Resources team. Water quality trading is drawing much interest as a market-based mechanism for water quality protection.