November 25, 2016

November 28 PA Environment Digest

The November 28 PA Environment Digest is now available.  Here are just a few of the headlines--

At a special meeting Wednesday, the Delaware River Basin Commission issued a special permit for coordinated operation of regional reservoirs, out-of-basin diversions, and Delaware River flow objectives in response to persistent dry conditions.

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission Tuesday announced that due to persistent dry conditions in the New York portion of the Susquehanna Basin, local river flows declined — for the first time since the signing of the agreement — to levels that prompted releases of water from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Whitney Point Lake project in Broome County, N.Y.

In response to the demand for more information about coming changes in federal environmental policy, PA Environment Digest is building a new blog: PA Environment - The Feds.
We all know changes in federal environmental policy can have a huge impact on state environmental programs.   The PA Environment - The Feds site is intended to be a single point of reference for changing federal environmental policy and personnel that have an impact on Pennsylvania environmental issues and programs.

The PA Infrastructure Investment Authority will hold regional workshops in Northeast, Southeast and Southcentral Pennsylvania in December and January on how to apply for funding available from the Authority.  

The Department of Environmental Protection Monday announced it has developed a new geospatial information system (GIS) mapping website to help local governments and other entities pursuing permits for municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) to obtain information for their permit applications more easily.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday recognized the accomplishments of 13 organizations and businesses participating in EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge.  In Pennsylvania, Ursinus College in Montgomery County was recognized for its efforts.

The Public Utility Commission Tuesday released 2016 Winter Reliability Overview reports from the state’s major natural gas distribution companies along with a related Readiness Report from the Energy Association of Pennsylvania.

U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Energy President Lisa Jacobson Saturday offered the following statement on the conclusion of the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change:

Timed for the November 28, opening of Pennsylvania’s traditional deer season, DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry reminds hunters a revamped, interactive website offering a wealth of maps, statistics and other information is available to make their hunt more enjoyable and rewarding.

Department of Agriculture officials Saturday announced the Spotted Lanternfly quarantine has been expanded to 25 additional municipalities and has added a municipality in Northampton County to the quarantine area. (formal notice)

Looking for a holiday gift that will please the most discriminating taste and help the environment? Consider pottery products from Clean Creek.  Clean Creek Products, a division of Stream Restoration Inc., a nonprofit watershed restoration organization, was formed to market the metals recovered in treating abandoned mine drainage.  One of the uses for these metals is in ceramic pottery glazing.

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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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