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.
As we look around at ways to improve produce production, one area that offers the greatest return in both fruit quality and decreased fertilizer inputs is in getting the pH of your irrigation solution correct. Every crop has an ideal pH range where it removes nutrients from the soil solution optimally. Getting your soil and water pH right can be the difference between a profitable crop and high field / packing house losses.
On January 9, 2014, newly formed public water supply coalitions had an opportunity to meet with the Regional Director of the North-central PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Regional Office, Marcus Kohl, in Williamsport, PA.
When we think of animal waste being detrimental to water quality, larger, livestock animal operations probably come to mind first as being the largest contributors. While this is true, even our domestic companion animals do their part to add to water contamination.
Easy-to-fix household leaks account for more than one trillion gallons of water wasted each year across the United States, equal to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes. In the race against water waste, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is urging people to fix household water leaks during the sixth annual Fix a Leak Week, March 17 through 23, 2014.
World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The UN General Assembly designated 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. In 2014, World Water Day will be on "Water and Energy".
Spring is just around the corner, and after this long cold winter, doesn’t it feel great to think about the snow melting, the ground thawing, and getting your hands into the soil to plant something new and green in your community?
This online tool presents opportunities that communities and organizations can use to protect and enhance natural resources, save energy and maintenance costs, improve water quality, connect people to nature, as well as other practices to enhance our public spaces for the benefit of society and the environment.
The Cameron County Conservation District collaborated with Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Jim Clark, to secure a seventy-nine hundred dollar grant from the Headwaters Research, Conservation, and Development Council.
Concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in runoff from pavement with coal-tar-based sealcoat remain elevated for months following sealcoat application, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Penn State Professor Jim Shortle provided a one hour webinar on January 29, 2014 discussing a recent study on the agricultural costs of cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. Dr. Shortle is a Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Economics and Director of the College of Agriculture’s Environment and Natural Resources Institute at Penn State University.
We all know that it is very important to remove ice and snow from walkways to prevent injury. However, we often forget the damage that some of the materials we use to melt ice can do to plants and the environment.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Global Analysis-Annual 2013, was released by the National Climatic Data Center. The web site includes global and US data, and covers among other things the state of the climate, temperature, precipitation, drought, extremes, societal impacts, snow and ice, and references.
The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program provides a safe way to dispose of products that are hazardous in nature but are not regulated as hazardous waste under state and federal regulations.
In the winter water gets much colder and ice may cover the top of the pond for an extended period of time. How does this affect the animals living in the pond?
Traces of 18 unregulated chemicals were found in drinking water from more than one-third of U.S. water utilities in a nationwide sampling, according to new, unpublished research by federal scientists. Included are 11 perfluorinated chemicals, an herbicide, two solvents, caffeine, an antibacterial compound, a metal and an antidepressant.
Residents of Pennsylvania are used to dealing with snow. Annual snowfall ranges from an average of about 20 inches in southeastern counties to nearly 100 inches downwind of Lake Erie. While the winter of 2013-14 has produced some snow, most areas of the state have lacked a persistent snow cover for much of the winter.
Saving water is easy when you think about it. Here’s a fun and easy way to see how water-wise you are by taking a Home Water Audit, courtesy of iConservePA.org H20 Water Use It Wisely Program.
How do you know if ice on a pond or lake is safe to walk on? I like to ice fish in the winter, but I always feel uneasy the first time on the ice because I don’t know how thick the ice is.