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found in drinking water from more than one-third of U.S. water utilities in a nationwide sampling, according to new, unpublished research by federal scientists.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.
Youth water education continues to be an important part of protecting and restoring America’s valuable water resources. Penn State Extension is proud to host the second ever Dive Deeper Summit for youth water educators in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
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.
Funding provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Pennsylvania Ground Water Association was used to develop and implement programs of Penn State Extension’s Master Well Owner Network (MWON) over the past year.
As the holiday season draws to a close, you may be searching for options for how to get rid of your real Christmas tree. Luckily, there are some eco-friendly options that can reduce landfill waste, and even contribute to habitat improvement!
Bear Creek is poised to become the third ski area in Pennsylvania, and one of only a few in the country, to use highly treated liquid effluent to make snow for use on public trails.
EPA realeased a Synthesis Report on the Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy. This report is intended to help raise the awareness of water’s importance to our national economic welfare, and to summarize information that public and private decision-makers can use to better manage the nation’s water resources. It highlights EPA’s review of the literature and practice on the importance of water to the U.S. economy, identifies key data gaps, and describes the implication of the study’s findings for future research. EPA hopes this report will be a catalyst for a broader discussion about water’s critical role in the U.S. economy.
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.
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.
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.
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.