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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
June 5, 2006
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* Unfinished Business As General Assembly Returns-- Budget, Other Issues
The General Assembly is returning to session on June 5 with a plate full of issues waiting for them. Not the least of which is to finish the state budget before June 30. Here’s a quick rundown on pending environmental issues.
* On the Senate, House Agenda
Here’s what will be on the Senate and House agenda when they return to session on June 5.
* Senate Committee to Hold Third Hearing on Reducing Mercury Emissions
The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will hold its third hearing on the issue of reducing mercury emissions from power plants on June 6.
* Water Resources Education Network Awards 27 Grants for Education Projects
The Water Resources Education Network Project, a program of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Education Fund announced this week the award of $100,412 in funding to community partnerships across the state.
* Save This Date – August 24-26 Mine Reclamation/Mine Drainage Conference
The 8th Annual Statewide AMD and AMR Conference will be held August 24 to 26 at the Atherton Hotel in State College. This year’s theme is “Back to Basics.”
* Streambank Fencing Program Available for Grazing Operations in 15 Counties
The Capital Resource Conservation and Development Area Council, Inc. this week announced a new funding program that will assist farmers in Southcentral Pennsylvania to install fencing along streams.
* Nutrient Trading Program Available to Dauphin County Farmers
The Dauphin County Conservation District this week announced the establishment of a nutrient trading program available to Dauphin County farm owners.
* Get Free Three Rivers 2006 River of the Year Poster
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources named Pittsburgh’s three rivers—the Allegheny, Monongahela and the Ohio-- the 2006 River of the Year and now you can help celebrate by getting your own copy of this year’s full color poster.
* Learn More About the Susquehanna Expedition Starting June 18
Starting June 18, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will lead 12 members of Future Farmers of America on a once-in-a-lifetime Susquehanna Expedition.
* Local Environmental Projects Funded By PECO's Green Region Grant Program
Six local environmental projects from across the Philadelphia region are the latest recipients of $50,000 grants from the PECO/Natural Lands Trust Green Region Grants Program.
* PA Foundry Association Partners with Groups to Reduce Energy Costs
The Pennsylvania Foundry Association this week announced a partnership with EnergyConnect, Inc., Powerweb, Inc. and the Pennsylvania Automated Load Management Initiative to help their members reduce energy costs.
* Southwest Energy Efficiency & Pollution Prevention Roundtable Meets June 9
The next meeting of the Southwest PA Industry E2P2 Roundtable will be held at Penn State McKeesport on June 9 from 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Participation is free, but will be limited to the first 30 participants who register.
* Johnson & Johnson Environmental Excellence Award Earns Visit From Secretary
DEP Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty this week honored Johnson & Johnson’s Pharmaceutical Research and Development Spring House campus in Montgomery County for its implementation of a “zero” discharge cooling tower water treatment system that reduces water consumption by 4.8 million gallons per year and saves more than $29,000 annually.
* Pittsburgh to Host National “Greening of Historic Properties” Summit
The Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation and Green Building Alliance will host a National Summit on the “Greening of Historic Properties” on October 30 at the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center in Pittsburgh.
* June Issue of EE Connections Newsletter Available From Environmental Ed Center
The June issue of EE Connections newsletter from the Pennsylvania Center for Environmental Education is now available online.
* Game Commission Posts Final Urban Deer Management Plan
The Game Commission this week finalized its urban/suburban deer management plan to more effectively manage deer in developed areas of the state and posted it on its website.
* Barn Owl Conservation Efforts Expand to Northwest and Northeast PA
The Game Commission is expanding the agency's Barn Owl Conservation Initiative into its Northwest and Northeast regions by seeking information about active and historic barn owl nest sites.
* See & Hear - Take an Online Tour of Cook Forest, PA’s Old Growth Forest
Cook Forest State Park houses one of Pennsylvania’s last old growth stands of woodlands and the GreenTreks Network captured just some of its beauty in web feature that lets you take an online tour.
* Quick Clips
Here’s a selection of NewsClips on environmental topics from around the state.
* Watershed NewsClips
Read a sampling of NewsClips on watershed topics from around Pennsylvania.
* Regulations
The Ozone Regional Transport Commission, DEP, the Department of Transportation and the State Conservation Commission all published notice of regulation changes this week. Here’s the rundown…
* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Environmental Protection published two final guidance documents relating to enforcement of the Storm Water Management Act and published revised mine reclamation bond rate guidelines.
* Calendar of Events
Upcoming conferences, meetings, workshops, plus links to other online calendars. Meetings are in Harrisburg unless otherwise noted. Go To: PA Environment Digest Calendar Page
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