May 6, 2016

May 9 PA Environment Digest Now Available

The May 9 PA Environment Digest is now available.  Here are just a few of the headlines--

It’s the political equivalent of the tail wagging the dog.  Will opposition to DEP’s final drilling rules by conventional oil and gas drillers sink the entire comprehensive update to DEP’s drilling regulations in Chapters 78 (conventional) & 78a (unconventional)?

The PA Growing Greener Coalition Monday thanked members of the House for designating the month of May as Clean Water Counts Month by unanimously passing House Resolution 825 (Saylor-R-York).

The 2016 PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference will be held June 22-23 at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex in Indiana, PA.
With a theme of “Economics and Environment,” the 2016 PA AMR Conference aims to tell the whole story of Pennsylvania’s past, present, and future as a coal mining state and our efforts to reclaim our land and water.  

The Crawford County Riparian Restoration Program in Meadville is one of 5 winners of the 2016 Dominion, PA Environmental Council Western PA Environmental Awards.  

On April 22 nine high schools with eighteen painted rain barrels participated in the Berks County Conservation District’s Paint the Rain School Competition.  

The Nine Mile Run Watershed Association in Allegheny County has set out on the ambitious Rosedale Runoff Reduction Project to reduce stormwater overflow into the Nine Mile Run stream.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking proposals from eligible landowner partners to protect and improve wetlands.  Proposals are due May 16.

By Harry Campbell, PA Office Director Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Around the home and down on the farm, it’s planting season. Prime time for digging in the dirt.
Gardeners are feeling the earth under foot and between their fingers. For farmers, the crop cycle is taking root with spring plantings.   Healthy soil is key to planting success and clean water.

The PA Environmental Council organized a tree planting event at Weiser State Forest in Columbia County April 30 that resulted in more than a dozen volunteers planting 4,000 trees to help improve water quality and restore forest habitat.

On Thursday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  presented its Fiscal Year 2015 EPA Administrator's Award for Outstanding Accomplishments by a Small Business Trade or State Small Business Environmental Assistance Provider Award to the PA Small Business Development Center Environmental Management Assistance Program.

On April 15, a wide group of advocates unveiled the new website and branding for The Circuit Trails. Formerly known just as the “Circuit,” the new name, logo, and collateral materials reflect an effort to promote the regional trail network to a broad group of trail users and supporters.

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PA Environment Digest is edited by David E. Hess, former Secretary Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and is published as a service of Crisci Associates.

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