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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
January 7, 2019 Issue #758
* Senate Republican Leader Warns Of Significant Budget Challenges; House Republicans Of Need For More Government Oversight

On January 1, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) used his remarks opening the new 2019-20 legislative session to warn of significant challenges ahead for this year’s state budget.

* New Republican Chair Of House Environmental Committee Wants To Downsize PA’s Job-Killing Regulatory Environment

On January 2, the House Speaker named Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) as the new Republican Chair of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

* Republican Chair Of House Game & Fisheries Committee To Push For Hunter, Angler Fee Legislation

On January 3, Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-York), the returning Republican Chair of the House Game and Fisheries Committee, said he's ready to "take another swing" at moving legislation to allow the Game and Fish and Boat Commissions to set their own fees.

* Rep. Rapp To Make Full Lyme Disease Treatment Coverage A Priority As Republican House Health Committee Chair

On January 3, Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren), the Republican Chair of the House Health Committee, said she would be making legislation requiring health insurers to cover treatment plans for Lyme Disease or related tick-borne illnesses a priority-- House Bill 174 from last session.

* Senators Killion, Dinniman Introduce Comprehensive Bipartisan Pipeline Bill Package

On January 2, Senators Tom Killion (R-Delaware) and Andy Dinniman (D-Chester) announced they will introduce a comprehensive legislative package aimed at reforming Pennsylvania’s pipeline regulatory process to improve safety at schools and in local neighborhoods and communities.

* CFA Begins Accepting Applications For Act 13 Watershed Restoration, Mine Reclamation, Sewage, Flood Mitigation, Recreation Grants Feb. 1

The Commonwealth Financing Authority will begin accepting applications for grants funded by Act 13 drilling impact fees for watershed restoration, abandoned mine drainage abatement, baseline water quality data, orphaned or abandoned well plugging, sewage facilities, flood mitigation programs and recreation on February 1. 

* DCNR Begins Accepting Community Conservation, Recreation, Trail, Riparian Buffer Grant Applications Jan. 22, Webinars Set

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will begin accepting applications January 22 for local land conservation, recreation, riparian buffer project grants under the Community Conservation Partnership Grant Program

* Fish & Boat Commission Survey Finds Abundant Smallmouth Bass, Channel Catfish Populations In Lower Susquehanna; Doesn’t Mean Bass Problems Are Over

On December 31, the Fish and Boat Commission announced recent surveys by Commission biologists concluded the Susquehanna River is home to a healthy, abundant population of smallmouth bass and channel catfish.

* Application Deadlines Set For CFA Green Building, Alternative, Renewable Energy Grants

The Commonwealth Financing Authority is now accepting applications for its High Performance Building and Renewable Energy Grant Programs throughout 2019. 

* StateImpact PA Holds Public Climate Forum On A Zero Carbon Future In Pittsburgh Jan. 29

StateImpact Pennsylvania will host a public forum on The Future Of Energy: Can We Get To Zero Carbon? on January 29 at the Energy Innovation Center, 1435 Bedford Avenue in Pittsburgh from 6:15 to 8:30.

* Half-Ton PA Farm Show Butter Sculpture Unveiled, Will Again Be Turned Into Renewable Energy

On January 3, Gov. Tom Wolf, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, members of the American Dairy Association Northeast and Land O'Lakes unveiled the 2019 PA Farm Show butter sculpture-- "Find Your Power - Choose PA Dairy."

* Senate/House Co-Sponsor Memos/Session Schedule/Gov’s Schedule

House and Senate Co-Sponsorship Memos

* December Revenue Collections $70.1 Million Over Estimates; $403.7 Million Over Estimates For The Year

On January 2, the Department of Revenue reported Pennsylvania collected $2.9 billion in General Fund revenue in December, which was $70.1 million, or 2.5 percent, more than anticipated.

* January Joint Conservation Committee Newsletter Now Available

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

* DEP Announces 6 Grants To Reduce Stormwater Pollution, Restore Streams, Install Buffers In Beaver, Bradford, Dauphin Counties

On January 3 and 4, the Department of Environmental Protection announced the award of 6 Growing Greener Grants to install a riparian buffers and stabilize a stream bank in Beaver County, reduce sediment and nutrient pollution in Bradford County and reduce stormwater runoff pollution in Dauphin County.

* Monroe, Pike Conservation Districts Hold Water Quality Permitting, Green Infrastructure, Invasive Species Workshop Feb. 5 & 6 In Monroe

The Monroe and Pike Conservation Districts will host a 2019 NPDES The Big Picture Workshop on February 5 and 6 at Keystone Hall and Gallery, Room 202, Northampton Community College - Monroe Campus, 2411 Rte. 715 in Tannersville.

* DEP Invites Comments On New Erosion & Sedimentation Control Manual For Farm Operations

The Department of Environmental Protection is inviting public comments on a new proposed Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Manual for Agricultural Operations in the January 5 PA Bulletin.

* Registration Open! Pennsylvania Riparian Forest Buffer Summit Feb. 20-21

Registration is now open for the DCNR and Western PA Conservancy Riparian Forest Buffer Summit on February 20-21 at the Best Western Premier Conference Center, 800 East Park Drive in Harrisburg.

* Stroud/Farm Credit: Healthy Soil, Healthy Water Film About Local Farmers Improving Their Bottom Lines Jan. 17

The Stroud Water Research Center and Farm Credit in Chester County will host a January 17 showing of Lay Of The Land: Healthy Soil, Healthy Water documentary about local Pennsylvania farmers sharing their experiences of how best management practices improve their bottom line and improve water quality.

* Pittsburgh’s Hilltop Urban Farm Accepting Applications For Farmers To Farm Rehabilitated Land

The Hilltop Urban Farm, a 23-acre urban farm nonprofit in the City of Pittsburgh, is accepting applications from experienced urban farmers to farm 5.75 rehabilitated urban acres under its 2019 Pilot Farmer Incubation Program.

* Pittsburgh Water Authority Replaced 2,048 Lead Water Service Lines In 2018, Surpassing DEP Goal

On January 3, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority announced its Community Lead Response Program replaced 2,048 water service lines made of lead in 2018, surpassing DEP’s replacement goal by 565 lines

* Applications Due For DEP Municipal, Hazardous Waste Host Municipality Inspector Grants March 31

The Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting applications for reimbursements under the Municipal Waste and Hazardous Waste Facility Host Municipality Inspector Programs for the 2018 calendar year.  The deadline for applications is March 31.  (Jan. 5 PA Bulletin, page 73)

* PA Resources Council: Looking Back At 2018 Accomplishments

As 2018 comes to a close, the PA Resources Council would like to thank all of its supporters, patrons and partners for contributing to their work of protecting Pennsylvania's natural resources.

* PA Environmental Council: In Case You Missed It In December

The In Case You Missed It In December newsletter is now available from the PA Environmental Council featuring stories on--

* DEP/Health Encourage Pennsylvanians To Test Homes For Radon

On January 2, the departments of Environmental Protection and Health encouraged Pennsylvanians to start off the new year by conducting a simple test of their homes for radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer.

* PA One Call Damage Prevention Committee Takes Enforcement Action Against 42

On January 3, the Public Utility Commission announced the PA One Call Damage Prevention Committee this month filed disciplinary action against 42 facility owners, excavators and project owners during its second meeting in Harrisburg.

* FERC Issues Environmental Assessment For Adelphia Natural Gas Pipeline Project Finding No Significant Impact

On January 4, Adelphia Gateway, LLC announced the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff issued its Environmental Assessment for the Adelphia Gateway Pipeline Project recommending the FERC Certificate Order for the Project contain a finding of no significant environmental impact.

* Cumberland Valley TU Accepting Applications For Rivers Conservation & Fly-Fishing Youth Camp June 16-21

The Cumberland Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited is now accepting applications for the 25th Anniversary Rivers Conservation and Fly-Fishing Youth Camp to be held June 16-21 for boys and girls between 14 and 17. 

* PA Historical & Museum Commission Accepting Applications For Keystone Fund Historic, Archaeological Protection Grants

On January 3, the PA Historical and Museum Commission announced it is now accepting applications from nonprofit organizations and local governments for the Keystone Historic Preservation Grant Program.  The deadline for applications is March 1.

* Dept. Of Health, University Of Pittsburgh School Of Public Health Award 11 Grants To Improve Walking, Biking Opportunities

On January 3, the Department of Health and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health selected 11 communities to receive grants to assist with the development of active transportation plans and policies promoting walking and biking.

* Call For Proposals: PA Greenways & Trails Summit Sept. 22-24 At Shippensburg University

The organizers of the 2019 PA Greenways and Trails Summit to be held September 22-24 at the Conference Center at Shippensburg University have issued a call for presentation proposals.

* Game Commission Accepting Seedling Orders To Improve Game Habitat Jan. 7, Seedlings For Schools Feb. 4

On January 7, the Game Commission's Howard Nursery will start accepting online orders for tree and shrub seedlings from landowners to help improve game habitat.

* DCNR, Penn State Extension Forest Health, Insect & Disease Briefing March 19 In State College

Penn State Extension, in partnership with DCNR's Bureau of Forestry, Division of Forest Health will hold the 38th Annual Forest Health, Inspect and Disease Briefing on March 19 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

* 4th Biennial Forest Landowners Conference, Working Woods For Today & Tomorrow March 22-23 In State College

The Penn State Center For Private Forests and other partners will host the 4th Biennial Forest Landowners Conference March 22-23 with the theme of Working Woods For Today And Tomorrow at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College.

* Pinchot Institute Report: Helping Your Woodland Adapt To A Changing Climate

Forest stewardship in the Upper Delaware River Region can help to mitigate the effects of a changing climate and save landowners time and money, according to a report issued by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation.

* The Nature Conservancy: A Natural Path To U.S. Climate Change Action

A new report released by The Nature Conservancy in November examines the country’s potential to implement natural solutions-- such as growing taller trees, improving soil health, protecting grasslands and restoring coastal wetlands-- to increase carbon storage and reduce greenhouse gas pollution.

* Western PA Conservancy Protects 490 Acres In Allegheny, Cameron, Fayette, Mercer, Somerset Counties

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy recently protected a total of 490 acres in 4  different transactions in Allegheny, Cameron, Fayette, Mercer and Somerset counties.

* John Brosious Retiring From PA Municipal Authorities Assn; Jennie Shade Named Director Of Government Relations

The PA Municipal Authorities Association recently named Jennie Shade Director of Government Relations who is responsible for the Association’s statewide government relations services.

* Help Wanted: Keep PA Beautiful Development & Marketing Manager

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is seeking qualified candidates to fill a full-time Development and Marketing Manager based in Greensburg, Westmoreland County to work in partnership with the Executive Director and Director of Programs to oversee the organization’s overall development and marketing strategies.  The deadline for applications is January 27.  Click Here for all the details.

* 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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