Pharmaceuticals, personal-care products, and other contaminants are widespread in water that has passed through landfill waste. The samples of this liquid, also known as leachate, were collected from within each of the studied landfills. This study by the U.S. Geological Survey is the first national assessment of these chemicals of emerging concern in landfill leachate in the United States.
Air pollution affects each of the 17.7 million people who live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. But it doesn’t just cloud the air we breathe. Airborne pollutants can also harm our land and water, fueling the growth of harmful algae blooms that create oxygen-depleted dead zones in the Bay.
Pond scum. The Penn State Extension receives a lot of phone calls about pond scum this time of year. So what exactly is the pond scum? Well, it could be any number of things. Sometimes it is watermeal or duckweed or both.
To help comply with the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, which reduces the lead content allowed in drinking water system and plumbing materials by changing the definition of "lead-free" in Section 1417 of the Safe Drinking Water Act, EPA has developed a quick reference for identifying lead-free certification marks for drinking water systems and plumbing materials.
PA CleanWays of McKean County, an affiliate of Keep PA Beautiful, completed a successful tire recycling program at the Smethport Borough Sheds on Route 6 in Smethport, PA, on July 19, 2014. Fourteen volunteers worked to remove 2,000 tires from the McKean County landscape.
The Penn State Extension Water Resources team offers a monthly webinar on various water resources topics on the last Wednesday of each month from 12:00 to 1:00 PM.
USDA has recently noticed that some growers are using bleach (Clorox TM) as a disinfectant in post-harvest washing systems. Disinfectants are regulated the same way as pesticides and unless the label on the bottle indicates EPA approval for washing fruits and vegetables, it is against federal law to use it for that purpose.
July and August often bring numerous calls and emails to Penn State Extension from pond owners about nuisance growth of algae. While long strands of filamentous algae are unappealing and have little value to the pond ecosystem, some other types of pond algae can actually provide important benefits to a pond.
At this time of year, many calls are received at the Extension office from individuals who are interested in finding out how to eliminate aquatic plants that have suddenly taken over their ponds and have become a problem either aesthetically or for the pond’s recreational use.
Intersex fish have been found in Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna, Delaware and Ohio river basins, indicating that the effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals are more widespread than previously known. New U.S. Geological Survey-led research published in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment found two fish species, smallmouth bass and white sucker, exhibiting the effects of exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Intersex characteristics caused by hormones and hormone-mimicking compounds include immature eggs in male fish.
A workshop designed to educate municipalities, engineers, watershed groups and students about the value of trees and green infrastructure in water quality was held on June 9, 2014 at the York Water Company Employee Center in York County.
The farmers on this website have been identified by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and EPA for implementing specific best management practices to reduce pollution while also improving or sustaining their profits, soil quality and/or yields. We celebrate these farmer heroes who are making a difference to improve America’s water resources and invite you to read their stories.
The 6th grade classes of Dutch Ridge Elementary in the Beaver Area School District culminated their Trout in the Classroom Project at the end of April by releasing 160 fingerling trout into Brady’s Run.
You work on them, Play on them, Drink from them. But have you recently taken the time to really appreciate your local lake, pond, or reservoir?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it has sent orders to 85 municipalities in north central and northeast Pennsylvania requiring improvements to their programs for managing stormwater.
Do you ever think about water when you buy a gallon of milk at the store? Perhaps you should!
Penn State Extension, as part of the Greening the Lower Susquehanna project, has developed a new citizen science monitoring tool. It is designed for families that have recently made stream side improvements on their property and would like to measure the valuable changes in wildlife habitat that take place as a result.
Marinas can help reduce pollution and protect the local environment by efficiently using materials and energy, and making changes to water or land operations. Get ideas related to fuels management, boat maintenance, stormwater runoff, dredging, and much more.
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.