Drinking water from private wells, particularly dug wells established during the first half of the 20th century, may have contributed to the elevated risk of bladder cancer that has been observed in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont for over 50 years.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced today the selection of 114 projects to receive $25,143,294 in funding from Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), for the protection of Pennsylvania’s water resources. The selected projects enhance watersheds, mitigate acid mine drainage, and support water pollution cleanup programs.
Register now for our 2016 Youth Water Educators Summit! The Dive Deeper III: Youth Water Educators Summit will be held Thursday, September 22, 2016 at The Central Hotel and Conference Center, Harrisburg, PA.
Although your septic system may work well during dry weather, too much water from flooding or heavy rains can cause problems. Too much water in your drainfield may cause your septic system to overload and may slow down or stop the treatment of wastewater.
Close your eyes and listen for a babbling brook. In your mind’s eye, does it have trees along it, making the picture cool and green? Not only are trees along streams beautiful, they also help provide a filter between polluting landscapes and receiving waters.
Over 70 McKean County Residents delivered medications to the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Unwanted Medication Collection Program on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Penn State Extension Office in Smethport.
The pavement sealcoat products used widely around the nation on thousands of asphalt driveways and parking lots are significantly more toxic and mutagenic than previously suspected, according to a new article.
Selective browsing by white-tailed deer likely is promoting the spread of some invasive plant species in northeastern U.S. forests, as deer avoid eating vegetation they find unpalatable.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that training workshops will be held at six locations across the state this summer to assist new and existing Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) with changes to the MS4 NPDES General Permit, also referred to as a PAG-13.
Groundwater professionals from across Pennsylvania gathered on May 4, 2016 at the Ramada Inn Conference Center in State College, PA for the 2016 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium. The symposium was again held during National Drinking Water Week in recognition of the importance of groundwater to both public and private drinking water supplies across Pennsylvania.
Crayfish may benefit insects, reduce sediment settling in impaired streams. While macroinvertebrates are a tasty food source for crayfish, a new study reveals a surprising finding: when crayfish were present in in-stream experimental enclosures, macroinvertebrate density was higher, not lower.
As people convert natural landscapes to human-tailored ones, we change the cycling of water and carbon dramatically. Across the United States, water supplies are under increasing pressure as populations grow. Forests and soils that were once a sink for atmospheric carbon can become sources as the natural landscapes are disturbed.
A new presentation developed by Penn State’s Pesticide Education Program and Water Resources Educator Jim Clark has been used many times around the state this winter at meetings for core pesticide credits required by applicators needing to keep their pesticide license current.
Penn State Extension water resources educators conduct workshops on home drinking water supplies throughout Pennsylvania.
Adaptation to new risks: A vital necessity for development policies - The current instability and unpredictability of the world water cycle is here to stay, making society's adaptation to new risks a vital necessity when formulating development policies, a UN expert warns. He says long-term water cycle stability 'won't return in the lifetime of anyone alive today.
Research seeks to evaluate on-farm best management practices to prevent pathogens from entering streams. This source water protection strategy may represent a cost-effective, sustainable way to protect drinking water.
Urbanization in the Chesapeake Bay watershed has increased stream discharge, the frequency of flood-plain inundation, and the transport of nutrients (such as nitrogen and phosphorus) and sediment to streams and, ultimately, to the bay. Understanding the effects of the abundance, composition, and location of vegetation on flood-plain functions such as nutrient cycling and sediment trapping can aid in the development of effective best management practices that help improve the quality of water entering the bay.
Expanding the use of recycled water would reduce water and energy use, cut greenhouse gas emissions and benefit public health in California — which is in the midst of a severe drought — and around the world. A new study found that recycled water has great potential for more efficient use in urban settings and to improve the overall resiliency of the water supply.
Scientists have recently discovered that fish in the northeastern U.S. are changing gender – and it’s not due to an identity crisis. A new study published in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety finds that male fish are turning into females – a phenomenon known as intersex.
April 22 marked the 46th anniversary of Earth Day. To celebrate, here are 10 simple things every Pennsylvanian can do to to protect the environment and your health.