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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
February 8, 2021 Issue #867
* 90% Of Voters Want MORE Funding For Critical Environmental, Conservation Programs & Local Projects-- Whose Budget Proposal Does That?

90 percent of voters want MORE funding for critical environmental and conservation programs.

* CBF: Pennsylvania's Budget Proposal Does Little To Address Chronic Underfunding For Cleaning Up Water Pollution

On February 4, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA issued the following statement from Pennsylvania Executive Director Shannon Gority, in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s $37.8 billion General Fund budget proposal for fiscal year 2021-22.

* Wolf Budget Proposes Energy Communities Trust Fund To Ease Transition Of Workers, Communities Impacted By Power Plant Closures

On February 3, Gov. Tom Wolf’s FY 2021-22 budget includes one new environmental and energy proposal to create an Energy Communities Trust Fund to provide direct support to dislocated workers and communities experiencing impacts from the closure of existing power plants.

* AP: Senate, House Operating Costs Soared In 2019-20; Surplus Grew To Over $200 Million

On February 4, the Associated Press reported the money the Senate and House spend to operate their own offices grew by more than $30 million in 2019-20 and they added $28 million to their own operating surplus, which is now over $200 million.

* 20 New Stories - What REAL Environmental & Conservation Leadership Looks Like In PA

There are 20 stories in this week’s PA Environment Digest that show the leadership of legislators, land trusts, forestry groups, river groups, farmers, anglers, an oil and gas well company, a newspaper, DCNR rangers, a museum, wildlife agencies, solar energy pioneers, environmental policy groups and the head of a state energy agency honoring Black History Month.

* Franklin Kury Previews Upcoming Book Celebrating 50th Anniversary Of PA’s Environmental Rights Amendment

By John Zaktansky, Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper

* Hollow Oak Land Trust Celebrates 30 Years Of Protecting & Connecting Greenspace In Western PA

The Hollow Oak Land Trust began its mission in 1991 to protect greenspace in the Pittsburgh Airport corridor long before one current board member was even born!

* Buck Hill Conservation Foundation Helps Protect Forests For The Future In Monroe County

By Carol Hillestad, Brodhead Watershed Association

* Shenango River In NW PA Named Pennsylvania 2021 River Of The Year

On February 1, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the PA Organization for Waterways and Rivers (POWR) announced the Shenango River in Crawford, Lawrence and Mercer counties has been voted the state’s 2021 River of the Year.

* Diverse Group Of Agriculture, Conservation Partners Launch Project To Help Farmers Install Conservation Practices In 3 Watersheds In Lancaster, Dauphin & Lebanon Counties

A diverse set of agriculture and conservation partners has launched a project in the Chiques, Conoy and Conewago watersheds in Lancaster, Dauphin and Lebanon counties to provide sampling and data collection, outreach, technical assistance, and funding assistance to interested farmers.

* Forbes Trail Chapter Of Trout Unlimited, Partners To Study Fish, Habitat Health In Linn Run Watershed, Westmoreland County

On February 4, the Forbes Trail Chapter of Trout Unlimited announced it will begin an extensive two-year study of wild trout in Linn Run near Rector, Westmoreland County. 

* State, Local Partners Made Record Progress In 2nd Year Of Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan

On February 3, the departments of Environmental Protection, Agriculture, and Conservation and Natural Resources announced state and local partners made record progress in 2020 on the Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plan to improve the health of Pennsylvania’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

* York Daily Record/USA Today Special Report: PA’s Polluted Susquehanna River Is Poisoning The Chesapeake Bay - What Can Be Done

On February 3, the York Daily Record and USA Today published a Special Report - Pennsylvania’s Polluted Susquehanna River Is Poisoning The Chesapeake Bay - What Can Be Done.

* Good Samaritan Proposal To Plug Orphan Oil & Gas Well In Bradford County

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the February 6 PA Bulletin it has received a proposal under the Environmental Good Samaritan Act to plug and abandon oil and gas well in Stevens Township, Bradford County from SWN Production Company. (PA Bulletin page.720)

* DCNR Good Natured Pennsylvanians: Tributes To Patrick J. Solano From DCNR

On a muggy late August day in 2016, the temperature was climbing as a group of several hundred awaited the chance to applaud the guest of honor. It was the official opening of the Patrick J. Solano Environmental Education Center at Frances Slocum State Park, and probably each attendee had a different reason for being there.

* DCNR Rangers Answered The Call To Help Protect PA Capitol Buildings

Almost since the outset of the pandemic in late March, DCNR’s headquarters-- the Rachel Carson State Office Building-- has been largely unoccupied. That changed in the wake of the January 6 protesters’ attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

* Carnegie Museum Of Natural History Study Shows Use Of Digitized Museum Data And Citizen Science Results Are Launching Biodiversity Research Into A New Era

On February 2, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh released the results of its study of thousands of peer-reviewed studies showing how using digitized museum specimen data and scientific information gathered by citizen scientists together empowers research into the Earth’s biodiversity in ways not otherwise possible.

* Piping Plover From Presque Isle State Park In Erie Spotted At Honeymoon Island State Park In Dunedin, Florida

On February 1, Mia Majetschak, an Advanced Master Naturalist in Florida, reported to PA Environment Digest one of the endangered Piping Plovers from Presque Isle State Park in Erie is healthy and well at Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin, along the Gulf Coast in Florida near Tampa.

* PA Solar Center To Recognize Solar Energy Leaders In Central PA On Feb. 11

The Pennsylvania Solar Center will host the first Lodestar Awards ceremony at a virtual event on February 11 to recognize businesses, organizations, and municipalities in Central Pennsylvania with the foresight and vision to successfully go solar, as well as those who support or work in the solar industry.

* PA Environmental Council Renews Call For Pennsylvania To Lead On Climate Change And Reducing Carbon Pollution

The PA Environment Council is again calling on state government to take action to reduce carbon pollution through an updated Climate and Energy Policy Recommendations report for the 2021-22 legislative session..

* PUC Chair Dutrieuille Honors Strength & Impact Of Black Families As PA’s Black History Month Celebrations Begin

On February 4, Public Utility Commission Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille today paid special tribute to the strength and impact of the Black Family, which is the national theme for this year’s recognition of Black History Month:

* Call For Presentations, Award Nominations, Registration: 2021 Virtual Riparian Forest Buffer Summit March 10-11

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Western PA Conservancy have issued a call for presentations and registrations and are accepting nominations for the Watershed Forestry Leadership Award as part of the 2021 virtual Riparian Forest Buffer Summit to be held March 10-11.

* DEP Works Thru Pandemic: 575 More Permits, 2,100 More Inspections Since Last Week

From March 16 to February 2, Department of Environmental Protection employees have been teleworking and using COVID-19 mitigation measures to continue to fulfill its mission.  DEP staff have--

* DEP Lifts Drought Advisories Statewide, Hydrologic Conditions Return To Normal

On February 4, after a meeting of the Commonwealth Drought Task Force, the Department of Environmental Protection returned to normal status the final counties on drought watch: Centre, Clearfield, and Clinton. Hydrologic conditions are now normal statewide.

* PA Environmental Council Updated Survey Shows Trail Use Increased 17% In 2020, Some Trails By Over 150%

On February 3, the PA Environmental Council released an updated report on trail use across the state and how it was affected by the pandemic and found a 17 percent increase in use during 2020 with individual trails recording over 150 percent increases.

* PA Wilds Outdoor Discovery Atlas Showcases Rural Region's Unique Recreation, Travel Destination Assets

On February 3, the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship released a new online and print PA Wilds Outdoor Discovery Atlas of travel inspiration and useful details for navigating to some of the region’s most popular destinations as well as other points of interest.

* Vote For 5 Pennsylvania Trails In USA Today 10Best Recreational Trails Competition!

Vote today for five Pennsylvania trails included in the USA Today 10Best Competition for recreation, riverwalk and urban kayaking trails.  Voting ends February 15.

* DCNR Receives Favorable Audit Of Sustainable Management Practices In 4 State Forest Districts

On February 3, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced DCNR had received two favorable independent audit reports on four State Forest Districts deeming them soundly managed as sustainable woodlands.

* DCNR Blog: Telling Untold Stories In Pennsylvania’s State Parks And Forests

By Emily Hendrickson, DCNR Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator

* PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report: Budget Address, $912 Million In Relief On The Way; Ending Emergencies By Doing Nothing

[ Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else ] A $912 million relief package for business, individuals and school districts, fueled by federal funding, cleared the General Assembly in a bipartisan flurry and was signed into law immediately Friday by Gov. Wolf.

* Senate/House Bills Moving Last Week

The following bills of interest saw action last week in the House and Senate--

* Bills On Governor's Desk

The following bills were given final approval by the Senate and House and are now on the Governor's desk for action--

* Senate/House Agenda/Session 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--

* House Budget Hearings Begin Feb. 16, Senate Hearings Start March 8

The  Senate Appropriations Committee and House Appropriations Committee announced their schedule of hearings on Gov. Wolf’s FY 2021-22 budget request.  The hearing schedule is frequently changed, of course.

* Republicans On Senate Environmental Committee Approve Letter Urging IRRC To Disapprove Reg. Reducing Carbon Pollution From Power Plants

On February 3, the Republicans on the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee approved a letter to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission recommending they disapprove of a proposed Environmental Quality Board regulation reducing Carbon Pollution from Power Plants.

* Op-Ed: A Realistic Climate Agenda For Pennsylvania

By Rep. Greg Vitali, Democratic Chair, House Environmental Committee

* EPA Settles With City Of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority On Stormwater Violations

On February 5, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a settlement with the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority that will require them to adhere to a schedule of corrective actions to address stormwater inspection and enforcement violations.

* Appalachian Regional Commission: Applications For POWER Grants To Help Communities Impacted By Loss Of Jobs From Declining Coal Industry

The Appalachian Regional Commission will soon be accepting applications for grants under the POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Program to help communities and regions affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries.

* Agriculture Reminds Farmers To Apply For First-Come, First-Served REAP Farm Conservation Tax Credits

On February 5, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding reminded farmers to apply by March 1 for $13 million in tax credits to help pay for conservation measures to improve soil and water quality through the Resource Enhancement and Protection Program.

* Southwestern PA Water Resource Center Hosts 2 Webinars On Green Infrastructure, Floodplain & Stormwater Management

The Southwestern PA Commission's Water Resource Center has scheduled two webinars in February and March on green infrastructure and floodplain & stormwater management from Noon to 1:00 p.m.--

* Pike Conservation District: Road Salt & Freshwater; Pocono Environmental Ed Center Hike; Spotted Lanternfly Update; Invasive Species Month

The February newsletter from the Pike County Conservation District features articles on several important conservation issues in the County.

* Lancaster Clean Water Partners Host Lunch & Learn Webinars On Stormwater Thru April

Lancaster Clean Water Partners are hosting a 5-part Lunch & Learn webinar series on MS4 Stormwater Management issues February 11 through April 8 starting at Noon on Thursdays.

* Capital Resource Conservation & Development Council Offers Grazing Management Support To Livestock Producers

On February 3, the Capital Resource Conservation and Development Council based in Carlisle, Cumberland County announced it is offering support for agricultural producers who want to use managed livestock grazing to provide benefits to livestock, soil health, water quality, the farmer and the farm’s bottom line.

* Penn State Extension Water Cooler Talk Feb. 24: Unequal Spatial, Temporal Distribution Of Nutrient, Sediment Loads In Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Penn State Extension will host a Water Cooler Talk February 24 on the Unequal Distribution Of Nutrient, Sediment Loads In Chesapeake Bay Watershed from Noon to 1:00 p.m.

* PA Lake Management Society Virtual Annual Conference March 3 & 4; Award Nominations Due

The PA Lake Management Society is now accepting registrations for its virtual Annual Conference set for March 3-4.  Join PALMS to learn more about Managing for Emerging Threats.

* Rodale Institute Grow Clean Water Initiative Establishes Food & Water Education Hub In Philadelphia Secret Garden; Feb. 27 Webinar On Food, Farming

On February 3, the Rodale Institute in Berks County announced a new educational display and interactive hub on regenerative organic agriculture at The Viaduct, a “secret garden” under Philadelphia’s Reading Viaduct Rail Park.

* Opportunity To Bid On DEP Mine Reclamation Project In Clinton County

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the February 6 PA Bulletin of an opportunity to bid on a mine reclamation project in Clinton County.

* PA Organization For Watersheds & Rivers Hosts Virtual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, On Tour March 18

The PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers cannot think of a more fitting way to mark 12 extraordinary months than with an event that celebrates resilience, community, and the capacity of nature to amaze, inspire, and heal-- The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, On Tour!

* Student Scholarships; Call For Abstracts Assn. Of State Wetland Managers Annual Meeting April 12-15

The Association of State Wetland Managers is now accepting presentation proposals for ASWM's virtual annual State/Tribal/Federal Coordination Meeting on April 12-15.

* PA American Water Now Accepting Applications For Stream Of Learning Scholarship Program For High School Seniors

On February 5, Pennsylvania American Water announced applications are now being accepted for its 2021 Stream of Learning Scholarship Program, which provides financial assistance to high school seniors who plan to pursue careers in the water and wastewater industry.

* Registration Now Open For Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Summer Nature Camps

Berks County-based Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is now accepting registrations for its popular summer camp programs for students in grades 1 to 6 and for teen camp counselors.

* Game Commission Launches New Bear Den Livestream, Continues 2 Bald Eagle, Snow Goose Cams

The Game Commission’s round-the-clock online livestreams offer viewers a chance to connect with wildlife, all from the comfort of home.

* Citizen Science: Help Bird Conservation By Being Part Of The Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 12-15!

Love birdwatching? Consider participating in the 2021 Great Backyard Bird Count organized by the Cornell Lab, Audubon and Birds Canada.

* Western PA Conservancy Hosts Feb. 19 Webinar: Finch Superflight - Tracking Winter Movements Of Evening Grosbeaks

The Western PA Conservancy will host a webinar on February 19 on Finch Superflight - Tracking Winter Movements of Evening Grosbeaks from Noon to 1:00 p.m.

* National Envirothon Competition Will Move Online For 2021, Just Like PA Envirothon

On February 5, the National Conservation Foundation Board of Trustees and the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts announced the decision to transition the 2021 NCF-Envirothon annual competition to a completely virtual format due to the ongoing COVID pandemic.

* Register Today! PA Resources Council Recycling & Waste Reduction Webinar Feb. 18

Individuals living throughout Pennsylvania are invited to take part in the PA Resources Council  Recycling & Waste Reduction webinar on February 18, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. 

* DEP Newsletter Provides Updates On Environmental Justice Issues Statewide

The latest Environmental Justice newsletter from the Department of Environmental Protection provides an update on a variety of important environmental justice issues, including--

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

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

* Western PA Conservancy Protects 119 Acres, Expands Recreation In Buchanan State Forest, Bedford County

On February 1, the Western PA Conservancy announced it recently protected 119 forested acres in Southampton Township, Bedford County that were transferred to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry to become a new addition to the now 71,802-acre Buchanan State Forest.

* French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust Holds Chester County French Creek Iron Tour Cycling For Open Space & Trails In June

The French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust in Chester County will hold both an in-person and virtual French Creek Iron Tour Cycling for Open Space and Trails event in June.

* Cameron County Chamber Sinnemahone Canoe & Kayak Classic To Be Held April 10, Part Of The Triple Crown

On February 5, the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce announced the Sinnemahone Canoe and Kayak Classic will be held on April 10.

* WeConservePA Accepting Presentation Proposals For 2021 Greenways & Trails Summit Sept. 19-21

WeConservePA is now accepting proposals for presentations at the 2021 Greenways and Trails Summit to be held September 19-21 at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center.  The deadline for proposals is March 15.

* PA Forestry Assn. Exploring Climate Change Impacts On Penn’s Woods Symposium Presentations Now Available

In October, the PA Forestry Association held its 134th Annual Symposium with the theme Exploring Change In Penn’s Woods.  The focus was on the impacts and opportunities presented by climate change for woodland owners.

* PA/NJ Chapter American Chestnut Foundation Posts Chestnut Week Presentations From The Virtual PA Farm Show

The PA/NJ Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation has posted the seven presentations they produced for Chestnut Week at the 2021 virtual PA Farm Show.

* PA Forestry Assn: How Non-Native Plants Are Contributing To A Global Insect Decline

On February 1, the Winter View from Pulpit Rock newsletter of the PA Forestry Association shared a recent article published in YaleEnvironment 360 on How Non-Native Plants Are Contributing To A Global Insect Decline by Janet Marinelli.

* Manada Conservancy Now Accepting Orders For Online Spring Native Plant Sale In Dauphin County

Manada Conservancy's 21st annual Spring Native Plant Sale features over 100 varieties of perennials for sun and shade, hard-to-find specialty natives, grasses, shrubs and trees. Orders are being accepted now through April 30.

* Foundation For Sustainable Forests Hosts Feb. 12 Online Film Series - Intelligent Trees - A Journey Into The Wood Wide Web

The Foundation for Sustainable Forests will host the second part of its virtual Our Woods and Waters Film Series on February 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

* Feb. 5 Take Five Fridays With Pam, PA Parks & Forests Foundation

The February 5 Take Five Fridays With Pam is now available from the PA Parks and Forests Foundation featuring articles on--

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