Friday, April 1, 2016

April 4 PA Environment Digest

The April 4 PA Environment Digest is now available.  Here are just a few of the headlines--

The Tribune-Review reported Wednesday that John Linkes, a volunteer active in the Roaring Run and Kiskiminetas River watersheds in Armstrong, Indiana and Westmoreland counties, has received the national River Heroes Award for his conservation efforts from the River Network.

StateImpact reported Tuesday the slowdown in the drilling industry will put collection of permit fees about $2.9 million below what is needed to support the Oil and Gas Regulatory Program at DEP in the FY 2016-17 budget year.

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn Tuesday announced the launch of the Riparian Forest Buffer Advisory Committee to provide advice and expertise as the Commonwealth works toward a goal of planting 95,000 acres of buffers along waterways by 2025.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Thursday announced it has received a $20,000 grant from Keep America Beautiful to continue their work with the Keep America Beautiful Cigarette Litter Prevention Program.  

The Goddard Leadership Legacy Institute is now accepting applications for its summer residential program for students ages 13 to 15.  The deadline for applications is June 10.  The program will be held at the Ironmaster’s Mansion at Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Cumberland County from July 11-16.

Columbia Gas of PA Thursday joined Exelon/PECO Gas Utilities and UGI Utilities to be founding members of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program.

One of the best kept secrets in Harrisburg is the $24.5 million available through the High Performance Building Program for individuals and small businesses interested in the construction or major renovation of buildings to meet green building standards.  Both grants and loans are available to individuals and businesses through the program administered by the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

The Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape Initiative is now accepting applications for its Mini Grant Program through May 19.

Hosted annually in Washington D.C., the National Bike Summit & Women’s Forum has shown real impact in leveraging increased investments in bicycling at the federal, state, and local levels.  This year’s event had added significance, because the PA Environmental Council sent three staff members to the event for the first time in order to learn and bring back useful information that will help transform our state into a place that welcomes cyclists of all levels and abilities.

To read the Digest, visit:  Click Here to 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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