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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
January 9, 2023 - Issue #964
(1/9/2023)
* 37 New Stories - REAL Environmental & Conservation Leadership In PA

Here are 37 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.

* Weekly List Of PA Environment & Energy Articles & NewsClips By Topic

PA Environment Digest Put Links To The Best Environment & Energy Articles and NewsClips From Last Week Here By Topic.

* Guest Essay: Counties, PEMA Need To Include A Complete Vulnerability Assessment Of All Natural Gas Facilities In State, County Hazard Mitigation Emergency Plans

By Cat (Cathy) Lodge, Washington County Resident

* DEP Releases Bid Solicitations To Plug 46 Conventional Natural Gas Wells In Armstrong, Washington Counties At Taxpayer Expense

On January 5, the Department of Environmental Protection released three more requests for bids to plug 46 conventional natural gas wells in Armstrong and Washington County through the website BidExpress.com.

* Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard - Dec. 31 to Jan. 6

From December 31 to January 6, DEP’s Compliance Reporting Database shows oil and gas inspectors filed 634 inspection reports that resulted in 29 violations of environmental regulations-- 17 violations by the conventional oil and gas industry and 12 violations by unconventional shale natural gas industry.

* PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices/Opportunities To Comment - Jan. 7

The following DEP notices were published in the January 7 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities.  Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments.

* DEP Citizens Advisory Council Meets Jan. 10 To Hear Overview Of Stream Redesignation Process, Including High Quality, Exceptional Value Streams; But What About Protection?

DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council is scheduled to meet January 10 to hear a presentation on the Stream Redesignation Process and discuss the Council’s transition paper for the incoming Shapiro Administration.

* Sen. Yaw, Sen. Comitta Again Chair Senate Environmental Committee; Other Senate Standing Committee Chairs Named

On January 6, Senate Republican and Democratic leadership named Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) as Majority Chair and Sen. Carolyn Comitta (D-Chester) as Minority Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

* Chesapeake Bay Foundation's 2022 State Of The Bay Score Unchanged, States Must Focus On Agriculture, Stormwater Pollution

On January 5, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation released its 2022 State of the Bay Report. The biennial evaluation graded the Bay and its watershed at a D+, unchanged from the 2020 score.

* PA State Sen. Scott Martin Elected Chair Of Interstate Chesapeake Bay Commission

On January 6, Sen. Scott Martin (R-Lancaster) was elected to serve as Chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Commission in 2023 as Pennsylvania continues its work to reduce pollution in the watershed.

* Chesapeake Bay Commission Names Anna Killius New Executive Director

On January 6, the Chesapeake Bay Commission announced it has selected Anna Killius as its new Executive Director. Killius will lead the organization following the retirement of longtime CBC Executive Director Ann Swanson in November.

* DEP Rescinds Function-Based Aquatic Resource Compensation Protocol For Mandatory Mitigation Under Chapter 105 For Reevaluation

On January 7, the Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the PA Bulletin it is rescinding the Chapter 105 PA Function-Based Aquatic Resources Compensation Protocol Guidance (310-2137-001) for reevaluation.

* Wildlife For Everyone Foundation, Game Commission Accepting Seedlings For Schools Program Applications Starting Jan. 30

The Wildlife For Everyone Foundation and the Game Commission's Howard Nursery announced schools can start applying for the Seedlings For Schools Program on January 30.  The deadline for applications is March 31.

* Pennsylvania Sea Grant Accepting Applications For 2024-26 Coastal Resources Research Grants

The Pennsylvania Sea Grant College Program is pleased to announce its 2024-26 Research Request for Proposals (RFP). Pre-proposal submissions are due by February 22, 2023, by 5:00 p.m., EST.  

* PA Organization For Watersheds & Rivers Hosts Jan. 17 Webinar- Riparian Buffers…Not Just for Water Quality

The PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers is hosting a January 17 webinar-- Riparian Buffers…Not Just for Water Quality-- 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

* Appalachian Region Independent Power Producers Assn. Accepting Applications For Mine Reclamation Grants

By Anne Daymut, Watershed Coordinator, Western PA Coalition For Abandoned Mine Reclamation

* Pike Conservation District Releases 2022 Surface Water Quality Report

By Rachael Marques, PCCD Watershed Specialist

* Susquehanna River Basin Commission Latest Guardian Newsletter Now Available

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission’s latest Guardian newsletter is now available featuring articles on--

* EPA To Host Jan. 19 Virtual Community Meeting For Erie Residents On Health Risks From Ethylene Oxide

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host a virtual community meeting for residents of  Erie, Pennsylvania, to share information about health risks from the chemical, ethylene oxide or EtO.

* PennDOT Accepting Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Grant Applications Beginning Feb. 24

On January 6, the Department of Transportation announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity for Round 1 of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Grant program. The application period will open on February 24, 2023 until 5:00 PM EST on April 6, 2023.

* PACE Loan Group Funds C-PACE 4.8 MW Carport-Mounted Solar Energy Project At 1000 Omega Corporate Office In Pittsburgh

The PACE Loan Group, a national leader in Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing, closed an $8 million loan, financing solar panels at 1000 Omega, a corporate office in Pittsburgh. 

* Interagency Working Group On Coal & Power Plant Communities & Economic Revitalization Hosts 3-Part Webinar Series On Technical Assistance For Energy Communities

The Federal Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization hosts a three-part Technical Assistance for Energy Communities webinar series on January 10, 17 and 24.

* PA Resources Council Now Accepting Entries For 2023 Lens On Litter Photo Contest

The PA Resources Council is now accepting entries to the 2023 Gene Capaldi Lens on Litter Photo Contest.  The deadline for entries is October 31.

* PA Environmental Council In Case You Missed It In December

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

* PA Controlled Plant & Noxious Weed Committee Meets Jan. 19 To Consider 7 More Noxious Weeds

The Department of Agriculture’s Controlled Plant And Noxious Weed Committee is scheduled to hold a virtual meeting January 19 at 1:00 p.m. to consider adding seven more plants to the Noxious Weeds List.  (formal notice)

* PA Society For Ornithology Accepting Applications For Funding From 3rd Annual 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.  The deadline to apply is March 1.

* PA Parks & Forests Foundation Accepting Entries For 2023 Photo Contest ‘Reflections’

The PA Parks and Forests Foundation is now accepting entries for the 2023 Photo Contest. The deadline for entries is September 30.

* Jan. 6 Take Five Fridays With Pam From PA Parks & Forests Foundation

The January 6 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--

* PA Assn. Of Environmental Educators Accepting Registrations For Annual Conference March 13-14 + Other Professional Development Opportunities

Registration is now open for the PA Association of Environmental Educators Annual Conference to be held March 13-14 at Camp Hebron, Halifax, Dauphin County.

* Registration Open! WeConservePA PA Land Conservation Conference April 26-28 In Reading

WeConservePA is now accepting registrations for the 2023 PA Land Conservation Conference to be held on April 26-28 in Reading.

* Register Now! PA Recreation & Parks Society 2023 Annual Conference & Expo March 19-22 In Hershey

The PA Recreation and Parks Society is now accepting registrations for 2023 Annual Conference and Expo to be held March 19-22 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey.

* Delaware Highlands Conservancy Accepting Scholarship Applications

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy is now accepting applications from eligible high school seniors for the Vanessa Joy Van Gorder Memorial Scholarship.

* Nature At Risk - How Many Species Can We Afford To Lose?

By Carol Hillestad for Brodhead Watershed Association, Monroe County

* Protecting Clean Water Together: Love It Or Hate It, Snow Cover Matters

By Carol Hillestad for Brodhead Watershed Association, Monroe County

* 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-- 

* The Feds

Articles and NewsClips about federal actions impacting Pennsylvania--

* Public Participation Opportunities/Calendar Of Events

Click Here for a list of public participation opportunities and a calendar of events.

* Grants & Awards

Click Here for grants, awards, recognition programs and contest deadlines.

* PA Bulletin Public Notices

Highlights of the environmental and energy notices in the January 7 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.

* 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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