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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
September 15, 2008
(9/12/2008)
PDF Version - PA Environment Digest 9/15/08
* PA Infrastructure Group Urges Yes Vote on State Water Bond On November 4
The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Group, a coalition of hundreds of companies, governmental agencies, civic organizations and others this week urged Pennsylvania voters to support a $400 million water bond referendum that will appear on the November 4 General Election ballot.
* Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers To Host Another Major Fishing Tournament
This week officials from FLW Outdoors, the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County announced Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers will host the 2009 Forrest L. Wood Cup national fishing tournament from July 30 to August 2, along with the National Guard Junior World Championship.
* Online Video Feature - Green Buildings In the Lehigh Valley
The WLVT television magazine program Tempo recently profiled green building projects in the Lehigh Valley, including those by PNC bank and PPL’s headquarters building in Allentown.
* Video Blog - Susquehanna University Breaks Ground For Green Science Center
On August 26 Susquehanna University broke ground for a state-of-the-art green science building that will transform teaching and learning in ways that will have critical impact on academic quality.
* Online EE Resource - Teachers, Students - Look For The Environmental Question of the Week!
The school year has begun again for many students – and with it, a new season of the PA Center for Environmental Education’s "Question of the Week!"
* On the Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced
The Senate and House committee meeting schedules and floor Calendars are listed here--
* Rendell Predicts Economic Fallout If Electric Rate Caps Issue Not Dealt With
In comments before the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee this week, Gov. Rendell said the General Assembly must find a way for families and businesses to deal with expiring electric rate caps in a way that does not cause economic harm.
* Nutrient Credit Trading Subject of Hearing By Senate Committees
The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy and Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committees will hold a joint hearing on September 17 on the issue of nutrient credit trading that will help reduce the cost of complying with clean water mandates.
* House Committee To Consider Waste, Electric Rate Cap, Heating Help Bills
House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will meet on September 16 to consider legislation extending electric rate caps, setting additional siting criteria for landfills and asking Congress for more low-income heating assistance.
* Lycoming County Looks At Nutrient Credit Trading To Meet Water Cleanup Mandates
Lycoming County commissioners this week approved a plan to determine whether nutrient credit trading between farmers who install conservation practices and wastewater treatment plants in the county can be used successfully to make complying with Chesapeake Bay clean water mandates less expensive.
* Cooperative Extension Needs Help To Prioritize Water Education Programs
Penn State Cooperative Extension Water Resource Educators are inviting Pennsylvania residents to take an online survey to help them prioritize water education programs.
* York County Alliance to Hold Annual Watershed Weekend September 27-28
The Watershed Alliance of York is pleased to announce the opening of registration for the 6th Annual Watershed Weekend to be held September 27 and 28.
* Wiconisco Creek Watershed Tour in Dauphin County Set For October 4
The Dauphin County Conservation District and Wiconisco Creek Restoration Association will hold a fall watershed tour on October 4 starting at 9:00 a.m. from the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art in Millersburg, Pa.
* River Conservation Meetings in Kreutz Creek Watershed, York County
The public is invited to participate in the first formal meeting of the Kreutz Creek Rivers Conservation Plan Steering Committee to be held on October 8 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, at the York County ANNEX, 118 Pleasant Acres Road, York.
* Training Workshop on Zebra & Quagga Mussels October 18 In Philadelphia
The Pennsylvania Zebra and Quagga Mussel Monitoring Network will hold a zebra mussel monitoring workshop on October 18 at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center in Philadelphia.
* Reminder: PA Chapter American Water Works Assn. Waterfest IV September 18
Just a final reminder, the PA Chapter of the American Water Works Association will hold its annual workshop and demonstration program called Waterfest IV on September 18 at the City of Harrisburg, Bureau of Water.
* Municipal Pollution Prevention, Good Housekeeping Practices Manual Available
The Center for Watershed Protection this week released the final installment of the Urban Subwatershed Restoration Manual Series, Manual 9: Municipal Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping Practices.
* RFP Released For Watershed Protection Technical Capacity Mini-Grant Program
With funding from a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Targeted Watershed Initiative Grant, the Center for Watershed Protection is currently inviting proposals for its Technical Capacity Mini-Grant Program, awarding direct assistance and financial support to a wide range of small watershed organizations.
* September Issue EE Connections From PA Center for Environmental Ed
The PA Center for Environmental Education now has available the September issue of the EE Connections newsletter covering a variety of topics of interest to the environmental education community. This issue includes:
* Help Celebrate Pollution Prevention Week 2008 – September 15-21
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is pleased to join organizations throughout the nation in celebrating National Pollution Prevention Week, September 15-21. Pollution Prevention or P2 means not creating pollution in the first place.
* Acting DEP Secretary John Hanger To Speak At PA Environmental Council Meeting
Join the PA Environmental Council, Acting DEP Secretary John Hanger and other climate change and policy experts for a look at Pennsylvania’s Climate Change Act during PEC’s 39th Annual Members meeting and lunch on September 17 at the Hilton in Harrisburg.
* 25 To Be Recognized At Green Power Awards Luncheon September 16
PennFuture will host the Annual Green Power Awards Luncheon in Philadelphia on September 16 to recognize the contributions of 25 businesses, nonprofit groups and individuals in promoting green power solutions.
* PUC Special Hearing On Winter Heating, Energy Prices, Second Hearing Set
The Public Utility Commission reported this week that the cost of heating homes with natural gas this winter will increase about 18 percent and those who heat with electricity will see about an 8 percent increase.
* Acting DEP Secretary Hanger: High Energy Prices, Electric Rate Spikes Need Action
Families facing substantially higher energy costs this winter are looking for help on how they can control their bills while staying warm, said Acting Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger this week as he outlined six measures to help consumers during a hearing of the state's Public Utility Commission.
* PUC Initiates Action Plan To Increase Natural Gas Competition
The Public Utility Commission this week initiated an action plan to increase effective competition in the retail market for natural gas supply.
* Natural Gas Bids On State Forest Land Bring In $190 Million
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources this week said five companies have responded to its bid request for Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling rights on State Forest Lands that could provide $190 million for State Park and Forest improvement projects.
* PA Geologic Survey Releases Publication To Celebrate Oil’s 150th Anniversary
The Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey and the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism have announced the republication of a special issue of Pennsylvania Geology to celebrate 150th anniversary of the discovery of oil in Pennsylvania.
* 4 PA Grocery Stores Lead the Way in EPA’s GreenChill Energy, Climate Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency named PA-based Giant Eagle Inc. and Harris Teeter Inc. as the first winners of its GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership Environmental Achievement Award.
* PA Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Festival In Kempton September 19-21
The fourth annual PA Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Festival has expanded to 3 full days this year, September 19, 20 and 21 on 66 acres in a beautiful rural setting the Kempton Community Center, Kempton, Pa.
* Hundredfold Farm Annual Fall, Sustainable Energy Open House October 11
The Hundredfold Farm near Gettysburg in Adams County will hold its annual Fall Open House on October 11 from noon through 5:00.
* EPA Opens New Energy Star@Work Website To Promote Saving Energy
This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a new online tool, Energy Star@Work, to provide Americans with tips and information on how to save energy and protect the environment in the workplace.
* It's YOUR Environment And Now EPA.gov Is YOUR Website
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is opening the doors on a new, more interactive, and task-oriented website designed to meet users' needs.
* Outdoor Lighting Council Recognizes Leaders In Cherry Springs Dark Skies Effort
On September 6, the Pennsylvania Outdoor Lighting Council recognized the efforts of two leaders in the effort to preserve the dark skies of Cherry Springs State Park in Potter County during the annual Black Forest Star Party.
* Game Commission Invites Public to Wildlife, Hunting and Trapping Events
The Game Commission this week invited the public to participate in a variety of events in September promoting wildlife, hunting and trapping. The events include:
* DEP Now Accepting Recycling Infrastructure Development Grant Applications
The Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting applications for the 2008 Recycling Markets Infrastructure Development Grant Program.
* Give and Take Day in Ross Township, Monroe County, September 20
Ross Township (Monroe County) residents are invited to drop off unwanted items and take useable items all for free on September 20 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Van Buskirk-Haney Park, Anchorage Rd, Saylorsburg, Pa.
* PA CleanWays Sponsors Trash Cleanup In Tuscarora State Forest October 4
PA CleanWays is sponsoring a volunteer trash cleanup on October 4 on the Hoverter Tract dumpsite along SR 233 in the Tuscarora State Forest in Franklin County.
* PEMA Accepting Applications For Volunteer Fire Services Grants
The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Office of the State Fire Commissioner is now accepting applications for its Volunteer Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Services Grant Program.
* Help Wanted: PRC Education Assistant, West Branch Field Technician
The Pennsylvania Resources Council is seeking a part-time Environmental Education Assistant and Trout Unlimited West Branch Susquehanna Restoration Initiative is looking for a field technician. Details below:
* Feature - A Fishing Fable – Watershed Stewardship
By Nick Pinizzotto, Senior Director, Freshwater Conservation, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
* We Remember - September 11, 2001 - DEP Responds to National Tragedy
We will all remember where we were and what we were doing on September 11, 2001, but Betsy Mallison, Community Relations Coordinator from DEP’s Southwest Regional Office in Pittsburgh, will remember it more vividly than most.
* 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 published notice of a final rule classifying the Lower Delaware River As Special Protection Waters.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Environmental Protection published revised continuous source air emissions policy for comment and changes to the list of those certified radon services (Pa Bulletin page 5086). The Fish and Boat Commission published its Wind Power Projects Statement of Policy.
* 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 Association/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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