Ailanthus, the so-called tree-of-heaven, is probably the most famous invasive tree in the United States. It’s the title tree in Betty Smith’s classic 1943 novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, where it is used as a metaphor for persistence and toughness in the face of adversity. However, that toughness makes this tree— Ailanthus altissima (aka ailanthus, tree-of-heaven, stink tree, and Chinese sumac)—a serious problem wherever it grows.
For most people living in rural areas, collection, treatment, and disposal of household sewage must be accomplished on site.
Groundwater professionals from across Pennsylvania gathered on May 7, 2014 at the Ramada Inn Conference Center in State College, PA for the 2014 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium. The symposium was again held during National Drinking Water Week in recognition of the importance of groundwater to both public and private drinking water supplies across Pennsylvania.
EPA's online Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection was recently updated in April 2014 to include the latest information about FY2014 federal funding allocations for programs focusing on watershed protection and restoration. The site houses an easy-to-use, searchable database of 85 programs in which financial assistance sources, including grants, loans and cost-sharing, are available to fund a variety of watershed activities.
Feral swine/wild hogs have been documented in numerous areas of Pennsylvania. USDA-Wildlife Services is looking for information in order to document locations and collect disease samples. Information is also being sought on shooting preserves (past and present).
Two teams of Penn State Extension educators, specialists, and faculty have been selected as national award winners by the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP) and will be recognized on May 21 at the upcoming ANREP Conference in Sacramento, CA.
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.