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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
November 10, 2008
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* PA Voters Overwhelmingly Say “Yes” to Clean Water in Statewide Referendum
This week, when Pennsylvanians went to the polls, they were asked to do more than elect a new President. They were also asked to make an investment in clean water--and they answered with a resounding “Yes!”, according to the PA Fair Share for Clean Water Coalition.
* Voters Also Approve $92 Million+ In Local Environmental Funding
The PA Land Trust Association this week reported local voters approved five ballot measures that will provide a total of $92.6 million to support open-space purchases, farmland preservation, parks and recreation programs. Only one referenda measure failed.
* Special Election Results - Pennsylvanians Elect Trails As Their Top Cause In Special Election
Pennsylvanians have voted, and they have chosen trails as their top conservation cause in iConservePA’s Elect to Conserve online campaign.
* Video Blog - WPSU Common Ground Lobby Talk Tackles Cleaning Up Chesapeake Bay

* On the Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule
The Senate and House committee schedules and floor calenders are listed here--
* Lehigh Valley Land Recycling Initiative Receives Wildlands Conservancy’s 2008 Ark Award
The Wildlands Conservancy announced this week the Lehigh Valley Land Recycling Initiative is the recipient of the 2008 Ark award.
* Free Technical Assistance Available for Abandoned Mine Drainage Projects
Trout Unlimited is pleased to announce it is continuing its Abandoned Mine Drainage Technical Assistance Program and is now accepting requests for assistance.
* Western PA Conservancy Watershed Mini Grant Program Is Now Accepting Proposals
Through funding from Dominion, Western PA Conservancy announced it is now accepting applications for its Watershed Mini Grant Program in 38 western and central Pennsylvania counties.
* DEP Invites Comments On Proposed TMDL Watershed Plan In Carbon, Luzerne Counties
The Department of Environmental Protection is inviting comments on a proposed Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) watershed plan for the following watershed--
* DEP Declares Drought Watch in 29 Western, North Central Pennsylvania Counties
The Department of Environmental Protection issued a drought watch this week for 29 Pennsylvania counties as precipitation deficits continue and stream flow levels fall in the western and north central areas of the state.
* 24,000 Volunteers Took Part in Pittsburgh Fall Clean-up Events
The results of the fall Pittsburgh Stash the Trash and Redd-Up events are in - in recycling bins and appropriate disposal facilities.
* Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation Accepting Nominations For Awards
The Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation is now accepting nominations for its annual awards program. Nominations are due December 12.
* New Federal Tax Law Can Help Environmental Groups Protect Water, Land and Habitats
Take advantage of a newly enacted federal tax law and help the Conservancy to protect water, land and habitats in Pennsylvania by supporting nonprofit environmental groups.
* PA Center For Environmental Ed Director Presents at Sustainability Education Conference
Kathleen Paul, Director of the Pennsylvania Center for Environmental Education, recently presented a workshop at the 37th annual conference of the North American Association for Environmental Education held in Wichita, Kansas.
* November PA Center For Environmental Education Newsletter Now Available
The November issue of the EE Connections newsletter from the Pennsylvania Center for Environmental Education is now available online. This month's features include:
* Penn State Natural Resources Extension Unveils Online Forestry Seminar Series
The Pennsylvania Forests Web Seminar Center will offer one-hour online, live presentations by experts in a variety of fields related to the stewardship and issues of Pennsylvania's forest resources.

* 2008 EPA Green Building Design Award Winners Include 2 From Pennsylvania
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week announced the winners of the Second Annual Green Building Design award competition, including two Pennsylvania firms.

* Sustainable Energy Fund Elects Officers, Provides Overview Of 2008 Accomplishments
At its annual meeting recently, the Sustainable Energy Fund announced the election of new officers for the upcoming year and outlined its accomplishments in 2008.

* PUC Announces Third Hearing On Trends In Wholesale Electricity Market
The Public Utility Commission will hold an additional en banc hearing on December 18 to discuss current trends in the wholesale electricity markets.

* PUC Approves Universal Service And Energy Conservation Plans For FirstEnergy
The Public Utility Commission this week approved the universal service and energy conservation plans for FirstEnergy companies, including Metropolitan Edison Company and Pennsylvania Electric Company.

* Natural Gas Summit -- Marcellus Shale Find May Be Larger Than Earlier Estimate
Terry Engelder, professor of geosciences in Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, who recently announced that the Marcellus natural gas find is potentially larger than his earlier estimates, will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming Pennsylvania Natural Gas Summit, an outreach program of Penn State.

* 2009 Local Government Excellence Awards Due November 21
The Governor's Center for Local Government Services is now accepting nominations for the 2009  Governor's Award for Local Government Excellence.

* Local Historic Preservation Grants Available From State Historical and Museum Commission
The Historical and Museum Commission is now accepting applications for one of three grants to help preserve local history.

* Abandoned Mine Reclamation Project Bid Opportunity In Butler County
The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of an abandoned mine reclamation project in Concord Township, Butler County.
* Spotlight - Climate Change Projected to Affect Restoration of Chesapeake Bay
The Chesapeake Bay ecosystem will be significantly impacted by climate change during the next century, according to a new, independent report released by the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee last week.
* Feature - Game Commission Releases Rehabilitated Bald Eagle Back Into Wilds Of Warren County
Game Commission officials proudly released a rehabilitated bald eagle back into the wilds of State Game Land 143 in Warren County this week under the watchful eye of many individuals responsible for the majestic bird's recovery from injuries sustained in January.
* 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
No new regulations were published this week. Pennsylvania Bulletin - November 8, 2008
* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of an interim final policy on county waste planning and draft policies on water temperature discharge criteria and bulk water hauling for comment and rescinded a policy related to medical x-rays. Details below--
* 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 or go to
* 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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