Penn State gardening experts will share tips and answer questions for preparing home gardens for falling temperatures as WPSU Penn State’s “Conversations LIVE” returns for its sixth season at 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 29. The show will air live on WPSU-TV, WPSU-FM and wpsu.org/live.
The next Penn State Water Resources Extension webinar will discuss Groundwater and enteric disease: Could enteric pathogens be present in wells in PA? The presenter will be Dr. Heather Murphy from Temple University.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency -- in conjunction with federal, state and local government and private sector partners -- is kicking off its fourth annual SepticSmart Week to encourage American homeowners and communities to properly maintain their septic systems.
About 25 percent of all housing units in Pennsylvania use on-lot septic systems for the treatment and disposal of household wastewater. Properly designed, installed and maintained on-lot septic systems provide adequate treatment and disposal of liquid household wastes.
Warming climate triggers changes in forests' impact on cleaner water. A warming climate is causing earlier springs and later autumns in eastern forests of the United States, lengthening the growing season for trees and potentially changing how forests function. Scientists have found that in years with early springs, trees use more nitrogen to grow than is naturally provided in soil, which could impact tree growth rates and the amount of carbon dioxide forests take out of the atmosphere.
All over the world, lakes, rivers, and coastal waters are threatened by high nutrient inputs. Nitrate or phosphates from waste-waters or fertilizers causes eutrophication. The consequence: Algae, in particular cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), grow uncontrollably and may release toxic substances. Hence, extensive water monitoring is indispensable for drinking water supply and water protection. Researchers have now develop a smart monitoring system, combining various technologies in a depth profile-measuring multi-sensor buoy for monitoring water bodies and in particular algae growth.
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn Thursday announced the 2016 State Forest Resource Management Plan that will chart the course of Pennsylvania’s future state forests has been finalized and is now available.
September is whole grains month. Grains are important for good health...
The Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center made public the winner of their 4th Annual Shale Gas Environmental, Health, & Safety (EH&S) Award (more...)
During our August and September sampling we have seen apples mature a little earlier than normal, but then quickly tree-ripen. Between the hot, dry weather and the full sun exposure of trees on size-controlling rootstocks, the harvest window for each of the early varieties has been compressed. Fruits moved quickly from storage-ready to tree-ripe and when left unharvested became destined for cider. This rapid tree ripening can lead to softer apples with poorer quality of late-harvested fruit destined for cold storage.
During the last four weeks we have observed a very sharp increase in the number of brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) adults collected in various monitoring traps placed around orchards located in southern Pennsylvania. After relatively lower levels of infestation on fruit observed during the last two seasons, this 2016 harvest seems to bring back a serious BMSB challenge.
Even though the growing season is over for the most part, you can give your garden a reprieve with a splash of fall color...
Football season is in full swing and so are game day parties...
An insect that attacks onions, leeks, garlic and related crops may be emerging now in parts of Pennsylvania, and growers should be prepared to take measures to manage the pest, according to a Penn State entomologist. The allium leafminer, which never had been seen in the Western Hemisphere until its discovery last winter, produces two generations per year, and the second generation could emerge in September or October.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invites nonprofits, local governments, schools and universities, and other organizations to apply for 2017 Coastal Zone Grants to be used for projects that benefit Pennsylvania’s coastal resources in the Lake Erie and Delaware Estuary watersheds. Applications for the 2017 grants will be taken until 4 PM, October 17, 2016.
AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians Project (AgrAbility PA) joins the National AgrAbility Project, as well as other state and regional AgrAbility projects, to celebrate National AgrAbility Day: Monday, Sept. 19, 2016.
If you live in one of Pennsylvania’s 2,561 municipalities you can thank a municipal secretary for making sure the government runs smoothly.
While current efforts to curtail agricultural runoff will improve the health of Lake Erie, much more work will be needed to protect the streams that feed the lake, new research shows.
PPCPs are widely released into the world’s freshwaters and oceans, where they mix at low concentrations over long time periods and seep into diverse environmental pathways such as surface water, groundwater, drinking water or soil.
One of the greatest joys of living in Central Pennsylvania is the opportunity to visit local farms, orchards and farmer's markets and pick your own produce.