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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Understanding Dairy Business for the Conservation Professional
Understanding Dairy Business for the Conservation Professional - Workshops Workshops
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The goal of this workshop is to help conservationists better understand the dairy business and become more effective communicators when helping dairy farmers consider and implement conservation practices. 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
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
Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst: Getting Started: Preliminary Screening Quiz - Articles Articles
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
Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst: Worksheet 8: Silage Storage Management - Articles Articles
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
Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst: A Sample Post-Evaluation Survey - Articles Articles
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
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
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Water Quality Trading

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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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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
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
Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst: Worksheet 10: Animal Waste Land Application Management
Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst: Worksheet 10: Animal Waste Land Application Management - Articles Articles
Managing the land application of animal waste to protect water quality depends on applying rates based on various factors. More
Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst: Overall Farmstead Ranking
Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst: Overall Farmstead Ranking - Articles Articles
This form is designed for collecting the average rankings from completed Farm-A-Syst publications in one place for an overall comparison and interpretation. More
Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst: Worksheet 11: Soil Conservation Management
Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst: Worksheet 11: Soil Conservation Management - Articles Articles
A good soil-management program can help to protect soil, reduce runoff into surface water, and maintain or improve soil quality. More
Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst: Worksheet 2: Pesticide and Fertilizer Storage and Handling
Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst: Worksheet 2: Pesticide and Fertilizer Storage and Handling - Articles Articles
Pesticides and fertilizers are effective crop management tools. However, these chemicals can endanger water quality and human health if they are not properly stored and handled. More
Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst: Getting Started: Farmstead Map
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A farmstead map can record important features that influence water quality and make it easier to evaluate potential sources of pollution. More
Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst: Getting Started - Introduction
Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst: Getting Started - Introduction - Articles Articles
Many farmers rely on well water, and may use surface water to supplement the needs of their livestock or to irrigate crops. Some farm activities have the potential to contaminate drinking water. 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
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