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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
October 1, 2007
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* Video Blog Feature - Exelon Supports Riparian Buffer Project for Multiple Benefits
A unique partnership of conservation groups and local corporations is combining forces to improve water quality in the Conestoga River and address climate change globally.
* Video Blog- Clean Up Our American Lands Program Subject of Environmental Issues Forum
Julie McMonagle, Director of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council's Northeast Office, and Steve Bartos, from the Department of Environmental Protection, made presentations on the Clean Up Our American Lands Program at the Environmental Issues Forum this week.
* On the Senate/House Agenda
The House and Senate have scheduled the following Committee meetings and hearings as well as published their voting Calendars —
* Senate/House Bills Moving/Bills Introduced
The House and Senate moved these bills this week—
* Federal BioFuels Mandates Will Eclipse Need for State Mandate Committee Told
The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee was told this week the federal biofuels mandate will drive production of biofuels and that a state-only mandate as the Governor proposed would unnecessarily complicate delivery of fuel products to consumers.
* $40-45 Million Needed for Hazardous Sites Cleanup, Senate Requests Audit
At a hearing this week, Sen. Mary Jo White, chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, requested Auditor General Jack Wagner do an audit of the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund to determine how monies in the Fund have been spent.
* House Sets Meeting On Farm Discharges, PennFuels Initiative, Hearing on Energy
The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee has scheduled a meeting to consider legislation prohibiting discharges of agricultural waste containing arsenic and legislation adopting the Governor’s PennFuels initiative as well as a hearing on all aspects of the Governor’s Energy Independence Initiative.
* Rendell Links PA War Deaths to Need for Energy Independence
In his formal address to the General Assembly opening the Special Session on Energy this week Gov. Rendell linked the 189 Pennsylvanians who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan to the need to make our nation energy independent.
* Delaware Estuary Celebration Attracts More Than 370
This week the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, a tri-state National Estuary Program, held its annual “Experience the Estuary Celebration” at Turbine Hall in Chester, Pa attracting more than 370 supporters from local businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
* Fish & Boat Commission Seeking Nominations for Conservation, Recreation Awards
The Fish and Boat Commission is seeking nominations for two awards it presents in recognition of those making outstanding contributions to furthering conservation or facilitating recreational access to the state’s waterways.
* Caren Glotfelty to Keynote 3 Rivers Wet Weather Conference October 3-4
Caren Glotfelty, Director for the Environment Program at The Heinz Endowments, will share her thoughts on wastewater infrastructure issues as the keynote speaker for the 3 Rivers Wet Weather Ninth Annual Sewer Conference, October 3-4 at the Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North in Cranberry Township.
* Funds To Be Used to Protect the Shenango River from Agricultural Runoff
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy will enhance programs that restore and protect the Shenango River watershed as a result of a $10,000 grant from Pennsylvania American Water.
* New Book: Floodplain Restoration Improves Water Quality, Reduces Flood Damage
Science and history have combined to find another tool—floodplain restoration-- to help solve stream bank erosion, nutrient runoff and stormwater problems, according to Mark Gutshall, LandStudies, Inc., publisher of a new book outlining the technique.
* Nominations Wanted for PA Land Trust Association Government Leadership Award
The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association is now accepting nominations for its the 2nd Annual Government Leadership Awards.
* Conference Celebrates, Perpetuates Pennsylvania Wilds Initiative
Nearly 300 people turned out for the first-ever Pennsylvania Wilds conference—Natural Assets, Natural Opportunities: Planning, Protecting and Investing in Rural Pennsylvania—to learn more about the initiative, glean new ideas, celebrate success stories, and share insights to benefit the region.
* Annual Harvest Tour Features Visit to Ernst Conservation Seeds
As part of the fifth annual Harvest Tour, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff this week visited Ernst Conservation Seeds in northwestern Pennsylvania to learn about switchgrass as an alternative energy resource.
* Workshops on How You Can Be Paid to Save Electricity in Periods of Peak Demand
Industrial, institutional and large commercial electricity users are invited to attend one of six free half-day workshops about the benefits of saving electricity during periods of peak demand hosted by the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund.
* Request a DOE Targeted Energy Assessment to Save Energy Now
The U. S. Department of Energy is accepting applications for a third round of 250 Save Energy Now targeted energy assessments in 2008.
* Families Can Save Money and Conserve Energy With KeystoneHELP
While the means of achieving cleaner and cheaper energy is up for debate in the Capitol, there is a proven method for Pennsylvania families to reduce energy costs and conserve energy, according to Treasurer Robin L. Wiessmann, and that is to apply for a KeystoneHELP loan.
* Volunteers Wanted for Homewood, Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze Fall Cleanup
A national award-winning litter cleanup program led by the United Jewish Federation and Homewood's Operation Better Block will tackle the trash problem in five Pittsburgh neighborhoods from October 12-14.
* Applications Now Available for PA Conservation Corps Grants
Applications for Pennsylvania Conservation Corps grants related to conservation, recreation, historial preservation, graffiti removal and the repair of institutional valdalism are now being accepted by the Department of Labor and Industry.
* Springside 4th Grader Wins “Green Award” in the Great Green America Program
Miranda Levingston, a fourth grader at Springside School for Girls in Philadelphia, won a $300 Green Award by turning trash into treasure.
* Six Luncheon Programs on Using Recycled Glass in Septic Systems Set
The Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center will host a series of six luncheons around the state to present methods of construction for onlot sand mounds that utilize manufactured sand made from recycled glass.
* Fish & Boat Commission Announces $1.1 Million in State Wildlife Grants
The Fish and Boat Commission this week announced that it will use more than $1.1 million from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s State Wildlife Grants Program to support nine projects that will study and manage rare or declining species and their habitats.
* Ozone-Causing Emissions Reduced by 60% Since 2000 Over Eastern U.S.
The U.S. Environmental Protecton Agency reported this week that ozone-causing nitrogen oxide emissions from power plants and industry have been reduced 60 percent from 2000 to 2006 in 19 eastern states and the District of Columbia.
* EcoArtFest October 14 at the Abington Art Center
Enjoy an afternoon of art, environmental tours and workshops in the Abington Art Center’s Sculpture Park in Jenkintown, Pa.
* Opinion- No Child Left Inside, By Don Baugh, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
There’s a committed effort taking place in Washington right now that could change the face of how we get kids outside and teach them about the environment in this country.
* 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 Game Commission published a final regulation covering special agricultural deer control permits
* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Environmental Protection published guidance on environmental education grants and rescinded a policy on confined space safety (details below). The State Conservation Commission published notice of interim guidelines for Facility Odor Management.
* Calendar of Upcoming 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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