In celebration of National Drinking Water Week, Penn State Extension’s Master Well Owner Network, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the PA Ground Water Association along with numerous other sponsors are organizing the 2015 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium at the Ramada Inn Conference Center in State College, PA on May 6, 2015.
The USGS Office of Surface Water has released a poster that explains the concept, probabilistic nature and inherent uncertainties of a 100-year flood.
Several public water supply coalitions recently met with the North Central Regional DEP Office Director, Marcus Kohl, in Mansfield, PA. Kohl praised the coalition’s work on source water protection and answered questions and concerns of those who attended.
Earlier this year (2014) the Chesapeake Bay Program approved a credit for the use of on-site wastewater treatment systems (OWTS) for nutrient reduction in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Join us for a webcast to find out what this means for local jurisdictions in meeting their Bay TMDL allocations! Thursday, 20 November 2014, 12:00 pm EST - 1:30 pm EST; Cost: FREE; Registration is open and required.
The “Empowering Educators” grant program directs focus toward science, technology, engineering and math projects to encourage action in schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey near company facilities. Through these competitive grants, teachers can receive up to $2,000 funding for educational projects that focus on energy issues like renewable energy demonstrations, energy efficiency and the greening of schools.
Coldwater Conservation Plans are useful in building local awareness and support for the long-term stewardship of coldwater streams and their surrounding watersheds. The plans are meant to identify potential problems and opportunities for stream conservation, and may often also lead to more detailed watershed studies or projects, ultimately improving the health of coldwater ecosystems.
On October 8th, EPA’s Green Infrastructure Program and the White House Council on Environmental Quality launched a broad collaborative of external stakeholders to advance green infrastructure implementation. The Green Infrastructure Collaborative will leverage efforts from the federal family, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and academia to advance green infrastructure as a means of supporting water quality and community development goals.
While there have been several notable dry spells in Pennsylvania since the era of warming began in the 1980's, a sustained drought has been rare compared with the decades prior. Climate models predict more frequent droughts over the continents in decades to come, but virtually none of these models forecast that precipitation would increase by 10% during the last century.
The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) has teamed with the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to offer this special funding program. This assistance is available to eligible homeowners who do not have access to a public sewage system and need to repair or replace their individual on-lot septic system.
The changing of the color of the leaves and the advent of falling temperatures at night along with pumpkin, broccoli, potato and apple harvest signals to me that cooler weather is just around the corner. Having worked many years with irrigation systems and drip irrigation systems in particular, I thought that this would be an appropriate time to share with you some tips on winterizing irrigation systems so that your system will be ready for next spring.
President Obama has made it clear that we have a moral obligation to our children and future generations to leave behind a planet that is not polluted and damaged. That is why, as part of his effort to combat climate change, the President launched a Climate Action Plan last year to cut carbon pollution, prepare communities for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to address this global challenge.
Pennsylvania is fortunate to have large amounts of water to support agriculture but farmers do also use irrigation. According to the 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture, since 2007 irrigation use has expanded in the state to over 4500 farms and about 39,000 irrigated acres.
Public awareness can help avoid costly clogs in your community sewer system - or on-lot septic system.
Would you like to add a larger water feature, attract a wider variety of wildlife, or add an aesthetically pleasing feature to your backyard? You may want to consider a wildlife pond.
Scientists develop new geochemical tracers, tested at sites in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced its commitment work with bay partners and interested stakeholders to develop to an action plan to reach the goals outlined in the recently signed Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement.
Do you enjoy bird or wildlife watching out your windows? Why not 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.
Using Best Management Practices (BMPs) that effectively control urban stormwater runoff flow and reduce levels of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment in stormwater runoff is integral to meeting water quality goals in local streams and downstream in the Chesapeake Bay.
Fall in Pennsylvania is a beautiful time with all of the changing colors of foliage. When those leaves finally do fall from their trees, we are left with an abundance of leaves on the ground that we may be responsible for cleaning up.
EPA's Office of Environmental Justice announces the opening of its Request for Applications (RFA) for the 2015 Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program. The EJSG Program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and/or public health issues within an affected community.