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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
April 18, 2011
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* Sen. Scarnati Supports Conservation Districts In Marcellus Shale Impact Fee Proposal

The PA Association of Conservation Districts this week applauded Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) for his support of conservation districts by dedicating a portion of his proposed impact fee legislation to help fund them.  

* Rep. Harper To Introduce Marcellus Shale Severance Tax To Support Growing Greener

Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery) this week announced she will be introducing a new Marcellus Shale natural gas production severance tax she says will answer many of the criticisms other proposals have attracted.

* Opinion - Pennsylvania Can’t Afford To Stop Growing Greener

Since 1999, the Growing Greener Program has improved more miles of streams, preserved more farmland and allowed for more job growth than any other environmental program of its kind.  It has proven, without a doubt, that you can protect and repair our environment without preventing economic growth.  

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* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced

* Senate/House Bills Moving

* First Four Corbett Cabinet Nominees Approved By Senate

* Joint Conservation Committee Evaluates Waste Tire Recycling

* Sen. Judy Schwank Appointed To Senate Agriculture Committee Chair

Senate Democratic Leaders announced newly-elected Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) will serve as Democratic Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

* Rep. Freeman: Bill Would Provide Tax Incentives For Historic Preservation Projects

Rep. Bob Freeman (D-Northampton) this week announced the introduction of House Bill 1354 to provide grants and tax incentives for residential and commercial historic preservation projects.

* Rep. Boback Reintroduces Marcellus Shale Drinking Water Safety Bill

Rep. Karen Boback (R-Columbia) this week announced her plan to reintroduce legislation from last session-- House Bill 2630-- to increase the required distance between natural gas wells and waterways and would require well operators to notify landowners within a certain proximity of proposed gas wells.

* House Republican Policy Committee Sets April 21 Hearing On Marcellus Water Quality Issues

* Philadelphia High School Student Wins President's Environmental Award

* EPA Names Regional Environmental Achievement Award Winners, 5 In PA

* Winners Of Western PA Environmental Awards Announced, Dinner May 26

* Groups Begin To Outline Issues At Marcellus Shale Work Group Meetings

* PEC: Business As Usual Not Acceptable In Dealing With Marcellus Shale Issues

Jack Ubinger, senior vice president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, testified this week before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works in Washington, D.C. on Marcellus Shale Development in Pennsylvania.

* Groups Urge DRBC Don’t Drill The Delaware, Industry Says Rules Exceed Legal Authority

Groups representing residents of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware gathered to deliver more than 35,000 public comments to the Delaware River Basin Commission, urging them not to move ahead with gas drilling in the River Basin until such drilling is proven safe. 

* Penn State Extension Webinar On Marcellus Shale Trends April 21

* DEP Sets Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan Meeting April 21

* DEP Invites Comments On TMDLs For Watersheds In Butler, Crawford, Erie Counties

* Fish & Boat Commission Establishes Hotline To Report Suspected Pollution Incidents

* Coldwater Heritage Partnership Announces 2011 Grant Recipients

The Coldwater Heritage Partnership this week announced over $60,000 in grants have been awarded to local organizations to protect and conserve Pennsylvania’s coldwater stream habitats.

* Spotlight - Discovery Watersheds: Pennsylvania 4-H Water Project Curriculum Series

Are you looking for an excellent, hands-on curriculum to teach youth about water? Consider using the Pennsylvania 4-H Program’s Water Project Series.

* Earth Day Sale At Clean Creek Pottery Products

Clean Creek Products is offering special Earth Day discounts for those who purchase pottery and other products from pigments using manganese reclaimed from systems treating abandoned mine discharges in Western Pennsylvania.

* Earth Day: Rachel Carson Homestead Sense Of Wonder Plant Sale, Garden Party April 21

The Rachel Carson Homestead is hosting a Sense of Wonder Plant Sale and Garden Party on April 21 from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Homestead in Springdale, Allegheny County.

* Earth Day: York County Conservation District Bundles 500 Trees For Sale

The PA Association of Conservation Districts' Executive Director, Robert Maiden, visited York County on April 13 to see first-hand how the conservation district runs its annual seedling sale. Along with twenty-seven other volunteers, staff and board members, Robert helped bundle 500 trees for the sale. 

* Earth Day: Rachel Carson's Books Released As eBooks For Earth Day

* Earth Day: Wissahickon Creek Cleanup Set For April 30

The Friends of the Wissahickon and Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association are teaming up once again to clean the Wissahickon Creek from top to bottom on April 30 beginning at 9 a.m. 

* Earth Day: Partners Aim To Scrub Schuylkill River Clean

* Earth Day: Volunteers Needed For April 30 Tree Planting In York County

* Earth Day: FundingFactory Salutes Ink Cartridge Recycling Champions

* Earth Day: Community College Of Philadelphia Holds April 20-26 Special Earth Day Events

* Annual Meeting, Awards Luncheon PA Chapter National Assn. Of Water Companies May 3

* Centre County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event April 29-30

* Dauphin County Sets Tire Recycling Event For April 23

* Waste Management Opens Philadelphia Materials Recovery Facility

* PROP: Apply Now For 2011 Waste Watchers Awards

The Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania is now accepting applications for the 2011 Waste Watcher Awards. Applications are due by May 18.

* EPA Recognizes Leaders In Energy Efficiency, Including 4 In PA


* Alternative Fuels Sustainability Summit June 2 In Hershey

* Chatham University Hosts Anna Lappe, Small Planet Institute, May 14

* DEP, Game Commission Host Teachers, Students At May 17 Falcon Banding Event

The Department of Environmental Protection and Game Commission will conduct the annual peregrine falcon banding event from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. on May 17 in the auditorium of the Rachel Carson State Office Building in Harrisburg.

* Wildlands Conservancy Protects 172 Acres Along Blue Mountain

* Reminder: Apply Now For Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape Mini-Grants

* Cultural Resource Management Workshop May 17 In Harrisburg

* Sustainable Landscapes Bus Tour Arrives in Lancaster County June 23

* Overnight Guests Again Welcome At Ironmaster's Mansion Pine Grove Furnace State Park

Visitors to Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Cumberland County are once again able to bunk down in the Ironmaster’s Mansion.

* Game Commission Adds Over 9,000 Acres To State Game Lands

* Seasons And Bag Limits Set By The Game Commission Board

* Fish And Boat Commission Finalizes Susquehanna River Bass Regulations

* John Giordano Named DCNR Deputy Secretary For Administration

* Help Wanted: John James Audubon Center Environmental Educator Intern

Audubon Pennsylvania is seeking an environmental education summer intern for the John James Audubon Center in Audubon, Pa.  Deadline for applications April 20.  Click Here for more details.

* 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.

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