Studies by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have confirmed that the presence of Escherichia coli pathogens in surface waters could result from the pathogen's ability to survive for months in underwater sediments. Read about new research from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Environmental Microbial and Food Safety Laboratory.
Survey part of national White-Nose Syndrome monitoring effort
The fresh water resources that we all use for our needs are inter-connected through a series of watersheds or drainage areas linking rivers, lakes, streams and even oceans.
Improving local water quality and the Chesapeake Bay starts with feeding cows. The amount of nitrogen and phosphorus that goes in the front end of the cow directly impacts how much comes out the back end.
Teaching youth about water is nothing new. Water is part of national academic standards for US school students and a frequent topic of discussion at nature centers, summer camps and other out of school learning opportunities.
Septic tanks are commonly used as a part of onlot wastewater disposal systems for homes. Septic tanks remove solids from the wastewater that is disposed of down the drains including waste from the bathrooms, laundry and kitchen in your home.
“Wherever you are, you are standing in a watershed and your actions have an impact on the water you drink.” This was the take-home message at the "Link to Your Drink" activity presented at the 2011 PA Children’s Water Festival. The festival, a national event was held on Tuesday, May 24 at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA.
With three exciting programs featuring Pennsylvania’s watershed successes under its belt, the Lessons from the Land webinar takes to the road for its June and July featured programs.
Watershed-level management efforts are growing and supported by federal, state, and local policy. The intent of these efforts is to create partnerships among local officials, state and county agencies, community groups, and residents that will address environmental concerns.
On May 16, 2011 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced improvements to the availability and usability of drinking water data in the Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) tool.
It is not unusual for Pennsylvania to experience plenty of April showers but this year was exceptionally wet. Some areas of Pennsylvania set new records for April rainfall.
Litter and dumping in Pennsylvania continues to be an issue effecting water quality.
Each year, Penn State Extension Water Resource Educator, Jim Clark, prepares educational material to help the students who compete in the Pennsylvania Envirothon in North Central Pennsylvania understand the “Current Environmental Issue”.
The success of the National Drug Take Back Program is dependent on your participation Saturday, April 30, 2011.
Community-based watershed organizations are locally-based groups of volunteers who are committed to improving water quality in a specific watershed.
The most common contaminants of private water supplies in Pennsylvania and the United States are bacteria. Faulty septic systems are major contributors to this type of contamination.
Are you looking for an excellent, hands-on curriculum to teach youth about water? Consider using the Pennsylvania 4-H Program’s Water Project Series.
Many watershed associations will be doing stream clean-ups and buffer plantings. Here are a few things to consider when planning these activities.
Most people don't make the connection between what is happening around them and their drinking water.
A scorecard for the health of the Chesapeake Bay, based on the best available information about the Chesapeake for indicators representing three major categories: pollution, habitat, and fisheries is now available from the Chesapeake Bay foundation.