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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
August 23, 2004
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* Dog Days of Summer
We have reached the true “dog days” of summer in Harrisburg. The Capitol is almost empty. Fortunately, lots of good work is going on in the “real world” out there where you live!
* Quiet on the Hill
You won’t see this too often, but it was absolutely quiet in the Capitol this week.
* Registration Information Now Available for 2004 Watershed Conference
The agenda for the 2004 Pennsylvania Watershed Conference and Youth Track in Emmaus is packed with tours and sessions of interest to anyone working to improve their watershed.
* Ohio River Watershed Celebration Features Educational Tour of River, and Fun!
The Ohio River Watershed Celebration set for September 16 will feature not only a four hour tour of the Ohio River near Pittsburgh, but also presentations, educational displays…. and good food!
* $5 million Announced for Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
The Department of Environmental Protection this week announced $5 million in Growing Greener funds would be used to help farmers install stream buffers and fences under the Pennsylvania Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program.
* Ag-Environment Agreement
PennAg Industries – DEP Sign Memorandum of Understanding
* Grant Applications Due to Coastal Zone Program October 25
Applications for 2005 Coastal Zone grants will be accepted by the Department of Environmental Protection through October 25.
* Fish Commission Seeking Comment on Designation Changes to 5 Waterways
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is soliciting public comment on proposed designation changes for five waterways.
* Commonwealth Invests in Sustainable Lodging Project in Venango County
This week the Department of Community and Economic Development announced a grant for $1 million to support the development of “The Treehouse Village” at Two-Mile Run Park in Venango County.
* Sustainable Buildings Council Seeks Nominees for Best Practices, Aug. 31 Deadline
The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council is seeking nominations for its annual Best Sustainable Practices Award for 2004.
* New Report Says Building Green Doesn’t Add Significantly to Cost
A new report by Lisa Fay Matthiessen and Peter Morris of Davis Langdon Adamson (DLA) offers compelling evidence that if there is any premium associated with building green, it is far less significant than a range of other factors that affect building cost.
* Pollution Reduction Solutions
Northampton Community College Electrotechnology Center Solutions Hailed
* EPA Evaluates Impacts of Diesel Emissions in Philadelphia
As part of the Philadelphia Air Toxics Project, EPA Region 3 and EPA headquarters evaluated the economic impact of diesel particulate matter (PM) in the five county Philadelphia metropolitan area.
* Philadelphia High School Benefits from EPA Urban Initiative Grant
In July, an EPA Region 3 urban initiative grant of $60,000 was awarded to Pennsylvania State University for the Education for Prevention of Pesticide Misuse: Philadelphia School and Community Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Project.
* Op-Ed: Back to School with Clean Air
School buses in your community and across the country travel a lot of miles. And that can mean a lot of air pollution.
* Conservationists Rally for Kiwanis Lake Wading Birds
Efforts are underway by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, hunters and local wildlife enthusiasts in this Susquehanna River valley city to safeguard and heighten interest in one of Pennsylvania's most unique heron and egret nesting colonies.
* Take Advantage of “Elk-citing” Wildlife Opportunity in September
The 4th Annual Elk Expo will be held this year on September 25 & 26 in Benezette, Elk County, sponsored by the Northwest PA Great Outdoors and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
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* Nominations Invited for Abele Conservation Heritage Award
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is seeking nominations for the 2004 Ralph W. Abele Conservation Heritage Award.
* State Museum Presents J. Horace McFarland Exhibit in Harrisburg
The State Museum of Pennsylvania presents an exhibition on the work of J. Horace McFarland (1859–1948), a pioneering environmentalist and early twentieth century Harrisburg civic leader.
* Taking Positive Action - Pollution Prevention Week
National Pollution Prevention Week is September 20-26 this year. It’s a time when businesses, environmental groups and citizens can join forces for a common cause.
* Watershed NewsClips
A sampling of NewsClips from around the state on watershed issues.
* Regulations
The latest on proposed and final regulations, plus special notice of meetings on regulations.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
Information on proposed and final guidance documents and permits.
* Calendar of Events
Upcoming workshops, conferences and meetings, plus links to other calendars
* Contributions Invited
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