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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
February 15, 2021 Issue #868
* 17 New Stories - What REAL Environmental & Conservation Leadership Looks Like In PA

There are 17 new stories in this week’s PA Environment Digest that show the leadership of farmers, forest owners, solar energy companies and transit agencies, conservancies, water education programs, students, a water company, a regional conservation landscape group, a workforce training organization, an energy co-op and local anti-litter and recycling groups.

* John Hoover: My Experience With The Family Forest Carbon Program That Pays Landowners To Implement Sustainable Forest Practices

By John Hoover, Bald Eagle Tree Farm, Centre County

* Lightsource bp 17.5 Megawatt Solar Farm Now Operational In Franklin County

On February 10, Lightsource bp announced the 17.5 megawatt Elk Hill Solar 2 Project in Franklin County is now operational.  The facility was developed under a power purchase agreement between the Southeastern PA Transportation Authority.

* Lebanon County Dairy Farmer Matt Bomgardner Adopts Rotational Grazing, Other Techniques To Improve Water Quality And His Bottom Line

By Codi Yeager, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog 

* Lebanon Valley Conservancy: Applications Due For College Scholarship; Volunteer For Tree Plantings; March 14 Migratory Bird Presentation

The Lebanon Valley Conservancy is now accepting applications for the 2021 Richard H. and Karen R. Light Memorial Scholarship awarded to a local student who plans to pursue a career in environmental sciences.

* Stroud Water Research Center: Delivering Watershed Education Programming To Girls' Doorsteps; Summer Internships Available

The latest newsletter from the Stroud Water Research Center highlights its efforts to providing remote learning as part of the Girls In STEM Education Program initiative--

* Greene County Student One Of National Conservation Districts Assn. Poster Contest Winners - Where Would We BEE Without Pollinators?

On February 9, the National Association of Conservation Districts, in partnership with the NACD Auxiliary, announced the winners of the 2020 Photo Contest and 2020 Poster Contest - Where Would We BEE Without Pollinators?

* Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries, Central PA Conservancy Partner To Permanently Protect Wilderness Center, Native Plant Nursery

The Central Pennsylvania Conservancy and Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries recently collaborated to record conservation and trail easements on the property of the Diakon Wilderness Center, located on the mountain above Boiling Springs, Cumberland County.

* The Conservation Fund Donates 528-Acre Addition To Pinchot State Forest In Lackawanna County

On February 8, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn joined The Conservation Fund in applauding the acquisition of a 528-acre tract that expands Pinchot State Forest to more than 49,635 acres.

* South Mountain Partnership Recognizes Dr. Claire Jantz With Spirit of South Mountain Award

On February 9, the South Mountain Partnership announced Dr. Claire Jantz has been recognized with the Spirit of South Mountain Award for advancing a positive and sustainable future for the South Mountain Landscape.

* Landforce Now Accepting Applications For Crew Positions In Pittsburgh & Surrounding Neighborhoods; Need Help With A Green Infrastructure Project?

The Pittsburgh-based Landforce job readiness and land stewardship program is now accepting applications for 2021 crew members in Pittsburgh and the surrounding neighborhoods.  The deadline for applications is March 11.

* Natural Lands, Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership Host Feb. 24 Organizing Black Birders Week Webinar With Tykee James

Delaware County-based Natural Lands and the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties are proud to co-host a pay-what-you-wish virtual event at 6:30 p.m. on February 24, featuring Tykee James, co-organizer of the first #BlackBirdersWeek and Government Affairs Coordinator at the National Audubon Society.

* Keep PA Beautiful Local Affiliates Recycle 1.1 Million Pounds Of E-Waste, 11,800 Tires In Special Collection Events In 2020

Even through a pandemic, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful local affiliates collected a combined total of over 1,119,573 pounds of electronics waste, 11,851 tires, 119,041 appliances and 56,341 pounds of household hazardous waste during 2020. 

* Citizens Advisory Council Feb. 16 Meeting: DEP’s Hazardous Sites Cleanup Funding Goes Off Fiscal Cliff This Year In Face Of PFAS Cleanup Needs

DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council will hold a virtual meeting on February 16 to hear a presentation on DEP’s Environmental Cleanup and Brownfields Program and its need for a permanent solution for funding.

* DEP: Range Resources Pays $294,000 Penalty For Delaying The Plugging Of 42 Conventional Oil & Gas Wells In 8 Counties

On February 10, the Department of Environmental Protection announced it executed a consent assessment of civil penalty with Range Resources - Appalachia, LLC (Range Resources), an oil and gas operator that owns conventional wells, on January 7, 2021, in the amount of $294,000 for violations of the 2012 Oil and Gas Act.

* Delaware RiverKeeper Files To Intervene In PA Senate Republican Lawsuit To Overturn Moratorium On Drilling In Delaware River Watershed

On February 12, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network filed a motion to intervene in the federal lawsuit filed by the entire PA Senate Republican Caucus against the Delaware River Basin Commission’s moratorium on natural gas drilling in the watershed.

* DEP Works Thru Pandemic: 755 More Permits, 1,979 More Inspections Since Last Week

From March 16 to February 9, Department of Environmental Protection employees have been teleworking and using COVID-19 mitigation measures to continue to fulfill its mission.  DEP staff have--

* NJ Gov. Murphy To Kick Off Delaware River Basin Commission Climate Change Forum March 2; Free Access To Science & Environmental Summit For Educators

On February 10, Delaware River Basin Commission announced New Jersey Governor Philip D. Murphy will kick off the virtual DRBC Advisory Committee on Climate Change Forum on Climate Change and the Delaware River Basin with a prerecorded message on March 2.

* WeConservePA Seeking Visitorship Numbers At Parks, Trails, Preserves, Natural Areas Across PA

WeConservePA is seeking visitorship numbers at parks, trails, preserves and other outdoor recreation and natural areas in Pennsylvania.

* PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report: Budget Hearing Season Begins, Election Hearings Continue, New Vaccine Plan

[ Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else ] The House Republicans will fire the opening shots at Gov. Wolf’s FY 2021-22 budget proposal this week on several fronts when they start agency-by-agency budget hearings Tuesday.

* 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 Environmental Committee Meets Feb. 24 On Opportunities For Growing PA’s Natural Gas Economy

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee has scheduled an informational meeting February 24 on “the state of our natural gas economy in Pennsylvania and opportunities for growing our energy industry.”

* House Committee Sets March 16 & 23 Hearings On Electric Competition, State Of Electric Industry

The House Consumer Affairs Committee has scheduled two public hearings on issues related to electric competition and the state of the electric industry in Pennsylvania.

* EPA, NFWF Fund Projects To Improve Water Quality In PA Portion Of Chesapeake Bay Watershed

On February 10, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, announced the award of approximately $1.2 million for eight projects in Pennsylvania to improve rivers and streams that connect to the Chesapeake Bay.

* Bay Journal: Biden EPA Pick Pledges Resources To Help Meet Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Goals

By Timothy B. Wheeler, Chesapeake Bay Journal

* PA American Water Accepting Applications For 2021 Environmental Grant Program

PA American Water is now accepting applications for the company's 2021 Environmental Program.  Applications are due March 31.

* Brodhead Watershed Assn. Offering Free Training For Streamwatchers In Monroe County

Would you like to be a Streamwatcher? The Brodhead Watershed Association will soon welcome new “water warriors” into its popular Streamwatch program.

* Capital RC&D Grazing Advisors Hold March 2, 9 Grazing Webinars

Grazing Advisors from the Cumberland County-based Capital Resource Conservation and Development Council will host webinars on March 2 and 9 on managing pasture and grazing livestock from Noon to 1:00 p.m.

* DEP Invites Comments On TMDL For Licking Creek Watershed In Franklin County

The Department of Environmental Protection published a notice in the February 13 PA Bulletin inviting comments on a proposed Total Maximum Daily Loan Plan for the Licking Creek Watershed in Franklin County. (PA Bulletin, page 855)

* Changing Cropping Systems In Impaired Watersheds Can Produce Water Quality Gains

By Jeff Mulhollem, Penn State News

* Call For Abstracts: Bucknell University Sustainability Symposium - Adapting In Uncertain Times April 23-24

The Center for Sustainability and the Environment at Bucknell University has issued a call for abstracts for its 8th Annual Sustainability Symposium to be held virtually on April 23-24, with a special keynote panel. 

* PA Assn. Of Environmental Professionals March 11 Webinar On DEP’s Revised Clean Fill Policy

The PA Association of Environmental Professionals will host a March 11 webinar on DEP's revised clean fill technical guidance starting at Noon.

* Dickinson College To Host Clarke Forum Virtual Panel On Air Pollution In Pennsylvania Feb. 16

On February 16, Dickinson College will host a virtual Air Pollution In Pennsylvania - Community Panel discussion starting at 7:00 p.m. on their public YouTube livestream.

* The Philadelphia Energy Co-op Expands Services

On February 9, the Philadelphia-based The Energy Co-op, a pioneer in renewable energy and community sustainability, is expanding its capacity to serve Southeastern Pennsylvania's residents and businesses.

* New Report Outlines How PA Utility Companies Can Creatively Invest In Electric School Buses

The PennPIRG Education Fund and PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center have released a new report to identify new, cutting-edge ways that utility companies can assist school districts in paying for zero-emission buses, and how schools can reap the long-term benefits.

* DCNR Providing More State Park Campsites Allowing Pets In 2022

On February 11, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced more campsites will be open to pets when their owners visit Pennsylvania state parks next year.

* PA Forestry Assn. - Upcoming Webinars: Annual Forest Health & Disease Update; Women In Forestry; Natural Area Management And More

The PA Forestry Association highlighted these upcoming webinars in their most recent newsletter--

* Lunch & Learn Presentation On Mammals Of PA Hosted By PA Parks & Forests Foundation

Calling all Mammal Lovers, homeschool parents, and those looking to learn more about Pennsylvania’s mammals!

* New Elk Viewing And Elk County Trail Guides Now Available

The Elk County Commissioners and the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau are pleased to announce the 2021 versions of the popular Elk Viewing Guide and Elk County Trails Guide are now available.

* Feb. 12 Take Five Fridays With Pam, PA Parks & Forests Foundation

The February 12 Take Five Fridays With Pam is now available from the PA Parks and Forests Foundation featuring articles on--

* Help Wanted: Berks Conservation District Urban Resource Conservationist

The Berks County Conservation District is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Urban Resource Conservationist.

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