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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
May 2, 2022 Issue #928
* 60 New Stories - REAL Environmental & Conservation Leadership In PA

Here are 60 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

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* 15 Projects Recognized With 2022 Governor's Awards For Environmental Excellence

On April 26, 15 projects by schools, businesses, and community organizations around the state were recognized with the 2022 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence.

* Hawk Mountain Sanctuary In Berks County Listed On National Register Of Historic Places

On April 8, 2022 the U.S. Department of Interior officially listed Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Berks County on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Sanctuary was also nominated and approved for its important role in both Conservation and Women’s History.

* DEP Now Accepting Applications For $17.9 Million In Growing Greener Plus, Section 319 Water Quality Improvement Grants

On April 29, the Department of Environmental Protection announced that $17.9 million in Growing Greener Plus and Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management grant funds is available to organizations and governments to reduce nonpoint source pollution in their local streams, rivers, and lakes.

* Lancaster Farming Guest Essay: Growing A Greener Tomorrow

By Russell Redding, PA Secretary Of Agriculture

* EPA Recognizes University Of Pennsylvania Project In Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge

On April 26, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the winners of its tenth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a national competition that engages college students in the design of on-campus green infrastructure solutions to address stormwater pollution.

* Lancaster Clean Water Partners Announced $1.7 Million In Grants For Watershed Restoration Projects; Apply For Next Round Of Grants

On April 29, the Lancaster Clean Water Fund, administered by the Lancaster County Community Foundation and managed by the Lancaster Clean Water Partners, announced the award of  $1,731,835 to five Implementation Large Grant projects in the most recent grant round.

* Stroud Water Research Center, Academy Of Natural Sciences, Shippensburg University: Quantifying The Value Of Forest Protection For Clean Water, Impact Of Remote Working

By Open Space Institute

* DEP Invites Comments On Total Maximum Daily Load Plan For Little Buffalo Creek, Union County

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the April 30 PA Bulletin inviting comments on a proposed Total Maximum Daily Load Water Quality Plan for Little Buffalo Creek Watershed in Union County.  (PA Bulletin, page 2654)

* Alliance For The Chesapeake Bay Accepting Presentation Proposals For Nov. 4-6 Chesapeake Watershed Forum

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is now accepting presentation proposals for the 17th Annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum on November 4-6 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV.  The deadline for applications is June 3.

* Register Now For May 2 Tour, May 5 Virtual Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium

By Andy Yenta, Penn State Extension Educator

* Susquehanna River Basin Commission Awards $6.6 Million In Consumptive Use Mitigation Grants

On April 28, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission announced $6.6 million in grant funding for 14 projects that will improve water availability and water quality in the basin during droughts.

* Delaware River Basin Commission Holds May 11 Hearing, Business Meeting On June 8

The Delaware River Basin Commission will hold a virtual hearing May 11 on water withdrawal requests starting at 1:30 p.m.  (formal notice)

* DEP: Latest Penn State Report On Environmental Impact Of Road Dumping Conventional Drilling Wastewater Will Have ‘Immediate,’ ‘Large,’ ‘Intense’ Impact In PA, Nationally

On April 25, Kurt Klapkowski, Acting DEP Deputy Secretary for Oil and Gas Management, told the DEP Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board Penn State’s latest study on the environmental impact of road dumping conventional oil and gas wastewater will have an “immediate,” “large” and “intense” impact on the use of this material in Pennsylvania, nationally and possibly internationally.

* DEP: Draft Updates Coming To Regs. On Conventional Oil & Gas Waste Disposal As Early As July; Waste Reporting Changes Invited

On April 25, Kurt Klapkowski, Acting DEP Deputy Secretary for Oil and Gas Management, told the DEP Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board he hopes to have a draft rulemaking covering conventional oil and gas waste processing and disposal ready for public review by the Board’s meeting on July 18.

* Financial Assurance, Plugging Regulations To Be Reviewed To Prevent New Abandoned Oil & Gas Wells Under Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Plugging Program

On April 25, Kurt Klapkowski, Acting DEP Deputy Secretary for Oil and Gas Management, told the Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board DEP will be reviewing its bonding, financial assurance and well plugging requirements for conventional and unconventional oil and gas wells  to see if the state can qualify for an additional $70 million in funding from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Conventional Oil & Gas Well Plugging Program.

* DEP: Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Prompting Review Of On-Site Disposal Options For Oil & Gas Well Plugging Wastes; Radioactive Waste Disposal

On April 25, Kurt Klapkowski, Acting DEP Deputy Secretary for Oil and Gas Management, told the DEP Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board the new conventional oil and gas well plugging program funded by the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is prompting a review of regulations allowing on-site disposal of radioactive and nonradioactive well plugging waste.

* DEP Not Seeing Uptick In Oil & Gas Drilling; Expects $8 Million Deficit In Funding Oil & Gas Regulatory Program

On April 25, Kurt Klapkowski, Acting DEP Deputy Secretary for Oil and Gas Management, told the DEP Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board it is unlikely that enough new oil and gas well permits will come in to DEP to fill an expected $8 million deficit in funding the agency’s Oil and Gas Regulatory Program.

* Physicians For Social Responsibility Release 8th Compendium of Scientific, Medical, Media Findings On Risks, Harms Of Fracking And Oil & Gas Infrastructure

On April 28, the Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Concerned Health Professionals of New York released their Eighth Compendium of Scientific, Medical and Media Findings On The Risk and Harms of Fracking And Associated Natural Gas And Oil.

* House Republicans Move Solar, Wind Bonding Bill; Fail To Plug The $1.8 Billion Hole In Conventional Oil & Gas Well Bonding; Opposed Regs Making Natural Gas Pipelines Safer, Reducing Methane Emissions

On April 26, Republicans on the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee reported out legislation imposing far-reaching decommissioning bonding requirements on solar and wind energy facilities, while ignoring the fact taxpayers are on the hook to pay for more than $1.8 billion to plug oil and gas wells regularly abandoned by conventional oil and gas operators.

* PA Coal Industry, Unions File Lawsuit In Attempt To Block Final RGGI Regulation; Hearing May 2 On Republican Lawsuit

Owners of Pennsylvania coal-fired power plants, a coal industry trade group and labor unions that represent their workers filed a lawsuit April 25 to stop the DEP from enforcing new rules that will require fossil fuel power plants to pay to release carbon dioxide.

* Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater Goes Solar To Produce Clean, Renewable Energy In Fayette County

A new solar array on the campus of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater in Fayette County will soon harness the power of the sun to offset 100% of electricity used by Fallingwater’s main and guest houses, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy announced on Earth Day, April 22.

* Green Building Alliance Receives Grant From Henry L. Hillman Foundation To Lead Higher Education Climate Consortium Of Pittsburgh

On April 26, the Green Building Alliance announced it was awarded a $75,000 grant from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation to lead the Higher Education Climate Consortium of Pittsburgh to continue the advancement of this collaboration on climate action.

* Penn State Task Force Unveils Recommendations To Eliminate 100% Of Carbon Emissions By 2035

By Penn State News

* PJM Members Endorse Plan To Speed Up Approval Of Nearly 2,500 Generation Projects, 95% Renewable Or Energy Storage

On April 28, the PJM Interconnection reported its members have overwhelmingly endorsed plans to speed up generation interconnection requests, improve project cost certainty, and significantly improve the process by which new and upgraded generation resources are introduced onto the electrical grid in 13 states and the District of Columbia.

* Dept. Of Human Services Extends LIHEAP Low-Income Energy Assistance Deadline; Urges Pennsylvanians To Apply For Water, Sewer Assistance Programs

On April 28, Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Meg Snead reminded Pennsylvanians that support from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is still available.

* Susquehanna Greenway: Communities Across The Susquehanna Unite To Collect Thousands Of Pounds Of Trash

Communities across the region were alive with volunteers last week in celebration of Earth Day and the 2nd Annual Susquehanna Greenway Cleanup Week organized with the help of the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership

* Keep PA Beautiful, The GIANT Company Support Projects At Horn Farm Center For Ag Education, York County, Centre County Recycling Center

The GIANT Company’s Reduced Emissions Program, developed in partnership with GreenPrint, help support local environmental improvement projects at the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education in York and the Centre County Recycling Center for Earth Day.

* Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership: Outdoor Recreation Spending In PA Up 26%

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership released a new economic study which found outdoor recreation in Pennsylvania, including hunting and fishing, generated $58 billion in 2020—that’s 26 percent more than in 2016.

* Bay Journal: Volunteers Needed In PA To Help Maintain Trails Strained By Record Use

By Ad Crable, Chesapeake Bay Journal

* DCNR To Begin Spraying Forests In Spongy Moth Suppression Effort

On April 29, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced the start of aerial spraying of state woodlands to combat spongy moth (Lymantria dispar dispar, formerly known as the gypsy moth) populations poised for spring outbreaks in many sections of Pennsylvania.

* DCNR Dedicates Trailhead Signs In Lebanon, Schuylkill Counties To Honor George H. Kaufman, Former Jonestown Mayor, Longtime DCNR Employee

On April 25, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn dedicated two trailhead signs honoring longtime DCNR employee and former Jonestown Mayor George H. Kaufman.

* Ross Family Partners With Natural Lands To Preserve Haycock Mountain In Bucks County

On April 27, Natural Lands announced it has partnered with the Ross Family to add nearly 15 acres of land to Pennsylvania Game Lands in Haycock Township, Bucks County. The property includes Haycock Mountain, the highest point in the region, and is now forever protected from development.

* DCNR Celebrates Induction Of Boyd Big Tree Preserve In Dauphin County Into The Old-Growth Forest Network

On April 26, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn visited Boyd Big Tree Preserve Conservation Area in Dauphin County to celebrate its forest heritage and to induct it into the Old-Growth Forest Network.

* Lancaster Conservancy's Otter Creek Nature Preserve In York County Inducted Into Old-Growth Forest Network

On April 26, Lancaster Conservancy’s Otter Creek Nature Preserve in York County was inducted into the Old-Growth Forest Network.

* Western PA Conservancy Protects 289 Acres Of Forestland, Headwater Streams In Westmoreland County

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy recently announced the purchase of a conservation easement to permanently protect and limit development on a 289-acre forested property in Cook Township, Westmoreland County.

* Musser Gap To Valleylands Conservation Plan Moving Forward With Community Input In State College

By Penn State News

* April 29 Take Five Fridays With Pam From PA Parks & Forests Foundation

The April 29 Take Five Fridays With Pam is now available from the PA Parks & Forests Foundation.

* Environment & Energy Educational Opportunities For Students & Adults

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

* Register Now For American Society For Reclamation Sciences Annual Meeting June 12-16 In Duluth, MN; Research Findings, Film Festival Videos & Student Posters Invited

The American Society for Reclamation Sciences (formally American Society of Mining and Reclamation) is now accepting registrations for the 2022 Annual Meeting to be held in Duluth, Minnesota.

* Penn State Student Dana Sanchez Recognized For Research On Water, Nutrient Management Solutions For PA Farms

By Hailey Reiss, Penn State News

* Westmoreland Conservation District: Norwin High School Team One Wins County Envirothon Competition

On April 28, the Westmoreland County Conservation District announced Norwin High School - Team One bested 18 other teams from eight area high schools to take first place in the Westmoreland County Envirothon.

* Register Now For Pike Conservation District May 14 Wetlands Are Wonderful Identification Workshop

The Pike County Conservation District is hosting a Wetlands Are Wonderful Identification Workshop on May 14 at Camp Spears, 143 Nichecronk Pd., Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

* Registration Opens May 1 For 2022 Annual PA Firefly Festival, Glow & Know Campouts In Western PA

The 2022 Annual PA Firefly Festival will be held June 24 -25 in Kellettville, Forest County and  includes nature exhibits, presentations, firefly experts, music and firefly tours. 

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* PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference June 22-23

The PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference will be held in-person and virtually June 22-23 at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center in State College.  This year's theme-- New Opportunities On The Horizon!  Registration Open!    Read more here.

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