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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
October 17, 2005
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* Fall Season Reaching Its Peak In Pennsylvania
The Fall leaf season is reaching its peak in many parts of Pennsylvania, with most areas now expected to display their most vivid colors between October 15 and 21.
* House Committee to Hold Energy Policy Informational Meeting
The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will hold the first of several planned informational meetings on energy policy on October 18.
* On the Senate/House Agenda
Here’s a quick rundown on bills and issues scheduled to be considered when the Senate and House return to session on October 17.
* Bills to Increase Environmental Penalties Proposed by Reichley, Attorney General
Attorney General Tom Corbett this week announced his support for proposed amendments to Pennsylvania's Clean Streams Law and Solid Waste Management Act significantly increasing the penalties for those who harm Pennsylvania's land and waterways.
* Bills Introduced
Several environmental bills were introduced in the General Assembly this week ahead of the beginning of session--
* Appalachian Land & Conservation Donates Viewshed Easements to DCNR
A for-profit real estate company, Appalachian Land & Conservation Services Co., LLC, this week donated conservation easements on 250 acres adjacent to both Bald Eagle State Park and State Game Lands 323 in Howard Township, Centre County to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Game Commission.
* Conservation By Design Workshop Set for October 25 in Lancaster County
Putting Conservation in Local Codes” is the theme of a Conservation By Design workshop to be held October 25 in Manheim, Lancaster County.
* Middle Susquehanna River Conservation Plan Public Review Continues
Public review of the Middle West Branch Susquehanna River Conservation Plan, developed by a partnership between the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy, continued this week in the last of several public meetings in Lock Haven.
* Public Meetings Set on Conewago Creek Watershed Conservation Plan
The steering committee for the Conewago Creek Watershed Conservation Plan has scheduled a round of meetings in November to gather public comments as part of the process to develop a draft Rivers Conservation Plan for the watershed.
* PA Watersheds Data System Workshop October 29
The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers will hold workshops to introduce the PA Watersheds Data System to watershed groups across the state in the coming months.
* Lebanon/Lancaster County Watershed Forum October 29
The Third Annual Lebanon/Lancaster County Watershed Forum will be held on October 29 at the Acorn Farms Banquet and Reception Hall, Mount Joy, Lancaster County.
* WREN Workshops on Protecting Drinking Water November 1, 3
The Water Resources Education Network has scheduled free Source Water Protection Workshops on November 1 in Hawley, Pike County and November 3 in Gettysburg to help drinking water suppliers, local officials, watershed groups, planners, and residents find out how to safeguard their sources of drinking water.
* Organizational Development Workshops Available to Watershed Groups
The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers announced this week a new series of workshops on organizational development will be held in November in Eastern and Central Pennsylvania.
* Wildlands Conservancy Office Suffers Flood Damage, Relief Fund Created
The Wildlands Conservancy in Lehigh County has established a flood relief and office restoration campaign after its headquarters at the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary in Emmaus was flooded by recent heavy rains and overflow from the neighboring Little Lehigh Creek.
* EPA Awards Grant to Encourage Reduction in Pesticide Use
Region 3 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded a $39,272 Strategic Agricultural Initiative grant to the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture for a project designed to encourage organic fruit production.
* Deadline for Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence October 31
Just a reminder, the deadline to apply for the 2005 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence is October 31.
* Contractors, Construction Managers To Learn About Building Green at Workshop
Contractors and construction managers are invited to attend a December 1 workshop in Summerdale, Cumberland County to learn about LEED green building techniques.
* Central PA Churches Invited to Energy Cost Reduction Workshop
Churches in Central Pennsylvania are invited to attend a workshop on December 3 in Harrisburg on how institutions of worship can reduce their energy costs.
* Wanted: Clean Energy Projects for Funding, Agricultural Energy Council Formed
The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority now has available $3.5 million in funding for clean energy projects. Applications are due November 15.
* EPA 2006 Vehicle Fuel Economy Guide Now Available
The 2006 Vehicle Fuel Economy Guide produced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now available online to help consumers make informed decisions on choosing fuel efficient vehicles.
* PRC’s “Environment, Education, Energy and Economics” Awards Dinner November 17
“Environment, Education, Energy and Economics: The 4 Es” is the theme of the Pennsylvania Resources Council’s annual fundraising and awards dinner on November 17 in West Conshohocken.
* Annual Faraday Lecture Puts Focus on Science November 1
At the 18th Annual Faraday Lecture on November 1 in Pittsburgh, you’ll see a “whiz-pop-bang” fun and educational science show for the entire family.
* Professor Honored For Work on Microbial Fuel Cells Powered by Wastewater
Bruce Logan, Kappe professor of environmental engineering, was named one of the winners of the Popular Mechanics 2005 Breakthrough Award at a ceremony recently in New York City.
* Seven PA Students Receive NOAA Hollings Scholarships
Hollings Scholarships were awarded to seven Pennsylvania students who major in oceanic and atmospheric science programs related to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
* School District Joins EPA’s Tools for Schools Indoor Air Quality Program
The Governor Mifflin Schools in Berks County have joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Tools for Schools Program to help improve indoor air quality.
* HELP WANTED – Rachel Carson Homestead Executive Director
The Rachel Carson Homestead Association in Springdale, Allegheny County is seeking an Executive Director. Resumes and salary requirements should be submitted by October 28.
* Feature - Heartland Coalition Works to Heal Middle/Upper Susquehanna Watershed
Six universities, the Geisinger Center for Health Research and Rural Advocacy and the Central Pennsylvania Forum for the Future at SEDA-COG have joined forces to form the Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition to address environmental and health problems in an area of the state they feel has been under served.
* Guide to Your Good Health - Clearing Your Home of Asthma Triggers
by Donald S. Welsh, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3 Administrator
* Quick Clips
NewsClips on environmental issues from around the state--
* Watershed NewsClips
A sampling of NewsClips on watershed issues-
* Regulations
The Environmental Quality Board meets on October 18 to consider a proposed rule adopting new California car standards, a petition to redesignate Tannery Hollow Run, Cameron County and a final rule delisting certain hazardous wastes (more information) and the Fish and Boat Commission adds Lehigh County Stream to Wild Trout Waters.
* DEP Holds First Work Group Meeting on Mercury Rule
The Department of Environmental Protection this week convened a special work group it will use to help develop a Pennsylvania-specific rule limiting mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
No new technical guidance was published this week.
* Calendar of Events
Upcoming conferences, meetings, workshops, plus links to other online calendars. Go To: PA Environment Digest Calendar Page
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