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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
May 3, 2021. Issue #879
* 26 New Stories - REAL Environmental & Conservation Leadership In PA

There are 26 new stories in this week’s PA Environment Digest -- actually a lot more-- that show leadership from farmers, high school students, Girl Scouts, county officials, watershed groups, anglers, neighborhood farmers, volunteer Naturalists, river towns and foresters.

* StateImpactPA, PA Parks & Forests Foundation Set May 18 Viewing, Panel Discussion On WITF’s PA’s Environmental Rights Amendment Documentary

StateImpact Pennsylvania, WITF and the Pennsylvania Parks & Forests Foundation invite you to a free virtual documentary screening and panel discussion on the 50th Anniversary of the state’s Environmental Rights Amendment on May 18 at 7:00 p.m.

* Beiler Family Partners With Lancaster Farmland Trust To Preserve 85 Acre Farm

The Beiler farm in rural Martic Township sits along a road trafficked by more mules than cars.

* Neighborhood Gardens Trust Permanently Preserves Emerald Street Community Farm In Philadelphia

The Neighborhood Gardens Trust recently announced they have permanently preserved the Emerald Street Community Farm in Philadelphia.  Protecting the land for this East Kensington communal growing space took five years and efforts of many, from the grassroots to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

* PA Master Naturalists Celebrate Arbor Day In Spring Field Notes Newsletter; May 11 - Bringing Nature Home

Pennsylvania Master Naturalists celebrated Arbor Day in their most recent Field Notes newsletter by quoting J. Sterling Morton, an American journalist in the 19th century who is noted for founding Arbor Day-- "Other holidays repose on the past, Arbor Day proposes for the future."

* Girl Scouts Kick-Off 5 Million Trees Campaign, Fun Patch Unveiled At Tree Planting In Dauphin County

Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA student leader Lauren Braught guided fellow Girl Scouts of all ages through an historic tree-planting on a day full of celebrations, April 24.

* PA Farm Bureau Calls On Senate, House To Pass And Fund Legislation To Support On-Farm Conservation Efforts To Improve Water Quality

On April 26, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau called on the Senate and House to adopt and fund legislation to expand opportunities for farmers to partner with conservation district staff in their communities on locally focused projects that protect natural resources and improve water quality.

* DEP: 16 Counties Begin Countywide Clean Water Action Plans To Improve Water Quality In PA Part Of Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Last week, the Department of Environmental Protection announced 16 counties have agreed to begin the development of countywide Clean Water Action Plans to improve water quality in the Pennsylvania part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

* South Fayette Conservation Group, DEP Dedicate Gladden Acid Mine Drainage Treatment Plant In Allegheny County; Federal AML Funding To Expire

On April 27, Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell joined project partners and stakeholders for a dedication ceremony of the South Fayette Conservation Group’s Gladden acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment plant.

* Susquehanna Greenway River Towns Mobilize Hundreds Of Volunteers For Community Cleanups

Susquehanna Greenway River Towns across the region were alive with volunteers last week in celebration of Earth Day and the inaugural 2021 Susquehanna Greenway River Towns Cleanup.

* Carmichaels H.S. Envirothon Team Partners With Izaak Walton League To Plant Trees For Earth Day; Wins Greene County Envirothon

The Carmichaels High School Envirothon Team in Greene County partnered with the Izaak Walton League to plant trees at State Game Lands 223 on April 24– two days after Earth Day. 

* Norwin High School Wins 2021 Westmoreland County Envirothon

Students from Norwin High School took first place in this year’s Westmoreland County Envirothon, which for the first time in 35 years, was held virtually.

* Honesdale H.S. Team Wins Pike/Wayne County Envirothon, Represents Wayne County; Wallenpaupack H.S. Team Wins To Represent Pike County At State Envirothon

The Honesdale High School Team from Wayne Highlands School District called The Earthlings is the overall winners of the 2021 Pike/Wayne Envirothon and will represent Wayne County at the statewide Pennsylvania Envirothon.

* On Transparency: What If The Senate And House Had To Adopt Laws Like DEP Adopts Regulations?

There’s been lots of political rhetoric lately-- again--  about the need to make agencies like the Department of Environmental Protection more “accountable” by making them more “transparent” and about how DEP “sneaks” through regulations. 

* DEP Works Thru Pandemic: 784 More Permits, 1,824 More Inspections Since Last Week

From March 16, 2020 to April 27, 2021 Department of Environmental Protection employees have been teleworking and using COVID-19 mitigation measures to continue to fulfill its mission.  DEP staff have--

* New York Times Best Selling Author, Ornithologist Scott Weidensaul To Speak At Wildlife Gala In State College May 21

New York Times Best Selling Author and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Scott Weidensaul will be the guest speaker at the third annual Pennsylvania Wildlife Gala held at the Wyndham Garden, State College on Friday, May 21.

* DCNR Blog: A Periodical Wonder - Cicadas - Opportunity For Citizen Science

By: Ryan Reed, Natural Resource Program Specialist, Bureau of Forestry

* Registration Open! 9th Annual PA Firefly Festival June 25 & 26 In Forest County + Glow & Know Campouts

Registration now open for the 2021 PA Firefly Festival to be held June 25 and 26 in Tionesta, Forest County.  The Festival includes nature exhibits, presentations, firefly experts, music and firefly tours.

* PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report: Feud Over Nominations Escalates; New Voting Districts Deadlock; How To Spend Federal Aid?

[ Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else ] In a few short weeks, the Senate, House and Gov. Wolf will face a July 1 deadline to put together a final state budget, including how to spend the extra $7.4 billion (or so) the state gets in federal stimulus aid, but partisan bickering over a proposed regulation to address climate change has now escalated into a full blown Hatfields and McCoys feud and may spill over into other issues.

* Senate/House Bills Moving Last Week

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

* 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--

* Senate Republicans Report Out Bill Taking Away DEP Authority To Reduce Carbon Pollution From Any Source, Including Power Plants

On April 27, the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee reported out Senate Bill 119 (Pittman-R-Indiana) taking away DEP’s statutory authority to adopt regulations to reduce carbon pollution from any source, including power plants consistent with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative by party-line vote-- Republicans supporting.

* Sen. Yaw, Sen. Comitta Offer Statements On Senate Legislation To Take Away DEP's Authority To Reduce Carbon Emissions From Any Source, Including Power Plants

On April 27, the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee reported out Senate Bill 119 (Yaw-R-Lycoming) taking away DEP’s statutory authority to adopt regulations to reduce carbon pollution from any source, including power plants consistent with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

* Senate Republicans Report Out Bills To Kill Regulations By Doing Nothing, Repeal Regs Because They Have Too Many Words, Shield Law Breakers, And More

On April 27, the Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee approved and reported out a veritable smorgasbord of bad ideas to allow the General Assembly to kill regulations by doing nothing, repeal regulations because they have too many words, shield law breakers from enforcement actions, end public participation in rulemaking and more.

* House Committee Meets May 4 On Bill To Roll Back Environmental Protections From Conventional Oil & Gas Drilling, Legalize Road Dumping Of Drilling Wastewater

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is scheduled to meet on May 4 to consider House Bill 1144 (Causer-R-Cameron) which would not only roll back environmental protection standards for conventional oil and gas wells, but would also make road dumping of drilling wastewater legal again.

* Senate Agriculture, Environmental Committees May 12 Hearing On Bonding Solar, Wind, Biomass, Energy Efficient Products To Slow Growth Of Renewable Energy In PA

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy and Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committees will hold a joint hearing May 12 on Senate Bill 284 (Yaw-R-Lycoming) which imposes new bonding requirements on solar electric generation, biomass, coal waste and other renewable energy projects of any type included in the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards, plus other products and services.

* NRCS-PA Awards Lancaster Clean Water Partners $7.4 Million To Restore Streams On Agricultural Lands In Lancaster County

On April 26, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service-PA announced Lancaster Clean Water Partners’ (Partners) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) proposal was selected to receive $7.4 million to implement best management practices on agricultural lands, resulting in restored and healthy streams.

* NRCS-PA Awards $4 Million For Turkey Hill Dairy Clean Water Partnership In South Central PA

On April 27, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services-PA awarded $4 million for the Turkey Hill Dairy Clean Water Partnership with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and ten other partners.

* EPA Awards $350,000 To Replace 13 Old Diesel School Buses In Pennsylvania

On April 27, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $350,000 to replace 13 older diesel school buses in Pennsylvania.

* Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition Now Accepting Proposals For Innovative Abandoned Mine Reclamation, Economic Development Project Funding

On April 27 the Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition is preparing to fund a new set of partners and their innovative mine land reclamation and economic development projects.  Applications are due May 21.

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

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the May 1 PA Bulletin of an opportunity to bid on an abandoned mine reclamation project in Clearfield County.

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

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the May 1 PA Bulletin it has received a proposal under the Environmental Good Samaritan Act to plug an abandoned oil and gas well in South Fayette Township, Allegheny County from Keystone 76 Development, LLC. (PA Bulletin page 2416)

* Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition Intern Gets His Feet Wet In Data Logger Project

A sunny March weekend provided the perfect opportunity for the newest intern at Stream Restoration Incorporated to “get his feet wet” in the figurative sense and nearly the literal sense!

* Brodhead Watershed Assn. Greening Mountainhome Project Uses Data Logger To Monitor Stream Quality 24/7

The Brodhead Watershed Association's Greening Mountainhome Project is using 24/7 data loggers set up by volunteers Matt Dilger and Michael Johnson to keep track of water quality in the Mill Creek Watershed in Monroe County

* Lancaster Clean Water Partners: Lancaster Water Week June 4-12; MS4orum On Stormwater June 7

Get ready for the fifth Lancaster Water Week on June 4-12 by the Lancaster Conservancy and many partners.

* Capital RC&D Hosts Pasture Walks May 20, July 13 In Adams, Franklin Counties To Showcase Spring Cover Crop Grazing

The Capital Resource Conservation and Development Council will host Pasture Walks on May 20 in Adams County and July 13 in Franklin County to showcase spring cover crop grazing.

* PA Association For Sustainable Agriculture Invites Proposals For 2022 Conference

The PA Association for Sustainable Agriculture is inviting presentation proposals for its 2022 Sustainable Agriculture Conference to be held in a virtual format in late January - early February and in-person on February 10-12 in Lancaster.

* Southwestern PA Commission Water Resource Center May Schedule Of Webinars

The Southwestern PA Commission Water Resource Center will hold three stormwater, flooding and natural hazard planning webinars in May.  Here’s the schedule--

* Delaware River Basin Commission To Hold Online May 12 Hearing, June 9 Business Meeting

The Delaware River Basin Commission will hold an online hearing on water withdrawal requests May 12 and its quarterly business meeting on June 9.

* Susquehanna River Basin Commission To Hold Online May 6 Hearing, June 17 Business Meeting

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission will hold an online public hearing May 6 on water withdrawal requests and proposed regulations [previously announced] and its quarterly business meeting on June 17.

* DEP: Westmoreland Landfill, County Hauling Will Pay $25,000 Penalty, $25,000 In Lieu Of Penalty For Waste Transportation Violations

On April 28, the Department of Environmental Protection announced it executed a consent order and agreement (COA) with Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill, LLC and County Hauling, LLC for Waste Transportation Safety Act (Act 90 of 2002, Chapter 62) violations that primarily occurred in 2019.

* Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority Collects 38,300 Pounds Of Household Hazardous Waste At Weekend Event

Approximately 38,300 pounds of hazardous material and nearly a mile and a half of fluorescent tubes were collected during the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event held at the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority this weekend. 

* PUC: Damage Prevention Committee Imposes $44,750 In Penalties For PA One Call Violations

A total of 103 disciplinary actions, including $44,750 in administrative penalties, have been taken against 48 underground facility owners, excavators and project owners in the latest enforcement actions by the Public Utility Commission’s Damage Prevention Committee (DPC). 

* Public Utility Commission Offers Spring Storm Safety Tips

As weather forecasters caution about the threat of spring thunderstorms and extremely high wind gusts across much of the Commonwealth, the Public Utility Commission reminds households of the steps they can take to prepare for, and recover safely from, storm-related power outages.

* PennTAP North Central PA Energy Efficiency Roundtable Online Meeting May 25

The Penn State Technical Assistance Program North Central PA Energy Efficiency Roundtable will hold an online meeting May 25 from 11:00 a.m. to Noon.

* PA Sustainable Energy Board Hears Updates From Sustainable Energy Funds

The Public Utility Commission and the PA Sustainable Energy Board held their annual meeting on April 29.

* Penn State Solar Law Symposium: June 15 & 17 Online Utility-Scale Solar Development For Lawyers, Landowners, Others

The Center for Agricultural and Shale Law at Penn State Law and other partners will host an online Solar Law Symposium on Utility-Scale Solar Development for Lawyers, Landowners and Others on June 15 and 17.

* Register Now! 11th Annual (Virtual) Pittsburgh Sustainability Conference May 6-7

Join Sustainable Pittsburgh and its partners May 6-7 for the 11th Annual (Virtual) Sustainability Conference - Building and Planning For A Healthy And Equitable Future.

* American Institute Of Mining Engineers 150th Anniversary To Be Observed In Wilkes-Barre May 16

This year will mark the sesquicentennial anniversary of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical & Petroleum Engineers which will be recognized in a special ceremony in Wilkes-Barre on May 16. 

* South Mountain Partnership Spring Partnership Meeting May 14

The South Mountain Partnership will hold its Spring Partnership Meeting virtually on May 14 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

* Brodhead Watershed Assn.: Get Your Family Outdoors Again At Woodland Trail, Monroe County

The Mount Airy trail network in Paradise Township, Monroe County offers family-friendly trails with wetlands, creeks, views, native plants and wildlife. A good place to start for children of all ages is Woodland Trail along Forest Hills Run.

* April 30 Take Five Fridays With Pam, PA Parks & Forests Foundation; New Environmental Rights Amendment Challenge

The April 30 Take Five Fridays With Pam is now available from the PA Parks and Forests Foundation featuring articles on--

* DCNR To Begin Spraying Forests In Gypsy Moth Suppression Effort

On April 26, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced the start of aerial spraying of state woodlands to combat gypsy moth populations poised for spring outbreaks in some sections of Pennsylvania.

* Foundation For Sustainable Forests: Wildflower Walk May 2; Foundation Dinner Sept. 17; Loving The Land Thru Working Forests Conference Sept. 18

Save The Dates! The Crawford County-based Foundation for Sustainable Forests recently announced a schedule of important programs and activities.

* Historic Barn Preservation Program A Success In Adams County Thanks To Mini-Grant; Mini-Grant Round Open

Historic Gettysburg – Adams County (HGAC) has been preserving historic barns for more than 15 years and knows that surveying these structures – and telling their stories – is important.

* DCNR Seeking Proposals For Skiing, Four-Season Concessionaire At Denton Hill State Park, Potter County

On April 27, State Parks Director John Hallas announced the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is seeking proposals to operate a downhill ski and four-season recreation center at Denton Hill State Park in Potter County.

* Lunch & Learn: Statewide Outdoor Recreation For All Plan: PA Parks & Forests Foundation Available On Demand

Diane Kripas of DCNR provided an overview of the latest Statewide Comprehensive Recreation Plan during the April 28th Lunch & Learn Program from the PA Parks and Forests Foundation.  The program is now available on demand.

* National Deer Assn., Game Commission To Hold 6 Regional Online Chronic Wasting Disease informational Programs Starting May 5

The National Deer Association, in conjunction with the Game Commission and the Wildlife Futures Program, will be hosting a series of virtual informational programs on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and CWD management from May 5 to 18.

* Native Fish Coalition Of PA Urging Fish & Boat Commission To End Stocking Of Non-Native Trout Species Over Wild Native Brook Trout

The Native Fish Coalition of Pennsylvania is urging the Fish and Boat Commission to end the stocking of nonnative trout species and is asking anglers to support an online petition to the Commission on this issue.

* Interns/Help Wanted: PA Parks & Forests Foundation - 2 Bilingual Interns; Public Engagement Coordinator

The PA Parks and Forests Foundation is seeking qualified candidates to fill two bilingual intern positions and a Public Engagement Coordinator position.

* Interns Wanted: Pennsylvania Sea Grant Summer Student Intern Positions

The PA Sea Grant Program is seeking qualified candidates for two intern positions for undergraduate students this summer based at Penn State Behrend College in Erie.

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