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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
Crisci Associates, Nov. 3, 2014
(11/3/2014)
* PEC Q/A With Gov. Corbett, Tom Wolf On Environmental Issues, Now You Decide

Tuesday, November 4 you get to decide whether Tom Corbett (R) or Tom Wolf (D) will be Governor the next four years.

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* 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--

* Corbett Signs Municipal Disaster Aid Bill Signed Into Law

Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) Friday announced Gov. Corbett has signed Senate Bill 720 into law to for the first-time-ever create a state program for small disaster assistance.

* Stormwater Permit In Lititz Boon To Rock ‘n’ Roll Town, Water Quality, Sets Precedent

Thanks to the likes of the Bon Jovi, Katy Perry, Willie Nelson and other music stars, the Chesapeake Bay will benefit from cleaner upstream waters in one Susquehanna River tributary.

* DEP Publishes Notice Of Proposed Agreement To Clean Up Parts Of Dunkard Creek

On November 1 the Department of Environmental Protection published notice of a proposed consent order and agreement with Dana Mining and AMD Reclamation, Inc. to collect and treat acid mine drainage discharges from abandoned underground coal mines in the Dunkard Creek Watershed in Greene County.  (PA Bulletin page 6994)

* Tapping Our Delaware Watershed, New Monthly Science Café, Kicks Off Nov. 17

A new monthly science café brings devotees of water science together for conversations with top experts in the field. Tapping Our Watershed, hosted by the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, will meet next on November 17, to raise glasses with Carol Collier, the Academy’s senior advisor for watershed management and policy.

* Government Officials Celebrate Success Of Bucks County Flood Mitigation Program

Government officials, partners and homeowners gathered along the Neshaminy Creek in Langhorne, Bucks County this week to celebrate the completion of a 12-year, $27 million flood mitigation project made possible through the cooperation of local and federal governments.

* Stormwater Management Design Training In Harrisburg Nov. 13

The Department of Environmental Protection invites county and city planners, engineers, developers, redevelopment authorities and community leaders to attend a training session about stormwater management control for permitted activities on November 13, in Harrisburg.

* SRBC Holds Hearings On Proposed Rulemaking, Water Project Applications Nov. 6

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission will receive public comment at two separate hearings on November 6. at the Pennsylvania State Capitol, Room 8E-B, East Wing, Commonwealth Avenue, Harrisburg. (formal notice) The times are as follows:

* Call For Presentations: High School, College Student Symposium On The Environment

Westminster College and the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition are again sponsoring the Student Symposium on the Environment December 4 at the McKelvey Campus Center, Witherspoon Rooms and Mueller Theater, Westminster College

* Governor’s Order, Fiscal Code Allowing More Drilling On DCNR Land Challenged Again

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network Thursday filed a petition in Commonwealth Court against Gov. Corbett and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources challenging Executive Order 2014-03 issued May 23, 2014 titled Leasing of State Forests and State Park Land for Oil and Gas Development.

* Corbett: State Grant To Assist Cleanup Of 2 Brownfields Sites In Montgomery County

Gov. Tom Corbett Monday announced the Department of Community and Economic Development awarded an Industrial Sites Reuse Program grant to the Borough of Conshohocken for environmental remediation at the former Verizon building to be utilized as a new municipal complex.

* Keep PA Beautiful: Electronics Waste Collections In Juniata, Mercer, Venango Counties

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful affiliates invite local residents to dispose of electronics properly. PA CleanWays of Venango County, Tri-County CleanWays and Keep Juniata County Beautiful are holding electronic collections during the month of November.

* Don’t Trash That Campaign Sign, Recycle Them In Centre County

Don’t trash that campaign sign!  Bring it to the Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority and have it recycled between November 5th and November 28th.

* Oct. 30 DEP News Now Available

The October 30 edition of DEP News is now available from the Department of Environmental Protection featuring articles on--

* UGI Urges Eligible Customers To Apply For Heating Grants

UGI Utilities, Inc. is encouraging eligible natural gas and electric customers to apply for federal energy assistance dollars to keep their homes warm this winter.  In addition, UGI will provide assistance those who need help in completing the application.

* PUC Holds Hearing Nov. 14 On Future Of Philadelphia Gas Works

The Public Utility Commission Friday announced it will hold a hearing on the future of Philadelphia Gas Works on November 14.

* Calvin Ernst, Ernst Conservation Seeds, Honored By Penn State, Atlantic Seed Association

Calvin Ernst, founder and president of Ernst Conservation Seeds in Meadville, Crawford County, was recently honored for a lifetime of contributions to the native seed industry by the Atlantic Seed Association and Penn State University during separate events.

* Final South Mountain Speakers Event To Focus On Changing Climate Nov. 13

How a changing climate is affecting the region and Pennsylvania will be the topic of the final lecture in the 2014 South Mountain Speakers Series on November 13 at Dickinson College in Carlisle.

* DCNR, Local Officials Dedicate Lycoming County Trail Bridge

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti Monday joined state and local officials and hiking enthusiasts on the Black Forest Trail in the Tiadaghton State Forest District to dedicate a new bridge spanning Slate Run in the village of Slate Run, Lycoming County.

* Feature: Great Strides With MEGA-Transect Chestnut Project In PA

In 2014, Mike and Kieu Manes played a tremendous role in moving the Appalachian Trail  MEGA-Transect Chestnut Project forward in Pennsylvania. This project trains volunteer hikers to recognize and count surviving American chestnut trees, as they hike along the Appalachian Trail.

* Western PA Conservancy: TreeVitalize Pittsburgh Seeks Volunteers

Fall tree planting season has begun for TreeVitalize Pittsburgh and we need your help with plantings across the Pittsburgh area. Plantings run through November 22 and are held rain or shine.

* November Water, Land, Life Newsletter Now Available From Western PA Conservancy

The November edition of Water, Land, Life newsletter is now available from the Western PA Conservancy featuring articles on--

* PA Parks & Forest Foundation To Showcase Photo Contest Winners Nov. 12

The PA Parks and Forest Foundation will showcase the winning entries in its Through The Seasons Photo Contest on November 12 at the Roy Pitz Brewing Company, 140 N. 3rd St. in Chambersburg on November 12 at 4:00.  Click Here for more information.

* Friends Of Allegheny Wilderness Mark 30th Anniversary Of PA Wilderness Act

Friends of Allegheny Wilderness Thursday marked the 30th anniversary of the signing of the federal Pennsylvania Wilderness Act permanently protecting the Allegheny Islands and Hickory Creek Wilderness Areas from all forms of development for future generations to use and enjoy.

* Come Fly With Allegheny Land Trust Fund Raiser Nov. 22 In Pittsburgh

Please join Allegheny Land Trust at the National Aviary on Pittsburgh’s North Side for a fundraiser celebration of 20 years of land conservation excellence on November 22 featuring a VIP hour from 6 to 7 p.m. and a main event from 7 to 11 p.m.

* North America’s Largest Predatory Bird Visits Hawk Mountain Nov. 8

Visitors to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton, Berks County, will have a guaranteed chance to see North America’s largest predatory bird on “Golden Eagle Saturday,” held November 8 with one-day-only eagle programs at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

* Oct. 29 DCNR Resource Newsletter Now Available

The October 29 issue of the Resource newsletter is now available from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources featuring articles on--

* Opportunity To Bid On DEP Mine Reclamation Projects In Butler, Luzerne, Schuylkill

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of the opportunity to bid on a mine reclamation projects in Butler County, Luzerne County, Schuylkill County and a second project in Schuylkill County.

* Public Participation Opportunities/Calendar Of Events

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.  It also gives you a heads-up on House and Senate Committee meetings, conferences and other interesting events.  Meetings are in Harrisburg unless otherwise noted.

* 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.

* General Environmental/Budget 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--

* Watershed/Flooding NewsClips

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

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice it is requesting authority to implement the federal Hospital, Medical, Infectious Waste incinerators Plan in Pennsylvania along with a public hearing November 12 in Harrisburg.

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