Friday, August 14, 2020

2020-21 State Parks Calendar Now Available! Let It Inspire You To A New Adventure!

Brighten up any wall in your office or home with the new 2020-21 State Parks Calendar from the PA Parks and Forests Foundation.
Let the 2021 (with four months of 2020 in a one page spread) Pennsylvania State Parks calendar inspire you to adventure! 
Featuring lovely photographs of some of your favorite parks (and perhaps a few you've yet to consider), there's room to write and room to dream.
For more information on programs, initiatives, special events and how you can get involved, visit the PA Parks & Forests Foundation website.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from the Foundation,  Like them on Facebook or Follow them on Twitter or tune in to their YouTube ChannelClick Here to become a member of the Foundation.
The Foundation and their 46 chapters mobilize 65,000 volunteers annually to steward YOUR state parks and forests.
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[Posted: August 14, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

August 14 Take Five Fridays With Pam, PA Parks & Forests Foundation

The August 14 Take Five Fridays With Pam is now available from the PA Parks and Forests Foundation featuring articles on--
-- Check In with Trail Mama Georgette from Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail for Trail Tips
-- 2020-21 State Parks Calendar is Now Available!  Order yours now!
-- Check the Foundation Calendar and DCNR Calendar for events near you
For more information on programs, initiatives, special events and how you can get involved, visit the PA Parks & Forests Foundation website.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from the Foundation,  Like them on Facebook or Follow them on Twitter or tune in to their YouTube ChannelClick Here to become a member of the Foundation.
The Foundation and their 46 chapters mobilize 65,000 volunteers annually to steward YOUR state parks and forests.
(Photo: Presque Isle State Park lighthouse, Erie, by Mary Ann Pike.)
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-- 2020-21 State Parks Calendar Now Available! Let It Inspire You To A New Adventure!
[Posted: August 14, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

Dept. Of Health Reports 36 Additional Deaths Due To COVID-19; 829 New Cases

On August 14, the Department of Health reported 36 additional deaths as a result of COVID-19 bringing the total number of deaths to 7,445.
As of 12:00 a.m. August 14, there were 829 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 122,950 in all 67 counties.
Approximately 8,826 of Pennsylvania’s total positive cases are in health care workers.
Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:
-- 1 percent are ages 0-4;
-- 1 percent are ages 5-12;
-- Nearly 4 percent are ages 13-18;
-- Nearly 10 percent are ages 19-24;
-- Nearly 38 percent are ages 25-49;
-- Nearly 23 percent are ages 50-64; and
-- Nearly 24 percent are ages 65 or older.
Most of the patients hospitalized are aged 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. There have been no pediatric deaths to date. More data is available here.
In nursing and personal care homes, there are 20,285 resident cases of COVID-19, and  4,209 cases among employees, for a total of 24,494 at 890 distinct facilities in 61 counties. Out of our total deaths, 5,056 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.  Click Here for a county breakdown.
For the latest information on the coronavirus and precautions to take in Pennsylvania, visit the Department of Health’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage, Follow them on Twitter, or Like them on Facebook.
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-- Responding To COVID-19 In Pennsylvania - General Resource Page All Topics
-- Attorney General - Coronavirus Price Gouging Updates 
[Posted: August 14, 2020]

Ned Smith Center For Nature & The Arts Has ‘Ned Talks’ Available Online On A Variety Of Nature Topics

The Ned Smith Center for Nature and the Arts has produced a series of ‘Ned Talks’ over the last few months to provide an informative, educational and fun exploration into nature and the arts in and around the Center in Dauphin County
Join educators Emily Rosmus and Hunter Kauffman as they dive head first into the discovery and exploration of the world around us!
You can also get a look inside the nesting behavior of some of the birds that call the Ned Smith Center lands their home with a live bird cam.  Click Here to check in to see what’s happening!
For more information on programs, initiatives, upcoming events and how to get involved, visit the Ned Smith Center for Nature and the Arts website.
[Posted: August 14, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

NRCS-PA Invites Farmers, Forestland Owners To Take Survey About Improving Programs

The Natural Resources Conservation Service-PA is inviting farmers and forestland owners to fill out a new survey to help USDA understand what it is doing well and where improvements are needed, specifically at the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Risk Management Agency.
A selection of 28,000 producers will receive the survey over the next few weeks, but all farmers are encouraged to take the survey online.
The survey consists of 20 questions and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Responses are confidential, and individual responses will be aggregated.
The survey will be open for at least six weeks and will be closed once USDA receives a 30 percent response rate.
For more information on services available to farmers and forestland owners, visit the NRCS-PA webpage.
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[Posted: August 14, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

Friday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips 8.14.20

Senate returns to voting session Sept. 8 or at the Call Of President Pro Tempore
House returns to voting session Sept. 15 or at the Call Of The House Speaker [May be back late August for election fixes Read More Here.]

Mariner East Pipeline Drilling Stopped Indefinitely At Site Of Leak Into Marsh Creek State Park Lake, Chester County; Pipeline Company Will Be Held Accountable [PaEN]
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[Posted: August 14, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Mariner East Pipeline Drilling Stopped Indefinitely At Site Of Leak Into Marsh Creek State Park Lake, Chester County; Pipeline Company Will Be Held Accountable

On August 13, Departments of Conservation and Natural Resources and Environmental Protection assured Marsh Creek State Park supporters in Chester County that concerted efforts are underway to safeguard visitors and park resources in the wake of Monday’s pipeline drilling fluid spill affecting the lake and that Energy Transfer will be held accountable to the full extent of the law.
“We are deeply concerned and troubled over this significant resource and recreation impact at Marsh Creek that comes at a time when that park, as are all our parks, is seeing incredible visitation rates amid the pandemic,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “Drawing more than 1 million visitors a year, Marsh Creek is among our most visited park, and water-based activities are the catalyst for that draw.
“The popularity of paddle-boarding alone is phenomenal at Marsh Creek Lake, and anglers and other boaters can be found daily on the lake. Containment, water testing, and remediation are underway, and access to affected water and shoreline will be restricted.”
Noting the park’s connecting trails and other strong ties to surrounding communities, Dunn said, “DCNR recognizes this park is beloved by those who live nearby and is an important resource to the people and businesses of surrounding communities. I feel it is important to let them know we’re standing by them on this.”
What Happened
On Monday, August 10, DEP responded to a report from Sunoco of a potential inadvertent return at HDD 290, a drill site off Green Valley Road in Marsh Creek State Park in Upper Uwchlan Township, Chester County. Operation at the drill site has been suspended indefinitely.
Used in Sunoco Pipeline LP’s Mariner East project in Chester County, an estimated 8,100 gallons of drilling fluid (mud and water) leaked into wetlands off park property and into a tributary to Marsh Creek Lake. 
The spill is affecting the lake’s cove area along Park Road.
What's The Status
Buoys will be used on the lake to delineate the affected area. Approximately 33 acres of the 535-acre lake is now off-limits to boating and fishing. 
Offering a swimming pool, the park does not permit beach-based swimming. Boating and fishing still is permitted on the rest of the lake, and the park remains open to all other activities.
“With the assistance of DEP, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, private contractors and our park personnel, we are focusing on containment, cleanup, and remediation, and we need the public’s cooperation,” Dunn said. “Aiding that effort are DCNR park managers and rangers, as well as our aquatic specialists who will be gauging the spill’s effect on water quality and lake aquatic life.”
What's Being Done
“DEP, along with the Fish and Boat Commission, continue to investigate and oversee the cleanup of the inadvertent return into Marsh Creek,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “At the conclusion of the investigation, DEP anticipates that there will be civil penalties and potentially other regulatory ramifications. Drilling activity at the site has ceased until further notice.
“Since the spill occurred on Monday, clean-up crews have made significant progress in collecting and containing spilled material. DEP aquatic biologists have been onsite since the beginning of the incident to assess the spill and ensure that cleanup activities are conducted properly. 
“Downstream drinking water intakes have been notified and there are no concerns about drinking water safety. There have not been any complaints of impacted private water wells,” McDonnell said. “DEP is also actively coordinating with experts at DCNR, Department of Health, Army Corps of Engineers and Public Utility Commission to ensure that the ongoing situation is managed consistently and safely. DEP has consistently held Sunoco accountable for violations and will do so in this instance as well.”
Located in Northcentral Chester County, Marsh Creek’s lake and 1,784 acres offer a refuge for migrating waterfowl and also are popular with hikers, hunters and picnickers.
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[Posted: August 13, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

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