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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
April 11, 2005
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* Growing Greener Now, Or Wait Until Fall
Legislative action in the next three voting days by the Senate and House will determine whether all or part of Gov. Rendell’s $800 million Growing Greener II environmental bond issue proposal makes it to the May Primary ballot.
* On the House and Senate Agenda for Action
Here's a quick summary of items on the House and Senate Calendars and in Committee set for action.
* Wonderling Spotlights Save-A-Tree, Plant-A-Tree Program, Arbor Day April 29
Sen. Wonderling (R-Montgomery) will present a $10,000 grant to the Homebuilders Association of Bucks and Montgomery Counties and to Moulton Builders, Inc. to support the Save-A-Tree, Plant-A-Tree Program.
* Legislative Action Last Week
Flood Insurance – House Bill 243 (Semmel-R-Berks) was referred to House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.
* U.S. Senate Acts to Extend Federal Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund
Contributed by: Bruce Golden, Regional Coordinator, Western PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation
* Six “Green Region” Environmental Projects Selected for Funding By PECO
Six local environmental projects in four Southeast counties were selected this week as the first recipients of the Green Region Program, the PECO Energy municipal open space grant program.
* Water Resources Meetings Set
DEP Schedules Water Resources Management Public Meetings
* Farmers Encouraged to Sign Up for Conservation Security Program
The Department of Agriculture this week encouraged farmers to sign up for the Conservation Security Program (CSP), a Natural Resource Conservation Service program that supports ongoing stewardship of private, agricultural working lands and financially rewards those producers who are meeting the highest standards of conservation and environmental management.
* $11.4 Million in Farm Bill Clean Energy Funds Now Available
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the availability of $11.4 million in grants to jumpstart renewable energy and energy efficiency projects at farms, ranches and rural small businesses.
* Workshop on Composting Mortalities and Slaughterhouse Residuals
The state of Maine, Biocycle Magazine and other groups are sponsoring a Symposium on Composting Mortalities and Slaughterhouse Residuals on May 24 and 25 in South Portland, Maine.
* 35th Anniversary of Earth Day—Celebrating with Special Digest Publications
Remember celebrating the first Earth Day in 1970 with tie-dyed shirts and sandals! In those days they said don’t trust anyone over 30, but with Earth Day celebrating its 35th anniversary, we can probably make an exception.
* Environment Ed Center Newsletter Features Training, Resources and More
The Pennsylvania Center for Environmental Education published its April EE Connections newsletter this week includes resources and training opportunities for K-12 educators, general EE news and news about higher education EE initiatives.
* Students Invited to Enter “Celebrate Conservation” Poster Contest
Students in grades K through 12 are invited to enter the “Celebrate Conservation” poster contest sponsored again this year by the PA Association of Conservation Districts as part of the NACD Stewardship Week.
* EPA Designates Non-Attainment Areas for Fine Particulate
EPA Designates Non-Attainment Areas for Fine Particulate
* Comments Invited on Laurel Run TMDL, Fayette County
The Department of Environmental Protection is inviting comments on the Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) plan or Laurel Run Watershed, Fayette County. A public hearing will be held on the plan on April 26 at Ohiopyle State Park, Ohiopyle to receive comments and discuss the proposal.
* Pennsylvania's 2005 River Sojourn Paddling Events Announced
River Sojourns are multi-day paddling trips for all skill levels on Pennsylvania's waterways that highlight environmental issues, recreational opportunities, community events, and social interaction. Twelve Sojourns will take place from May through July, with a season ending event at Ohiopyle in August--
* First Presque Isle Hawk Watch Set for April 16
Millions of birds fly north to breed and raise their young food. Most smaller birds migrate under the cover of darkness, stopping to fuel up on insects or seeds by day, often at Presque Isle and Erie Bluffs State Park, and using the stars to guide them at night.
* Kettle Creek Newsletter Praises Volunteers, Touts Projects, Tells What’s Next
The Kettle Creek Watershed Association in Clinton and Potter counties has a lot going on and provides a good example of using a newsletter to tell its members, partners and supporters the latest. You can tell a lot from the tone of the headlines—
* Taking Positive Action - PA National Guard Facility Wins National Recognition, After State Honors
Just a few weeks after receiving the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence, the Combined Support & Maintenance Shop (CSMS) East of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in Lebanon County was one of twelve local and state governments, industries and citizen groups to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its efforts in working to make the air cleaner nationwide.
* Philadelphia Group Wins EPA Children’s Health Award
Lead Safe Babies, a Philadelphia group dedicated to educating parents about the dangers of lead poisoning, was honored this week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as one of five groups in EPA Region 3 receiving the 2005 Children’s Environmental Health Excellence Award.
* Farmers Recognized for Protecting the Chesapeake Bay
This week the winners of the annual Conservation Awards by the PA Association of Conservation Districts were announced.
* Quick Clips
NewsClips on environmental issues from around Pennsylvania.
* Watershed NewsClips
A sampling of NewsClips on watershed issues from around the state.
* Regulations
The Environmental Quality Board meeting agenda for April 19, proposed regulations and notices from the Department of Agriculture, Public Utility Commission, Environmental Hearing Board and the Independent Regulatory Review Commission were all published this week.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Governor’s Office published its periodic updates to its list of Governor’s Executive Orders, Management Directives and other statements of policy on April 9.
* Calendar of Events
Upcoming, events conferences and workshops, plus links to other online calendars.  Go To: PA Environment Digest Calendar Page
* Contributions Invited
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