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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
August 27, 2012
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* Video: John Dawes On $200 Million Cut To PA Federal Mine Reclamation Funding

In July when the new federal Surface Transportation Bill (HR 4348) was signed into law it included an amendment sponsored by U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana) which will reduce federal Abandoned Mine Reclamation Funding to Pennsylvania by $200 million over the next 10 years.

* Opinion: DEP Is Fine-Tuning Environmental Permit Process

By Mike Krancer, Secretary, Department of Environmental Protection

* Have You Registered For Ohio River Watershed Celebration Sept. 27?

It’s that time of year again to register for the Ohio River Watershed Celebration to be held on the Three Rivers in Pittsburgh on September 27.

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced

Here are the Senate and House Calendars and Committee meetings showing bills of interest as well as a list of new environmental bills introduced--

* Conservation Groups, Local Officials Honor Rep. Bill Adolph

Local conservation organizations and government officials gathered Thursday evening to honor Rep. Bill Adolph (R-Delaware), Majority Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, for his long-standing support of open space, parks, and trails.

* Rep. George: Township Supervisors Want Tougher Injection Well Standards

Rep. Camille George (D-Clearfield) Friday said that a recent letter sent to Gov. Corbett from the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors further shows the need for stronger regulations regarding deep injection wells used to dispose Marcellus shale gas drilling wastewater.

* Bill Seeks To Help Flood Disaster Victims

A flash flood that washes out only a small portion of a township can be just as devastating to a family or a community as a hurricane that rips through half the state, yet today's disaster assistance programs fail to recognize that fact.

* Joint Conservation Committee Synopsis Newsletter Now Available

The August issue of the Environmental Synposis newsletter is now available from the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee.

* America Recycles Day Announces Registration Open For Local Events

Online registration is now open for Keep America Beautiful's America Recycles Day (November 15), the one day to educate and motivate people about the importance of recycling to our economy and for our environmental well-being.

* PA Recycling Markets Center Launches Heenan Markets Development Award

The PA Recycling Markets Center, Inc. is pleased to announce a new award to be given annually, recognizing stellar recycling achievement and business growth impact in Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Development.

* Chevron Community Days In Allegheny, Fayette Counties Cleans Up

Through funding from Chevron and the generosity of their employees volunteering with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and their Allegheny and Fayette affiliates, significant work was done to improve local communities at recent projects.

* Free Activities Abound During Pennsylvania Coast Day Sept. 8

Pennsylvania Coast Day, now part of the WHYY Connections Festival, will take place on September 8, from noon to 5 p.m., at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia.

* DEP Awards Coastal Zone Grants, New Applications Due October 15

The Department of Environmental Protection has awarded more than $900,000 in annual coastal zone management grants to organizations dedicated to protecting and preserving Pennsylvania's coastal zones along Lake Erie and the Delaware Estuary.

* DEP Invites Comments On TMDLs In Somerset, Cambria Counties

The Department of Environmental Protection invited comments on a proposed Total Maximum Daily Load Plan for Laurel Hill Creek Watershed in Somerset County and Slate Lick Run Watershed in Cambria County (PA Bulletin page 5591).

* NRCS Accepting Applications For 2013 Farm Conservation Programs

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2013 financial assistance to help implement conservation practices that improve natural resources on farms, forestland, and wetland areas throughout Pennsylvania.

* Manure Management Planning Workshops Set For Cumberland County

Grab a sandwich and let’s talk manure!  Join us for the first of two Whine, Cheese and Mud: Horse Owners’ Socials, on August 30, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm, at Rendezvous Run Farm, 806 Alexander Spring Road in Carlisle.

* Scholarships Available For Sept. 28-30 Chesapeake Watershed Forum

Scholarships are available for Pennsylvania residents who would like to attend the 2012 Chesapeake Watershed Forum in Shepherdstown, WV – September 28-30.

* Pennsylvania Preserves 2,358 Additional Acres Of Farmland

The Pennsylvania Agricultural Land Preservation Board Thursday protected an additional 2,358 acres on 27 farms from development through the state’s nationally recognized farmland preservation program.

* Floodplain Management Seminar, Experience A Town At Risk, Sept. 25 In York

“Experience a Town At Risk” floodplain management seminar will be held on September 25 at 10:00 a.m. at the York Township Building, Dallastown, York County.

* EPA Brownfields Grant Awarded To Turtle Creek Valley COG

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday announced a $600,000 Brownfields Coalition Assessment Grant to the Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments to identify and assess potentially contaminated sites in southeast Allegheny County for cleanup and redevelopment.

* Governor's Manufacturing Council Issues Report, Calls For State Energy Plan

Gov. Tom Corbett Tuesday joined manufacturing leaders to announce the findings and recommendations of his Manufacturing Advisory Council during a visit to Westport Axle in the Lehigh Valley.

* PPL Education Program For Teachers Earns Recognition

PPL’s Susquehanna power plant has offered a weeklong program for teachers about nuclear energy for three decades, earning accolades from legislators and industry organizations.

* PA Environmental Professionals Call For Conference Presentations

The 2013 annual conference of the PA Environmental Professionals Association will be held May 8 to 10 at the Toftrees Resort in State College.

* Gov. Corbett Kayaks The Upper Delaware River

Gov. Tom Corbett Thursday began a two-day kayak tour on the Upper Delaware River through Wayne, Pike and Monroe counties to promote Pennsylvania's natural resources and learn about this critical waterway.

* Montgomery County Stormwater, Sustainable Open Space BMPs Bus Tour Oct. 24

Are you interested in learning how to manage your land in a more healthy and environmentally- friendly way?  Come along on a bus tour highlighting six sites throughout Montgomery County that showcase a variety of sustainable management techniques on October 24.

* August 28 South Mountain Lecture To Feature Snakes, Bats

Snakes and bats will be the topic of the next lecture in the South Mountain Speakers Series on August 26, at Kings Gap Environmental Education Center near Carlisle.

* Tree Tender Workshops Set In Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Philadelphia Counties

The DCNR TreeVitalize Program and its partners are again sponsoring a series of Tree Tender Workshops, this time in Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Chester and Philadelphia counties.

* Natural Abounds Sets Forest Symposium In Philadelphia October 10

Join Nature Abounds on October 10 at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia for the Forest Symposium

* Backyard Stewardship Workshop Set For Sept. 29 In Chester County

PA Audubon is hosting a Backyard Stewardship Workshop on September 29 starting at 9:30 a.m.  at the Schuylkill Township Building in Phoenixville, Chester County.

* Game Commission Reports Successful Peregrine Falcon Nesting Season

Pennsylvania’s peregrine falcons had another successful nesting season in 2012, according to Dr. F. Arthur McMorris, Game Commission peregrine falcon program coordinator.

* Spotlight- Barrens Research Guides Land Protection Efforts In Clinton County

In 1993, the Clinton County Natural Heritage Inventory, completed by the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program noted an area of pitch pine-scrub oak barrens on the rolling terrain of the High Allegheny Plateau about 13 miles west-northwest of Lock Haven.

* Christopher Beichner Named E.D. Of Allegheny Land Trust

In a joint statement by the Allegheny Land Trust and the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation, both organizations announce the hiring of Christopher Beichner as Executive Director of ALT.

* Opportunity To Bid On DEP Projects In Lackawanna, Luzerne, Northumberland Counties

The Department of Environmental Protection published notices on the opportunity to bid on abandoned mine reclamation projects in Lackawanna County, Luzerne County and Northumberland County.

* 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.

* Budget/Quick Clips

Here's a selection of NewClips on environmental topics from around the state--

* Marcellus Shale NewsClips

Here are NewsClips on topics related to Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling---

* Flooding/Watershed Newsclips

Here are NewsClips on watershed topics from around the state--

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

No new regulations were published this week.  Pennsylvania Bulletin - August 25, 2012

* 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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