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March 6, 2017

Acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell answered questions before the House Appropriations Committee for 2 hours and 30 minutes Monday on DEP’s budget request touching on deficiencies EPA pointed out in the state’s Safe Drinking Water Program because of budget cuts, permit reviews, the regulation of pipelines, penalty assessments, going beyond federal requirements and meeting Pennsylvania’s obligations under the Chesapeake Bay Program.

March 6, 2017

Crustaceans from the deepest ocean trenches found to contain ten times the level of industrial pollution than the average earthworm, scientists have shown.

March 6, 2017

Streams and rivers around the world are effected by acidic runoff and metal contamination. This can occur through natural processes caused by the action of wind, water, and air reacting with previously buried minerals and metals present in streams and their watersheds as well as activities associated with historical and ongoing mining activities.

March 6, 2017

Potter County takes the protection of their public drinking water very seriously. They were the first county in Pennsylvania to have approved source water protection plans for all of the public water supplies in the county.

March 6, 2017

What would happen if there was an emergency in the U.S. that caused radioactive material to contaminate drinking water supplies? What steps could your utilities and government take?

Sanitary well cap photo: Bryan Swistock, Penn State
February 27, 2017

Your drinking water well requires regular maintenance, just like any other system in your home. Regular inspection and some simple steps will help safeguard your water supply.

February 27, 2017

A researcher has drawn a link between the impact of climate change and untreated drinking water on the rate of gastrointestinal illness in children.

February 27, 2017

You've seen Bear Grylls turn foul water into drinking water with little more than sunlight and plastic. Now, academics have added a third element -- carbon-dipped paper -- that may turn this survival tactic into a highly efficient and inexpensive way to turn saltwater and contaminated water into potable water for personal use.

Hydrilla plant close-up. Photo: Tim Krynak, Cleveland Metroparks, Bugwood.org
February 21, 2017

Hydrilla is a submerged aquatic weed of concern in Pennsylvania. This plant is a perennial that grows rapidly, covering the surface of the water, restricting boating, fishing and swimming among other recreational uses.

February 21, 2017

Changes in climate can rapidly impact even the deepest freshwater aquifers according to hydrologists. The researchers found that responses to climate variations can be detected in deep groundwater aquifers faster than expected -- in many cases within a year.

Photo: Susan Boser, Penn State Extension
February 21, 2017

What differences are there between water sources? Just because water looks clear, does that make it safe to drink? What are total dissolved solids?

February 21, 2017

A recent review of studies of submarine canyons has identified that they are at risk from human activities, and require better protection.

February 13, 2017

Govenor Tom Wolf Tuesday proposed a $32.3 billion General Fund budget which he said includes $2 billion in cuts and savings resulting from reinventing and reforming the way the public’s money is spent and $1 billion in new taxes, mostly on business.

February 13, 2017

Researchers have found engineered floating wetlands show promise for water treatment.

Porous parking lot. Photo: Bryan Swistock, Penn State University
February 6, 2017

As urbanization and development continue to occur, resulting issues with stormwater have been an increasing water resources issue.

Master Watershed Stewards Display at the 2017 Farm Show. Photo: Karin Wulkowicz, Penn State Extension
February 6, 2017

The Pennsylvania Master Watershed Stewards participated in the 2017 PA Farm Show.

February 6, 2017

Accidental introductions of non-native species has been of increasing concern since the 1980s when human-mediated transportation, mainly related to ships' ballast water, was recognised as a major route by which species are transported and spread.

February 6, 2017

Non-indigenous species are harming indigenous species and habitats in the Mediterranean Sea, impairing potentially exploitable marine resources and raising concern about human health issues, according to a new study.