Sunday, May 30, 2021

May 31 PA Environment Digest Now Available

The May 31 PA Environment Digest is now available.

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[ Leadership ]

17 New Stories - REAL Environmental & Conservation Leadership In PA

PA Envirothon Executive Director Lorelle Steach To Retire After 30 Years Of Service To Envirothon Student Competitions

The Conservation Fund Announces Addition Of 254 Acres To First State National Historic Park In Brandywine Watershed Delaware County

DEP Highlights Local Water Quality Improvement Projects Cleaning Up Chesapeake Bay Watershed; Updates On Other County, Partner Accomplishments

Lancaster County Clean Water Partners Highlight Local Work; Lancaster Water Week June 4-12

Susquehanna River Basin Commission Staff Teach Students About Aquatic Life In The Watershed

Keep PA Beautiful, The GIANT Company, Community Groups Complete Improvement Projects In Dauphin County & Philadelphia

Game Commission Wildlife Futures Program Recognized By Fish & Wildlife Agency Association

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary: Celebrate #BlackBirdersWeek May 30 to June 5

[ Headlines ]

DEP Works Thru Pandemic: 928 More Permit Reviews, 1,724 More Inspections Since Last Week

Axios: Republican State Treasurer Garrity Threatens To Withdraw State Funds From Banks Not Lending To Coal & Natural Gas Companies

DCNR Announces State Parks, Forests Expect High Visitation For The Summer Season

DCNR Issues Overcrowding Alerts For 14 State Parks, 2 State Forest Areas; Recommends Alternatives

DCNR Preparing For Start Of Swimming Season On Memorial Day Weekend; Free Sunscreen Available At Many State Parks

Agriculture: Spraying Begins To Control Spotted Lanternfly Along Transportation Rights-Of-Way With Pesticide Known To Be Toxic To Fish, Pollinators

Bay Journal: PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ Found In Mosquito Spray, PA DEP Orders Mosquito Programs To Stop Using Clarke’s Anvil 10+10 Pesticide

[ News From The Capitol ]

PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report: Biden Saves PA Republicans; Vague Emergency Resolution; June 28 Or 70% Whichever Comes First

Senate/House Bills Moving Last Week

Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced

House Republicans Pass Bill Legalizing Road Dumping Of Conventional Oil & Gas Well Wastewater, Rolling Back Environmental Protection Standards

81 Groups, 3,342 Individuals Express Opposition To Bill Legalizing Road Dumping Of Conventional Drilling Wastewater

House Republicans Pass Bill Creating Office Of The Repealer Of Regulations

Senate Republicans Pass Bills To Kill Regulations By Doing Nothing, Require Private Review Of Permits, Not Tell Public Why Regulations Changes Being Proposed

Senate Committee Approves Bill Promoted By Privately-Owned Water Companies To Set Up Publicly-Owned Water/Wastewater Systems For Takeovers

Senate Committees Hear New, Proposed Utility Scale Solar Electric Generation Capacity In PA Is Outpacing Natural Gas Generation By Nearly 3 to 1

Senate Democrats, AG Shapiro Announce Legislation To Address Issues Raised In Grand Jury Report On Natural Gas Fracking

Sen. Bartolotta Reintroduces Bill Narrowing Grounds For Citizen Appeals Of DEP Permit Decisions

[ The Feds ]

Biden's First Budget Makes Significant Investments In Abandoned Coal Mine Reclamation, Community Economic Development Efforts

U.S. House Committee OKs Bipartisan Bills To Prevent Expiration Of Federal Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program, Expand Economic Development Opportunities

Proposed Biden Budget Makes Historic Investments In EPA Programs To Support States, Environmental Justice, Science, Reverses Years Of Declining Budgets

National Conservation Districts Applaud Proposed Conservation Funding Increases In Biden Budget Proposal

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Praises Biden Proposed Budget Giving Chesapeake Bay Program Full Funding

PA Receives $3.9 Million EPA Grant For Water Quality Improvement Projects In Chesapeake Bay Watershed

National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Accepting Applications For Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program Grants

EPA Kicks Off Series Of 10 Roundtable Discussions On Lead In Drinking Water June 3 In Pittsburgh

EPA Mid-Atlantic Region Recognizes Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia With First Asthma Community Champion Award

[ Water ]

DCNR Highlights Many Benefits Of Streamside Buffers In Visit To Geisinger Health System In Montour County

Lancaster County Clean Water Partners Hold June 1 Growing Greener, 319, Clean Water Fund Grant Applicant Workshop

Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Program Offers 1-Day Stormwater BMP Training June 29 In Lancaster County; Scholarships Available

DEP Invites Comments On TMDL Water Quality Plan For Laurel Hill Creek Watershed, Somerset County

City Of Lancaster Residents Can Pick Up Bee Better Kit To Support Pollinators June 26

Cumberland County Penn State Master Gardeners Offering Pollinator Container Garden Kits To Go June 26

Dept. Of Agriculture Accepting Agriculture Research Project Grant Applications On Spotted Lanternflies, Pollinators, Water Quality Improvement, Climate Resiliency, Other Topics

[ Recycling - Conservation Education ]

PA Resources Council To Host Household Chemical Collection Events In Fayette, Washington Counties In June

PA Resources Council To Host 5 Backyard Composting, Rain Barrel Online Conservation Workshops In June

[ Energy ]

Environmental Groups Appeal DEP Air Quality Permit For Proposed Natural Gas Power Plant In Clinton County

IFO: PA Quarterly Natural Gas Production Continues Steady Increase; PA Price Of Gas Increases 64.4%

PUC: Utilities Encouraged To Use Cybersecurity Best Practices Following Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Cyber Attack

PUC PA One Call Damage Prevention Committee Imposes $34,750 In Penalties For Violations

Pittsburgh 2030 District Partners Purchased Over 196,000 MWh Of Renewable Energy In 2020

Pittsburgh Green Building Alliance Hosts June 11 Women+ In Green Steadfast & Strong Breakfast

WeConservePA: Utility Scale Solar - Environmental & Siting Considerations Webinar Series In August

[ Recreation - Land Conservation - Forests ]

Brodhead Watershed Assn. Releases Schedule Of Summer Hikes, Volunteer & Education Events In Monroe County

Delaware Highlands Conservancy: Launches Drinks For The Delaware - Local Businesses Supporting Conservation

DCNR Blog: Restoring A Forest Devastated By Lymantria dispar (Gypsy Moth)

DCNR Proposes Land Exchange With Erdenheim Farm In Chester, Montgomery Counties

May 28 Take Five Fridays With Pam, PA Parks & Forests Foundation

Delaware RiverKeeper Network Hosting June 5-6 Women's Camping Adventure

Call For Proposals PA Recreation & Park Society 2022 Annual Conference & Expo March 29 - April 1

Audubon Mid-Atlantic Releases RFP For Consultant To Prepare Conservation Plan For Kittatinny Ridge Conservation Landscape Region

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