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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
June 27, 2011
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* CBF, Partners Celebrate EPA Award For Conservation Improvements To PA Farms

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation this week celebrated receiving the 6th annual Performance and Innovation in the SRF Creating Environmental Success award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognizing projects that set an example of innovative and sustainable water quality financing. 

* Senate Democrats Plan To Offer Marcellus Shale Impact Fee Amendment

Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) joined with Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Senators Andy Dinniman (D-Chester) and Tim Solobay (D-Washington) this week to announce their plan to offer an amendment to implement a fair and responsible severance fee on natural gas drilling.

* Over 100 Attend Growing Greener Forum To Urge Action To Renew Program

Over 100 supporters of the state’s endangered Growing Greener program came together last week at Yards Brewing Company for an educational forum that underscored the importance of protecting the state’s water quality.

* More Organizations, Municipalities Join Renew Growing Greener Coalition

The Renew Growing Greener Coalition this week announced that five more organizations and municipalities have joined in supporting the effort to restore state funding for Growing Greener.

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced

* Bills On Governor's Desk

* Senate/House Bills Moving

* Rep. Matzie Calls For Indexing Gas Leases By Property Address

* Joint Conservation Committee June Environmental Synopsis Now Available

* Wildlands Conservancy’s Friend of the Lehigh River Award Recipients Announced

The Wildlands Conservancy this week announced the winners of the 2011 Friend of the Lehigh River Award: Tom Kerr, past president of Wildlands Conservancy; Greg Weitzel, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Allentown; and the Bertsch-Hokendauqua-Catasauqua Watershed Association.

* Spotlight - Accepting The Challenge: Cause And Solutions To PA's Abandoned Mine Drainage Problem

The Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition is now making available an electronic copy of, "Accepting The Challenge: The History, Cause and Solutions To Pennsylvania's Abandoned Mine Drainage Problems."

* Wissahickon Watershed Plymouth Dam Removal Begins June 27

* Spotlight - Penn State Extension: Exploring Water Through Inquiry-Based Science Teaching

Teaching youth about water is nothing new. Water is part of national academic standards for U.S. school students and a frequent topic of discussion at nature centers, summer camps and other out of school learning opportunities.

* DEP Invites Comments On Proposed Plum Run Watershed TMDL In Adams County

* Chesapeake Bay Foundation Expresses Concern With Acceptable Data Bill

* Matamoras Borough, Authority Host June 30 Gas, Water In the Delaware River Watershed

* Susquehanna River Basin Makes Changes To Water Plan, Approved Water Withdrawals

* Marcellus Shale Companies Invest $411 Million In Local, State Roads Since 2008

* Report: Marcellus Shale Boom Adds Almost 10,000 Jobs In 3 Years

* Revised Schedule For Governor's Marcellus Shale Commission Work Group Meetings

* New Fracking Chemical Information Website Now Available

* Cong. Altmire To Moderate Educational Program On Marcellus Shale June 28

* EPA Identifies Bradford, Susquehanna and Washington Counties For Fracking Case Studies

* Pittsburgh Receives Grant For Natural Gas Powered Garbage Trucks

* SRBC Considering Draw-Down At Curwensville Lake Recreation Area

* Wildlife For Everyone Foundation Dedicates Gov. Tom Ridge Wetlands Preserve

* PA Forest Firefighters Answer The Call Again And Again

It is a classic case of the best against the worst. Put another way, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Or, more accurately, flying—out of Pennsylvania and into some of the worst wildfires in the Southwest in years.

* National Best Restored Beach Award Honors Presque Isle State Park

The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association has chosen the beach restoration work of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District at Presque Isle State Park in Erie as one of the five national winners on the list of the nation’s best restored beaches for 2011.

* Winners Of Chester County High School Recycling Video Contest Announced

* 500 Ohio River Sweep Volunteers Collect Over 65 Tons Of Trash

* PRC Hosts Edgmont Farmers' Market Thursdays Starting July 14

* Tree Pittsburgh Announces Call For Artists To Showcase Work At Arbor Aid In October

* PUC, WPXI-TV Host Electric Consumer Choice Shop, Switch, Save Event July 21

* Largest Solar Farm In PA Completed At Snyders's-Lance

Snyder's-Lance, Inc. this week announced the completion of the largest ground-based solar farm in Pennsylvania. Covering 26 acres and comprised of 15,092 solar panels, the 3.5 MW Solar Farm is located across from the corporate headquarters and manufacturing plant in Hanover, York County.

* EnergyWorks Program Launches Cool Campaign In Philadelphia Region

EnergyWorks, a program created by the Metropolitan Caucus and supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, launched a “cool” new public education campaign this week that is teaching homeowners in the Greater Philadelphia region that making energy-efficient improvements can keep their homes cool and their energy costs down as summer temperatures heat up.

* Exelon Joins Climate Registry To Report Emissions

As part of its commitment to accurately report its emissions and further reduce its carbon footprint, Exelon Corporation has joined The Climate Registry, the leading voluntary greenhouse gas registry in North America.

* PA Economic Development Association Hosts July 21 Grant Writing Workshop

* Residents Encouraged To Participate In Appalachian Bat Survey

* Help Wanted: Professional Recyclers Seek Executive Director

* Grants & Awards

* Quick Clips

* Marcellus Shale NewsClips

* Watershed NewsClips

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

* Calendar Of Events

* Stories Invited

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