Friday, August 25, 2017

August 28 PA Environment Digest Now Available

The August 28  PA Environment Digest is now available.  Here are just a few of the headlines--

All of Pennsylvania’s local government associations Monday sent a letter to all members of the House and Senate expressing their opposition to a provision in the Senate-passed Administrative Code bill-- House Bill 118 (Kaufer-R-Luzerne) -- and in House-amended Senate Bill 446 (McGarrigle-R-Delaware) that would remove the requirement to treat manganese discharges from coal mining and other sites and force water users to remove the chemical.

With the discussion of proposals in the Senate-passed budget bills on how to speed up DEP permit reviews now front and center, it is worth a look-back to see what DEP has told the Senate and House this year about speeding up permit reviews.

State of Risk: Pennsylvania, a new report from the Environmental Defense Fund released Wednesday, catalogues far-reaching and grave threats to air, water and land, and to the people and economy of Pennsylvania if President Trump’s proposed 30 percent cut to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency budget is enacted this fall.  Such cuts would move the agency funding radically backward to its lowest level since the mid-1970s.

Dr. Beth McGee, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Director of Science and Agricultural Policy, issued this statement Tuesday following release of results from the Early August Hypoxia Report which found areas with low dissolved oxygen to be "much better than average" during the early August cruise in Maryland waters.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA and Quantified Ventures are seeking four municipalities in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia that would like to work together on stormwater management problems using the Pay-For-Success private capital Environmental Impact Bonds tool.

By David Kinney, Trout Unlimited Mid-Atlantic Policy Director
In June, New York City agreed to voluntarily release more water from its reservoirs on the Upper Delaware in order to protect the river’s wild trout fishery during the summer heat.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is encouraging Pennsylvania schools to get their students involved in Keep America Beautiful’s Recycle-Bowl, the national competition designed to invigorate students in grades K-12 to participate in recycling.

Do you have woods on your property? Penn State University research estimates that nearly half a million Pennsylvanians own a small patch of woodlands -- one to 10 acres. These patches add up to about a million or so acres, or about 10 percent, of our state’s privately held woodlands.
If you are one of these landowners and you’d like to improve your land for the benefit of humans, flora, and fauna, register for the upcoming workshop on October 7 at Penn State Lehigh Valley Campus from 8:30 to 4:30.

The PA Land Trust Association partnered with trail professionals and Penn Trails to offer a two-day training event for those engaged in trail management, maintenance, and construction.

To read the Digest, visit:  Click Here to view or 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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