Senate, House Name 17 Members to Green Ribbon Commission
Senate and House Leadership this week named 17 members to the Green Ribbon Commission that is charged with developing an environmental funding proposal for consideration by the General Assembly and the Rendell Administration.
Natural Mineral Found to Lock Up Carbon Dioxide
A common mineral can remove carbon dioxide from combustion gases, but in its natural state, it is glacially slow. Now, a team of PennState researchers is changing serpentine so that it sequesters the carbon dioxide from fossil fuel burning in hours, not eons.
Rivers Feeding Chesapeake Bay Show Decline in Nutrients, Shad Returning
Information collected by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Susquehanna Basin Commission show nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment concentrations at non-tidal river input sites of the Chesapeake Bay's major rivers, and throughout the non-tidal portion of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania, have declined significantly.
EPA, Clean Water Foundation Set World Water Monitoring Day in October
To ensure that global citizens have clean water for domestic, agricultural, commercial and recreational uses, EPA and America's Clean Water Foundation are inviting people around the world to monitor the water quality of their rivers, lakes, streams, wetlands and coastal waters on October 18 – World Water Monitoring Day.
Public Meetings Set on Saxman, Monastery Runs TMDLs in Westmoreland
The Department of Environmental Protection is holding a public meeting on October 7, at at the UnityTownshipMunicipalBuilding, WestmorelandCounty to discuss and accept comments on two proposed TMDLs. One stream segment in the Saxman Run Watershed has been identified as impaired due to metals and suspended solids from acid mine drainage (AMD). Two stream segments in Monastery Run Watershed have also been identified as being impaired as a result of metals and suspended solid from AMD.
Elk Scenic Drive Highway Signs Direct Motorists to Viewing Areas
Installation of a series of directional and informational highway signs has begun in three counties to better direct and educate the more than 75,000 visitors converging each year on Pennsylvania's Elk Country to view Pennsylvania's majestic elk herd and other wildlife, state officials announced this week.
Leaf Webcams are Back for Another Season!
The Pennsylvania Tourism Office announced this week the return of the www.fallinpa.com website, an interactive fall foliage guide allowing visitors to view live fall foliage scenes throughout the state by region. Part of the site includes leaf webcams that show still pictures of foliage in several parts of the state.
Community Design, Personal Health are Linked, Find Out How
In a community where people are more likely to drive than to walk, residents are generally less physically active. And the less active residents of such spread-out or sprawling communities are, the more they weigh and the worse their health.