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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
January 31, 2022 Issue #915
(1/31/2022)
* 52 New Stories - REAL Environmental & Conservation Leadership In PA

Here are 52 new stories in the PA Environment Digest about individuals, groups, local governments, farmers, businesses, watershed groups and many more working all across Pennsylvania to restore and protect the environment and show others the beauty that surrounds us.

* This Week’s Examples Of Going The WRONG WAY On Environmental, Energy Issues

While PA Environment Digest’s priority is to highlight positive examples of environmental and energy leadership, 2022 is an election year which demands accountability to voters.

* All Articles & NewsClips In This Week’s Digest By Topic

PA Environment Digest Is Putting The Best Links To Environment & Energy Articles and NewsClips Here.   Is Your Story Being Told?

* DCNR Bans Use Of Oil & Gas Wastewater On Its Over 6,500 Miles Of Dirt, Gravel, Paved Roads

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has banned the use of oil and gas wastewater for any purpose on its over 6,500 miles of roads in State Forests-- a majority of which are dirt and gravel roads-- and on State Park roads.

* French Creek Named 2022 Pennsylvania River Of The Year

On January 25, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and Janet Sweeney of the PA Organization for Waterways and Rivers (POWR) announced French Creek in northwestern Pennsylvania had been selected as the state’s 2022 River of the Year.

* Witnesses Unanimously Support Allocating American Rescue Plan Funding For Farm Conservation Projects At House Committee Meeting; Rep. Metcalfe Calls It ‘Welfare’

On January 24, the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee heard unanimous support for legislation  allocating at least $250 million from federal American Rescue Plan funding to a new state Clean Water Fund and establishing the Agriculture Conservation Assistance Program to fund on-farm conservation projects to improve water quality in the Commonwealth.

* PA State Government Has Refused To Pay Stormwater Management Fees To Local Authorities Designed To Meet Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Obligations

On January 25, the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee heard from several witnesses from Central Pennsylvania reporting that State Government has refused to pay stormwater management fees designed to help the Commonwealth  meet Chesapeake Bay cleanup obligations and for other areas of the state.

* Chesapeake Bay Journal: EPA Declares 'No Confidence' In Cleanup Plan For Conowingo Dam Due To Lack Of Funding, Gives States 60 Days To Respond

By Karl Blankenship, Chesapeake Bay Journal

* Chesapeake Bay Foundation Commends EPA For Strong Stance In Meeting Chesapeake Bay 2025 Cleanup Goals

On January 25, U.S. Environmental Protection 3 Adam Ortiz reaffirmed the agency’s commitment to meeting the 2025 goals of the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint at Tuesday night’s Maryland Environmental Legislative Summit.

* DEP Announces More Than $1.7 Million In Growing Greener Grants To Fund Local Water Clean Up Projects In Northwest PA

On January 26, the Department of Environmental Protection announced seven projects aimed at cleaning up waters in the state’s northwest region have been selected to collectively receive more than $1.7 million in funding through DEP’s Growing Greener Plus Program.

* DEP Announces $245,000 Growing Greener Grant For Kinney Run Watershed Improvements, Columbia County

On January 25, Department of Environmental Protection Northcentral Region Acting Director Jared Dressler joined Columbia County Conservation District and Town of Bloomsburg leaders to announce $245,000 in Growing Greener grant funding to improve water quality in the Kinney Run Watershed and view project sites. 

* PA Resources Council, Partners Receive Growing Greener Grant For Delaware County Stormwater Management Project

The PA Resources Council has been awarded a $244,475 Growing Greener Grant from DEP to support watershed restoration and protection projects in southeastern Pennsylvania.

* DEP Awards Borough Of Jim Thorpe $200,000 Growing Greener Grant For Stream Restoration Work In Carbon County

On January 26, the Department of Environmental Protection announced it awarded the Borough of Jim Thorpe a $200,000 Growing Greener Grant for design work on the Silk Mill Run Creek restoration project in Carbon County.

* CFA Begins Accepting Applications For Act 13 Watershed Restoration, Mine Reclamation, Sewage, Flood Mitigation, Recreation Grants Feb. 1

The Commonwealth Financing Authority will be accepting applications for grants funded by Act 13 drilling impact fees for watershed restoration, abandoned mine drainage abatement, baseline water quality data, orphaned or abandoned well plugging, sewage facilities, flood mitigation programs and recreation starting February 1 through May 31.

* PA Conservation Districts Assn. Highlights Of Conservation District Activities In 2021 Now Available

The PA Association of Conservation Districts’ Highlights of Conservation District Activities in 2021 report is now available.

* Penn State Master Watershed Steward Program – A Look Back On 2021’s Accomplishments

By Erin Frederick, Master Watershed Steward Coordinator

* Master Watershed Steward Program Receives Healing The Planet Grant From The GIANT Company

By Erin Frederick, Master Watershed Steward Coordinator

* Penn State Extension: Spring Creek’s Bleak Mid-Winter Blues In Dauphin County

By Jennifer R. Fetter, Extension Water Resources Educator

* Good Samaritan Proposal Would Plug An Oil & Gas Well Abandoned By A Conventional Driller In Westmoreland County

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the January 29 PA Bulletin it has received a proposal under the Environmental Good Samaritan Act to plug an oil and gas well abandoned by a conventional driller in Murrysville Borough, Westmoreland County. (PA Bulletin, page 754).

* Federal Office Of Surface Mine Reclamation Awards PA $25 Million For Mine Reclamation With Environmental, Economic, Recreation, Solar Energy Benefits

On January 24, U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Haaland announced the investment of $25 million in abandoned mine reclamation to promote economic development and community revitalization in Pennsylvania.

* Susquehanna River Basin Commission Awards $1.5 Million Contract To Design Tioga River Abandoned Mine Drainage Treatment Plant Project In Tioga County

On January 28, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission announced the award of a $1.5 million contract to design an abandoned mine drainage treatment plant project to help cleanup the Tioga River from Blossburg to Mansfield in Tioga County.

* Registration Now Open! Keep PA Beautiful's Pick Up Pennsylvania Initiative; In 2021 60,505 Volunteers Cleaned Up 2.2 Million Pounds Of Trash

On January 27, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful announced registration is now open for the 2022 Pick Up Pennsylvania, a community improvement initiative to be held from March 1 through May 31.

* DEP To Conduct Hazardous Waste Site Investigation At Erie Coke (Coal) Plant Site In Erie

On January 24, the Department of Environmental Protection’s Hazardous Sites Cleanup Program will begin conducting further environmental investigation at the former Erie Coke, Inc. property in Erie.

* Commonwealth Financing Authority OKs $3.2 Million For 3 Natural Gas Pipeline Extension Projects

On January 26, Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin announced the approval of $3.2 million for three new Pipeline Investment Program (PIPE) projects through the Commonwealth Financing Authority that will improve natural gas distribution infrastructure in Indiana and Washington counties. 

* PG Guest Essay: Environmental Justice And Opportunity In Pennsylvania - A Thriving, Resilient, Clean Energy Future

By Elena Weissmann, Vote Solar & Annie Regan, ReImagine Appalachia - PennFuture

* Advocating For Solar Energy Projects On Abandoned Mine Lands

By Kathy Cook, PA League of Women Voters, Environmental Policy Director

* DCNR Secretary Outlines 2022 Priorities To Conservation & Natural Resources Advisory Council, Including Need For $1.4 Billion In Infrastructure Improvements

On January 26, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn highlighted the agency‘s 2022 priorities at the first Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Council meeting of the year.

* Zeigafuse Family Partners With Heritage Conservancy To Permanently Preserve Land In Their Family For Four Generations, Northampton County

The 53-acre Zeigafuse property located in Upper Mount Bethel, Northampton County has been in the family since 1812-- nearly 210 years. The farm features cultivated fields, forested wetlands, and critical wildlife habitat for rare and endangered species.

* 41.9-Acre Buehner Farm In Bucks County Permanently Preserved By Heritage Conservancy, Partners

The Buehner Farm, located in Bedminster Township, is a 41.9-acre farm almost entirely comprised of prime farmland and farmland of statewide importance, has been permanently preserved by Heritage Conservancy along with its partners, Bedminster Township and the Bucks County Agricultural Land Preservation Program.

* Allegheny Land Trust Receives DCNR Grant To Help Permanently Protect Garfield Neighborhood Green Space In Allegheny County

On January 28, the Allegheny Land Trust announced it has received a $69,400 grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources  Community Conservation Partnerships Grants Program toward two community conservation projects in Pittsburgh’s Garfield neighborhood, and successfully closed on the Healcrest Project.

* Allegheny Land Trust Receives DCNR Grant To Protect Green Space In The Glade Run Lake Watershed, Butler County

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in December awarded a $313,000 grant to the Allegheny Land Trust toward the acquisition of approximately 53 acres located on Sandy Hill Road in Middlesex Township, Butler County for open space and passive recreation.

* PA Wilds Now Seeking Nominations For 2022 PA Wilds Champion Awards

Do you know of an individual, organization, community, or businesses that in the last year has helped to grow and sustainably develop the outdoor recreation economy and nature tourism in the PA Wilds?

* PA Parks & Forests Foundation Accepting Entries To 2022 Photo Contest - Clean Water & Forested Ecosystems

Entries are now being accepted for the Parks & Forests Thru The Seasons Photo Contest by the PA Parks and Forests Foundation with the theme-- Clean Water & Forested Ecosystems.  The deadline for entries is September 30.

* Jan. 28 Take Five Fridays With Pam Now Available From PA Parks & Forests Foundation

The January 28 Take Five Fridays With Pam is now available from the PA Parks & Forests Foundation.

* Feature - Experiencing Winter On The Susquehanna Greenway

By Andrew Bechdel, STEP AmeriCorps Susquehanna Greenway & Trails Assistant

* PA Society Of Ornithology Invites Conservation Organizations To Apply For Funding Raised By 2022 Breeding Bird Blitz For Conservation

Conservation organizations pursuing bird habitat protection or restoration projects are invited to apply to the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology for funding raised by the 2nd Annual Breeding Bird Blitz for Conservation on June 17-20.

* Help Wanted: Berks Conservation District Looking To Fill Multiple Positions

The Berks County Conservation District is seeking qualified applicants to fill multiple positions, including Agricultural Resource Conservationist, Urban Agriculture Resource Conservationist and Urban Program Assistant.

* Environment & Energy Educational Opportunities For Students & Adults

Opportunities to learn more about environmental and energy issues affecting Pennsylvania for students and adults--

* PA Chapter Of Natural Resources Extension Professionals Names Ross Snook Of Montgomery County Natural Resources Education Champion

By Andy Yenta, Extension Renewable Natural Resources Educator

* Wildlife For Everyone Foundation Accepting Applications For 4 College Scholarships

The Wildlife for Everyone Foundation is now accepting applications for four $750 scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students in Pennsylvania.  The deadline to apply is February 11.

* Sign Up Now For Penn State Master Watershed Steward Training Around The State

By Alexandra McLaughlin, Penn State News

* Still Time To Sign Up! PA Master Naturalist Spring Training Courses In Allegheny, Chester, Dauphin, Montour, Philadelphia, Washington Counties

Learn about our natural world and support conservation in your community by becoming a PA Master Naturalist volunteer.

* DEP Recognizes Winners Of 2021 Radon Student Poster Contest

The Department of Environmental Protection announced the three winners of the 2021 Radon Student Poster Contest.  The winners include--

* PA Resources Council, Southwest PA Air Quality Partnership Invite Students In SW PA To Take Part In Let's Clear The Air Poster Challenge

The PA Resources Council and Southwest PA Air Quality Partnership invites students in Southwestern Pennsylvania to participate in the 12th annual Let’s Clear the Air Poster Challenge.

* Blair County Conservation District, DCNR Hosting 4-Part Riparian Buffer Webinar Series Starting Feb. 2

The Blair County Conservation District and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are hosting a Riparian Buffer webinar series every Wednesday in February starting at 1:00 p.m.

* York Conservation District Hosts March 4 Manure Management Plan Workshop; DEP Conducting Farm Compliance Inspections

The York County Conservation District is hosting a free Writing Your Own Manure Management Plan Workshop on March 4 at the York County at Pleasant Valley Road Building, 2401 Pleasant Valley Road, York from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

* National Environmental Education Foundation Accepting Applications For Shovel-Ready Pollinator Habitat Projects

With major support from Toyota Motor North America, the National Environmental Education Foundation is now accepting applications for $200,000 in grant funding to support shovel-ready pollinator habitat enhancement projects on America’s public lands.

* PA Resources Council Hosts 2 Backyard Composting Webinars In February

The PA Resources Council will host two online environmental education webinars in February to teach residents the importance and process of backyard composting.

* Northeast Recycling Council Spring Virtual Conference April 12-13 - Seeking Circularity With Non-Traditional Solutions

While we are busy continuing to live with the Pandemic, we risk losing sight of all the innovation occurring in reuse and recycling.

* Keep PA Beautiful Issues Request For Proposals To Update Anti-Litter Education Materials

Keep PA Beautiful has issued a request for proposal to update anti-litter education materials to support Pennsylvania's first-ever Litter Action Plan.  Proposals are due February 15.

* News From PA House & Senate

The information you need to follow legislation in the House and Senate- starting with articles and NewsClips from last week-- 

* Republicans Move Bills Out Of Senate Committee To Redefine Water Pollution, Sell Off State Clean Energy Credits

On January 25, the Republicans on the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee voted to report out legislation to redefine water pollution and prohibit the state from owning clean energy credits. 

* At The Request Of The Natural Gas Industry, House Republicans Pass Bill To Stop Communities From Adopting All-Electric Building Codes

At the request of the natural gas industry, House Republicans passed House Bill 1947 (O’Neal-R- Washington) by a vote of 118 to 83 which preempts the ability of local governments to require the use of all-electric energy in buildings within their communities to reduce climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions.

* The Feds

Articles and NewsClips about federal actions impacting Pennsylvania--

* Public Participation Opportunities/Calendar Of Events

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* Grants & Awards

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* PA Bulletin

Highlights of the environmental and energy notices in the latest PA Bulletin--

* Stories Invited - About PA Environment Digest

Send your stories, photos and links to videos about your project, environmental issues or programs for publication in the PA Environment Digest to: PaEnviroDigest@gmail.com.

* Registration Open! Keystone Coldwater Conference + PA Chapter Of American Fisheries Society Feb. 25-26

PA Environment Digest is a proud sponsor of the 2022 Joint Meeting of the Keystone Coldwater Conference and PA Chapter of the American Fisheries Society on February 25-26, 2022, at the Ramada Conference Center in State College.  Registration Open!

* Supporting Member PA Organization For Watersheds & Rivers; PA Outdoor Writers Assn.; PA Trout Unlimited

PA Environment Digest is a supporting member of the PA Organization for Watersheds & Rivers, PA Outdoor Writers Association, PA Council Trout Unlimited and the Doc Fritchey Chapter Trout Unlimited.

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