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-- FRIDAY 9:00: Susquehanna River Basin Commission meeting


-- Gov. Wolf Announces $17.4 Million To Improve Local Water Quality In 33 Counties In The Chesapeake Bay Watershed  [PaEN]


-- WilliamsportS: Lycoming County Receives $527,000 Grant For Local Clean Water Projects


-- ABC27: Lancaster County Receives State Grant To Continue Clean Water Conservation Efforts


-- ScrantonT: Putting The Chesapeake Bay Watershed On A Pollution Diet


-- Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper: Volunteer Water Monitors Needed In Lycoming, Clinton Counties For New Stream Team Initiative; Feb. 8 Info Meeting  [PaEN]


-- Bay Journal: Quest Under Way To Find, Protect Old-Growth Forests In PA, Chesapeake Bay Watershed  [PaEN]


-- House Republicans Pass Bill Making Fundamental Changes In Clean Streams Law, Letting Companies Decide When To Report Spills  [PaEN]


-- Ohio River Valley Institute: Report: 177,000 Low-Producing Oil & Gas Wells Continues To Grow, States Could Be Left With Bill For Plugging [PA Included] 


-- Delaware RiverKeeper Dec. 17 RiverWatch Video Report


-- YorkDR Letter: Are Delaware Water Gap Rockfall Mitigation Project, River Pointe Development, DRBC Fracking Regulations Connected?


-- Inquirer - Frank Kummer: House Votes To ‘Disapprove’ Entering Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Defying Gov. Wolf


-- Evangelical Environmental Network: It’s Well Past Time For PA To Transition To A Clean Energy Economy  [PaEN]


-- PA Conservative Energy Forum Supports Solar Energy Development As Economic Driver And Benefit To Landowners [PaEN]


-- MCall: In Bethlehem, Neighbors Push Back Against A Solar Farm, They Beat Warehouses, Other Lehigh Valley Communities Think


-- Utility Dive: PJM Reports Transition To Renewable Energy Likely Requires Market Changes, Transmission Growth 


-- Delaware RiverKeeper: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Vacates PennEast Natural Gas Pipeline Certificate Of Necessity


-- PUC Highlights 2021 Accomplishments


-- PUC Approves Nearly 12% Rate Increase For Columbia Gas


-- PUC Approves 4.23% Rate Increase For Duquesne Light


-- PG - Anya Litvak: Rate Increases For Columbia Gas, Duquesne Light Customers Begin In Coming Weeks


-- December 18 PA Bulletin Now Available


-- Dept. Of Agriculture Protects 2,569 More Acres Of Farmland On 30 Farms  [PaEN]


-- BeaverT: Brighton Twp., Beaver County To Focus On Land Preservation In Next Decade


-- PA Recreation & Park Society: Virtual Certified Park & Recreation Professional With Me Study Group. Jan. 28- March 4


-- PA Recreation & Park Society: Virtual Directors & Supervisors Roundtable Jan. 26, March 30, May 25, Aug. 24, Nov. 16


-- PA Recreation & Park Society: Annual Conference & Expo March 29-April 1


-- WBTimes Editorial: Local Rec Board’s Efforts A Shining Example Of Holiday Spirit


-- Foundation For Sustainable Forests, French Creek Valley Conservancy Host Online Our Woods & Waters Film Series Jan. 21, Feb. 25  [PaEN]


-- Foundation For Sustainable Forests Fall/Winter Newsletter


-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: Black Bears May Be Major Factor In Spread Of Ticks In PA


-- PG - John Hayes: Private Hunting Clubs Sue Game Commission Over Searches


-- TribLive: Volunteers Sought For Christmas Bird Count


-- WITF Smart Talk 9:00 a.m.: Harrisburg University Professor Names Newly Discovered Dinosaurs


Tornado Recovery

-- WilliamsportS: Lycoming County Firefighters To Take Equipment To Kentucky


Build Back Better Budget Bill

-- PennLive Guest Essay: Small Businesses In PA Seek Congressional Action On Build Back Better Climate Initiatives - By Saeid Kamalpour, GlobInK


-- White House: Summary Of Dec. 15 Roundtable Hosted By Working Group On Coal And Power Plant Communities And Economic Revitalization 

-- PG/AP: Congress Improves Import Ban Targeting Forced Labor In China

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- PA Cap-Star: Reapportionment Panel Approves New Senate, House Voting District Maps That Leaves Incumbents In The Lurch

-- Inquirer: Democrats Could Get Big Boost From New House Voting District Map, While Republicans Would Solidify Senate Edge

-- Inquirer: Is New House, Senate Voting Districts Maps Better For Democrats Or Republicans?  We Tested It

-- Spotlight PA: Democrats Could Make Sizeable Gains In State Legislature Under Proposed New Voting District Maps

-- WHYY: Political Shakeup Could Be In Store For State Lawmakers Under New Proposed Voting District Maps

-- AP: Panel Gives State House, Senate Voting District Maps Preliminary OK

-- Inquirer: Reapportionment Commission Releases Proposed House, Senate Voting Districts Maps

-- MCall: Proposed New State House, Senate Voting District Maps Have Big Changes For Lehigh Valley

-- ScrantonT: Proposed House Voting District Map Puts Scranton In 4 Different Districts

-- CitizensV: Redistricting Plan Puts Sen. Yudichak In Sen. Baker’s District, Moves His Seat To Lehigh Valley

-- PennLive - Jan Murphy: Proposed Senate, House Voting District Maps Impact Midstate In Unexpected Way

-- LancasterOnline Editorial: Proposed Congressional Voting Districts Map Shows Lawmakers Failed To Listen

-- ScrantonT: Rep. Michael Peifer Will Not Seek Reelection

-- Inquirer: Republican Cong. Scott Perry Part Of Top Meeting With Top Officials Plotting To Overturn 2020 Election Results

-- LancasterOnline: Republican Lawyer From Ephrata Accused Of Planning To Kill Democratic U.S. Senators To Remain In Jail

-- PG: Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Dr. Val Arkoosh Wants To Go Toe-To-Toe With Dr. Oz In Senate Battle

-- WITF/AP: State Lawmakers Vote For Package Of 5 State Constitutional Changes

-- MCall: PA Lawmaker Proposes Constitutional Amendment To End State Control Of Liquor Sales

-- LancasterOnline: Lancaster School Superintendent Testifies In PA School Funding Trial

-- Inquirer: School Employees Pension Fund Reaps Record Profits, But Taps Taxpayers For Yet Another Funding Increase

-- PennLive - Charles Thompson: Retirement Costs For School Districts, Taxpayers Will Continue To Edge Up In 2022

-- AARP-PA: Only 45.9% Of Nursing Home Residents, 18.2% Of Staff Received COVID Booster

-- ErieT: Erie County Executive-Elect Davis Plans To Change Erie County’s Approach To COVID

-- ErieT: Erie County Reports 15 COVID Deaths, Including 2 People Who Had Booster Shots

-- Inquirer: Philly Health Officials Urge  Flu Vaccine For Kids As Hospitals Reach Their Limits

-- Inquirer: Many Philly Holiday Parties Are On, Despite Health Commissioner’s COVID Warning

-- Inquirer: Business Owners Mostly Like Philly Vaccine Mandate For Indoor Dining

-- YorkD: Walmart In York County Shuts Down Temporarily Due To COVID

-- CentreDT: Centre County Mulls Policy To Require Unvaccinated Employees To Get Weekly COVID Tests

-- YorkD: York School District Fires Teacher Who Allegedly Threatened To Shoot Officials Over COVID Protocols

-- PG: CMU Announces COVID Booster Requirement For Spring

-- WITF/AP: Penn State, Other Colleges Go Back To Drawing Board-- Again-- To Fight COVID

-- WPSU: How Penn State Students Say Pandemic Affected Their Mental Health

-- AP: Schools Step Up Security In Response To Threats On TikTok

-- Inquirer: TikTok Threats Have Philly-Area Schools Stepping Up Police Presence Friday

-- ScrantonT: Scranton Students To Learn Remotely Amid School Safety Warnings

-- LancasterOnline: Threatening TikTok Challenge Alarms Lancaster County School Officials

-- PG: Baldwin-Whitehall School Superintendent Says He Was Threatened Over District’s Mask Policy

-- ErieT Guest Essay: Permitless Gun Carry Law Is A Horror That Endangers Everyone

-- PG Editorial: PennDOT’s Bridge Toll Project Eroding Public Trust

-- Inquirer: Thieves Are Stealing Checks From Postal Service Collection Boxes Across Philly

-- TribLive/AP: Federal Judge Rejects Purdue Pharma’s Sweeping Opioid Settlement

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[Posted: December 17, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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