Penn State Extension has recently completed work on a new mobile device App called “H2OSolutions” to help private water system owners and professionals evaluate wells, springs and cisterns.
This May will mark the 24th anniversary of American Wetlands Month, a time when EPA and its partners in federal, state, tribal, local, non-profit, and private sector organizations celebrate the vital importance of wetlands to the Nation's ecological, economic, and social health. It is also a great opportunity to discover and teach others about the important role that wetlands play in our environment and the significant benefits they provide — improved water quality, increased water storage and supply, reduced flood and storm surge risk, and critical habitat for plants, fish, and wildlife.
Penn State Extension is excited to offer the Dive Deeper –Youth Water Educator’s Summit again in 2014. Dive Deeper II will be held in Harrisburg, PA on September 25, 2014.
Stormwater Sentries is a new game that can be accessed on Facebook and is designed to educate the public about how our actions impact local streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay. Game players can take on missions to clean up trash, pick up after their pet, plant native trees, shrubs, flowers, and rain gardens, reduce impervious surfaces, install rain barrels and more. As missions are completed, they will see water quality improve in the local stream and they can take on advanced missions to restore the stream buffer to provide habitat for wildlife. The games was created by Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, in partnership with Timmons Group and SRRN Games.
New guidelines are in effect for those interested in non-point source pollution funding. Find out about the changes and applying for funding through PENNVEST.
Twelve York County police departments currently partner with the York County Solid Waste Authority (YCSWA) to host medication take-back boxes in their police department lobbies. Together, they have safely collected and disposed of a total of more than 1.2 tons of unused and expired medications since the start of the program in November, 2012.
Our forests are under attack. And the U.S. Forest Service is hoping that the Nation’s fourth and fifth graders can help fight back. The Forest Service distributed Insects Invade, a teacher’s package to 25,000 teachers nationwide.
On March 31, 2014 over 90 professionals came together to share their experiences working on land and water conservation issues.
Penn State Extension Water Resource Educators Jim Clark and Amy Galford led a pond management workshop for 38 undergraduate students from 11 different states on Saturday, March 29, 2014 in Spring Mills, PA.
Research indicates that both surface and groundwater are showing signs of increased salt concentrations as a result of human activities. Further, the increased salt levels can have an impact on stream dwellers.
This 37 page report is intended to assist communities in developing and evaluating CSO control alternatives that make green infrastructure part of their designs.
The Penn State Water Resources Team attended the 2014 Dairy Expo at Penn State University on February 12, to educate dairy producers about water quality problems.
Climate change is already having a profound effect on life in the oceans. Marine species tend to be highly mobile, and many are moving quickly toward the poles to stay cool as average ocean temperatures rise. These shifts can cause ecological disruptions as predators become separated from their prey. They can also cause economic disruptions if a fish population becomes less productive or moves out of range of the fishermen who catch them.
Managing a large field pond can be a challenging task. Sometimes the best option is to think of unique, innovative ways to approach the management task.
As we look around at ways to improve produce production, one area that offers the greatest return in both fruit quality and decreased fertilizer inputs is in getting the pH of your irrigation solution correct. Every crop has an ideal pH range where it removes nutrients from the soil solution optimally. Getting your soil and water pH right can be the difference between a profitable crop and high field / packing house losses.
On January 9, 2014, newly formed public water supply coalitions had an opportunity to meet with the Regional Director of the North-central PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Regional Office, Marcus Kohl, in Williamsport, PA.
When we think of animal waste being detrimental to water quality, larger, livestock animal operations probably come to mind first as being the largest contributors. While this is true, even our domestic companion animals do their part to add to water contamination.
Easy-to-fix household leaks account for more than one trillion gallons of water wasted each year across the United States, equal to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes. In the race against water waste, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is urging people to fix household water leaks during the sixth annual Fix a Leak Week, March 17 through 23, 2014.
World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The UN General Assembly designated 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. In 2014, World Water Day will be on "Water and Energy".
This online tool presents opportunities that communities and organizations can use to protect and enhance natural resources, save energy and maintenance costs, improve water quality, connect people to nature, as well as other practices to enhance our public spaces for the benefit of society and the environment.