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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
Sept. 3, 2012
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* DEP Releases Permit Review Policy For Comment Proposing A No Strikes Rule

The Department of Environmental Protection published a notice in the September 1 PA  Bulletin inviting comments on a draft policies related to Permit Review Process and Decision Guarantee and Permit Coordination covering over 244 mining (coal and noncoal), oil and gas, air quality, waste, storage tank, drinking water, water quality, dam safety, erosion and sedimentation control and water obstruction and encroachment permits and approvals.

* DEP Citizens Advisory Council: DEP Update On Program Changes

Each month the Department of Environmental Protection provides a report policy initiatives and the status of program and regulation changes to the DEP Citizens Advisory Council for its information.  In the past this more than 20 page report has not been routinely made available to the public.

* Did You Know You Can Search 8 Years Of Digests On Any Topic?

Did you know you can search 8 years of back issues of the PA Environment Digest on dozens of topics, by county and on any key word you choose.  Just click on the search page.

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule

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

* DEP Lifts Drought Declaration For 15 Counties In Western PA

The Department of Environmental Protection announced Friday it has lifted a drought watch declaration for 15 counties in western Pennsylvania, based on recommendations from the Pennsylvania Drought Task Force.

* Applications Now Being Accepted For REAP Farm Conservation Tax Credits

Pennsylvania farmers can take advantage of nearly $7 million in tax credits to purchase on-farm conservation equipment or install facilities meeting best management practice standards through the Resource Enhancement and Protection Farm Conservation Tax Credit, or the REAP program.

* Nearly $2.5 Million In Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Grants Awarded In PA

The Chesapeake Bay Program and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Tuesday announced the recipients of $9.2 million in grants for restoration and outreach initiatives in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed's six states and the District of Columbia, nearly $2.5 million in Pennsylvania.

* Chesapeake Bay Foundation Receives NFWF Grant For PA Buffer Projects

Chesapeake Bay Foundations Pennsylvania Executive Director, Matthew J. Ehrhart Tuesday issued this statement following the National Fish and Wildlife Federation’s public announcement of grant awards through the “2012 Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund.”

* USDA Announces Over $3.7 Million In Conservation Innovation Grants For PA

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Thursday announced $26 million in Conservation Innovation Grants awarded by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service to entities across the nation for projects that test and prove innovative approaches to conserving America's private lands.

* DEP Invites Comments On Watershed TMDL In Lycoming County

The Department of Environmental Protection invited comments on a proposed Total Maximum Daily Load Plan for Wolf Run in Lycoming County (PA Bulletin page 5699).  For a copy of the proposed TMDL, visit DEP’s TMDL webpage.

* Unique Dance Program To Highlight Wissahickon Creek In September

Philadelphia-based choreographer Jenny Sawyer will present a truly unique, evocative and strikingly beautiful site-specific dance duet IN the Wissahickon Creek September 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 2:00 p.m. entitled UPSTREAM.

* Spotlight- Slippery Rock Creek Coalition Hosts Visitors From Brazil, Colorado

Restoration and remediation of land and water is a worldwide concern that has brought many scientists together to create solutions and share ideas.

* Spotlight- Babb Creek Watershed Association, Antrim Micro-Hydropower Plant

With the opening of a valve, a new page in history was written in the book of acid mine drainage treatment in Pennsylvania.  DEP Secretary Michael Krancer opened the valve as part of the July 18 site dedication, marking the beginning of a unique renewable energy generator in Tioga County.

* DEP Awards SRBC Grant To Help Small Water Suppliers Meet Updated Standards

The Department of Environmental Protection Monday announced it has awarded the Susquehanna River Basin Commission a $125,000 grant to guide small public water supply systems through the commission’s water withdrawal approval process.

* Symposium On Health Effects Of Fracking Sept. 21 In Philadelphia

Delaware Valley Grantmakers and The College of Physicians of Pennsylvania are pleased to present a Symposium on the Health Effects Of Hydraulic Fracturing September 21 at 8;30 a.m. at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia 19 South 22nd St., Philadelphia.

* Keep PA Beautiful’s Fresh Paint Days Grant Winners Announced

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is pleased to have announced the 8 grant winners of their 2012 Fresh Paint Days Pennsylvania Program

* Keystone Energy Help Program Issues 10,000th Loan

State Treasurer Rob McCord Thursday marked a major milestone in Pennsylvania’s nationally recognized Keystone Home Energy Loan Program, which recently issued its 10,000th loan to make homes more energy efficient.

* PECO Launches New Website Optimized For Mobile Devices

PECO customers can now report an outage, check their service status, and pay their bill with PECO Smart Mobile On-the-Go, a new mobile optimized version of the PECO website. To take advantage of this service, first visit the PECO website and sign up for PECO’s on line convenience center.

* DCNR's 2012-13 Calendar Commemorates Civilian Conservation Corps

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is pleased to offer a new 2012-2013 16-month special edition calendar commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps

* Explore South Mountain Region For Labor Day Weekend

A wide array of free events will take place Labor Day weekend at more than 30 participating sites in the South Mountain region of southcentral Pennsylvania, showcasing the area’s best outdoor recreational opportunities.

* Save The Date: PA Wilds 3rd Trails Conference October 4

PA Wilds will host its third annual Trails Conference on October 4 at the University of Pittsburgh Bradford Campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The theme this year is Advancing Trails into PA Wilds.

* Game Commission To Participate In, Host Events Promoting Wildlife, Hunting, Trapping

Each year, Game Commission officials, in September, participate in and host three outdoors events promoting wildlife, hunting and trapping.

* Hawk Mountain Celebrates Vultures On September 1

Hawk Mountain will join conservationists worldwide to celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day on September 1 in Kempton, Berks County.

* Appalachian Audubon Society Native Plant Sale Sept. 15

Fall is a great time for planting! Cooler temperatures allow plants to get established and grow new roots without the stress of summer heat.

* 10th Anniversary Of Acopian Center At Hawk Mountain Sept. 8

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary will host a 10th anniversary open house at its Acopian Center for Conservation Learning on September 8 from 2 to 4 p.m.

* Spotlight- PA Mussels Used To Help Restore Streams In Other States

A joint effort between federal and state agencies, including the Fish and Boat Commission, has resulted in the successful collection and relocation of approximately 4,000 state and federal endangered northern riffleshell mussels from a site on the Allegheny River along the border of Forest and Venango counties.

* Fish & Boat Commission Photo Contest Deadline Dec. 31

The Fish & Boat Commission annually holds a photo contest for a number of fishing and boating related categories. The deadline to submit photos is December 31.  Click Here for details and the entry form.

* Presque Isle Named Among Nation’s Top State Parks for Fishing, Boating

Anglers and boaters have named Presque Isle State Park in Erie County among the nation’s best state parks for fishing and boating in a national competition sponsored by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation.

* Help Wanted: Appalachian Trail Conservancy Environmental Planner

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is seeking candidates to fill a full-time Environmental Planner position.  The deadline for applying is September 10.  Click Here for details.

* Help Wanted: PennFuture Central PA Outreach Coordinator

Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time Outreach Coordinator in Central Pennsylvania to coordinate the Choose Clean Water Campaign.  Click Here for 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.

* Budget/Quick NewsClips

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 - September 1, 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.

* Stories Invited

Send your stories, photos and links to videos about your project, environmental issues or programs for publication in the PA Environment Digest to:

* Supporting Member PA Outdoor Writers Assn./PA Trout Unlimited

PA Environment Digest is a supporting member of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association, Pennsylvania Council Trout Unlimited and the Doc Fritchey Chapter Trout Unlimited.

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