Sunday, October 29, 2023

Environment & Energy Educational Opportunities For Students & Adults

Opportunities to learn more about environmental and energy issues affecting Pennsylvania for students and adults--

-- WNEP: Schuylkill County Couple’s Mission To Visit All PA State Parks Complete 

-- Penn State Petroleum Engineering Faculty Receive Recognition From Society Of Petroleum Engineers


-- WeConservePA Now Accepting Regional Trail Workshop Grant Applications  [PaEN]

-- Deadline Change: DEP Accepting Applications For Next Round Of Local Abandoned Mine Reclamation Project Grants Until Nov. 8  [PaEN] 

Help Wanted

-- PA Chapter Of American Fisheries Society Hosts Online Student Career/Jobs Program Nov. 9  [PaEN]

Upcoming Events

-- DEA: Locate An Oct. 28 Prescription Drug Take Back Day Drop Off Location Near You 

-- House Environmental Committee To Hold Oct. 30 Hearing On Bill Increasing Setback Safety Zones From Shale Natural Gas Drilling Sites, Infrastructure Based On Latest Science, Grand Jury Report  [PaEN]

-- House Committee To Hold Oct. 30 Hearing On State’s Electronics Waste Recycling Law; Current Program Is Broken  [PaEN]

-- Better Path Coalition: Nov. 2 Brown Bag Briefing On Fracking And PFAS 'Forever Chemicals' In Pennsylvania  [PaEN]

-- PennTAP: Southwestern PA Energy Efficiency Roundtable Meets Nov. 2 On Benefits Of HVAC Equipment Upgrades, Funding Opportunities  [PaEN]

-- Penn State Extension Nov. 11 Hybrid Workshop On Creating A Garden That Welcomes Wildlife  [PaEN]

-- Penn State GIS Day To Celebrate The Power Of Place Nov. 13

-- PennDOT Hosts Nov. 13 Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Funding Networking Event In Harrisburg; Regional Outreach Events Continuing  [PaEN] 

-- PA League Of Women Voters, University Of Pittsburgh Graduate School Of Public Health Nov. 14 Shale Gas & Public Health Conference  [PaEN]

-- DEP Adds Details On The 3 Upcoming Hearings On Interim Final Environmental Justice Permit Review Policy  [PaEN] 

-- Lehigh Valley-based Wildlands Conservancy Highlights November Education Programs, Activities

-- Delaware Highlands Conservancy Opens Reservations For Eagle Watch Bus Tours Starting Jan. 6


-- DEP 2024 Water Quality Report Shows 28,820 Miles Of Streams With Impaired Water Quality In PA (34%) - An Increase From 27,886 In 2022  [PaEN]

-- Chesapeake Bay Foundation: As Miles Of Water Quality Impaired Streams Increase, CBF Sees Opportunities And Momentum In Pennsylvania  [PaEN]

-- DCNR Good Natured Blog: Getting To Know Seth Cassell, The New State Forester  [PaEN]

-- Large Heating Oil Spill In Cumberland County Highlights A Hole In Storage Tank Act, Availability Of Voluntary Underground Tank Leak Cleanup Insurance  [PaEN]

-- PennLive: Mandatory Water Conservation Order Lifted In Cumberland County Days After Heating Oil Spill Impacts The Conodoguinet Creek

-- KDKA: DEP Investigating Oil Slicks On Monongahela River Near McKeesport

-- NextPittsburgh: After 75 Years, ‘Willful Ignorance’ Remains The Donora Smog’s Lasting Fallout 

-- TribLive: Film Screening Next In 75th Anniversary Of Deadly Donora Smog Disaster

-- Republican Herald: Schuylkill County’s Solar Energy Facility Surge: 8 Projects Proposed On Coal Lands, Farm Fields

-- Republican Herald: 40 Acre Solar Energy Facility Proposed In Orwigsburg Boro, Schuylkill County

-- Reading Eagle: Engineer Questioned On Health Effects Of Proposed Solar Energy Facility In Northern Berks

-- TribLive: Western PA Energy Consortium To Use Clean Energy From Ohio Wind Farm

-- WESA: Pittsburgh Buys Energy From Ohio Wind Farm

-- Courier Times: Bucks, Montgomery Counties Join Chester, Delaware Counties To Purchase Electricity For Their Operations To Reduce Costs, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

-- The Allegheny Front - Reid Frazier: Hydrogen Is Coming To Pennsylvania, Now What?  

-- Meadville Tribune: Foundation For Sustainable Forests First In State To Receive USDA Community Forestry Grant

-- TribLive: Youngsters From Monroeville School Contribute To Greenway Reforestation In Allegheny County 

-- NextPittsburgh: Pittsburgh Canopy Alliance And City Will Use $9 Million To Revitalize Region’s Tree Canopy

-- WHYY: Federal Money Coming To Philly For Tree Planting, Lead Paint Awareness, A/C Units

-- Wilkes-Barre Times Editorial: Trees Improve Our Lives, Let’s Save Them Them When We Can

-- Warren Times: After-School Environmental Studies Program Gives Students Something Extra ‘Special’ 

-- ​​Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust Cuts Ribbon On New Education & Research Field Station In Montgomery County  [PaEN]

-- Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper: 500+ Learn About River Thru 2023 Floating Classroom Programs

-- Williamsport Sun: Final Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper Floating Classroom Focused On Raptors

-- Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper, Partners Establish ‘Vernal School’ To Support The Montour Preserve In Montour County  [PaEN] 

-- Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper Blog: Partnership Can Foster New Opportunities At Montour Preserve For Those Willing To Get Creative

-- Chesapeake Bay Journal - Ad Crable: Pennsylvania To Crack Down On PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ In Streams And Rivers

-- USGS Pennsylvania Water Science Center Newsletter: PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals;’ Orphan Oil & Gas Wells; Hurricane Ida Impacts; More!  [PaEN]

-- DCNR Blog: Remember Me As You Pass By - Caring For Historic Cemeteries On DCNR Lands

-- DCNR/Drug & Alcohol Programs Secretaries Sponsor ‘Hike For Healing,’ Reminds Pennsylvanians Of Substance Use Disorder Resources At State Parks 

-- Partnership For Delaware Estuary Gardens For Clean Water Habitat Caretakers Newsletter 

-- Williamsport Sun - Bill Bower: Reflections In Nature - An In-Depth Look At Oak Tree Acorns

-- WNEP: Squash’Em: Spotted Lantern Flies

-- WHYY: Hundreds Of Bats In Philly’s FDR Park Living In A Complex Society That’s Vital To Park Health

-- FOX News: PA Lab Sees Uptick In Ticks As Warm Fall Weather Proves Prime For Parasites

-- Centre Daily Times: Which PA Spiders Are Dangerous To Humans? How To Identify And Avoid Them

-- DCNR: 5th Fall Foliage Report Shows Peak Has Passed, But Spectacular Colors Can Still Be Seen  [PaEN] 

Public Participation

-- DEP To Hold Nov. 21  Informal Conference To Accept Comments On Revisions To Rosebud Mining Subsidence Control Plan For The Mine 78 In Cambria, Somerset Counties  [PaEN]

-- DEP Adds Details On The 3 Upcoming Hearings On Interim Final Environmental Justice Permit Review Policy  [PaEN] 

-- PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices/Opportunities To Comment - October 28  [PaEN]

-- DEP Posted 68 Pages Of Permit-Related Notices In October 28 PA Bulletin  [PaEN]

Background On Issues

-- We Have Constitutionally Guaranteed Environmental Rights - But What Are We Leaving Our Kids? - By Carol Hillestad, Pocono Heritage Land Trust   [PaEN] 

-- Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard - October 21 to 27 -- Plugging 100th Well Tough Going; 30 Abandoned Conventional Wells Confirmed To 1 Operator  [PaEN]

-- House Environmental Committee To Hold Oct. 30 Hearing On Bill Increasing Setback Safety Zones From Shale Natural Gas Drilling Sites, Infrastructure Based On Latest Science, Grand Jury Report  [PaEN]

-- The Allegheny Front: New Report Compiles Years Of Data About Health Risks Associated With Natural Gas Development, Infrastructure 

-- WESA/Inside Climate News - Jon Hurdle: Research By Public Health Experts Shows ‘Damning’ Evidence On The Harms Of Fracking

-- The Center Square: Growing Exodus From PA Means Higher Tax Burden For Those Who Remain

-- PA League Of Women Voters, University Of Pittsburgh Graduate School Of Public Health Nov. 14 Shale Gas & Public Health Conference  [PaEN]

-- Inside Climate News - Jake Bolster: Should Wastewater From Conventional Oil & Gas Drilling Be Spread On Pennsylvania Roads? 

-- Senate Appropriations Reports Out ‘Stream Cleaning’ Bills  [PaEN]

-- Post-Gazette - Anya Litvak: Appalachian Hydrogen Hub Companies And Projects Finally Revealed: ‘The Cloak Has Been Removed’ [ ARCH2 Presentation ]  [ ARCH2 website ]

-- The Allegheny Front - Reid Frazier: Hydrogen Is Coming To Pennsylvania, Now What?  

-- Spotlight PA: Officials Celebrate PA’s Two Hydrogen Hubs, But Many Details Remain Shrouded In Secrecy 

-- Inquirer - Frank Kummer: What Is The Philly-Area Hydrogen Hub, Who’s Behind It, How Will It Work?

-- Post-Gazette - Anya Litvak: Mapping The Hydrogen Hub In The Midst Of DEP’s ‘Environmental Justice’ Communities On PennEnviroScreen  

-- The Allegheny Front: DEP’s New Environmental Justice Policy Includes More Communities Impacted By Pollution

-- WHYY: DEP’s Interim Final Environmental Justice Policy Doesn’t Solve The Problem, Advocates Say

-- PA Capital-Star Guest Essay: RGGI Is About Climate Change, But Also About Environmental Justice - By Clean Air Council

-- TribLive: Murrysville Will Solicit Bids For Oil, Gas Rights Beneath Two Municipal Parks In Westmoreland County

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: CNX Drilling For Natural Gas Under Pittsburgh Airport Runways

-- EPA Region 3 Highlights Importance Of Children’s Health Month With North Philadelphia Daycare Visit  [PaEN]

-- Chesapeake Bay Journal: Spill Of Plastic Pellets In MD, PA Streams Reveals The Polluting Potential Of ‘Nurdles’

-- NRDC: Moving To Electric Trucks In PA Could Save 140 Lives, Create 3,524 Jobs  [PaEN]

-- Scranton Times: Nicholas Trucking Unveils Clean Propane Vehicles

-- Spotlight PA: Rural Towns Hope To Entice Remote Workers To Move To PA Wilds With A ‘Free’ Summer, Here’s How It’s Going  

-- WNEP: Watershed Specialists In Susquehanna County Raising Awareness Of Riparian Stream Buffers 

-- Lancaster Clean Water Partners Share Wetland Restoration, Streamside Forest Buffer Success Stories  [PaEN] 

-- Public News Service: Halfmoon, Pequea Creek Restoration Projects Aim To Restore Watershed Health

-- Penn State Agriculture & Environment Center, Interfaith Partners For The Chesapeake, Other Partners Help Reduce Water Pollution In Lower Susquehanna Basin  [PaEN]

-- Lebanon County Conservation District Hosts Successful Swatara Creek Water Quality Field Day  [PaEN]

-- Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog: Challenges Of Tackling Water Pollution Hotspots In Lancaster County 

-- LancasterOnline: 80 PA Farms Eligible For Conservation Practices Grants, Including Lancaster County Poultry Farms 

-- Lancaster Farming: Perdue Partners With Alliance For Chesapeake Bay On Conservation Grant

-- The Daily Review: Dairy Farm Checkoff Partners With Alliance For The Chesapeake Bay, PA Dairy Farm

-- Delaware RiverKeeper Oct. 27 RiverWatch Video Report

-- USDA Releases Assessment Of The Role Of Agriculture & Forestry In US Carbon Markets

Visit the PA Parks & Forests Foundation’s Events webpage and DCNR’s Calendar of Events for activities happening near you.

Visit DEP’s Teaching Green webpage to learn about more environmental education resources.

Visit the PA Environment Digest Calendar Of Events for more opportunities.

[Posted: October 29, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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