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January 23, 2017

First-ever reconnaissance study documents the off-field transport of nitrapyrin — a nitrification inhibitor applied with fertilizers as a bactericide to kill natural soil bacteria for the purpose of increasing crop yields — to adjacent streams. This study is the first step in understanding the transport, occurrence, and potential effects of nitrapyrin or similar compounds on nitrogen processing in aquatic systems.

UV light system Photo: Bryan Swistock, Penn State University
January 17, 2017

Most health risks in water as well as taste, odor, or appearance problems can be resolved with home water treatment. However, treatment systems only work properly if they are maintained!

January 17, 2017

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) urges Pennsylvanians to test their homes for radon in January as part of national Radon Action Month. Colorless, odorless, and radioactive, radon is a known human carcinogen and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

January 17, 2017

A new study demonstrates that automated monitoring systems that identify 'regime shifts' -- such as rapid growth of algae and then depletion of oxygen in the water -- can successfully predict full-scale algae blooms in advance, and help resource managers avert their development.

January 17, 2017

The frequencies of occurrence of hundreds of insect species inhabiting streams have been altered relative to the conditions that existed prior to wide spread pollution and habitat alteration, American scientists have discovered. Results were similar for the two study regions (the Mid-Atlantic Highlands and North Carolina), where frequencies of occurrence for more than 70 percent of species have shifted.

January 17, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has completed routine surveillance of hardware stores and other retail facilities in 13 counties to verify that leaded solder is not being sold for plumbing purposes. This surveillance is conducted in accordance with the 1989 Lead Ban Act.

Mike Eckley (center), of the Nature Conservancy, received the 2016 Natural Resource Education Champion Award (pictured with PA-ANREP members Dave Jackson (left) and Sandy Smith)
January 10, 2017

The purpose of the award is to recognize an individual or group for their support of and enthusiasm for natural resources extension education at the county, state or regional level in Pennsylvania.

January 10, 2017

We all live in a watershed. Watersheds are areas of land where runoff from rain and snow drains into a lake, stream, river or wetland. Water constantly travels over the land’s surfaces that include farmland, lawns and city streets, on its course to a waterway.

January 10, 2017

EPA’s report concludes that hydraulic fracturing activities can impact drinking water resources under some circumstances and identifies factors that influence these impacts.

January 10, 2017

A collaboration of universities and government agencies has identified three key agricultural management plans for curtailing harmful algal blooms. They have also identified a looming funding gap for enacting those plans.

January 3, 2017

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell shared the following suggestions for Pennsylvania residents for a safe and healthy 2017.

January 3, 2017

As part of the statewide Clean Water Counts In Pennsylvania campaign by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA, county maps of streams with impaired water quality were posted online.

Landowners should inspect their forest road system at regular intervals to detect problems and schedule repairs. Photo: George Hurd, Penn Sate University
January 2, 2017

The dirt and gravel roads that run through your forest play an important role in the management of your woodlands. A well-maintained road provides safe access for fire control, recreation, timber harvesting, and other forest management activities. However, poorly constructed and maintained access roads often cause severe soil erosion and sedimentation into streams.

January 2, 2017

Drought in Sao Paulo. Flooding in the Himalayas. And pollution in Sumatra. These three distinct water crises have a common cause—degradation in forests.

January 2, 2017

Study finds bladder cancer risk was associated with water intake among participants with a history of private domestic well use. The trend was significant for participants who used shallow dug wells exclusively—a well type that typically has low arsenic concentrations but may have had higher concentrations historically.

January 2, 2017

A recent U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) assessment of more than 20,000 wells nationwide indicates that groundwater in 25 States and the District of Columbia has a high potential for being naturally corrosive. The States with the largest percentage of wells with potentially corrosive groundwater are located primarily in the Northeast, the Southeast, and the Northwest

There are many types of plants in a pond. Photo: Susan Boser, Penn State University
December 26, 2016

Knowing what kinds of aquatic plants may be growing in a pond is the first step to obtaining an ideal balance of plant life to meet the pond's intended use. This new Learn Now video looks at the four categories of pond plants, and some of the most common aquatic plants that are found in Pennsylvania.

December 26, 2016

The pastoral image of cows drinking from a stream has a hidden story. Pennsylvania has long been home to a robust agriculture industry, where cows, hay bales, and horse-drawn plows dot rolling hills of grasses and grain. For those acquainted with these scenic landscapes and the hard-working farmers who maintain them, the pastoral image of lazy dairy cows drinking from a trickling stream is a familiar one. To the untrained eye, it seems a natural ornament of bygone days.

One best management practice is streambank fencing. Photo: Penn State University
December 26, 2016

Many Pennsylvania farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed have voluntarily implemented, at their own expense, practices aimed at improving water quality, according to newly released survey research conducted by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

December 26, 2016

The National Lakes Assessment (NLA) is a statistical survey of the condition of our nation's lakes, ponds, and reservoirs. It is designed to provide information on the extent of lakes that support healthy biological condition and recreation, estimate how widespread major stressors are that impact lake quality, and provide insight into whether lakes nationwide are getting cleaner.