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Watershed Webinars

Penn State Extension hosts a monthly webinar series on topics related to water issues for homeowners, gardeners, water professionals, youth educators, and more.

Water Resources Webinars

View list of upcoming webinars and webinar recordings.

Watershed Webinar Recordings

Previously recorded webinars are free of charge for you to watch.

June 28, 2017

This webinar discusses the use of several models to study the projected changes in sediment, nutrient and organic matter loads to the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays under climate change scenarios.

May 19, 2017

This study answers a basic question. "What is nature worth?" Does it have a hidden value beyond the beauty and welfare of a community? What are we willing to pay to maintain or enhance our quality of life, health, cost of living and economy that nature provides?

March 30, 2017

This webinar summarizes the extent of the use of water quality protection practices in Pennsylvania agriculture.

January 25, 2017

This two-part webinar discusses some specific examples of green parking lot zoning requirements and design in Pennsylvania and surrounding states.

December 14, 2016

Groundwater is a vital natural resources to the Commonwealth that must be protected from contamination.

November 30, 2016

PA Sea Grant and a host of partners have been helping coastal communities along the Delaware River to prepare for the flooding and extreme heat expected with future climate.

October 26, 2016

Climate change poses significant challenges for water policy makers. Environmental law and water law are structured to treat issues of water pollution and temporary shortage, but poorly equipped to deal with increasingly rapid changes in the hydrological cycle that the existing forms of law have assumed to be nearly constant.

August 31, 2016

In an impaired watershed in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, a dynamic, locally- led partnership known as the Little Conestoga Partnership worked collaboratively over a three year period from 2013-2015 to assist municipalities and suburban/urban landowners with innovative, cost-effective tools and approaches to achieve and maintain reductions in stormwater pollution.

July 27, 2016

According to the Chesapeake Bay Model, planting certain biomass crops (specifically grasses like switchgrass and winter crops like winter rye and winter oilseeds can provide a reduction in nutrient pollution.

July 5, 2016

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. These toxins can sicken animals and humans that contact the water and may cause the death of fish or other aquatic life.

May 25, 2016

Jennifer Fetter and Kristen Kyler from Penn State provide some details on this new tool for Citizen Scientists to use for easy evaluation of stream health.

January 27, 2016

This webinar by Dan Ludwig from the Natural Resources Conservation Service highlights how properly balancing phosphorus levels in dairy and beef rations relates to and effects manure phosphorus excretion levels.

November 19, 2015

Bryan Swistock, a water resources extension associate with Penn State Extension, discusses "forest hydrology" or the movement of water within forested watersheds and how that ensures clean water.

October 28, 2015

Dr. Li Li, an Associate Professor in Energy and Mineral Engineering at Penn State, discusses the use of Reactive Transport Models for predicting subsurface water quality.

September 28, 2015

Jennifer Fetter from Penn State Extension discusses the new "Rain to Drain - Slow the Flow" curricula. This fun, engaging, hands-on experiment and activity walks learners through the basics of stormwater and how it moves.

August 26, 2015

Penn State Extension Water resources Educator, Susan Boser, highlights extension water resources available and designed to be used with youth audiences.

May 27, 2015

Penn State Agricultural and Environmental Economics Professor, Dr. Jim Shortle, explains water quality trading, what it is, and who does it.

March 25, 2015

Erin Frederick with Penn State Extension in Lehigh-Northampton Counties and Jim Wilson with the Northampton County Conservation District describe the new Master Watershed Steward program that is being piloted in southeast Pennsylvania.

January 28, 2015

Penn State Extension Watershed Youth Development Educator, Jennifer Fetter and Penn State Agriculture & Environment Center Project Coordinator, Kristen Kyler discuss the need for simple and inexpensive methods for stabilizing stream banks and explains how live staking can fill this need.

December 17, 2014

Dr. Rachel Brennan from the Department of Civil Engineering at Penn State talks about Endocrine Disrupting Compounds and how they can be removed using new technologies.

November 19, 2014

Dr. Tess Russo from the Geoscience Department at Penn State discusses a study of trends in groundwater across the United States and climate correlations.

October 28, 2014

Penn State Department of Meteorology lecturer, Paul Knight, examines trends in precipitation based on past data and data projections that will affect weather patterns in Pennsylvania.

September 24, 2014

Dr. Tony Buda, Research Hydrologist, USDA-ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit discusses this short-term decision support tool to optimize the timing of fertilizer and manure application to protecting water quality and use nutrients efficiently.

August 27, 2014

Melissa Hess, Senior Project Manager for URS, discusses green infrastructure projects installed in communities that are both beautiful and functional.

July 30, 2014

Kristen Kyler, the Project Coordinator of the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center’s Lower Susquehanna Initiative, discusses why homeowner’s need to manage stormwater and how the “Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater” is meant to be used.

March 26, 2014

Matt Royer, Director of the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center discusses the Conewago Initiative’s approach and results.

February 26, 2014

PA Sea Grant Personnel, Sarah Whitney and Sara Stahlman, discuss aquatic invasive species.

January 28, 2014

Dr. Jim Shortle, a professor of Agriculture and Environmental Economics at Penn State, discusses the economic costs associated with plans to restore the Chesapeake Bay.

December 18, 2013

Lara Fowler, Senior Lecturer at Penn State Dickinson School of Law and Research Fellow at Penn State Institutes of Energy and Environment, reviewed water rights history and law in the western U.S. and lessons for integrated water management in the eastern U.S.

September 4, 2013

Dr. Elizabeth Boyer from the Penn State Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, presents results of atmospheric deposition research.

August 28, 2013

Dr. Charles Abdalla, a Penn State Professor of Ag. and Environmental Economics, Renata Rimsaite, a Doctoral Student in Agricultural Economics at Penn State, and Dr. Allan Collins, a Professor and Assistant Director of the Division of Resource Management at West Virginia University present findings of a study of public water suppliers in PA and WV that have sold water to shale gas companies.

July 31, 2013

Penn State Doctoral student, Sarah Tzilkowski, presents results of a study of Pennsylvania residents opinions regarding water resources.

June 26, 2013

Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Susan Boser, discusses the West Nile Virus.

February 27, 2013

Penn State Extension Watershed Youth Development Educator, Jennifer Fetter discusses a new youth water education program, now formally known as the 4-H Stream Teams Program.

October 31, 2012

Dr. Charlie Abdalla, professor of Ag and Environmental Economics at PSU, describes a study done in several PA communities near shale gas drilling with the potential to impact their water supply.

November 21, 2011

Jim Clark from Penn State Extension in McKean County introduces the Triple Divide Watershed Coalition and it's efforts toward Source Water Protection in northcentral PA.

April 27, 2011

Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Dana Rizzo, outlines the uses of rain barrels and rain gardens in stormwater management.

January 26, 2011

Penn State Extension Urban Forester, Vinnie Cotrone, reveals the role of forested landscapes and trees in particular in stormwater management and pollution mitigation.

November 17, 2010

Jim Clark from Penn State Extension in McKean County discusses how to protect water quality from pharmaceutical contamination.

October 1, 2010

Dr. Charles Abdalla, an Agriculture and Economics professor at Penn State, discusses the basics of River Basin Commissions in Pennsylvania.

August 30, 2010

Diane Oleson from Penn State Extension discusses best management practices for aquatic invasive species.