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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
July 25, 2005
(7/22/2005)
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* Portion of State Forest Named for the Late Rep. Russell P. Letterman
Rep. Camille "Bud" George, Democratic chairman of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, this week announced almost 5,000 acres of the Sproul State Forest in northwestern Clinton County will be named the "Russell P. Letterman Wild Area" in honor of the of the late state representative and sportsman.
* Amount of Out-of State Waste Disposed in PA Decreases, In-State Up
The Department of Environmental Protection this week reported the total amount of waste disposed in Pennsylvania landfills dropped in 2004, decreasing from 25.39 million tons in 2003 to 25.18 million tons last year.
* State Reports First Positive Human Case of West Nile Virus
The departments of Agriculture, Health and Environmental Protection this week reported the first positive human case of West Nile Virus and the first positive mosquito pool for the 2005 season.
* Source Water Protection Workshops to be Held July 26, 27 & 28
Learn what you can do to protect your drinking water in a series of three workshops around the state sponsored by the League of Women Voters Water Resources Education Network.
* EPA Sponsoring Watershed Funding Workshop on August 3
EPA’s Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds Sustainable Finance Team is sponsoring a half-day Watershed Funding Workshop on August 3 from 12:30 to 4:30 pm for Washington, D.C. area watershed organizations.
* Natural Stream Channel Design Guidelines Available from Keystone Stream Team
Pennsylvania’s Keystone Stream Team has developed and published Natural Stream Channel Design Guidelines.
* Comments Invited on South Fork Beech Creek TMDL
The Department of Environmental Protection is inviting comments on the proposed Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) plan for the South Fork Beech Creek Watershed in Centre County.
* Fish & Boat Commission Announces Boating Facilities Grants, Calls for Projects
The Fish and Boat Commission this week awarded more than $1.8 million in grants to 22 municipalities to develop, improve or rehabilitate public recreational boat launches and encouraged eligible public entities to apply for a second round of funding through the Boating Facilities Grant Program.
* Scholarships Available for 2005 National Conference on Urban Ecosystems
The USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry program is offering scholarship funds to individuals from minority and underrepresented groups for registration to attend the National Conference on Urban Ecosystems on November 17-18 in Charlotte, N.C.
* New Environmental Research Fellowship Opportunities Available from EPA
Approximately 100 new fellowships will be awarded for research in environmental fields of study through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program.
* USDA Loan Funds for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Available
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it has up to $200 million in guaranteed loan funds available for investments in renewable energy systems and energy efficient improvements by agriculture producers and rural small businesses.
* HBG Regional Economic Dev Group Sponsors Renewable Energy Conference
The Regional Economic Development District of Southcentral Pennsylvania is sponsoring a conference on August 23 and 24 in Harrisburg on “Renewable Energy - a Pennsylvania Reality.”
* Nominations Sought for EPA Clean Air Excellence Awards Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting nominations for its sixth Clean Air Excellence Awards through August 31.
* Brownfields, Environmental Cleanup Projects Funded by CFA
The Commonwealth Financing Authority this week approved construction and planning grants totaling over $20.8 million for 15 projects through the Business in Our Sites (BOS) program. Four of the projects funded were brownfield or environmental cleanup projects.
* Partners Providing 'Better Models' Book to Inspire Ideas for Livable Communities
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, in partnership with the Department of Community and Economic Development and The Conservation Fund, released a 134-page book “Better Models for Communities in Pennsylvania” this week intended as a tool for local governments to encourage development that makes their communities more attractive, livable and prosperous.
* Southwestern PA is a Finalist in Rural Heritage Development Program
Southwestern Pennsylvania was selected as one of four finalists for two demonstration grants for the Rural Heritage Development Initiative Regions Program.
* Somerset County Recognizes Flight 93 Memorial Design Project
The Somerset County Planning Commission recognized the Flight 93 Memorial Design and Development Concepts Project with one of two special land development and planning awards this week.
* Final Aerial Deer Survey Results Help DCNR Chart Forest Regeneration Efforts
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources this week announced it has completed the analysis of an aerial white-tailed deer survey of state forestlands that should prove an important tool in ensuring future forest regeneration and healthy habitat for deer and other wildlife.
* Fish & Boat Commission Elects New Officers
Commissioners Richard Czop and Howard “Gary” Pflugfelder, Jr. were elected President and Vice President, respectively, of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission at the board’s July 19 meeting.
* SRBC Seeks Contractor to Assess Deer Creek Watershed
The Susquehanna River Basin Commission is seeking a qualified contractor to conduct a study of Deer Creek Watershed in southern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The study will include an assessment, evaluation of the anticipated water demand projected 10-to-25 years into the future, and help develop a list of stakeholders.
* Taking Positive Action - Worms Help Granville Twp. Turn Biosolids into Exceptional Quality Compost
Granville Township in Mifflin County may only serve 5,000 people and local businesses, but it’s the first wastewater system in the United States to use vermiculture – worms – to turn its Exceptional Quality biosolids into a compost product it can sell.
* Environmental Heritage: Quecreek Mine Rescue Anniversary Focuses on Preserving History
This year’s anniversary of the Quecreek Mine Rescue highlights the effort to preserve the Sipesville Fire Hall where family and friends gathered to await the fate of the nine miners trapped when the Quecreek Mine flooded in 2002.
* Quick Clips
NewsClips from around Pennsylvania on a variety of environmental topics--
* Watershed NewsClips
A sampling of NewsClips on watershed issues from around the state-
* Regulations
The Department of Agriculture published a correction to its proposed changes to the CHEMSWEEP Program regulations.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Environmental Protection published draft technical guidance on community water system design.
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