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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
April 28, 2008
(4/25/2008)
PDF Version - PA Environment Digest 4/28/08
* Winners of Governor’s Environmental Awards Honored by PEC – Video Blog
The nine winners of the 2008 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence were honored at a gala dinner in Harrisburg organized by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council on Earth Day, April 22.
* Winners of the 2008 State Park, Forest Awards to be Honored at May 6 Dinner
The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation announced the recipients of the 2008 State Park and Forest Awards this week which recognized seven groups, facilities and individuals for exemplary service, programs and work to protect and enhance the State Park and forest system.
* Filmmakers Honored at Fourth Annual High School Environmental Film Festival
The fourth annual C.A.U.S.E. Challenge High School Film Festival announced the winners of their environmental film awards in Pittsburgh this week.
* Fish & Boat Commission Recognizes Accomplishments, Funds Trout In Classroom
The Fish and Boat Commission this week recognized significant accomplishments of conservationists in Pennsylvania and took action to approve grants, regulation changes, and property acquisitions.
* Dickinson College Among RecycleMania Winners in Mid-Atlantic Region
More than 70 colleges and universities competed in the 2008 RecycleMania competition in North America, including Canada and Mexico.
* Drexel, Other College Students Recognized for Green Solutions to Protect the Planet
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the national winners of the annual People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) competition, including one Pennsylvania award winner.
* Northeastern PA Environmental Partnership Award Nominations Accepted
The Northeast Environmental Partners are seeking nominations for the 18th Annual Environmental Partnership Awards and the 14th Annual Thomas P. Shelburne Environmental Leadership Award.
* Nominations Sought for EPA Region 3 Environmental Achievement Awards
Region 3 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now accepting applications for its 2008 Environmental Achievement Awards.
* On the Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced
Here’s what’s coming up on the Senate and House agenda for next week, as well as the voting session schedule through June 30.
* Senate Committee Meets on Brownfields, Coal Bed Methane, Allegheny Forest Bills
The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee meets April 29 to consider legislation encouraging the redevelopment of brownfield sites, setting up a board to resolve coal bed methane rights disputes and on the Allegheny National Forest.
* House Finance Holds Hearing on Funding Game, Fish & Boat Commissions
The House Finance Committee will hold a hearing April 29 on legislation that would set aside a portion of the state Sales Tax to provide funding for the Game and Fish and Boat Commissions.
* Environmental Synopsis Features National Park Week
The April issue of the Environmental Synopsis, published by the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee, highlights National Park Week.
* Earth Day NewsClips
April 22 is Earth Day and to help celebrate PA Environment Digest will set aside this special section to highlight Earth Day-related programs, projects and events. Look here for special Earth Day NewsClips--
* Earth Day - Coca-Cola, National Recycling Coalition Support 75 Community Recycling Programs
Recycling programs in 75 cities and towns will get a boost this Earth Day with the addition of new recycling bins, including four communities in Pennsylvania.
* Earth Day - Plastic Bag Makers Launch New National Symbol to Promote Bag Recycling
The Progressive Bag Affiliates, a group of top plastic bag producers and recyclers and part of the American Chemistry Council, launched a major initiative to promote bag recycling throughout the nation.
* Earth Day - Volunteers Clean-Up, Preserve Audubon Hawk Watch at Waggoner's Gap
This week the Central Pennsylvania Conservancy, in partnership with PA CleanWays of Cumberland County, did a clean-up on land in and around Audubon Hawk Watch at Waggoner’s Gap for Earth Day.
* Earth Day - 7th Graders Celebrate Earth Day at the Springside School, Chestnut Hill Academy
“Earth Day is every day” was the thought behind Springside School and Chestnut Hill Academy joining forces for a 7th grade service day devoted to environmental work at various sites.
* Earth Day - Hundredfold Farm Earth Day Celebration May 10 in Adams County
On May 10 from noon to 5 p.m., Hundredfold Farm will host its first annual Earth Day Celebration.
* Earth Day Spotlight - Top Ten Tips for Making Sustainability Efforts Stick in the Workplace
By Cathy A. Rusinko, Ph.D., Associate professor of Management, School of Business Administration, Philadelphia University
* Earth Day Opinion - Volunteers Make Difference in Great PA Cleanup
By Kathleen A. McGinty, Secretary, Department of Environmental Protection, and David McCorkle, President and CEO, PA Food Merchants Association and PA Convenience Store Council, Co-Chairs , Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Alliance
* Grants Available For Water Quality Improvement Projects Along Wissahickon
Applications are now being accepted to fund project to improve water quality and habitat along the Wissahickon Creek as a result of a $1.2 million penalty settlement with Merck & Company.
* June 4 Source Water Protection Solutions Workshop in Fogelsville
The Water Resources Education Network, and its partners, are sponsoring a Source Water Protection Solutions Workshop on June 4 in Fogelsville.
* Wildlife For Everyone Improves Stream In Huntingdon County
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with the Wildlife For Everyone Endowment Foundation, has completed the restoration of over 900 feet of stream channel on Crooked Creek, near McConnellstown, Huntingdon County.
* DEP Invites Comments on Proposed Watershed TMDL Plans
The Department of Environmental Protection is asking the public to comment on proposed Total Maximum Daily Load Plans for three watersheds in Allegheny, Armstrong, Indiana, and Westmoreland counties. They include:
* $1 Million Awarded in Innovative Technologies to Improve Water Quality
The Department of Environmental Protection this week awarded $1 million in Growing Greener Innovative Technology Grants to four municipalities in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
* National Assn. of Water Companies Sustainable Water Infrastructure Meeting May 7
The Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Water Companies will hold a Sustainable Water Infrastructure meeting and awards luncheon in Harrisburg on May 7.
* Susquehanna Basin Commission Releases 2008 Water Resource Needs
The Susquehanna River Basin Commission issued its 2008 Water Resources Program, an annual plan cataloging 12 identified water resources needs for the Susquehanna basin and the programs and projects intended to address those needs.
* Experts to Host Public Discussion on Climate Change May 6 in Philadelphia
The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, together with The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, will host a large public forum on May 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., where a panel of scientists will discuss “Global Warming in the Delaware Valley.”
* Delaware Gap Welcome Center Earns Green Building Certification
The Delaware Water Gap Welcome Center has earned a silver-level certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, from the U.S. Green Building Council.
* TreeVitalize Pittsburgh Forms to Grow Region’s Tree Cover
TreeVitalize Pittsburgh, a new partnership dedicated to making a significant improvement in the Pittsburgh region’s tree cover, announced its formation recently at a kick-off event in Lawrenceville.
* DCNR, Game Commission Spraying Woodlands to Combat Gypsy Moth Damage
Bracing for a Spring that could be marked by increased gypsy moth infestations and heavy defoliation in some areas of the state, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Game Commission announced plans this week to expand their aerial spraying efforts to suppress the woodland insect pest.
* Game Commissioners Approve Land Acquisition, Mineral Rights Leases
The Game Commission this week approved a series of land acquisitions, land exchanges and mineral leases at its Board of Directors meeting. A listing of those actions follows--
* Game Commission OKs Limiting Deer Hunt in Several WMUs, Wild Boar Hunting
The Game Commissioners this week gave final approval to changes in the deer hunting season for several Wildlife Management Units.
* Spotlight - Fair Share Funding for Clean Water – A Builder’s Perspective
On April 9 a unique group of organizations came together to propose the PA Fair Share for Clean Water Funding Plan to help wastewater plant ratepayers and farmers with the cost of meeting Chesapeake Bay Watershed and statewide water quality improvement mandates.
* 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 Independent Regulator Review Commission published comments on proposed regulations to limit diesel idling.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Fish and Boat Commission published a proposed statement of policy on wind power projects.
* 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 .
* Supporting Member PA Outdoor Writers Assn./PA Trout Unlimited
PA Environment Digest is a supporting member of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association, Pennsylvania Trout Unlimited and the Doc Fritchey Chapter Trout Unlimited.

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