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September 6, 2016

Hundreds of homeowners with private water wells, springs, cisterns, ponds or lakes received educational assistance at two exhibits during Ag Progress Days on August 16-18, 2016.

September 6, 2016

A recent study out of the University of Colorado indicates since introduction of horizontal drilling combined with high-volume hydraulic fracturing, the rate of groundwater contamination remained the same as in the previous years.

September 6, 2016

Researchers studied drilling wastes produced at two research wells near Morgantown and found they are well below federal guidelines for radioactive or hazardous waste.

August 29, 2016

A study shows that weather patterns tied to climate change may increase the severity of algal blooms in Chesapeake Bay as extreme rainfall cycles flush larger amounts of nitrogen from fertilizer and other sources into the Susquehanna River. The researchers found that a spike in rainfall can increase nitrogen levels in the bay even if the amount of fertilizer used on land remains the same, leading to explosive algae growth that poisons humans and wildlife, and devastates fisheries.

August 29, 2016

Penn State Extension Educator, Jim Clark, presented information on basic hydrology and where to go for drought monitoring information at a Drought Seminar for Potter County Farmers on Thursday, August 11, 2016.

August 29, 2016

Researchers developed an affordable way to monitor rivers and stream flow, 24/7, using open source products.

August 29, 2016

A new virus has been identified in association with a die-off of largemouth bass in Pine Lake in Wisconsin's Forest County. The previously unknown virus was isolated at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's La Crosse Fish Health Center from dead fish collected by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) during an investigation into a May 2015 fish kill in the northeastern Wisconsin lake.

Jim Clark and Bryan Swistock, Penn State Extension Water Personnel, explain water test results to Elk County Residents
August 29, 2016

Penn State Extension Water Educator, Jim Clark, and Extension Water Specialist, Bryan Swistock, presented a workshop for 61 Venango County Residents on Tuesday, August 2, 2016.

L to R: Jeff Tanner, PA CleanWays President, Bob Strait, PA CleanWays Volunteer, Justin Lund, McKean County Recycling Coordinator, and Charlie Jones, Smethport Borough Employee help with PA CleanWays Tire Recycling Event
August 22, 2016

Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Jim Clark, assisted PA CleanWays of McKean County remove another two thousand tires from McKean County, filling two tractor-trailers on Saturday, July 23, 2016.

August 22, 2016

Project Learning Tree offers grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood’s environment. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2016 -- Funding will be distributed in December 2016.

August 22, 2016

A new draft report released Monday from the Department of Environmental Protection lists four miles of the Lower Susquehanna River as impaired for recreation, but not for protecting aquatic life as requested by the Fish and Boat Commission, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA and other groups.

August 22, 2016

Thanks to global warming, waterways that make up important habitat for fish are likely to experience an increased frequency of such extreme conditions. Researchers wanted to know the impact of severe storms on fish populations that have to make sudden and unexpected trips downstream, away from their preferred habitat, to more hospitable waters.

August 22, 2016

For the most part, antibiotics play a positive role in the modern world. They help combat infection and keep us healthy. However, antibiotics often find their way into water streams and wastewater treatment plants while still biologically active. And that’s a problem for a variety of reasons.

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August 15, 2016

The pitter patter of rain may induce you to quickly take dry refuge. Nature wants no such escape. Instead, she collects, funnels, and deposits water in some of the most innovative ways. Try a tree as your tutor and you will notice that essentially each tree is a microcosm of an entire watershed, moving water efficiently over its singular, vertically arranged landscape.

August 15, 2016

A common type of blue-green algae is finding it easy to adapt to Earth's rising CO2 levels, meaning blue-green algae -- of which there are many toxin-producing varieties -- are even more adept at handling changing climatic conditions than scientists previously supposed. Microbiologists point at implications for clean drinking water, swimming safety and freshwater ecosystems.

August 15, 2016

Researchers have uncovered previously hidden sources of ocean pollution along more than 20 percent of America's coastlines. The study offers the first-ever map of underground drainage systems that connect fresh groundwater and seawater, and also pinpoints sites where drinking water is most vulnerable to saltwater intrusion now and in the future.

August 15, 2016

To assist Native American and Alaska Native communities, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists developed a guide to evaluate algal blooms for the presence of cyanobacteria that are known to produce a variety of toxins.

August 8, 2016

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists detected microcystin—an algal toxin—in 39 percent of 75 streams assessed in the southeastern United States. These results will inform and become part of a larger, systematic national survey of algal toxins in small streams of the United States.

August 8, 2016

Mosquitoes in the Aedes family can transmit not only the Zika virus, but also dengue and chikungunya. Travelers visiting regions affected by these diseases should take steps to protect themselves, warn experts.

August 8, 2016

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the July 30 PA Bulletin it is making available a copy of the draft 2016 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report for public comment.