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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
July 24, 2006
(7/21/2006)
PDF Version - PA Environment Digest 7/24/06
* July 28 Deadline for Best Rates for Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference
This year's Pennsylvania Conference on Abandoned Mine Reclamation in State College is only six weeks away, but you only have until July 28 to take advantage of early registration rates. And, as they say, when the deals are gone, they're gone!
* Rising Nation River Journey 2006 Moves Down the Delaware August 4 to 17
The Rising Nation River Journey 2006, a three-week canoe/paddle trip down the Delaware River, will again link the culture of the Lena’pe Indian Tribe, the people and communities along the Delaware and culminate in a reenactment of the signing of Penn’s Treaty of Renewed Brotherhood on William Penn’s estate in Bucks County.
* River Sojourn to Highlight “Rivers of the Year” Designation by DCNR
Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers, which recently received “Rivers of the Year” designation by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, will be the site of the Three Rivers Sojourn – a three day paddling and boating event scheduled for August 10-12.
* Barnes & Tucker Mine Water Treatment Project Will Benefit Farmers
The Susquehanna River Basin Commission this week announced it would use a $6.1 million grant provided by the Pennsylvania General Assembly and Gov. Rendell to improve water quality in 25 miles of the polluted West Branch Susquehanna River and support Pennsylvania’s farmers.
* French Creek Project Announces Golf Outing to Raise Needed Funds
The French Creek Project announced this week it will hold its inaugural charity golf scramble on July 29 at the Island Green Golf Course near Cochranton, to raise money for French Creek Project watershed conservation programs.
* 2006-2007 Global ReLeaf Grant Applications Due Now, January 15
Global ReLeaf, a program of American Forests, is offering grants towards tree planting projects. Applications are due now for Fall 2006 planting and January 15.
* Latest Water Monitoring Matters Newsletter Available Online from POWR
The July issue of Monitoring Matters, a newsletter from the PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers, by and for water quality and watershed monitoring groups, is now available online.
* Agencies Compile Lists of Projects Funded Under Growing Greener II
Several state agencies this week published lists of projects funded under the Growing Greener II bond issue in response to the requirement in the legislation passed last year calling for an annual report on how monies were spent.
* Pittsburgh Voyager Environmental Adventure Camps Going Fast!
Pittsburgh Voyager, a nonprofit education center based on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, is offering several weeks of Summer River-Ventures day camps.
* PJM Region Sets New Record for Energy Use During Heat Wave
PJM Interconnection, the electric grid operator for 13 states including Pennsylvania, set an unofficial record for peak electricity use of 139,746 megawatts on July 17, prompting a call for energy conservation in the region.
* Oil & Natural Gas Industry Help Make Low-Income Homes More Energy Efficient
The Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania and Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, the local affiliate of the nation’s largest volunteer home rehabilitation organization, this week announced their Energy Efficient Homes Initiative to incorporate energy efficiency into low-income home renovations.
* PUC Proposes Rules for Electric Suppliers Under Alternative Energy Portfolio Act
The Public Utility Commission this week started the rulemaking process that will govern compliance with the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act by electric distribution companies (EDC) and electric generation suppliers (EGS).
* Applications Due for Community Wind Energy Projects August 16
The TRF Sustainable Development Fund is soliciting applications for wind energy production incentive grants to support new community wind projects that will begin commercial operation by December 31, 2007.
* August 14 Deadline for $500 Hybrid Car Rebates
The deadline for applying for $500 rebates on purchases of hybrid electric vehicles from the Department of Environmental Protection is August 14.
* Penn State Finds Corn Waste Potentially More Than Ethanol
After the corn harvest, whether for cattle feed or corn on the cob, farmers usually leave the stalks and stems in the field, but now, a team of Penn State researchers think corn stover can be used not only to manufacture ethanol, but to generate electricity directly.
* Little Conservation Changes on Farms Can Make A Big Difference
Using conservation practices on the farm can make a big difference in energy bills and fuel use, water use and more, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Here are a few examples and how much you can save:
* DCNR Awards $4.8 Million in PA Wilds, Recreation Trail Grants
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources this week awarded $1.8 million in grants for recreation and tourism projects in the Pennsylvania Wilds area of the state and another $3 million for trail projects.
* New Recreation Plan for the Pennsylvania Wilds Unveiled by DCNR
Standing at the newly completed trailhead of the southern portion of the Pine Creek Trail, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Michael DiBerardinis this week unveiled a recreation plan for the 12-county region in north-central Pennsylvania known as the Pennsylvania Wilds.
* Commonwealth Finance Agency OKs Agriculture, Tourism, Brownfields Grants
The Commonwealth Finance Agency this week announced $13 million in grants to support tourism and agriculture projects and $46 million in Business in Our Sites funding for economic development and brownfields projects.
* PENNVEST Awards $73 Million in Water Project Grants, Loans
The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority this week awarded more than $73 million in drinking water, wastewater, stormwater project grants and loans.
* 2006 Blue Ribbon Passport AgriTourism Brochure Now Available
The Department of Agriculture this week announced the new Blue Ribbon Passport brochure is available that invites visitors to see Pennsylvania’s fairs, farm markets, farm stays and wineries.
* Game Commission Mentored Youth Hunting Program Takes Effect July 22
Joined by a coalition of sportsmen, the Game Commission and Sen. Bob Robbins (R-Mercer) this week announced that experienced hunters, who have historically helped pass along the state's rich hunting heritage, now have another way to introduce youths to hunting by serving as a mentor in the new Mentored Youth Hunting Program (MYHP)
* July Environmental Synopsis Now Available from Joint Conservation Committee
The July issue of the Environmental Synopsis is now available from the Joint Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee.
* See & Hear - Mayflies Cause Mayhem in Kittanning, But That’s Good News!
A blizzard of mayflies have invaded Kittanning in Armstrong County along the Allegheny River again this year. Although they are a nuisance to many, Mayflies are actually a sign that water quality has improved in the river.
* Environmental History - State Historical Marker to Be Dedicated at Quecreek Mine Rescue Event
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Quecreek Mine Rescue Foundation will hold a ceremony July 29 to dedicate an official State Historical Marker to commemorate the successful efforts to rescue nine miners trapped in the Quecreek Mine in July 2002.
* Feature - Backyard Bird Oases, By Joe Kosack, Game Commission
A surefire way to attract songbirds - and often other wildlife - to your backyard is by adding a birdbath or small pond, according to Game Commission biologists. During the dog days of summer, water has almost magical powers of attraction on many birds, because it's something they use regularly.
* 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 Department of Transportation published a set of final revisions to the state Vehicle Emission Inspection Program and a corrective amendment to the same regulations.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Environmental Protection published a final guidance document on tracking and resolving water quality violations.
* 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
* Stories Invited
Send your stories about environmental issues, programs and positive actions to PA Environment Digest - DHess@crisciassociates.com or go to www.PaEnvironmentDigest.com .

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