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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
March 14, 2011
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* Budget Cuts For Environmental Agencies Not Pretty, Not As Dramatic As Last 2 Years

The funding picture for environmental programs in Gov. Corbett's proposed budget is not pretty, and they took hits like other parts of the budget, but not as dramatically as in the last two years. DEP and the Growing Greener Fund had the biggest reductions from already reduced levels.

* Corbett Announces Formation of Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission


* No Solution To Refunding Growing Greener Offered In Proposed Budget

Although Growing Greener has transformed Pennsylvania by empowering communities to protect working farms and special places, clean up rivers and streams, create and improve parks and trails, and revitalize cities and towns, there was no mention of any plan to refund the program in the proposed budget delivered to the General Assembly this week by Gov. Corbett.

* Flooding Claims 1 Life In PA, Waters Still Rising

An elderly man who attempted to drive through flood water covering a road was swept away by the current in Schuylkill County.

* How Do You Like Your Environmental Info? Instant, Daily, Weekly?

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced

* Senate/House Bills Moving

* House Committee Hears Overview Of Issues Affecting PUC

* Natural Gas Industry Subject Of House Consumer Affairs Committee Meeting

* House Environmental Committee OKs Bioenergy, NPDES Legislation

* House Bill Would Impose Temporary Moratorium On State Forest Land Gas Leasing

* Green Buildings Topic Of Joint Conservation Committee Environmental Issues Forum

* DEP Testing Downstream Of Drilling Wastewater Treatment Plants Shows Water Is Safe

* Marcellus Coalition Welcomes DEP Test Results, Establishes Testing Fund, Collaborative

* SRBC OKs Interbasin Transfers To Support Marcellus Drilling Operations

* Colcom Foundation Awards $900,000 In Marcellus Grants, Applications Due March 14

* Fish & Boat Commission Establishes Natural Gas Leasing And Water Access Programs

In a decision designed to minimize environmental impacts while maximizing revenues and enhancing benefits for all users of the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources, the Fish and Boat Commission this week approved the establishment of a non-developmental Natural Gas Leasing program and a Water Access program on properties it controls. 

* Penn State Marcellus Shale Public Safety Webinar March 17

* Spotlight- Cover Crops Help Your Watershed, Discovery Watersheds

Most commonly the cover crop used is a winter annual planted after fall harvest of a summer crop such as corn. During snow melt at the end of winter the conservation value of this practice really yields benefits.

* Midstate Farmer, Landowner Workshops: Discovering Funds And Programs To Help You

* Penn State: ChesapeakeView: Everything You Need To Know About The Bay

Crabs, fishing, land use and pollution sources are frequently hot topics for researchers in the Chesapeake Bay area, but finding all the available information, especially remote sensing data, is frequently a chore.     

* EPA Soliciting Applications For Great Lakes Restoration Grants

* DEP Invites Comments On Beverdam Creek TMDL In Adams County

The Department of Environmental published notice inviting public comment on a proposed Total Maximum Daily Load plan for Beaverdam Creek Watershed in Adams County. (PA Bulletin page 1387)   A copy of the TMDL is available online.

* Sunoco To Pay Fish & Boat Commission $99,000 Fine For Turtle Creek Spill

* Join The Wissahickon Restoration Volunteers To Plant 1,000 Trees

This year the Wissahickon Watershed Volunteers is holding their first ever spring planting campaign-- Spring for Trees!  As Spring is once again upon us, they now ask for your help to further WRV’s mission of restoring the Wissahickon.  

* Pocono Northeast RC&D: Household Water Well Assistance Program

* Drywall Recycling Benefits Lawns And Gardens

* Armstrong Recycling Program Reclaims 100 Million Square Feet of Old Ceiling Tiles

* Chestnuthill Twp, Close The Loop Sponsor Give And Take Day April 16

* DEA National Drug Take Back Initiative April 30

* Aircraft To Help Re-Vegetate Appalachian Trail Portion Of Palmerton Site

* EPA, Partners Announce $12 Million Green Challenge Grants

* ConocoPhillips, Penn State Accepting Nominations For Energy Prize

* EPA Recognizes Philadelphia School District With National Great Start Award

* Alliance To Save Energy: Energy Efficiency Should Be First Fuel

* PECO To Purchase 340,000 Alternative Energy Credits

* Solar Hot Water Heating Could Cut PA's Global Warming Pollution

* 988 Children Headed To Millbrook Marsh Nature Center

* Wildlife Leadership Academy Seeking Applications For 2011 Field Schools

The Wildlife Leadership Academy based in Lewisburg, Pa is now seeking applications for students ages 14-17 for the 2011 Field School Programs in June and July organized by the PA Institute for Conservation Education.

* Brandywine, Red Clay Valley Assns. Sustainable Landscape Programs March 17, 19

* Second Laurel Highlands Summit To Focus On Eco-Tourism April 4

* Chatham University Selected For Bicycle Friendly Business Designation

* Game Commission: Deer Harvest Increased 2 Percent in 2010-11

* Governor Proclaims March 13-19 Wildfire Prevention Week

* PA Geologic Survey: Japanese Earthquake Registers In Pennsylvania

A seismograph at the Middletown office of DCNR's Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey registered the earthquake that hit Japan on Friday.

* DEP Appoints Acting Water Management, Field Operations Deputies, Legislative Director

* Opportunity To Bid On 2 DEP Flood Protection Projects In Lackawanna

The Department of Environmental Protection published notices of the opportunity to bid on two flood protection projects in Lackawanna County: Project 1Project 2.

* Help Wanted: Trout Unlimited Seeks Biological Field Technician Intern

* 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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