Penn State Extension Unveils Roadside Guide to Clean Water

Roadside Guide to Clean Water

Introduction Roadside Guide to Clean Water

Your neighbors and your community may already be taking big steps to help reduce water pollution. Farmers, townships and cities, businesses, and homeowners are using practices on their land to help protect our waterways. Many of these practices may look unfamiliar and go unnoticed. Recognizing what to look for is a first step to appreciating the good work being done for water all around you.

In this guide, you will discover some of the most popular practices being used in urban, suburban, and rural areas. By noticing and appreciating the progress being made, we can all be part of protecting our local water.

Using This Guide

This guide includes some of the most popular best management practices for water quality. Pictures of each practice from different perspectives and in different settings will help you narrow it down. But every site is unique and what you find in your community may look different from what you see here.

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Chesapeake Bay 2019 Report Card Released

The University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science has released its annual Chesapeake Bay Report Card for 2019.  Data and scoring is available by both indicator (dissolved oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorous, turbidity, etc) and region for the entire Bay Watershed.

The report card is available here.


Emerging organic contaminant levels greatly influenced by stream flows, seasons

January 29, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Flow rates and time of year must be taken into account to better understand the potential risks posed by emerging organic contaminants in rivers and streams, according to Penn State researchers who studied contaminant concentrations and flow characteristics at six locations near drinking water intakes in the Susquehanna River basin.

While many studies have looked at the levels of emerging organic contaminants such as pharmaceuticals and pesticides in rivers and their effect on aquatic life, this is one of the first projects to closely correlate pollutant levels with flows, noted researcher Heather Preisendanz, associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering.


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DEP Offers Free Webinar on How to Apply for Environmental Education Grants



Deb Klenotic, DEP

DEP Offers Free Webinar on How to Apply for Environmental Education Grants

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is encouraging formal and informal environmental educators around the state to take part in a free webinar to learn how to apply for funding to support a wide range of environmental education projects.
“Pennsylvania’s environmental educators are talented and passionate about engaging youth and adults in air, land, and water quality protection and restoration in their own neighborhoods and statewide,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “They help develop a citizenry with the environmental literacy to make informed decisions and take meaningful action. They’re a resource as important as any of our natural resources, and DEP is committed to supporting their work.”
Funding for schools, colleges, nonprofits, county conservation districts, and businesses is available through the Environmental Education Grant program. Environmental Education Director Bert Myers will walk through the application process and answer questions in a free, 75-minute live webinar on Monday, November 18, at 1:00 PM. Registration is required.
Projects with a local focus may receive up to $3,000, and regional or statewide initiatives may receive up to $20,000. Projects that engage students and teachers at the local, state, and national levels may be awarded up to $85,000. Since inception, the program has provided more than $12 million in grants to more than 1,890 organizations statewide.
While all topics are considered, water quality, climate change, and environmental justice are priority areas. Formal and nonformal education projects are eligible. Project examples include tours, hands-on workshops, and demonstrations focused on watershed stewardship and community action, renewable energy, energy conservation, vehicle idling, alternative transportation, and healthier air quality.
Applications must be submitted through eGrants (first-time users will need to register). The application deadline is December 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Guidelines and instructions are available at DEP’s Environmental Education Grants website.
The Environmental Education Grants program was established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993, which mandates setting aside five percent of the pollution fines and penalties DEP collects annually for environmental education in Pennsylvania.

Casey encourages Pa. farmers to sign up for CSP

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Bob Casey, D-Pa., encouraged Pennsylvania’s farmers to sign up for the Conservation Stewardship Program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Interested producers must complete an initial, short application by Friday in order to participate in the current annual funding cycle.

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