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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
April 9, 2007
(4/6/2007)
PDF Version - PA Environment Digest 4/9/07
* Too Many Deer Damaging Forest Ecosystems, Agriculture – Video Blog
The over-browsing of Pennsylvania’s forests and agricultural areas by too many deer in too many places has eliminated thousands of acres of habitat for birds and other wildlife, and represents the largest single threat to bird habitat, after urban sprawl, according to Timothy D. Schaeffer, Ph.D., Executive Director of Audubon Pennsylvania, the state office of the National Audubon Society.
* Video Blog - Ned Smith Center Connects Nature, Art, People, Special Audubon Exhibit April 17
The Ned Smith Center located just outside Millersburg in Dauphin County celebrates the life and work of Ned Smith, a world famous wildlife artist-illustrator who grew up in the area.
* On the Senate/House Agenda/Bills Introduced
The Senate and House will return to session April 16, and there is limited committee activity due to the Easter break.
* Lancaster Solid Waste Authority Conducts First Carbon Credit Trade
The Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority announced this week it has conducted the first transatlantic exchange of project-based greenhouse gas reduction credits through membership in the Chicago Climate Exchange.
* Game Commission Recognized By Chestnut Ridge Chapter Trout Unlimited
The Game Commission recently received the Chestnut Ridge Chapter of Trout Unlimited’s "Coldwater Conservationist of the Year Award" at its annual banquet in Uniontown, Fayette County, in recognition of the agency's partnership in helping to address acid mine discharge in local watersheds.
* Volunteers to Beautify Schuylkill River Trail in Celebration of Earth Day
On April 15, about 35 volunteers will gather along the riverfront in Reading to remove trash, repair launch areas, paint benches and plant bulbs along the Schuylkill River Trail.
* PA CleanWays Wants Volunteers for Two Dauphin County Cleanups
Upper Dauphin County will be the site of several cleanup events sponsored by PA CleanWays, the Western PA Watershed Program and the Wiconisco Creek Restoration Association and other sponsors.
* Chester County, Municipalities Hosting Household Haz., E-Waste Collection Event
Sixty-one Chester County municipalities are hosting a Household Hazardous Waste and Computer Collection Event for Chester County residents on April 21 at the CAT Pickering, Center for Arts and Technology Campus, 1580 Charlestown Road, Phoenixville, PA.
* Managing Your Onlot Disposal System Workshop Set for April 18 in York
York County residents are invited to learn about “Managing Your On-lot Disposal System” on April 18 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the Monaghan Twp. Volunteer Fire Department located on Siddonsburg Road.
* Centre County Foundation Seeks Grant Applications
Altrusa International of Centre County will be accepting grant applications from Centre County non-profit organizations for projects in the areas of Literacy, Children & Youth, Women's Issues, and the Environment.
* Health Secretary Urges Preparedness for a Public Health Emergency
The Department of Health this week today kicked off National Public Health Week and urged Pennsylvanians to better educate themselves to prepare for any type of public health emergency – from a natural disaster to an outbreak of disease.
* New PA Center for Environmental Education Newsletter Online
The April issue of EE Connections newsletter from the Pennsylvania Center for Environmental Education is now available online. The highlights from this month’s issue include—
* Scrap Metal Environmental Compliance Workshop May 3 in Wilkes-Barre
The PA Small Business Development Centers and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. is sponsoring a free workshop on environmental compliance for automotive and scrap metal recyclers.
* PECO WIND Ranked In Top 10 By U.S. Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory this week announced that PECO WIND is once again one of the nation's top ten green power programs for enrollment.
* Woodcock Creek Nature Center Hosts Energy Saving Workshop April 11
Worried about skyrocketing utility costs? Did you know that improving your home’s energy efficiency is one of the primary ways you can cut your greenhouse gas emissions?
* Keystone HELP Hosting Annual Contractor/Dealer Workshops in April
The Keystone Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) is hosting its annual contractor/dealer update and sales training seminar in five cities across the state during April.
* PUC Releases New Edition of Keystone Connection Newsletter
The Public Utility Commission this week released the winter/spring edition of the Keystone Connection report to provide the p ublic with an update on the PUC's efforts to provide beneficial information to the public about important developments in the electric, natural gas, transportation, telecommunications and water markets.
* Almost 328,000 Alternative Fuel Autos on Pennsylvania's Roads in 2006
The R.L. Polk and Co.figures show almost 328,000 hybrid electric, ethanol-capable E-85 and clean diesel autos on Pennsylvania's roads in 2006, marking an increase of 16 percent from 2005 when there were almost 282,000.
* A Fifth Peregrine Falcon Egg Arrives at Harrisburg Nest
For only the second time, the pair of Peregrine falcons nesting on the 15th floor ledge of the Rachel Carson State Office Building in downtown Harrisburg has produce five eggs.
* Audubon/Erie Bluffs Hawk Watch Set for April 14
Imagine watching a black dot on the horizon materialize into a majestic hawk or eagle right before your eyes! This is Hawk Watch—a free family event sponsored by Presque Isle Audubon and Erie Bluffs State Park.
* Angler Surveys to Focus on Susquehanna, Juniata River Fishing
The Fish and Boat Commission is launching a large-scale angler survey effort that will explore fishing use and anglers’ experiences on 130 miles of the Susquehanna and Juniata rivers.
* Fish Commission Hosts Meeting on Lehigh River Fisheries April 12
The Fish and Boat Commission will host a public information meeting on fisheries management for the Lehigh River on April 12 from 7-9 p.m. at Lehighton High School.
* DEP Seeks Contractor for Source Water Protection Technical Assistance
DEP invites potential contractors to submit proposals to provide technical assistance to community water systems across the state for the development of voluntary local source water protection programs.
* Environmental Heritage - Year-Long Centenary of Rachel Carson Kicks Off With Legacy Celebration
The first of four events organized by the Rachel Carson Homestead Association during the Centennial of Allegheny native Rachel Carson’s birth is the Rachel Carson Legacy Celebration.
* Feature - Indiana Senior Environment Corps Documents Improvements to Big Run
The Indiana County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Senior Environment Corps collects water quality data on local streams and partners with various watershed groups and county agencies concerning environmental issues.
* Opinion - Deer Management Is Vital to Ensuring Wildlife Diversity
By Timothy D. Schaeffer, PhD, Executive Director, Audubon Pennsylvania
* Opinion - Celebrating Our Earth and Earth Day 2007
By Senator Rob Wonderling
* 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
No new regulations published this week.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
No new policy guidance published this week.
* 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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