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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
Crisci Associates, June 17, 2013
(6/17/2013)
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* Bradford Conservation District’s Mike Lovegreen To Be Honored By CBF

Mike Lovegreen, long-serving Bradford County Conservation District Manager, will be honored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award on June 25 at Noon in the Capitol East Wing Rotunda in Harrisburg.

* Senate Ag Committee OKs SB 994 To Mandate Expensive Nutrient Reduction Tech

By a vote of 8 to 3, the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Tuesday amended and reported out Senate Bill 994 (Vogel-R-Beaver) establishing a system to put in place expensive, capital-intensive nutrient reduction technologies.

* Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Pay More, Get Less, Senate Bill 994, Act Now!

Tuesday the Pennsylvania Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee approved legislation that will make it more difficult and expensive for Pennsylvanians to protect our rivers and streams.

* House OKs Republican Budget Restoring Conservation District, Heritage Parks Funding

The House Wednesday voted to approve the state General Fund budget drafted by House Republicans which restores $3.8 million in funding for conservation districts, adds $2 million for the Heritage Parks Program, restores $400,000 in funding for Sewage Facilities Planning Grants and provides a $4.4 million increase to the Department of Environmental Protection personnel line items.

* Growing Greener Coalition Praises House For Restoring Critical Funding Programs

The PA Growing Greener Coalition Thursday praised the House for passing its version of the 2013-2014 state budget which restores funding for critical conservation programs. 

* Gov. Corbett Asks For, Receives, Resignation of DCNR Secretary Richard Allan

Gov. Tom Corbett Thursday asked for and received the resignation of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard J. Allan.

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule (Updated)

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

* Bills On Governor's Desk

The following bills were given final approval by the Senate and House and are now on the Governor's desk for action--

* Senate/House Bills Moving

The following bills of interest saw action this week in the House and Senate- 

* House Environmental Committee OKs Water Well Standards Bill

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Tuesday amended and reported out  legislation authorizing the state to set standards for the construction of drinking water wells.

* House Local Government Committee OKs Bills To Improve Stormwater Management

The House Local Government Committee Wednesday reported out House Bill 821 (Harper-R-Montgomery) and Senate Bill 351 (Erickson-R-Delaware), companion bills which give communities new tools to help address stormwater management issues by giving municipal authorities the power to engage in stormwater management.

* Senate Passes Bills To Expand Natural Gas Distribution Systems

The Senate Wednesday passed Senate Bill 738 and Senate Bill 739 to provide local natural gas service to un-served and under-served areas of Pennsylvania sponsored by Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming), Majority Chair Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, and Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware).

* House Environmental Committee To Consider SEO Penalty Bill June 18

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee meets to consider House Bill 387 (Gillespie-R-York) eliminating civil penalties for local sewage enforcements officers. 

* Senate Environmental Committee To Consider Green Building, On-Lot Bills June 18

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee meets on June 18 to consider legislation reversing an Environmental Hearing Board decision on how the Department of Environmental Protection reviews on-lot septic system modules in HQ and EV watersheds and a bill setting green building standards for state buildings.

* PUC Posts Distribution Of $102.6 Million In 2012 Drilling Fees To Local Governments

The Public Utility Commission Thursday published information on the distribution of $202.4 million in Act 13 drilling fees to county and municipal governments collected in 2012, slightly more than the $202.2 million collected for 2011.

* $94.7 Million In 2012 Drilling Fees Distributed To State Agency Programs

The Public Utility Commission also reported this week $94,788,880 in Act 13 drilling impact fees will be distributed to state agencies and programs.

* 2012 Natural Gas Royalties/Rents Top $731 Million In Pennsylvania

Rents and royalties collected on Marcellus Shale production in Pennsylvania have gone from $10.9 million in 2008 to $731 million in 2012, according to a study by the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy.

* Announcing Pennsylvania’s First Master Watershed Steward Program

Many states throughout the nation offer Master Watershed Steward volunteer programs through their land grant university extension services; these programs train citizen volunteers in the basics of water resource stewardship.

* Spots Still Available For June 19 Source Water Protection Workshop

The PA League of Women Voters Water Resources Education Network still has slots available for a Source Water Protection Workshop on June 19 at the Raystown Lake Visitor Center in Huntingdon County.

* Call For Presenters For PA Stormwater Management Symposium October 17-18

You are invited to submit an Abstract to the 2013 Pennsylvania Stormwater Management Symposium “Stormwater From the Ground Up” to be held on the campus of Villanova University October 17-18.

* June Issue Of Chesapeake Bay Journal Now Available

The June issue of the Chesapeake Bay Journal is now available featuring articles in a Bay-friendly York County farm, efforts to designate the Susquehanna River as impaired and the air quality benefits of improving Bay water quality.  Click Here to read this issue.

* Save The Date: Experience The Delaware Estuary Celebration October 3

On October 3 the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary will hold its annual Delaware Estuary Celebration in Philadelphia from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Independence Seaport Museum on the banks of the Delaware River at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia.  Click Here for more information.

* CBF, Partners Hold June 22 Rain Barrel Festival, June 29 Paxton Creek Volunteer Day

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and its partners will hold two special events in June in and around Harrisburg, Dauphin County--

* Penn State Study: Dredging Reduced Fish Population, Diversity

Comparing dredged and undredged sections of the Allegheny River, reduced populations of fish and less variety of aquatic life occurred in areas where gravel extraction took place, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences,.

* Keep PA Beautiful Accepting Applications For Fresh Paint Days Pennsylvania Grants

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Wednesday announced it is now accepting applications for their 2013 Fresh Paint Days Pennsylvania grants.  The deadline for applications is July 31.

* Centre County Clarifies Policy On Accepting Latex Paint For Disposal

The Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority's Transfer Station will accept up to 5 gallons of latex paint per person per day.  There is a $10.00 minimum charge for this service.

* PA Recycling Markets Center Hosts June 20 E-Waste Summit

Featuring an internationally recognized speaker on CRT glass processing, the PA Recycling Markets Center, Inc. is offering a Markets Development Summit for E-Scrap Recycling on June 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg East. 

* DEP Announces Upcoming Natural Gas Vehicle Workshops In Southeast

The Department of Environmental Protection, along with its partners at Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities and PECO, will hold four free workshops for municipal and other fleet managers in the southeast region of Pennsylvania.

* DEP Fines Northampton County Company For Air Quality Violations

Northampton Generating Company, LP will pay a $119,354 fine as part of a consent assessment of civil penalty, the Department of Environmental Protection announced Tuesday. The agreement resolves air emissions violations from late 2009 through the first half of 2012.

* Community Leaders Urge President To Move On Climate Change

Twenty community leaders got together Monday in State College to express their concern and frustration with lack of action on climate change by the President as well as Administration officials charged with protecting clean air and public health, not to mention Congress.

* PUC Recognizes Global Wind Day On June 15

The Public Utility Commission recognized Global Wind Day June 15, a worldwide event, coordinated by the European Wind Energy Association and the Global Wind Energy Council. 

* Registrations Now Being Accepted For Delaware River Sojourn June 22-29

Interested paddlers are reminded that it is not too late to register for the 19th Annual Delaware River Sojourn, which will be held from June 22 through June 29. Individuals who sign up by June 15 can take advantage of a registration fee discount of $10/day.

* Diverse Coalition Aims At Transportation Funding For Walking, Bicycling

Legislators, bicycling and walking enthusiasts, health organizations and other supporters gathered on the state Capitol steps Tuesday calling for comprehensive transportation funding that includes a first-ever investment in active modes of transportation – walking and bicycling.

* DCNR Invests In Connections To Great Allegheny Passage Trail

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Friday announced it will invest $2 million in capital budget monies to improve the connection between the Great Allegheny Passage and Point State Park in Pittsburgh.

* First Upper Delaware BioBlitz Coming To Wayne County June 29

An unusual opportunity to experience the diversity of life on a unique parcel of private property, and to interact with renowned scientists who will travel to Northeastern Wayne County to catalogue those life forms, will occur on June 29 during the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz.

* Fort Indiantown Gap Offers Tours Of Rare Butterfly Habitat In July

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

* Katie Krause Winner Of Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Yeaman Scholarship

On June 12, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy awarded its annual Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Yeaman Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to Katie Krause, a 2013 graduate of Delaware Valley High School.

* June 12 DCNR Resource Newsletter Now Available

The June 12 issue of the Department Of Conservation and Natural Resources online Resource newsletter is now available.  Sign up to receive your own copy at the bottom of the June 12 issue webpage.

* Pennsylvania Adds 22 Farms, Nearly 2,000 Acres To Preservation Program

Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board Thursday safeguarded 1,906 additional acres on 23 farms in 11 counties through the state’s nationally renowned farmland preservation program.

* Opportunity To Bid On DEP Well Plugging Project In Washington County

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of an opportunity to bid on an oil and gas well plugging project in Washington County.

* Help Wanted: PA Resources Council Western Regional Director

The PA Resources Council is seeking candidates to fill the position of Western Regional Director based in Pittsburgh.  Application deadline July 5.  Click Here for details.

* Help Wanted: Chesapeake Bay Foundation Stream Buffer Specialist

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA Office is seeking candidates to fill the position of Stream Buffer Specialist serving Southcentral Pennsylvania.  Resumes are due by June 24.  Click Here for details.

* Help Wanted: ClearWater Conservancy Land Conservation Manager

The ClearWater Conservancy in Centre County is seeking candidates to fill the Land Conservation Manager position.  Resumes are due by June 24.  Click Here for details.

* 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

No new regulations were published this week.  Pennsylvania Bulletin - June 15, 2013

* 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.

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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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