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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
September 28, 2009
(9/28/2009)
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* Legislators, Environmental, Sportsmen Groups Oppose Budget Deal, Want Eco-Friendly Budget
Members of the House and representatives of 30 environmental and sportsmens' groups held a press conference this week opposing the budget deal agreed to a week ago which would lease up to 100,000 acres of State Forest land for natural gas drilling and significantly cut funding for environmental agencies to help raise between $60 and $100 million to balance the budget.

* Chesapeake Bay Foundation: The Budget Is Not Done
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation wrote to all members of the General Assembly and Gov. Rendell this week saying the state budget is not done because it has not addressed significant outstanding funding issues to meet state and federal clean water mandates, including the renewal of the Growing Greener Program which ends next year.

* Rep. Reed: Budget Deal Cuts Out Communities, Conservation Districts From Gas Lease Funds

* Boroughs Assn. Prefers Natural Gas Severance Tax Over Leasing State Forest Land

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* October 20 Deadline For Growing Greener Anniversary Grants
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

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. 

* Online Video - PNC Unveils Largest Green Wall In North America
The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. has unveiled the largest green wall in North America as an innovative way to make its headquarters building more energy-efficient.

* Still Time To Register For October 1 Port Of Pittsburgh-Ohio River Watershed Celebration

* PA Chesapeake Bay Watershed Projects Receive $600,000 In Funding

* Reminder: Apply Now For Chesapeake Bay B-WET Education Grants
NOAA is now accepting applications for the B-WET environmental education program for schools and nonprofit groups within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

* Design Solutions For Stormwater Management Workshop November 10
The Susquehanna River Basin Commission, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and other partners are sponsoring a Design Solutions for Stormwater Management Workshop on November 10 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.

* DEP Orders Cabot Oil and Gas To Cease All Gas Well Fracking In Susquehanna County

* PA CleanWays Sponsors Illegal Dump Cleanups In Northampton County
PA CleanWays and other local partners will hold an illegal dump cleanup on October 17 at Blue Mountain in Wind Gap, Northampton County on October 17 starting at 9:00 a.m.

* Workshop On Enhancing Waste Services, Improving Quality Of Life October 1 Blair County
The Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania, with support from and in cooperation with the U.S.D.A., is offering a free workshop in Blair County on October 1 to provide rural municipalities with a better understanding of their solid waste management responsibilities and how they might address them.

* Vote Now To Support PA Projects In The Running For Tom's Of Maine Scholarships
Tom's of Maine is now conducting online voting to pick 5 out of 50 environmental, health and community organizations for $20,000 scholarships.

* America Recycles Day November 15, PROP Says Get Involved!
The Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania urge all Pennsylvanians to get involved to celebrate America Recycles Day on November 15 by registering your local recycling event and promoting recycling in your community.

* Philadelphia University Sustainable Design Program Receives Excellence Award
Philadelphia University's innovative M.S. in Sustainable Design Program has received the 2009 Excellence in Green Building Education Recognition Award from the U.S. Green Building Council.

* Department Of General Services Earns National Award For Innovative Purchase of Energy
The Department of General Services has earned national honors for developing innovative and cost-saving strategies to purchase the energy that powers state government, receiving a George Cronin Silver Award from the National Association of State Procurement Officials, or NASPO.

* Pennsylvania Awards $1 Million Grant To Finance CO2 Capture
The Department of Environmental Protection Secretary this week announced a $1 million grant to help finance a project testing new technology designed to capture a minimum of 95 percent of the carbon dioxide (CO2), a major greenhouse gas, from a coal-fired test plant at CONSOL Energy’s Research and Development Division south of Pittsburgh.

* Susquehanna Water Gaps Are Recognized As A National Natural Landmark
An ancient river got a brand new plaque on September 9 when the “five gaps” area north of Harrisburg was recognized once again as a “national natural landmark.”

* DCNR Acquires 708-Acre Tract For Addition To Delaware State Forest
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Acting Secretary John Quigley this week joined Pike County civic and regional conservation leaders in celebrating the acquisition of a 708-acre piece of land that expands the Delaware State Forest to more than 84,000 acres.

* DCNR Secretary Touts Volunteer Efforts As National Public Lands Day Approaches

* Game Commission Offers Advice On Avoiding Bear Conflicts
With the first day of autumn this week, many Pennsylvanians will be spending increasing amounts of time outdoors. This also is when black bears become more active, setting the stage for an increase in bear sightings and possibly encounters.

* Join Special Heritage Hikes In Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon In October

* Opinion- Ban Your Burn Barrel, Save Someone Special
By Jill Reigh, Communications Manager, Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania
* 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 final Total Maximum Daily Load watershed plans (PA Bulletin page 5662)The Environmental Quality Board  published notice of proposed changes to the lead and copper drinking water regulations for comment.  The Department of Agriculture  proposed changes to pesticide regulations for public comment.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Environmental Protection  published notice of proposed guidance on riparian forest buffers for comment.  The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources  published notice of prescribed fire standards.  The Fish and Boat Commission  published notice removing a Potter County stream from wild trout waters list and a  similar notice for a stream in Tioga County.
* 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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