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Manure Management Manual   newUpdated (10/29/11) Manure Management Manual Available From DEP
Offers information on Water Quality Regulations for Agricultural Operations
The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the PA Bulletin that it has made the final, updated version of the Manure Management Manual available. A copy of the revised guidance Manual, the Rate Charts/Instructions as well as a copy of a fill-in-the-blank Manure Management Workbook are available on DEP's Manure Management webpage. The webpage has information on CAFO’s (concentrated animal feeding operations), manure storage facilities, and field application of manure. Questions regarding this final guidance document can be directed to Kenn Pattison, 717-787-5267 or send email to: kpattison@pa.gov.

2010 State of the Bay Report  

new 2010 State of the Bay Report

(Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 2010, 20 pp)

" ... There are some encouraging signs of improvement. ....But make no mistake, the Bay is still a system dangerously out of balance—"

Marcellus Shale  

The Marcellus Shale: Resources for Stakeholders in the Upper Delaware Watershed Region

(Pinchot Institute for Conservation, 2010, 100 pp.)

Despite the range of potential impacts, there is only disjointed and inconsistent information available to the general public. Many organizations and entities are active in developing and/or disseminating information to landowners in the Delaware River Basin. This project will not reinvent all of this previous work.  It will draw information together into a single, objective, user-friendly resource to meet the needs of landowners and local governments.

Citizens' Guide to Marcellus Shale  

Citizen's Guide to Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania

(National Sea Grant Law Center and PA Sea Grant, 2010, 25 pp)

The guide provides a brief overview of potential impacts, the regulatory process in Pennsylvania, how residents may participate in the process, and where to go for more information.

Water Consumption in the Production of Ethanol  

Water Consumption in the Production of Ethanol and Petroleum

(Environmental Management, September 2009, 17 pp)

Water consumption is analyzed for a number of energy sources, such as ethanol, conventional fuel feedstocks, oil sands.

Protecting PA Rivers and Water  

Protecting Pennsylvania's Rivers and Water: Tying It All Together- Where Are We Headed?

(Stormwater, October 2010, guest editorial, 4 pp)

a good summary of Pennsylvania laws and regulations as well as pending legislation

onsite- handbook

Handbook for Managing Onsite and Clustered (Decentralized) Wastewater Treatment Systems, E- Handbook updates

EPA developed a 2010 expanded version of this 2005 handbook that includes thirteen individual Resource Guides. Both the handbook and the Resources Guides can be accessed at http://cfpub.epa.gov/owm/septic/septic.cfm?page_id=289


Clean Water Infrastructure: A Variety of Issues Need to be Considered When Designing a Clean Water Trust Fund

(GAO, GAO-09-657, 2009, 50 pp)

discusses options for funding wastewater infrastructure

 Sustainable Water Systems: Step One -- Redefining the Nation's Infrastructure Challenge

Sustainable Water Systems: Step One—Redefining the Nation’s Infrastructure Challenge

(The Aspen Institute, Energy and Environment Program, 2009, 43 pp)

A Report of the Aspen Institute’s Dialogue on Sustainable Water Infrastructure in the U.S.

User's Guide to the Water Analysis Screening Tool

User’s Guide to the Water-Analysis Screening Tool (WAST): A Tool for Assessing Available Water Resources in Relation to Aquatic-Resource Uses

US Geological Survey, 2009, 29 pp plus appendices)

Developed by USGS in partnership with the PA Dept of Environmental Protection as part of the Pennsylvania State Water Plan

Development of the Water-Analysis Screening Tool

Development of the Water-Analysis Screening Tool Used in the Initial Screening for the Pennsylvania State Water Plan Update of 2008

US Geological Survey, 2008, 15 pp)

Developed by USGS in partnership with the PA Dept of Environmental Protection as part of the Pennsylvania State Water Plan

The Stream Redesignation Handbook

Stream Redesignation Handbook

(PennFuture, 82 pp, 2009)

A Step-by-Step Guide for Petitioning to Upgrade Your Stream to High Quality or Exceptional Value Special Protection in Pennsylvania - with new sections on Existing Use and Downgrade Petitions

The Carbon Footprint of Water

The Carbon Footprint of Water

(River Network, 54 pp, 2009)

A report full of information on water-related energy use and carbon emissions in the United States. Read the Executive Summary.

Visit www.rivernetwork.org for more info.

Access and Allocation of Water Resources in Pennsylvania

Access and Allocation of Water Resources in Pennsylvania
(PSU College of Agricultural Sciences, 20 pp, 2007) provides an overview of water rights and water law in PA, what happens when demand exceeds supply, what are an individual's rights and a community's responsibilities.



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Water, Agriculture and You

Water, Agriculture and You

(The Rodale Institute, 34 pp, 2004)

Water, Agriculture and You” summarizes the findings from The Rodale Institute long-term experiments showing how agricultural practices and systems influence ground and surface water quality. Includes a series of farm management recommendations to help improve water quality.


Hidden Reservoir: Why Water Efficiency is the Best Solution for the Southeast

(American Rivers,36 pp, 2008)

Argues that a comprehensive set of water efficiency policies is the single best step the Southeast can take to ensure adequate water for this rapidly growing region and mitigate the impacts of drought.

Natural Gas Exploration Guide

Natural Gas Exploration: A Landowner's Guide to Leasing Land In PA

(Penn State Cooperative Extension, 20 pp, 2008)

Explains natural gas exploration and drilling and what to look for when considering leasing your land.



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Emerging Contaminants of Concern in the Delaware River Basin

(Delaware River Basin Commission, 20 pp, 2007)

Summarizes efforts to monitor emerging contaminants in the Delaware River Basin by the USEPA, USGS, DRBC, basin states, academics and stakeholders.

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(The National Academies, 4 pp, 2007)
examines key issues and identifies opportunities to shape policies to protect water resources.

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The Wadeable Streams Assessment

(US EPA, EPA 841-B-06-002, 113 pp, 2006)

first-ever statistically-valid survey of the biological condition of small streams throughout the U.S.

The Wadeable Streams Assessment - Fact Sheet (2 pages)

Visit www.epa.gov/owow/streamsurvey/ for the full 113 page report.

America's Living Oceans

America's Living Oceans: Charting a Course for Sea Change
(Pew Oceans Commission, 2003, 166pp.)



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Introduction to Mid-Atlantic Seasonal Pools

An Introduction to Mid-Atlantic Seasonal Pools         (US EPA 903-B-05-001, 2005)

seasonal pool ecology and management; includes a full-color field guide to wildlife.

Biodiversity Values of Geographically Isolated Wetlands

Biodiversity Values of Geographically Isolated Wetlands in the United States

(NatureServe, December 2005)

identifies at-risk species supported by isolated wetlands in the U.S.   Assesses potential impacts of the loss of federal protection on the naitons biological diversity.

Waters and Wetlands

Waters and Wetlands - Corps of Engineers Needs to Better Support Its Decisions For Not Asserting Jurisdiction

(Government Accounting Office, GAO 05-087, 2005, 66 pp.)

the COE is failing to protect wetlands, headwaters and other important waters.



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Environmental Literacy publication

Understanding Environmental Literacy in America

(National Environmental Education and Training Foundation, 2005)


Understandong Environmental Literacy in America

Understanding Environmental Literacy in America and Making it a Reality

(National Environmental Education and Training Foundation, 2004, 147 pp)


America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2003
(American Rivers, 2003, 33 pp) Highlights 10 rivers facing imminent threats, primarily from excessive demands for water.


Pennsylvania's Wildlife and Wild Places: Our Outdoor Heritage in Peril
(PA DCNR, Wild Resources Conservation Fund, 2003, 32 pp) describes development impacts on wildlife habitat and discusses habitat threats and trends.


Water Use and Water Rights in Pennsylvania
WREN Publication
(League of Women Voters of PA, Citizen Education Fund)
Reports on the developments in water policy in the State since 1995


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