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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
July 28, 2008
(7/25/2008)
PDF Version - PA Environment Digest 7/28/08
* West Branch Susquehanna Restoration Symposium Attracts 110+
The 4th West Branch Susquehanna Restoration Symposium was once again a success. Approximately 110 people participated in the annual conference, held this year at the Nittany Lion Inn in State College, PA, on July 18th and 19th.
* New StormwaterPA Website Features Online Video Case Studies, BMPs, More
The Department of Environmental Protection this week launched a new StormwaterPA website to help municipalities throughout the Commonwealth apply the most effective, proven techniques in stormwater management.
* Villanova Hosting “Day of Stormwater” Seminar, Tour, Summit August 14
On August 14 the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership will host what it calls “A Day of Stormwater,” featuring seminar presentation, a tour and a summit at Villanova University near Philadelphia.
* Online Video Feature - EPA, PA Sea Grant Unwanted Medicine Collection Event
This online video story tells how The Keep Unwanted Medicine Out of Lake Erie Medicine Collection Day in Erie resulted in the collection of 600 pounds of medicine and personal care products in April.
* On the Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced
The Senate and House committee meeting schedules and floor Calendars are listed here--
* PA Center for Environmental Education Now Established in Law
Senate Bill 356 (MJ.White-R-Venango), establishing the Pennsylvania Center for Environmental Education in statute, was signed into law by Gov. Rendell in early July as Act 71
* Game Commission Urges Support for License Fee Increase, Senate Sets Hearing
The Game Commission this week announced its support for Senate Bill 1527 to increase hunting license fees introduced by Sen. Charles McIlhinney (R-Bucks), the Majority Chair of the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee.
* Sen. Mary Jo White - PennEnvironment Environmental Scorecard Gets “F”
Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Chairman Mary Jo White (R-Venango) issued the following response to the "environmental scorecard" recently released by PennEnvironment.
* First Come, First Served REAP Farm Conservation Tax Credit Applications Due
Pennsylvania farmers now have a second opportunity to apply for the first come, first served Resource Enhancement and Protection Program (REAP) tax credits that reward farmers for installing conservation practices that reduce erosion and sedimentation.
* Penn State's Ag Progress Days Put Conservation, Agronomy in One Tent
Penn State’s Ag Progress Days, which highlight farm conservation programs and techniques, will be held August 19-21 in Rock Springs, just south of State College, Pa.
* DEP, Others Act to Protect Aquatic Life From Thermal Shock in Delaware River
With summer temperatures soaring in the upper Delaware River basin, the Department of Environmental Protection has signed an agreement that will help protect the region's recreational fishing industry.
* Chester Conservation District Constructs Mushroom Shaped Wetlands in Avondale
The Chester County Conservation District has created eight, unique mushroom shaped wetlands on the property of William Webb in Avondale, Pa to help manage stormwater and thermal impacts to Trout Run, a tributary to White Clay Creek.
* Aid Available to Cleanup Leaking Underground Heating Oil Tanks
Anyone who owns an underground heating oil tank that holds up to 3,000 gallons can apply for financial assistance to help pay for cleaning up spills or leaks from those tanks, the Department of Environmental Protection said today.
* PA CleanWays Invites Community Cleaning Award Nominations
PA CleanWays is now accepting nominations for the Community Cleaning Award to recognize individuals, schools, government agencies, businesses and professional organizations, and nonprofit, civic, and community organizations who have made a significant difference in their community by cleaning and maintaining public spaces in Pennsylvania.
* Volunteers Needed for Clarion River Cleanup on August 23
The Clarion River Municipal Partnership, PA CleanWays of Elk County, and PA CleanWays are looking for volunteers to participate in the Clarion River Annual Litter Cleanup on August 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
* PA Greenways and Trails Summit September 28-30
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the PA Recreation and Park Society is sponsoring a PA Greenways and Trails Summit on September 28-30 at The Inn at Pocono Manor, Pocono Manor, Pa.
* $1.25 Million Awarded to Protect Open Space in Montgomery County
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources this week awarded a $1.25 million grant in Limerick Township, Montgomery County, to protect the Kurylo property – an 82-acre field and forest – from development.
* PA Heating Oil Dealers, Motor Fuel Distributors: Close Oil Speculation Loopholes
Pennsylvania Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association this week called on Congress to take action immediately to plug legal loopholes that allow oil speculators to drive up the cost of energy and reap record profits.
* DCNR Releases Guidance on Harvesting Forest Biomass for Energy
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources this week released guidelines for harvesting forest biomass as an alternative energy source.
* Clean Diesel Emerging Technology Grant Funding Now Available
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now accepting applications for approximately $3.4 million in grants to establish projects using emerging technologies to reduce emissions from the nation's existing fleet of diesel engines.
* Electric Rate Increases: Generators Offer Customer Options
Terrance Fitzpatrick, General Counsel of the Electric Power Generation Association, this week highlighted options for helping Pennsylvania customers deal with higher electricity prices being driven by higher fuel and commodity costs.
* Two PA Companies Join EPA Climate Leaders Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection agency welcomed 51 new partners as Climate Leaders, including two from Pennsylvania-- SKF USA Inc., Norristown, Pa. and Wilton Armetale, Mount Joy, Pa.
* Dire Predictions Book Offers Easy Guide to Global Warming Science
Global warming, increasing greenhouse gases and melting ice sheets are all dire predictions by the Nobel-Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, but understanding the scientific assessments, future impacts on our lives, and the things we can do to mitigate the situation is not easy.
* Game Commission Presentation on Impact of Marcellus Shale Drilling August 8
The Game Commission officials will offer a public presentation to address the anticipated impacts to the agency from oil/gas leasing and development operations on State Game Lands derived from the Marcellus Shale gas formation underlying portions of State Game Lands.
* Antlerless Deer License Applications Can Be Sent In Starting August 4
Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe reminds hunters the agency will begin accepting regular antlerless deer license applications from resident hunters beginning August 4, and nonresidents on August 18.
* Tests Confirm First Human Case of West Nile Virus in PA
State Health Secretary Dr. Calvin B. Johnson this week reported this year's first confirmed human case of West Nile virus in Pennsylvania.
* July Environmental Education Connections Newsletter Now Available
The PA Center for Environmental Education now has available the July issue of the EE Connections newsletter covering a variety of topics of interest to the environmental education community. This issue includes:
* Teachers: Susquehanna Aquatic Biodiversity Network Workshop August 4-8
The Pennsylvania Sea Grant Program is sponsoring a five-day teacher development workshop for middle and high school teachers on the Aquatic Biodiversity of the Susquehanna River August 4-8 in Towanda, Pa.
* EPA Region 3 Conference on Children’s Health and the Environment in September
Region 3 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will sponsor its annual Children’s Environmental Health Conference in Philadelphia on September 18-19.
* 15th Annual Ned Smith Center Nature and Arts Festival July 25, 26
The annual Ned Smith Center Nature and Arts Festival will be held on July 25 and 26 at MYO Park in Millersburg, Pa.
* Audubon Pennsylvania Hires Phil Wallis as New Executive Director
Audubon Pennsylvania, one of the state’s leading conservation organizations, is proud to announce the selection of one of the Commonwealth’s best-known conservation leaders as its new Executive Director.
* Tataboline Brant Named New Pennsylvania Wilds Ombudswoman
A Warren County native Tataboline Brant has been named the first Pennsylvania Wilds ombudswoman, the state’s top economic development official said today.
* Environmental Heritage - Curbside Recycling Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary
On July 28, 1988 Pennsylvania, faced with the prospect of running out of municipal waste disposal capacity, adopted and Gov. Robert Casey signed into law what was then one of the most sweeping waste planning and recycling laws in the country—Act 101 the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act.
* 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 Department of Environmental Protection published notice of a stream redesignation evaluation and water quality standards review for the Loyalsock Creek.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources gave notice of a proposed land exchange in Perry County. State Board for Certification of Sewage Enforcement Officers examination announcement.
* 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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