Friday, May 14, 2021

Entries To The American Chestnut Foundation 2021 Photo Contest Due Sept. 1

The American Chestnut Foundation is now accepting entries for its 2021 Photo Contest. The deadline for submissions is September 1.

The Foundation challenges everyone to find an American Chestnut tree, take a photo of it and enter it in the contest.

The winning photo will be featured on an upcoming cover of Chestnut magazine and the winning photographer will receive a complimentary one-year membership.

Click Here for all the details.

To learn more about efforts to repopulate American Chestnut trees in Pennsylvania, visit the PA Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation website.  To become a member and receive regular updates from the PA Chapter, Click Here.

[Posted: May 14, 2021] PA Environment Digest

CBF Pennsylvania Learning Series: What Lives In PA Waterways, May 26 Webinar

The
Chesapeake Bay Foundation and partner organizations will host a new Pennsylvania learning Series Webinar-- What Lives In PA Waterways-- on May 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Do you know what lives in our rivers, creeks, and streams in the Keystone State? Pennsylvania is home to some incredible biodiversity, which is why it's a favorite for anglers and outdoor recreation enthusiasts alike!

Join this roundtable discussion with a few of our very own fishing and stream-health enthusiasts as we talk about the species that call our state home, the importance of stream health, and ways we can improve our impaired waterways, making them better and healthier homes for aquatic species.

Speakers include:

-- Derek EberlyTheodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

-- Brian Gish – CBF staff, Watershed Coordinator

-- BJ Small – CBF staff, PA Communications and Media Coordinator

Click Here to register for this free event.

Visit CBF's Pennsylvania Learning Series webpage for more information on this series.

For more on Chesapeake Bay-related issues in Pennsylvania, visit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA webpage.  Click Here to sign up for Pennsylvania updates (bottom of left column).  Click Here to support their work.

Also visit the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership to learn how you can help clean water grow on trees.

CBF has over 275,000 members in Bay Watershed.

PA Chesapeake Bay Plan

For more information on Pennsylvania’s plan, visit DEP’s Chesapeake Bay Office webpage.

How Clean Is Your Stream?

DEP’s Interactive Report Viewer allows you to zoom in on your own stream or watershed to find out how clean your stream is or if it has impaired water quality using the latest information in the draft 2020 Water Quality Report.

Related Articles:

-- Trout Unlimited, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers New R.I.S.E Webinar Series - Introduction To Trout Fishing May 14, 21, 28

-- Gov. Wolf Joins Chesapeake Bay Watershed Governors, Officials Urging Congress To Support ‘Billion For The Bay Initiative' To Jumpstart Final Restoration Efforts 

-- Bay Journal: Chesapeake Bay Restoration Stumbles In Race To Finish Line; Promised Outcomes Lagging Badly Or In Limbo 

-- Bay Journal Forum: New Wave Of Streamside Forest Plantings Needed Now

-- Lebanon Valley Conservancy Volunteers Plant 1,000 Trees, Native Plant Gardens, Award College Scholarship

-- Student Project Brings Trees And Music To Water Quality Cleanup Efforts In Lancaster County; June 5 ‘The Big Do’ Celebration

-- Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Student Leaders Continue To Carry The Torch In Pennsylvania 

-- Public Invited To Virtual Cumberland County Water Resources Forum May 19 

-- Conservation Districts: Need Technical Assistance With Watershed Monitoring?  Check Out C-SAW

-- Penn State Extension Water Cooler Talk - A Salty Situation In Our Streams- May 26

-- PA Senate Passes Bill To Control Overuse Of Fertilizer On Turf 

[Posted: May 14, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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

The
May 14 Take Five Fridays With Pam is now available from the PA Parks & Forests Foundation featuring articles on--

-- COVID Champions Awards Celebration Available On Demand and presentation by Dr. Michael Suk

-- May 18 -- 50th Anniversary of PA Environmental Rights Amendment

-- New tour boat dedicated at Moraine State Park

-- Forbes State Forest Garlic Mustard Pull Party

-- Visit DCNR Calendar of Events and the Foundation’s Events Calendar for fun things and volunteer opportunities happening near you!

-- 2022 PA State Parks Calendar Now On Sale!

Click Here to read the entire Take Five.

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: Ralph’s Majestic Vista, Moshannon State Forest , Centre, Clearfield, Elk counties, by Samantha Markovich.)

Related Articles:

-- DCNR Announces Operational Changes To Address Capacity Issues At Beltzville State Park, Carbon County 

-- New Addition At Kings Gap Environmental Ed Center Protects Amphibian Habitat, Provides More Accessible Hiking Opportunities In Cumberland County

-- DCNR To Invest $8.7 Million To Conserve Structures At Washington Crossing Historic Park In Bucks County

-- Wild Excellence Films Wins Waterwalker Film Festival Award For Paddleboarding Film 'A Quiet Excitement' Showcasing SW PA Lakes and Creeks

-- Temple Student Kyle Chin Promotes Inclusion In Recreation 

[Posted: May 14, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Saturday, May 15 For Liberty-Clairton Area Of Allegheny County

On May 14, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for fine particulate matter for Saturday, May 15, 2021, in the Liberty-Clairton Area of Allegheny County which includes Clairton City, Glassport Borough, Liberty Borough, Lincoln Borough, and Port Vue Borough.

A strong temperature inversion and light southwesterly wind Saturday morning are likely to contribute to a daily average concentration of fine particulate matter in the Code Orange range. 

The highest hourly average concentrations of fine particulate matter are most likely to occur between 4:00 AM and 9:00 AM.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Air Quality Index (AQI) provides standardized color codes for forecasting and reporting daily air quality. Green signifies good air quality; Yellow means moderate air quality; Orange represents unhealthy pollution levels for sensitive groups of people; and Red warns of unhealthy pollution levels for all.

An Air Quality Action Day is issued when the AQI is forecasted to be Code Orange or higher. 

On an Air Quality Action Day, young children, the elderly, and those with respiratory problems, such as asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis, are especially vulnerable to the effects of air pollution and should limit outdoor activities.

Residents and businesses within the Air Quality Action Day area are strongly encouraged to voluntarily help reduce air pollution by:

-- Reducing or eliminating fireplace and wood stove use;

-- Avoiding the open burning of leaves, trash and other materials; and

--Avoiding the use of gas-powered lawn and garden equipment.

For more information, visit DEP’s Air Quality Partnership webpage; EPA’s AirNow webpage; the Allegheny County Health Department website, or the Southwestern Pennsylvania Air Quality Partnership webpage.

For more information on environmental programs in Pennsylvania, visit DEP’s website, Click Here to sign up for DEP’s newsletter, sign up for DEP Connects events, sign up for DEP’s eNotice, visit DEP’s BlogLike DEP on Facebook, Follow DEP on Twitter and visit DEP’s YouTube Channel.

[Posted: May 14, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

390 Volunteers Clear 11,000 Pounds Of Trash. During ClearWater Conservancy's 25th Watershed Cleanup Day In Centre County

The
ClearWater Conservancy celebrated Earth Day weekend on April 24 alongside 390 community volunteers at its 25th Annual Watershed Cleanup Day. 

Volunteers gathered at 57 sites throughout Centre County to clean up trash and litter so that it could be properly cleared from streamsides and open spaces and disposed of properly. 

This year, volunteers collected 11,000 pounds of trash from Centre County.   

“The participation by volunteers during this year’s pandemic-threatened Watershed Cleanup Day was nothing short of phenomenal” said Centre County Recycling Coordinator, Joanne Shafer.  “The dedication shown during this 25th year of cleanups to our environment by our residents truly helps to keep Centre County beautiful.” 

Since 1997, Watershed Cleanup Day volunteers have removed over 6.11 million pounds of waste from local streams, roadways, sinkholes, and illegal dumpsites. 

“This year’s event was especially memorable because for many of us it was our first opportunity to get outside and work alongside our friends and neighbors after a very challenging year,” said Tim Gould, committee chair for Watershed Cleanup Day. “It was great to see everyone having fun outside on a sunny Saturday morning after nearly a year of planning and collaboration with our partners.”

The event is made possible by community volunteers and a partnership between ClearWater Conservancy, Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority, Spring Creek Watershed MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) Partnership

“The amount of litter we’ve seen has diminished over the years and that truly shows that education is working to create the ethos of preserving our beautiful private and public lands,” said Shafer. 

The Spring Creek Watershed MS4 Partnership is comprised of State College Borough, College Township, Ferguson Township, Harris Township, Patton Township, Spring Township, and Penn  State University. 

The partnership works together to develop and implement a stormwater management program to reduce contamination of stormwater runoff. 

"Watershed Cleanup Day is an integral part of our stormwater management program in the Centre Region,” said Amy Farkas, Harris Township Manager. “This cleanup helps to supplement the work done by each municipality to ensure that our runoff is managed in an effective way. It truly takes a village to ensure our waterways remain clean."

For more information on programs, initiatives and upcoming events, visit the ClearWater Conservancy website.  Click Here to sign up for their e-newsletter.  Visit them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and watch their YouTube ChannelClick Here to support their work.

Visit the Centred Outdoors website to learn more about enjoying the outdoors in and around Centre County.

Volunteer For A Cleanup

The 2021 Pick Up Pennsylvania Initiative will be held from March 1 through May 31.  Questions should be directed to Michelle Dunn at 1-877-772-3673 Ext. 113 or send email to: mdunn@keeppabeautiful.org.

[Posted: May 14, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

DCNR To Invest $8.7 Million To Conserve Structures At Washington Crossing Historic Park In Bucks County

On May 14, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today announced the start of an $8.7 million project to conserve and improve 17 historic and other structures at
Washington Crossing Historic Park in Bucks County.

“We’re pleased to get this project underway to help to protect the cultural and historical significance of some of the buildings at Washington Crossing and continue the site’s historic legacy for the public’s education and enrichment,” Dunn said at a groundbreaking today where she joined local officials and partners.

The 500-acre park that lies along the Delaware River preserves the site of George Washington’s dramatic boat crossing during the American Revolution. 

A National Historic Landmark, it has an upper and a lower section.  Together they include historic buildings that give many clues about living conditions during the Revolutionary era.

The following buildings are included in the project:

-- McConkey’s Ferry Inn: new roof, window and door restoration, masonry, HVAC, exterior;

-- Mahlon Taylor residence: new roof, window and door restoration, interior, exterior;

-- Amos Taylor residence: new roof, window and door restoration, electric, exterior;

-- Frederick Taylor House: window and door restoration, plumbing, exterior;

-- Elmer Buckman residence: new roof, window and door restoration, electric, exterior;

-- Eliza Taylor residence: new roof, window and door restoration, interior, exterior;

-- Hibbs House: new roof; window and door restoration, masonry, plumbing, interior, exterior;

-- Frye House: new roof, window and door restoration, interior, exterior;

-- Andrassy House: new roof, window and door restoration, interior, exterior;

-- Taylorsville General Store: new roof, window and door restoration, interior, exterior;

-- Oliver Taylor residence:  new roof, window and door restoration, exterior;

-- Thompson Neely House: new roof, window and door restoration, masonry, HVAC, exterior;

-- Thompson Neely Restroom: plumbing, electric, interior;

-- Blacksmith Shop: new roof, exterior;

-- General Washington Pavilion: new roof, masonry repairs;

-- General Washington Bathhouse: new plumbing; and

-- Bowman’s Hill Tower: parking lot and road improvements.

The contractor for the project is Wu & Associates of Mount Laurel, New Jersey. The work already has begun.

Washington Crossing became Pennsylvania’s 121st state park in February 2016 when it was transferred to DCNR from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Opportunities for recreation at Washington Crossing include river access for fishing; walking trails; and pavilions for picnicking.  The park and the Friends of Washington Crossing provide historical and environmental education programs, as well as hosting special events and re-enactments.

Attendance at Washington Crossing Historic Park was almost 900,000 visits in 2020, an increase of more than 56 percent, as many people took to the outdoors during the pandemic for well-being and activity.

  For more information on state parks and forests and recreation in Pennsylvania, visit DCNR’s website, Click Here to sign up for the Resource newsletter, Visit the Good Natured DCNR Blog,  Click Here for upcoming events, Click Here to hook up with DCNR on other social media-- Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.

Related Articles:

-- DCNR Announces Operational Changes To Address Capacity Issues At Beltzville State Park, Carbon County

-- New Addition At Kings Gap Environmental Ed Center Protects Amphibian Habitat, Provides More Accessible Hiking Opportunities In Cumberland County 

[Posted: May 14, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

DEP Posts 61 Pages Of Permit-Related Notices In May 15 PA Bulletin

The Department of Environmental Protection published 61 pages of public notices related to proposed and final permit and approval/ disapproval actions in the May 15 PA Bulletin -
pages 2643 to 2704.
Sign Up For DEP’s eNotice: Did you know DEP can send you email notices of permit applications submitted in your community?  Notice of new technical guidance documents and regulations?  All through its eNotice system.  Click Here to sign up.
For more information on environmental programs in Pennsylvania, visit DEP’s website, Click Here to sign up for DEP’s newsletter, sign up for DEP Connects events, sign up for DEP’s eNotice, visit DEP’s BlogLike DEP on Facebook, Follow DEP on Twitter and visit DEP’s YouTube Channel.
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[Posted: May 14, 2021] PA Environment Digest

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