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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
January 29, 2007
(1/26/2007)
PDF Version - PA Environment Digest 1/29/07
* Ralph Abele, Mahon Access for All, Boating Education Awards Presented
A pioneering scientist, a hands-on conservationist, an innovative sportsmen and an educator have been honored by the Fish and Boat Commission for their unique contributions that have furthered the work and mission of the agency.
* Video Blog - First Restoration Project in Moutour Run Watershed a Success
The Boggs Road Mine Drainage Treatment Project was the first project undertaken by the Montour Run Watershed Association in Allegheny County and it’s been an overwhelming success!
* On the Senate/House Agenda/Bills Introduced
While no committee meetings are scheduled on environmental bills, Rep. Vitali (D-Delaware) and Sen. Erickson (R-Delaware) have scheduled a press conference to announce legislation to deal with the climate change issue. (See Calendar of Events)
* Governor Renominates McGinty, DiBerardinis, Wolff to Cabinet Posts
Gov. Rendell this week sent his cabinet nominations to the Senate for confirmation, including Kathleen McGinty for DEP, Michael DiBerardinis for DCNR and Dennis Wolff at Agriculture.
* House Republicans Name Committee Chairs
The House Republicans named committee chairs this week, making changes to Environmental Resources and Energy and the Game and Fisheries committees, but not Agriculture.
* Environmental Synopsis Features Summary of Kilbuck Township Landslide Hearing
The January issue of the Environmental Synopsis published by the Joint Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee features a summary of the Committee hearing on the Kilbuck Township landslide and other issues.
* DEP Accepting Applications for Watershed Restoration and Protection Grants
The Department of Environmental Protection this week invited community groups and watershed organizations to apply for the next round of grants under the state’s Growing Greener, flood protection and federal 319 programs.
* Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grant Applications Due April 2
Applications for grants to restore ripaian forests, wetlands, fish passage and to reduce sources of nutrient and sediment pollution are now being accepted under the Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grants Program.
* DEP Requesting Comments on Proposed TMDLs in 6 Counties
The Department of Environmental Protection is inviting comments on proposed Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Plan in watersheds in six counties—
* Southwest Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program Forum Feb. 9
Rural landowners and farmers are invited to the 2007 Southwest PA Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) Forum on February 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Giannilli’s II in Greensburg.
* Sustainable Agriculture Conference Feb. 1-3 in State College
The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture will celebrate the 16th anniversary of its Farming for the Future conference February 1, 2 and 3.
* Applications Now Being Accepted for Trout Unlimited Youth Fishing Camp
Applications are now being accepted for the 12th annual Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp being held June 17-22 at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, Cumberland County, according to Camp Chairman Rod Cross.
* Apply Now for Youth Bass Anglers Conservation School July 15-19
The Youth Bass Anglers Conservation School, Pennsylvania’s unique opportunity for students 14-17 who love to fish and learn about warm-water fishery, will begin accepting registrations February 1.
* Students Invited to Participate in Wildlife Leadership Adventure Programs
The Pennsylvania Institute for Conservation Education will hold two Wildlife Leadership Adventure Programs on deer and grouse this July for students 14 – 17.
* $67 Million in Water, Wastewater, Brownfields Projects Announced
The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority announced the approval of $67 million in grants and loans to fund water, wastewater and brownfield projects.
* Venango County Joins PA CleanWays Growing Grassroots Network
PA CleanWays announced this week that Venango County has formed the newest chapter in the growing PA CleanWays network.
* Household Hazardous Waste, Rain Barrel Programs by PRC in Pittsburgh
The Pennsylvania Resources Council and other partners will present a series of programs in the Pittsburgh area on household hazardous waste and installing rain barrels.
* Composting, Vermiculture, Solar Energy, Gardening, Frog Frolic by PRC-East
The Pennsylvania Resources Council is offering a series of six different workshops at its Delaware County Environmental Living Center now through May on a variety of topics. Here are the workshops available….
* Philadelphia Recycling Council's Meeting to Feature Archaeology of Garbage
World-renowned garbologist, William Rathje´ will give the keynote speech at the annual meeting and awards luncheon for the Greater Philadelphia Commercial Recycling Council March 9 at Temple University.
* Lancaster Project Recognized by EPA for Greenhouse Gas Reductions
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week recognized a landfill gas recovery project developed by a partnership between the Lancaster County Solid Waste Authority, Turkey Hill Dairy, Catepiller, Inc. and PPL for its greenhouse gas reductions.
* Commonwealth Supports Green, Mixed-Use Riverfront Project in Pittsburgh
Gov. Rendell this week announced a $12.3 million investment from a number of state agencies in Pittsburgh's Cultural District Riverfront Development Project, the nation's first master-planned, "green," mixed-use neighborhood.
* Nominations for First-Ever Philadelphia Sustainability Awards Due Feb. 23
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council and seven other regional organizations are now accepting nominations for the first-ever Philadelphia Sustainability Awards.
* Environmental Advisory Council Conference Set for March 10
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council is hosting the annual Environmental Advisory Council Conference at the American College and the Gregg Conference Center in Bryn Mawr on March 10.
* Fish and Boat Commission Awards Boating Facilities Grants
The Fish and Boat Commission this week announced it has awarded more than $1.5 million in grants to 22 municipalities for the development, improvement or rehabilitation of public recreational boat launches.
* Public Fishing and Boating Access to Lake Erie Improved by Several Projects
The Fish and Boat Commission and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources took several actions this week that will result in improved public fishing and boating access to Lake Erie and its tributary streams.
* Fish and Boat Commission Files Lawsuit to Protect Public Access
The Fish and Commission this week filed a complaint and petition for a preliminary injunction seeking to preserve public access to Quaker Lake in Susquehanna County.
* Game Commission Awards Funding for Golden Eagle, Forest Songbirds Projects
The Game Commission this week approved two projects that will benefit migrating eastern golden eagles and forest-interior songbirds.
* Nearly 160 More Acres Permanently Protected by Game Commission
The Board of Game Commissioners this week approved three options that will increase the State Game Lands system by roughly 160 acres.
* March 1 Conference to Focus on Environmental Careers
Environmental professionals and students pursuing environmental careers are encouraged to attend the Society of Women Environmental Professionals Capital Chapter’s second annual “Making Environmental Connections” conference on March 1.
* Help Wanted: Wildlands Conservancy Seeks Chief Development Officer
The Wildlands Conservancy is seeking a chief development officer who will be responsible for the planning, implementation and oversight of an advancement program that secures significant financial support from foundations, governments, corporations and individuals.
* Opinion - The Future Is Now on Abandoned Mine Reclamation!
By Ed Wytovich, Catawissa Creek Watershed Association
* Feature - Hybernating, Raising Young: Pennsylvania Bears Winter Denning Activities
Unlike all other wildlife, early January marks the time when Pennsylvania's black bears are giving birth to their young, which weigh less than one-half pound, according tothe Game Commission.
* 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 Environmental Quality Board published notice it has accepted a petition to limit diesel engine ideling for study and the Independent Regulatory Review Commission published comments on the PUC Alternative Energy Portfolio regulations.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Environmental Protection published notices extending the comment periods on several proposed policies covering combined sewer overflows and medical x-ray equipment, a proposed Residaul and Municipal Waste Composting General Permit,
* 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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