Friday, July 29, 2016

DEP To Hold Aug. 1 Webinar On Susquehanna River Monitoring, Impairment

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a webinar on August 1 at 10:00 a.m to discuss the findings of the draft 2016 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report and the most recent scientific research on Susquehanna River impairment.
DEP experts will discuss the latest scientific data and research on the Susquehanna River. Following the presentation there will be an opportunity for a short Q&A for accredited media.
Click Here to register or view the presentation.
The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the July 30 PA Bulletin it is making available a copy of the draft 2016 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report for public comment.
This latest report shows 4,267 more miles of streams and rivers are now impaired in Pennsylvania-- 20,149-- compared to the same report published in 2014-- 15,882.
Of the top 5 causes of impairment, the largest increase in water quality impairment was caused by agricultural runoff-- 712 miles.  This was followed closely by stormwater pollution-- 288, habitat modification- 282, acid mine drainage-- 23 and road runoff-- 9.
The report also does not proposed to list the Lower Susquehanna River as impaired because DEP feels they do not have enough information to make a judgement on impairment at this time.
In May, the Fish and Boat Commission again urged DEP to list the Lower Susquehanna River as impaired and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA has had an ongoing campaign to urge its listing.
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4,267 More Miles Of Streams Listed As Impaired By DEP, Lower Susquehanna Not Listed

DEP Aug. 2 Environmental Justice Board Meeting Features Political Action Group On Climate

The DEP Environmental Justice Advisory Board meets August 2 in Pittsburgh and among the items on the agenda is a presentation on renewable energy and environmental justice by NextGen Climate, a political action group started by Tom Steyer in San Francisco which provides support to candidates on climate issues.
Also on the agenda are presentations on the Shell ethane plant in Beaver County, by DEP’s Safe Drinking Water Program and discussion of Board strategic priorities for the future.
The meeting will be held in Waterfront A Conference Room, DEP Southwest Regional Office, 500 Waterfront Dr. in Pittsburgh starting at 8:30 a.m.
For more information, visit DEP’s Environmental Justice Advisory Board webpage or contact Carl Jones, Director, DEP’s Office of Environmental Justice, 484-250-5818 or send email to: caejone@pa.gov.

Manada Conservancy Celebrates 20th Anniversary Music Over The Mountain Sept. 25

Join the Manada Conservancy in Dauphin County on September 25 as they celebrate their 20th anniversary with an evening of bluegrass and barbecue at the Music Over The Mountain program.
The featured band will be Colebrook Road.
Enjoy barbecue provided by Forrest's Feed Co. and drinks from the Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey. Tickets are only $50 and include music, barbecue and drinks!
The program will be held at the Wind In The Willows, 35 Webster School Road in Granville.
Purchase tickets online or by contacting the Manada Conservancy office by sending email to: office@manada.org or call 717-566-4122.

Senior Environment Corps Volunteers Finish Water Quality Training In Beaver County

The first group of Beaver County Senior Environment Corps (SEC) volunteers completed their training at the Beaver County Conservation District July 21.
Volunteers, aged 55 years or older, learned why water quality monitoring is needed and how to use water quality monitoring equipment.
(Photo: new Beaver County Senior Environment Corps - Ed Adams, Tom Mohr, and Linda Szatkiewicz learn about water quality monitoring equipment.)
“I feel the Beaver County SEC helps the District achieve its mission of preserving natural resources, conserving soil, and improving resource management for all of Beaver County,” said Jeff Leindecker, Beaver County’s Agricultural Conservation Technician and Nutrient Management Specialist.  “The goal is to use the data gathered by the SEC to focus where we need to focus our efforts.  I commend the eleven volunteers who attended the training and look forward to working with them!”
The Beaver County Conservation District, the local host for the new group, is working together with Nature Abounds, a national environmental non-profit and organizer of the SEC.
Volunteers with the SEC can participate in a variety of tasks from monitoring water quality, observing and reporting on wildlife, reaching out to others about how they can help the environment, and even aiding with office tasks.
Because of the incredible interest in the SEC program, a second training for interested senior residents of Beaver County will be held in August, and a training will also be held in Allegheny County in September.
For more information on the Beaver County program, contact Melinda Hughes of Nature Abounds at either 814-765-1453 x203 or send email to: SEC@Natureabounds.org.
More information on the SEC generally, is available at the Nature Abounds Senior Environment Corps webpage.

Sustainable Energy Fund Honors Ron Celentano With Lifetime Achievement Award

The Sustainable Energy Fund honored world renowned solar energy expert Ron Celentano with the Epstein Award, which recognizes those who have made major contributions toward building a sustainable energy future.
The lifetime achievement award was presented at Energypath 2016, Pennsylvania’s largest sustainable energy conference, on July 28.
Throughout his career Celentano has worked to secure a sustainable energy future across the United States, Central America and Africa.
“For more than four decades, Ron has built an illustrious career and dedicated himself to the development and installation of sustainable energy technologies and practices,” John Costlow, president and CEO of Sustainable Energy Fund said. “Ron is a relentless advocate for a sustainable energy future. He continues to provide his expertise at some of the highest levels of government, and has trained hundreds of industry professionals. His receipt of the Epstein Award is well deserved, and we thank him for his contributions.”
Celentano, who began his career in the solar thermal field in the mid-1970s, began designing and installing solar photovoltaic technologies in 1996, when he also founded Celentano Energy Services.
As a representative to the Mid-Atlantic Demand Resource Initiative, his work has served as a resource for sustainable energy rules and practices in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
He also served on Gov. Rendell’s Solar Working Group from 2008 to 2010. Celentano has designed several solar energy systems for applications in Belize, Togo and Gambia.
"I've been intrigued with solar energy as long as I can remember, and I've been working in this field for most of my profession career,” Celentano said.  “So much of that time included countless hours advocating to minimize the barriers for implementing and utilizing this enormous renewable source of energy.  In light of that, I'm humbly honored to receive the Epstein Award, and look forward to increasing the use of solar energy resources in our effort to achieve a sustainable energy future."
For more information on programs, funding and upcoming events, visit the Sustainable Energy Fund website.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from the Fund (bottom of the page).

DEP Hearing On Delegation Of Sewage Sludge Incineration Regulations Aug. 31

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of an August 31 public hearing on a request for delegation of enforcement authority from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the federal Sewage Sludge Incineration Regulation Program.
The hearing will be held in the 12th Floor Conference Room of the Rachel Carson Building in Harrisburg from 10:00 a.m. until noon.
Comments are due September 2.
A copy of the delegation request will be posted here. Questions should be directed to Maisha Webb by sending email to: maiwebb@pa.gov or call 717-787-9702.

4,267 More Miles Of Streams Listed As Impaired By DEP, Lower Susquehanna Not Listed

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the July 30 PA Bulletin it is making available a copy of the draft 2016 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report for public comment.
This latest report shows 4,267 more miles of streams and rivers are now impaired in Pennsylvania-- 20,149-- compared to the same report published in 2014-- 15,882.
Of the top 5 causes of impairment, the largest increase in water quality impairment was caused by agricultural runoff-- 712 miles.  This was followed closely by stormwater pollution-- 288, habitat modification- 282, acid mine drainage-- 23 and road runoff-- 9.
The report also does not proposed to list the Lower Susquehanna River as impaired because DEP feels they do not have enough information to make a judgement on impairment at this time.
In May, the Fish and Boat Commission again urged DEP to list the Lower Susquehanna River as impaired and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA has had an ongoing campaign to urge its listing.
In addition to comments of a general nature on the Integrated Report, the Department is seeking comment on the eight waters listed as high priorities for TMDL development (page 24) of the draft report).
They include-- Kishacoquillas Creek (Mifflin County), South Branch Conewago Creek (Adams/York counties), Irish Creek (Berks County), Whiteley Creek (Greene County), Pumpkin Run (Greene County), South Branch South Fork Pine Creek (Armstrong County), Casselman River (Somerset County) and Octoraro Creek (Lancaster County).
DEP has also selected 16 waters to be restored through alternatives to TMDLs (page 24 of the report).
They include-- Nuangola Lake (Luzerne County), Little Bushkill Creek (Northampton County), Deer Run (Southeast PA), Schlegel Run (Montgomery County), Wissahickon Creek (Montgomery/Philadelphia counties), Ithan Creek (Delaware County), Genesee River (Potter County), Beaver Run (Northcentral PA), Hungry Run (Mifflin County), Spring Run (Southcentral PA), Chiques Creek (Lancaster/Lebanon counties), Hamlin Run (McKean County), Railroad Run (Northwest PA), Shupe Run (Allegheny County), Beaver Run (Southwest PA) and Ross Run (Southwest PA).
August 1 Webinar
The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a webinar on August 1 at 10:00 a.m to discuss the findings of the 2016 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report and the most recent scientific research on Susquehanna River impairment.
DEP experts will discuss the latest scientific data and research on the Susquehanna River. Following the presentation there will be an opportunity for a short Q&A for accredited media.
Click Here to register or view the presentation.
Comments on the report are due September 12 and can be filed through DEP’s eComment webpage.  Comments may also be sent by email to: ecomment@pa.gov or by postal mail to: DEP Office of Policy, Rachel Carson Building, PO Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063.
A copy of the draft 2016 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report is now available online.
DEP Reports 15,882 Miles Of Streams Impaired, Down Slightly From 2012 [2014]

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Help Wanted: LandStudies, Inc. Landscape Foreman For Ecological Restoration

LandStudies Inc. in Lancaster County is seeking a landscape foreman for its Field Operations division in Lititz.  The Foreman will lead and assist work crews with the installation of natural landscapes, ecological restoration, and invasive plant management projects.  Click Here for all the details and how to apply.

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