Water Quality

Information on stormwater management and water quality, including incorporating and maintaining a green infrastructure, investigating stream health and creating an infiltration surface. Tips on green roofs, rainwater cisterns and live staking.

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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
Graduates of the Master Watershed Steward Trainee program in Lehigh/Northampton Counties
Lehigh/Northampton Master Watershed Steward Trainees Complete Instruction - News News
The group's training included classroom sessions on water quality, geology, native plants, phenology and more. More
Master Watershed Steward Lynda Hartzell and Gabriel Sulpizio plant trees in York County.
Keystone 10 Million Tree Partnership Involves York County Watersheds - News News
Penn State Extensions’ Master Watershed Stewards in York County, helped plant 400 trees in two townships between Earth Day and Arbor Day. More
Master Watershed Steward Program participants Julie Thomas, Erin Uber and Linda Frederick plant a tree at a dam removal/stream restoration project. Photo by Erin Frederick
Penn State's Master Watershed Steward Program Praised by State - News News
Penn State Extension's Master Watershed Steward Program recently received recognition from the state for its efforts to improve Pennsylvania's water quality. More
“Mr. Cohen’s house” by Eric Chan on Flickr.com
How Can I Be a Good Stormwater Neighbor? - Articles Articles
It is important to realize that activities on your property can adversely affect your neighbor’s property, because water does not follow property boundaries More
Photo credit: Jennifer Fetter, Penn State University
Why Should I Care About Stormwater? - Articles Articles
Does stormwater really affect me? Why should I care? Whether you live in a town, the country, a city, or the suburbs – when it rains, the water that runs off needs somewhere to go. Stormwater affects everyone! More
Photo credit: Susan Boser, Penn State University
What is Stormwater? - Articles Articles

What is Stormwater?

Susan Boser

While you may be familiar with the term, have you ever wondered what stormwater is? More
Students from York Suburban Middle School participating in Rain to Drain – Slow the Flow activity Feb. 15, 2018.
Youth Water Education Day in York County - News News
Seventh grade students learn about green infrastructure and stormwater best management practices More
Is melting snow causing water issues on your property? Image credit: Jennifer Fetter
Melting Snow: It's Stormwater Too! - News News
When snow melts at your home it can create lots of problems that are both similar to spring rains and unique to winter weather. More
Students at the January Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional training in Lancaster evaluate a bioretention area
Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professionals Learn about Sustainable Landscapes - News News
The CBLP program is a new, voluntary credential system for professionals who design, install, and maintain sustainable landscapes. More
Educators get hands-on at water educator's summit
Presenters and Exhibitors Sought for Water Education Summit - News News
Penn State Extension is looking for individuals and organizations interested in being part of the 2018 Dive Deeper – Youth Water Educators Summit to be held September 20, in Harrisburg. More
Jennifer Fetter and Bradley Kunsman represented the Dive Deeper Steering Committee at the NAE4-HA Awards Ceremony in Indianapolis. Pictured with 2017 NAE4-HA President Shawn Tiede (center).
Water Education Summit Receives National Recognition - News News
The Penn State Extension Dive Deeper Summit was awarded as a program of excellence at the national level. More
Photo: Sanford Smith
The Importance of Forests to Clean Water - Webinars Webinars
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Bryan Swistock from Penn State discusses "forest hydrology" or the movement of water within forested watersheds and how that ensures clean water. More
Pennsylvanians’ Opinions About the State’s Water Resources
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Penn State Doctoral student, Sarah Tzilkowski, presents results of a study of Pennsylvania residents opinions regarding water resources. More
New Tools for Teaching Youth About Water
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Penn State Extension Watershed Youth Development Educator, Jennifer Fetter, shares several Penn State Extension education tools for teaching youth about water. More
Innovations in Youth Water Education
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Jennifer Fetter discusses a new youth water education program, now formally known as the 4-H Stream Teams Program. More
Atmospheric Deposition in Pennsylvania
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Dr. Elizabeth Boyer from Penn State presents results of atmospheric deposition research. More
WikiWatershed online tool
New Online Toolkit for Water Resources Management (WikiWatershed) - News News
A new online resource called WikiWatershed can help anyone working to improve their watershed by analyzing land use, stormwater and other impacts to make important watershed decisions. More
Planting trees along the creek on the Martenas property
Agriculture and Environment Center and the Chiques Creek Partners Help Meet Conservation Goals - News News
Installation of stream-side riparian buffers help to improve water quality on a horse farm. More
Harrisburg High School students explore stream life and water quality with Penn State Extension
Penn State Extension and Harrisburg High School Dive Into Water Quality Together - News News
In the spring of 2017, ninth graders at Harrisburg High School were starting something new with Penn State Extension- embarking on an in-depth look at water quality issues in their community. More
EnviroDIY.org: A Resource for Do-It-Yourself Environmental Monitoring Solutions
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This webinar introduces resources for building a low-cost water monitoring station. More
Hard to Digest – Impacts of Enduring Plastic Remnants
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This webinar will help you learn about plastic pollution in streams, lakes and oceans and ways to reduce it. More
The Ecology of Streams and Forested Buffers The Ecology of Streams and Forested Buffers - Webinars
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Presented by Bernard W. Sweeney, Ph.D. , President and Director of the Stroud Water Research Center More
Planting Stormwater Control Systems Planting Stormwater Control Systems - Webinars
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Presented by Connie Schmotzer, Horticulture Educator, Penn State Extension More
Penn State Center's Stormwater Mitigation Initiatives in Pittsburgh Penn State Center's Stormwater Mitigation Initiatives in Pittsburgh - Webinars
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Presented by Lisa Kunst Vavro, RLA, Sustainable Environments Manager, The Penn State Center in Pittsburgh More
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