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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
Crisci Associates, Sept. 25, 2017 Issue #691
(9/25/2017)
* Senate Rejects House Republican Budget 43-7, Ball Back In House Republicans’ Court

The Senate Wednesday voted 43 to 7 to soundly reject a House Republican revenue plan to deal with the state’s $2.2 billion deficit using money Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) said he was not entirely sure actually existed.

* Analysis: Refresher On Senate, House Budget Proposals, A Race To The Bottom

Since the Senate and House are likely to be busy trying to reconcile the differences between the budget proposals passed by both chambers, it might be helpful to have in one place what each proposal contains.

* No Movement Of Any Items On Fall Environmental Legislative Agenda In Last 2 Weeks

Over the last 2 weeks the Senate and House were in voting session one of those weeks each, but neither one took any action on other important environmental bills still unfinished in the General Assembly.  Those issues include--

* Walter N. Heine, First Director Of OSM, Recognized For 34 Years Of Service To DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council

Walter N. Heine attended his last Citizens Advisory Council meeting at DEP on Tuesday after serving on the Council for 34 years.

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Gov’s Schedule/Bills Introduced

Here are the Senate and House Calendars for the next voting session day and Committees scheduling action on bills of interest as well as a list of new environmental bills introduced--

* Senate/House Bills Moving Last Week

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

* House Environmental Committee To Again Consider Impact Fee/Severance Tax Bill Sept. 25

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is scheduled to again consider House Bill 113 (Harper-R-Montgomery) at a meeting on September 25.

* Rep. Bullock, PECO Announce New Legislation To Create PA Solar For All Program

Rep. Donna Bullock (D-Philadelphia) introduced House Bill 1799 to establish a PA Solar For All program to make solar energy more accessible to low-income and disadvantaged Pennsylvanians.

* Oct. 16 Environmental Issues Forum Features DCNR’s Penn’s Parks For All Survey

The Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee will hold an Environmental Issues Forum on October 16 featuring a presentation from representatives of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources who will discuss their new initiative, “Penn’s Parks for All—Planning for the State Parks of Tomorrow.”

* Pumped Storage Hydro Topic Of Nov. 13 Environmental Issues Forum

The Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee will hold an Environmental Issues Forum November 13 on the issue of pumped storage hydroelectric facilities in Pennsylvania.

* September Environmental Synopsis Now Available From Joint Conservation Committee

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

* 10,000 Friends Of PA Honors Smart Growth Projects, Leaders With Commonwealth Awards Dec. 7

10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania will honor Smart Growth Projects Revitalizing York with the Commonwealth Award and Royal Square Development and Construction, Inc. with the inaugural Louis J. Appel, Jr. Leadership Award at a special awards program December 7 at The Bond, 134 E. King Street in York.

* Fort Indiantown Gap Environmental Program Wins 2016 Army Environmental Award For Sustainability

Written By Sgt. Zane Craig, Fort Indiantown Gap*

* Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund Awards $3.79 Million In Grants For Projects In PA

The Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund Tuesday awarded over $12.6 million in grant funding to support 44 watershed restoration projects in the Chesapeake Bay region, including $3.79 million for 11 projects only in Pennsylvania and another $1.78 million for 4 more projects that will benefit the state along with others.

* Penn State Chesapeake Bay Watershed Stormwater Survey, Oct. 27 Green Infrastructure Solutions Summit

Penn State University researchers are inviting stormwater practitioners to participate in a survey on current practices and implementation of green infrastructure in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed as well as attend an October 27 Chesapeake Stormwater Summit - Overcoming Barriers To Green Infrastructure Solutions in Harrisburg.

* Schuylkill River Restoration Fund Awards $364,193 In Watershed Grants

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area Restoration Fund Wednesday awarded $364,193 in grants to 11 projects in Berks, Chester, Lehigh, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

* Schuylkill Water Stewards Water Quality Monitoring Program Seeking Volunteers For Fall Class

The Green Valleys Watershed Association is now accepting applications for its Fall class for the Schuylkill Water Stewards Water Quality Monitoring Program.

* Call For Presenters For 2018 Schuylkill Watershed Congress March 10

The organizing committee for the Schuylkill Watershed Congress has issued a call for presenters for the 2018 Congress to be held on March 10 at the Montgomery County Community College in Pottstown. The deadline for submissions is October 31.

* Delaware River Basin Commission OKs Review Of Aquatic Life Uses In Delaware Estuary

At its September 13 meeting, the Delaware River Basin Commission approved a resolution recognizing the significant water quality improvements in the Delaware River Estuary and providing for a formal review of the designated aquatic life uses and water quality criteria necessary to support these uses.

* Delaware River Basin Commission Now Accepting Entries For Fall Photo Contest

The Delaware River Basin Commission Monday announced it is now accepting entries for its Fall 2017 Photo Contest, highlighting amateur and professional photography representing the water resources of the 13,539-square-mile Delaware River Basin. 

* DEP Blog: Letting A Creek Be A Creek: The Need For Stormwater Management

By Pat Lupo, Benedictine Sisters, Erie

* DEP Invites Comments On Mine Reclamation Fee O&M Trust Account Fiscal Year Report

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the September 23 PA Bulletin inviting public comments on the Fiscal Year Report for the Reclamation Fee O&M Trust Account.  Comments are due October 17.

* 2 More Probable Human Cases Of West Nile Virus Reported In 2 New Counties, 12 For Season

The West Nile Virus Program Wednesday reported two more probable human cases of West Nile Virus in Lackawanna and Lehigh counties bringing the total number of human cases to 12 this year. 

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

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful invites schools in Pennsylvania to participate in the Litter Free School Zone Program, a comprehensive program that encourages young people to play an active role in protecting and improving our environment through recycling, litter awareness, and community stewardship.

* Gov. Wolf Announces Latest Collaborative Effort On Drug Take-Back Box Locations

Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday announced his administration is expanding its effort to provide Pennsylvanians with another successful means to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic by expanding the availability of drug take-back boxes.

* Westmoreland Reschedules Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event For Nov. 11

The Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling has rescheduled its Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event for November 11 at the Westmoreland Cleanways Recycling Center, 113 Innovative Lane in Latrobe from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

* DEP, Westmoreland County Partners View Progress In Redeveloping Jeannette Glass Brownfield Site

Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell Friday toured the former Jeannette Glass site to see first-hand the importance of Pennsylvania’s brownfields program at work.

* Nominations Now Being Accepted For National Brownfields Phoenix Award

The National Brownfields 2017 Conference is now accepting nominations for its Phoenix Awards to recognize exemplary brownfields redevelopment and revitalization.  The deadline for entries is October 4.

* Manada Conservancy Hosting Building Community-Based Solutions To Climate Resiliency Oct. 19 In Hershey

The Manada Conservancy is hosting a presentation October 19 on Building Climate Resiliency: Community-Based Solutions to A Global Challenge at the Derry Presbyterian Church, 248 E. Derry Road, Hershey, Dauphin County starting at 7:00 p.m.

* Tree Pittsburgh Receives Net Zero Sustainability Grant From Green Mountain Energy Sun Club

The ambitious goal of achieving net zero energy status and LEED Platinum certification is becoming a reality for Tree Pittsburgh’s new campus thanks in large part to a $134,800 solar and sustainability grant from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club.

* DCNR Issues First Fall Foliage Report: Some Areas In Northern PA Closest To Peak

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Thursday issued its first Fall Foliage Report showing the Northern Tier area of the state is about 25-30 percent of the way toward peak foliage color.

* Agriculture Expands Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Area Into 26 More Municipalities

Department of Agriculture officials published notice in the September 23 PA Bulletin announcing the Spotted Lanternfly quarantine has been expanded into 26 more municipalities in  Berks, Bucks, Chester, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties. (formal notice)

* Laurel Hill State Park Hosts Salute To PA Outdoor Corps In State Parks, Forest Lands

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn Thursday joined Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland), Department of Labor & Industry officials and Bureau of State Parks representatives in saluting contributions and successes of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps at Laurel Hill State Park in Somerset County.

* PA Greenways & Trails Summit Set For Sept. 24-26 In Reading

Walkable, bike-friendly neighborhoods, and social justice are among the topics on deck for the 2017 PA Greenways and Trails Summit, set for September 24-26 at the DoubleTree in Reading.

* HeritagePA Begins Celebrations In PA’s 12 Heritage Areas On The 5th Fridays Sept. 29

Five Fridays in one month only occurs a few times a year. HeritagePA has decided to use those days to encourage Pennsylvanians to take in the history and heritage of their region.

* PA Forest Heritage Assn. Fall Newsletter Now Available

The PA Forest Heritage Association’s Fall edition of the Burning Issues newsletter is now available featuring stories on--

* Comments On ATV Trail In Centre, Clinton Counties Available, 2 Public Meetings Set

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, through the contractor Larson Design Group, is conducting a study to examine the feasibility of constructing a motorized ATV trail in Centre and Clinton counties.

* Sept. 20 Resource Newsletter Now Available From DCNR

The September 20 edition of the Resource newsletter is now available from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources featuring articles on--

* Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Now Accepting Entries For Digital Photo Contest

Grab your camera and get to Hawk Mountain in Berks County, because November 26 marks the final day for local photographers to submit entries for the Hawk Mountain Digital Photo Contest.

* Opportunity To Bid On DEP Mine Reclamation Project In Fayette County

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the September 23 PA Bulletin of an opportunity to bid on a mine reclamation project in Fayette County.

* 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

No new regulations published this week.   Pennsylvania Bulletin - September 23, 2017

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