Water is essential to all life on earth. When the quality of water is impaired every living organism is impacted. The problems associated with Lake Erie are examples of how agricultural practices, naturally occurring events, and other human activities can have an impact on water quality.
The Center for Watershed Protection, Inc. has released a new guide for citizen science groups and watershed organizations across the nation to take a role in finding and eliminating sources of harmful bacteria in their communities.
Pause for a moment and consider your nearest stream. Do you know where it goes? Chances are, if you live in one of the 41 counties covering central Pennsylvania, that water finds its way to the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay.
Penn State Extension Educator, Jim Clark and Penn State Watershed Specialist, Bryan Swistock presented a class on pond management for pond owners in North Central Pennsylvania on May 26, 2016, at the North Fork Dam Recreation Area in Potter County, PA.
Most U.S. homes are full of familiar household products with an ingredient that fights bacteria: triclosan. Most of the triclosan is removed in waste water treatment plants. However, a U.S. Geological Survey found the antibacterial in nearly 58% of freshwater streams. What does that mean for the food and soil irrigated with water from streams? As triclosan breaks down, it can turn into other harmful compounds. The breakdown of triclosan produces more effective hormone disruptors.
Plastic accounts for nearly eighty per cent of all waste found in our oceans, gradually breaking down into smaller and smaller particles. New research investigates how nanosized plastic particles affect aquatic animals in different parts of the food chain.
Last week, the governor of Colorado signed a bill legalizing rain barrels. Before then, the capture and use of rainwater, even on so small a scale, was illegal in Colorado.
Pause for a moment and consider your nearest stream. Do you know where it goes? Chances are, if you live in one of the 41 counties covering central Pennsylvania, that water finds its way to the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay. This week, June 5-11, marks the first-ever Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week. It’s a time to celebrate the Bay watershed’s diverse waterways and landscapes, rich history, immense economic impact, and the aesthetic and recreational offerings it and all of its local waters provide to the 18 million people who live in its watershed.
The overall health of Chesapeake Bay improved in 2015, according to scientists. The largest estuary in the nation scored a C (53 percent) in 2015, one of the three highest scores since 1986. Only 1992 and 2002 scored as high or higher, both years of major sustained droughts.
Many landowners, regulators and citizen scientists are interested in simple tools to assess the health of streams. The latest webinar in the Penn State Water Resources Extension series focused on a new stream health assessment tool called First Investigation of Stream Health or “FISH”.
Private water supplies in nine Pennsylvania counties underserved by water-quality educational programs and water testing will be the focus of two new Penn State Extension projects aimed at helping well owners detect and remediate lead and other common contaminants.
Protein discovery is important first step in harnessing power of green algae for agriculture. Algae may hold the key to feeding the world's burgeoning population. Because they are more efficient than most plants at taking in carbon dioxide from the air, algae could transform agriculture. If their efficiency could be transferred to crops, we could grow more food in less time using less water and less nitrogen fertilizer. New work reveals a protein that is necessary for green algae to achieve such remarkable efficiency.
Newly published research shows water yields from unmanaged forested watersheds in the southern Appalachian Mountains declining by up to 22 percent a year since the 1970s. Changes in water yield were largely related to changes in climate, but disturbance-related shifts in forest species composition and structure over time also played a role. The study findings have implications for managing the forest composition of watersheds to ensure water supply under future climate change.
Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Jim Clark, presented a class on aquatic invasives to young people at the Wildcat Park in Ludlow, PA, in McKean County on May 17, 2016.
Study surveyed bacterial ecosystems in developing countries. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria most often are associated with hospitals and other health-care settings, but a new study indicates that chicken coops and sewage treatment plants also are hot spots of antibiotic resistance.
Severe oxygen drops in the water can leave trails of fish kills in their wakes, but scientists thought adult fish would be more resilient to the second major threat in coastal waters: acidification. A new study shows that is not entirely true -- where fish are concerned, acidification can make low oxygen even more deadly.
An assessment of rivers in the US suggests that although there is a relationship between increased flood size and erosion, the effect is most pronounced for moderate floods.
We are excited to announce that York County’s very first Master Watershed Steward Class finished their training in April.
“What is the Midpoint Assessment, and why should I care?” is a question that is echoing from the farthest reaches of local governments in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to those closest to the Bay itself.
Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Jim Clark, introduced U.S. Congressman Glenn Thompson from the 5th Congressional District during lunch at the 2016 PA groundwater Symposium on May 4th, in State College, PA.