Department of Environmental Protection. 1998. Zebra Mussels.
Published fact sheet. 1 p. [WBI-33].
The fact sheet contains a brief history of zebra mussels and how they were introduced into the US. Information pertains to concerns about zebra mussels, their life cycle, how to identify them, their spread, and how to control them. A listing of DEP regional offices and the counties they are responsible for is listed as well.
Milavec, Pamela J. 2000. The Pennsylvania Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation's AMD Abatement Projects: Successes, Problems and Lessons Learned. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation. Published document. 24 p. [WBI-34].
The document includes a brief history of AMD cleanup attempts in the state. Discussion focuses on types of treatment and their success. Pyrolusite beds were constructed at Laurel Run in Westmoreland County and Squatter Falls site in Blair County. An aerobic wetland was constructed at Monastery Creek in Westmoreland County. Anoxic limestone drains were constructed at Cucumber Run in Fayette County and at Glade Run in Armstrong County. Oxic limestone drains were constructed on Loyalsock Creek in Sullivan County. Vertical flow wetlands (VFW's) were constructed at Long Valley and Falls Creek in Bradford County, Cold Stream in Centre County, Joller in Huntingdon County, Oven Run in Somerset County, Sandy Run in Bedford County, Loyalsock Creek in Sullivan County, and the Hortert site in Butler County. Semi-active treatment sites were built at Brandy Camp in the Little Toby watershed in Elk County. Details of construction of each treatment system as well as successes/failures are included. A conclusion portion summarizes information that the department has learned from this effort. Appendix A lists the project sites and cost. Appendix B contains influent and effluent data tables for the sites over a range of dates depending upon when the project was completed.
Bureau of Watershed Conservation. 2000. Earthday Snapshot of Water Quality. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Watershed Support Division. Published report. 41 p. [WBI-35].
Contains information from citizen groups who sampled water quality at stations through out the state during the period of Earth Week, April17-26, 1999. 366 data sheets were submitted from participants. Water at each location was measured for the following: temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, conductivity, alkalinity, phosphorus, nitrogen, and sulfate. Observed aquatic life was listed and habitat was assessed for the following seven factors: instream cover, fine particle sediments, flow patterns, bank condition, disruptive pressures to riparian zone, riparian zone vegetative width, and litter. Bugs were reported on in the following categories: taxonomy, pollution tolerance, biological indexes, macroinvertebrate assessment findings, mayflies, stoneflies, and caddisflies. Appendices contain listings of participants, PA macroinvertebrate list, and Hilsenhoff scores for 99 most frequently encountered bugs.
Citizens Volunteer Monitoring Program. 2000. Know Your Watershed. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Pamphlet. 4 p. [WBI-36].
Pamphlet promotes being a watershed volunteer monitor of local streams, lakes and rivers. It stresses the importance of volunteering, lists activities encountered, and states who can become involved. The Citizens Volunteer Monitoring Program's goals and roles are mentioned and alternative types of monitoring are mentioned as well. A listing of materials that are available from CVMP are listed.
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental
Protection. 1999. Instructors guide to water education activities.
Published book. 107 p. [WBI-37].
The guide contains lesson concepts and associated activities along with worksheets for K-9th grade students. The material is meant to stress the importance of water and its value as a natural resource. It is broken down into 7 sections: 1). Physical and chemical properties of water, 2) The water cycles, 3) Sources of water on earth, 4). The unequal distribution of precipitation, 5) Water management, 6) Multiple uses of water, and 7) Conservation.
Citizens Volunteer Monitoring Program. 1997. Earthday Snapshot of Water Quality. Bureau of Watershed Conservation ,Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Watershed Support Division. Published report. 36 p. [WBI-38].
Contains information from citizen groups who sampled water quality at stations through out the state during the period of Earth Week, April18-27, 1997. Participants on 104 different lakes, rivers, and streams sampled 317 sites. Water at each location was measured for the following: temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, conductivity, alkalinity, phosphorus, and nitrogen. Appendices contain listings of participants, stream name and site location.
Environmental Fund for Pennsylvania. Winter 2000. Greenworks Gazette. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Published gazette. 8 p. [WBI-39].
Contains information on recycling and buying recycled products, a kids corner, composting do' and don'ts, tips to reduce energy usage at home, growing greener grant availability, ways to clean without harming the environment, water conservation tips, plus additional tips.
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. 2000. Growing Greener First Year Report 2000. Published report. 25 p. [WBI-40].
Report details various programs that benefited from Growing Greener grants. A list of all programs that received grants is included with some being mentioned in more detail. The detailed programs are as follows: Stream Restoration Inc Butler County; Glinodo Earth Force Erie, Erie County; Lycoming College West Branch of the Susquehanna River; Yellow Breeches Watershed Alliance Lower Allen Township, Cumberland County; Loyalhanna Watershed Association Westmoreland County; Ed Wytovich, Teacher Schuylkill County; Sustainable Action Society Inc Ambler, Montgomery County; Huber, Preston and Sugar Notch Bank Area Reclamation Project Luzerne County; and Sally Jones, Watershed Specialist Pike County Conservation District. Growing Greener contract awards lists from the Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation and the Bureau of Oil and Gas Management are included.
Department of Environmental Protection. 1999. Top Ten Tips for Watershed Organizations. Published fact sheet. 1 p. [WBI-41].
Contains advice gathered from successful watershed groups on being effective in developing and carrying out solutions to water quality problems. A listing of people and organizations who might join your organization is included.
Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation. 1999. The Science of Acid Mine
Drainage and Passive Treatment. Department of Environmental
Protection. Published. 12 p. [WBI-42].
Document explains what acid mine drainage (AMD) is along with basic AMD chemistry. Various treatments of AMD are detailed and a listing of Passive Treatments by type follows: Aerobic Wetlands, compost or anaerobic wetlands, open limestone channels, diversion wells, anoxic limestone drains, vertical flow reactors and Pyrolusite Process.
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. 1999. Guide to DEP Permits 1999. Published document. 118 p. [WBI-43].
This is a step-by step guide for applying for a DEP permit intended to make the process more understandable. The introduction contains a list of questions that if answered yes to means that a permit is required and lists the office that should be contacted. Tips for writing a project description are included. Permits are listed under major headings, such as mining and water. Detailed information concerning each permit is included. Appendices contain listings of DEP regional offices and District Mining Offices, Water supply management, city and county health departments, oil & gas management regional offices, county conservation districts, and pollution prevention & compliance assistance.
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. 2000. Stream ReLeaf Forest Buffer Toolkit. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. 102 p. [WBI-44].
The purpose of the kit is to provide volunteer groups who may not have the technical knowledge, information on planning, designing, establishing and maintaining a streamside forest buffer zone. Nine Steps to a streamside forest plan is included with sample planting guides pertaining to soil conditions and location. . Tips on securing volunteers are included as is a volunteer activity waiver & assumption of risk form.
The Office for River Basin Cooperation. 1998. Pennsylvania's Major
River Basins. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. 15
Provides information on the five major river basins plus three Chesapeake Bay tributary streams, the Elk, Northeast and Gunpowder rivers, found within the state's borders. The five major basins are the Susquehanna, the Ohio, the Delaware, the Potomac, and the Great Lakes Basin. A quiz, with answers, on PA River Basins is included. Information on each basin concerns location of the basin and how much land it drains. Maps show the location of each basin and a data table lists sizes, percentages and political jurisdictions.
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. 2000. Water and
Wastewater System Operator Training Provider Information and Sponsor/Course
Application Packet. 98 p. [WBI-46].
Provides information required by the state to become a sponsor and/or an accredited training program plus what information is required about the training course. Continuing education credits may be awarded upon completion of approved courses, which may include distance-based course or retroactive awards. Quality assurance and training program administration is addressed as well along with information concerning appeals, revocations and suspensions. Flowcharts, instructions and applications are included in the applications procedures.
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental
Protection. 2002. Growing Greener 2002 Annual Report.
Published Document 43 p. [WIB-156].
This document is basically a history of the
Growing Greener program including brief anecdotes about specific projects. A
list of 2002’s grant award winners and their respective projects are listed by
PA DEP Citizens’ Volunteer Monitoring
Program. June 2002. Watershed Snapshot 2001 & 2002. Published Document. 65
This report reports the findings of
volunteers throughout Pennsylvania’s watersheds. It includes descriptions,
and methods of collection and analysis used. The data collected statewide is
compiled into charts. Types of data collected include: habitat assessment,
sediments, flow patterns, riparian information, land use, litter presence,
macroinvertebrates, and several chemical assessments.
Central Pennsylvania Forum for the
Future. November 2000. New Frontiers for Pennsylvania’s Heartland.
Published Document. 28 p. [WIB-160].
This document gives the result of a phone
survey conducted as a joint effort between universities and government. The
survey included demographic information, and how long time residents feel
about the area. This document continues on to focus on how to economically
enhance Central Pennsylvania.