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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
April 25, 2005
(4/22/2005)
PDF Version - PA Environment Digest 4/25/05
* Campaign Started for Voter Approval of Growing Greener Bond Issue
Gov. Rendell, environmental groups and four former environmental agency Secretaries kicked off an effort to urge voters to approve the $625 million bond issue on the May 17 ballot.
* On the House and Senate Agenda for Action + Action This Week
The Senate and House will not be in voting session until May 2. The only activity scheduled for the week of April 25 is a House Commerce Committee meeting to consider House Bill 218 (Reed-R-Indiana) amending the Downtown Relocation Law.
* House/Senate Mark Watershed Awareness Month in May
Both the House and Senate passed resolutions marking May as Watershed Awareness Month to highlight the groups working hard all over the state to cleanup their watersheds and the need to do more to protect our valuable water resources.
* PA Recycles Record 4.4 Million Tons in 2003
Pennsylvanians recycled a record 4.45 million tons of municipal waste in 2003, according to reports filed by Pennsylvania counties.
* Steel Recycling Hits 25-year High in the United States
The Steel Recycling Institute (SRI) announced this week the recycling rate for steel remained at 70.7 percent in 2004. However, total tons of steel recycled increased by over 7.2 million tons.
* Waste Industries Association, Soft Drink Association Support Great PA Cleanup
The Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association and the PA Soft Drink Association teamed up to help groups all across Pennsylvania participate in the Great PA Cleanup!
* TreeVitalize to Teach Citizens How to Plant and Care for Trees
TreeVitalize, a partnership to restore tree cover in the five-county region in Southeastern Pennsylvania, will be offering classes this spring to educate residents about planting and caring for trees starting as early as April 27.
* Funding OK’d for Redevelopment of Strip Mined Area
The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved $6.9 million for the expansion of the water and sewer system servicing more than 4,500 acres surrounding Pittsburgh International Airport in Allegheny County.
* 300,000 acres+ Preserved at Farmland Preservation Board Meeting
The Department of Agriculture this week announced that 53 additional farms, totaling 5,674 acres, were preserved during the state farmland preservation board meeting in Harrisburg. Pennsylvania now has more than 300,000 acres of farmland preserved.
* TMDL Plan Set for Skippack Creek Watershed, Montgomery County
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Environmental Protection have finalized the Total Maximum Daily Loads Plan for the Skippack Creek Watershed in Montgomery County.
* Tulpehocken & Quittapahilla Watersheds Have Grants Available
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission announced this week that $49,961 is available for grants for stream restoration, habitat enhancement, and recreational enhancement activities on streams located in the Tulpehocken and Quittapahilla Creek watersheds.
* Kodak American Greenways Grants Program
The Kodak American Greenways Awards Program, a partnership project of the Eastman Kodak Company, the Conservation Fund, and the National Geographic Society, provides small grants to stimulate the planning and design of greenways in communities throughout America.
* Special “Green Makes $ense” and “Earth Day 2005” Publications Still Available
Copies of two special publications from PA Environment Digest will continue to be available online-- Earth Day 2005 – At Home, On the Farm, At School and Green Makes $ense – Save Money, Be Green .
* EPA Employees Reduce Their ‘Environmental Footprint,’ You Can Too!
Attention building managers and office employees - - Earth Day is the perfect time to start a program to protect the environment and save your company money. It’s called reducing your environmental footprint.
* Workshops Teach How to Save Energy in Manufacturing, Industrial Settings
Pennsylvania’s Industries of the Future Program, trade groups, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Industrial Technology Program and DEP’s Office of Energy & Technology Development have scheduled a series of workshops across the state in May and June to help companies identify potential energy savings in a manufacturing and industrial settings.
* Six of Top 25 Green Power Purchasers in U.S. Do Business in PA
Six of the top 25 purchasers of green power in the United States do business or are located in Pennsylvania, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
* DEP Invites Green Technology, Service Companies on China Trade Mission
Speaking at the PA Chamber’s Environmental Law and Regulation Conference this week, Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen McGinty invited companies with green technologies and services to contact the agency if they are interested in being part of an upcoming trade mission to China.
* Schools Awarded PPL Environmental Education Grants
Seven schools are receiving more than $10,000 to support their earth science programs as part of PPL's Project Earth Environmental Education Grants program.
* Columbia Gas Awards Local NiSource Environmental Challenge Grants
To commemorate Earth Day 2005, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, a wholly owned subsidiary of NiSource Inc., awarded 14 grants totaling $34,000 through the NiSource Environmental Challenge Fund.
* Falcon Eggs Should Hatch Soon, New Bat Cam Available on Web
The eggs in two Peregrine Falcon nests—one in Pittsburgh and one in Harrisburg—should be hatching over the next few weeks.
* Game Commission Offers Advice – Don’t Attract Bears
Among the wildlife becoming more visible as the weather gets warmer in Pennsylvania are roughly 15,000 black bears, all of which will be looking for food.
* Fish Commission Advises – Water Is Still Cold
While air temperatures are on the rise, water remains dangerously cold. Anyone boating, fishing or recreating in and around streams and lakes should keep that in mind, according to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
* Taking Positive Action: Follow the Leaders- Students, Companies, Non-Profits, Government
Here are seven stories of environmental leadership from across Pennsylvania where students, companies, non-profit groups and government organizations have been recognized for their activities to improve the environment or educate others on stewardship.
* A Significant Milestone for the Lehigh River and Its Watershed, By Tom Kerr, Wildlands Conservancy
On 5 February 2005, the Lehigh River was placed on the Pennsylvania Rivers Conservation Registry. Surely one of the river’s most significant milestones, this achievement has great implications for its future.
* Quick Clips
A sampling of NewsClips on environmental issues from around Pennsylvania.
* Watershed NewsClips
NewsClips on watershed issues from around the state.
* Regulations
The Environmental Quality Board took action on its agenda this week, the PA Fish and Boat Commission is proposing additions to the endangered species list and the State Board of Landscape Architects is changing application requirements.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
No new policies were published this week.
* Calendar of Events
Upcoming conferences, meetings, workshops, plus links to other online calendars.  Go To: PA Environment Digest Calendar Page
* Contributions Invited
Send your stories about environmental issues, programs and positive actions to PA Environment Digest - DHess@crisciassociates.com .

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