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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
April 16, 2007
(4/13/2007)
PDF Version - PA Environment Digest 4/16/07
* 12 Winners of 2007 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence Announced
Gov. Rendell this week announced 12 winners of the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence.
* PA Environmental Council April 17 Dinner Honors Governor’s Award Winners
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council this week announced that the Dominion Foundation, Constellation Energy, InterPower/AHL Con and PPL will serve as sponsors for a dinner in Harrisburg on April 17 to honor the recipients of the 2007 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.
* Video Blog Feature - Capital Area Senior Environment Corps Members Show How It’s Done
Art Sconing, Velda Kauffman, Carl Crone and Harvey Baney are just four of the over 2,900 volunteer members of the Pennsylvania Senior Environment Corps that go out every week to check water quality in local streams and educate people about the need to keep our water clean.
* On the Senate/House Agenda/Bills Introduced
The Senate and House return to session April 16, and here’s what’s on the agenda…
* House Environmental Committee Meets on Brownfields, Mineral Resources Bills
The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is scheduled to meet on April 17 to consider two environmental bills—
* Senate Committee Meets on Energy Assistance, Rulemaking Petitions, More
The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will meet on April 17 to consider several pieces of environmental legislation—
* House Committee Hears Outline of Water/Wastewater System Issues
The House Consumer Affairs Committee this week held an informational meeting on issues facing drinking water and wastewater systems and heard from a variety of industry and government representatives.
* April 16 Environmental Issues Forum: Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful
The Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee will hold its Earth Day 2007 Environmental Issues Forum on April 16 at 12 noon in Room 205, Ryan Building, Harrisburg.
* Lehigh River Named Pennsylvania's River of the Year
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources this week named the Lehigh River as the Commonwealth's River of the Year for 2007.
* Draft Lehigh River Fisheries Management Plan Open for Comment
The Fish and Boat Commission is asking Lehigh River anglers for their input on a draft fisheries management plan, with a special emphasis on the portion of the river from F.E. Walter Reservoir to the mouth.
* Crawford County High Schools Compete in Riparian Buffer Projects
Four high schools in Crawford County will be competing over the next few weeks on how well they can install riparian buffers on three farms to help keep cattle out of streams and reduce nutrient and sediment runoff to streams.
* Susquehanna River Basin Commission Releases 2007 Water Resources Program
The Susquehanna River Basin Commission recently issued its annual 2007 Annual Water Resources Program cataloging SRBC's 12 identified water resource needs for the Susquehanna basin and the many federal, state and regional programs and projects intended to address those needs.
* May Operator Certification Exams, Plus May 22-23 Safety Training
The Pennsylvania Rural Water Association will hold three water and wastewater operator certification exams during May in Crawford, Lackawanna and Clearfield counties.
* Accord Seeks to Enhance, Protect Economy, Ecology of Appalachian Highlands
Gov. Rendell joined the governors of Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland to sign the Highlands Action Program charter, a regional partnership that seeks to preserve the ecological and cultural resources of the Mid-Atlantic Appalachian Highlands.
* Applications Now Being Accepted for 3 Clean Energy, Alternative Fuels Programs
Gov. Rendell announced this week that applications are now being accepted for $31.5 million worth of grants and loans to support clean energy and alternative fuels projects under three separate programs.
* Free Energy Harvest, PEDA Grant Writing Workshop April 25 in Pittsburgh
The Southwest Office of the Department of Environmental Protection will hold a grant writing workshop for Energy Harvest and PA Energy Development Authority grants on April 25 starting at 8:30.
* ARC Announces Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Grants Competition
The Appalachian Regional Commission announced a grants competition this week to assist communities in leveraging renewable energy and energy efficiency resources to revitalize their economies.
* Philadelphia Eagles to Reimburse Employees for Purchasing Wind Energy
The Philadelphia Eagles will reimburse its employees living in the Philadelphia region and
* Penn State Students Have Their Own Version of Friday Night Lights
It's called Friday Night Lights Out and it's aimed at helping the Penn State University minimize pollution and reduce its $1 million a month electric bill.
* April 19 Rachel Carson Forum Topic: Carbon Sequestration: Hope, Help or Hype?
John Quigley, DCNR’s Director of Legislation and Strategic Initiatives, will discuss DCNR’s in-depth study of the opportunities for carbon sequestration in Pennsylvania at the next Rachel Carson Forum on the Environment, Noon-1:00 p.m. April 19 in the Second Floor Auditorium of the Rachel Carson State Office Building, Harrisburg.
* Southwest Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events Kick off April 28
The Southwestern PA Household Hazardous Waste Task Force will kick off its 2007 collection season with its first event on April 28 at the North Park Swimming Pool parking lot in Allegheny County starting at 9:00 a.m. and running to 1:00 p.m.
* Mt. Carmel Area School District Declares Litter-Free School Zone
Standing on the Veterans Memorial Baseball Field with dozens of school children holding brand new litterbags, officials from the Mt. Carmel Area School District this week announced the district’s enrollment in the “Litter-Free School Zone,” a new program to keep schools clean.
* Game Commission to Host Elk Workshop for Teachers June 20, 21
Representatives from the Game Commission will hold a two-day "WILD about Elk" workshop designed to give upper elementary, middle and high school teachers and other educators an opportunity to have an in-depth, hands-on experience with Pennsylvania's largest mammal.
* Krancer Steps Down As Hearing Board Chairman, Renwand Appointed
Mike Krancer, chairman of the Environmental Hearing Board, announced this week he stepped down to devote his full attention to being a candidate for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on the May 15 Primary Election ballot.
* Help Wanted: PA Land Trust Assn, National Fish & Wildlife Federation
Two organizations are looking to fill important technical and administrative positions.
* 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 were published this week.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Environmental Protection published an updated list of those certified to perform radon-related activities in Pennsylvania (PA Bulletin page 1736) .
* 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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