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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
November 19, 2018 Issue #751
(11/19/2018)
* Nov. 20 PA Chesapeake Bay Watershed Planning Steering Committee Meeting To Focus On Stormwater

The PA Chesapeake Bay Watershed Planning Steering Committee will meet on November 20 in Room 105 of the Rachel Carson Building in Harrisburg from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

* PA Solar Future Plan Recommends Dramatic Increase In AEPS Solar Mandate Of Up To 8%

On November 15, the Department of Environmental Protection released a set of 15 strategies to increase the state’s solar energy electricity generation to 10 percent of Pennsylvania’s electricity production by 2030.

* DEP Fines EQT $294,000 For Release Of 4 Million Gallons Of Abandoned Mine Drainage Into Monongahela River

On November 13, the Department of Environmental Protection announced EQT Production Company has paid a $294,000 civil penalty prescribed in a consent order and agreement for Clean Streams Law violations in Allegheny County. 

* DCNR Invests $50 Million In 280 Recreation, Conservation, Natural Resource Projects

On November 15, Gov. Tom Wolf announced an investment of $50 million for 280 projects across Pennsylvania that will create new recreational opportunities, conserve natural resources and help revitalize local communities by DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program.

* Good Natured Pennsylvanians: Henry Bronson, Tioga County Hiker, Angler, Hunter

Henry Bronson, 71, of Millerton, [Tioga County], has always had a love of the outdoors and spent most of his life hiking and backpacking. He jokingly said, “If you look in the dictionary for outdoor activities, you’ll likely find my name.”

* DCNR’s Matt Keefer Honored As Chesapeake Bay Forest Champion

Three Chesapeake Forest Champions were recognized for their efforts to conserve forests in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed at the Chesapeake Watershed Forum the first week in November.

* DCNR Blog: Citizen Science Program Leads To Discovery Of New Moth In PA

Each year in July, since 2011, biologists from the PA Natural Heritage Program have participated in a global citizen science project for National Moth Week.

* Times-Tribune: Teen Girl Scout Earns Silver Award With Trail Project In Lackawanna County

On November 4, the Scranton Times-Tribune published a profile of 13-year-old Hannah Puttcamp by Gia Mazure, a Girl Scout to earn the Girl Scouts’ Silver Award for community service by building a section of the Tunnel Trail in Lackawanna State Park in Lackawanna County.  Here’s the beginning of the article--

* New RiverStewards Blog Posts Support Susquehanna River Student Storytelling Project

The RiverStewards organization is working with students at Millersville University on Susquehanna Storytelling-- a series of blog articles, videos, and other means of educating people on what makes the Susquehanna River so special and important to the economy, the environment, and to our quality of life.

* Game Commission Accepting Comments Until Jan. 25 On Proposal To List 3 Bat Species As Endangered, Make Other Listing Changes

The Game Commission published notice in the November 17 PA Bulletin saying it will accept public comment until January 25 on changes to state endangered species listing for three cave bats decimated by white nose syndrome, as well as changes in the status of three wild birds.  The previous deadline had been December31.

* Op-Ed: Pinchot Institute For Conservation: Putting Out Wildfires

By: Will Price & Brian Kittler, Pinchot Institute

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

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--

* Independent Fiscal Office: State Faces Over $1.7 Billion Budget Deficit In FY 2019-20

On November 15, the Independent Fiscal Office reported in its Economic & Budget Outlook Report state government faces over $8 billion in deficits over the next 5 fiscal years due to rising costs, and in spite of better than expected increases in state revenue.

* PA Senate, House Republicans, Democrats Elect 2019-20 Leadership Teams

The Senate and House Republicans and Democrats last week elected their leadership teams for the 2019-20 legislative session and lots of familiar faces are returning.

* November Joint Conservation Committee Newsletter Now Available

The November newsletter from the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee is now available featuring stories on--

* Pittsburgh Water Authority Releases 12-Year Plan Outline For Solving Lead, Stormwater, Other Problems

On November 15, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority released a 12-year plan outline for Pittsburgh’s water future entitled PGH2O 2030.

* PA, NY Delaware River Groups Push For New Actions On Flooding, Erosion In Online Petition

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy, Friends of the Upper Delaware River, New York League of Conservation Voters and Citizens Campaign for the Environment have posted on online petition urging the Governors of all 4 Delaware Watershed states to do more to regulate water flows in the river to protect water quality and river habitats.

* DEP Invites Submission Of Water Quality Data In Review Of Streams In Carbon County

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the November 17 PA Bulletin inviting the submission of water quality data that will assist in the review of water quality standards for Bear Creek and Nesquehoning and Mahoning creeks in Carbon County.

* Leadership Opportunity: Next City: Stormwater Greening Is Good For Business, Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters Initiative

On November 5, Next City published an in depth profile of Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters Green Infrastructure Initiative in Stormwater Greening Is Good For Business by James A. Anderson.  The subtitle tells you Anderson’s approach to the story-- Digging into the successes and stumbles of Philly’s ambitious 25-year stormwater mitigation plan. Here’s a good read on green infrastructure--

* Pittsburgh's New Riverfront Zoning Bill Sets Standards For Sustainable Development

The City of Pittsburgh has set new standards for development along the three rivers that rim its urban center-- the Ohio, Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers. 

* PA Environment Digest Sponsors 2019 PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation/National Abandoned Mine Lands Program Conference

PA Environment Digest has become a sponsor of the combined 2019 PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation and National Abandoned Mine Lands Program Conference to be held in Pittsburgh on September 8-11.

* Coca-Cola, Keep America Beautiful Now Accepting Applications For Public Spaces Recycling Bin Grants

On November 15, Keep America Beautiful and the Coca-Cola Foundation announced they are now accepting applications for their Public Spaces Recycling Bin Grants.  The deadline for applications is December 30.

* America Recycles Day! Keep PA Beautiful Urges You To Take The Pledge!

November 15 was America Recycles Day to recognize the economic, environmental and social benefits of recycling, while raising awareness about the value of reducing, reusing and recycling-- every day.

* Volunteers Move Mountains (Of Tires) In Susquehanna County

By: Josh Raulerson, PA Environmental Council

* Dec. 18 DEP Hearing [If Needed] On RACT II Air Quality Plan For East Penn Manufacturing, Berks County

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a hearing [if needed] on the RACT II Air Quality Plan for East Penn Manufacturing in Richmond Township, Berks County on December 18.  (Nov. 17 PA Bulletin, page 7237)

* DEP Accepting Driving PA Forward Grants/Rebate Applications For Clean Trucks, Buses; 2 How To Apply Webinars Set

On November 15, the Department of Environmental Protection announced it is accepting applications for 2 new grant and rebate programs for trucks and buses through the Driving PA Forward Initiative.

* EPA Awards $1.3 Million In Grants For Clean Diesel In Mid-Atlantic, Including PA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday announced funding for three clean diesel projects totaling $4.7 million to reduce air pollution from aging diesel engines in the Mid-Atlantic region.

* National Fuel Gas Company Accepts EPA Methane Challenge

National Fuel Gas Company and five of its subsidiaries, spanning all key sectors of the natural gas value chain, announced their recent acceptance into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program.

* PPL Utilities, GE Power To Test Software To Manage Renewable, Stored Energy Sources

PPL Electric Utilities and GE Power Digital Tuesday announced a joint initiative to develop and test software to manage and control electricity from renewable and stored energy sources.

* Leadership Opportunity: Pennsylvania Should Make Mine Water Geothermal A Key Part Of Its Clean Energy Transformation

By: Michael C. Korb, P.E., Senior Mining Engineer, Tetra Tech, Inc.

* Leadership Opportunity: Re-Imagining Energy: Generation, Storing, Catching Carbon, Built Environment, Pulling It All Together

By Penn State News

* Leadership Opportunity: Competitive Imperative: Choices For Pennsylvania’s Energy Future

By Christina Simeone, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy

* South Mountain Partnership Seeks Spirit Of South Mountain Award Nominations

The South Mountain Partnership is asking the public to submit nominations for the 7th Spirit of South Mountain Award covering Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, and York counties. The deadline for nominations is January 18.

* Pinchot State Forest District Meeting On Resource Management Plan Now Dec. 5 In Lackawanna County

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will now hold the public meeting on the Pinchot State Forest District Resource Management Plan on December 5 at the District Office, 1841 Abington Road, North Abington Township, Lackawanna County from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

* DCNR Holds Vendor Forum Dec. 14 For Denton Hill State Park, Potter County

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will hold a Vendor Forum for Denton Hill State Park in Potter County.

* Pocono Heritage Land Trust Tree Identification & Leaf Peeping Hike Nov. 18 In Monroe County

The Pocono Heritage Land Trust will host a Tree Identification and Leaf Peeping Hike on November 18 at the Pocono Creek Nature Preserve located at 219 Old Mill Road in Tannersville, Monroe County from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

* Conservation & Outdoor Recreation News From The Laurel Highlands

The latest issue of the Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape newsletter is now available from the PA Environmental Council featuring stories on outdoor recreation and conservation in the region.

* Nov. 14 Resource Newsletter From DCNR Now Available

The November 14 Resource newsletter is now available from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources featuring articles on--

* DCNR Accepting Bids For Former Buchanan Forest Office, Fulton County

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is accepting bids for the purchase of 0.71 acres of land and a building that was the Buchanan State Forest District Office, 440 Buchanan Trail, McConnellsburg in Fulton County.  The deadline for bids is December 20.  (formal notice)

* Help Wanted: PA Lake Management Society Executive Director

The PA Lake Management Society is seeking qualified individuals to fill the position of Executive Director.

* Help Wanted: Chester County Water Resources Authority: Planner

The Chester County Water Resources Authority is seeking candidates for a Water Resources Planner.    Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

* 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.

* 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.

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

Here are highlights of actions taken by agencies on environmental regulations, technical guidance and permits.

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* Sponsor: 2019 PA/National Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference

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