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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
February 16, 2009
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* Conservation Districts React To Proposed 25 Percent Cut In State Funding
Larry Kehl, President of the PA Association of Conservation Districts reacted negatively to Gov. Rendell’s proposed 2009-2010 budget concerning funding for the 66 Pennsylvania conservation districts.

* Whew! Only A $2.3 Billion State Deficit As Final Federal Stimulus Package Passed
Gov. Rendell and the General Assembly found themselves grateful there is only a $2.3 billion deficit in the current fiscal year, rather than much, much more as the details of the final federal stimulus package were announced this week.
* Online Education - Pennsylvania Forests Web Seminar Center To Offer Monthly Presentations

* On the Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced
The next scheduled voting session day is March 9 for the Senate and House, but between now and then both chambers will hold hearings on Gov. Rendell's proposed budget. NOTE: Many budget hearings will be carried on the PA Cable Network on cable and online.
* Senate Environmental Resources Committee Reports Out 7 Bills
The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee reported out the following bills and asked for more time to review a regulation increasing fees for Marcellus Shale drilling permits--

* House Consumer Affairs Committee Hears Update From PUC Commissioners
The House Consumer Affairs Committee this week heard an update on a variety of issues from Public Utility Commission Chair James H. Cawley and the other four Commission members.
* Susquehanna Greenway Partnership Outlines Goals And Initiatives To Joint Committee
The goals and initiatives undertaken by the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership to protect and improve the green infrastructure of water-based and land-based trails, riparian buffers and pathways linking the Susquehanna River and the West Branch were highlighted in the Environmental Issues Forum this week sponsored by the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee.
* Rep. Hanna Announces PATH To Organic Farming Transition Program
Rep. Mike Hanna (D-Clinton), Majority Chair of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, this week announced the introduction of Pennsylvania's new "PATH to Organic" farming transitions program.

* Audubon Study Shows Bird Movement Reveal Global Warming Threat In Action
The northward and inland movement of North American birds, confirmed by thousands of citizen-observations, provides new and powerful evidence that global warming is having a serious impact on natural systems, according to new analyses by Audubon scientists.

* DCNR Accepting Bids To Collect Data, Study Possibility Of Storing Carbon Underground
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced this week it is undertaking the next step in its innovative work to reduce the amount of climate-changing greenhouse gases that reach the atmosphere.

* Air Products Carbon Capture Technology For Power Plants Wins Recognition
A team led by Pennsylvania-based Air Products and including Imperial College London and Doosan Babcock Energy Ltd. were presented the Rushlight Carbon Capture and Storage Award 2008 for work addressing impurity removal in carbon dioxide waste streams from coal-fired power plants.

* Students In Grades 4 To 12 Invited To Share Ideas About Climate Change On New EPA Blog
What do kids think about conserving water? Do they understand the power of public transportation? How do you pack a waste-free lunch?

* PA Environmental Professionals Now Accepting Nominations For Karl Mason Award
The Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals are now accepting nominations for the 2009 Karl Mason Award. Nominations are due March 31.

* Join The Growing Chesapeake Watershed Network
If you are involved in the protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay, then you owe it to yourself to take seven minutes to join the Chesapeake Watershed Network– a new and rapidly growing online community of nature protection and pollution control experts and advocates.

* Nominations Now Being Accepted For 2009 Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Farm Awards
The PA Association of Conservation Districts is now accepting nominations for the 2009 Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Farm Awards. The deadline to apply is February 28.
* Crabby Creek Restoration Project Celebration Recognizes Volunteers, Sponsors
The Valley Creek Restoration Partnership celebrated the successful restoration of Crabby Creek on January 24 at the Tredyffrin Township Building, Berwyn.

* DEP Inviting Comments On TMDL Plans In 3 Watersheds, Including West Branch Susquehanna
The Department of Environmental Protection is inviting public comments on Total Maximum Daily Load watershed plans and correcting a comment deadline for watersheds in Armstrong, Clarion, Clearfield, Fayette, Forest in Jefferson counties. They include:

* Westmoreland County Offers Engineers Workshop On March 5 and 6
The Westmoreland Conservation District will hold a workshop for engineers and anyone involved in the land development and construction process onMarch 5. The same workshop will be repeated on March 6.

* Wonders Of Our Watershed Celebration On May 9 At Penn State Hazleton
The Jeddo/Nescopeck Partnership will be hosting a "Wonders of Our Watershed" Celebration on May 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Penn State Hazleton campus.

* ClearWater Conservancy Watershed Cleanup Day April 25
The ClearWater Conservancy will sponsor its annual Watershed Cleanup Day on April 25 to eliminate little and dumping throughout Centre County's watersheds.

* Looking For Volunteers? Small Grants? Contact The Verizon Foundation
The National Wildlife Federation, in conjunction with the Verizon Foundation, would like to offer local environmental groups a chance to recruit new volunteers to assist with your projects and make them aware of the Volunteer Incentive Grant Program.

* Applications For Sue Wiseman Student Scholarship Due To PA CleanWays
PA CleanWays announced is now accepting applications for the Sue Wiseman Scholarship, an annual $1,000 scholarship that recognizes youth who have demonstrated leadership and shown exceptional commitment and dedication to reducing litter and illegal dumping in their community.

* DEP Finds No Structural Problems After Re-Inspecting 11 Large Coal Waste Basins
The Department of Environmental Protection reported this week its inspectors found no structural problems after the first round of re-inspections were completed at 11 coal waste impoundments across the state.

* PACD College Scholarship Now Available For Agriculture, Environmental Students
The PA Association of Conservation Districts is now accepting applications for a $500 scholarship from Pennsylvania college juniors or senior majoring in an agricultural or environmental field.
* Student Scholarships Available To Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
The ClearWater Conservancy is again offering scholarships for students to take part in environmental education programs at the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center.
* EPA Announces 3rd Annual Rachel Carson Student Sense Of Wonder Contest
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency invites the public to submit creative projects to the 3rd annual Rachel Carson intergenerational “Sense of Wonder” contest. The deadline for entries is June 10.

* Pennsylvania Leads Other States In 2009 RecycleMania College Competition
Pennsylvania leads all states in the number of colleges and universities participating in the 2009 RecycleMania competition sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

* PROP's PA College, University, School Recycling Roundtable Will Meet March 10
The Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania will hold a College, University, School Recycling Roundtable on March 10 at Messiah College, in Grantham, Pa, near Harrisburg.

* Coca-Cola/NRC Recycling Bin Grant Program Accepts Applications February 15
The Coca-Cola/NRC Recycling Bin Grant Program will start accepting applications February 15.

* Audubon PA Sponsors 2nd Annual Educators Birding Seminar May 16-17
Audubon Pennsylvania invites educators to the 2nd Annual Educators Birding Seminar on May 16-17.This free 2-day seminar will provide the necessary tools, training, and resources for integrating current environmental education topics into your classroom.

* Communities Urged To Participate in Earth Hour March 28 to Promote Energy Savings
The PA Outdoor Lighting Council is promoting an international environmental event to raise awareness about energy usage and waste. The event, called Earth Hour, will take place at 8:30 p.m. March 28.

* PA Outdoor Lighting Council Sponsors Outdoor Lighting Workshops
The PA Outdoor Lighting Council, along with the Department of Environmental Protection, is sponsoring two outdoor lighting workshops to help local officials understand effective outdoor lighting options. The workshops will be held:

* Cabot Oil & Gas Expects To Complete 60 Marcellus Shale Wells In PA By End Of 2009
Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation this week reported it will have 60 wells drilled into the Marcellus Shale formation completed by the end of 2009 in Pennsylvania, in spite of lowering its investment level for the year.

* Independent Oil and Gas Assn. Of Pennsylvania Urges Caution On Proposed Severance Tax
The Independent Oil and Gas Association of Pennsylvania released the following statement this week in response to Gov. Rendell's to impose a severance tax on the oil and gas industry urging caution due to its potential impact on the oil and gas industry.

* Energy Efficiency Grant Workshop In Meadville February 24
Small businesses in northwestern Pennsylvania looking for help to reduce their energy costs are encouraged to attend one of two workshops on how to apply for Small Business Energy Efficiency Grant Program from the Department of Environmental Protection.

* Study Finds Presque Isle Facility’s Wind Turbine Poses Little Threat To Birds, Bat Life
A nearly two-year independent study has concluded a wind turbineposes no over tthreat to bird and bat life while it generates supplemental power and serves as an educational aid at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center at Presque Isle State Park in Erie.

* Apply Now For Wildlife Leadership Adventures For Students
The Wildlife Leadership Adventures is a cooperative initiative involving state agencies and conservation organizations and is coordinated and administered by the Pennsylvania Institute for Conservation Education. Applications for the program will be accepted until April 15.

* Game Commission Offers Seedlings For Landowners, Landscaping For Wildlife Book
The Game Commission is offering help to landowners to improve habitat for wildlife by offering seedlings for planting and "Landscaping For Wildlife" publication by outdoor writer Marcus Schneck. A special seedling program is available to landowners opening their land to public hunting and for schools.

* Volunteers Needed For Annual Amphibian Migration In Chester County
Why did the salamander cross the road? (a) To get to the vernal pool; (b) To ensure survival of the species; (c) To watch humans run across the road in reflective gear carrying buckets of amphibians; or (d) All of the above.

* Construction Advances At Bald Eagle State Park Nature Inn
The closure of at least one road and restroom facilities at Bald EagleState Park, Centre County, is likely later this month as workprogresses on the Pennsylvania state park system’s first nature inn,DCNR officials announced this week.

* Recreation And Park Society To Host Citizen Symposium, Annual Conference In March
The Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, along with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pashek Associates, LLC and other partners, will host a "Citizen Symposium" as part of its 62nd Annual Conference in Hershey, Pa on March 7-11.

* DCNR/PA CleanWays Putting Up Adoption Signs On Greenways Across Pennsylvania
Through DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program, PA CleanWays is putting up information signs at greenways across the state.

* Meeting Set For February 26 On Schuylkill River Trail Development
The next Town Square: Science for Citizens Program at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia will feature a discussion on extending the Schuylkill River Trail.

* Presque Isle State Park Educator Receives Award - Brian Gula
Brian Gula, and environmental education specialist at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, has been honored with the Earth Friend Award from Erie’s WSEE-TV and the Lake Erie Regional Conservancy.

* Help Wanted: PA Resources Council . PA Association For Sustainable Agriculture
The PA Resources Council and the PA Association for Sustainable Agriculture are both advertising to fill positions this week.
* Bid Opportunities From The Department of Environmental Protection
The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of several opportunities to bid on well plugging and abandoned mine reclamation projects. They include:
* Your Help Needed - Federal OSM Watershed Cooperative Agreement Program In Danger
The Western PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation forwarded this request for help from the Eastern Coal Regional Roundtable to help restore funding to the federal Office of Surface Mining Watershed Cooperative Agreement Program.

* Spotlight - PA Trout Unlimited Issues White Paper On Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Drilling
PA Council of Trout Unlimited, which represents 13,000 members in 53 local Chapters across the state, issued a white paper this week outlining its concerns about drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation outlining several concerns about the need to make sure drilling is done in a way that does not damage natural resources.

* Feature - 2008 Pennsylvania Environmental Heritage Summit
By Wayne W. Kober, PA Association of Environmental Professionals

* 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 public meetings on recommendations on geographic area designations for achieving the 2008 8-hour ozone standard (See DEP Invitation) and a proposed revision to the State Implementation Plan for vehicle emission system anti-tampering requirements. The Fish and Boat Commission gave notice of additions to the Class A Wild Trout Waters list.
* Regulation - Proposed Permit Fee Increases For Marcellus Shale Drilling Open For Public Comment
Beginning February 14, the public can review and comment on a proposal that will better enable the Department of Environmental Protection to cover the increased costs and staffing needs for overseeing Pennsylvania’s booming natural gas industry.

* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of guidelines for calculation mine reclamation bond amounts and for calculating long-term water supply replacement costs for mining operations.
* 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
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