July 14, 2017

July 17 PA Environment Digest Now Available

The July 17  PA Environment Digest is now available.  Here are just a few of the headlines--

A June 2 report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found the Department of Environmental Protection lacks the resources and staff to implement minimum federal MS4 Stormwater Management Program requirements, the same finding EPA made in  2011.

The Game Commission Thursday announced chronic wasting disease has spread to free-ranging deer in Bell Township, Clearfield County, where it previously had been detected only in captive deer.

The Senate Tabled Senate Bill 658 (Yaw-R-Lycoming) designating the eastern hellbender Pennsylvania’s state amphibian this week because the bill had been on the Senate Calendar for 10 legislative days without action.

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the July 15 PA Bulletin of a mass certification of nutrient credits under the Nutrient Credit Trading Program in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed from wastewater treatment plants.  Using this process, municipal wastewater plants would not have to go through the regular certification process.

The Pennsylvania’s Public-Private Partnership (P3) Board Thursday approved a project to establish a wetland mitigation bank to offset environmental impacts from construction or development projects.

The July quarterly newsletter from the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center is now available featuring stories on--

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful invites Pennsylvania residents and businesses to coordinate a cleanup as part of the 2017 International Coastal Cleanup held from September 1 through October 31.

Throughout your summer travels-- and time spent closer to home-- keep an eye out for litter. The PA Resources Council invites all amateur photographers to enter its 32nd annual “Lens on Litter” Photo Contest to depict how litter impacts lives and communities.

In a resource-constrained world, consumerism is the elephant in the room.  The good news is that when we do make purchases, the choices in where we shop and what we purchase can have a sustainable impact.  

The PA Recreation and Parks Society is now accepting registrations for the 2017 PA Greenways and Trails Summit on September 24-26 at the DoubleTree Hilton in Reading, Berks County.

Cherry Springs State Park in Potter County was recognized by the MSN Travel page as possibly the best spot for stargazing in all of the United States.  On any given night, 10,000 stars are visible to the naked eye.  Click Here for more on stargazing at the park.

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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