Friday, December 23, 2016

Dec. 26 PA Environment Digest Now Available

The December 26 PA Environment Digest is now available.  Here are just a few of the headlines--

Since June of 2004, the PA Environment Digest has printed over 1,160 stories about thousands of businesses, farmers, schools, local governments, students of all ages, nonprofit groups, organizations and individuals just like you recognized for doing great things to protect and restore Pennsylvania’s environment in every corner of the Commonwealth.’s Ad Crable reported Friday Lancaster County’s farmland provides environmental benefits worth more than $676 million annually and that’s not counting  agricultural products they produce, according to a new study commissioned by the Lancaster County Agricultural Council.

The PA Farm Bureau Monday said a Penn State survey, which identifies best management practices (BMPs) paid for entirely by farmers, confirms that farmers have done much more than they have ever been given credit for in implementing measures that improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

As part of the statewide Clean Water Counts In Pennsylvania campaign by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA, county maps of streams with impaired water quality were posted online.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service-PA is now accepting applications from Pennsylvania landowners and groups interested in protecting wetlands in selected watersheds through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program in parts of the Delaware River Watershed.

We think of our community park as a great place to take a walk, be active, or enjoy nature, but with a few key features they also can help manage the runoff and flooding that occurs when it rains or when snow melts.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the PA Recreation and Park Society are now accepting nominations for the Green Parks Award.  Nominations are due January 27.

The PA Forest Heritage Association reported in its Winter quarterly newsletter Saturday 12,067  acres were burned in 836 wildfires in Pennsylvania to December causing $3.5 million in damage, 1 fatality and 12 injuries.

Santa Claus is likely to bring good little girls and boys lots of new electronic devices and peripherals-- bigger screen TVs, computers, tablets, phones, printers, scanners and more.

By Coleen P. Engvall, Joint Conservation Committee
In 1996, the Electricity Generation Customer Choice and Competition Act became law, allowing Pennsylvanians to choose from a catalogue of different electricity suppliers. Still in effect today, customers can shop through various options, with information about price, variability, bonuses and renewable sourcing.

NRG Energy, Inc. Monday announced it has completed the coal-to-gas projects at four power plants across NRG’s fleet, including 2 plants in Pennsylvania-- Shawville, Clearfield County, and New Castle, Lawrence County.

NJR Clean Energy Ventures Tuesday announced the completion of the Ringer Hill Wind Farm located in Somerset County.

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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