Supply and Conservation

Information on water for agriculture, including supply and conservation, irrigation, cisterns, low-yielding wells, riparian buffers, well maintenance and tools for adjusting irrigation water pH and alkalinity. Tips on private water system management.

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Water Requirements Under the Food Safety Modernization Act
Water Requirements Under the Food Safety Modernization Act - Webinars Webinars
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Dr. Luke LaBorde from the Penn State Department of Food Science discusses water quality as it relates to food safety. More
Results from Livestock Water Supply Testing in Pennsylvania
Results from Livestock Water Supply Testing in Pennsylvania - Webinars Webinars
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Bryan Swistock from Penn State discusses results of a research study on the quality of water supplies for livestock, especially dairy cows. More
Home Garden Irrigation Systems
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Home Garden Irrigation Systems

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Steve Bogash, a Horticulture Educator with Penn State Extension, discusses building and maintaining your own home garden irrigation system. More
Dive Deeper Summit
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Dive Deeper Summit

09/20/2018

Harrisburg, PA

$60.00
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
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia spp.)
Heat and Drought Tolerant Plants - Articles Articles
Sandy Feather, extension educator in Allegheny county, has prepared this list of trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials that don't just survive but will thrive in our long, hot summers. More
Tools for Adjusting Irrigation Water pH and Alkalinity
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Penn State Extension educators discuss the importance of pH and alkalinity for irrigation. More
Irrigation Water Characteristics in Pennsylvania
Irrigation Water Characteristics in Pennsylvania - Webinars Webinars
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Amy Galford, Water Resources Educator for Penn State Extension, provides a summary of irrigation water quality concerns in Pennsylvania. More
River Basin Commissions and Water Management
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Dr. Charles Abdalla, an Agriculture and Economics professor at Penn State, discusses the basics of River Basin Commissions in Pennsylvania. More
The Economic Value of Protecting, Restoring and Expanding Nature’s Benefits
The Economic Value of Protecting, Restoring and Expanding Nature’s Benefits - Webinars Webinars
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This study answers a basic question, What is nature worth? Does it have a hidden value beyond the beauty and welfare of a community? More
Keeping your own well and septic records is important. Photo: George Hurd, Penn State Extension
Keeping Well and Septic System Records - Articles Articles
If on a private well, you should determine the quality of your drinking water. If using an on-lot sewage disposal system, you must ensure that the system is operating properly. More
A group of youth learn about the importance of water clarity at a Penn State Extension program.
Youth Water Education - Articles Articles

Youth Water Education

Jennifer R Fetter

A variety of resources and opportunities are available from Penn State Extension to help you provide youth with water education experiences. More
Riparian buffers protect our water, soil, and ecosystems.
Riparian Buffers: Pennsylvania's Best Solution for Protecting Its Waters - Articles Articles
This article explains the benefits of using riparian buffers to protect the health of waterways, livestock, adjacent property, and all who drink and use water downstream. More
Spring Creek running through downtown Bellefonte, PA
Access and Allocation of Water in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles

Access and Allocation of Water in Pennsylvania

Charles Abdalla, Ph.D., Kristen Saacke Blunk

This article provides an overview of water rights for citizens, farmers, rural business owners, and elected and appointed officials. (This is not a substitute for advice from a qualified lawyer.) More
Principles of Turfgrass Irrigation
Principles of Turfgrass Irrigation - Articles Articles
While the basic concepts of a good watering program may appear simple, in actual practice there are many and varied problems associated with the successful application of each. More
Homeowners should make a map showing the location of the components on their on-lot septic system. Photo: G. Hurd, Penn State Extension
Managing Your On-Lot Septic System - Articles Articles
About 25 percent of all housing units in Pennsylvania use on-lot septic systems for the treatment and disposal of household wastewater. More
Agricultural Water Needs and Sources Water Supply
Agricultural Water Needs and Sources Water Supply - Articles Articles
Information on the volume of water needed for various agricultural purposes. More
Rainwater Cistern (image credit - Ecology Center on flickr.com CC BY 2.0)
Cisterns for Capturing and Reusing Stormwater - Articles Articles
Guidance provided on how to develop effective runoff capture and reuse systems as part of a stormwater management plan. More
How to Store Water for Drinking or Cooking
How to Store Water for Drinking or Cooking - Articles Articles

How to Store Water for Drinking or Cooking

Cathy F. Bowen, Ph.D., Bryan Swistock, William Sharpe, Ph.D.

Storing water for an emergency is simple, especially when the water is not contaminated. Here are some guidelines for storing water. More
Why Conserve Water?
Why Conserve Water? - Videos Videos
The video provides information on the importance of water conservation and offers tips on reducing your water usage. More
Managing Your Well During Drought
Managing Your Well During Drought - Articles Articles

Managing Your Well During Drought

Bryan Swistock, William Sharpe, Ph.D.

Groundwater levels in wells vary over time. Water conservation and pump adjustments can help manage your water well during drought. More
Where Does Your Drinking Water Come From?
Where Does Your Drinking Water Come From? - Videos Videos
Educational resources on proper management of private water systems including wells, springs, and cisterns. More
Water Well Maintenance and Rehabilitation
Water Well Maintenance and Rehabilitation - Articles Articles

Water Well Maintenance and Rehabilitation

Bryan Swistock, Dana Rizzo, M.S.

Water wells require regular maintenance to ensure adequate water flow and optimum water quality. More
Water Well Location by Fracture Trace Mapping
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Water Well Location by Fracture Trace Mapping

Bryan Swistock, William Sharpe, Ph.D.

Fracture Trace Mapping can be used to locate larger producing water wells for farms, businesses and large homes. More
Water System Planning: Estimating Water Needs
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Water System Planning: Estimating Water Needs

Bryan Swistock, William Sharpe, Ph.D.

Find out how to estimate homeowner or farmer water needs and calculate how much water must be delivered from a private water supply to meet these needs. More
Using Low-Yielding Wells
Using Low-Yielding Wells - Articles Articles

Using Low-Yielding Wells

Bryan Swistock, William Sharpe, Ph.D.

There are several steps that can be used to increase the adequacy of a low-yielding well. More
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