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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
June 1, 2009
(5/29/2009)
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* Linda McKenna Boxx Receives Western PA Lifetime Environmental Award
Linda McKenna Boxx, the president of the Allegheny Trail Alliance and the driving force behind the creation of the Great Allegheny Passage, a 150-mile trail connecting Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland, received a lifetime achievement award, this week from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.

* Winners Of 2009 Western PA Environmental Award Recognized

* June 20 Deadline For Next $250 Grants To Celebrate 10 Years Of Growing Greener Watersheds
The Growing Greener Watershed Restoration Program will be ten years old in December and to help celebrate 10 groups have come together to invite watershed groups to share their success stories on a special Growing Greener website.

* On the Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced
The House and Senate return to voting session on June 1.
* House Environmental Committee Holds Hearing On PA Power Authority Legislation
The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee this week held a hearing on legislation-- House Bill 2791 from 2008-- to create a Pennsylvania Power Authority which prime sponsor Rep. Camille George (D-Clearfield) said would help fix what he said is a broken retail electric market.

* DCNR And Sen. Mary Jo White Exchange Letters Again On Budget Issues
John Quigley, Acting Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, this week responded to concerns raised by Sen. Mary Jo White (R-Venango), Majority Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, over DCNR budget cuts proposed Senate Republicans and the Governor.
* REAP Farm Conservation Tax Credit Applications To Be Accepted Starting August 3
The State Conservation Commission will begin accepting applications for the next round of Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) farm conservation tax credits beginning August 3.

* Sen. Brubaker, Local Leaders Meet With EPA, DEP To Discuss Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

* SRBC Assessing Water Resource Availability, Challenges In Morrison Cove

* Study Will Begin Restoration Of Flood-Ravaged Cadosia, Sands Creeks
The flood-ravaged Cadosia and Sands creeks near Hancock, N.Y., will be the subject of a $55,000 study aimed at their restoration, Samuel N. Rowe Jr., supervisor of the Town of Hancock, announced this week.

* Delaware River Basin Partners Announce Enhanced Protections For Wildlife And Water
Pennsylvania, New York City and other states in the Delaware River Basin have reached two agreements regarding the plan that safeguards the drinking water supply for 15 million people and supports the basin's diverse wildlife habitat, Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger announced this week.

* $2.5 Million For Flood Protection, Stream Improvement Projects Announced
The Department of Environmental Protection this week announced eight contracts and 22 grants have been awarded for 47 flood protection and stream improvement projects in 21 counties. An additional four projects in two counties are currently in the grant execution process and will be awarded soon.

* Upper Delaware Council Accepting Technical Assistance Grant Applications

* Sign Up Now For The North Branch Susquehanna Sojourn June 18-23

* Wildlands Conservancy Transfers 12 Acres Of Protected Land To Game Commission
The Board of Game Commissioners approved the transfer of three tracts of land, totaling 12 acres, in Bushkill Township, Northampton County from Wildlands Conservancy. The action was taken in an effort to connect State Game Land holdings in Northampton County.

* DCNR Offers Grants For Protecting Non-Game Species
Applications are being accepted by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for grants to protect Pennsylvania's non-game animals, native plants and their habitat.

* Harrisburg’s Peregrine Falcons Produce Four Females, One Male
State wildlife officials who examined the five young Peregrine falcons that recently hatched from a nest at the Rachel Carson State Office Building determined this year’s clutch consists of four females and one male.

* Construction Of Premier Elk Viewing Facility Begins
A north-central Pennsylvania hillside is being transformed into the largest elk watching and conservation education center in the eastern United States.

* Wild And Scenic Environmental Film Festival Set For June 25
The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival On Tour will be held at the Mount Nittany Middle School on June 25 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

* Pittsburgh's Green Convention Center To Be Site Of G20 Economic Summit
The White House this week announced Pittsburgh's David L. Lawrence Convention Center will be the site for the world G20 economic summit in September.

* Central Dauphin School District Saves More Than $1 Million In Annual Utility Costs

* Guidelines For Expanded Alternative Energy Requirements Approved By PUC
The Public Utility Commission this week finalized procedures and guidelines that allow for the limited expansion of qualified alternative energy sources and the requirements mandated by Act 129 of 2008.

* PUC Updates Technical Manual To Assess Energy Savings Attributable To Energy Efficiency
The Public Utility Commission this week approved an updated Technical Reference Manual, which is used to assess energy savings attributable to energy efficiency and demand response measures for the implementation of the state's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act and the energy efficiency and conservation provisions of Act 129 of 2008.

* Exelon's Renewable Energy Education Center Dedicated
Amid children experimenting with hands-on displays about landfill gas technology and solar energy, Exelon opened its Renewable Energy Education Center at Fairless Hills this week.

* 2009 Sustainable Energy Conference Coming To Lehigh Valley July 27-August 1

* DEP Climate Change Advisory Committee Endorses Bill Extending Plan Deadline
The advisory committee charged with coming up with a Climate Change Action Plan for Pennsylvania by October 9 voted this week to support legislation sponsored by Sen. Mary Jo White extending the deadline for the plan to allow for meaningful public review of the plan.

* DCNR To Collect Seismic Data For Suitable Carbon Sequestration Geology

* $76 Million In Biking, Walking And Smart Transportation Projects Announced

* Bellefonte High School Wins GreenSylvania Recycling Competition
It was a tough battle to the end but Bellefonte High School pulled out the victory the the recycling competition held between Bald Eagle, Bellefonte, Penns Valley & Philipsburg-Osceola High Schools.

* DEP Bid Opportunity For Plugging Abandoned Wells
The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of a bid opportunity for plugging 17 abandoned wells in McKean County.
* Opinion - Don’t Be Penny Wise And Pound Foolish On Environmental Budget

* Grants & Awards

* 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 proposed changes to the Air Quality State Implementation Plan for the Pennsylvania portion of the Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area.

* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Environmental Protection published proposed guidance on nutrient credit trading for comment and notice of recent nutrient credit trading actions.

* 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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