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Nov. 15, 2010
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* Rank-And-File House Democrats Rebel, Speaker McCall Calls Voting Day

Out-going House Speaker Keith McCall (D-Carbon) relented this week and called a one-day voting session on November 15 in the face of a rebellion by rank-and-file Democratic members.

* House Republicans Elect Leadership For New Legislative Session, Comment On Budget

There were no real surprises in the House Republican Leadership elections this week. Rep. Samuel H. Smith (photo) was their choice for Speaker of the House and Rep. Michael C. Turzai was elected Majority Leader for the 2011-2012 legislative session.

* Gov.-Elect Corbett Announces Transition Staff, Comments On Marcellus, Budget

Gov.-elect Tom Corbett this week announced Christine Toretti, Jack Barbour and Bill Sasso will serve as co-chairs of his transition team. 

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule

* Bills On Governor's Desk

* CBF-PA Submits Detailed Comments On DEP Chesapeake Bay Watershed Plan

In its official comments this week, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation said the Watershed Implementation Plan submitted by the Department of Environmental Protection to meet federal Clean Water Act mandates to cleanup the Chesapeake Bay "demonstrates an inability to deliver on core programmatic items that are critical to meeting our water quality goals."

* Corbett Agenda - Protecting The Chesapeake Bay Watershed

As part of his campaign platform, Gov.-elect Tom Corbett laid out a series of commitments on protecting the environment, developing Pennsylvania's energy resources, enhancing agriculture and promoting sportsmen's  issues.

* 41,000 Pounds Of Nitrogen Credits Sold At 2nd PennVEST Auction

The PA Infrastructure Investment Authority, working closely with the Department of Environmental Protection and representatives of the Chicago Climate Exchange, held its second auction for nutrient credits on November 4 and 5. 

* Projects Receive Grants To Restore Local Waterways In Chesapeake Bay Watershed

* Reminder: PACD Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education Grant Apps Due Nov. 15

The PA Association of Conservation Districts is accepting applications for the Meaningful Watershed Education Experience Grants Program in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed until November 15. Click here for application information.

* Spotlight- CBF's David Wise, Watershed Restoration Manager, Believes Fish Grow On Trees

“Fish grow on trees,” says David Wise, Pennsylvania Watershed Restoration Manager for Chesapeake Bay Foundation. This month’s “Buffer Zone” leader, Dave, has been a leader in promoting forested buffer restoration through the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

* Save The Date: Winter Watershed Group Meeting December 6 In Shippensburg

* PennVEST OKs Public Money For Drilling-Affected Water Supplies In Dimock

* SRBC Orders J-W Operating Drilling Company To Cease Operations In Cameron County

* State Police Cite 1,066 Drilling Water Trucks For Safety Violations

* Chevron Announces Agreement to Acquire Atlas Energy In $4.3 Billion Deal

* Chief Oil & Gas Announces Marcellus Shale Update, 660,000 Acre Increase In Holdings

* DEP OKs First Mobile Aquatech Drilling Water Treatment System

* Corbett Agenda- Cultivating Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Resource

As part of his campaign platform, Gov.-elect Tom Corbett laid out a series of commitments on protecting the environment, developing Pennsylvania's energy resources, enhancing agriculture and promoting sportsmen's  issues.

* PA Section Water Works Association Lowers Membership Fees

* Holiday Gifts: Creating Pottery With A Very Special Glaze To Support Watershed Restoration

Looking for a holiday gift that will please the most discriminating taste and help the environment? Consider pottery products from Clean Creek.

* Foundation For PA Watersheds Capacity Building Project Seeking Groups

Once again, the Foundation for PA Watersheds will be working with groups to enhance their organizational capacity building efforts. 

* Penn State Extension Holds Webinar On Pharmaceuticals, Water Quality Nov. 17

* Drought Watches, Warnings Lifted For 46 Counties, 21 Counties Still In Watch

Following the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Drought Task Force, the Department of Environmental Protection announced it has removed about two-thirds of the state from drought watch and warning status.

* Keep PA Beautiful Announces Presidents Award, Legacy Award Winners

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, formerly PA CleanWays, announced they have awarded Carl Williams with their President’s Award and Jerry Zona with their Legacy Award at their Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner held October 27 at the Fred Rogers Center on the St. Vincent College campus.

* America Recycles Day: Recommit To Recycling November 15

* Weis Markets’ Associates Increase Commitment To Recycling

* Washington County Commissioners Proclaim Nov. 15 America Recycles Day

* Young Scholars Of Central PA Charter School Win Statewide Recycling Competition

The winner of this year's first statewide GreenSylvania school recycling competition is The Young Scholars of Central PA Charter School in Centre County.

* Environmental Heritage- Maurice Goddard Documentary To Air November 28 On WITF

A one-hour documentary on the life of Maurice Goddard will air on WITF-TV in Central PA at Noon on November 28. 

* Environmental Heritage- DCNR At 15: Creating The Growing Greener Program

Announced in January 1999 by the Ridge administration, a proposal to re-prioritize the way environmental funds are spent became the “Growing Greener” initiative.

* Cherry Valley Partnership Receives National Conservation Award

The Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge Partnership has received a prestigious U.S. Department of the Interior 2010 Partners in Conservation Award. 

* DCNR Designates Wild Plant Sanctuaries On Two Areas Of Lacawac Sanctuary In Poconos

* Forestry Experts From 15 Nations Tour PA Nature Conservancy Properties

* Latest Natural Biodiversity Newsletter The Leaflet Now Online

* PA Parks And Forests Foundation Accepting 2011 Award Nominations

* PUC Reminds Electric, Natural Gas Utilities To Help Consumers Prepare Now

* PPL Energy Plus Helps Businesses In Met-Ed, Penelec Areas Save Money

* Sheetz Creating E-85 Clean Fuel Corridor Across Pennsylvania

* Deputy For Mineral Resources Scott Roberts To Leave DEP

J. Scott Roberts, Deputy Secretary for Mineral Resources Management at the Department of Environmental Protection, announced he was leaving the agency this week effective December 3.

* Opinion- Let's Make Sure Marcellus Shale Is Developed Correctly

By Gov. Tom Ridge

* Grants & Awards

This section gives you a heads up on upcoming deadlines for awards and grants and other recognition programs. NEW means new from last week.

* Quick Clips

* Marcellus Shale NewsClips


* Watershed NewsClips

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

The Environmental Quality Board meets on November 16 to consider final changes to remining financial guarantees, finalize Air Quality Permit fee increase generating $7.4 million more for the Air Quality Program and proposed rule changes increasing fees for the Drinking Water Program by $8.1 million from $250,000 annually to $8.3 million annually.

* Calendar Of Events

Upcoming legislative meetings, conferences, workshops, plus links to other online calendars. Meetings are in Harrisburg unless otherwise noted.  NEW means new from last week.  Go to the online Calendar webpage.

* Stories Invited

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