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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
Crisci Associates, Aug. 1, 2016 Issue #631
(8/1/2016)
* 4,267 More Miles Of Streams Listed As Impaired By DEP, Lower Susquehanna Not Listed

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the July 30 PA Bulletin it is making available a copy of the draft 2016 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report for public comment.

* DEP To Hold Aug. 1 Webinar On Susquehanna River Monitoring, Impairment

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a webinar on August 1 starting at 10:00 a.m to discuss the findings of the draft 2016 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report and the most recent scientific research on Susquehanna River impairment.

* $500K In Grants Available To Plant Trees Along Streams To Improve Water Quality

The departments of Conservation and Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Wednesday announced funding is being made available under a new DCNR Riparian Forest Buffer Grant Program to assist landowners with planting trees along streams in Pennsylvania to improve water quality.  (formal notice)

* Op-Ed: State Must Do More To Protect Parks, Trails And Waterways

By Tim Herd, Executive Director, PA Recreation & Park Society, a member of the PA Growing Greener Coalition.

* CBF-PA: Rep. Everett Is Right, PA Needs New Funding For Clean Water Programs

Harry Campbell, PA Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, recently sent this letter of support for an Op-Ed Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) wrote that appeared on PennLive.com saying new sources of funding are critical to meeting Pennsylvania’s clean water commitments.

* PA Environment Digest Google+ Circle, Blogs, Twitter Feeds

PA Environment Digest now has a Google+ Circle called Green Works In PA.  Let us join your Circle.

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule [Updated] /Gov’s Schedule/ Bills Introduced

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

* PACD: 5 Pennsylvania Farms Receive Clean Water Farm Awards

The PA Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. Wednesday presented the operators of five farms with the Clean Water Farm Award during its annual conference in State College, PA.

* 69th Annual PA Conservation District Conference & Awards Program A Success

Conservation district staffs, state officials, and legislative partners convened in State College to honor conservationists during the PA Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. and State Conservation Commission’s 69th Joint Annual Conference.

* Apply For REAP Farm Conservation Tax Credits Starting August 1

Pennsylvania farmers can apply for 2016-17 Resource Enhancement and Protection Farm Conservation Tax Credit Program (REAP) beginning August 1 for completed projects.  Applications for proposed or completed projects will be accepted beginning August 15.

* Registration Now Open For 4th Annual Delaware River Watershed Forum Sept. 19-20

The 4th Annual Delaware River Watershed Forum, to be held September 19-20 in Blue Bell, Montgomery County, is now accepting early-bird registrations now through August 19.

* Senior Environment Corps Volunteers Finish Water Quality Training In Beaver County

The first group of Beaver County Senior Environment Corps (SEC) volunteers completed their training at the Beaver County Conservation District July 21.

* Schuylkill Action Network Unveils Student’s Stormwater Street Art

The Schuylkill Action Network, in collaboration with the Montgomery County Conservation District, unveiled stormwater street art by 8th grader Kristin Olinger, from Phil-Mont Christian Academy, on July 29 in Norristown.

* Intro. To Green Stormwater Infrastructure Best Practices Workshop Aug. 2 Philadelphia

The International Facility Management Association will hold the second of two workshops on Green Stormwater Infrastructure Best Practices on August 2 at the Philadelphia Development Corporation, 4747 South Broad Street, Philadelphia starting at 7:30 a.m.

* Stroud Water Research Center July UpStream Newsletter Now Available

The July UpStream newsletter is now available from the Stroud Water Research Center in Chester County featuring articles on--

* PaAWWA: Small Water System Workshop On Improving Water Quality Sept. 20

The PA Chapter of the American Water Works Association is hosting a free workshop on September 20 for small water systems focusing on improving drinking water system quality.

* FERC Sets 4 PA Meetings To Accept Comments On PennEast Pipeline Draft EIS

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has schedule 4 public meetings in Pennsylvania to take public comments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the 118.8 mile, 36-inch PennEast Pipeline Project proposed to run between Luzerne County and Mercer County, New Jersey.  (formal notice)

* FERC Accepting Comments On National Fuel Gas Northern Access Pipeline Draft EIS

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Wednesday issued a draft Environmental Impact Assessment for the Northern Access Pipeline Project saying the project would cause no significant impact.

* Keep PA Beautiful Invites Pennsylvanians To Participate In International Coastal Cleanup

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful invites Pennsylvania residents and groups to sign up now to coordinate a cleanup as part of the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup being held from September 1 through October 31.

* PA Resources Council: Where Is Recycle Right Anti-Litter Art In Pittsburgh?

Have you seen “Recycle Right” around the Northside neighborhoods of Pittsburgh? The six-foot-tall recycling symbol, made from iron rebar, chicken wire, and recyclables, has spent time in Fineview, Deutschtown, and has now taken up residence in Troy Hill (photo)

* Programs That Work: PHS LandCare Urban Greening, Ex-Offender Reentry Initiative

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Philadelphia LandCare Program is a nationally recognized model of landscape treatment and urban revitalization that addresses the widespread challenge of land vacancy plaguing the city’s neighborhoods.

* DEP Hearing On Delegation Of EPA Sewage Sludge Incineration Regs Aug. 31

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of an August 31 public hearing on a request for delegation of enforcement authority from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the federal Sewage Sludge Incineration Regulation Program.

* Sustainable Energy Fund Honors Ron Celentano With Lifetime Achievement Award

The Sustainable Energy Fund honored world renowned solar energy expert Ron Celentano with the Epstein Award, which recognizes those who have made major contributions toward building a sustainable energy future.

* PennTAP: Free Energy Audits Available For Small, Mid-Size Manufacturers In PA

Is your company interested in saving money through pollution prevention strategies and energy efficiency assessments?

* Aug. 2 Environmental Justice Board Meeting Features Political Action Group On Climate

The DEP Environmental Justice Advisory Board meets August 2 in Pittsburgh and among the items on the agenda is a presentation on renewable energy and environmental justice by NextGen Climate, a political action group started by Tom Steyer in San Francisco which provides support to candidates on climate issues.

* State Court Rejects Appeal In Case To Force PA To Adopt Greenhouse Gas Limits

The Commonwealth Court Tuesday ruled against efforts by 19-year old Ashley Funk and other  minor children to force Pennsylvania to adopt limits on climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions.

* Dept. Of Health Distributing Free Potassium Iodide On Aug. 4 Near Nuclear Power Plants

Department of Health Monday announced it will offer free potassium iodide, or KI, tablets August 4, to Pennsylvanians who are within 10 miles of one of the state’s five nuclear power plants.

* Exelon Named Zero-Carbon Energy Provider For Democratic National Convention

The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention and Exelon Corporation Monday announced Exelon will be the official zero-carbon energy provider for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

* DCNR Begins Accepting Community Conservation Partnership Grant Apps Aug. 1

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Wednesday announced it would begin accepting applications for Community Conservation Partnership Program recreation and land conservation grants August 1 and close September 15 for this year.

* What Is Nature Deficit Disorder? Wildlands Conservancy August Programs

The Wildlands Conservancy in the Lehigh Valley Monday published its schedule of educational programs in August.

* DCNR, Partners Celebrate Acquisition Of Brown’s Farm In Erie County

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn Monday joined other state and local officials and conservation representatives in celebrating acquisition of the Brown’s Farm tract in Millcreek Township, Erie County.

* Laurel Highlands Trail Summit Sept. 20 In Somerset County, Register Now

The Laurel Highlands Trails Summit, a workshop to empower trail stakeholders to build community investment and economic development, market trails, and build volunteer capacity, will take place on September 20 at the Morguen Toole Company, 130 Center Street in Meyersdale, Somerset County.

* Brodhead Watershed Assn Cherry Creek Loop Hike Aug. 20 In Monroe County

The Brodhead Creek Watershed Association will sponsor another in its series of Get Outdoors Poconos hikes, this time on the Cherry Creek Loop near Delaware Water Gap in Monroe County on August 20 starting at 10:00 a.m.

* State Parks & Forests Thru The Seasons Photo Contest Entries Due Sept. 13

The PA Parks and Forests Foundation is accepting entries to its State Parks and Forests Through The Seasons Photo Contest until September 13.

* Manada Conservancy Notes 20th Anniversary With Music Over The Mountain Sept. 25

Join the Manada Conservancy in Dauphin County on September 25 as they celebrate their 20th anniversary with an evening of bluegrass and barbecue at the Music Over The Mountain program.

* Gifford Pinchot Institute For Conservation Pinchot Letter On The Stewardship Ethic

The Gifford Pinchot Institute Tuesday published its latest Pinchot Letter featuring articles on The Stewardship Ethic, including:

* PA Parks & Forests Foundation Becomes EarthShare Member Group

EarthShare, a nationwide network of the most respected environmental and conservation charities in the U.S., recently named PA Parks and Forests Foundation as a new benefiting member for 2017.

* Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Launches Hawk Watch On August 15

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Berks County invites visitors to watch and monitor the annual passage of raptor migrants as they move south during the Autumn Hawk Watch, held daily August 15 through December 15 at the Sanctuary’s famous North Lookout.

* Game Commission Wildlife Photography Tips Webinar August 4

The Game Commission is hosting a webinar on August 4 from noon to 1:00 p.m. to provide hunters and any photographer with tips on taking successful wildlife photographs.

* Scott Cope Takes Over As President Of PA Assn. Of Environmental Educators

Scott J. Cope has been named the new President of the PA Association of Environmental Educators, taking over from Ed McCrea. 

* Help Wanted: LandStudies, Inc. Landscape Foreman For Ecological Restoration

LandStudies Inc. in Lancaster County is seeking a landscape foreman for its Field Operations division in Lititz.  The Foreman will lead and assist work crews with the installation of natural landscapes, ecological restoration, and invasive plant management projects.  Click Here for all the details and how to apply.

* Help Wanted: PennTAP Energy & Environment Team Technical Advisors

The Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program— PennTAP— is seeking qualified candidates to fill two technical advisor positions.

* Public Participation Opportunities/Calendar Of Events

This section lists House and Senate Committee meetings, DEP and other public hearings and meetings and other interesting environmental events.

* 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.

* Environmental NewsClips - All Topics

Here are NewsClips from around the state on all environmental topics, including General Environment, Budget, Marcellus Shale, Watershed Protection and much more.

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of an August 31 public hearing on a request for delegation of enforcement authority from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the federal Sewage Sludge Incineration Regulation Program.  Click Here for more information.

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