Penn State Extension Water Educator, Jim Clark, and Extension Water Specialist, Bryan Swistock, presented a workshop for Elk County Residents on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. The participants all had their water tested at the Penn State Ag Analytical Water Lab for several health related parameters, such as lead.
Groundwater discharge that flows into the Upper Colorado River Basin varies in response to drought, which is likely due to aquifer systems that contain relatively young groundwater, according to a new study.
Penn State Extension educators will be visiting hundreds of farms in the next month to follow up on a survey Pennsylvania farmers received earlier this year asking about conservation practices they have adopted to promote water quality and soil health.
Pennsylvania has led the nation in confirmed cases of Lyme disease from 2012–2014, according to the most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Private wells and on-site wastewater systems don’t come with a monthly or quarterly bill, but homeowners should budget for routine maintenance and eventual repairs. Proper construction and regular inspection and maintenance can help put off major expenses, but wells and septic systems do have a lifespan.
Corrosive groundwater, if untreated, can dissolve lead and other metals from pipes and other components in water distribution systems. Two indicators of potential corrosivity—the Langelier Saturation Index (LSI) and the Potential to Promote Galvanic Corrosion (PPGC)—were used to identify which areas in the United States might be more susceptible to elevated concentrations of metals in household drinking water and which areas might be less susceptible.
How much water does your lawn really need? A study re-evaluated lawn watering recommendations by measuring water use by lawns in Los Angeles. The standard model of turfgrass water needs, they found, lacked precision in some common urban southern California conditions, like the Santa Ana winds, or in the shade.
Researchers are refining a natural, low-cost process that will help remove some of the most abundant pollutants, such as iron, from mine-contaminated water.
Using a first-of-its-kind, watershed-scale experiment, researchers demonstrate beaver dam analogs in the Bridge Creek Watershed of north central Oregon's John Day Basin foster natural beaver activity, which benefits the area's threatened steelhead trout population.
Nuisance algae growth is one of the most common problems reported by pond and lake owners in Pennsylvania. Of greatest concern are algae blooms that are caused by microscopic blue-green algae which are capable of producing toxins, known as harmful algal blooms or “HABS”. These algal toxins can sicken animals and humans that contact the water and may cause the death of fish or other aquatic life.
Stone piles are a visible blight on the landscape. Moving rocks harms aquatic habitat. Piling stream rocks is against the rules in natural areas and most parks.
Decades of unregulated industrial waste dumping in areas of the Great Lakes have created a host of environmental and wildlife problems. Now it appears that Lake Michigan painted and snapping turtles could be a useful source for measuring the resulting pollution, according to researchers.
The Penn State Extension Water Team has been educating pond owners in Pennsylvania to be aware of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), through workshops and webinars. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has just announced that they have just opened a “One Health Harmful Algal Bloom Reporting System”.
Pharmaceuticals in surface water such as lakes and streams are a growing concern. They can cause developmental and other health issues in aquatic life. Scientists have largely considered treated wastewater that's released into the environment as the main source. Now researchers reveal other possible sources.
The Penn State Extension Water Team has been educating private water well owners about water and their health for years. This year several counties have been identified to receive no cost, private water supply, test kits, all associated with health parameters, such as lead.
Researchers have found that larval fish exposed to microplastic particles during development displayed changed behaviors and stunted growth which lead to greatly increased mortality rates. The researchers discovered that larval perch that had access to microplastic particles only ate plastic and ignored their natural food source of free-swimming zooplankton.
Upgrading wastewater treatment plants can dramatically reduce a municipality’s nitrogen footprint
Ah, summertime…. picnics, barbecues, outdoor activities… unfortunately, also a time to be bugged by mosquitoes and their potential to carry diseases.
Even though amphibian populations are declining sharply worldwide, there is no smoking gun to indicate a cause and thus no simple solution to halting or reversing these declines.
Hydraulic fracturing, a widely used method for extracting oil and gas from otherwise impenetrable shale and rock formations, involves not only underground injections composed mostly of water, but also a mixture of chemical additives. Researchers have now set out to discover whether the degradation of these chemicals in agricultural soil are affected by co-contamination.