In celebration of National Drinking Water Week, Penn State Extension’s Master Well Owner Network, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the PA Ground Water Association along with numerous other sponsors are organizing the 2014 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium at the Ramada Inn Conference Center in State College, PA on May 7, 2014.
Tiny headwaters or streams that only flow after precipitation or in certain seasons form the foundation of our nation’s water resources. These often unknown, unnamed and under-appreciated streams have a tremendous impact on everything downstream, including rivers, lakes and coastal waters, as well as people. At least 117 million Americans get drinking water from these streams. That is more than one-third of the U.S. population. See EPAs interactive map and blog post to learn more about water in your county.
When autumn arrives, hikers and bikers go the extra mile to find fall foliage. But it can be hard for homeowners to love fall leaves when they drop off of tree limbs and onto green lawns. And in a number of communities, the once-accepted methods of getting rid of leaves—chucking them into the trash can or lighting large piles on fire—are no longer allowed, due to limits on landfill space and concerns over human health. Here are four tips to help you get rid of your leaves while reducing your impact on the Chesapeake Bay or any other water body.
Do you enjoy bird or wildlife watching out your windows? You might need to add some features and resources to your property to attract them. Although backyard feeders are a popular way to attract birds, providing a source of water is equally important for creating a wildlife friendly yard. By adding a bird bath or wildlife pond, you provide necessary water not only for birds but for many other species as well.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invited schools, colleges and universities, county conservation districts, nonprofit organizations, municipalities and businesses to apply for Environmental Education Grants to develop programs and projects.
Penn State Extension Educator Jennifer Fetter provided a one hour webinar on November 20, 2013 focusing on several new educational tools that have been developed by Penn State Extension to facilitate youth education on water issues in Pennsylvania.
Did you ever wonder what happens to the "flushable" products on the market? How flushable are they?
This website serves the purpose of helping homeowners find ways to reduce stormwater either by management installations or by adopting habits that reduce stormwater runoff and/or improve stormwater quality. Information on this site is offered as homeowner advice only.
Roadside springs are a common source of drinking water in Pennsylvania but little is known about the quality of these water supplies. Penn State Water Resources Extension Educators Jim Clark and Diane Oleson presented a webinar on October 30, 2013, which included water quality results from a recent survey of 35 heavily used roadside springs across the state. The objective of the survey was to determine the drinking water safety of these springs and to increase awareness about the use of roadside springs for drinking water supplies.
Good News! WREN will be opening a 2014 round of Grants soon. Funding will be available for coalitions of community groups working to protect water resources in Pennsylvania with the 2014 round of WREN Grants set to open at the end of 2013. Grant proposals will be due March 21, 2014.
Pennsylvania is home to over one million private water wells and springs but it is one of the few states that do not provide statewide regulations to protect these rural drinking water supplies. As a result, homeowners using a private well or spring must understand proper water supply management practices to ensure safe drinking water for their family.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) have developed two important tools targeted to rural and small water and wastewater systems: the Rural and Small Systems Guidebook to Sustainable Utility Management, and the Workshop in a Box. Both draw heavily from the results of four pilot workshops with managers of rural and small systems co-sponsored by EPA and USDA.
In the United States, over 24 million acres of lawn surround our homes. As suburban development continues to spread into open and forested land alike, we lose more and more of our native vegetation and wildlife habitat.
Watershed modeling was conducted in 20 large, U.S. watersheds to assess the sensitivity of streamflow, nutrient (nitrogen and phosphorus), and sediment loading to a range of plausible mid-21st Century climate change and urban development scenarios in different regions of the nation. This final report describes the structure ― including methods, models, scenarios, and results ― of this effort.
Adults throughout Pennsylvania have the opportunity to become volunteers for the 4-H Stream Teams Program. A free, online training will be held by Penn State Extension to teach interested adults how to form and guide youth in the 4-H Stream Teams Program.
Do you like to fish or boat? Then this topic is of particular interest to you. Didymo, commonly referred to as “rock snot”, is a species of freshwater algae native to cool-water regions of northern Europe and North America. Since the mid-1980s, it has taken on the characteristics of an invasive species, forming massive blooms that blanket streambeds, choking streams and rivers, and threatening aquatic ecosystems.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. The next Drug Take-Back day will be held on October 26, 2013 from 10AM to 2PM. Check the DEA website to find a Take-Back location near you.
Many times things get put down our drains or flushed down our toilets that shouldn’t be because they can harm our septic systems or sewage treatment plants and ultimately our water quality and health. But what do you do with something like unused medication?
On October 17-18, 2013 Villanova University will host "Stormwater From the Ground Up!"
Forests play an important role in protecting watersheds from the impacts of development.