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Crisci Associates, Nov. 24, 2014
(11/24/2014)
* CBF-PA Calls On Gov.-Elect Wolf To Appoint Clean Water Commission In First 100 Days

As Gov.-elect Tom Wolf continues to announce his transition team, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA calls on him to ensure that his new administration makes clean water a priority and commits the needed resources to work to implement Pennsylvania’s Clean Water Blueprint.

* DEP CAC Adopts Transition Report-Pt. 1, Advisory Committee Recommendations

DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council Tuesday adopted Part 1 of an expected two-part Transition Report to the incoming Wolf Administration as well as a set of recommendations for improving DEP Advisory Committee interactions.

* Senate Majority Leader Does Not Rule Out January Session Before Corbett’s Term Ends

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) told an interviewer for WHP-TV, as reported by PennLive.com, he is not ruling out a lame-duck January legislative session while Gov. Corbett is still in office to move important legislation.

* Wolf Transition: State Budget Deficit Briefing, Transition Steering Committee Named

The Wolf Transition Wednesday issued a state budget briefing called “Pennsylvania In Peril: A Financial Crisis” by Budget Task Force Chairs Mary Soderberg and Josh Shapiro.

* Add Us To Your Google+ Circle

PA Environment Digest now has a Google+ Circle called Green Works In PA.  Just go to your Google+ page and search for DHess@CrisciAssociates.com, the email for the Digest Editor David Hess,  and let us join your Circle.

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule

Here are the Senate and House Calendars and Committee meetings showing bills of interest as well as a list of new environmental bills introduced--

* House Republicans Issue End Of 2013-14 Session Report

House Republicans Wednesday issued a special end of session report summarizing-- in 37 pages-- all of their legislative accomplishments, both in cooperation with the Senate and just in the House.   Click Here to read a copy.

* Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy Recognizes 8 With Environmental Awards

The Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy in Montgomery County recently honored eight diverse contributors to a healthier watershed with a 2014 Environmental Award.

* DEP Awards Nearly $3M For Reclamation Projects In Armstrong, Clearfield Counties

The Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday announced it has awarded contracts totaling $2,952,000 for the Mudlick Abandoned Mine Reclamation Project in Redbank Township, Armstrong County and the Bethlehem School Abandoned Mine Reclamation Project in Boggs Township, Clearfield County.

* PennFuture Appeal Settlement Improves DEP Stormwater Management Program

PennFuture and the Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday filed a Stipulation of Settlement outlining improvements to Pennsylvania's municipal stormwater permitting system.

* Delaware River Basin Commission Will Subject PennEast Pipeline To Review

Responding to multiple requests by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, supported by hundreds of letters from individuals, the Delaware River Basin Commission has determined the PennEast Pipeline Project will be subject to DRBC jurisdiction and must obtain a docket before it can proceed.

* Feature: Trout Unlimited Scores Victory For Brook Trout In PA’s Twomile Run

By Amy Wolfe, Director of Trout Unlimited's Eastern Abandoned Mine Program

* Penn State Extension Nov. 17 Watershed Winds Newsletter

The November 17 issue of the Watershed Winds newsletter is now available from the Penn State Extension featuring articles on--

* Nov. Catalyst Newsletter Now Available From Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition

The November issue of The Catalyst newsletter is now available from the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition in Butler County featuring articles on--

* Lehigh County Communities Found With Very High Radon Levels, DEP Urges Testing

The Department of Environmental Protection Friday urged residents in the Center Valley area of Lehigh County to have their homes tested for radon. This comes after recent tests by the department and a DEP-certified laboratory revealed that several homes in that area have record high levels.

* North American Residential Environmental Learning Center Conference Jan. 16-20 In PA

The 2015 Residential Environmental Learning Center Conference will be held January 16-20 at the Pocono Environmental Education Center in Pike County.  The Conference is a biennial gathering of residential environmental education center directors, program directors and program coordinators from all over North America.  Click Here for a Conference schedule.  Click Here to register.

* PA Resources Council Launches New Anti-Litter Campaign With Video In Pittsburgh

The PA Resources Council has launched its latest anti-litter campaign and encourages residents to share the message via 21st century technology such as social media and electronic communication.

* PittMoss Development, LLC Honored For Innovation By PA Recycling Markets Center

The PA Recycling Markets Center, Inc. has awarded PittMoss Development, LLC of Pittsburgh, with the 2014 William M. Heenan, Jr. Recycling Markets Development Award for its commitment to recycling and innovation.

* Plastics Symposium Sustainable Manufacturing & Recycling Markets Summit Dec. 4

The PA Recycling Markets Center and the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center have partnered to offer the 2014 Plastics Symposium on Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Markets Summit December 4 at the Best Western Conference Center, 800 East Park Dr. in Harrisburg.  Click Here for a detailed agenda and registration information.

* Energy For The Power Of 32 Counties, 4 States, 1 Energy Future Dec. 11 In Pittsburgh

A diverse coalition of industry, environmental, local government and academic institutions is sponsoring the Energy For The Power Of 32 Counties, 4 States, 1 Energy Future interactive discussion in Pittsburgh on December 11.

* EPA Names 19 2014 Green Power Leaders, 2 From Pennsylvania

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday announced its annual Green Power Leadership Awards, recognizing 19 Green Power Partners and four suppliers across the country for achievements in advancing the nation’s renewable energy market and reducing greenhouse gas emissions fueling climate change.

* Report: PA Solar Power Growing By 49 Percent A Year

Solar power is growing so fast in Pennsylvania that goals once considered ambitious are now seen as readily achievable, according to a new report by the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center.

* Weis Markets Pledges To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 20 Percent By 2020

In conjunction with America Recycles Day on November 15, Sunbury-based Weis Markets and its 18,000 associates pledged to reduce the company’s greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by the year 2020.

* Fall Forum Newsletter Now Available From PA Environmental Council

The Fall issue of the Forum newsletter is now available from the PA Environmental Council featuring articles on--

* IConservePA.org Video: Pennsylvania’s Conservation Landscapes

IConservePA.org Thursday released a new video on Pennsylvania’s Conservation Landscapes, regions working together to conserve natural resources and promote local recreation and conservation opportunities.  Click Here to view the video.

* Hemlock, Pennsylvania’s State Tree, Is In Danger, You Can Help

The state tree is fighting for its life, and Pennsylvanians are asked to help identify initial focus areas in the state in most need of attention, reports IConservePA.org.

* More Berks County Communities Quarantined Because Of Spotted Lanternfly

More Berks County townships and communities are quarantined in the fight to stop the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive insect new to the United States that was found in the area earlier this fall.

* 86-Year Old Hawk Mountain Volunteer Selected As Disney Conservation Hero

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton, Berks County, is thrilled to announce Sanctuary volunteer Sue Robertson, age 86, has been honored with an international Disney Conservation Hero Award from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) for her work in helping to monitor American kestrel nestboxes for more than 40 years at Hawk Mountain.

* Susquehanna Greenway Partnership Nov. eConnections Newsletter Now Available

The November issue of the eConnections newsletter is now available from the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership featuring articles on--

* Opportunity To Bid On DCNR State Park Projects

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources published notice of an opportunity to bid on projects in Pymatuning, Little Buffalo and Kooser State Parks.

* Help Wanted: DEP California District Mining Office Environmental Group Manager

The Department of Environmental Protection is looking for an eligible candidate to fill a vacancy for Environmental Group Manager in the California District Mining Office, Washington County. 

* Help Wanted: PEC Land & Water Trails Specialist, Controller

The PA Environmental Council is now accepting applications for two positions— a Land & Water Trails Specialist and a Controller.

* Public Participation Opportunities/Calendar Of Events

This section gives you a continuously updated thumbnail sketch of issues to be considered in upcoming advisory committee meetings where the agendas have been released.  It also gives you a heads-up on House and Senate Committee meetings, conferences and other interesting events.  Meetings are in Harrisburg unless otherwise noted.

* Grants & Awards

This section gives you a heads up on upcoming deadlines for awards and grants and other recognition programs.  NEW means new from last week.

* General Environmental/Budget NewsClilps

Here's a selection of NewsClips on environmental topics from around the state--

* Marcellus Shale NewsClips

Here are NewsClips on topics related to Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling---

* Watershed/Flooding NewsClips

Here are NewsClips on watershed topics from around the state--

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

The Environmental Hearing Board published notice of final Practice and Procedure and Practice and Procedure Motions regulations.

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