Water Quality

Information on water for agriculture, including water quality, feed management effects on watersheds, water system design in the dairy and how groundwater pollution can affect drinking water. Tips on riparian buffers and live staking.

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Applicators gain knowledge of good pesticide stewardship Photo: Richard Voytko
Pesticides, Pollinators, and Water Quality are Topics at Applicator Meeting - News News
Pesticide applicators in Beaver County learn steps to protect pollinators and watersheds. More
Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst: Worksheet 1: Water Well Condition and Construction
Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst: Worksheet 1: Water Well Condition and Construction - Articles Articles
If wells are not properly constructed or maintained, groundwater may become contaminated, putting human and livestock health at risk. This publication helps farmers evaluate water protection. More
Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst Worksheet 5: Milkhouse Waste Management
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This publication helps farmers evaluate groundwater and surface water protection related to milkhouse wastewater conditions and management practices. More
Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst: Worksheet 6: Stream and Drainageway Management
Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst: Worksheet 6: Stream and Drainageway Management - Articles Articles
Water is one of our most important resources. Numerous farms have a stream or drainageway cutting through heavily used pastures, exercise lots, or barnyards. More
Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst: Getting Started: Preliminary Screening Quiz
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Everything we do affects groundwater or surface water quality. Evaluation worksheets are available for farmstead management practices and site conditions. More
Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst: Worksheet 8: Silage Storage Management
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Silage is an essential feed for livestock-based agriculture. When properly harvested and stored, silage poses little or no pollution threat. More
Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst: Worksheet 7: Petroleum Storage and Handling
Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst: Worksheet 7: Petroleum Storage and Handling - Articles Articles
Liquid petroleum products are concentrated, effective sources of power, lubrication, and heat. Improper storage of petroleum products can be a threat to the environment. More
Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst: Worksheet 4: Animal Concentration Areas Management
Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst: Worksheet 4: Animal Concentration Areas Management - Articles Articles
When animals are confined outside, the risk to surface water and groundwater is increased. Animal concentration areas include barnyards, feedlots, loafing areas, or exercise lots. More
Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst: Worksheet 3: Household Wastewater Treatment System
Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst: Worksheet 3: Household Wastewater Treatment System - Articles Articles
Nearly one-third of Pennsylvania residents rely on private household waste treatment systems. Maintenance of these systems is the responsibility of the homeowner. More
Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst: A Sample Post-Evaluation Survey
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This survey gives participants in the Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst farm evaluation system a chance to give feedback about the program and its materials. More
Water Requirements Under the Food Safety Modernization Act
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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
Washington State Department of Ecology
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Penn State Agricultural and Environmental Economics Professor, Dr. Jim Shortle, explains water quality trading, what it is, and who does it. More
Water Law and Policy Challenges
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Lara Fowler reviews water rights history and law in the western U.S. and lessons for integrated water management in the eastern U.S. More
The Costs to Agriculture of Saving the Bay
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Dr. Jim Shortle from Penn State, discusses the economic costs associated with plans to restore the Chesapeake Bay. More
Results from Livestock Water Supply Testing in Pennsylvania
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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
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