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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
September 7, 2009
(9/7/2009)
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* Rendell Drops Natural Gas Severance Tax From Budget Discussions For This Year

* Rep. George Stands By His Proposed Natural Gas Severance Tax

* Feature - Natural Gas Boom On Northern Branch Of The Susquehanna Causing Concern

* Get Daily Updates On PA Environment Daily Blog, Twitter

* A Decade Of Growing Greener - Kiski-Conemaugh Stream Team, Bertsch-Hokendauqua-Catasauqua Groups Win Grants
The Kiski-Conemaugh Stream Team based in Cambria County and the Bertsch-Hokendauqua-Catasauqua Watershed Association in Northampton County have each won a $250 Growing Greener Anniversary Grant for submitting their stories to the www.GrowingGreener.com website.

* We Remember - September 11, 2001 - DEP Responds To A National Tragedy
We all remember where we were and what we were doing on September 11, 2001, but the employees of the Department of Environmental Protection remember better than most because they played a key role in the responding to the Somerset County crash site of Flight 93.

* We Remember - $1 Million In Donations To Be Presented By Gov. Schweiker, Others For Flight 93 Memorial
On September 10 former Governor Mark Schweiker, General Tommy Franks, Sen. Jane Orie (R-Allegheny) and others involved in the Hearts of Steel Campaign to present more than $1 million that has been raised for the construction of a memorial to honor the heroes of Flight 93.

* On the Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced

NOTE: Due to the unpredictable nature of the Senate and House Committee schedule, meetings will be scheduled and cancelled quickly. The Calendars and Committee schedules this week are only a snapshot in time. 

* Westmoreland Conservation District Offers October 2 Tour Of Jacobs Creek Watershed
The Westmoreland County Conservation District is sponsoring a day-long bus tour to some of the most important conservation features in the Jacobs Creek Watershed on October 2.

* Western PA Conservancy Leads Major Restoration Activity On Little Mahoning Creek

* Brodhead Watershed Association Celebrates 20th Anniversary September 25
The Brodhead Watershed Association in Monroe County is holding a special 20th anniversary celebration on September 25 at the Gazebo on the Lawn at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort.

* York Watershed Week Set For September 19 To October 4
September is “National Watershed Month! The public is invited to join the Watershed Alliance of York’s 7th Watershed Weekend running from September 19 to October 4.

* Delaware River States Agree to Lower Reservoir Levels During Repairs

* PA Environmental Professionals Watershed Association Night Set For September 18
The PA Association of Environmental Professionals Western Section will host a Watershed Association Night on September 18 at the Phipps Conservatory Cafe in Pittsburgh starting at 5:00 p.m.

* Celebrate the Lehigh River Sept. 20 With The Bike & Boat Challenge, Boat Competition

* DEP Finds No Major Structural Problems During Inspections Of 42 Coal Ash Facilities

* PROP Holds College, University, Institutional Recycling Council Meeting October 6
The Professional Recyclers of PA will hold a meeting of the PA College and University Recycling Council on October 6 starting at 10:00 a.m. at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa.

* Litter Bug Captured In The Act By Photo Bug For Game Commission
Sometimes a Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer will be forced to spend days or weeks digging through trash illegally dumped on State Game Lands in an attempt to apprehend the person or persons responsible. Sometimes it is the information about a case that can be, literally, dumped in a WCO's lap that helps solve the crime.

* PA Environmental Council Sets Annual Members Meeting, Luncheon September 23
The PA Environmental Council will hold its annual members meeting and luncheon on September 23 at the Holiday Inn East at 4751 Lindle Road in Harrisburg. "Green Infrastructure for Communities" is the theme of the meeting.

* September PA Center For Environmental Education Newsletter Now Online
The September issue of the EE Connections newsletter from the PA Center for Environmental Education is now available online. This month's newsletter highlights these stories:

* PA Center For Environmental Education EE Calendar Receives Overhaul
Whether it's keeping up with teacher workshops or nature hikes at the local state park, the Pennsylvania Center for Environmental Education's online calendar is the one-stop-shop for environmental education events. And now, it's even easier to use.

* Appalachian Audubon Society Native Plant Sale September 13 Near Harrisburg
The Appalachian Audubon Society will host its 4th Annual Native Plant Sale on September 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale will take place at Meadowood Nursery, 24 Meadowood Dr. Hummelstown, lPa rain or shine.

* EPA Challenges School Districts To Save Energy And Money With Energy Star
During the back to school season, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is challenging school administrators and building managers to improve energy efficiency throughout their facilities by taking the Energy Star Challenge, a pledge to improve the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings.

* Food Lion, Giant Eagle, Whole Foods, Supervalu, Hill Phoenix Deftly Chill For The Environment
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its 2009 GreenChill partner awards which include Food Lion, Giant Eagle, Whole Foods, Hill Phoenix, and Supervalu, parent company of Acme, Farm Fresh, Shop ‘n Save, and Shoppers Food & Pharmacy.

* Coalition Urges Governor To Reject Cuts In LIHEAP Energy Assistance

* Crayola Solar Park To Power Production of 1 Billion Crayons Annually

* DEP Sets Meeting To Talk About PA Sunshine Program For September 18
The Department of Environmental Protection has scheduled a public meeting on improvements to the PA Sunshine Program for funding solar energy projects on September 18.

* Use The Lackawanna River Heritage Trail? Take A User Survey
The Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority needs your help to develop the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail and the Lackawanna Greenway. Please take a few moments to complete a survey so that we know what is important to you. If you live, work, or visit the Lackawanna Valley, we need your input!

* Save The Date: Black Bear Film Festival, EnviroFest Set For October 18
The annual Black Bear Film Festival and EnviroFest will be held on October 18 at the Grey Towners Historic Site in Milford, Pa.

* Game Commission Offers Tips For Elk Viewing Season - Online Video
With Commonwealth’s elk viewing season fast approaching, Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe is offering some guidance on where to go, as well as encouraging those planning to travel to “elk country” to be respectful of local residents.

* Game Commission Hosts Tours Of State Game Lands
As part of the Game Commission’s efforts to highlight its ongoing habitat improvement initiatives, the public is invited to take part in upcoming tours of several State Game Lands between September 20 and October 18. All tours are free.

* Spotlight - Conowingo Dam's Ability To Trap Sediment, Phosphorus Nearing Capacity
By Karl Blankenship, Chesapeake Bay Journal
* Environmental Heritage- Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine Hosts The Art Of Mining Sculpture Show Thru September 30
The Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine in Ashland, Pa is hosting a sculpture show through the end of September by artist Frank Wysochansky called, "The Art of Mining."

* Feature - Using Comic Books, Skits To Tell The History Of Coal Mining, Acid Mine Drainage

* 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 meets on September 15 to consider several items:  final drinking water, storage tank regulation changes and proposed changes to air quality regulations (agenda).  The Department of Environmental Protection  published notice of changes to the Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley particulate air quality implementation plan and a public hearing.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Environmental Protection published interim final guidelines on coal mining accident reporting and guidance on solicitation of disadvantaged business enterprise firms for water infrastructure projects.
* 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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