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Information on drinking and residential water quality, including well and septic system management, drilling a well, protecting groundwater and managing your restored wetland. Tips on teaching water quality stewardship and lead in drinking water.

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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
Flooding around your home and on the farm could be leading to issues you need to address. Image Credit: Jennifer Fetter
After the Flood – Recovery Considerations for Rural Pennsylvanians - Articles Articles

After the Flood – Recovery Considerations for Rural Pennsylvanians

Jennifer R Fetter, Leon Ressler, Andy Yencha

Parts of Pennsylvania were drenched with heavy rains and flooded streams recently. In addition to drying out wet basements, there are few important things that rural Pennsylvanian’s might want to pay special attention to. More
Bryan Swistock presents a session on bacterial contamination in drinking water at the 2018 UCOWR Conference.
Extension Accomplishments Well-Represented at Annual UCOWR Conference in June - News News
Several Penn State Extension staff took part in the Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) Annual Conference held June 26-28 in Pittsburgh, PA. More
Christine Mayer, Director of the Fulton Center for Sustainability Studies at Wilson College, pictured far left with her class behind a groundwater model at the Cumberland County Penn State Extension Office.
Wilson College Environmental Stewardship Class Encounters a Groundwater Model - News News
Students from Wilson College visited the Cumberland County Penn State Extension office to learn how land use, ground water, and private water wells interconnect. 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
The newest trained group of the York County Master Watershed Stewards program
Master Watershed Stewards Complete Training in York - News News
The third Penn State Master Watershed Steward training in York County is complete. This enthusiastic group of 25 participants completed their training in early May. More
Penn State Extension's Master Watershed Steward Program was a recipient of a Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence. .
Master Watershed Stewards Win Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence - News News
The Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward Program was recently awarded a Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence, presented annually by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. 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
Common Concerns About Water and Shale Gas Drilling
Common Concerns About Water and Shale Gas Drilling - Articles Articles
True or false questions about the Role of Water in Shale Gas Drilling in relation to the video. More
Jodi (left) talks with Northeastern High School students about stormwater and the function of rain barrels.
Extension Water Team Welcomes New Educator Based in York County - News News
Jodi Sulpizio was recently hired as the Natural Resources Educator/Gypsy Moth Program Coordinator for Penn State Extension in York County. More
Master Well Owners Network: Training Volunteers to Safeguard Drinking Water
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The MWON online course trains volunteers to teach about safe drinking water and the proper management of private water wells, springs, and cisterns. More
Yencha assists a client with a water test
Extension Water Team Welcomes New Educator in Cumberland County - News News
Andy Yencha is a new Water Resources Extension Educator based in Cumberland County. More
Water Test Interpretation
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Susan Boser from Penn State Extension in Beaver County explains how to interpret results from water testing. More
Using Public Data to Understand Water Impacts during Shale-Gas Development
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Dr. Susan Brantley from Penn State presents resources available from an online shared compilation of water quality information from watershed groups, agencies and institutes of higher learning. More
Tradeoffs in Leasing Watershed Lands for Marcellus Drilling
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Dr. Charlie Abdalla describes a study done in several PA communities near shale gas drilling with the potential to impact their water supply. More
Use and Value of Water for Marcellus Shale Gas Development
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Charles Abdalla, Renata Rimsaiteate, and Allan Collins present a study of public water suppliers in PA and WV that have sold water to shale gas companies. More
The Triple Divide Watershed Coalition
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Jim Clark from Penn State Extension introduces the Triple Divide Watershed Coalition and its efforts toward Source Water Protection in northcentral PA. More
Nebraska Water Well Grouting Study
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Tom Christopherson from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services discusses the results from a study of grout used to seal water wells. More
A Study of Roadside Springs in Pennsylvania
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Extension educators discuss results from a study of several dozen roadside springs in Pennsylvania. More
Passive Treatment Methods for Acid Water in Pennsylvania
Passive Treatment Methods for Acid Water in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles
Acid rain and acid mine drainage have polluted thousands of miles of Pennsylvania streams with acid water. This publication explains the chemistry of streams and treatment objections and guidelines. More
Dive Deeper Summit
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The Dive Deeper Summit is a gathering of youth water educators in the Mid-Atlantic Region where knowledge and resource sharing is paired with networking opportunities. More
Summit for Water Educators Returning in 2018
Summit for Water Educators Returning in 2018 - News News
Teaching youth about water is a critical part of protecting our water resources. Dive Deeper IV will be held Thursday, September 20, 2018. More
Berks County Master Watershed Stewards receive their award at the Conservation District's 70th Anniversay Celebration
Berks County Master Watershed Stewards Receive Award - News News
The Conservation Service Organization of the Year award was presented to an outstanding citizen-science group. More
Tansparency Tube
FISH: Understanding Your Transparency Tube Measurements - Articles Articles
Part of the "First Investigation of Stream Health" activity. Transparency tubes are popular for use in stream monitoring programs. More
Bullfrog. Photo: Lesa Willis
FISH: Pennsylvania Frog and Toad Breeding Phenology - Articles Articles

FISH: Pennsylvania Frog and Toad Breeding Phenology

Jennifer R Fetter, Kristen Kyler

Part of the "First Investigation of Stream Health" activity. In central Pennsylvania there are three distinct periods in which potential species can be expected to begin breeding. More
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