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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
November 26, 2018 Issue #752
(11/26/2018)
* PA Chesapeake Bay Watershed Planning Steering Committee Takes No Action On Stormwater Recommendations

On November 20, the PA Chesapeake Bay Watershed Planning Steering Committee heard a presentation and discussed recommendations by the Stormwater Workgroup, but took no formal action.

* Western PA Conservancy Now Accepting Dominion Energy Watershed Mini Grant Applications

On November 19, the Western PA Conservancy is now accepting applications for the Dominion Energy Watershed Mini Grant Program to support grassroots watershed groups.  Applications are due December 28.

* Save The Date: PA Riparian Forest Buffer Summit Feb. 20-21

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Western PA Conservancy will be hosting a Riparian Forest Buffer Summit on February 20-21 at the Best Western Premier Conference Center, 800 East Park Drive in Harrisburg.

* Governor's PFAS Action Team Public Meeting Nov. 30 In Harrisburg

On November 19, the Governor's PFAS Action Team announced it will hold a public meeting in Harrisburg on November 30  to help residents learn more about contamination problems from perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

* PA Supreme Court Agrees To Review Rule Of Capture Decision Saying Taking Natural Gas Without Permission Is Trespass

On November 20, the PA Supreme Court agreed to review the PA Superior Court ruling in April saying Southwestern Energy drilling company trespassed on the property of Susquehanna County landowners by taking natural gas from an adjacent property without permission through its unconventional drilling operations.

* DCNR Conservation & Natural Resources Advisory Council To Discuss Mock Drill Pad Restoration Project Nov. 28

DCNR’s Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Council is scheduled to meet on November 28 to hear an update on mock well pad restoration research by the Bureau of Forestry in the Tiadaghton State Forest.

* Western PA Conservancy Works To Introduce A Natural Predator To The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

There are dozens of Western PA Conservancy properties where eastern hemlocks, the state tree, dominate forests as key ecological features.

* KaBOOM!, Keurig Dr Pepper, Pittsburgh Penguins Announce Winners Of Let's Play Everywhere Challenge, $200,000 In Grants Awarded In Allegheny County

On November 20, KaBOOM!, the national nonprofit dedicated to giving all kids the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play, Keurig Dr Pepper and the Pittsburgh Penguins announced winners of the Let's Play Everywhere Challenge in Allegheny County.

* Natural Lands: Stoneleigh Property In Montgomery County Safe From School District Condemnation

Thanks to a groundswell of public support-- consisting of vocal community members, Township officials, members of the General Assembly, the Lower Merion Conservancy, and many others—Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden is no longer at risk of being developed, according to Natural Lands Tuesday.

* Shop Small, Shop Sustainable During This Holiday Season In Western PA

‘Tis the season for giving! This week marks the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, including Small Business Saturday on November 24.

* Clean Creek Pottery Showcases Reuse Of Materials Recovered From Acid Mine Drainage

Looking for a holiday gift that will please the most discriminating taste and help the environment? Consider pottery products from Clean Creek.

* Gov. Gifford Pinchot's Grey Towers Holiday Tours, Programs In Pike County

Gov. Gifford Pinchot’s Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, Pike County will offer guided holiday tours of all three floors of the decorated mansion from December 3 through 16 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m..

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule [Updated]/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--

* Senate Democratic Policy Committee Hearing Nov. 28 In Pittsburgh On Climate Change

On November 28, the Senate Democratic Policy Committee will hold a hearing in Pittsburgh on Addressing Climate Change In Pennsylvania By Controlling Carbon Emissions.

* Auditor General DePasquale Urges National Strategy On Climate Change

On November 21, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale issued the following statement calling for a national strategy on climate change after smoke from California’s wildfires overspread the nation.

* 4th National Climate Assessment: Climate Change Is Human Caused; Flooding, Wildfires, Health Impacts, Infrastructure, Economic Damage Will Increase Without Action

The federal Global Change Research Act of 1990 mandates that the U.S. Global Change Research Program deliver a report to Congress and the President no less than every four years.

* PA Environmental Council: Save The Federal Land & Water Conservation Fund

With Congress returning for a lame-duck session, one of the most important environmental issues on their agenda is reauthorization of the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.

* Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership Names Brenda Sieglitz New Manager

The Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership has named Brenda Sieglitz as its first manager effective November 26.

* PA Highlands Coalition Webinar Dec. 10: What Is Nature Worth? Return On Environmental Studies, Economic Value Of The Outdoors

The PA Highlands Coalition will host a December 10 webinar on What Is Nature Worth? Return On Environmental Studies And The Economic Value Of The Outdoors from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

* Schuylkill Action Network 2018 Progress Report, 15th Anniversary Progress Report

The Schuylkill Action Network recently released two important reports documenting progress in meeting its water quality improvement goals--

* Feature: Motivations Matter In Sustainable Agriculture Decisions

By: Shelly Dehoff, National Wildlife Federation’s Cover Crop Champions Program

* Stroud, PECO, Kennett Schools Bring STEM To Students In Chester County

Thanks to the support of PECO, Stroud Water Research Center in Chester County was able to share science and STEM education to students participating in Kennett Consolidated School District’s After-The-Bell program.

* DEP Blog: Students Explore Coal Heritage, Watershed Restoration Possibilities In Northumberland County

By: Megan Lehman, DEP Northcentral Regional Office

* PA Assn. Of Environmental Professionals Accepting Applications For College Scholarships

On November 19, the PA Association of Environmental Professionals announced they are now accepting applications for two $1,000 college scholarships.  The deadline for applications is February 4.

* PA American Water Urges Customers To Prepare Now For Cold Weather To Avoid Frozen Pipes

With forecasted below-freezing temperatures coming soon, PA American Water Tuesday urged homeowners to act now to prevent frozen and damaged household pipes.

* DEP Holds Dec. 28 Hearing [If Needed] On Lebanon County Fine Particulate Standard Plan

The Department of Environmental Protection is proposing to redesignate the Lebanon County Nonattainment Area as being in compliance with the federal fine particulate air pollution standard with the implementation of a 10 year maintenance plan. (formal notice)

* PUC Announces PA One Call Enforcement Actions For Hitting Pipelines, Utilities During Construction

On November 16, the Public Utility Commission filed disciplinary action against 68 facility owners, excavators and project owners during the first meeting of the PA One Call Damage Prevention Committee in Harrisburg.

* Penn State Extension Webinar Dec. 13: Unconventional Oil & Gas: Bringing Trusted Science To Decision-Making

Penn State Extension will host a December 13 webinar on Unconventional Oil & Gas: Bringing Trusted Science To Decision-Making from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

* DEP Holds Info Session/Hearing Dec. 12 On Amerikohl Revtai Mining, Reclamation Project Water Quality Permit In Fayette County

On November 19, the Department of Environmental Protection announced it will hold a public information session and hearing on December 12 on the draft discharge permit for the Amerikohl Revtai mining and reclamation project in Fayette County.

* Harrisburg Capitol Complex To Save $1.2 Million Annually From Energy Efficiency Program

On November 20, Department of General Services Secretary Curt Topper kicked off an $18 million energy efficiency program at the Capitol Complex in Harrisburg that will generate an estimated $1.2 million in annual savings.

* New Microgrid Guide To Assist Hybrid Fossil Fuel, Renewable Energy Systems, Nov. 28 Workshop

On November 19, Penn State’s Department of Architectural Engineering announced the release of an introductory guide for those in the Pennsylvania interested in conceiving, developing and financing ‘hybrid’ fossil fuel and renewable energy systems.

* KEEA Healthcare Industry Forum On Energy Efficiency March 5-6 In State College

The Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance will hold a Healthcare Industry Forum On Energy Efficiency March 5-6 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, State College, Centre County.

* DCNR Opens More PA State Forest Roads For Deer Hunters This Season

On November 21, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced new hunting grounds in State Forests and Parks will be available to Pennsylvania deer hunters November 26, if they take advantage of additional state forest road access in 18 of the 20 state forest districts.

* Save The Date: April 5 Wildlife For Everyone We Love Wild Things & Wild Places Gala

The Wildlife For Everyone Foundation will host its 2019 We Love Wild Things And Wild Places Gala on April 5.

* Emil Bove Named To Westmoreland Conservation District Board

Emil A. Bove, president of Bove Engineering Company of Greensburg, was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Westmoreland County Conservation District.

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

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