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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
November 3, 2008
(10/31/2008)
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* CBF, Allies Give EPA Notice Of Lawsuit For Missing Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Deadline
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Virginia State Waterman’s Association, the Maryland Watermen’s Association, the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen’s Association, former Maryland Gov. Harry Hughes, retired Maryland Sen. Bernie Fowler, former Virginia legislator and Natural Resources Secretary Tayloe Murphy, and former Washington D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams this week notified the federal Environmental Protection Agency that they intend to go to federal court to force EPA to require pollution reduction in the Chesapeake Bay.
* Gov. Rendell, Acting DEP Secretary Hanger Urge YES Vote On Clean Water Referendum
Gov. Rendell this week used the announcement of $66 million in 15 brownfields, drinking water and wastewater projects in 14 counties to urge voters to vote YES on the November 4 Clean Water Referendum.
* Fair Share Coalition Releases Voters' Guide On Clean Water Referendum
What do farmers, environmentalists, builders, and local officials share in common? They all value clean water and share a responsibility for keeping it that way.
* PA Environmental Council Supports Clean Water Ballot Initiative
The referendum on the November 4 ballot asks voters if they support allocating $400 million to help communities throughout the Commonwealth fund necessary upgrades to wastewater and drinking water facilities.
* Fish and Boat Commission Says Support Clean Water Referendum
The Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director Dr. Douglas J. Austen this week urged citizens to vote “Yes” on Election Day for a $400 million referendum to help upgrade the Commonwealth’s aging wastewater and drinking water infrastructure.

* Aqua Pennsylvania Encourages Voters to Support $400 Million Clean Water Referendum
Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc. this week announced its support of Pennsylvania's Clean Water Referendum, which would approve $400 million in bonds for the Commonwealth to aide utilities in their efforts to repair and upgrade to the state's water and wastewater infrastructure.

* Local Governments, PA Economic Development Assn. Urge Support For Referendum

* Online Video - Last Opportunity To Vote In www.iConservePa.org Special Election
This is your last opportunity to vote in the www.iConservePa.org special election to support watershed conservation, tree planting, saving open spaces, creating habitat and building trails.

* Video Blog - Update On The PA Assn. Of Environmental Educators And 2008 Conference
Ruth Ruperti, President of the PA Association of Environmental Educators provides an overview of PAEE as an organization and highlights from the PAEE 2008 Conference.

* On the Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule
The Senate and House committee schedules and floor calenders are listed here--
* Gov. Rendell Itemizes $311 Million in Spending Freezes, Budget Deficit Could Be $1.7 Billion
Gov. Rendell this week released a list of $311 million in current-year budget spending cuts and called on the Legislature, courts and PHEAA to reduce their spending this year by about $39 million, to match the departments under his control or influence.
* PA Council of Trout Unlimited Announces Annual Award Recipients
At its annual membership meeting on October 25, the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited announced the following awards to chapters and individuals who in 2008 best personified TU’s mission of “conserving, protecting and restoring the Commonwealth’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.”
* Brandywine Assn. Presents Clayton M. Hoff Award To Dan Greig
The Brandywine Valley Association recognized Dan Greig with the Clayton M. Hoff Conservation Award for his 30 years of service actively working toward the conservation of resources in the Brandywine Watershed as well as the other watersheds in Chester County.
* Susquehanna Basin Publishes Results of Water Quality Assessment Of Border Streams
The Susquehanna River Basin Commission published its annual assessment reports on the condition of streams that cross and sometimes re-cross the New York–Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania–Maryland state lines.

* Foundation For Pennsylvania Watersheds Now Accepting 2009 Grant Applications
The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds will accept applications for projects in 2009 which protect, restore and preserve watersheds.

* Workshop Proposals Due For 2009 Connecting Communities To Creeks Conference
Proposals are now being accepted for the 7th Annual Pennsylvania Land Connecting Communities To Creeks Confluence in May 2009. Proposals are now due by November 21 (extended from November 14).
* Meeting on Walnut Creek Watershed Protection, Restoration Plan Set For November 6
The Department of Environment Protection will host a public meeting November 6 to discuss a restoration plan for the Walnut Creek watershed, which is impaired due to increased commercial and residential development.
* DEP Invites Comments On Draft TMDL Watershed Plans
The Department of Environmental Protection invites the public to comment on Total Maximum Daily Load Plans in three watersheds in Butler, Centre, Clearfield and Lawrence counties. They include:
* 2007 State of the Water Resources in the Spring Creek Watershed Now Available
The 2007 State of the Water Resources in the Spring Creek Watershed Report is complete and available from the ClearWater Conservancy.
* Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative Looking For A Few Good Sites
The Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative of the federal Office of Surface Miningis looking for suitable reforestation sites to use as part of its program.
* DEP Amends Dredging Permit To Protect Salamander Mussel In The Allegheny River
The Department of Environmental Protection issued a permit amendment this week that restricts Hanson Aggregates' dredging activities in portions of the Allegheny River. The change was made after a type of mussel, regarded by the federal government as a species of concern, was discovered.
* Celebrate America Recycles Day at “Hard to Recycle” Collection Event November 15
To celebrate America Recycles Day in in the Southwest, the Pennsylvania Resources Council has partnered with the Allegheny County Health Department and the Mall at Robinson to host a “Hard to Recycle” Collection event on November 15th.
* EPA’s Trailblazer Awards Honor Four Philadelphia-Area Hospitals
In a ceremony this week at the annual meeting of the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council, Trailblazer Awards went to four Philadelphia-area Hospitals for their environmental leadership.
* World Champion Phillies, University of PA and ING Receive EPA Green Energy Awards
The World Champion Philadelphia Phillies, the University of Pennsylvania, and ING based out of West Chester, Pa. are among the 16 national winners of the Green Power Leadership Awards- - our World Series in green power.
* PUC Extends Comment Period On Energy Conservation, Wholesale Electric Market Issues
The Public Utility Commission extended the period for interested parties and stakeholders to submit comments as part of the first phase of House Bill 2200 (George-D-Clearfield) implementationand added a reply comment period to a special hearing to discuss trends in wholesale electricity markets.
* PUC Changes Date Of Alternative Energy, Energy Conservation Hearing To November 19
The Public Utility Commission this week announced a change in date for a special public hearing on alternative energy resources, energy conservation and efficiency and demand side response tools and programs to assist consumers.
* Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Applications Accepted Starting Nov. 3
More Pennsylvania families will stay warm this winter with additional federal funding allocated to the  Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program– better known as LIHEAP – which opens November 3, Secretary of Public Welfare Estelle B. Richman said this week.
* Insurance Department To Hold Climate Change Forum for Pennsylvania Insurers
The Department of Insurance has invited insurance leaders, policymakers, financial and scientific experts to meet in Harrisburg November 6 to discuss how climate change will impact many segments of businessand industry.
* DEP Climate Change Advisory Committee To Lay Out Extensive Work Plans November 5
On November 5 the DEP Climate Change Advisory Committee will have an extensive discussion of a proposed strawman task plan for accomplishing its assignments under the Pennsylvania Climate Change Act passed in July.
* Make a 2009 Green Chemistry Award Nomination
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now accepting nominations for the 2009 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. Nominations are due December 31.

* More Than 100 Businesses Endorse Wilderness Proposal For Allegheny National Forest
More than 100 businesses from throughout Northcentral Pennsylvania and across the state have joined in the call for Congress to designate additional wilderness in the Allegheny National Forest.
* Crawford Conservation District Invites Logging Industry to November 6 Workshop
Logging professionals are invited to learn how to gain a better understanding of state law and how to be better stewards of the environment during a workshop on November 6 in Meadville.

* DCNR Awards Recreation Grants For Johnstown, Northampton County, Lehigh Nature Center
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Michael DiBerardinis this week said the state will invest $750,000 to increase outdoor recreational activities in the Johnstown area, provide a $283,000 grant for recreation programs in Northampton County and a $200,000 grant for the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

* PA Environmental Council, Partners Receive $100,000 Take Me to the River Grant
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council was among the 13 organizations in the Philadelphia region to receive funding from the Take Me to the River grant program.

* Game Commission Removes Protection On Feral Swine In 3 Counties
Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe recently rescinded protection on feral swine found in the wild in Butler, Bedford and Cambria counties.

* Study Assesses Feasibility Of New National Wildlife Refuge in Monroe County, Meetings Set
The findings in a report released this week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service evaluate the potential for a new national wildlife refuge in Monroe County, Pennsylvania.

* NE Fish & Wildlife Conference April 26-29, Call For Presentations, Sponsorship Opportunities
The organizers of the 65th Annual Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference have issued a call for presenters for this popular event which brings together over 500 natural resource professionals each year.

* Bayer, U.N. Environment Programme Launch International Student Painting Competition
To help raise environmental awareness and foster science literacy among elementary andmiddle school students, Pittsburgh-based Bayer Corporation and the United Nations Environment Programme's Regional Office for North America havekicked off the second year of their partnership in the United States to bring the International Children's Painting Competition to school children nationwide.

* Abandoned Mine Reclamation Project Bid Opportunity In Lackawanna County
The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of a bid opportunity for a mine reclamation project in Lackawanna County.

* Spotlight - Manure-to-Compost Project Shows Commercial Success In Lancaster
With the help of a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation has launched a promising project to convert excess poultry manure, a major source of pollution in Lancaster County, into compost for landscaping projects.
* Spotlight - DEP Employees’ Work on Flight 93 Memorial Highlighted in State Employee Newsletter
The latest edition of In Common, a newsletter dedicated to the interests of working men and women who serve the commonwealth, features a story on the efforts of two DEP employees in addressing an environmental problem that cleared the way for the Flight 93 memorial in Somerset County.
* Feature - Small Business Owners on Environment: First Priority Is Saving Money, Not Mother Earth
Saving money is at the root of environmental efforts among the nation's small and mid-sizedbusiness owners, according to new survey findings by Pittsburgh-based PNC Bank.
* 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 Environmental Quality Board published a notice inviting individuals with technical data on water quality in the Hargus Creek, McCourtney Run Watershed to submit information to DEP. A Department of Labor and Industry notice eliminating regulations related to mines and excavations that are redundant with DEP rules.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of the availability of certified emission reduction credits (Pa Bulletin page 6108)
* 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 EnvironmentDigest- 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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