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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
Crisci Associates, Feb. 2, 2015
(2/2/2015)
* Wolf Signs Moratorium On All New Oil And Gas Leases In State Forests, Parks

Gov. Tom Wolf Thursday signed an executive order reinstating a moratorium on new leases for oil and gas development in state parks and forests. He signed the order with members of the General Assembly in attendance at in Benjamin Rush State Park in Philadelphia.

* DEP Seeks Nominations For Governor’s Award For Environmental Excellence

Department of Environmental Protection Acting Secretary John Quigley today invited Pennsylvania individuals and organizations to apply for the 2015 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. The deadline for applications is March 2.

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* 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--

* Senate/House Bills Moving

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

* House Appropriations Committee Schedules Hearings On State Budget

The House Appropriations Committee Thursday announced the schedule of hearings on the FY 2015-16 state budget.--

* House Democrats: Pennsylvania Must Work Toward Carbon Neutrality

The House Democratic Caucus Monday issued this policy statement on climate change and setting a goal of carbon neutrality—

* Senate Unanimously Approves Gas Leaseholder Protection Bills

Two bills protecting natural gas leaseholders across the state were unanimously approved Wednesday by the full Senate, according to Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming), Majority Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

* Senators Yaw, Wozniak To Co-Chair Senate Coal Caucus

Senators Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) and John Wozniak (D-Cambria) Wednesday were nominated by their colleagues to co-chair the Senate Coal Caucus, a bipartisan, legislative committee emphasizing the continued importance of coal and coal-driven technologies in the state.

* Feb. 2 Environmental Issues Forum On Innovative Erosion Control System

The Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee will host an Environmental Issues Forum on February 2 featuring a presentation by the MKB Company, the State College-based producer of an organic compost-filled erosion control system.

* January Environmental Synopsis Now Available From Joint Conservation Committee

The January Environmental Synopsis newsletter is now available from the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee featuring articles on--

* Save The Date: PA League Of Women Voters Honor Franklin L. Kury April 7

The PA League of Women Voters will honor former Senator Franklin L. Kury (D-Northumberland) and author of the Environmental Rights Amendment to Pennsylvania’s Constitution at a reception on April 7 at the Colonial Ridge Country Club, 4901 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg.

* Punxsutawney Phil’s Home County Joins Clean Water Counts! Initiative

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA applauds the Jefferson County Commissioners for adopting a Clean Water Counts! resolution calling on state officials to make clean water a top priority for the Keystone State. 

* Countdown To Cleanup: 697 Days To Meet PA 2017 Stream Cleanup Milestone

Pennsylvania has 697 days to put the best management practices on the ground needed to eliminate 10 million pounds of nitrogen and 212 million pounds of sediment from going into our rivers and streams to meet the 2017 Chesapeake Bay cleanup milestones.

* Nature Conservancy Receives Grant To Cleanup Cumberland County Trout Stream

The PA Chapter of The Nature Conservancy has been awarded a Growing Greener grant from the Department of Environmental Protection to restore water quality and fish habitat in a half-mile segment of Tom's Run.

* WREN Opens 2015 Round Of Source Water Protection Grants

The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Education Fund through its Water Resources Education Network is pleased to announce the opening of the 2015 Source Water Protection Collaborative Grants.  Applications are due March 20.

* Dominion Resources Accepting Applications For Environmental Stewardship Grants

Dominion Resources is now accepting applications for $1.2 million in new Environmental Stewardship Grants within its service territory.  The deadline for applications is March 2.

* DEP Invites Comments On TMDL For Watershed In Armstrong, Indiana Counties

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice inviting comments on a proposed Total Maximum Daily Load Plan for Crooked Creek Watershed in Armstrong and Indiana counties.  (PA Bulletin page 607)

* January Water Policy News Available From Water Resources Education Network

The January issue of Water Policy News is now available from the PA League of Women Voters Water Resources Education Network featuring stories on--

* Feb. 10 Meeting, Hearing On Cleanup Of Berks County Battery Casing Site

The Department of Environmental Protection announced Tuesday it will hold a public meeting and hearing on February 10, to outline its plan to clean up lead-contaminated battery casings and soil at residential properties on Noll Lane in Ruscombmanor Township, Berks County.

* DEP To Host Public Meeting Feb. 25 On Keystone Landfill Expansion Permit Application

The Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday announced it will host a public meeting regarding Keystone Sanitary Landfill’s permit application to expand its facility located in Dunmore and Throop Boroughs in Lackawanna County.

* DEP Clarifies Purpose Of Feb. 25 Permit Hearing On Wellsboro Johnston Airport

The Department of Environmental Protection Friday clarified the purpose of a February 25 public meeting and hearing to discuss an NPDES permit application and site-specific approval submitted by Clean Earth Inc. for the proposed Wellsboro Johnston Airport project in Tioga County.

* Gov. Wolf Signs Disaster Emergency Proclamation As A Result Of Snow Storm

Gov. Tom Wolf Monday signed a disaster emergency proclamation to enable state and local authorities to respond to any unmet needs as quickly as possible as a snowstorm drops snow across much of the state. Higher amounts are expected along the eastern edge of the state.

* PUC Offers Tips For Residents During Power Outages

The Public Utility Commission Monday provided tips for those residents who may lose electrical power in the current snow storms--

* Exelon Nuclear Plants Help Meet Energy Demands During Extreme Weather

Exelon Generation’s nuclear power plants in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions ran at full capacity during the recent winter storm that dropped more than two feet of snow in some parts of New England, the company said Friday.

* Penn State Holds Marcellus Shale Volunteer Science Class In Lancaster Feb. 3

Penn State University will host an adult education class on Marcellus Shale natural gas development in Lancaster on February 3 at the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road in Lancaster starting at 6:00 p.m.

* Erie To Host 2015 Great Lakes Children’s Water Festival, Seeking Volunteers

The 2015 Great Lakes Children’s Water Festival organized by the national Water Systems Council will be held at Penn State Erie and Behrend College on May 14.

* PA Resources Council Launches Innovative Apartment Recycling Program In Pittsburgh

The PA Resources Council Thursday launched a recycling initiative in Pittsburgh aimed at significantly increasing recycling rates in apartment buildings through a variety of hands-on tactics to include expanded tenant education and more convenient recycling procedures.

* Solarize Allegheny Kicks Off In Point Breeze Pittsburgh Feb. 8

Solarize Allegheny, a community-supported solar campaign, will officially launch with a kick off celebration in the Point Breeze neighborhood of Pittsburgh on February 8 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Pino’s Restaurant, 6738 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh.

* Apply Soon For The Delaware Highlands Conservancy Yeaman Student Scholarship

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy annually offers the Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Yeaman Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to eligible high school seniors.

* ClearWater Conservancy Applications For Outdoor Education Grants Due Feb. 20

The ClearWater Conservancy is now accepting applications for its Connection Program to fund trips to Millbrook Marsh Nature Center for students in schools throughout Centre County to provide watershed education in an outdoor setting. The deadline for application is February 20.

* Wildlife Leadership Academy Deer, Trout, Grouse, Bear Classes For Students, Teachers

The Wildlife Leadership Academy in Lewisburg, Union County, is now accepting applications for their 2015 summer field schools from youth ages 14-17 and adults. Adults serve as mentors and participate alongside the students. School teachers are encouraged to apply as mentors.

* EPA, CEQ Accepting Nominations For National Environmental Educator Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, are now accepting nominations for the 2014-2015 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators.  Nominations are due March 13.

* PECO/Natural Lands Trust Green Region Grant Program Deadline March 27

The PECO/Natural Lands Trust Green Region Grant Program to support projects in Southeastern Pennsylvania to preserve, protect and improve open space will be accepting applications for grants until March 27.

* Jan. 28 DCNR Resource Newsletter Now Available

The January 28 Resource newsletter from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is now available featuring articles on--

* Next Round Of TreeVitalize Inventory, Planting Grant Applications Due July 30

The next round of TreeVitalize tree inventory and planting grants are due to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources on July 30.  Click Here for all the details.

* Game Commission Adds Nearly 1,990 Acres To State Game Lands System

The Board of Game Commissioners Wednesday approved land acquisitions totaling nearly 1,990 acres.

* PA Parks and Forests Foundation Photo Gallery Tour Coming To State Capitol Feb. 2

Individuals from all over Pennsylvania participated in the PA Parks and Forests Foundation’s  Parks & Forests Through the Seasons Photo Contest in the spring and summer of 2014. The winning photographs will be put on display in the State Capitol Building Harrisburg, in the East Wing Rotunda, from February 2 through 28.

* 2015 State Parks And Forests Through The Seasons Photo Contest Entries Due Sept. 12

The PA Parks and Forests Foundation announced Friday entries for the 2015 State Parks and Forests Through The Season photo contest will be due September 12.  Click Here for photo submission rules, categories and all the details.

* Western PA Conservancy February Water, Land, Life Newsletter Available

The February issue of the Water, Land, Life newsletter from the Western PA Conservancy is now available featuring stories on--

* Susquehanna Greenways West Branch Paddle & Pedal June 17-21

The Susquehanna Greenways Partnership will hold its annual West Branch Susquehanna River Paddle & Pedal Sojourn on June 17-21 starting at the Jersey Shore and ending in Muncy  in Lycoming County.  Click Here to sign up to receive notification when registration opens.

* Central PA Conservancy IronMaster’s Challenge April 26

The Central PA Conservancy and the Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club will hold its annual IronMaster’s Challenge run on April 26 in Cumberland County.  Click Here to register and for more details.

* Hawk Mountain To Host Orienteering Workshop Feb. 7

Do you enjoy hiking, but worry about getting lost? If so, visit Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton, Berks County for a Map and Compass Orienteering Workshop beginning at 10 a.m. on February 7 at the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Visitor Center.

* Wildlands Conservancy Updates February Activities Calendar

The Wildlands Conservancy updated its February activities calendar for events in the Lehigh Valley.  Click Here to learn more about programs for students and adults.

* DEP Citizens Advisory Council Honors Former Member Janet Keim

The DEP Citizens Advisory Council adopted a resolution honoring former member Janet Keim who served for eight years on the Council.  Here is the text of the resolution—

* PA Parks And Forests Foundation Elects New Board Members

The PA Parks and Forests Foundation Monday announced the appointment of Gus Frederick and Mary Soderberg to its Board of Directors.

* Opportunity To Bid On DEP Mine Reclamation Projects In Butler, Lackawanna Counties

The Department of Environmental Protection published notices on the opportunity to bid on abandoned mine reclamation project in Butler County, a second reclamation project in Butler County and an underground mine fire project in Lackawanna County.

* Nature Abounds Seeking Contractor To Build Program Database, Website

Nature Abounds, a national nonprofit environmental organization, is seeking a contractor to build a website for the Pennsylvania Senior Environment Corps including a water monitoring database. Project bids are now being accepted through the close of business on February 13.

* Help Wanted: Nature Abounds Part-Time Volunteer Program Coordinator

Nature Abounds, a national nonprofit environmental organization based in DuBois, PA is seeking candidates for a part-time Volunteer Program Coordinator at their headquarters in DuBois, PA.  Click Here for all the details.

* 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 February 17 Environmental Quality Board meeting has been canceled.

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