The collection on September 27, 2014, appears to be the last Take-Back that the DEA will implement. So what happens now?
Field studies conducted in the United States have shown that mercury concentrations in groundwater affected by wastewater disposal can exceed the drinking water maximum contaminant level (MCL) established by the Environmental Protection Agency (2 micrograms per liter of water, µg/L). Two recently published reports by scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the University of Maine, and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) help to explain what can lead to elevated mercury levels in groundwater.
Many streams in Pennsylvania suffer from degraded stream banks and increased erosion due to adjacent land disturbance. The latest webinar in the Penn State Water Resources Extension series focused on the need for simple and inexpensive methods for stabilizing stream banks and explained how live staking can fill this need.
DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council Wednesday completed work on a Transition Report to the incoming Wolf Administration and DEP Secretary on environmental issues facing Pennsylvania and the Department of Environmental Protection.
2015 WREN Grant proposals are due March 20, 2015. Funded project activities must begin on or after July 1, 2015 and end June 30, 2016.
The PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers announced the opening of the 2015 PA River Sojourns Grant cycle. The deadline for applications is February 27.
Estimates are that 1 of 7 households in Pennsylvania has at least an acre of trees. These woodland owners really like their woodlands. If you are one of these lucky owners, do you have questions about caring for your woods? To answer your questions, mark your calendar for March 20 and 21 for the Private Forest Landowners Conference in Altoona, PA.
Irrigation water can save a crop during drought, and is necessary to grow crops in sheltered environments such as greenhouses and high tunnels. That water can come from a variety of sources and its chemistry can vary tremendously. This impacts the ease of operating an irrigation system, plant nutrition, whether fertilizers and pesticides are effective, and ultimately a farm’s productivity.
With endocrine-disrupting compounds affecting fish populations in rivers as close as Pennsylvania's Susquehanna and as far away as Israel's Jordan, a new research study shows that soils can filter out and break down at least some of these emerging contaminants. The results suggest that water pollution can be diminished by spraying treated wastewater on land rather than discharging it directly into streams, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
The study of a graduate student includes the draining of ponds to verify fish counted on video. This leads to findings that can help fisheries managers control the invasive hydrilla.
USGS scientists assessed water quality in source (untreated) water from 6,600 wells in regionally extensive aquifers that supply most of the groundwater pumped for the Nation’s drinking water, irrigation, and other uses. The new USGS reports highlight how geology, hydrology, geochemistry, and chemical use affect the concentrations of individual contaminants in groundwater.
As we continue to change our landscapes, converting fields and forests to buildings, parking lots and lawns, we fragment forests and other productive landscapes and impact our streams, lakes and rivers with polluted stormwater runoff. Learn how Green Infrastructure is helping to conserve viable natural resources and capture, infiltrate and evapotranspire rain where it falls.
Fertilizers are known to promote the growth of toxic cyanobacterial blooms in freshwater and oceans worldwide, but a new multi-institution study shows the aquatic microbes themselves can drive nitrogen and phosphorus cycling in a combined one-two punch in lakes.
Stormwater runoff is water from rain or melting snow that doesn’t soak into the ground. It flows from rooftops, paved areas, bare soil, and across sloped lawns. Runoff transports many potential potential pollutants.
Irrigation water chemistry is important to meet your crop requirements. Production may be impacted by characteristics of your irrigation water through nutrient availability, pesticide chemistry, and pathogen management. Join us for the Irrigation Water Toolbox Training in Hershey, PA.
Take the EPA’s Water Sense Pledge and learn how you can save water each month of the year with a checklist you can download and keep on hand!
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists measured concentrations of select EDCs approximately 10 times in water and sediment from 2009 to 2011, at five sites in the Spirit Creek watershed near Fort Gordon, Georgia, as part of an assessment of the effects of the closure of a WWTP on EDC persistence.
Radon is a tasteless, colorless, odorless gas that comes from the natural breakdown of radioactive uranium in the ground. Radon can get into the air you breathe indoors and into the water you drink, and can also be found in small amounts in outdoor air.
Earth 911 provides a listing of places in Pennsylvania and beyond where Christmas trees may be recycled. To be recycled, trees must be free of all bulbs, lights, tinsel etc. Some places will recycle trees curbside, while others require the tree to be taken to a specific collection location.
Average chloride concentrations often exceed toxic levels in many northern United States streams due to the use of salt to deice winter pavement, and the frequency of these occurrences nearly doubled in two decades.