Friday, October 7, 2016

October 10 PA Environment Digest Now Available

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

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Thursday reported 158,821 volunteers participated in the 2016 Great American Cleanup of PA, cleaning up trash or beautifying their communities in more than 6,000 events across Pennsylvania.  Participation this year increased by 30,664 volunteers over the 2015 cleanup.

2016 Chesapeake Bay Forest Champions Honored, 3 From Pennsylvania
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and the U.S. Forest Service presented the 2016 Chesapeake Forest Champions Awards at the 11th Annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum attended by over 420 people from various local organizations.

Join the PA Environmental Council and the Department of Environmental Protection for the 2017 PA Statewide Conference for Watershed Organizations with the theme “Bringing Communities Together” to be held March 5-6 at the Ramada Inn, State College.

The PA Resources Council will recognize four outstanding organizations with its 2016 Environmental Leadership Awards on November 10 at the Villanova Hotel and Conference Center in Philadelphia.

The PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Pennsylvania River of the Year.  Nominations are due October 28.

In partnership with the PA Recreation and Park Society, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will be offering its annual, free, in-person Community Conservation Partnership Grant Workshops at 6 locations across the state in November.

The Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting applications for its 2017 round of Environmental Education Grants. The deadline for application is December 16.

The October issue of PA Township News from the PA State Association of Township Supervisors features an article about one of the most significant recycling challenges faced by local governments-- recycling electronics waste.
E-Waste Woes, Electronics Recycling Continues To Pose Challenges by Assistant PA Township News Editor Brenda Wilt, provides an overview of the difficulties of recycling electronics waste under a state law in badly need of updating.

More than 150 years after the first commercial oil well was drilled in Pennsylvania, decades of energy exploration have resulted in hundreds of thousands of abandoned, lost and forgotten oil and gas wells scattered across the state.
Researchers at Penn State are among a number of organizations in Pennsylvania working to locate and assess these so called orphaned and abandoned wells, which if not properly plugged, or if damaged over time, can potentially cause air and water pollution.

Pennsylvania-based home gardening company W. Atlee Burpee Company has made a $2.5 million gift to establish a permanent White House Kitchen Garden to maintain and further develop an initiative started by First Lady Michelle Obama.  The donation will be made by The Burpee Foundation.

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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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