Streams within approximately 40 percent of the global land surface are at risk from the application of insecticides. These were the results from the first global map to be modeled on insecticide runoff to surface waters. Streams, especially those in the Mediterranean, the United States, Central America and Southeast Asia are at risk.
Many of the communities we live in strive to provide a clean environment to their citizens including clean water, green recreation areas and parks, agricultural fields and tree-lined commercial areas. Green infrastructure – a natural approach to managing rainfall with trees, rain gardens, wetlands and other natural areas can protect our water quality while also providing green space which attracts residents, visitors and commercial businesses.
If you are a pond owner, early spring is a good time to take a walk around your pond and check to see if any maintenance is needed.
Every system in your house needs monitoring and maintenance. Just as you check your furnace or smoke detector batteries seasonally, spring is a good time to perform a water well checkup.
Greenhouse and crop producers across Pennsylvania use, on average, over 27 million gallons per day for irrigation. Over 15,000 acres of irrigation occurs in micro-irrigation systems commonly found in greenhouses. Unfortunately, the quality of these water supplies is often overlooked as a potential source of plant growth issues.
A professor has shown that improving wastewater treatment and saving energy are not only essential, but they’re also compatible.
Simply removing cattle may be all that is required to restore many degraded riverside areas in the American West, although this can vary and is dependent on local conditions, researchers have found after comparing repeat photographs to assess rehabilitation of Oregon wildlife refuge. The team analyzed photographs to gauge how the removal of grazing cattle more than two decades ago from Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge in eastern Oregon has helped to rehabilitate the natural environment.
Rivers and streams could be a major source of antibiotic resistance in the environment. A new study found that greater numbers of resistant bacteria exist close to some waste water treatment works, and that these plants are likely to be responsible for at least half of the increase observed.
Penn State Extension and the Penn State Master Well Owner Network are excited to offer a special one hour webinar on March 10, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM in recognition of National Groundwater Awareness Week.
Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Jim Clark, based in McKean County, PA, assisted farmers and other pesticide applicators protect the groundwater that flows beneath their feet by offering an extension program about groundwater.
Arsenic is the biggest public-health problem for water in the United States -- yet we pay far less attention to it than we do to lesser problems. Private wells present continuing risks. Even low doses of arsenic may reduce intelligence in children. There are also well-documented risks of cancer, heart disease, and reduced lung function.
The Delaware River watershed is one of our nation’s most treasured resources. It is home to more than 7 million people and the water supply for more than 15 million in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. An historic new Farm Bill program at USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will help farmers and local leaders make investments to keep the watershed healthy and vibrant for years to come.
Scientists determined the effect of a controlled-release fertilizer placement method on changes in leachate nutrient concentration throughout an irrigation event, and evaluated the changes throughout a production season. Experiments involved topdressed, incorporated, and dibbled controlled-release fertilizer placement methods. Analyses suggested that the dibble method may be an advantageous CRF placement method that conserves fertilizer resources and mitigates non-point source nutrient contributions by reducing undesired nutrient leaching during irrigation.
In a long-term field study, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Virginia Tech scientists have found that changes in geochemistry from the natural breakdown of petroleum hydrocarbons underground can promote the chemical release (mobilization) of naturally occurring arsenic into groundwater. This geochemical change can result in potentially significant arsenic groundwater contamination.
Researchers know that adding natural buffers to the farm landscape can stop soil from vanishing. Now a scientist has found that more buffers are better, both for pleasing the eye and slowing erosion.
Pennsylvania has over three million rural residents who use a private water supply (well, spring or cistern) yet it is one of only two states that do not provide statewide standards for the construction, location or maintenance of these water supplies. As a result, each private water supply owner in Pennsylvania must become educated on best management practices for their water supply.
The Department of Environmental Protection has scheduled a series of four webinars on March 10, 11 on the implementation of new stream buffer requirements as a result of Act 162.
Keep PA Beautiful Tuesday announced registration is now open for the 2015 Great American Cleanup of PA which runs from March 1 to May 31.
The Penn State Water Resources Team is offering Home Water and Septic Workshops across the state during 2015. The two hour class covers private water supplies and how they should be maintained, tested, and treated. Best management practices for homeowners to use to protect and maintain on-lot septic systems are also discussed.
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