The September 7 PA Environment Digest is now available. Here are just a few of the headlines--
The Chesapeake Bay Commission will hear a midpoint assessment of the progress states are making toward meeting their 2017 Chesapeake Bay cleanup milestones at its next meeting on September 10-11 in Alexandria, Virginia.
Pennsylvania has 481 days (as of September 7) to put the best management practices on the ground needed to eliminate 10 million pounds of nitrogen and 212 million pounds of sediment from going into our rivers and streams to meet the 2017 Chesapeake Bay cleanup milestones.
By Harry Campbell, PA Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Hampden Township, Cumberland County, is the latest Pennsylvania municipality to address its flooding and clean water problems by implementing a polluted runoff fee, and asking residents to be part of the solutions.
Hampden Township is not alone. There are over 1,550 municipalities in the United States with similar fees, and local governments across the Commonwealth are lining up to implement their own. Philadelphia, Lancaster, Hazleton (Luzerne County), Mt. Lebanon (Allegheny County) and Radnor (Delaware County) townships, and Jonestown Borough (Lebanon County) have already instituted polluted runoff fees.
The Department of Environmental Protection posted a new fact sheet on carbon emissions in Pennsylvania highlighting the fact that Pennsylvania is achieving emissions reductions through regulatory requirements and holistic decision making efforts, and those efforts have resulted in considerable emissions reductions in recent years. For example:
— Pennsylvania’s greenhouse gas emissions emissions are expected to be lower in 2020 than in 2000 with reductions in the residential, commercial, transportation, agriculture and waste sectors, according to the 2013 Update to Pennsylvania’s Climate Change Action Plan.
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is encouraging colleges and universities in Pennsylvania to participate in the RecycleMania competition sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, The Alcoa Foundation and the Coca-Cola Company.
RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.
DEP Secretary John Quigley joined other state and local officials on September 2 to celebrate the Schuylkill River Trail being named USA TODAY’s Best Urban Trail.
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the PA Park and Recreation Society are inviting Pennsylvanians to find some healthy fun at a park or recreation program close to them through a new website, brand and outreach effort.
The “Good for You, Good for All” campaign is intended to broaden awareness, and increase engagement and support for local parks and recreation.
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