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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
August 28, 2006
(8/25/2006)
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* Pennsylvania Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference Attracts 200
This year's Pennsylvania Conference on Abandoned Mine Reclamation in State College attracted 200 people interested in sharing expertise and experiences that will help them better protect and restore their watersheds.
* Senate Agriculture Committee Sets Meeting on Conservation Tax Credit Bill
Sen. Waugh (R-York), chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, announced the Committee will hold an informational meeting on conservation districts and Senate Bill 1286 (Wenger R-Lancaster, Waugh R-York, O’Pake D-Berks), the conservation tax credit legislation.
* Environmental Synopsis Features Conservation Districts, Climate Change
The August issue of Environmental Synopsis from the Joint Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee is now online.
* Small Watershed Grants Program Awards $748,100 to 17 Groups in PA
Local governments and community-based organizations throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed will have help funding local watershed restoration projects, thanks to over $2.6 million in grants provided by the Small Watershed Grants Program and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
* DEP Seeking Project Proposals for EPA Targeted Watershed, Capacity Grants
The Department of Environmental Protection announced it is accepting projects for nomination to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Targeted Watershed Grant Program. and will help applicants with EPA Watershed Capacity Grants.
* Lower West Branch Supports Record Number of Smallmouth Bass
Fish and Boat Commission Biologists conducted a night electrofishing survey on the lower West Branch Susquehanna River on the nights of July 24 and 25 to assess the smallmouth bass population.
* Lehigh Valley Watershed Conference Set for October 6
The Lehigh and Northampton Conservation Districts, Wildlands Conservancy, Lehigh University and PA Trout are joining forces to put on the Lehigh Valley Watershed Conference on October 6 at Iacocca Hall at Lehigh University.
* Rural Water Association Announces Professional Office Conference
The Pennsylvania Rural Water Association is hosting the Professional Office Conference on September 13-14 at The Nittany Lion Inn, State College.
* Rain Barrel/Watershed Workshops Set in Pittsburgh Area
The Pennsylvania Resources Council has scheduled four rain barrel workshops in the Pittsburgh area where participants will learn how to harvest rainwater from your own roof, store it and use it in your landscape.
* Water Reuse Workshop to be Held November 2 in Exton
American Rivers and the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association have developed a workshop on water reuse to be held November 2 at the Inn at Chester Springs in Exton, Chester County.
* DEP Asks for Comments on Changes to Neshaminy Creek TMDL
The Department of Environmental Protection published a revised TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) Plan for the Neshaminy Creek in Bucks and Montgomery counties and asked for public comments on the revisions.
* POWR Offers Brochure Production to Members
The PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers announced this week it will offer brochure production services to member organizations.
* McClellan Fills Statewide No-Till Coordinator Position
Penn State University has hired Jeff McClellan as the first Pennsylvania No-Till Coordinator, thanks to a statewide public-private partnership effort over a year in the making.
* Visit the Clean Water Festival at the Pymatuning Waterfowl Expo
This year’s Pymatuning Waterfowl Expo will feature a Clean Water Festival Educational Area where everything is going to be “ducky!” The event will be held on September 16-17 in Linesville, Pa.
* Scenes of the Schuylkill Art Show Celebrates the River, Region
The Scenes of the Schuylkill Art Show and Competition is a unique and exciting event that captures, through original works of art, the varied aesthetic scenery that characterizes the river corridor.
* Spring Creek Day Family Festival September 17
ClearWater Conservancy’s annual Spring Creek Day Family Festival will be held on September 17th at the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center from noon to 5 p.m.
* One Crescent Drive Given Platinum LEED Rating
One Crescent Drive, a four-story office building constructed in the Philadelphia Naval Business Center, has received the LEED Platinum certification, and is now Pennsylvania’s best performing green building.
* Southwest Energy Efficiency, Pollution Prevention Roundtable September 7
The Southwest Energy Efficiency and Pollution Prevention Roundtable will meet on September 7 at Fayette Steel in Scottdale, Pa.
* Recycled Glass Economic Development Forum to be Held Next Month
The Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center will hold a Recycled Glass Economic Development Forum on September 21 in Harrisburg. The focus of the forum is to strategically evaluate economic development opportunities for recycled glass use and manufacturing operations in the Commonwealth.
* DCED Offers Community Revitalization Grants
The Department of Community and Economic Development announced it was now accepting applications for 2006 Community Revitalization Grants.
* Nearly 4,000 More Acres of Farmland Preserved in PA
The Department of Agriculture announced the investment of $12 million this week to preserve an additional 42 farms and 3,665 acres through its nation-leading farmland preservation program today.
* 2007 Governor’s Outdoor Conference to Connect People With Nature
Gov. Rendell this week announced plans for a 2007 Governor’s Outdoor Conference March 18-20 that will feature the theme connecting people with nature.
* Sixth Annual Great Outdoors Elk Expo Scheduled for September 22-23
The Game Commission this week announced the Sixth Annual Elk Expo will be held September 22 and 23 at the Elk County Fair Grounds in Kersey.
* Game Commission Drafts Rules to Control Nuisance Canada Geese
In response to recently announced changes in federal regulations governing the control of resident Canada geese, the Game Commission announced this week it would consider draft rules for controlling nuisance Canada geese at its October meeting.
* Game Commission Offers Special Patch to Commemorate 100 Bald Eagle Nests
To commemorate Pennsylvania's 100-nest milestone in bald eagle conservation, the Game Commission is offering for sale a special-edition embroidered wildlife patch which depicts a bald eagle with two eaglets and designed by award-winning wildlife artist Bob Sopchick.
* Help Wanted: Watershed Manager, SBDC Environmental Consultant
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is seeking a conservation professional to fill the position of Watershed Manager in the Upper Allegheny.
* Opinion - Proposed Conservation Tax Credit Program Will Help Farmers
By Senator Noah W. Wenger, 30th Senatorial District
* 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 Delaware River Basin Commission published notice proposing to extend the Lower Delaware Special Protection Water area and make other changes to its water quality regulations.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Environmental Protection published draft guidance on applying for 2007 Environmental Education Grants.
* 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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