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August 10, 2020 Issue #841
* Ohio River Basin Alliance Discusses Threats To The Ohio River Watershed With PA Stakeholders In Online Forum; Calls For Action

On July 29, the Water Center at Penn hosted an online discussion between the Ohio River Basin Alliance and Southwestern Pennsylvania stakeholders to talk about the many challenges faced in the Ohio River Watershed, including abandoned mine drainage, legacy pollutants and contaminants, invasive species, habitat destruction, and climate change.

* Reminder: Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 Virtual Ohio River Basin Summit & Symposium Call For Presentations, Posters; Registration Open

The Ohio River Basin Consortium For Research and Education and the Ohio River Basin Alliance will be accepting presentation and student poster proposals for the virtual Ohio River Basin Summit and Symposium until August 15.

* CBF Blog: Why Is The Health Of Pennsylvania Streams Important For The Chesapeake Bay?

By B.J. Small, Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA

* PA Assn. For Sustainable Agriculture New Report On Managing Agricultural Lands For Clean & Safe Water

The PA Association for Sustainable Agriculture has issued a new report on Water Farming: Managing Agricultural Lands For Clean & Safe Water.

* Alliance For The Chesapeake Bay Year Of The Woman: Marylou Barton, Lancaster County

This month’s woman of the year [Alliance For The Chesapeake Bay] blog features a tremendously fierce and passionate leader from [Lancaster County,] Pennsylvania, Marylou Barton.

* DEP Works Thru Pandemic: 734 More Permits, 1,575 More Inspections Since Last Week

From March 16 to August 4, Department of Environmental Protection employees have been teleworking and using COVID-19 mitigation measures to continue to fulfill its mission.  DEP staff have--

* Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition Supports EPCAMR Partnership To Develop Solar Energy On Mine Reclamation Sites

On August 7, the Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition announced its investment in five projects in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Alabama as part of its inaugural mini-grant program.

* New Acid Mine Drainage Treatment Turns Waste Into Valuable Rare Earth Minerals

By Matthew Carroll, Penn State News

* Going Virtual! 2020 PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference Oct. 28-29

The organizers of the 2020 PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference have decided to bring the Conference to you online October 28-29.

* Registration Now Open For Keep PA Beautiful Pick Up Pennsylvania Litter Cleanup Events!

Keep PA Beautiful is now accepting registrations for local 2020 Pick Up Pennsylvania litter cleanup and beautiful events.  This year’s program runs from September 1 through November 30.

* DCNR Posts Overcrowding Alerts For Certain State Parks, Forests Because ‘Extraordinary’ Numbers Of People Are Using These Areas

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has posted an overcrowding alert for certain State Parks and Forests on its website as an “extraordinary” number of people is causing these areas to turn visitors away.

* DCNR Takes Steps To Address Overcrowding In Seven Tubs Recreation Area, Luzerne County

On August 2, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced a number of operational changes are being made at the Seven Tubs Recreation Area of Pinchot State Forest in Luzerne County to address safety related to the popularity of the site on weekends and when the weather is favorable.

* DCNR Good Natured Blog: Federal Land & Water Conservation Funding Made Permanent

Gettysburg National Military Park. The Appalachian Trail. Allegheny National Forest. The Flight 93 National Memorial. More than 1,200 state and local parks.

* DCNR Good Natured Blog: Bureau Of Forestry Celebrates 125 Years Of Conserving Penn's Woods

This year marks a milestone for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry -- as this summer, the bureau celebrates its 125th anniversary.

* DCNR Good Natured Pennsylvanians: David Ross, Friends Of State Line Serpentine Barrens

David Ross is a member of the Friends of the State Line Serpentine Barrens who works tirelessly to preserve one of Pennsylvania’s rarest ecosystems [a 60-square-mile, 38,400 acre area located in parts of Lancaster, Chester and Delaware counties.]

* PA Land Trust Assn. Recognizes John Theilacker, Brandywine Conservancy

The PA Land Trust Association recently recognized the Brandywine Conservancy’s John Theilacker, AICP Certified Planner, with an award for his 22 years of conservation advocacy and land use planning work throughout the Commonwealth.

* DEP Reports 3 More Counties With Mosquitoes Testing Positive For West Nile Virus

On August 7, the Department of Environmental Protection reported three more counties had mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile Virus-- Chester, Lehigh and Union counties.

* Spotted Lanternfly Task Force Brings Together Expertise Of Scientists, Agencies; Public Can Help!

By Amy Duke, Penn State News

* Pennsylvania Makes Strides To Protect Its Pollinators

By Myra McAdory, Alliance For The Chesapeake Bay

* Game Commission: Piping Plovers Finish 4th Nesting Season At Presque Isle State Park

On August 5, the Game Commission announced Pennsylvania’s piping plovers just finished a fourth consecutive successful nesting season at Presque Isle State Park in Erie.

* PA Capitol & COVID-19 Weekly Report: Election Law Fixes, Budget Are Priorities For Fall

[ In Politics, Everything Is Connected To Everything Else ] It’s already the second week in August and the Senate and House are beginning to talk about how they plan to deal with the two issues they need to get done this fall-- election law fixes so the November election goes smoothly and finishing the state budget.

* Senate/House Agenda/Session 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--

* Senators Yaw, Santarsiero Send Bipartisan Letter To PA Congressional Delegation To Include Abandoned Oil & Gas Well Plugging Funding In Next Federal Stimulus Bill

On July 29, Senators Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) and Steve Santarsiero (D-Bucks), the Majority and Minority Chairs of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation requesting dedicated federal funding for plugging abandoned and orphaned conventional oil and gas wells across the Commonwealth be included in the next federal stimulus bill.

* USDA NRCS-PA Now Accepting Applications For Regional Conservation Partnership Grants

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service-PA is inviting potential conservation partners to submit project applications for federal funding through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The deadline for applications is November 4.

* NRCS-PA: Assistance Available To Farmers Thru COVID-19 Food Assistance Program

Farmers and ranchers whose operations have been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic can apply for assistance through USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).

* Bay Journal: Large-Lot Housing Popping Up Across Pennsylvania Farmland

By Ad Crable, Chesapeake Bay Journal

* Crawford Conservation District Produces New Video About What Makes A Wetland

The Crawford County Conservation District has produced a new video describing a wetland and wetland systems and why they are so important to protecting water quality, preventing flooding and to promoting ecosystem biodiversity.

* DEP To Hold Aug. 25 Virtual Informal Conference On Glacial Sand & Gravel Mining Permit In Lawrence County

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold an August 25 Informal Conference On Glacial Sand & Gravel Permit Application Slippery Rock Township, Lawrence County at 1:00 p.m..

* Local Sewage Enforcement Officer Exams Rescheduled To September 28

The State Board for Certification of Sewage Enforcement Officers has rescheduled certification exams previously scheduled for August 10 to September 28.  (formal notice)

* Delaware River Basin Commission Climate Change Advisory Committee Met For First Time

The Delaware River Basin Commission Climate Change Advisory Committee met for the first time on August 4 to help inform DRBC’s future water resource planning efforts considering climate change and support development of a comprehensive study on climate impacts to the Basin’s water supply and water quality.

* PA Resources Council Holds Next Household Chemical Collection Event In Allegheny County Aug. 15

The PA Resources Council will host its next Household Chemical Collection Event in Allegheny County on August 15 to provide Pennsylvania residents with an opportunity to safely and cost effectively dispose of common chemicals such as cleaners, paints, stains and varnishes, batteries, motor oil and pesticides.

* PA Resources Council Now Accepting Entries To Gene Capaldi Lens On Litter Photo Contest

The PA Resources Council is now accepting entries to the annual Gene Capaldi Lens on Litter Photo Contest.  The deadline for entries is October 31.

* PA Environmental Council: Renewable Energy In Southwestern Pennsylvania

In 2017, the PA Environmental Council convened a dialogue on opportunities and challenges inherent in decarbonization of our state’s electric generation sector. That event spurred a number of issue-focused examinations of different policies and technologies including carbon pricing, grid modernization, carbon capture, and more.

* The July In Case You Missed It Now Available From PA Environmental Council

The PA Environmental Council’s In Case You Missed It In July is now available featuring articles on--

* Delaware Highlands Conservancy: Space Still Available For Virtual Women And Their Woods Educational Retreat

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy said space is still available and applications are open until August 15 for forest landowners and aspiring landowners from across the mid-Atlantic region to apply to attend a virtual Women and Their Woods educational retreat in fall 2020.

* Support The Foundation For Sustainable Forests On August 10 & 11 In Erie Gives, Crawford Gives Campaigns

The Foundation for Sustainable Forests is seeking to raise enough funding to protect 1,700 acres this year through the August 10 Erie Gives and August 10-11 Crawford Gives community campaigns.

* Brandywine Conservancy Releases Final Feasibility Study For The Brandywine Creek Water Trail

On August 3, the Brandywine Conservancy, in partnership with the Chester County Planning Commission, announced the completion of the Brandywine Creek Water Trail feasibility study.

* Brodhead Watershed Assn. Hosts Virtual Tour Of Skytop's Indian Ladder Falls In Monroe County

The Brodhead Watershed Association is hosting a virtual tour of Skytop's Indian Ladder Falls in Monroe County.

* August 5 Resource Newsletter Now Available From DCNR

The August 5 Resource newsletter is now available from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources featuring articles on--

* August 7 Take Five Fridays With Pam, PA Parks & Forests Foundation

The August 7 Take Five Fridays With Pam is now available from the PA Parks and Forests Foundation featuring articles on--

* Pennsylvania Sea Grant Awards $1.4 Million To Support Critical Aquatic Ecosystem, Watershed Research

The Pennsylvania Sea Grant Program announced the award of $1.4 million in funding for aquatic and watershed-related research in Pennsylvania.

* Penn State Biology Prof Awarded Grant Toward Researching Invasive Flathead Catfish In Susquehanna River

By Joe Dolinsky, Penn State News

* Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Flies Into Fall With Annual Autumn Migration Kick-Off Aug. 15

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Berks County  invites visitors to watch and monitor the annual passage of raptor migrants as they move south during the Autumn Hawk Watch, held daily August 15 through December 15, at the Sanctuary’s famous North Lookout.

* PA Wildlife Federation Donates $1,500 For Wildlife Rehab Center Lead Test Kits

Pennsylvania Wildlife Federation, the educational arm of PA Federation of Sportsmen and Conservationists awarded three $500 grants to regional wildlife rehabilitation centers across Pennsylvania. 

* Lancaster Conservancy Hosts Aug. 10 Clean Water Careers Online Event For Lancaster Water Week

The Lancaster Conservancy is holding an August 10 Clean Water Careers online event as part of Lancaster Water Week, hosted by Lancaster Clean Water Partners, from Noon to 1:00 p.m.

* Help Wanted: PA Assn. Of Conservation Districts Agriculture Conservation Technician, Clarion

The PA Association of Conservation Districts is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Agriculture Conservation Technician based in Clarion.

* Help Wanted: Trout Unlimited - Mid-Atlantic Organizer

Trout Unlimited is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Mid-Atlantic Organizer to lead campaigns to protect important Goldwater habitats.

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* Going Virtual! PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference Oct. 28-29

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