Approximately one million rural homes and farms across Pennsylvania get their drinking water from a private well, spring or cistern but we are one of the few states that lack comprehensive standards for private water supply construction or management.
Pond owners are being urged not to use garden chemicals, or to release goldfish into ponds, because of the risk they could pose to wild frogs. Researchers found that the severity of ranavirosis, a devastating disease that kills thousands of frogs each year, increases in the presence of exotic fish. The use of garden chemicals was also associated with increased severity of the disease.
The County of Lycoming paid a total of $51,363.70 to local farmers whose nitrogen and phosphorus credits were sold in 2014 through the Lycoming County Nutrient Trading Program. Combined with previous credit sales since 2011, the program has sold a cumulative $253,764 in nutrient credits.
Assessment shows hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources and identifies important vulnerabilities to drinking water resources.
A recent study of harmful algal blooms in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries shows an increase in ecosystem-disrupting events in the past 20 years being fed by excess nitrogen runoff from the watershed. While blooms have long been a concern, this study is the first to document their increased frequency in the Bay. Similar events are happening around the world.
Funds are primarily intended to increase tree cover along streets and established parks within population-dense areas. Municipalities and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Grants are awarded in the amounts ranging from $10,000-$30,000 depending on community size. Applications must be postmarked by July 30, 2015.
Sinkholes are natural, circular depressions that form when water erodes easily dissolved or soluble rock located beneath the ground surface. Water moves along joints, or fractures, enlarging them to form a channel that drains sediment and water into the subsurface.
The Penn State Extension Water Resources Team has recently released a new four page water factsheet entitled, “Roadside Springs”.
The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the May 30 PA Bulletin it has significantly revised a technical guidance describing how it will develop and invite public input into the development of all technical guidance published by the agency.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule Wednesday to clearly protect from pollution and degradation the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources.
The Penn State Extension Water Team made a big splash with a booth at the 2015 Great Lakes Children’s Water Festival at the Penn State Behrend College in Erie, PA, on Thursday, May 14th.
The Pennsylvania Departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Health are reporting the confirmation of the first 2015 detections of West Nile Virus from a mosquito sample that was collected on May 22 in Springettsbury Township, York County and a bird found May 26 in Harris Township, Centre County.
River transport of carbon to the ocean is not on a scale that will solve our carbon dioxide problem, but we haven't known how much carbon the world's rivers routinely flush into the ocean, until now. Scientists calculated the first direct estimate of how much and in what form organic carbon is exported by rivers. The estimate will help modelers predict how this export may shift as Earth's climate changes.
For years, scientists have been aware of the potential problems of antibiotics being present in wastewater, and new research is showing that treatments to clean wastewater may actually be creating new antibiotics and further contributing to the development of antibiotic resistance in the environment.
Ah, summertime….picnics, barbeques, outdoor activities…unfortunately, also a time to be bugged by mosquitoes and an increased threat of West Nile Virus.
In an historic step for the protection of clean water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule today to clearly protect from pollution and degradation the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources.
Pennsylvania is now home to the newest state chapter of the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP). The association is open to all current and retired extension employees working in the fields of environmental education, fisheries, forestry, wood sciences, range, recreation, waste management, water, wildlife, and related disciplines.
On Saturday May 9, volunteers from Dauphin County and the surrounding area participated in watershed restoration efforts at the Hershey Meadows.
A new study has examined methods for recovering phosphorus from wastewater using mathematical modeling. The study showed that a typical wastewater treatment plant could reclaim approximately 490 tons of phosphorus in the form of struvite each year.
Roger Rohrer raises salamanders, dragonflies, deer and raccoons on his farm. No, he’s not a wildlife breeder — Rohrer raises poultry — but he is promoting stream health with a riparian buffer he planted when he bought the farm four years ago.