Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Trout Unlimited: Preserving PA Streams - Jose DeJesus & Holly Sheisley & Nate Fronk

The
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and Trout Unlimited have released two more videos in their series on conservation projects that benefit hunters and anglers powered by the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund.

Jose DeJesus - Lehigh County

This second video features a local angler from Bethlehem-- Jose DeJesus-- who has fished the Monocacy since childhood. 

He is an avid angler and conservationists and works with the Monocacy Creek Chapter of TU and local watershed organizations to restore and protect the creek and its wild trout population from threats like stormwater runoff and stream bank erosion. 

Several projects along the Monocacy were funded by the Keystone Fund.

Click Here to watch the video.

Nate Fronk & Holly Sheisley - Wayne County

The third video features Holly Sheisley and Nate Fronk as they retell the story of Holly’s first successful goose hunt and how it was made possible by a million dollar investment from Keystone that made the purchase of the “Klondike Property” in Gouldsboro possible. 

The property was then transferred to the Game Commission and added to SGL312. 

The property also protects important wetlands surrounding the headwaters of the Lehigh River.

Click Here to watch the video.

Brodhead Creek - Monroe County

The first video in the series describes the Brodhead Creek in Monroe County that has drawn anglers to its banks for generations.

In 2014, working alongside local municipalities, the Pocono Heritage Land Trust and Brodhead Watershed Association were able to secure the purchase of 40 acres of land and approximately a half-mile of Brodhead Creek.

State conservation dollars provided by the Keystone Fund were matched and amplified by local funding sources to conserve this valuable habitat and establish new fishing access.

Click Here to watch the video.

Visit the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Trout Unlimited and PA Trout Unlimited websites for more information on stream restoration.

(Photos: Holly Sheisley & Nate Fronk and Jose DeJesus.)

 

(Written by Derek Eberly, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.)

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[Posted: April 21, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

WeConservePA: Urban Trail Workshops June 11 & 12 In Pittsburgh And Virtual

WeConservePA is hosting Urban Trails Workshops on June 11 and 12 in Pittsburgh and in virtual format

This workshop will introduce key concepts necessary for strategic trail planning and management of pedestrian trails and shared-use pathways in urban settings. 

Urban trails that are fully conceptualized and well-planned, through dynamic community engagement, diverse partnerships and creative planning provide linear environmental opportunities for community sustainability. 

A successful planning process begins with early development of shared ownership and management, project funding and phasing. 

The Garfield Green Zone Trail project will serve as the core project sample for study; however, participants will be given the opportunity to begin addressing these concepts as related to their own community projects.

Click Here to register and for more information.

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[Posted: April 21, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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Earth Day 2021: Celebrating Our Constitutional Right To A Clean Environment In Pennsylvania - By Patrick McDonnell, DEP Secretary [PaEN]


Republicans On House Committee OK Bills Killing Regulations By Doing Nothing; Shielding Law Violators; Mandating Private Review Of DEP Permit Applications [PaEN]

Republicans On House Committee OK Bill Setting Up Office Of The Repealer To Recommend Repeal Of Existing Regulations [PaEN]

Congregation Beth Shalom In Pittsburgh Holds April 22 'Flip The Switch' On Solar Energy Initiative Celebration [PaEN]

The Hershey Company Announces New Renewable Energy Agreements Aligned With 2030 Goal To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions By More Than 50%  [PaEN]

The Collegian: How Penn State Is Becoming A Leader In Renewable Energy Options Across Its PA Campuses

U.S. Secretary Of State Blinken Delivered Climate Speech From Chesapeake Bay Foundation Headquarters [PaEN]

Bay Journal: On Shores Of Chesapeake Bay, Sec. Of State Charts Renewed U.S. Action on Climate Change

Op-Ed: Carbon Dioxide Emission Tax Makes Economic And Environmental Sense

PA Senate, House Lawmakers Announce 2021-22 Legislative Coal Caucus To Support Coal Mining Industry [PaEN]

NBCNews: United Mine Workers Of America Union Leadership Endorses Biden Energy Policies In Exchange For Robust Transition Strategy

NYT: United Mine Workers Indicates It Will Accept Switch To Renewable Energy In Exchange For Jobs

AP: Miners’ Union Backs Shift From Coal In Exchange For Jobs

United Mine Workers Of America Transition Initiative

Appalachian Voices, EPCAMR, Other Partners: RECLAIM Act Mine Reclamation Town Hall April 28 [PaEN]

PG Editorial: Biden Must Not Sacrifice Human Rights For Green Energy

Chesapeake, Lower Susquehanna WaterKeeper Groups Petition FERC For Rehearing On Conowingo Dam Federal License

PennLive: PA Energy Firm Pleads Guilty, Fined $2 Million In Truck Emissions Tampering Scheme

University Of Pennsylvania, University Of Pittsburgh Student-Led Projects Win EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge [PaEN]

DCNR, Fish & Boat Commission Highlight Stream Buffers For Role In Protecting Water Quality At Planting In Juniata County [PaEN]

Penn State Extension: Take A Walk With A Master Watershed Steward And Learn About Your Watershed [PaEN]

Volunteers Plant 100 Trees, Give Away 250 More In Centralia

Help Needed For Lewisburg Tree Planting April 21

CitizensV: Great American Cleanup Is Saturday In Wilkes-Barre

WESA: Forget The Wrecking Ball, Pittsburgh Officials Will Test Out Deconstruction

Pollinator & Water Conservation Planting Volunteer Opportunity May 1 Hershey, Dauphin County

Stroud Water Research Center To Study PFAS Contamination In Biosolids Used As Soil Amendments [PaEN]

WBTimes: Contract Awarded To Close Wyoming Valley Levee Gaps

CitizensV: Flood Authority Approves Agreements, Awards Contract For Levee System Upgrades

WESA: Parents Form Action Group In Response To Environmental Charter School Teacher’s Resignation In Pittsburgh

TribLive: Great Allegheny Passage Trail Ranked Among Top Long Rail Trails In U.S.

Independent Conservancy Hosts Wildflower Walk At Rocky Bend Nature Preserve In Beaver County April 25 [PaEN]

WHYY: Brush Fires Spread Along Train Tracks In Philadelphia Neighborhood

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Allegheny Front: Frogs & Salamanders Get New Habitat At Ohiopyle State Park

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AP: Biden To Pledge Halving Greenhouse Gases By 2030 

PG: Equity In Energy Transition Gets Spotlight In DC Ahead Of Biden Climate Summit

The Guardian: Biden Faces Major Test Building U.S. Credibility At Climate Summit

BBC: EU To Cut Carbon Emissions By 55% By 2030

AP: EU Reaches Major Climate Deal Ahead of Biden Climate Summit

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[Posted: April 21, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

University Of Pennsylvania, University Of Pittsburgh Student-Led Projects Win EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge

On April 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the winners of its ninth annual
Campus RainWorks Challenge, a national competition that engages college students in the design of on-campus green infrastructure solutions to address stormwater pollution.
This year’s winning projects showcased the environmental, health, economic, and social benefits of green infrastructure.

The winners in Pennsylvania include the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh.

University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania  won 1st Place in the Demonstration Project Category. 

The team’s entry, titled “Growing Together,” redesigned the Andrew Hamilton Elementary School campus in West Philadelphia to incorporate a variety of green infrastructure practices, as well as raised garden beds and a food forest. 

Extensive stakeholder engagement within the community led to a realistic design that would manage stormwater runoff on-site, connect students to their watershed, and help address food insecurity. Andrew Hamilton Elementary supported the team’s vision and will move forward with project construction this spring.  Read more here.

Click Here to watch the team’s video about their design.

University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh won 2nd Place in the Master Plan Category.

The “Team PreciPITTation” entry integrated multiple green infrastructure practices into a master plan design that focused on the elimination of combined sewer overflows. 

Students engaged with internal and external stakeholders to create a design that would manage stormwater runoff and reduce flooding while creating safe, multifunctional spaces accessible to students and the greater Pittsburgh community.  Read more here.

Click Here to watch the team’s video about their project.

“Innovative stormwater management design has the potential to create vibrant and dynamic school campuses to benefit students and the surrounding community,” said EPA Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox. “This engaging competition encourages problem-solving through design while introducing students to opportunities to join the next generation of clean water professionals. Congratulations to this year’s winners and all of the teams that competed!”

Stormwater runoff is a significant source of water pollution and remains a complex environmental challenge for communities across the country. 

EPA’s Campus RainWorks Challenge asks students and faculty members at colleges and universities to apply green infrastructure design principles, foster interdisciplinary collaboration, and increase the use of green infrastructure on the nation’s college campuses. 

Since 2012 more than 750 teams have participated in the challenge.

For more information, visit EPA’s Campus RainWorks Challenge webpage.

(Photo: University of Pennsylvania redesign of West Philadelphia’s Andrew Hamilton School campus.)

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Penn Group Wins EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge

[Posted: April 20, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

Independent Conservancy Hosts Wildflower Walk At Rocky Bend Nature Preserve In Beaver County April 25

Independence Conservancy will hold a family-friendly wildflower walk at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 25 at Rocky Bend Nature Preserve, 247 Raccoon Creek Road, Potter Township, Monaca, Beaver County. 

Learn about native plants, wildflowers, wetlands, and natural wonders in your own back yard.

This easy-paced walking tour will be led by Kyle Filicky, a Professional Wetland Scientist with Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. of Pittsburgh.

Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. There is no rain date.

Watch for bright green street number signs on the left side of Raccoon Creek Road. GPS will take you past the Preserve to a dead-end.

For more information on programs, initiatives, other upcoming events and how you can get involved, visit the Independence Conservancy website.  The Conservancy is an environmental stewardship organization active in Beaver, Washington and Allegheny Counties.

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PA Senate, House Lawmakers Announce 2021-22 Legislative Coal Caucus To Support Coal Mining Industry

On April 20, Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) and Sen. John Yudichak (I-Luzerne) along with Rep. Tommy Sankey (R-Clearfield) and Rep. Pam Snyder (D-Greene) announced they will serve as Co-Chair’s for the
Legislative Coal Caucus during the 2021-2022 Session. 

The Coal Caucus is a bipartisan, bicameral legislative caucus that focuses on supporting and enhancing Pennsylvania’s coal mining industry.  

The caucus serves as a forum through which legislators can become more educated about the coal industry and its significant economic value to local communities, manufacturers, and energy ratepayers. 

“Our coal industry has faced some serious headwinds due, in large part, to costly and burdensome federal and state mandates over the years,” said Sen. Gene Yaw, who also serves as the Majority Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.  “These mandates have had a tremendous impact on our miners, their families and our communities that depend on a strong coal economy.  It is critical that we present a unified voice for the industry, our miners and these communities moving forward, and I am happy to join with my colleagues to advocate on their behalf.”

Pennsylvania is the third largest coal producing state in the Unites States with production totaling over 49 million tons in 2019.   Pennsylvania coal in addition to being used for power generation, is used to produce steel and cement.

“Pennsylvania has a long history in coal production and remains the third largest coal producing state in the nation,” said Sen. John Yudichak. “As the son and grandson of anthracite coal miners, I am pleased to join Senator Yaw and Representatives Sankey and Snyder to continue the discussion on the role coal plays in Pennsylvania.”

Bituminous coal mining helps drive Pennsylvania’s economy, supporting nearly 18,000 direct, indirect, and induced jobs, while contributing $4 billion annually to the state’s economy. 

The coal industry provides family-sustaining wages and creates this economic value in communities across Pennsylvania, with multiple company locations in more than half of our counties.  

The industry accounts for 25 percent of the employment in some regions, up to 40 percent of the local tax base, and often serves as a community’s financial cornerstone for economic development.

“Coal remains a crucial resource that is directly tied to the economic vitality of our local communities,” said Rep. Tommy Sankey. “For every direct coal mining job in Pennsylvania nearly two additional jobs are created, and that economic impact can be recognized in everything from local restaurants to auto and truck service providers, to the budgets of local school districts.  I look forward to working with the Co-Chairs and the caucus to promote innovative policy that further strengths the economic benefits of the coal industry.”

Coal continues to be an essential source of power generation both in Pennsylvania and the 13 state PJM interconnection.  

In 2019, coal accounted for 17 percent of the power generated in Pennsylvania, and 24 percent of the power generated in the PJM.   During periods high demand, coal plants are consistently relied upon when other generation sources are diverted or are not available for generation.

“Coal’s availability as a baseload generation source is unparalleled given its affordability, flexibility, reliability and resiliency,” said Rep. Pam Snyder.  “Nearly 60 percent of the bituminous coal produced in Pennsylvania is used to generate electricity, and the majority is produced in Greene County.  I look forward to working with the Co-Chairs to encourage policies that promote coal’s role as a baseload power source in a diversified energy generation portfolio.”

There are currently over 70 members of the legislative Coal Caucus.

For more information, visit the Legislative Coal Caucus webpage.

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