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Crisci Associates, Sept. 5, 2016 Issue #636
* Commonwealth Court: DEP Can Protect Public Resources In Oil & Gas Permits

Commonwealth Court Thursday turned back a challenge to DEP Oil and Gas Regulatory Program from conventional oil and gas drillers saying in a ruling DEP does have authority to protect public resources, like drinking water supplies in its program.

* PJM: Complying With EPA Clean Power Plan Will Increase Power Cost 1.1 to 3.3%

PJM Thursday released its analysis of the impacts on wholesale electricity costs and grid reliability of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Final Clean Power Plan rule. PJM conducted the analysis at the request of the Organization of PJM States, Inc.

* Register Now For 2016 PA Brownfields Conference Oct. 26-28 In Lancaster

Registration is now open and the agenda posted for the 2016 Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference to be held October 26-28, at the Lancaster County Convention Center.

* Search PA Environment Digest By County, Subject, Keyword Or Previous Editions

Did you know you can search the PA Environment Digest by your home county, by subject, by any keyword or look up previous editions all the way back to May 28, 2004?

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Gov’s 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--

* Bruce Beemer Sworn In As Attorney General After Unanimous Senate Confirmation

Bruce Beemer Tuesday was sworn in as Pennsylvania’s Attorney General by Chief Justice Thomas Saylor literally minutes after the Senate unanimously confirmed his nomination by Gov. Wolf.

* August State Revenues $147M Ahead Of 2015, But Slightly Below For Fiscal Year

The Independent Fiscal Office Thursday reported the Commonwealth collected $2.02 billion in General Fund revenues for August, an increase of $147.7 million (7.9 percent) compared to August 2015.

* Video Highlights, House Democratic Policy Committee Hearing On Biosolids

House Democratic Policy Committee held a public hearing on the land application and management of biosolids in Milesburg, Centre County, Monday, to hear testimony on encompassed environmental concerns and the potential negative impacts on ground source water and human health.

* Senate Democratic Policy Committee Sets Sept. 7 Hearing On Electronic Billboards

The Senate Democratic Policy Committee will hold a hearing September 7 on Senate Bill 1301 (Dinniman-D-Chester) which would toughen restrictions on digital and electronic billboards (sponsor summary).

* State Agencies Supporting Fayette County Flood Responders, Residents

Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday thanked state workers helping Fayette County responders and residents meet the challenges that resulted from serious flooding primarily in Connellsville City, Connellsville Township, and Bullskin Township.

* Delaware Estuary Pennsylvania Coast Day Sept. 10 In Philadelphia

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary will hold the 2016 Pennsylvania Coast Day on September 10 at the Walnut Plaza on Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia.

* Volunteers Wanted: Lake Erie International Coastal Cleanup Sept. 17

Volunteers are needed for this year’s PA Lake Erie International Coastal Cleanup to be held on September 17 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at a variety of locations along the Lake.

* Brodhead Watershed Assn Honors Craig Todd, Monroe Planning Commission Sept. 30

The Brodhead Watershed Association will honor Craig Todd, retiring Executive Director of the Monroe County Conservation District, and the Monroe County Planning Commission at its annual Members & Friends Celebration on September 30.

* StreamWatchers Needed For Bushkill Creek In Monroe County, Training Sept. 9

The Brodhead Watershed Association is seeking volunteers to be part of its StreamWatchers Program for the Bushkill Creek Watershed in Monroe County.

* PPL Supports Brodhead Watershed Assn StreamWatchers Program With Donation

The Brodhead Watershed Association in Monroe County Tuesday announced it has received a $3,000 donation from PPL Electric Utilities to support its StreamWatchers Project, part of the Adopt-A-Stream Program.

* Brodhead Watershed Assn. Hosts Green Infrastructure Workshops In Stroudsburg Area

The Brodhead Watershed Association will host a series of green infrastructure workshops in Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg and Stroud Township, Monroe County, to teach landowners how they can create places and practices to protect your environment and drinking water.

* Fish Monitoring Shows Creek Restoration Efforts In Lycoming, Sullivan A Success

During the past 10 years, fish habitat structures consisting of root wads, log vanes, mudsills and other constructed materials have been placed along streams and creeks in Lycoming County.

* EPA Kicks Off 5th Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge Competition

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday launched its 5th Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a competition for college and university students to design innovative solutions for our nation’s water infrastructure.

* CBF-PA Involves Students In 12 PA Counties To Explore Their Local Waterways

Educators from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA will involve 20 groups of students grades 6 through 12 and one college group from 12 Pennsylvania counties this Fall in exploring local waterways through the Susquehanna Watershed Education Program.

* Chesapeake Bay Commission Meets In Lancaster Sept. 8-9

The interstate Chesapeake Bay Commission will hold its quarterly meeting in Lancaster on September 8 and 9 at the Lancaster Marriott Penn Square.

* Stroud Water Research Center Webinar: Wiki Watershed Toolkit Oct. 12

The Stroud Water Research Center will hold a webinar on October 12 to introduce its Wiki Watershed Toolkit to promote freshwater stewardship.  It will start at 3:30 p.m.

* August 29 Watershed Winds Newsletter Now Available From Penn State Extension

The August 29 Watershed Winds newsletter is now available from Penn State Extension featuring stories on--

* Boswell Reclamation Project To Improve Water Quality, Eliminate Hazards In Somerset

The Department of Environmental Protection said Thursday a $371,000 abandoned mine reclamation project outside the village of Boswell in Somerset County is almost complete. 

* DEP To Announce Powderly Mine Fire Funding Sept. 7 In Lackawanna County

Acting Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell will welcome media on a tour of the Powderly Mine Fire in Lackawanna County September 7 to announce federal funding for the project.

* August Catalyst Newsletter Now Available From Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition

The August issue of The Catalyst newsletter is now available from the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition in Butler County featuring articles on--

* Headwaters Charitable Trust’s Latest Living Greener Life Skills Graduates

Headwaters Charitable Trust Monday announced the conclusion of the Summer Works Living Greener Life Skills Class. Participants worked around Elk County doing a variety of work sponsored by the North Central Workforce Investment Board and CareerLink of St. Marys.

* DEP Offers In-Person Training On Updated Oil & Gas Drilling Regs Sept. 13-14, 27-28

The Department of Environmental Protection invites operators of unconventional natural gas well sites and other interested parties to attend in-person training later this month on implementation of the final Chapter 78a unconventional oil and gas drilling regulations

* Lacawac Sanctuary: 2016 Women In Science Symposium Sept. 20 In Pike County

Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance and Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station are pleased to announce the 2016 Women in Science Symposium at The Heritage Nightclub at Woodloch Resort in Hawley, Pike County on September 20.

* Save The Date: PA Assn. Of Environmental Professionals 2017 Conference April 5-7

The PA Assn. of Environmental Professionals will hold its 32nd Annual Conference April 5-7 in. State College. Stay tuned for more information.

* Nominations For 2016 Heenan Recycling Markets Award Due Sept. 30

The PA Recycling Markets Center is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Heenan Recycling Markets Award through September 30.

* Keep PA Beautiful Invites Schools To Participate In Litter Free School Zone Program

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful invites all elementary and secondary schools in Pennsylvania to participate in the Litter Free School Zone Program, a comprehensive program designed to teach lessons around recycling, litter awareness, and community stewardship.

* Reminder: DEP Recycling Performance Grant Applications Due Sept. 30

The Department of Environmental Protection will be accepting Section 904 Recycling Performance Grant applications for materials recycled and marketed in 2015 until September 30.

* PA Recycling Markets Center Webinar On Glass Recycling Sept. 20

The PA Recycling Markets Center will hold a webinar on September 20 on The Impact of Glass Recycling In the Glass Container Industry from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.

* DEP Climate Change Advisory Committee Meets Sept. 13 On 2015, 2018 Plan Updates

The DEP Climate Change Advisory Committee meets on September 13 to discuss the recently released 2015 Update to the PA Climate Change Action Plan and a timeline for considering the next Plan Update due in 2018.

* Pollution Prevention/Energy Efficiency Roundtable Learns About New Technologies

The PA Association of Environmental Professionals P2E2 Roundtable held its quarterly meeting August 18 at the Emerging Technology Applications Center (ETAC) at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Northampton County.

* PEC: How Important Are Building Codes To Saving Energy? Very

The PA Environmental Council Monday published a primer on the state’s Uniform Construction Code and how important the state’s uniform building code in particular is to an effective strategy for saving energy.

* Energy Coordinating Agency Sets Breakfast Briefings: The First Fuel: Energy Efficiency

The nonprofit Energy Coordinating Agency in Philadelphia will hold 3 Breakfast Briefings on The First Fuel: Energy Efficiency September 14, October 18 and November 10.

* Sustainable Energy Conference For A Self-Sufficient Energy Future Nov. 17 At Temple

The nonprofit Energy Coordinating Agency in Philadelphia will hold its annual Sustainable Energy Conference on November 17 at the Temple University Student Faculty Center, 3340 North Broad Street in Philadelphia.

* West Nile Virus Mosquito Spraying Set For Bucks, Lancaster, York Counties

The Department of Environmental Protection announced the schedule for West Nile Virus mosquito spraying in Bucks, Lancaster and York counties for the week of September 5.

* September 1 DEP News Now Available

The September 1 edition of DEP News is now available from the Department of Environmental Protection featuring articles on--

* PAEE: Fast Forward: The Future Of Environmental Education Symposium Oct. 7

The PA Association of Environmental Educators and similar groups from Delaware and New Jersey are supporting a one day symposium called Fast Forward: The Future Of Environmental Education October 7 at the Dupont Environmental Education Center,1400 Delmarva lane, Wilmington Delaware from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

* New PennDOT Vehicle License Plates Help Fund Bicycle Safety Efforts

The new “Share the Road” special fund registration plate designed to help fund bicycle safety is now in stock and being shipped to interested vehicle owners, PennDOT announced Wednesday.

* Eastern PA Greenways & Trails Summit Sept. 14-15 In Bethlehem

The Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is hosting the Eastern PA Greenways & Trails Summit on September 14-15 at the ArtsQuest Center at Steelstacks, 101 Founders Way in Bethlehem.

* Next Get Outdoors Poconos Hike Sept. 24 On Sherwood Forest Road In Monroe County

The Brodhead Watershed Association invites the public to enjoy another in its series of Get Outdoors Poconos hikes, this time on the Sherwood Forest Road in Jackson Township, Monroe County on September 24 starting at 10:00 a.m.

* PA Parks & Forests Foundation Take 5 Fridays Offers Contrasting Opportunities

The email newsletter Take 5 Fridays With Pam from the PA Parks & Forests Foundation is filled with lots of good stories every week about activities that have happened or will happen in Pennsylvania’s State Parks and Forests.

* Veterans To Participate In Wildlife For Warriors Spruce Creek Classic Sept. 12

Wildlife For Everyone Endowment Foundation and Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. will welcome anglers and military veterans to a pair of Pennsylvania’s nationally-renowned trout streams on September 12 for the inaugural Wildlife For Warriors Spruce Creek Classic.

* Summer PA Women Of Trout Unlimited Newsletter Now Available

The Summer edition of the Pennsylvania Women Of Trout Unlimited newsletter is now available from the PA Council of Trout Unlimited featuring articles on--

* Feature: Over 96,500 Women Buy Pennsylvania Hunting Licenses

You might say Jillian Katchko was born to hunt.

* PRC, Allegheny CleanWays Host Wild & Scenic Film Festival Sept. 22 & 24 In Pittsburgh

The PA Resources Council and the Allegheny CleanWays will host the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Pittsburgh on September 22 and 24 as part of Pittsburgh’s month long Re:NEW Sustainability Festival.

* Game Commission To Hold 6 Game Lands Open Houses To Gather Public Comments

Whether you hike miles along a mountain ridge for a get-away-from-it-all hunt, or you have disabilities that limit how far away or where you can pursue whitetails or other game, the Game Commission wants to hear from you.

* Watch, Listen To Live Online Video Of Elk In The PA Wilds

The Game Commission Friday activated its live video feed from elk country in the PA Wilds so anyone with an Internet connection can watch and listen to at least some of the 1,000 elk now roaming Pennsylvania’s forests.

* PAEP: New Tool For Endangered Species Reviews Lunch-N-Learn Sept. 9 In Pittsburgh

he Western Section of the PA Association of Environmental Professionals in hosting a  Lunch-N-Learn education program on DCNR’s new endangered species permit review tool-- PA Conservation Explorer on September 9 in Pittsburgh.

* Manada Conservancy: Scott Weidensaul, Mountains Of The Heart Oct. 12

The Manada Conservancy will host an evening with naturalist and author Scott Weidensaul as he explores the expanded edition of his Mountains of the Heart: A Natural History of the Appalachians on October 12 in Hershey, Dauphin County.

* Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Hosts Fall Native Plant Sale Sept. 17-18

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Berks County will host its annual Autumn Native Plant Sale on September 17-18 outside of the Visitor Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring a wide variety of native trees, grasses, vines, shrubs, and flowering plants.

* DEP Names Jim Miller New Northwest Regional Office Director

The Department of Environmental Protection Monday announced the appointment of  Jim Miller as Regional Director to oversee the Northwest Regional Office located in Meadville, Crawford County.

* Delaware Highlands Conservancy Welcomes Diane Rosencrance As Executive Director

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy Thursday welcomed Diane Rosencrance as its new Executive Director, effective September 1.

* Help Wanted: Brandywine Conservancy Assistant Easement Manager

The Brandywine Conservancy, based in Delaware County, is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Assistant Easement Manager to assist with the administration, monitoring and enforcement of conservation easements.  The deadline for applications is September 23.  Click Here for all the details.

* Public Participation Opportunities/Calendar Of Events

This section lists House and Senate Committee meetings, DEP and other public hearings and meetings and other interesting environmental events.

* 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. 

* Environmental NewsClips - All Topics

Here are NewsClips from around the state on all environmental topics, including General Environment, Budget, Marcellus Shale, Watershed Protection and much more.

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

The Fish and Boat Commission published notice in the September 3 PA Bulletin of final regulations making changes to the Commission’s lists of endangered, threatened and candidate species.

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