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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
Jan. 31, 2011
(1/31/2011)
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* Video Blog: Renew Growing Greener Coalition Lobby Day A Success

On January 24, the Renew Growing Greener Coalition hosted a series of events to lobby for the renewal of the Growing Greener Program.  

* Video Blog: Senate Committee Hears Challenges, Opportunities Of Marcellus Shale

The Senate Republican Policy Committee this week held a hearing on the opportunities and challenges of developing Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale natural gas reserves hearing from 16 witnesses about the local impacts of drilling operations.

* PRC: Steelers Fans Champions When It Comes To Recycling Too!

Pittsburgh has another winning effort to celebrate this month: football fans diverted nearly 8 tons of recyclables from landfills by gathering aluminum, glass, plastic and cardboard containers at recent Steelers tailgate parties, according to the Pennsylvania Resources Council.

* Registration Is Now Open For The 2011 Great American Cleanup Of PA

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful announced this week registration is now open for the 2011 Great American Cleanup of PA through a new and expanded website

* Take Advantage Of All News Services From Crisci Associates


* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced

Here are the Senate and House Calendars and Committee meetings showing bills of interest as well as a list of new environmental bills introduced--

* House & Senate Appropriations Committees Set Budget Hearing Schedule

The Senate and House Appropriations Committees announced their schedule of budget hearings this week. The schedule is available in the Calendar of Events.

* Joint Conservation Committee Hears About Goddard Legacy Project

The Joint Legislative Air & Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee heard a presentation this week from Marci Mowery, PA Parks and Forests Foundation, on the Goddard Legacy Project celebrating the accomplishments of Maurice K. Goddard.

* Environmental Synopsis Features Report On Economic Impact Of State Park System

The January issue of the Environmental Synopsis, by the Joint Legislative Air & Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee, features an article on the economic impact of Pennsylvania's State Park system.

* Adam Pankake Named Executive Director Senate Environmental Committee


* Delaware River Basin Commission Sets 3 Hearings On Proposed Drilling Restrictions


* Bucknell To Host Marcellus Shale Panels February 1, 15, March 3


* DEP Investigating Tioga County Marcellus Well Incident On State Forest Land


* Sen. Solobay Urges Groups To Apply For Federal Pipeline Safety Grants

Sen. Tim Solobay (D-Washington) this week urged local communities and public interest groups to apply for technical assistance grants to examine pipeline safety issues.

* PA American Water Kicks Off Student Art Contest To Protect Our Watersheds


* Slippery Rock Creek Watershed Conservation Plan Public Meetings In February

The Slippery Rock Creek Watershed Coalition has partnered with Stream Restoration Inc. (a non-profit group) to complete the Slippery Rock Creek Watershed Conservation Plan which will be the subject of public meetings in February.

* Video Blog- Allegheny Land Trust AMD Project Combines Treatment, Landscape Aesthetics

After years of planning and many months of construction, the Abandoned Mine Drainage Treatment System at Allegheny Land Trust Wingfield Pines Conservation Area was officially dedicated on June 3, 2010. 

* PACD Accepting Nominations For Outstanding Chesapeake Bay Watershed Farmer


* Farmers Invited To 3 Healthy Cow, Clean Streams Workshops In Lancaster


* Annual Northwest PA Grazing Conference Set For March 15

The 14th Annual Northwest Pennsylvania Grazing Conference will be held on March 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Tri-County Church located just off of I-80 in DuBois.  

* Wanted 4-H, FFA Teams For 2011 Grassland Competition, Scholarships To Be Awarded

The Penn’s Corner Resource Conservation and Development Council in cooperation with the PA Grazing Lands & Forage Conservation Coalition are seeking teams for the 2011 Grassland Evaluation Competition, an outreach program for youth.

* Webcast: Changing Management Of Nutrients In The Chesapeake Bay Watershed


* McQuaide Blasko Law Firm Supports ClearWater Conservancy Internship


* Aquatic Invasive Species Panel Requesting Grant Proposals


* Buck Run Conservation Easement Protects Land, Brook Trout In Centre County

A conservation easement finalized this week will ensure that Buck Run’s brook trout population will be protected, thanks to the combined conservation efforts of ClearWater Conservancy and local property owner Margaret Burgwin in Centre County.

* Allegheny County, PA Environmental Council Unveil Riverfront Progress Report


* Friends of Wissahickon Offers Trail Ambassador Spring Training Series

The Friends of the Wissahickon Trail Ambassador Program has become so popular, that FOW is offering a new spring training session this year. The application deadline is February 25.  

* April 29 Lecture: Regenerating Pittsburgh From The Ground Up


* Fish & Boat Commission Adds Class A Trout Streams, OKs Habitat Grants


* Game Commission Encourages Participation In Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 18-21


* Delaware Valley A&WMA College Student Environmental Challenge Competition Opens


* Undergraduate Scholarships Available From Delaware Valley Chapter A&WMA


* EPA Seeks Applicants For Environmental Justice Grants


* Rendell Administration Publishes Last Regulatory Agenda


* Somerset Firm Involved In Quecreek, Chilian Mine Rescues Recognized By President

Center Rock, Inc. founder and president Brandon Fisher and his wife Julie, sales director, were among the 26 Americans who attended President Obama's 2011 State of the Union address this week as guests of First Lady Michelle Obama.

* Opinion- Protecting Pennsylvania's Environment In Hard Times

By Paul M. King, Pennsylvania Environmental Council

* Rodale Institute Names Dr. Elaine Ingham New Chief Scientist


* Help Wanted: PACD Non-Point Source Program Application Developer


* 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


* 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


* Supporting Member PA Outdoor Writers Assn./PA Trout Unlimited

PA Environment Digest is a supporting member of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers AssociationPennsylvania Council Trout Unlimited and the Doc Fritchey Chapter Trout Unlimited.

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