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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
December 31, 2007
(12/28/2007)
PDF Version - PA Environment Digest 12/31/07
* Watershed Groups, Businesses, Individuals Receive Environmental Awards in 2007
Thousands of watershed groups, businesses, local and state officials and individuals do great things to protect and restore the environment every day in Pennsylvania.
* Take a Look Back at the Best of the PA Environment Digest Video Blog
Hearing people enthusiastically talk about what they know best—how to protect and restore Pennsylvania’s environment— has much more of an impact that simply reading words on a page.
* New Environmental Laws in 2007 Lead by REAP Farm Conservation Tax Credit
A variety of new environmental laws were put on the books during 2007, but leading the pack was the new $10 million Resource Enhancement and Protection Program (REAP) farm conservation tax credit program adopted through the efforts of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, PA Farm Bureau and a broad coalition of farm, environmental, hunting, angling and business groups.
* On the Legislative Agenda for the Environment in 2008
Much work on environmental issues was left undone in 2007 and will be on the agenda again in 2008, chief among them will be putting together enough votes in the House and Senate to pass an Energy Independence Plan.
* “Improve Your Habitat” 2008 Calendar, Others Available
Crisci Associates is again this year offering a free “Improve Your Habitat In 2008” Calendar. Download it now. (For best results, print the first page on photo paper.)
* Session Schedule
The Senate and House will return to Harrisburg to open the 2008 session briefly on January 1 and return to voting session January 14.
* On the Senate/House Agenda
The Senate and House floor Calendars for January—
* Pittsburgh Ringing in New Year with Environmentally Friendly Ball
Did you know that Pittsburghers are ringing in a green New Year? Again this year, Highmark's "The Future of Pittsburgh" ball, which is made from environmentally friendly materials, will light the sky in downtown Pittsburgh as part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's First Night celebration.
* PA Farm Show Offers Learning Stations, Biofuels Exhibit January 5-12
Petting an alpaca, meeting a dairy princess and identifying unusual products that contain wood are just a few of the things visitors to the 2008 Pennsylvania Farm Show can do at 11 hands-on learning stations designed to teach visitors about agriculture, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said this week.
* Public-Private Partnership Protects 3,500+ acres in Southcentral PA
A broad-based coalition of private and public partners announced today the protection of more than 3,500 acres of forestland across Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, Cumberland and York counties.
* Counties Reminded to Take Advantage of Unspent Landfill Closure Account Money
The Department of Environmental Protection is reminding 15 counties that county funds are still available for land use planning, watershed protection, farmland preservation and open space projects through unused landfill closure accounts.
* Metals Now Removed from Ash at the Lancaster Resource Recovery Facility
The Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority has recovered over 102,300 tons of ferrous metals from the ash of its resource recover facility since the facility began operation in 1991 and has generated an income of over $200,000 annually.
* Deadline for Host Municipality Inspector Grant Applications March 31
The Department of Environmental Protection deadline for applications for host municipality landfill and waste facility inspector grants is March 31. (Pa Bulletin 12/29/07 page 6960)
* Innovative Farming Methods Conference Set for January 23 in Greensburg
A consortium of local agriculture and conservation agencies is sponsoring a regional conference on the practical applications of no- and minimum-till practices on January 23 from 9:00 to 3:30 p.m., at Giannilli’s II on Route 30 in Greensburg.
* Spotlight - GreenTreks Highlights Year of Innovation in Online Environmental Messaging
The Pennsylvania-based GreenTreks Network is a non-profit group long recognized for its innovative use of online video and web programming talent for environmental education and messaging and the projects it undertook in 2007 were no exceptions.
* Feature - What’s Your Green New Year’s Resolution?
The Watershed Alliance of York published a special Way E-Newsletter this month that outlines steps you can take to protect your watershed and lead a more sustainable lifestyle.
* Grants & Awards
This section gives you a heads up on upcoming deadlines for grants and financial assistance as well as nominations for awards and other recognition programs. NEW means from last week—
* 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 Delaware River Basin Commission has scheduled a hearing on the Flexible Flow Management Program for New York Reservoirs on January 16 at the Trenton Volunteer Fire Company, Trenton, NJ.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
No new policies were published this week.
* Calendar of Events
Upcoming conferences, meetings, workshops, plus links to other online calendars. Meetings are in Harrisburg unless otherwise noted. NEW indicates new from last week. 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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