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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
Crisci Associates, Nov. 25, 2013
(11/22/2013)
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* Drilling Fees Fund More Than $28.5 Million In Environmental, Recreation Projects

Gov. Tom Corbett Friday announced the Commonwealth Financing Authority approved more than $28.5 million in funding to support mine drainage treatment, watershed restoration, recreation, abandoned well plugging and flood mitigation projects from the Marcellus Legacy Fund.

* DEP Now Accepting Nominations For 2014 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards

The Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging environmental stewards to apply for the 2014 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards.  The deadline for nominations is January 14.

* Senate, House Send $2.3 Billion Transportation Funding Plan To Governor

The House and Senate this week gave final approval to House Bill 1060 (Pyle-R-Armstrong) that would raise $2.3 billion in transportation funding by FY 2017-18-- $1.3 billion for highways and bridges, at least $480 million for mass transit and $144 million for a new Multimodal Transportation Fund.

* Citizens Advisory Council: DEP Adds Hearing To Review Period For Drilling Regs

Acting DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo Tuesday told DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council the agency was adding another set of meetings and hearings, now totalling seven, during the upcoming comment period on the proposed Chapter 78 drilling regulation to provide more opportunities for public comment.

* No Action From Senate Yet On Governor’s Nominees For DEP, DCNR

The Senate has yet to schedule any consideration of the Gov. Corbett’s nominees for the Secretaries of Environmental Protection and Conservation and Natural Resources since their nominations were announced September 20.

* Tests Find Asian Carp eDNA In PA, WV Sections Of Ohio River

State officials from the Fish and Boat Commission and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources have confirmed Wednesday environmental DNA (eDNA) from the invasive Asian silver carp has been found in two water samples collected from the Ohio River.

* EQB Accepts Petition From 19-Year Old On Setting Greenhouse Gas Reductions In PA

On November 19 the Environmental Quality Board voted to accept for study a rulemaking petition submitted by 19-year old Ashley Funk from Mount Pleasant, Pa asking the Board to adopted a state regulation requiring a 6 percent reduction in baseline carbon dioxide emissions in Pennsylvania by 2050.

* Crisci Associates: PA Environment Digest Tops 5,000 Online Subscribers

The PA Environment Digest, the weekly online newsletter of record covering environmental issues in Pennsylvania, reached a major milestone of over 5,000 email subscribers this week, according to David E. Hess, editor of the Digest and former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule

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--

* November Environmental Synopsis Available From Joint Conservation Committee

The November issue of the Environmental Synopsis newsletter is now available from the Joint Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee.

* Luzerne County Mine Drainage Treatment Project Receives $1 Million From Drilling Fees

Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna), Rep. Mike Carroll (D-Luzerne) and Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich (D-Lackawanna) Thursday announced a $1 million investment by the Commonwealth to begin the cleanup of the Lackawanna River.

* Sinnemahoning Watershed Grants Available For Cameron, Elk, McKean, Potter Counties

The Fish and Boat Commission Friday invited project applications for the Sinnemahoning Creek Watershed Restoration Grant Program.  Applications are due January 25.

* Volunteers Repair Flood Damage At Lynch Field In Westmoreland County

Volunteers from Firestone Building Products Company, LLC and members of Sewickley Creek Watershed Association planted trees and shrubs to help stabilize the banks and prevent erosion along Jack’s Run this past weekend. 

* Clean Creek Products Holiday Sale! Support Mine Reclamation Projects

Looking for a holiday gift that will please the most discriminating taste and help the environment? Consider pottery products from Clean Creek.

* Armstrong Conservation District Hosts Jan. 25 Volunteer Workshop

The Armstrong County Conservation District and the Appalachian Coal Country Team will be providing a volunteer workshop to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations in Armstrong County to encourage and better management volunteers on January 25.

* PA Farmers Union: SB 994 Diverts Attention From Needed Conservation Practices

The Pennsylvania Farmers Union recently sent a letter to Sen. Elder Vogel (R-Beaver), Majority Chair of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and prime sponsor of Senate Bill 994, saying they were concerned the bill “may divert attention and resources away from helping farms across the state to establish necessary conservation practices.”

* Call For Abstracts: PA Section American Water Works Assn. Aug. 4-7, 2014 Conference

The PA Section of the American Water Works Association has put out a call for abstracts for presentations at its August 4-7, 2014 Conference at the Sonesta Hotel in Philadelphia.  Abstracts are due February 4.  Click Here for details.

* PROP’s Recycler Magazine Fall Issue Now Available

The Fall issue of Recycler magazine is now available from the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania.

* $8.7 Million In Alternative And Renewable Energy Projects Funded By Drilling Fees

Gov. Tom Corbett Friday announced Pennsylvania is expanding its commitment to advance clean, alternative and renewable energy sources with the investment of more than $8.7 million in loans and grants through the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

* Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Workshop In Clinton County Dec. 19

The Department of Environmental Protection invites fleet managers to a Natural Gas Vehicle Grant workshop from 10 a.m. until noon on December 19, at the Clinton County Conservation District office, 45 Cooperation Lane, Mill Hall, Pa.

* EPA Offers Funding To Reduce Pollution From Diesel Engines

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made available $2 million in funding for rebates to help public and private construction equipment owners replace or retrofit older diesel construction engines. The rebates will reduce harmful pollution and improve air quality in local areas.

* TreeVitalize Part Of Gettysburg Hallowed Ground Living Legacy Project

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Acting Secretary Ellen Ferretti Tuesday participated in a ceremony dedicating 168 trees on the Bliss Farm in Gettysburg as part of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Living Legacy Project.

* DCNR Celebrates Acquisition Of Additional Watershed Lands In Lackawanna County

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials Thursday announced the department has received the deed for about 825 acres of prime watershed and forestland in Lackawanna County to add to the state forest system.

* Fish & Boat Commission Newsletter Features Ecosystem Flow Studies Partnership

The November 20 issue of the Currents newsletter from the Fish and Boat Commission features a story on the innovative partnership between The Nature Conservancy and the Commission to develop ecosystem flow studies for the Susquehanna and Ohio river basins.

* 2014 Rivers Conservation Camp For Students Now Accepting Registrations

The Cumberland Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited has opened the application period for the 2014 Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp scheduled for June 15-20 at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs.

* Wildlands Conservancy Promotes December Education Programs, Special Events

The Wildlands Conservancy in Allentown will hold a series of education programs and special programs during December.  Click Here to scroll through the calendar for something you might like.

* Game Commission Deer-Hunter Study Includes Texting Deer

As part of the Deer-Forest Study, a cooperative research project being conducted by the Game Commission and a host of other partners, several deer in Pennsylvania are wearing GPS radio collars that can be controlled via text messages.

* Greg Phillips, Westmoreland Conservation District, Receives Honor, Educator Named

Gregory M. Phillips, District Manager/CEO of the Westmoreland County Conservation District, was recently honored by the Northeast Association of Conservation District Employees with its 2013 Regional Employee Award.

* DEP Citizens Advisory Council Names Michele Tate Executive Director

The DEP Citizens Advisory Council Tuesday named Michelle Tate the new Executive Director for Council, replacing the retiring Marjorie Hughes.  She will take over the position on January 3.

* Janet Sweeney Promoted To Vice President Of PA Environmental Council

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council, a leading statewide environmental organization, has named Janet Sweeney to the position of vice president.

* Help Wanted: SRBC Water Resource Manager

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission is seeking candidates to fill the position of Water Resource Manager for its Monitoring and Protection Program.  The deadline for resumes is December 15.  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 NewsClips

Here's a selection of NewsClips 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 - November 23, 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.

* 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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