Friday, November 27, 2020

Rodale Institute Hosts Dec. 5 Online Panel Discussion On Whether Regenerative Organic Agriculture Can Reverse Climate Change

On December 5, Berks County-based
Rodale Institute and partners Kiss The Ground will host an online panel discussion on Climate Change and the Soil Carbon Solution, a Conservation with Farmers, Scientists, Brands and Policymakers from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. on World Soil Day.

The panel will discuss the findings of Rodale's newest white paper on regenerative agriculture and climate change

What is the role of regenerative organic agriculture in battling the climate crisis?  How can farmers, scientists, brands and policymakers come together to move the needle toward a brighter future?

The panelists include--

-- Moderator: Ryland Englehart, Kiss the Ground Co-Founder & Executive Director

-- Marshall Johnson, National Audubon Society Dakota Vice-President

-- U.S. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, Maine 1st District

-- Dr. Drew Smith, Rodale Institute Chief Scientist

-- Tom Newmark, The Carbon Underground Co- Founder & Chair

-- Alex Pryor, Guayaki Yerba Mate Co-Founder & board member

Click Here to register and for more information.

For more information on programs, initiatives, research, assistance available to farmers, and upcoming events, visit the Rodale Institute website. Like them on Facebook. Follow them on Twitter. Check out their YouTube Channel

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[Posted: November 27, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

DEP Posts 39 Pages Of Permit-Related Notices In Nov. 28 PA Bulletin

The Department of Environmental Protection published 39 pages of public notices related to proposed and final permit and approval/ disapproval actions in the November 28 PA Bulletin -
pages 6786 to 6825.
Sign Up For DEP’s eNotice: Did you know DEP can send you email notices of permit applications submitted in your community?  Notice of new technical guidance documents and regulations?  All through its eNotice system.  Click Here to sign up.

Nov. 27 Take Five Fridays With Pam, PA Parks & Forests Foundation

November 27 Take Five Fridays With Pam from the Parks and Forests Foundation features these articles--

-- Committed park and forests advocates made calls and sent emails (including through our online Take Action Center) to their state legislators keeping safe the very important Keystone Recreation Park & Conservation Fund and Environmental Stewardship Fund. 

"Word was" the volume of messages received at the Capitol was a big part of why the final budget kept those funds where they belong, working to increase recreational opportunities in communities across the Commonwealth.

-- Nominations have started to come in for our 2021 COVID-19 Champions. There is a month to nominate  your hero for recognition. Visit the website - there's a button right on our home page! 

-- Stormtroopers visit the Foundation camp site on the City of Harrisburg Reverse Holiday Parade route

-- Visit the Foundation Calendar and the DCNR Calendar of Events

Click Here to read the entire Take Five.

For more information on programs, initiatives, special events and how you can get involved, visit the PA Parks & Forests Foundation website.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from the Foundation,  Like them on Facebook or Follow them on Twitter or tune in to their YouTube ChannelClick Here to become a member of the Foundation.

The Foundation and their 46 chapters mobilize 65,000 volunteers annually to steward YOUR state parks and forests.

(Photo: McConnells Mill State Park, Lawrence County, by Twisted Mountain, Jeremiah Gadsby.)

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[Posted: November 27, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

Bay Journal Forum: Clean Water Partnerships Accelerate Farm Conservation Efforts

As we near the 2025 Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction goal deadline, it is clear that partnerships are imperative to our success, as no one entity is capable of reaching these goals alone.

One Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay partnership has grown tremendously in recent years, with hopes of paving the way for the future of the agricultural industry in the Bay watershed. 

The Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership, comprising Turkey Hill Dairy, the Alliance, and Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association has experienced rapid success in supporting farmers supplying Turkey Hill Dairy with conservation action.

The partnership began in 2018 at the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Businesses for the Bay Forum, which urged companies to consider how they could change their operations to improve water quality. Conversations between the Alliance and the dairy led to the Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership.

This collaboration, the first of its kind in the region — and perhaps the country — has Turkey Hill fully committed to building conservation into its supply chain. 

The business is the largest dairy distributor in Lancaster County, PA. Because the dairy has one of the largest ecological footprints in the county, it and the Alliance conceptualized a partnership that focused on Turkey Hill farmers taking meaningful steps to improve local water quality. 

The MDVA cooperative plays an important role in the partnership, as they are Turkey Hill’s sole dairy provider.

Through the partnership, the dairy is requiring all of its milk suppliers to obtain and implement a conservation plan, a tool designed to help better manage the resources on farms. 

This commitment, which has been officially written into Turkey Hill’s contract with the MDVA cooperative, is more than just a requirement, it’s an incentive. 

Turkey Hill has opted for a “carrot and stick” approach, with the Alliance and the MDVA cooperative supporting their farmers in achieving this new standard.

To date, the partnership has covered 100 percent of the cost of writing conservation plans for 24 farms; installed 14 structural agricultural best management practices, such as manure storage facilities, heavy use area protection and barnyard stabilization.

Participating farmers’ current conservation level and future goals have been assessed. Farmers have been supported with more than $3 million in funding through various sources, including: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Services, PennVest, and Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Farmers have been truly appreciative of the support offered by the Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership. 

“Working together with the partnership has allowed our farm to design and complete many improvements to our operation,” said Chris Landis of Worth the Wait Farms in Lancaster County. “This has impacted our operation by allowing us to manage our livestock and cropping in a responsible manner leading us to implement the best conservation practices that we can to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.”

The Alliance was recently awarded an additional $500,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Small Watersheds Grant program to continue its support of dairy farmers. Much work still needs to be done. 

The partnership roughly estimates that $20 million is needed to fully bring partnership producers up to the new conservation standard. The partnership is continuing to seek funding sources to complete this work.

Besides setting sustainable goals for the farmers supplying Turkey Hill, the partnership also provides a model for the entire dairy industry. 

“The hands-on approach of working alongside each producer is important to not only Turkey Hill, but to the dairy industry overall, as it can accelerate conservation action and motivate more businesses to take a similar approach,” said Turkey Hill’s CEO, Tim Hopkins.

From its inception, the partnership was built for replication. This project began with an NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant with the goal of demonstrating that leadership within the private sector can accelerate conservation action. 

In fact, the Alliance hoped from the beginning that the example the partnership sets would motivate additional businesses to take a similar approach in improving their operations’ impact on local rivers and streams. 

As the partnership has grown, participants  have put significant energy into making the effort scalable and replicable. 

Thanks to this model, the Alliance and the MDVA cooperative are in discussion with two other large corporations about similar efforts. These major food companies receive milk from hundreds of farmers and have significant potential water quality impacts on agricultural lands throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Additionally, as a result of partnering with Turkey Hill and the Alliance, the MDVA cooperative has developed the goal of becoming the first dairy cooperative association to support all of its member farms in achieving full compliance with conservation standards. 

The MDVA cooperative is evolving their structure and mission to accomplish this ambitious goal. 

In response to its commitment to the partnership, the MDVA cooperative has quadrupled their sustainability workforce. It has also made it an expressed objective to develop and support the sustainability goals of their clients, even in an economic climate that may otherwise be difficult for many dairy farmers.

“We have seen tremendous success through our partnership with Turkey Hill Dairy and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay,” said Lindsay Reames, director of sustainability and external relations for the MDVA cooperative. “Our focus now is to find revenue streams to support our ongoing work and the projects our members need help implementing. Whether it’s creating an updated nutrient management plan or providing cost-share support for the construction of a new manure storage facility, the Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership is doing good things for our farmers, our customers, our communities and our streams — and we want to keep that forward momentum going.”

The Alliance will continue to work with the MDVA cooperative, Turkey Hill Dairy and others to further refine the partnership model by increasing its scale and replicability. 

In time, the partnership says that it believes that this approach to conservation will change the market itself and become a standard operating procedure within the agricultural industry.

[PA Chesapeake Bay Plan

[For more information on how Pennsylvania plans to meet its Chesapeake Bay cleanup obligations, visit DEP’s PA’s Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plan webpage. 

[Click Here for a summary of the steps the Plan recommends.

[How Clean Is Your Stream?

[DEP’s Interactive Report Viewer allows you to zoom in on your own stream or watershed to find out how clean your stream is or if it has impaired water quality using the latest information in the draft 2020 Water Quality Report.]

Jenna Mitchell is the Pennsylvania state director for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.

(Reprinted from the Chesapeake Bay Journal.)

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[Posted: November 27, 2020]

Stroud Water Research Center Celebrates The Life Of Chief Quiet Thunder

“The Earth is our Mother, and we all have a sacred obligation to learn to live in harmony with her and protect her for future generations.” — Chief Quiet Thunder (1934–2020)

Stroud Water Research Center in Chester County honors and mourns the passing of Chief Richard Quiet Thunder Gilbert, late Native American elder from Woodbury, New Jersey, and tribal chief of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape tribe. 

For more than three decades, Chief Quiet Thunder inspired thousands of students and adults in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and southern New Jersey, including oral storytelling presentations at the annual Brandywine Watershed Discovery Day Camp led by the Coatesville Youth Initiative and the Stroud Center. 

Often surrounded by hundreds of handcrafted cultural items, this “peaceful warrior” captivated audiences with authentic presentations, interactive music-making, the enduring wisdom of the Lenni-Lenape, and a profound passion for the Earth. 

His voice, like his name, harbored restrained power that left learners spellbound. And just as thunder accompanies lightning, the chief’s words brought essential light to our understanding of native Lenni-Lenape peoples. 

His 86 years on the planet included two books co-authored with Greg Vizzi: The Original People: The Ancient Culture and Wisdom of the Lenni-Lanape People, now published and available for purchase, and The Seventh Generation: Quiet Thunder Speaks, which is coming soon.

The Stroud Center’s education department extends its deepest condolences to the family and community of Chief Quiet Thunder. 

While we wish to express that he will not be forgotten, those words imply that the chief has left us; in reality, his boundless legacy and life’s work honoring indigenous peoples, humanity, and the Earth will inspire us all for generations to come. 

Chief Quiet Thunder, we are thankful for you. 

Want to celebrate the living legacy of Chief Quiet Thunder?

-- Read hundreds of transcribed interviews, stories, and conversations with Chief Quiet Thunder in The Original People.

-- Watch a short video of Chief Quiet Thunder’s oral storytelling with youth and adults.

-- Listen to Chief Quiet Thunder share wisdom on lovingly living with Mother Earth in a radio interview.

-- Visit the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape of New Jersey Online Museum.

-- Learn about Lenape Everywhere and the Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware.

For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the Stroud Water Research Center website, Click Here to subscribe to UpStream.  Click Here to subscribe to Stroud’s Educator newsletter.  Click Here to become a Friend Of Stroud Research,  Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter and visit their YouTube Channel.

The Chester County-based Stroud Center seeks to advance knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and watershed restoration.

(Reprinted from the Stroud Water Research Center website.)

[Posted: November 27, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

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