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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
April 4, 2011
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* Senators Yudichak, Erickson Introduce Bipartisan Marcellus Shale Severance Tax

Sen. John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne) this week announced legislation-- Senate Bill 905-- that would implement a severance tax on the extraction of natural gas in Pennsylvania saying it is time for a fair and responsible severance tax on natural gas.

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* Budget: Farm Conservation Programs Topic Of Agriculture Hearing

* Farm Bureau Clears Air Over Misinformation About Environmental Stewardship

* Marcellus Shale Commission Sets April 27 As Next Meeting, Working Groups Named

* DEP Centralizes Review Of Marcellus Shale Enforcement Actions

The Post-Gazette and other news outlets this week reported the Department of Environmental Protection has centralized the issuance of any Marcellus Shale-related enforcement and permit approvals, including notices of violations, with senior DEP management.

* DEP Issues Corrected Well Drilling Permits To Lake Erie Energy Partners

* Bucknell University Opens Marcellus Shale Initiative Publications Database

* Next Week: Chesapeake Bay Foundation Announcement On Marcellus Shale Impact Analysis

Watch for an announcement on April 4 from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation related to requesting the federal government to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the cumulative impacts of Marcellus Shale development in Pennsylvania and other Marcellus states.

* Governor Says Public Water Supply Testing Finds No Risk From Japanese Fallout

* Discovery Watersheds: What Youth Can Do For Water And Themselves

* Spotlight- Penn State Extension: Your Watershed And Your Drinking Water

* PA Senior Environment Corps Water Quality Monitoring Training Schedule

Nature Abounds and the Pennsylvania Senior Environment Corps have set some dates for water quality monitoring for current and new volunteers.

* Brandywine Christina Clean Water Partnership Announces Award Winners

The Brandywine Christina Clean Water Partnership recognized several award winners, including Whitford Country Club and Stephen R. DePaoli Mushrooms at its Legislative Ceremony recently at the Red Clay Room in Kennett Square, Pa.

* Watershed Student Education Program April 15 At PPL Susquehanna Riverlands

* Kiski-Conemaugh Stream Team Publishes 2010 Annual Report

The Kiski-Conemaugh Stream Team initiative by the Conemaugh Valley Conservancy published its 2010 annual report this week outlining its accomplishments for the year.

* Friends Of The Wissahickon Hold Helping Hands Week At Trolley Car Diner & Deli

* National Fish And Wildlife Foundation Names LandStudies As Approved Provider

LandStudies, a company based in Lititz, Pa., recently has been named to the provider network for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund Technical Assistance Program.

* April Issue Of Environmental Ed Connections Newsletter From PCEE, Help Needed!

* April 12: Student Symposium Leadership Of Maurice Goddard, Documentary Airs

The PA Parks and Forests Foundation and other partners are sponsoring a student symposium on April 12 entitled, "Getting Something Done…The Invisible Leadership of Maurice Goddard" at the Grace Pollock Performing Arts Center, Camp Hill, Pa.

* Chester County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event April 9

* Clinton County CleanScapes Fishing Creek Cleanup April 9

The Clinton County CleanScapes Program is sponsoring a cleanup along Fishing Creek in the Borough of Mill Hall starting at 9:30.  Click here for a schedule of 2011 cleanup events.

* PEC: Community Cleanup In Dupont Picks Up 7.3 Tons Of Trash, 11.8 Tons Of Tires

* Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful 2009-10 Annual Report Available

The 2009-10 Annual Report of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful covering the merger of KPB and PA CleanWays and detailing the accomplishments of local county chapters and thousands of volunteers all across the state.

* Next South Mountain Lecture April 7 On American Chestnut Restoration

* Earth Day: Wildlands Conservancy Hosts Spring Birding Programs, Celebrate Earth Day

* Earth Day: PA Resources Council Host Variety Of Events For Earth Day

The PA Resources Council is celebrating Earth Day 2011 with a Green Lifestyles Expo in Pittsburgh, having the Litterbug join the Philadelphia Earth Day parade, sponsoring cleanup events around the state and partnering with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield drug take back day.

* Earth Day: A Billion Acts Of Green

* Earth Day: TreeVitalize Coupons Available For Trees In Midstate

Looking to plant a tree this Spring? The DCNR TreeVitalize Program in Central PA has available coupons good for $15 off the purchase of a tree you can plant at participating nurseries in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Perry and York counties.  Click Here for details and to find a participating nursery.

* Success Stories Offered On 1-Year Anniversary Of State Outdoor Recreation Plan

* Ground Broken For Model Sustainable Park In Philadelphia

* 2011 Pennsylvania River Sojourn Schedule Now Coming Together

Paddle a Pennsylvania River on a Sojourn. Revel in the great outdoors, learn about the local environment, view wildlife, make new friends, and become a better steward of the natural world.

* Parks & Forests Foundation Spring 2011 Newsletter Now Available

* Ohio Trail Council Announces Riding Events In Western PA

* Game Commission Begins Accepting DMAP Landowners Applications June 1

* More Than One Million PA Electric Customers Change Suppliers

* 250,000+ PECO Customers Change Electricity Suppliers

* Opportunity To Bid On DEP Projects In Butler, Clarion, Clearfield, Luzerne Counties

The Department of Environmental Protection published notices on the opportunity to bid on flood protection projects in Clearfield and Luzerne counties and mine reclamation projects in Butler  County (PA Bulletin page 1840) and Clarion counties.

* Help Wanted: Brandywine Environmental Education Intern

* Feature- Other States Look To Pennsylvania To Learn From Marcellus Shale Errors

By Rona Kobell, Chesapeake Bay Journal

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* Marcellus Shale NewsClips

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* 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.

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