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Penn State's drinking water testing progam can help with testing for arsenic. Kits like this are available at county Extension offices statewide.(Photo: Bryan Swistock, Penn State)
Should You Test Your Water for Arsenic? - News News
If you are one of the more than two million Pennsylvania residents that drinks water from a private water well, spring or cistern, have you ever had your drinking water tested for arsenic? More
MWON volunteers Tom Zordan (left) and Chris Schlegel (right) provide education to private waters supply owners at Ag Progress Days in August 2018. (photo by Bryan Swistock)
Penn State Master Well Owner Network Shows Impact with Drinking Water Education - News News
Extension's volunteer network for private well owners shows great impact this past year. More
Master Well Owner Volunteers interact with visitors at Ag Progress Days (Photo by Bryan Swistock, Penn State)
Applications Being Accepted for Next Penn State Master Well Owner Course - News News
Interested in learning more about and educating others in the proper management of private water systems? Consider applying for the Master Well Owner online course being offered by Penn State Extension! More
MWON Volunteers Participate in Water Testing and Interpretation Project
MWON Volunteers Participate in Water Testing and Interpretation Project - News News
Starting this year and continuing into early 2019, a new project will provide active Master Well Owners Network volunteers with an exciting opportunity. More
A Penn State drinking water testing kit (photo J. Clark)
New Video: How to Interpret a Penn State Drinking Water Test Report - News News
Penn State Extension recently completed a short video that explains the components of a water test report including how to interpret the results for drinking water. More
Proper pond management can ensure an aesthetically pleasing pond that provides great fishing, swimming and other recreational uses (photo B. Swistock).
New LearnNow Video Discusses Tips for a Healthier Pond - News News
There are thousands of earthen ponds and lakes across Pennsylvania that provide many benefits to homeowners and farmers, but they have their share of problems. More
Master Well Owners Network: Training Volunteers to Safeguard Drinking Water
Master Well Owners Network: Training Volunteers to Safeguard Drinking Water - Articles Articles
Learn about the Master Well Owner Network (MWON) online course that trains volunteers to teach about safe drinking water and the proper management of private water wells, springs, and cisterns. More
Interpreting Your Water Test Report
Interpreting Your Water Test Report - Videos Videos

Interpreting Your Water Test Report

Bryan Swistock

8:51

This short video will explain how to interpret all of the information that you will find on your Penn State drinking water test report. More
Five Tips for a Healthy Pond
Five Tips for a Healthy Pond - Videos Videos

Five Tips for a Healthy Pond

Bryan Swistock

8:44

Many earthen ponds have problems with algae, nuisance wildlife, or water quality. This video provides a few simple tips to help solve or prevent these common problems and ensure a healthy pond. More
Participants at the 2018 PA Groundwater Symposium pre-conference tour listen to Dave Yoxtheimer discuss the Birmingham Thrust Fault near State College, PA (photo credit: Bryan Swistock, Penn State Extension).
Groundwater Facts and Fiction Highlighted at 2018 PA Groundwater Symposium - News News
Groundwater professionals from across Pennsylvania gathered on May 7-8, 2018 at the Ramada Inn Conference Center in State College, PA for the 2018 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium. More
A screenshot of the DWIT tool
Drinking Water Interpretation Tool (DWIT) - Articles Articles
Use this online tool to create a customized interpretation of complex data found on any water test report. More
New Project to Provide Training and Free Water Testing to MWON Volunteers New Project to Provide Training and Free Water Testing to MWON Volunteers - News
By gaining more information about their own water supply, Master Well Owner Network Volunteers will increase knowledge to educate others. More
MWON volunteer Bill Spigler provided a display on private water system maintenance at the Renfrew, PA Earth Day celebration in April 2017 (photo by Kathleen Seiler).
An Update of the Pennsylvania Master Well Owner Network (2016-2017) - News News
Highlighting accomplishments of Penn State's Master Well Owner Network over the past program year. More
Spring Development and Protection
Spring Development and Protection - Articles Articles

Spring Development and Protection

Bryan Swistock, William Sharpe, Ph.D.

Springs occur wherever groundwater flows out from the earth’s surface. Springs typically occur along hillsides, low-lying areas, or at the base of slopes. More
Managing Your Private Water Supply DVD
Managing Your Private Water Supply DVD - Guides and Publications Guides and Publications
$5.00
This DVD illustrates how to properly manage a well, spring, or cistern to ensure a safe and adequate drinking water supply. More
Management of Aquatic Plants DVD
Management of Aquatic Plants DVD - Guides and Publications Guides and Publications
$5.00
This DVD highlights the benefits of aquatic plants and algae along with suitable strategies to control excessive growth when it occurs. More
Roadside Dumps and Water Quality
Roadside Dumps and Water Quality - Articles Articles

Roadside Dumps and Water Quality

Bryan Swistock, James Warren Garthe

This publication addresses the complex issue of water quality as it is affected by solid wastes that have been mismanaged, including roadside dumps. More
Windbreaks and Shade Trees
Windbreaks and Shade Trees - Articles Articles

Windbreaks and Shade Trees

Bryan Swistock

This publication provides information for homeowners interested in using shade trees and windbreaks for energy savings. More
Installing a drainfield. Photo:Bryan Swistock, Penn State University
Well and Septic System Management presented in Monroe County - News News
Approximately one million rural homes and farms across Pennsylvania utilize private wells for drinking water and onlot septic systems for wastewater disposal. More
Woodland Stewardship: Management Practices for Landowners
Woodland Stewardship: Management Practices for Landowners - Online Courses Online Courses
$119.00
Learn about forest ecosystems, management, and stewardship practices, as well as wildlife, water, tree identification and measurement, and legacy planning. More
Aquatic herbicide application. Photo: Bryan Swistock, Penn State University
State Permit to Use An Aquatic Herbicide in Ponds or Lakes - News News
Over half of Pennsylvania pond owners indicate that nuisance algae and aquatic plants are a problem for their pond. More
Attendees at the 2017 PA Groundwater Symposium listen to a concurrent presentation by Susan Boser from Penn State Extension on private water wells. Photo credit: Diane Oleson, Penn State Extension.
Groundwater and Drinking Water Highlighted at Groundwater Symposium - News News
Groundwater professionals from across Pennsylvania gathered on May 3, 2017 in State College for the 2017 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium. More
Teach for Forests: Forest Education for Teachers and Youth Leaders
Teach for Forests: Forest Education for Teachers and Youth Leaders - Online Courses Online Courses
$119.00
Learn about trees, wildlife, water, and ecology. Learn to teach children and teens with activities and through curriculum recommendations. Earn Act 48 credits. More
Understanding Forests: Education for the General Public
Understanding Forests: Education for the General Public - Online Courses Online Courses
$79.00
Learn practical knowledge and skills about forest trees, wildlife, and water, as well as forest ecology, management, and silviculture. More
H2OSolutions - Drinking Water App
H2OSolutions - Drinking Water App - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps
This app helps private water system owners and professionals evaluate drinking water from wells, springs and cisterns. More
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