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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
Crisci Associates Jan. 7, 2013
(1/7/2013)
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* CBF: Chesapeake Bay Health Improves, More Work To Be Done

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's 2012 State of the Bay Report released Wednesday shows the health of the Bay improved one point over the last report in 2010, and is up four points since 2008, a 10 percent improvement in less than five years.

* Video Interview: Harry Campbell, CBF Senior Scientist On Chesapeake Bay Health

Click Here to watch an interview with Harry Campbell, a Senior Scientist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation based in Harrisburg, on the State of the Bay report issued by CBF on January 2. 

* Continuing Resolution Fixes Federal Abandoned Mine Funding, For Now

A continuing budget resolution passed by Congress at the end of last year fixed the funding allocation in the federal Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program which would have reduced mine cleanup funding to Pennsylvania by $200 million over the next 10 years, according to John Dawes at the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds.

* State Collects $112.4 Million More Than Estimates In December

Pennsylvania collected $2.4 billion in General Fund revenue in December, which was $112.4 million, or 4.8 percent, more than anticipated, Secretary of Revenue Daniel Meuser reported Wednesday.

* 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--

* Penn State: Free Online Training For 4-H Stream Team Volunteers

Adults throughout Pennsylvania have a new opportunity to become volunteers for the 4-H Stream Teams Program.

* 45th Anniversary Of Project Scarlift And Mine Reclamation In Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has been a leader in improving the quality of its environment after many years of mismanagement. Forty-five years ago this month, Pennsylvania passed the Land and Water Conservation and Reclamation Act, the first act to address abandoned mine reclamation.

* Penn State Extension: Water And Your Milk Supply

Did you know that milk is made up of 87 percent water?  While many people never step foot on an actual dairy farm, they do reap many benefits from the items produced there.

* Friends Of The Wissahickon Invite Public To Participate In Long-Range Planning

The Friends of the Wissahickon in Montgomery County are inviting the public to participate in their long-range planning process with a questionnaire on their website.

* PA Section-Water Works Association Offers Spring Certification Courses

The PA Section of the American Water Works Association is offering a variety of certification courses this Spring for water and wastewater system operators.  Click Here for a list of courses, dates, times and registration information.

* DRBC Launches Online Reporting System For Water Supply Charges System

The Delaware River Basin Commission is pleased to announce the launch of an online reporting system for its Water Supply Charges Program.  Designed to simplify surface water use reporting for WSCP participants, the new system eliminates the need for the currently used paper reports.

* Penn State Marcellus Center Offers Marcellus Shale Courses

The Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research will be offering a series of courses starting in late January on issues related to Marcellus Shale development.  The courses scheduled so far include--

* Marcellus Shale Coalition Engages Public On Promised Land Movie

With the movie Promised Land opening in theaters across the nation Friday, the Marcellus Shale Coalition is launching a campaign in Pennsylvania theaters and on social media channels to respond to the work of fiction with real facts and responsible conversation around the issue of natural gas development.

* Winners Of Cleanup Your Turf For Supplies Contest In Pittsburgh

The Pennsylvania Resources Council announced the winners of its first annual Don’t Trash My Turf! “Cleanup Your Turf for Supplies” Contest in Pittsburgh.

* PRC: New Law Requires Recycling Of E-Waste Starting Jan. 24

The PA Resources Council this week reminded consumers that beginning January 24, a disposal ban on covered electronic devices goes into effect in Pennsylvania.

* DEP Hearing On Jan. 22 About Proposed Clearfield County Landfill

The Department of Environmental Protection will host a public hearing on January 22, to receive comments about PA Waste LLC’s proposal to construct a new municipal waste landfill in Boggs Township, Clearfield County.

* Mark Pedersen Takes Helm At PA Waste Industries Association

Mark C. Pedersen, a manager with Republic Services, has been named president of the PA Waste Industries Association, which represents private-sector waste haulers, landfill operators, and recyclers and serves as the state chapter of the National Solid Wastes Management Association.

* Reminder: PA Assn. Of Environmental Educators Award Nominations Due

Each year the PA Association of Environmental Educators presents awards during it annual conference to individuals and organizations are recognized for the contributions they have made to the field of environmental education.

* SW PA Air Quality Partnership Sponsors Let’s Clear The Air Student Poster Challenge

The Southwestern PA Air Quality Partnership, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Resources Council, invite students to enter the 3rd Annual Let’s Clear the Air Poster Challenge.  The deadline for entries is March 1.

* PUC To Hold Special Electric Reliability Forum On Superstorm Sandy Jan. 10

The Public Utility Commission will hold a Special Electric Reliability Forum on January 10 to hear from the state’s electric utilities that were affected by Superstorm Sandy.

* 1,000 Pound Farm Show Butter Sculpture To Be Turned Into Clean Energy

A sculpture made from nearly 1,000 pounds of butter was unveiled today at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, paying tribute to Pennsylvania’s diverse agriculture industry.

* DEP Hosts Meet the Experts Event Jan. 6 At New Farm Show Exhibit

The Department of Environmental Protection will host a “Meet the Experts” afternoon from 2 to 6 p.m. on January 6, at the Main Hall of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.

* Home Heating Crisis Grants Now Available

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP, started offering crisis grants on January 2 to provide emergency home heating support to those struggling to heat their home this winter.

* Philadelphia Housing Authority Wins Sustainability Award

The Philadelphia Housing Authority has won a “Pioneer in Housing Award” in recognition of its commitment to tackling critical environmental and energy issues with an entrepreneurial approach to financing development.

* PA Statewide Sustainable Energy Board Meets Jan. 10

The Pennsylvania Sustainable Energy Board, in conjunction with the Public Utility Commission will hold its annual meeting at 11 a.m., on January 10 in Hearing Room 1 of the Commonwealth Keystone Building, Harrisburg.

* DEP Board Of Coal Mine Safety 2013 Meetings, 6 More Have Yet To Schedule Meetings

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Board of Coal Mine Safety published its schedule of meetings in 2013 beginning on March 26. (formal notice)

* DEP Citizens Advisory Council Meets January 15

The Citizens Advisory Council to the Department of Environmental Protection meets on January 15 to, among other items, continue its discussion of which issues the Council will consider during 2013.

* iConservePA.org Video: Sustainable Forestry Practices On State, Private Forest Land

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources forester Gary Gilmore talks about how sustainable forestry practices used on state forest land can apply to private landowners in this iConservePA.org online video.  Click Here to watch the video.

* Friends Of The Wissahickon Invite You To Trail Ambassador Programs

The Friends of the Wissahickon invite the public to come in from the cold for free lectures this winter presented by FOW Trail Ambassadors at The Cedars House, Montgomery County. All lectures are free to the public. Registration is not required but is recommended, as seating is limited.

* PA State Fly Tying Championship Set For Feb. 9 At Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show

The Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show, Cumberland Valley Trout Unlimited, Mid Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide magazine and Bass Pro Shops of Harrisburg are once again sponsoring the Pennsylvania State Fly Tying Championship to be held on February 9 at the Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show at the State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.

* Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Eagle Institute Announce Upcoming Eagle Bus Tours

Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Eagle Institute on any one of seven guided eagle-viewing bus trips, scheduled on multiple weekends throughout January and February.

* Help Wanted: Berks County Ag Conservationist, Administrative Assistant

The Berks County Conservation District is seeking applicants for two positions: Agriculture Resource Conservation and an Administrative Assistance.  Applications will be accepted until January 31.  Click Here for details.

* Opportunity To Bid On DCNR State Park Projects

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources published a notice of opportunity to bid on state park projects in Elk, Clarion and Indiana counties.

* Your 2 Cents: Issues On Advisory Committee Agendas

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

* 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 Clips

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

* Marcellus Shale NewsClips

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

* Flooding/Watershed NewsClips

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

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

The Public Utility Commission formally published its order implementing Act 13 Marcellus Shale drilling fee requirements and a notice of correction to implementing the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards demand side management technical manual.

* 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

Send your stories, photos and links to videos about your project, environmental issues or programs for publication in the PA Environment Digest to:  DHess@CrisciAssociates.com.

* Supporting Member PA Outdoor Writers Assn./PA Trout Unlimited

PA Environment Digest is a supporting member of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association, Pennsylvania Council Trout Unlimited and the Doc Fritchey Chapter Trout Unlimited.

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