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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
May 9, 2005
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* Committee Set to Consider Hazardous Sites Funding Solution
The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is scheduled this week to consider a potential solution to funding the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Program.
* On the Senate, House Agenda
The Senate and House are set to consider a variety of environmental bills and resolutions next week--
* Bill Action in the Senate and House
Several pieces of environmental legislation moved this week--
* Special Section: Growing Greener Bond Question on May 17 Ballot
On election day May 17, voters will be asked to vote on the Growing Greener question on the ballot. To promote discussion of this issue, PA Environment Digest will set aside this special area to highlight comments on the issue by a variety of groups and NewsClips.
* Bipartisan Group of House, Senate Members Urge Vote YES for GG
Sen. Connie Williams (D), state Representatives Raymond Bunt (R), Mike Gerber (D), Kate Harper (R), Daylin Leach (D), Josh Shapiro (D) and Greg Vitali (D), and members of various environmental organizations this week urged voters to make Pennsylvania a green state, and to vote in favor of the $625 million environmental bond question on the primary election ballot in Montgomery County.
* Environmental Secretaries for 4 Governors Endorse Growing Greener Question
All seven former state environmental Secretaries who served the past four Governors have come together in the following op-ed piece to endorse voter approval of the Growing Greener Bond Issue on the May 17 election ballot.
* Fish & Boat Commission Release Letter Supporting Growing Greener
The eight members of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission issued a joint letter May 9 outlining their support for Growing Greener and asking sportsmen to join them in voting to adopt the bond referendum appearing on the May 17 primary election ballot.
* PA Resources Council - Vote Yes on May 17th for a Greener Future
On May 17th, voters will be asked to consider a $625 million bond issue to fund a statewide initiative titled “Growing Greener II”. This is an initiative that has broad bipartisan support from the Governor’s office, our elected officials and environmental organizations across the Commonwealth.
* Events Highlight Growing Greener Ballot Question
Groups in Chester and York counties and in the Lehigh Valley highlighted the need to pass the Growing Greener ballot question this week.
* Coldwater Heritage Partnership Announces 2005 Grant Awards
The Coldwater Heritage Partnership this week announced over $44,000 in grants to local organizations to protect and conserve Pennsylvania’s coldwater stream habitats.
* Mingo Creek, Buffalo Creek Celebrate Watershed Awareness Month
The Buffalo Creek (Washington County) and the Friends of Mingo Creek Watershed Association (Montgomery County) celebrate Watershed Awareness Month with significant events.
* America Celebrates Wetlands Month
For the past 15 years, May has been designated American Wetlands Month, a time for educating the public about the value of wetlands.
* Watershed Stewardship Toolbox Workshop June 7
On June 7, the Watershed Academy, in cooperation with Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, will hold a free one-day workshop to introduce participants to the new “Watershed Stewardship: A Planning and Resource Guide.”
* Online ''Growth and Water Resources'' Training Module Available
A new on-line, distance learning training module called ''Growth and Water Resources'' has recently been posted on EPA's Watershed Academy webspage.
* Chesapeake Bay and NPS Source Pollution Prevention Educational Grants Due
The PA Association of Conservation Districts is now accepting applications for 2005-06 Pennsylvania Chesapeake Bay Educational Mini-Grants and Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Educational Mini-Grants.
* Better Stormwater Management Through Site Design Workshop – June 15, 16
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council together with the York County Planning Commission, York County Conservation District, and Cahill Associates is conducting a two-part workshop “Better Stormwater Management Through Site Design” on June 15 & 16 for municipal officials, Environmental Advisory Council members and engineers.
* Chesapeake Watershed Voluntary Environmental Programs Conference
The Chesapeake Watershed Voluntary Environmental Programs Conference, will be held on May 10 in Annapolis, Md. in recognition of the importance of voluntary environmental programs in solving environmental problems.
* PUC Celebrates National Drinking Water Week with New Education Program
Marking National Drinking Water Week, the Public Utility Commission this week unveiled a new consumer-education effort to inform consumers about the importance of water issues such as: the value of water service; how water is brought from the source to the tap; conservation tips; infrastructure improvements; and assistance available for low-income ratepayers.
* Applications Due July 22 for Next Round of Energy Harvest Grant Program
The Department of Environmental Protection this week announced it is accepting applications for the next round of Energy Harvest Grants. DEP anticipates $5 million will be available for the progam.
* Applications Due Sept. 30 for Recycling Performance Grants
The Department of Environmental Protection this week announced applications for the 2004 Recycling Performance Grants are due September 30.
* Schools Recognized for Protecting Schuylkill River
The Schuylkill Action Network, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, DEP and other agencies recognized six Southeastern Pennsylvania schools this week for developing environmental and educational projects that benefit the Schuylkill River watershed.
* Erie Teacher Receives Carnegie Award for “SCUBA Do’s” Project
Jim Rutkowski, a biology and environmental science teacher at Strong Vincent High School in Erie, was recently recognized as the ‘High School Teacher of the Year for 2005’ by the Carnegie Science Center.
* Nominating PA Educators for National Environmental Ed Awards
June 1st is the deadline for nominations for the nine prestigious awards that will be presented at the North American Association for Environmental Education conference being held October 25-29 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
* PA Center for Environmental Ed May Newsletter Available
The May issue of EE Connections from the PA Center for Environmental Education is now available online.
* Free Ozone Alerts Available from Regional Air Quality Partnerships
Again this year, residents in the Susquehanna Valley, Southwest Pennsylvania and Lehigh Valley/Berks County can receive free air quality forecasts and early warning of bad ozone days by email.
* Certified Emission Reduction Credits Registry Updated
The Department of Environmental Protection this week published a notice of availability of emission reduction credits, by company, in the state’s Emission Credit Registry and a summary of recent transactions (May 7 PaB 2811).
* PA Companies Pledge Greenhouse Gas Cuts as Climate Leaders, Receive Awards
Caterpillar, Frito-Lay, Xerox, Staples, and the Gap, all doing business in Pennsylvania, were among 10 corporations pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of EPA's Climate Leaders – a voluntary program that works with companies to measure greenhouse gas emissions and set aggressive, long-term emissions reduction goals.
* National Clean Diesel Campaign Announces Grant Opportunities
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week announced it will be accepting grant applications under its National Clean Diesel Campaign for projects that will reduce emissions from nonroad vehicles and equipment.
* EPA Offers Smart Growth Implementation Assistance
The Development, Community and Environment Division in U.S. EPA's Office of Policy, Economics and Innovation is seeking applications from communities that want to develop in ways that meet environmental and other community goals.
* Harrisburg Falcon Eggs Hatch In Time for Mother’s Day
The Department of Environmental Protection reported this week that right on schedule, the Peregrine Falcon eggs nurtured by a pair of falcons on the Rachel Carson Building in Harrisburg started to hatch this week.
* What’s the Value of Volunteer Time, More Than You Think!
Independent Sector announced that the value of volunteer time has reached $17.55, up 36 cents from a year earlier.
* Opinion - The Susquehanna: A River Under Stress -- But Not The Nation's Most Endangered, By Paul O. Swartz, Executive Director
Given my position with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC), it comes as no surprise that people are asking me for my reaction to the recent American Rivers report declaring the Susquehanna River the nation's number one endangered river. Many people are concerned by American Rivers' characterization of the Susquehanna River as a cesspool, while others have embraced it without question. The Commission's position is one of balance, because we are relying on the facts to guide us.
* Quick Clips
NewsClips from around Pennsylvania on environmental issues.
* Watershed NewsClips
A sampling of NewsClips on watershed related issues.
* Regulations
The Independent Regulatory Review Commission has formally received and will meet May 12 on final regulations on the regulation and storage of explosives from the Environmental Quality Board for its final review.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Environmental Protection this week published nine new draft policy documents for comment and finalized at tenth.
* Calendar of Events
Upcoming conferences, meetings, workshops, plus links to other online calendars. Go To: PA Environment Digest Calendar Page
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