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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
February 5, 2007
(2/2/2007)
PDF Version - PA Environment Digest 2/5/07
* Bill to Help Farmers REAP the Rewards of Proven Conservation Practices
Rep. Jerry Stern (R-Blair) this week announced plans to reintroduce bipartisan legislation designed to help Pennsylvania farmers meet environmental regulations through an innovative financial assistance plan called the Pennsylvania Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Tax Credit Program.
* Video Blog - Fairmount Park in Philadelphia an Important Bird Area? Go Figure!
Keith Russell, Audubon PA’s on-site ornithologist and outreach coordinator, describes why the East Reservoir and Fairmount Park in Philadelphia are important bird habitats. The Park was named as one of Pennsylvania’s Important Bird Areas in 2005.
* On the Senate/House Agenda/Bills Introduced
Sewage, electricity rate caps and the Fish and Boat Commission are topics before legislative committees this week. Here’s the rundown…
* House/Senate Bipartisan Coalition Unveils Global Warming Bill
Rep. Greg Vitali (D-Delaware) and Sen. Ted Erickson (R-Delaware) announced the introduction of legislation \that would require Pennsylvania to take action on measuring and reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.
* Senate Committee to Consider Reappointment of DCNR Secretary DiBerardinis
Sen. Mary Jo White (R-Venango), chairman of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, this week announced the committee will hold a public hearing to consider Gov. Rendell’s reappointment of Michael DiBerardinis as Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources.
* CBF Honors Sen. Wenger With Lifetime Achievement Award
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation this week presented former Sen. Noah Wenger with a Lifetime Achievement Award to honor his conservation achievements. The award was presented at a reception attended by elected representatives, government officials, farmers, and business and environmental leaders at the Harrisburg Civic Club.
* House Names Committee Members for Environment, Game, Agriculture
The House this week named members to each of their committees. Here’s the rundown…
* Sen. Waugh Reappointed to Chesapeake Bay Commission
Sen. Mike Waugh (R-York) has been reappointed by Sen. Joe Scarnati, President Pro Tempore, to continue serving the Commonwealth as a member of the Chesapeake Bay Commission.
* $850 Million Energy Independence Program, Climate Change Proposal Coming
Gov. Rendell this week proposed an $850 Million Energy Independence Program funded by a new tax on electric use that would provide financing for renewable energy resource development, promoting energy conservation and provide a transition to competitive electricity markets when price caps end in 2010.
* Up To $182 Million in Annual Savings from Electricity Demand Management
A new independent study has found that a modest reduction in electricity use during peak hours would reduce energy prices by at least $57 million to $182 million annually in the Mid-Atlantic region.
* PennFuture Sponsors Annual Clean Energy Conference May 30
On May 30 PennFuture will again sponsor its annual Clean Energy Conference in Camp Hill with the theme, “To Market, To Market: Producing Pennsylvania-Made Energy in Governor Rendell’s Second Term.”
* Nominations Sought for Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards
If you know a person, organization, or business that has helped to enhance the environment of western Pennsylvania, that achievement could win a $5,000 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award.
* Governor’s Awards to be Presented at PEC Harrisburg Dinner April 17
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council will partner with the Commonwealth and the Department of Environmental Protection in announcing the 2007 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence.
* Public’s Right of Access to Little Juniata River Wins Critical Protection
A Huntingdon County court decision this week guaranteed the rights of citizens to have access to the Little Juniata River for fishing, boating and other recreation.
* Operations and Maintenance Plan Assistance Available to Watershed Groups
Operations and Maintenance plans are crucial to the success of passive acid mine drainage treatment systems. O&M plans encourage long-term sustainable AMD treatment, helping grassroots watershed organizations maximize the life of their passive treatment systems.
* Five-Star Habitat Restoration Grants Due March 7
Grant applications are being accepted until March 7 for the Five-Star Restoration Grants Program sponsored by the National Association of Counties, the National Wildlife Foundation, Wildlife Habitat Council and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
* DEP to Hold Growing Greener Workshop February 8 in Wilkes-Barre
The Department of Environmental Protection will hold an information session on February 8 to provide guidance on the 2007 Growing Greener I & II grant application process and schedule.
* Preparing for the Storm: Stormwater Solutions for PA Communities April 5 & 6
Pennsylvania loses nearly 120,000 acres of open space to development each year. The increased stormwater runoff associated with so much land conversion begins a chain of events that includes flooding, erosion, stream channel alteration, and ecological damage.
* Comments Invited on Large Watershed Proposed, Revised Final TMDL Plans
The Department of Environmental Protection this week publish notices inviting comments on proposed and revised final Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Plans in five watersheds, including—the West Branch Susquehanna, Little Schuylkill and Schuylkill River watersheds.
* State Parks’ Watershed Education Program More Popular Every Year
School participation in the Bureau of State Parks' Watershed Education Program showed a marked increase last year, with many students participating in on-site field investigations with park staff.
* Public Meetings on Draft Delaware River Basin Flood Mitigation Recommendations
Delaware River Basin Commission Executive Director Carol R. Collier this week announced that the first of four meetings will be held in Delhi, N.Y. on February 8 to give the public an opportunity to provide feedback on the Interstate Flood Mitigation Task Force's flood loss reduction and flood mitigation draft recommendations for the Delaware River Basin.
* EPA Recognizes Pollution Reduction Efforts of Bethlehem, Allentown Companies
PolyOne Corporation in Bethlehem and Prior Coated Metals, Inc. in Allentown were recognized this week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their efforts to reduce pollution and waste as part of the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities program.
* U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Offers Grants for Imperiled Species Projects
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking proposals for conservation projects to benefit imperiled species on private lands through its Private Stewardship Grants Program.
* Local Officials Invited to Planning for Agriculture Workshops
Township, borough and county officials are invited to learn more about agricultural law and regulations by attending one of six “Planning for Agriculture” workshops to be held in March, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said this week.
* Generous Gift Adds 3,000 Acres to Tioga State Forest
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources this week announced it has accepted a generous gift of nearly 3,000 acres of land from the Bob and Marion Jones family that will be added to Tioga State Forest.
* PA Recreation and Park Society to Hold Annual Conference March 24-28
The PA Recreation and Park Society will hold its 60th annual conference with the theme of “Celebrate the Brilliance of Recreation and Parks” from March 24-28 in Hershey.
* Saving Kids From Nature Deficit Disorder, A Presentation By Ken Finch
Ken Finch, President and founder of Green Hearts Institute for Nature in Childhood (Green Hearts Inc.), a new nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing children and nature back together, will make presentations at three forums across the state in March.
* Pennsylvania Leads the Nation in College RecycleMania Participation
Pennsylvania leds the country in the number of colleges and universities participating in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s RecycleMania 2007 challenge.
* PA Cleanways Invites Litter Hawk Youth Award Nominations
PA CleanWays announced it is seeking nominations for its 2007 Litter Hawk Youth Award Program.
* Lebanon School District Joins EPA’s Tools for Schools Program
The Lebanon School District has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Tools for Schools program to improve the indoor air quality of its schools.
* Alternate Energy Futures Writing and Video Contest for High School Students
Stories change understanding, and understanding can change the world. That is the foundation of Imagining Tomorrow: Alternate Energy Futures, a national writing and video contest about clean energy for high-school students was announced this week.
* DEP Publishes Updated List of Available Emission Reduction Credits
The Department of Environmental Protection this week published a notice of availability of emission reduction credits, by company, in the state’s Emission Credit Registry and a summary of recent transactions (February 3 PaB 580).
* Help Wanted: Executive Director Keep Philadelphia Beautiful
Keep Philadelphia Beautiful is seeking a person to fill the position of executive director to develop and implement policies and programs as well as provide overall direction for the nonprofit Keep Philadelphia Beautiful organization.
* Opinion - Carbon Sequestration Underground Offers Potential Solutions
By Jeffrey Jarrett, Assistant Secretary, Office of Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
* Feature - Migrating Golden Eagles Targeted By Research
By Joe Kosack, Wildlife Conservation Education Specialist
* 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 Governor’s Office published their semi-annual Regulatory Agenda that provides notice of which regulations agencies will consider over the next year future. The list is organized agency by agency.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of proposed revisions to the Air Quality State Implementation Plan for the Johnstown area and scheduled a public hearing.
* 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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