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June 13, 2011
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* Dr. James K. Bissell To Receive 2011 John C. Oliver Environmental Leadership Award

Dr. James K. Bissell is the winner of the 2011 John C. Oliver Environmental Leadership Award from the Friends of the Tom Ridge Environmental Center

* Foundation For PA Watersheds Receives $3.5 Million In Penalty Settlement

The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds this week received $3.5 million from a federal Clean Water Act penalty assessment related to the Conemaugh Generating Station near Johnstown.

* State Faces Dangerous Scenario, Environmental Stewardship Funds Urgently Needed

Renew Growing Greener Coalition Executive Director Andrew Heath provided testimony at the House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on the Growing Greener Environmental Stewardship Fund this week.  The following are excerpts from Heath’s remarks:

* Renew Growing Greener Coalition Encouraged By Rep. Quinn Impact Fee Proposal

The Renew Growing Greener Coalition this week commended Rep. Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks) for putting forth a local impact fee proposal that includes funding for the state’s Growing Greener program-- House Bill 1700 (not yet online).   Coalition Executive Director Andrew Heath issued the following statement: 

* Rep. Tobash Calls For Action On Marcellus Shale Impact Fee

With natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation growing exponentially across the state, and the potential to find the resource locally, Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill) says the House should act sooner rather than later to assess an impact fee on the industry.

* Opinion- We Have At Least 5 Chances To Save Growing Greener, But Will We?

* UPDATED--- Senate/House Agenda/Session 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--

* Senate/House Bills Moving

* Oil And Gas Invoice Itemization Bill Passes Senate

Senate Bill 460 (Yaw-R-Bradford), requiring natural gas producing companies to list production detail and all deductions on royalty check stubs unanimously, passed the Senate this week.

* Senate Passes Bill To Ensure State Regulations Based On Reliable Data

The Senate this week passed Senate Bill 263 (Erickson-R-Delaware), legislation to help ensure state regulations are based on reliable data and sound science was unanimously approved by the state Senate this week.

* WPCAMR Hosts DEP Secretary Tour Of Projects In Washington, Allegheny Counties

Michael Krancer, Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, recently made time in his busy schedule to spend a day touring abandoned mine sites and restoration projects throughout Washington and Allegheny Counties.

* Spotlight - EPCAMR Summer Intern Helps With Several Mine Reclamation Projects

* DEP Soliciting Comments On TMDLs For 2 Snyder County Watersheds


* Aqua America CEO: Water-Energy Will Play Role In Future Environmental Opportunities

Speaking before the Citi Climate Change and Water Conference this week in London, England, Aqua America, Inc.  Chairman and CEO Nicholas DeBenedictis said that the water-energy nexus will play a large role in future of the company with respect to environmental and business opportunities.

* Clean Water Webcast June 16: Roof Tops To Rivers, Urban And Suburban Stormwater

On June 16, Harry Campbell, Senior Scientist for the PA office of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will share these solutions with Pennsylvania municipal officials, via webcast starting at 11:30 a.m., courtesy of the PA State Association of Boroughs.

* Delaware Riverkeeper Network Seeking Citizen River Monitors

* Full Marcellus Shale Commission Meets June 17, Over 100 Recommendations Submitted

* Hundreds At Capitol Rally For Action On Marcellus Drilling

* Clinton County Natural Gas Task Force: Marcellus And Beyond

The Clinton County Natural Gas Task Force recently distributed the following article on natural gas resources in the Pennsylvania and Clinton County written by James R. Ladlee, Director for the Penn State Cooperative Extension in Clinton County and Director of Special Initiatives for the Marcellus Shale Education and Training Center.

* PUC Considers Changes To Regulatory Guidelines To Promote Natural Gas Competition

* Spotlight - The Link To Your Drink At 2011 PA Children's Water Festival

“Wherever you are, you are standing in a watershed and your actions have an impact on the water you drink.” This was the take-home message at the "Link to Your Drink" activity presented at the 2011 PA Children’s Water Festival.

* Wissahickon Watershed Assn. Special Events June 19 At Evans-Mumbower Mill Open House

Bring your family and friends to join the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association at the Evans-Mumbower Mill on June 19 between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. in Montgomery County.

* 22nd Annual Tex Mex Connection 5K Race For Open Space June 22 In Wissahickon

The Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association celebrates the 22nd annual Tex Mex 5K Race for Open Space on June 22 in Montgomery County.  WVWA is the beneficiary of this sold-out annual event that is the area’s premier weeknight run and includes a 5K race, 1-mile fun run and walk and festive party following the race.

* Public Meetings Set For Slippery Rock Creek Watershed Conservation Plan

* PECO Awards Green Region Grants To 20 Municipalities

* Direct Energy Funds Alliance To Save Energy's Green Schools Program

* Electric Utilities, Grid Managers Highlight Reliability For Summer Months At PUC Hearing

* DEP, Turnpike Seek Applications For Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

The Department of Environmental Protection and the PA Turnpike Commission published notice soliciting proposals for electric vehicle infrastructure grants under the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program.  Proposals are due July 29.  Click Here for a copy of the notice.

* Antaris Solar Opens U.S. Solar Panel Operations In Cumberland County

* Nominations Now Being Accepted For the 2011 Karl Mason Award

The PA Association of Environmental Professionals is now accepting nominations for its annual Karl Mason Award.  Nominations are due July 29.

* EPA Invites Students, Software Writers To Submit Apps For The Environment


* EPA Announces Brownfields Assessment, Redevelopment Grants, Including 2 In PA

* Ross Levin Wins Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Sue Wiseman Scholarship

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful would like to congratulate Ross Levin, age 18, from Plymouth–Whitemarsh High School in Plymouth Meeting, Montgomery County, who was chosen as the 2011 Sue Wiseman Scholarship recipient.

* Electronics Recycling Event In Delaware County June 17

* Chester County Electronics, Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event June 24

* 7 Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Collection Events In Butler County

* 180 Waste Trucks Put Out Of Service In May By State Police

* River Sweep Volunteers Needed June 18 In Western PA

* PEMA Seeking Applications For Fire Company, Ambulance Services Grants

The PA Emergency Management Agency is now accepting applications for its Volunteer Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Services Grant Program. (formal notice)  Applications are due September 1. Click Here for more information.

* North Pittsburgh School Wins National Pennies For The Planet BioBash Prize

* Fort Indiantown Gap To Open For Tours Of Rare Butterfly Habitat In July

Visitors are invited to see the only population of rare Regal Fritillary butterflies in Pennsylvania four days in July at Fort Indiantown Gap, near Annville, Lebanon County.

* Comments Invited On Adding Susquehanna Shad To State Wildlife Action Plan

* Fish-For-Free Events Draw Hunderds Of Friends, Families

* State Parks Host Get Outdoors Day Events June 11

* DCNR: Open Space Permanently Preserved In Lower Susquehanna Landscape

* Corbett Nominates Pamela Witmer To Public Utility Commission

* Ellen Ferretti Appointed DCNR Deputy For State Parks, Forests

* You Are Invited To Be Part Of The Ralph W. Abele Legacy Research Project

In 1991 the Ralph W. Abele Conservation Scholarship Fund was established as a living, continuing memorial to his extraordinary dedication to conservation and education.

* Maurice K. Goddard Historial Markers In Place

Over the past several months the Maurice K. Goddard Legacy Task Force has installed 4 historical markers to commemorate the environmental leadership of Maurice K. Goddard, former Secretary of the Department of Environmental Resources.

* 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.

* Quick Clips

* Marcellus Shale NewsClips

* Watershed NewsClips

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

* UPDATED-- Calendar Of Events

Upcoming legislative meetings, conferences, workshops, plus links to other online calendars. Meetings are in Harrisburg unless otherwise noted.  NEW means new from last week.  Go to the online Calendar webpage.

* Stories Invited

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