Sunday, January 29, 2023

77 New Stories - REAL Environmental & Conservation Leadership In PA

Here are 77 new stories in the
PA Environment Digest about individuals, groups, local governments, farmers, businesses, watershed groups and many more working all across Pennsylvania to restore and protect the environment and show others the beauty that surrounds us.

Thank you for your leadership!

-- DCNR: Susquehanna River North Branch Named 2023 Pennsylvania River Of The Year  [PaEN]

-- Scranton Times: Susquehanna River’s North Branch Named 2023 River Of The Year

-- Wilkes-Barre Times: North Branch Susquehanna River Takes Top Honors In Statewide Vote

-- Scranton Times Editorial: A Reminder Of NE PA’s Natural Assets

-- DEP Chesapeake Bay Update: Results Of PA In The Balance Ag Conference; Leadership Change At DEP, State Conservation Commission; Grants Announced; Much More  [PaEN]

-- DEP Invites Comments On Revised Post-Construction Stormwater Management Manual  [PaEN] 

-- Guest Essay: Cooperation, Not Partisanship, Will Solve Pennsylvania’s Environmental Challenges - Sen. Scott Martin (R-Lancaster), Chair Interstate Chesapeake Bay Commission

-- DEP Releases Final 2022 Pennsylvania State Water Plan, Digital Atlas Of Water Resources And Use  [PaEN]

-- PA American Water Now Accepting Applications For 2023 Environmental Grants  [PaEN]

-- Coldwater Heritage Partnership Now Accepting Applications For 2023 Coldwater Conservation Grants  [PaEN]

-- HuntingdonDailyNews: Huntingdon County Stream Restoration To Benefit From Growing Greener Grant

-- Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership To Use Growing Greener Grant To Improve Stormwater Management At Congregation Adath Jeshurun In Elkins Park, Montgomery County  [PaEN] 

-- Registration Now Open For Lehigh Valley Watershed Conference With Events On March 12, 13, Main Conference March 14 At Lehigh University  [PaEN]

-- Shippensburg News-Chronicle: Stream Of Consciousness - What Is A Watershed? [Generated By ChatGPT - Even An A.I. Knows The Value Of Protecting Watersheds]

-- Reminder: PA Master Naturalist Spring Training Sign Ups Happening Now  [PaEN]

-- The Allegheny Front: National Weather Service In Pittsburgh: River Ice Spotters Needed To Keep Eye On Potential Flooding

-- Scranton Times: Keystone Tree Fund Helps Plant Trees

-- York Conservation District Hosts March 2 Writing Your Own Manure Management Plan Workshop [PaEN]

-- Stroud Water Research Center News: Tracking Road Salt In Streams; Scouts From 12 Troops Tackle Merit Badge Program; Much More  [PaEN]

-- DEP Teaching Green: New PA Gateway To Green Education Hub; PA Digital Water Atlas; Grant; Programs; Much More!  [PaEN]

-- Scranton Times: Sweet Arrow Lake To Host Tree Seedling Sale

-- Lebanon Valley Conservancy Now Accepting Applications For Student Scholarship, Due March 24

-- Bob Donnan’s Blog: DEP Finds Valley Brook Country Club Responsible For Pesticide Runoff Causing 7-Mile Long Fish Kill In Chartiers Creek, Washington County

-- KDKA: Washington County Country Club Fined For Chartiers Creek Fish Kill

-- Williamsport Sun Guess Essay: Curiosity, Questions Offer Key To Improve Water Quality At Home, Across Area - By John Zaktansky, Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper

-- EPA: Pennsylvania One Of 4 States Participating In Accelerated Lead Water Service Pipe Replacement Project In Underserved Communities

-- DEP Releases Bid Solicitation To Plug 19 Abandoned Conventional Gas Wells In Forest County All At Taxpayer Expense  [PaEN]

-- DEP Blog: Plugging PA’s Abandoned Conventional Oil And Gas Wells

-- StateImpactPA - Rachel McDevitt: PA Conventional Oil & Gas Drillers Abandoned Thousands Of Natural Gas Wells Over 5 Years, Ignored State Law, DEP Report Says 

-- Center For Coalfield Justice Blog: DEP Reports Conventional Oil & Gas Industry Has A Culture Of Noncompliance Not Likely To Change Soon, More Resources, Updated Regulations Needed

-- Environmental Health News: What Happens If The Largest Owner Of Conventional Oil & Gas Wells In The U.S. [Diversified Energy]  Goes Bankrupt? 

-- Damascus Citizens For Sustainability Files Lawsuit Challenging The Delaware River Basin Commission Fracking Wastewater Rule Generally And For Allowing Road Dumping Of Conventional Oil & Gas Wastewater Creating Widespread Pollution  [PaEN]

-- The Center Square - Anthony Hennen: Report: Coal Falls, Natural Gas Climbs In PA, But Not Without Tradeoffs

-- PennFuture Blog: What We Learned During Christmas Deep Freeze - You Can’t Rely On Natural Gas To Generate Electric Power When It’s Cold - By Rob Altenburg

-- Reuters: Winter Storm Elliot In December Hit Oil Production, Refinery Sites With Freeze-Ins, Equipment Failures

-- Spotlight PA-Stephen Caruso: Gov. Shapiro on banning new leases for oil & gas drilling in state parks/forests: "At this time, we have no plans to change that."

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: Environmental Health Project Panel Warns Against Using Natural Gas For Hydrogen Hubs

-- PennLive Guest Essay: Three Decarbonization Pathways For PA: The Good, The Bad And The Most Likely - Ugly - By Ohio River Valley Institute

-- PA Interfaith Power & Light, Jewish Earth Alliance Host Feb. 15 Webinar On What Can PA Hope To Achieve Or Make Progress On Climate Issues This Year?  7:00 p.m.

-- TribLive Letter: EPA Must Protect Our Children Against Oil & Gas Facility Methane Emissions - By Moms Clean Air Force

-- Beaver County Marcellus Awareness Community  Feb. 1 Monthly Eyes On Shell Meeting. 7:30 p.m.

-- FracTracker Alliance Seeking Information On Use Of Drones For Environmental Monitoring Work; Feb. 3 Online Meeting Set On Oil & Gas Facility Monitoring Project  [PaEN]

-- CNX Pilot Project To Use Heat From Natural Gas Pipeline Compressor Stations To Generate Energy

-- EPA Proposes To Deny Permission For Continued Operation Of 6 Coal Ash Disposal Areas, Including The Conemaugh Generating Station In Westmoreland County  [PaEN]

-- PA Capital-Star: EPA Ruling On Coal Ash Disposal Area Could Shutter Conemaugh Coal Power Plant Ahead Of Schedule

-- DEP Now Accepting Applications For 2023 Underground Mine Map Grant Program

-- Group Against Smog & Pollution: U.S. Steel Edgar Thomson Steel Plant Air Pollution Violations $1.5 Million Penalty Settlement Finalized By Federal Court; Public Comments Provide ‘No Basis’ For Altering Decree

-- Group Against Smog & Pollution: U.S. Steel Edgar Thomson Steel Plant Consent Decree Explained

-- EPA Announces $1.35 Million Penalty, Settlement With Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Over Clean Air Act Violations  [PaEN]

-- TribLive: Allegheny County Health Dept. Hits Contractors With $1.1 Million Fine For Illegal Asbestos Removal At Former Westinghouse Facility

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: Why Solar Energy Is Set To Boom In The Pittsburgh Region

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: EV Battery Component Sales Drive Matthews International Growth

-- The Center Square - Anthony Hennen: PA Bill Defrays Charging Station Cost For Electric Car Owners

-- Inside Climate News - Jon Hurdle: Pittsburgh Selects Sustainable Startups Among New Crop Of Innovative Businesses

-- Erie Times Guest Essay: Climate Summits Depend On Science & Hope - You Can Host A Youth Climate Summit In Your Community - By The Wild Center, NY 

-- Erie Times Guest Essay: Today’s Concerned Youth Can Make A Massive Impact On Climate Change, Here’s How - By The Wild Center, NY

-- Keep PA Beautiful, PalmettoPride Present Multi-State Litter Law Enforcement Study [PaEN]

-- PA Capital-Star: Investing In The Circular Economy - Gisele Fetterman Meant The Free Store To Be A 5-Year Project, It’s Now 10 Years Old

-- The Center Square: Republican Rep. Jim Gregory, A Child Sexual Abuse Survivor, Asks Fellow Republicans To Unbundle Constitutional Amendments

-- DCNR Blog: A Landscape Approach To Conservation, Creating Economic Opportunity; New Video Released  [PaEN]

-- PA Wilds Center, Leave No Trace Partner On Promoting Sustainable Tourism Practices In The Pennsylvania Wilds Region; Feb. 1 Webinar Set  [PaEN]

-- Spotlight PA: How Communities In Northcentral PA Are Attempting To Preserve A Scarce Resource - Darkness [Includes Natural Gas Flaring]

-- Republican Herald: Schuylkill River Greenways Assn. Receives DCNR Grant Toward Schuylkill River Trail Work

-- Brandywine Conservancy Ends Year Celebrating New Conservation Milestones, Including  70,000 Acres Permanently Preserved  [PaEN]

-- Brandywine Conservancy Celebrates 70,000 Acres Permanently Preserved

-- Natural Lands: New Garden Golf Course To Become Public Park In Chester County [PaEN]

-- Inquirer - Frank Kummer: 106-Acre Chester County Golf Course Is Becoming A Public Park

-- Open Space Institute Support Secures More Than 1,000 Acres In Eastern PA For Clean Water, Carbon Storage

-- Scranton Times: Lackawanna River Conservation Assn. To Conserve Nearly 300 Acres On Moosic Mountain

-- Delaware Highlands Conservancy Hosts March 9 Online Program About Protecting Your Land With A Conservation Easement.  5:15 to 6:15 p.m.

-- Philly Voice: Greening Vacant Lots In Philly Raised Surrounding Property Values By 4.3% In First Year, Wharton Business School Study Finds

-- Vista.Today: 2 West Chester Residents Win PA Parks & Forests Photo Contest

-- Bucksco.Today: Game Commission Begins Testing Deer In Bucks County For PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ 

-- TribLive - Mary Ann Thomas: Crows, Crows And More Crows Among Interesting Results Of Audubon Christmas Bird Count 

-- Game Commission: Watch Bears, Eagles, Snow Geese Around The Clock From Home Via Livestreams  [PaEN]

-- Post-Gazette - John Hayes: In Allegheny County, Bald Eagles Sprucing Up Their Nests Before Mating

-- Warren Times: Warren Public Library To Host Bee-Focused Events In March

Visit the PA Environment Digest website to learn more.

Going The RIGHT WAY:

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-- 3,190 New Stories In 2022 - REAL Environmental & Conservation Leadership [PaEN]

Going The WRONG WAY:

-- This Week’s Examples Of Going The WRONG WAY On Environmental, Energy Issues  [PaEN]

[Posted: January 29, 2023]   PA Environment Digest

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