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Crisci Associates, Feb. 26, 2018 Issue #713
* Budget Hearing: DCNR To Release Monitoring Report On State Forest Drilling By Early Summer

DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn Thursday told the House Appropriations Committee her agency will release its next report documenting the environmental impacts of drilling on state forest land by early summer.

* Budget Testimony By DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, Celebrating 125 Years Of The State Park System

Below is the budget testimony submitted by DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees--

* Next Week’s Budget Hearings: DEP, Agriculture, DCNR

House and Senate budget hearings continue next week with these agencies on the schedule--

* PA Resources Council Honors 18 Western PA Organizations With Zero Waste Awards

The PA Resources Council Thursday presented its third annual Zero Waste Events and Business Awards to 18 environmental leaders in recognition of their commitment to adopting sustainable environmental practices and diverting waste through recycling, composting and reuse.

* Bay Journal: PA's Environmental Rights Amendment Grows Some Teeth

By Donna Morelli, Chesapeake Bay Journal

* 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--

* DEP Releases Information On Maintaining Streams To Assist Flood Recovery Efforts

The Department of Environmental Protection Friday released a resource for understanding what landowners can do to work in or adjacent to streams impacted by flooding.

* DEP Rolls Out New Chapter 105 General Permit Water Obstruction, Encroachment Form, Instructions

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the February 24 PA Bulletin announced revised instructions and form are available for Chapter 105 Water Obstruction and Encroachment General Permit Registrations for General Permits.

* NFWF Delaware River Restoration Fund Grant Applications Due April 12

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Delaware River Restoration Fund is now soliciting proposes to restore the water quality and habitats of the Delaware Watershed. Proposals are due April 12.

* NRCS-PA Seeks Proposals For Farm Conservation Innovation Grants

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service-PA is now accepting applications for up to $225,000 in funding through the Conservation Innovation Grants to promote the development and adoption of innovative approaches for agricultural production in Pennsylvania.

* Franklin County Farm Adopts Unique Technology To More Precisely Apply Manure Nutrients

By Will Parson, Chesapeake Bay Program Blog

* Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition Seeks Volunteers For Watershed Data Loggers

The Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition in Butler County is seeking volunteers to collect watershed water quality data.

* February Catalyst Newsletter Now Available From Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition

The February edition of the Catalyst newsletter is now available from the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition in Butler County featuring stories on--

* Penn State Researchers Team Up To Tackle State’s Acid Mine Drainage Problem

By David Kubarek, Penn State News

* DEP Opportunity To Bid On Mine Reclamation, Gas Well Plugging Projects

The Department of Environmental Protection published notices in the February 24 PA Bulletin announcing the opportunity to bid on projects plugging two abandoned oil and gas wells in Butler and Jefferson counties and an abandoned mine reclamation project in Butler County.

* Wildlands Conservancy/Stroud Water Research Center Citizen Science Volunteer Training April 28

The Stroud Water Research Center and the Wildlands Conservancy will host a Citizen Science Volunteer Training Workshop on April 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Emmaus, Lehigh County.

* Weathering The Storm Stormwater Workshops To Be Offered In June In Erie, Latrobe

The Department of Environmental Protection will host two Weathering The Storm Stormwater Education Workshops in Erie and Latrobe during June.  The workshops will be held--

* Teaching Green Newsletter Now Available From DEP

The Department of Environmental Thursday released the first edition of its quarterly Teaching Green newsletter to help educators, students and parents discover workshops, online tools, curriculum materials, grants and other resources they may find help in teaching environment topics.

* Wildlands Conservancy Highlights March Education Programs, Hiring Naturalists, Citizen Science Workshop

The Lehigh Valley-based Wildlands Conservancy Wednesday highlighted educational programs and activities in March, including--

* Stroud Water Research Center Announces Bernard W. Sweeney, Ph.D. Executive Director's Fund

The Chester County-based Stroud Water Research Center, which advances knowledge and stewardship of fresh water, is seeking funding for the new Bernard W. Sweeney, Ph.D., Executive Director's Fund to further community-empowerment programs regionally and around the world.

* Philadelphia Water Summit March 7, Part Of Philadelphia Flower Show

Join the PA Horticultural Society and The William Penn Foundation for the first-ever Philadelphia Water Summit on March 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the PA Convention Center, 12th and Arch Street in Philadelphia.

* Registration Now Open For PA Groundwater Symposium May 8 In State College

In celebration of National Drinking Water Week, Penn State Extension and the Department of Environmental Protection along with numerous other sponsors invite you to attend the 2018 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium May 8 at the Ramada Inn Conference Center in State College, Centre County.

* PA Section American Water Works Assn Annual Conference May 8-10

The PA Section of the American Water Works Association is now accepting registrations for its 70th Annual Conference to be held May 8 to 10 at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center at Pocono Manor, Monroe County.

* Water Insights Seminar Feb. 27: Climate Change Impacts On Wetland Hydrology

The February 27 Water Insights Seminar will feature a presentation by Mike Nassry, an Ecological Engineer at Penn State’s Department of Geography, on Climate Change Impacts on Wetland Hydrology.

* Green Sisters To Talk On Faith, The Environment March 8 In Pittsburgh

Jennifer Szweda Jordan and Unabridged Press will again host the Standup Sisters: Green Habits program on March 8 at St. Thomas More Church, 126 Fort Couch Road in Bethel Park, near Pittsburgh, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

* EQB Invites Comments On Proposed Changes To Storage Tank Regulations

The Environmental Quality Board published notice in the February 24 PA Bulletin of the opportunity to comment on proposed changes to regulations in Chapter 245 dealing with the Storage Tank and Spill Prevention Program. (PA Bulletin page 1101)

* Lancaster County Solid Waste Authority CEO Jim Warner To Retire

Jim Warner, CEO for the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, announced this week his plan to retire from the organization by end of year.

* Household Hazardous Waste, E-Waste Collection In Butler County March 18, April 22

Butler County will hold Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Waste Collection events on March 18 and April 22 (Earth Day) at 129 Ash Stop Road in Evans City, Butler County.

* BioHiTech Supports Keep PA Beautiful's 2018 Great American Cleanup Of PA

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Thursday announced BioHiTech has pledged support for the 2018 Great American Cleanup of PA, a statewide community improvement initiative that runs from March 1 through May 31.

* Fill Policy, Changes To Recycling Law On March 8 Agenda Of Solid Waste & Recycling Advisory Committees

The DEP Solid Waste Advisory Committee and Recycling Fund Advisory Committee are scheduled to hold a joint meeting on March 8 to discuss proposed changes to DEP’s Management of fill policy.

* DEP To Hold March 26 Meeting/Hearing On TCE Contamination Site In Lycoming County

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a meeting and hearing March 26 on the proposed response to TCE contamination of water supply wells in the Rose Valley Lake area of Gamble Township in Lycoming County. (PA Bulletin page 1219)

* DEP Awards Total Of 155 Small Business Advantage Grants To Cut Energy, Other Costs, Program Now Closed

Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell Thursday officially closed the 2017 Small Business Advantage Grant, after approving nearly $1 million in funding to help reduce costs, energy consumption, and waste for 155 small businesses statewide.

* PA Recreation & Park Society Annual Conference March 27-30 In Monroe County

The PA Recreation and Park Society will hold is 2018 Annual Conference March 27-30 at the Kalahari Resorts & Convention Centers in Pocono Manor, Monroe County.

* A Role Model For Multiple Generations To Gather And Play In Lycoming County

Tucked in among farm fields and wooded areas in the Nippenose Valley in rural Lycoming County is a former red brick elementary school that is a great model of how to provide opportunities for seniors and young people to interact and stay healthy, and pull off a public-private partnership.

* Brodhead Watershed Assn March 17 Cherry Valley's Ridge Trail Hike In Monroe County

The Brodhead Watershed Association will host another in its series of Get Outdoors Poconos hikes on March 17 on the Ridge Nature Trail in the Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Monroe County.

* DCNR Initiative To Replace, Renovate Fire Towers Across The State

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn Wednesday announced newly renovated and replaced fire towers will be added to the Commonwealth’s wildfire fighting arsenal to support the Bureau of Forestry and volunteer fire company efforts answering forest fire calls across the state.

* Learn About Backyard Forestry At Free Seminar In Dauphin County March 17

The Dauphin County Woodland Owners Association will host a Backyard Forestry Seminar March 17 at the Dauphin County Agricultural & Natural Resources Center located at 1451 Peters Mountain Road, Dauphin from 8:30 to

* Recognizing The Conservation Work Of Black CCC Companies In PA

From 1933 to 1942, hundreds of thousands of unemployed men worked as part of the Civilian Conservation Corps in 151 camps throughout Pennsylvania.

* Video: Pennsylvania’s Parks And Forests Are For Everyone!

Pennsylvania's parks and forests offer a myriad of opportunities for engaging in outdoor recreation, quiet contemplation, and learning. Research shows that time spent outdoors improves human health.

* February 21 Resource Newsletter Now Available From DCNR

The February 21 Resource newsletter is now available from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources featuring articles on--

* Manada Conservancy In Dauphin County Accepting Short Story Writing Contest Entries

The Manada Conservancy in Dauphin County is now accepting entries to its Short Story Writing Contest.  The deadline for entries is May 15.

* Auditor General DePasquale To Audit Game Commission

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Tuesday announced the start of a performance audit of the Game Commission.

* Game Commission Asks Public For Information On Bald Eagle Harassment By A Drone In Mercer County

The Game Commission is asking the public for any information they have on bald eagle harassment by a drone at Goddard State Park in Mercer County. Please report tips on this incident to the NW Region Office: 814-432-3187 or to 1-888-PGC-8001.

* Help Wanted: PA Assn. Of Conservation Districts Conservation Engineer

The PA Association of Conservation Districts is seeking qualified candidates to fill a Conservation Engineer position in the Southwest Region based in Somerset providing engineering assistance to the Growing Greener Program and the Natural Resource Conservation Service.

* Help Wanted: Wildlands Conservancy Seasonal Naturalists, Intern Opportunities

The Lehigh Valley-based Wildlands Conservancy is seeking qualified candidates to fill seasonal naturalist positions to assist with environmental education programs.

* Help Wanted: Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA Director Of Major Giving In PA

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Director of Major Giving in Pennsylvania. The deadline to apply is March 2.  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 Environmental Quality Board published notice in the February 24 PA Bulletin of the opportunity to comment on proposed changes to regulations in Chapter 245 dealing with the Storage Tank and Spill Prevention Program. (PA Bulletin page 1101Click Here for more.

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