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Jan. 16, 2012
(1/16/2012)
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* Stonycreek River Voted Pennsylvania's 2012 River of the Year


* Did You Know You Can Search More Than 7 Years Of Digests On Any Topic?


* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced


* Senate Announces 2012 Budget Hearing Schedule

The Senate Appropriations Committee announced its schedule of hearings on Gov. Corbett's 2012 budget proposal between February 13 and 29.  The hearings will be Hearing Room 1, North Office Building.

* House Committee Holds Hearing On Water Well Standards Bill

The House Consumer Affairs Committee held a hearing Tuesday on House Bill 1855 (Miller-R-York) which requires the Environmental Quality Board to develop standards for the construction of individual drinking water wells.

* Increasing Solar Energy Mandates Subject Of House Committee Hearing

The House Consumer Affairs Committee Wednesday held a hearing on House Bill 1580 (Ross-R-Chester) which would increase the mandate for electric utilities to purchase solar-generated power from 2012 to 2015.

* Sen. Yudichak Praises Federal Flood Aid, Says State Must Step Up


* Sen. Pileggi Asks Public's Help To Improve General Assembly Web Presence


* January 23 Environmental Issues Forum Focus On Sustainable Forestry Initiative


* Registration For 2012 Schuylkill Watershed Congress Now Open


* West Branch Susquehanna Restoration Symposium April 27-28, Presentations, Posters Invited


* Nominations For West Branch Susquehanna Restoration Orange Rock Awards Due


* NRCS Farm Conservation Stewardship Program Sign-Ups Extended To January 27

The cutoff date for farmers to apply to participate in the 2012 sign-up for the Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Stewardship Program has been extended to January 27. Click Here for details on the program and how to sign up.

* $10 Million Available For Conservation Innovation Grants, $5 Million Chesapeake Bay Credits


* Penn State Water Well Expert Testifies Before House Committee

A Penn State Extension water specialist told a House committee on Tuesday research has shown that about 40 percent of all water wells in the state fail to meet at least one safe-drinking-water standard.

* Penn State: Pennsylvania’s Master Well Owner Network

Penn State Master Well Owners reach out to assist adults and children understand the value of proper well location and construction and the importance of proper testing and treatment of their drinking water supply.

* PA Trout Unlimited Offers Coldwater Conservation Corps Training To Monitor Drilling


* PA Environmental Council Appoints Janie French To Head Water Resources Team


* Early Bird Registration Due For PA Section - American Water Works Association

Act now before the January 20 early bird registration deadline for the 64th annual PA Section - American Water Works Association Conference May 2-4 in Lancaster. Click Here for details.

* PEC Recruiting Tidal Delaware River Ambassadors


* Rivers Conservation & Fly Fishing Youth Camp Set For June 17-22


* Wissahickon Valley Watershed Winter Birdseed Sale Orders, Trail Ambassador Programs


* PA Environmental Educators Host 2012 Annual Conference March 16-17


* Appalachian Audubon Offering Student/Teacher Scholarships For Summer Birding Studies


* PA American Water Kicks Off 2012 Stream Of Learning Scholarship Program


* Comments On Implementing Pipeline Registry, Inspections Under New Law Weighed By PUC


* Ben Franklin Shale Gas Center Offering $50,000 In Innovation Prizes


* DEP Fines TerrAqua Resource Management For Frack Water Spill


* Marcellus Shale Companies Fueling PA Hotel Industry


* PUC Seeks Comment On Natural Gas Supplier Licensing Requirements


* Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority Receives National Award From Keep America Beautiful


* College & University Recycling Coalition Announces Webinar Series


* New Partnership Helps Commercial Kitchens Recycle Trap Grease, Save Money


* Study: SE Refinery Closings, Pittsburgh RVP Rule Could Cause Shortages, Higher Fuel Prices


* FirstEnergy Customers Can Benefit From January 18 Energy Efficiency Webinar


* Reminder: DCNR Community Conservation Partnership Grant Round Open, Workshops Set

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources this week opened the 2012 application period for the Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grants administered by the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.  (formal notice)

* Appalachian Mountain Club: Federal Funds Protect 582 Acres Of PA Highlands


* PEC Sponsors 2012 PA Environment Ride Susquehanna To Schuylkill River May 18-20


* TreeVitalize: Helping Communities Increase Tree Canopy Cover Webinar Feburary 7


* Phipps Conservatory Hosting A 10-Session Permaculture Design Course


* DCNR Secretary Richard Allan Offers Recap Of 2011 Accomplishments

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan offered this recap of his agency's accomplishments in 2011 to bring in the New Year--

* 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.

* Budget/Quick NewsClips


* Marcellus Shale NewsClips


* Flooding/Watershed NewsClips


* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

No new regulations were published this week. Pennsylvania Bulletin - January 14, 2012

* 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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