July 7, 2017

July 10 PA Environment Digest Now Available

The July 10  PA Environment Digest is now available.  Here are just a few of the headlines--

The PA Environmental Defense Foundation filed motions on Wednesday and Thursday asking Commonwealth Court to declare the 2017-18 General Fund budget bill-- House Bill 218 (Saylor-R-York)-- unconstitutional because it transfers over $61 million from the Oil and Gas Lease Fund to finance the general operations of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (page 366).

The 2017 PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference in June was another success in the heart of the Wyoming Valley and the Northern Anthracite coal fields Wilkes-Barre.
One of the highlights was recognition of Tom Grote with this year’s Mayfly Award to celebrate his lifetime of knowledge and expertise on the reclamation of abandoned mines in Pennsylvania.

In LandStudies’ and CS Davidson’s trendsetting publication, Economic Ecology: Floodplain Restoration, twelve Pennsylvania case studies demonstrate the economic rewards of tackling environmental issues on a regional scale, specifically through floodplain restoration.

Founded by Calvin Ernst in 1964, Ernst Conservation Seeds based in Meadville, Crawford County is the largest native seed producer and supplier in the eastern United States.
They grow, process and sell hundreds of species of native and naturalized seeds and live plant materials, propagated on more than 9,000 acres in northwestern Pennsylvania for native restoration and reclamation projects.

The July issue of PA Township News contains a comprehensive 11-page special article on local efforts to preserve farmland and the payoffs for townships. Also included is an exclusive article by PA Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding on the challenges faced by the farming community and the advantages of working together.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is accepting applications for their 2017 Fresh Paint Days Pennsylvania Grants through July 17.  Eight tax-exempt groups within the Commonwealth will be awarded 20 gallons of exterior paint and a gift card for painting supplies to renew a community structure in need into something beautiful.

More than 20 years after the first national conference was held in Pittsburgh in 1996, professionals and civic leaders from across the country will return for the 2017 National Brownfields Training Conference.

To read the Digest, visit: www.PaEnvironmentDigest.com.  Click Here to view or print the entire Digest.

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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