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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
January 10, 2005
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* Senate, House Open 2005-06 Session, Growing Greener Priority
The Senate and House kicked off their 2005-06 legislative session this week with formal swearing in ceremonies and receptions for family, friends and supporters.
* Growing Greener Bond Won’t Lead to Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund Solution
A Republican leader in the House of Representatives took his turn this week to be critical of the way the Rendell Administration is talking about the need to shore up the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund.  It was followed late Friday with a response from House Democrats.
* Senate Environmental Committee Takes Shape for New Session
Sen. Ray Musto (D-Luzerne) was named this week as the Minority Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. He and Sen. Mary Jo White (R-Venango), who serves as Majority Chair, will again lead the Committee.
* Zug Serves As Vice-Chairman of PA Delegation to Chesapeake Bay Commission
Rep. Peter Zug (R-Lebanon) has been re-elected as vice chairman of the Pennsylvania delegation to the Chesapeake Bay Commission for the new legislative session.
* Freshmen Legislators Take Seats for First Time in Harrisburg and Congress
Seventeen Freshmen legislators took their seats for the first time in Harrisburg and Congress representing the people of Pennsylvania. They include, by district—
* 2005 State Farm Show Features Riverwalk, Quecreek Rescue
The 89th Pennsylvania Farm Show gets underway in Harrisburg on January 8 and will last until the 15th. (Check out the special Photo Feature attached to this article.)
* EPA, States, DC Announce Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Agreement
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached agreement with six states and the District of Columbia on a permitting approach that will set permit limits on nutrients being discharged from more than 350 municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities throughout the 64,000-square-mile Chesapeake Bay watershed.
* Study Confirms Watershed Approach to Water Quality Best In Southwest
A comprehensive, watershed-based approach is needed to effectively address water quality problems in southwestern Pennsylvania, says a new report from the National Academies’ National Research Council (NRC) entitled, “Regional Cooperation for Water Quality Improvement in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
* PennVEST Publishes Funding Priority List for Wastewater Projects
The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority published its 2004-05 funding priority list for wastewater projects for public comment this week.
* Comments Invited on Proposed TMDLs in 10 Counties
Public comments were invited this week on total maximum daily load plans for watersheds in 10 counties across the state.
* Scholarships Available for Watershed Protection Institute
The Watershed Protection Institute (WPI) is an intensive, interactive five day program designed to train watershed leaders on practical watershed and site planning techniques to protect the health of less developed watersheds. The next Institute will be March 28 - April 1 in Shepherdstown, WV.
* Chesapeake Bay Journal Unveils Updated Website
The Chesapeake Bay Journal unveiled a new website in December that makes it easier to read current news stories, find old ones and share articles with others.
* Wanted: Senior Volunteers Interested in Water Quality
The York County Senior Environment Corp is looking for volunteers to help with water monitoring in York County streams. Volunteers are also needed for education programs, publicity and other positions.
* Have You Tested for Radon?
DEP Urges Radon Testing
* New DEP Update Website
DEP Unveils New Update Website This Week
* Green Building Tour Set for January 28 in Pittsburgh
The Green Building Alliance will hold the first of several tours planned for this year to highlight green buildings in the region. The “Case Study Tour” of the first building—the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center-- will be held on January 28 from 3:30 to 4:30.
* Solar Grant Program Now Accepting Applications
Residential, business and institutional customers in the PECO Energy service territory can now take advantage of a grant program to help with the costs of installing solar energy systems.
* Environmental Education Council Meets on Feb. 1-2
The Environmental Education Council will hold a two-day meeting in Harrisburg on February 1 & 2 to evaluate pre-application letters received by the Department of Environmental Protection for Environmental Education Grants.
* DCNR Seeks Comment on White Clay Creek Preserve Plan
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is seeking public comment on natural resource management plans for White Clay Creek Preserve, a 1,255-acre Chester County tract bordering the Delaware state line.
* Fish & Boat Commission Sets Clinics for Ice Fishing
For those interested in learning more about this sometimes overlooked form of fishing, the Fish and Boat Commission is partnering with other organizations to offer ice fishing instruction.
* Most State Parks Open for Winter Goose Hunting
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources this week announced that most of Pennsylvania's state parks will be open for the extended resident Canada goose-hunting season in January and February. As some parks are closed to hunting, hunters should contact individual park offices for specific information.
* Quick Clips
A sampling of NewsClips from across Pennsylvania on environmental topics.
* Westmoreland + Shaver's Creek Award Winners Recognized
Westmoreland County recognizes outstanding conservation landowners, Shaver's Creek Environmental Education Program giving national recognition.
* Apply for Nonprofit, Karl Mason Awards Now
The deadlines for outstanding environmental nonprofit organizations, professionals and organizations to apply for two awards programs are coming up.
* Watershed NewsClips
Here's a sampling of NewsClips on watershed topics from around Pennsylvania.
* Regulations
The latest on regulations coming before the Environmental Quality Board, Delaware River Basin Commission, Geologist-Engineers Board.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
No new technical guidance published this week.
* Calendar of Events
Upcoming meetings, conferences, workshops, plus links to other calendars.
* Contributions Invited
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