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Issue#614Harrisburg,PAApril4,2016

TribuneReview:JohnLinkes,ArmstrongCounty,ReceivesNationalRiverHeroesAward

The
TribuneReviewreportedWednesday
thatJohnLinkes,a
volunteeractiveintheRoaringRunandKiskiminetasRiver
watershedsinArmstrong,IndianaandWestmorelandcounties,has
receivedthenational
RiverHeroesAward
forhisconservationefforts
fromthe
RiverNetwork
.
Thisnationalawardhonorsonlyfivewinnerseachyearwhoare
leadersfromtheriverandwaterconservationcommunity.
Linkesteststhewater,picksupgarbage,talkstolocalgovernment
officialsandleadsantilittercampaignsevendonninganinsect
costumetogethispointacrossasthe
PAResourcesCouncilLitterbug
.
In1999,hestartedtestingtheKiskiRiver,RoaringRunandothertributaries,turningup
acidminedrainagelegacypollutionfromtheregion'scoalmininghistory.Heespeciallyliked
doingaquaticsurveys.
Linksisadirectorontheboardsofthe
RoaringRunWatershedAssociation
andthe
KiskiminetasWatershedAssociation
amemberofthe
CrookedCreekEnvironmentalLearning
Center
steeringcommitteeand
LeechburgRecyclingCenter
andcoordinatestheannual
Ohio
RiverSweep
fortheKiskiRiver.
Hemajoredinearthsciencesincollege.Althoughhiscareerpathtookhimtothesteel
mills,workingforAlleghenyTechnologiesInc.(formerlyAlleghenyLudlum)inLeechburgand
thenVandergriftfor40years.
PastRiverHeroesAwardwinnersfromPennsylvaniainclude:
JohnKlunk
(2004),
founderoftheCodorusMonitoringNetworkinYorkCountyand
DavidHess
(2002),former
SecretaryoftheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtection.
NewsClips:
VolunteerLinkesOfLeechburgHonoredForConservationEfforts
NESustainableEnergyEducationGroupWinsGovernorsAward

SpringReruns:Senate,HouseReturnToVotingSessionMonday

BeginningMonday,theSenateandHousereturn

toHarrisburgfor2weeksofvotingsessiontopickupwheretheyleftoffonthedebate[battle]
overthestatebudgetthisyearsandnextyears.
Duringthebreak,ofcourse,Gov.Wolfletmostofthestatebudgetbecomelawwithout
hissignaturesomoneybeganflowingtoschooldistricts,counties,staterelateduniversities,
nonprofithumanservicegroupsandstatevendorsthatneededitbadly.
HedidpickuphispentovetotheFiscalCodebill
HouseBill1327
(PeiferRPike)
thatcontainedtheformulafordistributingbasiceducationmoney,fundtransferstosupport
DepartmentofAgricultureprogramsandotherspecialprovisionstokillDEPsupdateof
conventionaloilandgasdrillingregulationsanddelayanyplantomeetEPAsCleanPower
ClimatePlanrequirements.
Asifoncue,SenateandHouseRepublicanscriedfoul,sayingtherewasnothinginthe
FiscalCodebilltheGovernordidntseeoragreetobefore.[Theresthatwordagreedto
again.]
Gov.WolfcounteredonaPittsburghradioprogramWednesdaysayingthesewerethe
samepeople[Republicans]hehadanagreementwithbefore[severalinfact]andtheyfailedto
deliver.
Thosewhosaidthebudgetimpassewasovertwoweeksagoapparentlywerentpaying
enoughattention.Thesameplayersare
sayingthesamethings
theyvebeensayingsinceMarch
ayearago.
NodoubtSenateandHouseRepublicanswillspendsometimediscussingwheretheygo
fromherewithitemsGov.Wolfvetoed,again.
Dotheywanttorepasssomeprovisionsandputnewbillsonhisdesk?
DotheywanttofocusjustontheFY201617budgetandtrytosneaktheprovisionsthey
careaboutinlegislativevehiclestheythinkaremorevetoproof?
Thegoodnews?Pennsylvaniacollected$4.5billioninGeneralFundrevenueinMarch,
whichwas$86.7million,or2percent,morethananticipated.FiscalyeartodateGeneralFund
collectionstotal$22.2billion,whichis$147.4million,or0.7percent,aboveestimate.
Staytunedformore..
ThirdRingOfPoliticalCircusHere
PoliticsexpandedinanotherdirectionthisweekasthePresidentialcampaigncircus
arrivedinPennsylvania.
ThefirsteventsbyKasichandCruzinPhiladelphiaandHarrisburgandtheopeningof
campaignofficesbySandersandoneofhistrademarkshowsinPittsburghmeanthingsare
gettingseriousaheadoftheApril26primary.
PollssayTrumpandClintonwillbethewinners
.Wellsee.TheRepublicansidecould
becloserthanpeoplethink.
AlsoPresidentialthisweek,ObamasteppedintoPennsylvaniapoliticsbyendorsing
McGintyforU.S.Senate(chronicallybehindinthepolls)andShapiroforAttorneyGeneral(at
leastcompetitive).Hecouldbat50percentcomeelectionday.
Theothercircus(asthemediacallsit)thatistheindictedAttorneyGeneralKathleen
KanecontinuedthisweekwhenshespentyetmoremoneytohireformerMontgomeryCounty
DABruceCastorforanewpositionofSolicitorGeneralapositionthatwilllikelyonlylast
anotherfewmonthslikeshewill.
CastorisnowfamousfornotprosecutingBillCosbyforsexualwrongdoing.
ThissomehowfitsbecauseKanehiredtheformerMarylandAttorneyGeneralDoug

GanslerinDecembertofurtherinvestigatetheporngateemails,himselfavictimofan
impeachmentattempt.Unfortunately,evenGanslersaidhedidntthinkanycriminalindictments
wouldresultfromhisspendingasmuchas$2millionreadingtitillatingemails.
Asthemediahassaid,youcantmakethisup.
WhatsNext
TheSenateandHouseEnvironmentalResourcesandEnergyCommitteesareexpectedto
takesomeactioninthenearfuturerelatedtotheirreviewofDEPs
finalChapter78
(conventional)and78a(unconventional)drillingregulation
updates.
WhetherthatactionwillbetosendadisapprovalletterbeforetheIndependent
RegulatoryReviewCommissionmeetsonApril21ontheregulationornotifytheIRRCthey
willopttotaketheirextra14dayreviewtimeaftertheApril21IRRCmeetingonthe
regulationsorsaveastepandreportoutaresolutiondisapprovingtheregulations,onlytimewill
tell.
19membersoftheHouse
wrotetotheIRRCthisweeksupportingDEPsregulations,
headedbyRep.GregVitali(DDelaware),MinorityChairoftheHouseEnvironmental
ResourcesandEnergyCommittee.
Afterthese2weeksofsession,theHousereturnsMay2andtheSenateMay9tobegin
themarathonrunuptowhatusedtobetheJune30deadlineforastatebudget.
Incaseanyoneiscounting,itsjust87daysuntilthedeadlineforanewbudget.
Itsbeen277dayssincethedeadlinefortheFY201516statebudget.
[Sigh]
NewsClips:
DrillingSlowdownToLeaveDEP$2.9MDeficit
CoalIndustryBalksAtProposed1,200%HikeInDEPPermitFees
CanCoalCompaniesAffordToCleanUpCoalCountry?
Column:DEPsQuigleyCryingWolfOverHisToughBudget
Wolf:PublicSupportsIssuesImFightingFor
RepublicansSpoilingForAFightOverFiscalCode
Swift:StateBudgetHurdlesRemain
AP:SchoolFunding,BorrowingTriggerWolfVetoToBudgetBill
PLSReporter:WolfsFiscalCodeVetoDrawsMixedReaction
Swift:NewWolfFiscalCodeBillVetoToHaveImpact
RatingsAgenciesSeeMuchNotToLikeInPABudge
LawmakersMightPutHunting,FishingLicenseBillsOnFastTrack

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Senate/HouseAgenda/SessionSchedule/GovsSchedule

HerearetheSenateandHouseCalendarsandCommitteemeetingsshowingbillsofinterestas
wellasalistofnewenvironmentalbillsintroduced

BillCalendars

House(April4):
HouseResolution60
(EmrickRNorthampton)directingtheLegislative
BudgetandFinanceCommitteetoconductacomprehensivereviewofthestatesprogramto
regulatethebeneficialuseofsewagesludge

SenateBill307
(YudichakDLuzerne)providing
foranindependentcounselfortheEnvironmentalQualityBoard
SenateBill811
(HughesD
Philadelphia)FY201516CapitalBudgetbill
SenateBill1071
(BrowneRLehigh),the
agreedtopensionreformbill
SenateBill1073
(BrowneRLehigh)agreedto$30.8billion
GeneralFundbudgetbill.

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forfullHouseBillCalendar.

Senate(April4):

SenateBill289
(FontanaDAllegheny)fundingtoassisthomeownerswith
deterioratingprivatesewerlaterals(
sponsorsummary
)
SenateBill805
(BoscolaDLehigh)
allowinganAct129optoutforlargeelectricusers(
sponsorsummary
)
SenateBill973
(ScavelloRMonroe)increasingthefinesforlittering(
sponsorsummary
)
SenateBill1041
(SchwankDBerks)amendingAct101toauthorizealllocalgovernmentstochargearecycling
servicefee(
sponsorsummary
)
SenateBill1114
(YawRLycoming)allowingtheuseof
alternativeonlotsepticsystemsonthesewagefacilityplanningprocess(
sponsorsummary
)
SenateBill1168
(EichelbergerRBlair)authorizingtheFishandBoatCommissiontoadoptfees
chargedbytheagencyratherthanhavethemsetbytheGeneralAssembly(
sponsorsummary
)
SenateBill1166
(StefanoRFayette)authorizingtheGameCommissiontoadoptfeescharged
bytheagencyratherthanhavethemsetbytheGeneralAssembly(
sponsorsummary
)
House
Bill806
(CauserRCameron)providingforcountyspecificusevaluesforlandinforestreserves

(
sponsorsummary
)
HouseBill1712
(R.BrownRMonroe)establishingaPrivateDamFinancial
AssuranceProgram(
HouseFiscalNote
andsummary).<>
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forfullSenateBill
Calendar.

CommitteeMeetingAgendasThisWeek

House:
the
AppropriationsCommittee
meetstoconsider
HouseBill1895
(MetzgarR
Bedford)changingthemembershipoftheUndergroundStorageTankIndemnificationBoard
fromappointmentsonlybytheGovernortoappointmentsbyboththeGeneralAssemblyandthe
Governorthe
GameandFisheriesCommittee
hearingonhuntinglicensefees.
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forfullHouseCommitteeSchedule.

Senate:
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BillsPendingInKeyCommittees

HerearelinkstokeyStandingCommitteesintheHouseandSenateandthebillspendingin
each

House
Appropriations
Education
EnvironmentalResourcesandEnergy
ConsumerAffairs
GamingOversight
HumanServices
Judiciary
LiquorControl
Transportation
LinksforallotherStandingHouseCommittees

Senate
Appropriations
EnvironmentalResourcesandEnergy
ConsumerProtectionandProfessionalLicensure
Community,EconomicandRecreationalDevelopment
Education
Judiciary
LawandJustice
PublicHealthandWelfare
Transportation
LinksforallotherStandingSenateCommittees

SessionSchedule

HereisthelatestvotingsessionschedulefortheSenateandHouse

Senate
April4,5,6,11,12,13
May9,10,11,16,17,18
June6,7,8,13,14,15,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30

House
April4,5,6,11,12,13
May2,3,4,16,17,18,23,24,25
June6,7,8,13,14,15,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30

GovernorsSchedule

Gov.TomWolf'sworkcalendarwillbepostedeachFridayandhispublicschedulefortheday
willbepostedeachmorning.
ClickHere
toviewGov.WolfsWeeklyCalendarandPublic
Appearances.

BillsOnGovernor'sDesk

ThefollowingbillsweregivenfinalapprovalbytheSenateandHouseandarenowonthe
Governor'sdeskforaction

ValuationofWaterSystems:

HouseBill1326
(GodshallRMontgomery)valuationofwater
andwastewatersystemsforratemakingpurposes(
HouseFiscalNote
andsummary).

NewsFromTheCapitol

19HouseMembersUrgeIRRCToApproveFinalDEPDrillingRegUpdate

Agroupof19membersoftheHousemembersledbyRep.GregVitali
(DDelaware),MinorityChairoftheHouseEnvironmentalResourcesand
EnergyCommittee,
Thursdaysentaletter
totheIndependentRegulatory
ReviewCommissionurgingapprovalof
DEPsfinalregulations
that
wouldmakeconventionalandunconventionaloilandgasdrillingsaferin
Pennsylvania.
IRRC,theagencycreatedtoreviewCommonwealthagencyregulationsto
ensuretheyareinthepublicinterest,isscheduledto
considerthe
regulationsatitsApril21
hearing.
Rep.Vitalisaidtheregulationswouldenhancepublicresource
protections,includingthoseforstateparksandforests,playgrounds,
schoolsandpublicwatersuppliesprovideforpredrillingreviewofpotentialabandonedand
operatingwellsrequirewatersupplyrestorationstandardsforoperatorswhodegradeawater
supplyandenhancedspillreportingandcleanuprequirements.
ThefinalChapter78(conventional)andChapter78a(unconventional)drillingregulation

updateswerepromulgatedinaccordancewithAct13of2012,andhavenotbeenupdatedsince
2001,somodernizingthemiscriticaltoensureprotectionofPennsylvaniasenvironment,the
groupsletterstates.
ThedrillingindustryopposestheregulationsandonMarch24,the
PAIndependent
PetroleumProducersAssociationfiledasuit
inCommonwealthCourtchallengingthem.
TheHouseandSenatecanstoptheregulationsbypassingaconcurrentresolution
disapprovingthem,whichmustbesignedbythegovernor.Ifhevetoes,theGeneralAssembly
canoverridethevetobyatwothirdsmajority.
However,legislatorssupportingtheregulationsarguethataftertwopubliccomment
periods,12publichearings,twodozenadvisorycommitteemeetingsandnearly28,000
stakeholdercomments,theissuehasbeenthoroughlyvettedandthetimehascomefortheIRRC
toadoptthem.
Acopyoftheletter
isavailableonline
.
Formoreinformationontheregulations,visitDEPs
OilandGasRegulations
webpage.
NewsClip:
41NaturalGasCompaniesJoinEPAToCutMethaneEmissions
RelatedStory:
TheClockStarts:DEPDeliversFinalDrillingRegsToHouse,Senate,IRRCForReview

April11EnvironmentalForum:SustainableManufacturingInForestProductsIndustry

TheApril11EnvironmentalIssuesForumhostedbythe
JointlegislativeAirandWaterPollution
ControlandConservationCommittee
willfeaturepresentationsbythe
PAForestProducts
Association
andthe
AmericanForestandPaperAssociation
onsustainablemanufacturinginthe
forestproductsindustry.
Pennsylvaniahasahistoricalroleintheforestproductsindustry,withthefirstpapermill
inthenationbuiltnearphiladelphiain1690.
Today,theindustryemploysover53,000Pennsylvaniansandproducescountless
householdandcommercialgoods.Theindustryhasalsoincreaseditsfocusonenvironmental
stewardshipbyincreasingpaperrecycling,improvingenergyefficiency,reducingemissions,
promotingsustainableforestrypractices,improvingworkplacesafetyandreducingwateruse.
Thepresentationwillhighlightenvironmentalpracticesintheforestproductsindustryas
wellashowstateandfederalregulationscanimpacttheindustrysfuturesustainabilitygoals.
TheForumwillbeheldinRoom8EAoftheCapitolsEastWingstartingatnoon.
April14ForestryTaskForceMeeting
TheJointConservationCommitteesLegislativeForestryTaskForcewillholdameeting
inStateCollegeonApril14oninvasivespeciesandtheirimpactonforesthealth.
Presentersforthetaskforcemeetinginclude:Mr.DonEggen,foresthealthmanager,
DCNR'sBureauofForestryMr.SvenShichiger,entomologyprogrammanager,Departmentof
AgricultureandDr.SarahJohnson,conservationGISanalyst,
TheNature
ConservancyPennsylvaniaChapter
.
ThemeetingwillbeinRoom217oftheForestResourcesBuilding,PennState
UniversityatStateCollegestartingat10:00.
Sen.ScottHutchinson(RVenango)servesasChairoftheJointConservation
Committee.

Formoreinformation,visitthe
JointConservationCommittee
website,
Likethemon
Facebook
or
FollowthemonTwitter
.TobeaddedtotheemaillistfortheSynopsis,sendan
emailto:
cengvall@jcc.legis.state.pa.us
.
NewsClips:
PrescribedBurnSlatedForStateGameLandInCumberland
PrescribedBurnsPlannedForAcresOfStateGameLands
Jacobsburg,DelawareWaterGapAnnounceControlledBurns
CrewsBattleBrushFireInCarbondaleTwp
BrushFireSeasonUnderwayInNEPA
AshKillingEmeraldAshBorerAtOurDoorstep

NewsFromAroundTheState

StateImpact:DrillingSlowdownPutsDEP$2.9MillionInDebt

StateImpactreportedTuesday
theslowdowninthedrillingindustrywillputcollectionofpermit
feesabout$2.9millionbelowwhatisneededtosupporttheOilandGasRegulatoryProgramat
DEPintheFY201617budgetyear.
Thefollowingfiscalyearincomecouldbeasmuchas$9.8millionlessthanwhatis
neededtoruntheprogram.
DEPSecretaryJohnQuigleyraisedtheissueofthe
oilandgasand11otherDEPspecial
funds
thatwillhaveshortfallsbetweennowand2018inhissecondhearingbeforetheSenate
AppropriationsCommitteetwoweeksago.
DEPisscheduledtoproposepermitfeeincreasesfor
atleast6ofitsmajorprograms
in
2016.
AspokespersonfortheGovernorsOfficesaidtheyarelookingatarangeofoptionsto
maintainthesolvencyofthefund.
NewsClips:
DrillingSlowdownToLeaveDEP$2.9MDeficit
CoalIndustryBalksAtProposed1,200%HikeInDEPPermitFees
CanCoalCompaniesAffordToCleanUpCoalCountry?
Column:DEPsQuigleyCryingWolfOverHisToughBudget
Wolf:PublicSupportsIssuesImFightingFor
RepublicansSpoilingForAFightOverFiscalCode
Swift:StateBudgetHurdlesRemain
AP:SchoolFunding,BorrowingTriggerWolfVetoToBudgetBill
PLSReporter:WolfsFiscalCodeVetoDrawsMixedReaction
Swift:NewWolfFiscalCodeBillVetoToHaveImpact
RatingsAgenciesSeeMuchNotToLikeInPABudge
LawmakersMightPutHunting,FishingLicenseBillsOnFastTrack
RelatedStories:
2ndSenateBudgetHearing:DEP:12SpecialFundsWillHaveFundingShortfallsBy2018
DEPToProposePermitFeeIncreasesFor6ProgramsIn2016
Analysis:FinalBudgetRollsBackEnvironmentalFundingFor13thYearInARow

DEPAwards$1.19MForMineReclamationProjectsInElk,Fayette,SchuylkillCounties

Gov.TomWolfThursdayannouncedtheselectionof4projectstoreceive$1,193,603infunding
toreclaimabandonedcoalminesinElk,FayetteandSchuylkillcounties.Theprojectsawarded
grantsare
ElkCounty:
HeadwatersCharitableTrust
,KylerHollowAMDPassiveTreatmentSystem
ALD1&ALD2Rehabilitation:$618,118and

HeadwatersCharitableTrust
,HayesRun&BacksideHayesAMDPassiveTreatmentSystem
Modifications/Improvements:$384,918
FayetteCounty
:
MountainWatershedAssociation,Inc.
,RondellCorrealAMDTreatment
System:$123,543and
SchuylkillCounty:

SchuylkillCountyConservationDistrict
,UpperSwataraCreekQHUP
AMDMonitoringProject:$67,024.
Theselectedprojectsmitigateacidminedrainage(AMD)andsupportprogramsthat
improvewaterqualityinwatersheds,wetlands,andfisheriesthathavebeenimpairedbyAMD.
ThehealthofPennsylvaniansdependsonthehealthofPennsylvaniaswaterwayssaid
Gov.Wolf.Thesegrantswillaidprojectsthatarecommittedtoprotectingpublichealthby
eliminatingacidminedrainage.
Pennsylvaniashistoryisinextricablylinkedtomining,saidDepartmentof
EnvironmentalProtectionSecretaryJohnQuigley.Unfortunately,acidminedrainagehasalso
beenapartofthishistory.Theinvestmentswearemakingtodayareessentialincorrectingthe
errorsofthepasttorestorewaterqualityinourstreamsforgenerationstocome.
Fundingforthe
AMDSetAsideProgram
comesfromafeeontheactiveminingindustry
designatedintheFederalSurfaceMiningConservationandReclamationAct.
NewsClip:
OpEd:MineReclamationToTransformEhrenfeldHorizon,SecretaryQuigley

VoteNow:NominationsForWestBranchSusquehannaRiverOrangeRockAwards

Thenominationsareinandnowyoucanvoteforthewinners
ofthe
WestBranchSusquehannaRestorationCoalitions
OrangeRockAwards
torecognizethecontributionagroupor
individualhasmadetocleaninguptheWestBranchofthe
Susquehanna.
VotingwillcloseonApril6
.
Thecategoriesandnomineesare
OutstandingVolunteersCommitmentAward
EarlSmithmyer:
Earlhasbeenakeytothesuccessofthe
ClearfieldCreekWatershedAssociation
.Heservedvery
productivelyaspresidentforfouryearsearlyinCCWAs
history.Hehasbeenaleaderinorganizingandconductingmostofthegroupsprojects,
includingtheannualKidsFishingDerbyandroadandstreamcleanup.Earlhasbeenamajor
contributortotheClearfieldCreekAssessmentandothersamplingprograms,constructionof
treatmentsystems,educationprogramswithstudentsandinteractionswithsocialandpolitical
groups.Hehasbeenanoutstandingexampletotherestofthewatershedgroupandhasalways
beenthereforthedaytodaychoresandinteractions,includingprovidinghishomeasthe

CCWAaddressandheadquarters.Mostofall,Earlhasbeenafriendandagreatpersonto
workwith.
TerryOConnor:
TerryO,asmanyknowhim,hasbecomesuchacommonfacetowatershed
groupmeetings,conferenceandeventsthatitseasytoforgethowmuchhedoes.Terryhasbeen
activeinmanygroupssuchasthe
AndersonCreekWatershedAssociation
,
ClearfieldCounty
SeniorEnvironmentCorps
and
BilgersRocksAssociation
.Terryworkstirelesslytomonitor
localwaterways,bringpeopletogethertolearnaboutourenvironmentandpromotesthe
importanceofcleanstreams.WithoutTerrysdedicationmanyofthegroupsinClearfield
Countywouldnotbeassuccessfulastheyare.
OutstandingProfessionalCommitmentAward
EricCavazza:
EricistheDirector
DEPsBureauofAbandonedMineReclamation
.Hehas
heldthisrolesince2012andhasover1yearsofexperiencewiththeDEPinmanypositions.In
additiontohisworkwiththestate,Erichasbeenactiveinmanynationalactivities,includingthe
NationalAssociationofAbandonedMineLandPrograms,andtheAbandonedMineLand
Committeeofthe
InterstateMiningCompactCommission
.Erichasbeeninvolvedina
multitudeofAMDabatementandtreatmentactivities.Theseinclude:servingontheDEPwork
grouptoestablishanevaluationandapprovalprocessfortheuseofAMDforindustrialuses
includingnaturalgasextraction,developingprogramimplementationguidelinesforBAMRs
AcidMineDrainageSetAsideProgram
,providingsupporttothreeOSMNationalExcellencein
AbandonedMineReclamationAwardprojectsintheSusquehannaBasinanddevelopingtraining
programsforplanning/designengineersintheareaofwastewater(minedrainage)monitoring,
characterizationandtreatmentincludingthedesignofpassivetreatmentsystems.
MikeSmith:
MikeistheDistrictManagerof
DEPsMoshannonDistrictMiningOffice
.
MikeiswellknowntomanyintheAMDworld,mostlikelybecauseheisthegotopersonfor
anythingAMDintheWestBranchoftheSusquehannaRiver.Mikehastakentheleadonmany
AMDrelatedprojects,andhashelpedtodevelopmanyinitiativesthroughouttheWestBranchto
restoreAMDimpactedstreams.Thishasincludedworkontheapprovalprocessfortheuseof
AMDinthenaturalgasindustry.Mikehasworkedtirelesslyovermanyyearsatthedistrictto
improveandprotectthewatersoftheWestBranch.
ScottKoser:
ScottistheWatershedSpecialistandEducationCoordinatorforthe
Clinton
CountyConservationDistrict
.RestorationofTangascootackCreekhasbeenoneofhis
priorities.Withyearsofdedicationtothisproject,resultsarebeingseen.Scott,alongwithother
partnersandConservationDistrictstaff,haveoverseentheconstructionofseventreatment
systemsinthewatershed.WaterQualityisstartingtoimproveinthestreamandalargenumber
ofnativebrooktroutarebeingseeninsectionsofthestreamtheywerenotpresentinjustafew
yearsago.Scottalsoworkstocoordinatemanyeducationeventsincludingasummerdaycamp
andeducationdayforlocal6thgraders.Scottcompletesalloftheseprojectsandmanyothers,
includingstreamhabitatandstabilizationprojectsandotherAMDrelatedprojectsthroughout
thecounty.
OutstandingWatershedAssociationCommitmentAward
AndersonCreekWatershedAssociation:
The
AndersonCreekWatershedAssociation
was
formedin1998togiveavoicetoAndersonCreek.Whilethestreamwaslargelywrittenoffas
deadduetothelegacyofcoalmining,thededicatedvolunteersofACWAhavealwaysseenthe
potentialofthisstream.Sinceitsformation,ACWAhascompletedanassessmentofthestream
anddevelopedthe
AndersonCreekWatershed:Assessment,RestorationandImplementation

Plan
.In2008,theycompletedtheconstructionofapassivetreatmentsystemonBilgerRun.
ThissystemhasextendedthehealthystretchesofBilgerRunandimprovedtheoverallhealthof
thestream.In2013,ACWAcompletedrestorationonanabandonedmineintheLittleAnderson
CreekWatershed.Thisworkisstartingtoimprovethewaterchemistryofthissectionofstream.
Thegrouphasfacedmanyobstaclesintheyearstheyhavebeenworkingontheseprojects.The
dedicatedvolunteerscouldhaveeasilygivenupyearsago,butinsteadtheyhavepersevered!
DeerCreekWatershedAssociation:
The
DeerCreekWatershedAssociation
hasbeen
workingonrestoringDeerCreeksince2005.Inthattimetheyhavecompletedanassessmentof
thewatershedthatresultedintheDeerCreekWatershedImplementationPlan.Whilecontinuing
tomonitorseverallocationsinDeerCreek,Theypartneredwiththe
ClearfieldCounty
ConservationDistrict
tosecurefundsforthedesignofapassivetreatmentsystemsontheworst
dischargeinthewatershed.Theyarecurrentlyseekingfundsforconstructionofthissystems,
whichwhencompleted,willimprovewaterqualityinthemainstemofDeerCreekenoughto
supportwildtroutallthewaytoitsconfluencewiththeWestBranchSusquehanna!Foryears
nowthegrouphasbeenonthevergeofaccomplishingtheirdreamofonedayrestoringthefinal
3milesofDeerCreek,themostimpairedsection.Throughupsanddowns,successand
drawbacks,theyhavestayedtogetherandkepthopealivethattheywouldsucceed.Fortheir
diligence,patienceandhopefulness,theydeservetobetheOutstandingWaterGroupoftheYear
for2016.
Thevotingprocessisopen,butyoucanonlyvoteonce.However,feelfreetoencourage
otherconservationiststovoteaswell!
ClickHere
tovote.
Formoreinformation,visitthe
WestBranchSusquehannaRestorationCoalitions
OrangeRockAwards
WestBranchRestorationSymposium
Registernowforthe
WestBranchSusquehannaRestorationSymposium
tobeheldApril
1415inStateCollege.TheOrangeRockAwardwinnerswillberecognizedatthisspecial
event.
NewsClips:
VolunteerLinkesOfLeechburgHonoredForConservationEfforts
OpEd:MineReclamationToTransformEhrenfeldHorizon,SecretaryQuigley
NESustainableEnergyEducationGroupWinsGovernorsAward

WestmorelandSeeksPublicInputInManagingStormwaterRunoffAtAprilMeetings

AprilshowersbringMayflowersbut,unfortunately,theysometimesalsobringthingsthatarent
asnice,likefloodingofhomesandbusinessesandanincreasedflowofsewageandpollution
intolocalstreams.
ManycommunitiesinWestmorelandCountyregularlydealwithproblemscausedbytoo
muchrainandstormwaterrunoffwithnoeasyplacetogo.
Ifyouknowofsuchaproblemplace,youareencouragedtoattendoneoffourpublic
meetingsthatwillbeheldduringApril.
Themeetingsareonewayorganizershopetoidentifywherestormwaterproblemsare
especiallytroublesomeinWestmorelandCounty,withthegoalofultimatelyidentifyingwaysto
fixthem.

Everyoneiswelcometoattendthesemeetings,andweespeciallyhopethatpeoplewho
knowofordealdirectlywithstormwaterrunoffsituations,suchasfarmers,businessowners,
engineers,developers,andmunicipalofficials,willattend,saidGregPhillips,District
manager/CEOofthe
WestmorelandConservationDistrict
.
Phillipsorganization,alongwiththeWestmorelandCountyDepartmentofPlanningand
Development,iscoordinatingthiseffort,whichhasthebackingoftheWestmorelandCounty
Commissioners.
Inputfromthepublicmeetingswillbeusedoverthenextfewyearstodevelopa
comprehensiveplanformanagingstormwaterinWestmorelandCounty.Thisplanwillinclude
suchthingsasthedevelopmentoflocalmunicipalordinancesregardingstormwater
management,planningforbetterupfrontmanagementofstormwater,andwaystosolveflooding
andotherwaterrelatedproblems.
Theplanwillbespecificbywatershedandwillmeettherequirementsofthestate
StormwaterManagementAct(Act167).
Publicmeetingswillbeheldinfourlocationsthroughoutthecountyfortheconvenience
ofareacitizens.Eachmeetingwillbeexactlythesamesothereisnoneedtoattendmorethan
one.
April19:
1p.m.3p.m.,WestmorelandConservationDistrict,J.RoyHoustonConservation
Center,218DonohoeRoad,Greensburg
April19:
6:30p.m.8:30p.m.,RostraverTownshipMunicipalBuilding,201Municipal
Drive,BelleVernon
April21:
6:30p.m.8:30p.m.,LigonierTownshipMunicipalComplex,OneMunicipal
ParkDrive,Ligonier
April28:
6:30p.m.8:30p.m.,AlleghenyTownshipCommunityBuilding,136Community
BuildingRoad,Leechburg
Citizeninputisvaluableinmakingsurethatwecreateaplanthataddressesourcountys
keystormwaterproblemsfromdrainageissuestofloodingandimprovesthequalityoflife
forcountyresidents,Phillipssaid.
Theplanwillbeameaningfulguidancedocumentforthemajorusersofourcountys
waterandforthosewhohelpensureitsquality.
Italsowillhelptoprotectthecountysexceptionalandhighqualitystreams,and
encourageremediationofimpairedstreams.
HomeownersStormwaterGuide
TheWestmorelandDistrictalsohasavailablea
HomeownersGuideToStormwater
on
howtodevelopandimplementastormwatermanagementplan.
Formoreinformation,contactChristieatthe
WestmorelandConservationDistrict
,
7248375271.

PittsburghSewerAuthorityGreenStormwaterProjectGrantAppsDueApril6

The
PittsburghWaterandSewerAuthority
isaccepting
applicationsfor
communitygreenstormwater
infrastructureprojects
untilApril6.
Grantsof$5to$25,000areavailabletoreimburse
applicantsforupto50percentofthecostofgreen

infrastructurestormwaterprojectdesignandconstruction.
Theapplicantmusteitherbethepropertyownerorhavelegalcontroloftheprojectsite.
Projectsforasinglefamilyhomearenoteligible.
Applicationsmustincludeproposedgreeninfrastructuredesigns,stormwater
calculations,monitoringplans,educationplans,andlongtermmaintenanceplans.
Forallthedetails,visitPWSAs
GreenInfrastructureGrantProgram
webpageorcontact
IthaCaoat4122558800x8562orsendemailto:
icao@pgh2o.com
.

ApplicationsForNRCSRegionalConservationPartnershipGrantsDueMay10

TheUSDANaturalResourcesConservationServiceisnowacceptingapplicationsfrom
landownersfor
RegionalConservationPartnershipGrants
throughMay10.
Theprogramleverageslocalleadershiptoestablishpartnershipsthatcanincludeprivate
companies,localgovernments,universities,nonprofitsandothernongovernmentpartnersto
workwithfarmersandforestlandownersonlandscapeandwatershedscaleconservation
solutionsthatworkbestfortheirregion.
Acrossthecountry,locallydriveneffortsarehavingapositiveeffectonconservation
andproduction,saidDeniseColeman,
NRCSstateconservationistinPennsylvania
.RCPP
servesasavaluablevehicleformatchingfederalinvestmentandprivatecapitaltoadvance
naturalresourceconservationandsupportagriculturalproduction.
Werecognizethegrowinginterestinleveragingprivatecapitalmarketstofosterimpact
investmentsinconservation,sustainableagricultureandforestry,saidColeman.Forthisnew
round,wehopetoseeevenmoreapplicationsthatsupportthedevelopmentofenvironmental
marketsandconservationfinanceprojects.
Formoreinformation,visittheNRCS
RegionalConservationPartnershipGrants
webpageforallthedetails.
Visitthe
NRCSPennsylvania
webpageforinformationonallthefundingopportunities
andtechnicalassistanceservicesavailablethroughUSDANaturalResourceConservation
Service.

DCNRHeldFirstMeetingOfRiparianForestBufferAdvisoryCommitteeMonday

DepartmentofConservationandNaturalResourcesSecretaryCindyAdamsDunnTuesday
announcedthelaunchoftheRiparianForestBufferAdvisoryCommitteetoprovideadviceand
expertiseastheCommonwealthworkstowardagoalof
planting95,000acresofbuffers
along
waterwaysby2025.
DCNRsBureauofForestryisleadinganefforttoworkwithnumerousagencies,
partnersandlandownerstoexpandforestbuffersalongwaterwaysintheCommonwealth,Dunn
said.Weareconveningagroupofexpertsthatwillsharetheirideasaboutwhatsworkingon
thegroundandlessonstheyhavelearnedplantingbuffers,aswellasbrainstormaroundnew
ideasandprovideadviceaboutoutreachtocitizensandstakeholders.
DunnsaidPennsylvaniaisintheprocessofdevelopingacomprehensiveapproachto
providefunding,training,andoutreachtofarmersandlandownerstoincreaseforestbuffers.
Plantingtreesandshrubsalongstreamsisoneofthebestmanagementpracticesthatwill
helpPennsylvaniameetitsobligationstoimprovingwaterqualityintheCommonwealthandthe

ChesapeakeBay.
The44memberadvisorycommitteeincludesrepresentationfromagriculturenonprofits
andconservancieseducationalinstitutionsandfederal,stateandlocalgovernments.
Theinitialobjectivesofthecommitteeinclude
Shareideasonwhatsworkingandlessonslearned
DeveloprecommendationsandprovidefeedbacktoDCNR,PDA,andDEPonriparianforest
bufferprograms
Brainstormnewideas
Developcommunicationsandoutreachadviceand
AssistwithimplementingtheCommonwealths2yearRFBworkplan.
Plantingforestbuffersalongstreambanksprovidescriticalbarriersbetweenpolluting
landscapesandreceivingwaterways.Properlyplantedandmaintained,streamsidetreeandshrub
plantingsreducenutrientrunoffandsedimentdepositscontrolerosionimprovewaterquality
reducefloodingcoolstreamtemperaturesandimprovefishhabitat.
ThefirstmeetingwasheldMonday.Itsanticipatedthecommitteewillmeetquarterly.
ClickHere
foralistofcommitteemembers.
Ourcurrentworkwillbuildononpastsuccessinestablishingbuffersmanypartnersat
locallevelsusingfederal,state,andprivatefundinghavealreadyinstalledtensofthousandsof
acresinthepast15yearswhichareprovidingsignificantwaterqualitybenefits,Dunnsaid.
Oneoftheoriginalpurposesforestablishingthestateforestsystemandthevarious
bureausthattodaymakeupDCNRwastoprotectforestedwatersheds.
DCNRlandsserveastheheadwatersandthelivingfilterformunicipaldrinkingwater
suppliesandthousandsofmilesofhighqualitycoldwaterstreams.Soundmanagementkeeps
theseimportantwatersclean.
DCNRsserviceforestersprovideprivatelandowners,includingfarmersandwoodland
owners,andcommunities,withadviceonforestbuffersandhowtomanagetheirforestedlands
andmetropolitantrees.
ClickHere
tofindaDCNRServiceForesternearyou.
NewsClips:
LancasterFarming:PALaunchesStreamBufferInitiative
LancasterFarmingEditorial:TurningTheChesapeakeBayTMDLPage
VolunteerLinkesOfLeechburgHonoredForConservationEfforts
HarrisonNativeBringsRainBarrelsFullOfEducation
ChesapeakeBayJournalAt25:WereJustGettingStarted
CodorusConceptRecapturesTheWaterfrontInYork
DelawareRiverKeeperMarch25RiverWatchVideoReport
LatestFromTheChesapeakeBayJournal
ClickHere
tosubscribetotheChesapeakeBayJournal
RelatedStory:
CBFPA:LackOfFundingForFarmersDefeatsEffortToMeetCleanWaterCommitment

March28WatershedWindsNewsletterNowAvailableFromPennStateExtension

The
March28editionoftheWatershedWinds
newsletterisnowavailablefromPennState
Extensionfeaturingstorieson


ProjectCompletedToHelpPondOwnersIdentifyHarmfulAlgae

OverfishingIncreasesFluctuationsInAquaticEcosystems

Reduce,Reuse,Recycle:SafeForWater?

HeresWhyWeShouldUseRainwaterToFlushToilets

PANRCSReleasesFY201115StrategicPlanResults

ExtensionSponsorsCyanobacteriaSessionAtPALakeSocietyConference

DangersOfSaltPollutionOfFreshwatersIfPreventiveMeasuresNotTaken

NominationsDueForEPAPresidentialEnvironmentalEducationAward

WastewaterPlantsSignificantSourceOfMicroplasticsInRivers

DoesLivingNearOilOrGasWellAffectYourDrinkingWater?

ClickHere
tosignupforyourowncopy.

March29ChesapeakeBayJournalNews:TheJournalAt25

The
March29ChesapeakeBayJournalNews
isnowavailable
celebrating25yearsofproviding
information
onchallengesandsolutionsforcleaninguptheChesapeakeBayWatershed.
Click
Here
tosubscribetotheChesapeakeBayJournal.

DEPParticipatesInDrinkingWaterEmergencyTableTopExercise

TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionandtheU.S.EnvironmentalProtectionAgency
recentlyhostedatabletopexerciseregardingahowbothagenciesrespondtonaturaldisastersor
manmadeeventsthataffectapublicwatersupplysystem.
Approximately2530stafffrom
DEPsNortheastRegionalOffice
tookpartintheevent,
alongwithrepresentativesfromseveralmunicipalitiesandoperatorsofpublicwatersupply
system.
Theexercisefocusedonresponsetime,outreachtothepublic,communicationtothe
publicregardingupdatesoneventsandhoweachmunicipalitysemergencyresponseplansare
uptodateindealingwithemergencyscenarios.
TheJune2015explosion
atafertilizerplantinAdamsCounty
wasoneexampleusedin
howtoprepareforemergencies.
Formoreinformation,visit
DEPswebsite
,
LikeDEPonFacebook
,
FollowDEPon
Twitter
andvisit
DEPsYouTubeChannel
.
NewsClips:
DEPSecretary:FlintLeadProblemAnAnomaly
SenateBillsFocusOnBuildingLeadIssues
AgingHousingStockPosesBiggerLeadThreatThanWaterSystems
Allentown,BethlehemSchoolsCheckLeadLevelInWater
BethlehemSchoolLeadTestsFallsBelowEPAStandard
HealthDept.ConfirmsAllentownSchoolWaterSafeToDrink
PAAmericanWaterCloselyMonitorsWaterQuality
Editorial:Flint:PublicMustHoldOfficialsAccountable
DEPSuspendsLabDoingFaultyTestingFor15WaterCompanies

(Reprintedfromthe
March31DEPNews
.
ClickHere
tosignupforyourowncopy.)


KeepPABeautifulReceivesGrantToContinueCigaretteLitterPreventionProgram

KeepPennsylvaniaBeautiful
Thursdayannouncedit
hasreceiveda$20,000grantfromKeepAmerica
BeautifultocontinuetheirworkwiththeKeep
AmericaBeautiful
CigaretteLitterPrevention
Program
.
OtherPennsylvaniaorganizationsreceived
CigaretteLitterPreventionProgram(CLPP)grants
including:the
HarrisburgDowntownImprovement
District
whichreceived$2,500toexplorecigarette
buttandcigartiplitterwithinthebusinessdistrictand
the
PittsburghDowntownPartnership
received$5,000toexpandtheircurrentrateofcigarette
litterrecyclingindowntownPittsburgh.
KeepPABeautifulwillpartnerwiththeFishandBoatCommissionandDepartmentof
ConservationandNaturalResourcesoncigarettelitterpreventioninsevenStateParkswith
recreationallakes,including:
BaldEagle
(CentreCounty),
Kooser
(SomersetCounty),
Moraine
(ButlerCounty),
Neshaminy
(BucksCounty),
PrinceGallitzin
(CambriaCounty)and
Pymatuning
(CrawfordCounty).
Theseparkstogetherhaveover6millionannualcombinedvisitors/users.
Additionally,KPBwillconducteducationandoutreachtothe65charterfishingboat
companieswhicharelicensedbytheFish&BoatCommissionandthemarinasfromwhichthey
sail.
MoraineStateParkappreciatestheopportunitytopartnerwithKeepPennsylvania
Beautifulforthe2016KeepAmericaBeautifulCigaretteLitterPreventionGrant.Asa
conservationagencythatsupportsmorethanamillionvisitorsforvariousrecreationalactivities
eachyear,ourparkstaffandvolunteersarealwayschallengedtokeeptheparkfreeoflitterand
cigarettebuttscanbeoneofthemostchallengingaspectsoflitterremoval.Thispartnershipwill
providetheparkwithadditionaltoolsandresourcestocollectthebuttsbeforetheybecomelitter
andhelptokeepMoraineStateParkbeautiful,saidDustinDrew,ParkManager,MoraineState
Park.
Tobaccoproducts,consistingmainlyofcigarettebutts,arethemostlittereditemin
America,representingnearly38percentofallitemslittered,accordingto"LitterinAmerica,"
KABslandmarkstudyoflitterandlitteringbehavior.
Overthepast10years,theCLPPhasconsistentlycutcigarettebuttlitterby
approximatelyhalfbasedonlocalmeasurementstakeninthefirstfourmonthstosixmonths
afterprogramimplementation.
Surveyresultsalsodemonstratedthatascommunitiescontinuetomonitortheprogram
thosereductionsaresustainedorevenincreasedovertime.
The
CigaretteLitterPreventionProgram
isaproventooltoaddressthenumberone
litterediteminAmerica.ThankstoKeepAmericaBeautiful,wecancontinuetoinvestinthis
highlyeffectiveprogram,explainedShannonReiter,PresidentofKeepPABeautiful.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandspecialevents,visitthe
Keep
PennsylvaniaBeautiful
website.
ClickHere
tosignupforregularupdatesfromKPB,
Likethem

onFacebook
,
FollowonTwitter
,
DiscoverthemonPinterest
andvisittheir
YouTubeChannel
.
Alsovisitthe
IllegalDumpFreePA
websiteformoreideasonhowtocleanup
communitiesandkeepthemcleanandKPBsnew
ElectronicsWaste
website.
Signupnowforthe
2016GreatAmericanCleanupofPA
andsetupyourowncleanup
andbeautificationeventthroughMay31.
NewsClips:
SchuylkillScrubAimstoCleanUpNorristown
Editorial:IllegalDumpsitesMarLandscape,CauseHealthRisk

JoinAnAllianceForTheChesapeakeBayProjectCleanStreamCleanupApril2

LookingforsomethingtodoApril2?Theresstilllotsof
timetovolunteerfora
ProjectCleanStreamcleanup
being
organizedbythe
AlliancefortheChesapeakeBay
.
Click
Here
tofindacleanupnearyou.
Youcanalsosignupnowforthe
2016GreatAmerican
CleanupofPA
andsetupyourowncleanupand
beautificationeventthroughMay31.

RailTrailBeautificationCleanupDayApril2ClintonCounty

Join
ClintonCountyCleanScapes
,LockHavenUniversitystudentsandCastaneaTownshipstaff
inremovinglitterandtiresfromthefutureRailTrailextensioninCastaneaTownship.
Otherpartnersinthiscleanupeventinclude:PPLElectricUtilities,SusquehannaTransit,
WayneTownshipLandfill/SolidWasteAuthority,PennDOTDist.2,ClintonCountyGIS/MIS
DepartmentsandtheClintonCountyCommunityFoundation,Inc.
OthercleanupeventsaresetforJuly23andSeptember10ontheWestBranchofthe
SusquehannaRiver.
ClickHere
todownloadaflyeronthisevent.
ClickHere
foramapofthecleanupplan.
Formoreinformation,visitthe
ClintonCountyCleanScapesFacebook
page.

CouncilRockHighSchoolSouthElectronicsRecyclingEventApril9InBucksCounty

CouncilRockHighSchoolSouth
inHolland,BucksCountyonApril9from9:00a.m.to1:00
p.m.towipeandrecyclecellphones,personalcomputers,laptops,printers,cables,videogames,
televisionsandmore.
Therewillbea$25chargeforrecyclingCRTTVsandmonitors.
Formoreinformation,visitthe
EWasteExperts,Inc
.websiteorcall18773282927.
NewsClips:
WhatToDoWithOurOldTVs,Computers
Editorial:ElectronicsRecyclingLawRequiresRetuning
Editorial:RecyclingElectronicWasteRecycling
YorkElectronicsRecyclingToStartApril5
WomanGivesUpGarbageCansForLent


DEPIssuesFairlessMunicipalWasteLandfillPermitInBucksCounty

TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionannouncedWednesdayithasissuedasolidwaste
permitforanewmunicipalwastelandfillproposedforFallsTownship,BucksCounty.
DEPformallyreceivedtheapplicationfromWasteManagementofFairless,LLC,a
subsidiaryofWasteManagement,Inc.,inMarch2009.
TheissuanceoftheFairlessLandfillpermitwillallowWasteManagementtotransition
currentwastedisposaloperationsfromexistingfacilitiesintheareatothisnewlocation.Nonew
wastestreamshavebeenaddedhazardouswastematerialswillnotbeacceptedatthisfacility.
FairlessLandfillwillhaveapermittermoftenyears.
Aswithallpermitapplications,DEPwasteprogramstaffconductedathoroughreview
ofallinformationsubmittedbyWasteManagement,saidDEPSoutheastRegionalDirector
CosmoServidio.Fromavolumestandpoint,therewontbeanincreasedamountofwaste
comingtothelocalcommunity.
WasteManagementcurrentlyownsandoperatestheTullytownandGROWSNorth
landfills.Theaveragedailyvolumeof18,333tonsandthemaximumdailyvolumeof20,000
tonswillnowbesharedacrossallthreefacilities.Atanytime,thesevolumescannotbeexceeded
byanycombinationoffacilitiesinoperation.
DEPrecentlyrenewedtheTullytownLandfillsolidwastepermittobeineffectuntilno
laterthanMay21,2017,afterwhichthefacilitymustceasewastedisposaloperationsand
properlyclosethefacility.
GROWSNorthLandfillispermittedtoreceivewasteuntilnolaterthanFebruary15,
2019,atwhichtimeitwillceasewastedisposaloperationsandproperlyclose.

GoddardLeadershipLegacyInstituteAcceptingAppsForStudentSummerProgram

The
GoddardLeadershipLegacyInstitute
isnowaccepting
applicationsforitssummerresidentialprogramforstudents
ages13to15.ThedeadlineforapplicationsisJune10.
Theprogramwillbeheldatthe
IronmastersMansion
at
PineGroveFurnaceStatePark
inCumberlandCountyfrom
July1116.
Thiscooperativeeducationprogramiscoordinatedby
the
CentralPAConservancy
andPineGroveFurnaceState
Parkandthisyearisjoinedbythe
ChesapeakeBay
FoundationPA
.
ParticipantswillspendthreedaysattheIronmasters
MansionandtwodaysatCBFPAsPhilipMerrill
EnvironmentalCenterinAnnapolis,MD.
Theprogramexploresconservationleadership,environmentalandgovernmentissues,
marinebiology,waterqualityandecosystems,fieldstudies,landuse,agriculture,andforestry.
StudentswillalsobetakenonaworkboatexperienceontheChesapeakeBay.
Formoreinformationontheprogram,scholarshipsandhowtoapply,visitthe
Goddard
LeadershipLegacyInstitute
websiteorcall7172414360.

NewsClips:
HarrisonNativeBringsRainBarrelsFullOfEducation
LankenauHighSchoolStudentsRestoreVandalizedGardens
JohnHeinzRefugeGetsIncreaseInFunding
OtherStudentEducationPrograms:
LacawacSanctuaryOffersSummerCampsForStudentsInWayneCounty
GoddardLeadershipLegacyInstituteAcceptingApplicationsForStudentSummerProgram
WildlifeLeadershipAcademySummerOutdoorFieldSchoolsForStudents1417
Students:DiscoverTomRidgeWetlandsThruTheCameraLensMay10
TheOutdoorClassroomUpcomingEnvironmentalEdWorkshopsInPittsburgh
DCNRInvitesStudentsToApplyForSummerEnvironmentalCareersCamp
Student/EducatorScholarships,EnergyCampsAvailableForEnergypathConference
ChesapeakeBayFoundationEducationProgramsForStudents,Teachers

LacawacSanctuaryOffersSummerCampsForStudentsInWayneCounty

The
LacawacSanctuary
inWayneCountywillbeofferingsummer
daycampsforstudentsfrom5to16toexplorenaturethrough
handsonactivities,creationofart,thematicgames,science
experiments,specimensstudiesandnatureobservation.
Fourdifferentdaycampswillbeoffered
WeeScopeHabitatDiscoveries:Ages56fromJuly1822.
ChildrenwillexplorethehabitatsatLacawacSanctuaryusingnets,
bugboxesandotherexcitinghandsonmethods.Eachdayfocuses
onadifferenthabitatascampersdiscovertheplantsandanimalsthatlivethere.Games,crafts
andactivitiesreinforcetheconceptsandimportanceofhabitatswhilefosteringacuriosityforthe
naturalworldinafun,safeenvironment.
ClickHere
toregister.
WildernessEcoExplorations:Ages78fromJuly2529.
Hiketothebiglake,explorethe
bog,turnoverrocks,catchaquaticanimalswithnets,playgameswithfriends,learnaboutthe
environment,connectwithnature,andmore!Camperswillbeimmersedinaweekofnature
explorationswithexperiencededucatorsinafullscheduleofhandsonactivities.Thiscampaims
todevelopanappreciationfortheenvironmentandexplorenaturalsystems.
ClickHere
to
register.
EarthExpressions:Ages912fromJuly1115.
ExplorethevarioushabitatsatLacawac
Sanctuaryandbeinspiredbythebeautyofthenaturalworld.Joinresidentandlocalartiststo
explorevisualandfineartsindifferentmediums.Watercolors,sculpture,sketchingtechniques,
collage,andmoreawaityourinnerartist.Learnmoreaboutourenvironmentthroughartistic
creation,hikesandexcitingactivities.Alllevelsofartistsarewelcometoexploreinafun,
collaborativeatmosphere.
ClickHere
toregister.
ConservationLeadershipAcademy:Ages1316fromJune26July1
residentialcamp.
Scholarshipavailable.JointheteamatLacawacforaweekoffun,adventureandhandson
learning.Highschoolstudentswillbeimmersedinaweeklongresidentcampatthebeautiful
andhistoricLacawacSanctuaryandFieldStation.Camperswillexperiencesciencealongside
localenvironmentalprofessionalsandresidentuniversityresearchers.Fieldtripsincludeaday
kayakingtheupperDelawareRiver,ropescourse,collectingwatersamplesfromaboatonLake

Wallenpaupack,fishing,assistingwithresearch,cheesetastingandfarmtour,campfiresand
more.
ClickHere
toregister.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandotherupcomingevents,visitthe
LacawacSanctuary
website.
NewsClips:
HarrisonNativeBringsRainBarrelsFullOfEducation
LankenauHighSchoolStudentsRestoreVandalizedGardens
JohnHeinzRefugeGetsIncreaseInFunding
OtherStudentEducationPrograms:
GoddardLeadershipLegacyInstituteAcceptingApplicationsForStudentSummerProgram
WildlifeLeadershipAcademySummerOutdoorFieldSchoolsForStudents1417
Students:DiscoverTomRidgeWetlandsThruTheCameraLensMay10
TheOutdoorClassroomUpcomingEnvironmentalEdWorkshopsInPittsburgh
DCNRInvitesStudentsToApplyForSummerEnvironmentalCareersCamp
Student/EducatorScholarships,EnergyCampsAvailableForEnergypathConference
ChesapeakeBayFoundationEducationProgramsForStudents,Teachers

EnvironmentalDefenseFund:WolfStandsUpForCriticalEnvironmentalProtections

The
EnvironmentalDefenseFund
MondayapplaudedGov.TomWolfforvetoing
HouseBill
1327
(PeiferRPike),theFiscalCodeBillaccompanyingthestatebudgetwithextraneous
provisionsthatwouldhaveunnecessarilyjeopardizedcriticalenvironmentalandpublichealth
protections.
Byvetoingthisbill,Gov.WolfsentastrongmessagethatPennsylvaniaisseriousabout
movingforwardthoughtfullyonimportantenvironmentalissues,includingimplementingthe
CleanPowerPlaninawaythatworksbestforPennsylvania,andfinalizinglongoverdueoiland
gasregulations.HisvetoisasignofleadershipandshowsacommitmentbythisAdministration
tostanduptolegislativegamesthatcouldweakenimportantenvironmentalprotectionsthat
safeguardthehealthofKeystoneStateresidents.
FormoreinformationonEDFinitiativesrelatedtoclimateandoilandgasdevelopment,
contact
AndrewWilliams
,SeniorStateRegulatoryandLegislativeAffairsManagerforEDF.
NewsClips:
WolfVetoesFiscalCodeBudgetBill
41NaturalGasCompaniesJoinEPAToCutMethaneEmissions
RelatedStory:
PAEnvironmentalCouncilThanksWolfForVeto,ResourceAgenciesNeedMoreFunding

PAEnvironmentalCouncilCallsFor80%ReductionInPAGreenhouseGasEmissions

The
PAEnvironmentalCouncil
PresidentandCEODavittWoodwellTuesday
submitted
comments
onDEPs
ClimateChangeActionPlan
callingforan80percentreductionin
greenhousegasemissionsbymidcenturyandtheuseofthe
deepdecarbonization
strategyto
reduceemissionsfromtheelectricgenerationsector.
AcopyofPECscomments
isavailableonline
.ThetextoftheCouncilscoverletter
follows

OnbehalfofthePennsylvaniaEnvironmentalCouncil(PEC),Iamwritingtoexpressour
supportofthestateseffortstoaddressgreenhousegas(GHG)emissions,andtosubmitthe
followingcommentsonthe
Draft2015ClimateChangeActionPlanUpdate
.
Wecommendthe
ClimateChangeAdvisoryCommittee
fordraftingsucha
comprehensiveupdate.
OneconcernwehaveisthattheplandoesnotsetatargetforGHGreductions.Whilenot
explicitlyrequiredbylaw,withoutaspecifictarget,andtimelineforachievingit,the
recommendationsintheplanareoflimitedsignificance.
Onlywithameaningful,andactualtarget,candecisionmakersthenassesswhat
combinationofactionsfromtheplanwillbethemostcosteffectivemeansforachieving
sufficientGHGreductions.
Thereisgeneralconsensusamongexpertsthattheygoalsofthe
[EPA]CleanPower
[Climate]Plan
willnotbesufficienttoachievethecarbonreductionsnecessarytoprevent
irreparableharmfromclimatechange.
Strategieschosentomeeta20or30percentgoalmanynotbethemostcosteffective
optionsforreachinga50or80percenttarget.Infact,theycouldlockusintopathwaysthat
makeitmoreexpensivetoeventuallyachievedeeperreductions.
Ataminimum,thestateshouldbefocusingonagoalof80percentreductioninGHG
emissionsbymidcentury.PECrecommendsastrategyofdeepdecarbonization,witha
particularfocusonelectricitygenerationanduse,whichhashistoricallybeenthelargest
contributorofGHGemissioninthestateaccountingforoveronethirdofstatewidegrossGHG
emissionsin2012.
Theresultsofthe
CenterforClimateStrategies
macroeconomicanalysisdispelthemyth
thatclimateprotectionisatoddswitheconomicgoals.Whilenotallactionsarerankedequally,
mostrecommendationsresultinincreasedhouseholdandindividualwelfare.
Commentsonspecificrecommendationswithintheplanfollow.Thankyouforthe
opportunitytoreviewandcommentonthisplan.
Sincerely,
DavittWoodwell,President&CEO
PennsylvaniaEnvironmentalCouncil
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandspecialevents,visitthe
PA
EnvironmentalCouncil
website,visitthe
PECBlog
,follow
PEConTwitter
or
LikePECon
Facebook
.
ClickHere
toreceiveregularupdatesfromPEC.
NewsClip:
41NaturalGasCompaniesJoinEPAToCutMethaneEmissions
RelatedStory:
EPRI:LeastCostOptionForPAToMeetEPAClimateRuleIsNaturalGas

ColumbiaGas,Exelon/PECO,UGIJoinEPAMethaneChallengeProgram

ColumbiaGasofPA
Thursdayjoined
Exelon/PECOGasUtilities
and
UGIUtilities
tobe
foundingmembersoftheU.S.EnvironmentalProtectionAgencys
NaturalGasSTARMethane
ChallengeProgram
.
Thevoluntarypartnershipprogramwaslaunchedatthe
GlobalMethaneForum
in
Washington,D.C.

Overthepastfiveyears,ColumbiaGashasreplacedmorethan442milesofagingpipe,
which,inadditiontootherrelatedinvestments,hasimprovedsafetyandreliabilitywhile
reducingmethaneemissionsbyapproximately74millioncubicfeet.
Throughitssubstantialcapitalinvestments,ColumbiaGasofPennsylvaniawillcontinue
toreplacecastironandbaresteelpipelineswithstateoftheartprotectedsteelandplastic.As
partofitsplannedinvestments,ColumbiaGasexpectstofurtherreducemethaneemissionsby
morethan87millioncubicfeet.
Buildingasafer,morereliable,cleanerandaffordableenergyfutureiscoretoColumbia
Gassustainabilitygoalsandwereproudtobeafoundingmemberalongsideotherindustry
leaders,ColumbiaGasofPennsylvaniaPresidentMarkKempicsaid.Throughthebest
managementpracticesoutlinedintheMethaneChallengeProgram,wewillfurtherreduce
emissionswhileimprovingsafetyandserviceforourcustomersandcommunities.
TheMethaneChallengeProgramisanintegralpartoftheEPAsongoingcommitmentto
addressmethaneemissionsandglobalclimatechange.Theprogramprovidesaframework
throughwhichoilandgascompaniescanmakeandtrackcommitmentstoreducemethane
emissions.
TheEPAnotedthatthisnewprogramhasthecapabilitytocomprehensivelyand
transparentlyreduceemissionsandrealizesignificantvoluntaryreductionsinaquick,flexible,
costeffectiveway.
Formoreinformation,visitEPAs
NaturalGasSTARMethaneChallengeProgram
webpage.
NewsClip:
41NaturalGasCompaniesJoinEPAToCutMethaneEmissions

GetSome:StateHas$24.5MillionForResidential,BusinessGreenBuildingProjects

OneofthebestkeptsecretsinHarrisburgisthe$24.5millionavailablethroughthe
High
PerformanceBuildingProgram
forindividualsandsmallbusinessesinterestedinthe
constructionormajorrenovationofbuildingstomeetgreenbuildingstandards.
Bothgrantsandloansareavailabletoindividualsandbusinessesthroughtheprogram
administeredbythe
CommonwealthFinancingAuthority
.
About$7millionisavailabletoindividualsforindividualresidenceprojectswitha
$100,000limitongrants.
About$17.5millionisavailableingrantsorloansforsmallbusinesses,witha$2million
limitongrants.
ApplicationsarebeingacceptedatanytimebytheCFA,butmustcomeinatleast60
beforeaCFAboardmeetingtobeconsideredatthatmeeting.NoCFAmeetingshavebeen
scheduledyetfor2016.
WARNING:Actnow.Gov.Wolfs201617budgetproposalwouldtransferthefunds
forHighPerformanceBuildingstothetraditionalBusinessinOurSiteseconomicdevelopment
program.
Ifyouwanttogetsome,visittheCFAs
HighPerformanceBuildingProgram
webpage
orcontactRyanEmersonat7177876245.

PennDOTSelectsNaturalGasFuelingStationsPublicPrivatePartnershipTeam


DepartmentofTransportationSecretaryLeslieS.RichardsMondayannouncedthe
Trillium
CNGteam
,whichincludesLarsonDesignGroupofWilliamsport,hasbeenselectedforthe
departmentsCompressedNaturalGas(CNG)transitfuelingstation
PublicPrivatePartnership
(P3)project
.
Throughthe$84.5millionproject,Trilliumwilldesign,build,finance,operateand
maintainCNGfuelingstationsat29publictransitagencysitesthrougha20yearP3agreement.
Theparticipatingagenciesandscheduledconstructionstarttimelineinclude
CambriaCountyTransportationAuthority,JohnstownFacility(2016),includespublicfueling.
CentreAreaTransportationAuthority(2016)
YorkAdamsCountyTransportationAuthority,YorkFacility(2016),includespublicfueling.
MidMonValleyTransportationAuthority(2017)
CambriaCountyTransportationAuthority,EbensburgFacility(2017)
IndianaCountyTransportationAuthority(2017),includespublicfueling.
LehighandNorthamptonTransportationAuthority,AllentownFacility(2017)
WestmorelandCountyTransportationAuthority(2017)
CountyofLackawannaTransportationSystem(2017),includespublicfueling.
NewCastleAreaTransportationAuthority(2017),includespublicfueling.
AltoonaMetroTransit(2017)
BeaverCountyTransportationAuthority(2017),includespublicfueling.
LehighandNorthamptonTransportationAuthority,EastonFacility(2017)
YorkAdamsCountyTransportationAuthority,GettysburgFacility(2017)
LuzerneCountyTransportationAuthority(2017)
CrawfordAreaTransportationAuthority(2017)
ErieMetropolitanTransportationAuthority(2018),includespublicfueling.
CountyofLebanonTransportationAuthority(2018)
SchuylkillTransportationSystem(2018)
MonroeCountyTransportationAuthority(2019)
AreaTransportationAuthorityofNorthCentralPA,BradfordFacility(2019)
AreaTransportationAuthorityofNorthCentralPA,JohnsonburgFacility(2019)
ButlerTransportationAuthority(2019)
MercerCountyRegionalCouncilofGovernments(2019)
FayetteAreaCoordinatedTransportationSystem(2019)
DuBois,FallsCreek,SandyTownshipJointTransportationAuthority(2020)
TransitAuthorityofWarrenCounty(2021)
CapitalAreaTransitHarrisburgArea(2021)
PortAuthorityofAlleghenyCounty(2021)
Stationswillbeconstructedoverthenextfiveyearsandthefirmwillalsomake
CNGrelatedupgradestoexistingtransitmaintenancefacilities.
Thedepartmentisexcitedtopartneronthisprojectthatwillbringbenefitsforthestate,
ourtransitpartnersandthepublicforyearstocome,Richardssaid.Theprojectsaggressive
schedulemeansthatwellrealizecost,environmentalandoperationalbenefitsquickly.
AspartofTrilliumsproposal,CNGfuelingwillbeaccessibletothepublicatseven
transitagencysites,withtheoptiontoaddtoadditionalsitesinthefuture.PennDOTwillreceive
a15percentroyalty,excludingtaxes,foreachgallonoffuelsoldtothepublic,whichwillbe

usedtosupportthecostoftheproject.
Theteamhasguaranteedatleast$2.1millioninroyaltiesoverthetermoftheagreement.
PennDOTalsoexpectstransitagenciesandthedepartmenttoseesignificantsavingsdue
totheproject.BasedoncurrentCNG,dieselandgasolinepricesaswellasfuelusage,agencies
cansaveatotalofmorethan$10millionannually.
Duetotheseexpectedsavings,transitagenciessustainabilityisincreasedand
dependencyonstateoperationalsubsidiesisreduced.After10years,thedepartmentestimates
thattheprojectwillpayforitselfwiththeestimated$100millioninsavings.
WithPennsylvaniasnaturalgasresources,thisprojectwillnotonlybringefficiencies
fortransitagenciesandthestate,butwerealsohelpingestablishafootholdfortheCNG
transportationmarketinareasthatmaynothaveseenthisopportunityforsometime,Richards
said.
UsingtheP3procurementmechanismallowsPennDOTtoinstallthefuelingstations
fasterthanifatraditionalprocurementmechanismwasusedforeachsite,resultinginsignificant
estimatedcapitalcostsavingsofmorethan$46million.
ThisisanexcitingdayforPennsylvaniaasweconnectvitalcitizenserviceswith
forwardlookinginfrastructure,saidSen.JohnWozniak(DCambria)whoparticipatedinthe
event.Imalsopleasedthatthisprojectwillstartinourbackyardsothisregioncanquicklyreap
thispartnershipsbenefits.
Whentheprojectiscompleted,thefuelingstationswillsupplygastomorethan1,600
CNGbusesattransitagenciesacrossthestate.
I'mhappytobeworkingwiththeadministrationinfulfillingthenaturalgaspromisein
makingJohnstownthefirstnaturalgaspublicprivatepartnership,saidRep.BryanBarbin
(DCambria)whoalsojoinedtheevent.
TheeventwasheldattheCambriaCountyTransportationAuthoritysJohnstownfacility.
TrilliumCNG,headquarteredinSaltLakeCity,Utah,wasrecentlyacquiredbyLovesTravel
Stops&CountryStores,Inc.ofOklahomaCity,Oklahoma.
Forinformationonotherpublicprivatepartnerships,visitPennDOTs
PublicPrivate
Partnership(P3)
webpage.
NewsClips:
PennDOTContractForNaturalGasFuelingStations
FuelingStationOpensDoorsForNewTransitEraInPA
PartnershipToBuildCompressedNaturalGasFuellingStations
COLTS,LCTAToGetNaturalGasStations
ForNow,NoCNGVehiclesPlannedForPhiladelphia

VermontEnvironmentalLaboratoryAccreditationSuspendedByDEP

TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionTuesdayannounceditissuspendingthe
accreditationof
AnalyticalServices,Inc.
,anenvironmentallaboratorylocatedinWilliston,
Vermont,effectiveimmediately.
DEPaccreditedthelaboratoryinMarch2015toprovideanalysisofdrinkingwater
suppliesforcryptosporidium,giardia,andE.coli.
Overthepastyear,15PennsylvaniapublicwatersystemsinPennsylvaniaused
AnalyticalServicestoconductrawsourcewatersamplingaspartofaroutineassessmentfor

onlythosecontaminants.
Asaresultofthesuspension,AnalyticalServiceswillnolongerbeallowedtoconduct
teststodemonstratecompliancewithwaterqualityregulationsforpublicdrinkingwater
suppliersinPennsylvania.
ThesuspensionistheresultofaninvestigationbyDEP.
Wedonottolerateanyviolations,especiallywhenitcomestosafeguardingpublic
health,saidDEPSecretaryJohnQuigley.Ourstaffinvestigationrevealedmajorviolationsof
theEnvironmentalLaboratoryAccreditationAct,andtherefore,AnalyticalServicesmaynot
continuetoperformtestingoranalysisonenvironmentalsamplesforPennsylvaniafacilities.
Inadditiontothesuspensionofaccreditation,DEPissuedaNoticeofViolationto
AnalyticalServicesforviolatingmultiplerequirementsoftheEnvironmentalLaboratory
AccreditationAct.
Duringthedataauditandevaluation,DEPfoundthat:
AnalyticalServiceslaboratorysupervisorandlaboratorymanagementfailedtoensurethe
accuracyoftheanalyticaldatageneratedandreportedand
AnalyticalServiceslaboratoryanalystsfailedtomeetthetestmethodrequirementsforthe
testingandanalysisofmicrobiologydrinkingwatersamples.
Pennsylvaniaregulationsrequirethatthelabprovidewrittennotificationofitssuspension
toitsPennsylvaniaclientswithinthenextthreedays.Thesuspensionnoticealsorequiresthelab
tosupplyalistofitsPennsylvaniaclientstoDEPwithinthenextfivedays.DEPisalready
takingtheextrastepofnotifyingthoseclientsthatitisawareof.
Allofthesesystemsarecurrentlyincompliancewithexistingtreatmenttechnique
requirementsforfiltrationanddisinfection.Therawsourcewatercryptosporidiummonitoring
datathatisbeingcollectedwillbeusedtomakefuturedecisionsabouttheneedforadditional
levelsoftreatment.
Sixotheraccreditedcommerciallaboratories,alloutofstate,providetestingfor
cryptosporidium.
DEPsLaboratoryAccreditationProgram
evaluatesandaccreditsenvironmental
laboratoriesinaccordancewithstateandfederalregulationstoprotecttheenvironmentand
ensurepublichealth,safetyandwelfare.
Labsperformingtestingonenvironmentalsamplesforcompliancewithastatute
administeredbyDEPmustberegisteredwithoraccreditedbyDEP.
NewsClips:
DEPSuspendsLabDoingFaultyTestingFor15WaterCompanies
DEPLaboratoryInDangerOfNationalDecertification

DEPReleasesResultsOfSilicaSandAirMonitoringInWyomingCounty

TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionMondaysaidithasdeterminedthroughambient
airmonitoringthatlevelsofcrystallinesilicasandintheareaofTunkhannock,Wyoming
County,donotshowanypotentialforimmediatehealthimpacts.
Themonitoringwasconductedinresponsetoresidentsconcernsaboutaplannedsilica
sandtransferstationanditspotentialeffectsonairquality.
Therewere113samplestakenforcrystallinesilica(PM4.0).Allbuttwoofthesesamples
werelessthandetectablelevels.

Thetwosamplesthatdidhavesilicaconcentrationsabovethedetectionlimitswereonly
traceamountsandinsufficienttoraiseanyimmediateconcernaboutpotentialadversehealth
impacts.
Traceamountsofsilicainthesamplingisnotunexpectedsmallamountscanenterthe
airfromavarietyofnaturalcausessuchassoilandrainorfrommanmadesourcessuchasroad
constructionorquarryoperations.
Theinformationwereceivedfromthismonitoringprovidesthedepartmentandthe
publicwithabaselineofambientairqualitywhichwouldhavebeenusedtomonitorand
evaluatepotentialimpactstheproposedfacility,whichhassincebeencancelled,couldhavehad
onairquality,saidDEPSecretaryJohnQuigley.
TheDepartmentdevelopedasamplingprotocoltomeasureambientcrystallinesilica
concentrationsasparticulatematter(particlesintheairexpressedasPM)in4microns.The
projectwasalsodesignedtocollectparticulatematterinmeasurementsof2.5microns(PM2.5)
and10microns(PM10).
Ananalysisoftheresultsofthesamplingwoulddeterminethebaselinelevelsofambient
crystallinesilicaconcentrationsinthemonitoringarea.
Themonitoring,whichtookplacefromAugusttoSeptember2015,analyzeddatafrom
threeairsamplingmonitorsplacedneartheproposedfacilitytogetarepresentativepictureofthe
localairquality.Atotalof105PM10and105PM2.5samplesweretakenduringthemonitoring
period.
TheresultsoftheshorttermmonitoringinTunkhannockwerealsocomparabletoother
particulatemattersamplesintheregion.
Becauseofthecancellationoftheconstructionofthesilicatransloadingfacility,theDEP
hasterminatedthebaselinemonitoringprojectintheTunkhannockarea.
AcopyofthemonitoringreportwillbeavailableonDEPs
BureauofAirQuality
webpage.
NewsClips:
DEP:NoHealthImpactsInTunkhannockSandStudy
41NaturalGasCompaniesJoinEPAToCutMethaneEmissions
Residents:WillClairtonCokeWorksCleanAirPlanWillWork

March31DEPNewsNowAvailable

The
March31editionofDEPNews
isnowavailablefromtheDepartmentofEnvironmental
Protectionfeaturingarticleson

GreatAmericanCleanupOfPABegins,NowThruMay31

DEPInvests$1.19MInMineReclamationProjectsIn3Counties

DEPCitesMonster&Mom&BobosCarWashForIllegalTireDumpInAllegheny

DEPIssuesEmergencyContractToStopMineSubsidenceDamageInAlleghenyCounty

DEPReleasesResultsOfSilicaSandAirMonitoringInWyomingCounty

DEPIssuesFairlessMunicipalWasteLandfillPermitInBucksCounty

DEPParticipatesInDrinkingWaterEmergencyTableTopExercise

DEPSuspendsVermontEnvironmentalLaboratoryAccreditation

WinnersOf2016GovernorsAwardForEnvironmentalExcellenceAnnounced

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DEPswebsite
,
LikeDEPonFacebook
,
FollowDEPon
Twitter
andvisit
DEPsYouTubeChannel
.

PAChamberEnvironmentalConference&TradeShowApril13InLancaster

The
PAChamberofBusinessandIndustry
willholditsannual
EnvironmentalConferenceand
TradeShow
onApril13attheBestWesternEdenResortinLancaster.
TheConferencewillhelpattendeesunderstandsomeofthemostrecentissuesthathave
environmentalprofessionalsscramblingtostayontopof.
EPA'snewHazardousWasteGeneratorImprovementsrulecouldaffect500,000U.S.
companieswithrequirementstodocumenthowthetypeofwastewasdeterminedandbywhom,
andtonolongerallowexemptionsfromrecordkeeping.
AndunderthePennsylvaniaspecificResidualWasteregulationstherearestillgrayareas
onreportingrequirements,exemptions,definitionsofwaste,SourceReductionStrategiesandthe
applicabilitytovariousfacilities.Companiesofallsizesarelookingforhelpandclarification.
ThePennsylvaniaChamberpresentsthenutsandboltsofhowtohandlecompliancefor
thosenewtoenvironmentalmanagementandforseasonedprofessionals.Theseriesofunique
indepthbreakouttrackswithsomeoftheforemostattorneysandfieldexpertsinthestateoffer
achancetoreallydissecttheregulationsnotonlytheWHATbuttheWHYtoclearup
confusion.
Speakerswillprovideupdatesonthelatestcomplianceinformation,anddiscusspractical
strategiestohelpenvironmentalmanagersintheirdaytodayresponsibilities.
Visitmorethan50exhibitorsofferinganexcitingarrayofadvancedtechnology
solutions,andnetworkwithmorethan200environmentalprofessionalsfromacrossthestate.
Formoreinformationandtoregister,visitthe
EnvironmentalConferenceandTrade
Show
webpage.

SchuylkillHighlandsMiniGrantApplicationsDueMay19InSoutheastPA

The
SchuylkillHighlandsConservationLandscape
Initiative
isnowacceptingapplicationsforits
Mini
GrantProgram
throughMay19.
Grantswillbemadetomunicipalities,
nonprofits,watershedassociations,andfriendsof
StateParksandForestgroupswithataxexempt
501(c)(3)status,andwhoareregisteredwiththe
Dept.ofStateBureauofCharitableOrganizations.
Theintentistoadvancetargetedproject
workwithintheSchuylkillHighlandsgeography
thatsupportthegoals,projectfocusandvisionof
theSchuylkillHighlandsConservationLandscape.
Grantawardsforselectedprojectscannotexceed$15,000,andsmallprojectsare
encouraged.
TheSchuylkillHighlandsincludesthemajorityoftheSchuylkillRiverWatershedin
Berks,Bucks,Chester,LebanonandMontgomerycounties.PleasecheckwiththeSchuylkill

HighlandsConservationInitiativetomakesureyourprojectiswithintheSchuylkillHighlands
geography.
Formoreinformation,visittheSchuylkillHighlands
MiniGrantProgram
webpageor
contactCarolDeWolfat6103535587ext268.
NewsClips:
GnomesEvictedFromStateParkFindHomes
BikeSharingProgramDoublesInLackawanna
LehighValleyTransportationMakesRoomForBikers,Walkers
YorkMasonDixonTrail:Waterfalls,Adventures
DelawareWaterGapsHistoryToldThruVintagePhotos
SpringWalkFindsSignificantErosionAtPresqueIsle

PAEnvironmentalCouncilStaffSharesValuableInformationFromNationalBike
Summit

ByTonySpagnoli,PECProgramManagerforTrails&Recreation

HostedannuallyinWashingtonD.C.,the
NationalBikeSummit&
WomensForum
hasshownrealimpactinleveragingincreased
investmentsinbicyclingatthefederal,state,andlocallevels.
Thisyearseventhadaddedsignificance,becausethe
PA
EnvironmentalCouncil
sentthreestaffmemberstotheeventforthe
firsttimeinordertolearnandbringbackusefulinformationthat
willhelptransformourstateintoaplacethatwelcomescyclistsof
alllevelsandabilities.
Thethemeofthe2016SummitwasTogetherWeLead,
andalongwithmyfellowPECstaffersFrankMaguireandLizzieHessek,wetriedtobringback
actionablestrategiestohelpPECasweaimtobeastatewideleaderintrailbuilding.
Therewereanumberofthemesthatseemedtoreoccurthroughouttheconferencesthree
daysfromMarch79,andIwantedtoexploreafewofthosetopicsandhowtheywere
interpretedbyeachPECstaffmember.
EquityInDisadvantagedCommunities
TamikaButler,ExecutiveDirectoroftheLosAngelesCountyBicycleCoalitionspoke
aboutunderstandingsystematicproblemsthatkeepresidentsfromgettingonabicycle.
Forexample,LCBCwasnotholdingtrainingsessionsinSouthLosAngelesbecauseof
limitedtransitaccess.TrainsdontgotoSouthLosAngelesbecausetheneighborhoodhasbeen
systematicallydisinvestedinfordecades.
WhenLCBCdecidedtostartholdingtrainingsessionstheredespitethatfact,itaddressed
theissueandgavetheneighborhoodrespitefromtheproblembyexplainingandproviding
trainingonusingabicycleasalternativetransportation.
Inanothersession,wewereshownascreeningoftheshortfilmMamaAgatha.The
filmtellsthestoryofa59yearoldGhanaianrefugeeinAmsterdamwhoteacheslearntoride
classesforothermigrantwomen.Itexploreshowoursenseofsecurityisconnectedtooursense
ofownershipofthepublicspace.
Bytrainingrefugeestorideabicycletheywereabletogiveagroupofwomenasenseof

communityinaplacetheymightotherwisefeellost.AndinAmsterdam,wherebiketransit
makesup32percentofalltrips,ithelpedtoconnecttherefugeeswithimportantresources
aroundtheirnewcity.
Similarly,theNiceRideNeighborhoodProgram(partoftheNiceRidebikesharesystem)
wasimplementedasastartingpointforgrowingacommunityofpeopleonbikesinunderserved
neighborhoodsaroundMinneapolisSt.Paul.
Manyoftheseneighborhoodshavehistoriesofdisinvestmentandseparationduetoheavy
highwayinfrastructureandinequitabledevelopment.
Thepanelexplainedhowtheyusedsmallgroupclasses,targetedparticularlyatolder
populations(manyofwhomhadneverlearnedtorideabike)andwalkedthemthroughthe
processofriding,commuting,andgenerallyusingtheirbikeasarecreationalandutilitymachine
inordertobetterconnectthemtotheircity.
Theprogramofferedattractiveincentiveswhichhelpeddrawalargecommunityof
support.
First,theywereloanedbikesharebicyclesforathreemonthperiodtopracticeon.Ifthey
showeduptoeachweeklyclasstheyweregivenprizeslikehelmetsandiftheycompletedeach
coursetheyweregivena$200credittowardsthepurchaseofabike.
UsingBicycleTourismtoSpurEconomicDevelopment
GinnySullivanofAdventureCyclingmadetheargumentforbicycletourismasdisbursed
tourism.ThecompanydidasurveywiththeMontanaOfficeofTourismthatshowedthatwhile
cartouristshitthehotspots,biketouristsalsovisitsmalltownsoffthebeatenpath.
AdventureCyclingusedthisresearchtochangestateparkpoliciesandhaveseenmore
communitiescatertotouringcyclists.
OntheothersideofthecountryweheardacasestudyabouttheSilverCometTrail,a
multiusetrailthatruns95milesfromAtlantatoAnniston,Ala.Twomillionusersannually
contributeto$57millionindirectspendingand$182millioninpropertyvalueincrease.
BrentBuicefromtheGeorgiaBicycleAlliancenotedthatrealestatedevelopersare
treatingthetrailinthesamewaytheysellriverfrontage.A66mileextensiontoChattanooga
Tenn.,isexpectedtocreatean$86millionincrease,alsolinkingtoAtlantasBeltway.

HealthandWellnessthroughBicycling
TheUniversityofSouthCarolinasMorganCleninimploredsessionattendeestobuilda
messagethatresonateswithtargetaudiences.Sheshowedthatinsurveys,thereisanawareness
atanindividuallevelofaneedforphysicalactivity,butithasntledtoaction.
Traditionally,policyactionshavechangedbehavior,butthepoliticalclimaterightnow
doesntallowforit.Shesuggestedanumberofwayswecouldcraftamessagethatresonated
betterwithouraudience
Usesimplerterms,(walkersvspedestrians).
Healthandsafetyarebettermessagestogetherthanhealthalone.
Alistoffactsandstatsarentbelieved,butasinglepowerfulfactresonates.
Roads,parks,andbicyclesneedtobeapartofthephysicalactivityconversationfacilities(like
gyms)thatareoftenseenasasolution,buttherealityisitsthedailysmallchangestolifestyle
thatwillmakeadifference.
Theamountofleisuretimehasntchanged,butthephysicalactivityofourdailyroutineshave.
Ourengineeredenvironmentmakesussedentary.
Localneighborhoodchangesmakemoreofadifferencethanlargecentralizedprojects.

Inasessionaboutusingelectronicslikevehiclesafetysystemsandelectricbicycles
(eBikes),welearnedfromrepresentativesfromBoschandDelphiabouthoweBikescanleadto
anincreaseinridershipwelloverthenormalweeklyaverage.
InastudywiththeUniversityofWashington,asurveyofeBikeusersfoundtheyrodean
averageof3.5daysperweek,comparedwithjustonedayperweekonaconventionalbike.The
samestudyalsofoundthatmorethan70percentofeBikeusersboughtitspecificallytoreplace
somecartrips.
Thisfactastoundedmanyintheaudienceandgaveusadifferentperspectiveonthe
practicaluseofelectricassistbicycles.
T
ogetherWeLead
AsPECstrivestobealeaderinbicycleprojectsacrossthestateofPennsylvania(and
beyond)weuseopportunitiesliketheBicycleSummittoexpandourknowledge,networkwith
othersdoingamazingwork,andbringbackideaswhichwillgetmorePennsylvaniansoutdoors.
Together,withourstatesbountifulresources,hundredsofmilesoftrails,andactive
publicwebelievethatwecanleadthenationinoutdoorrecreation!
Formoreinformation,contactTonySpagnoli,PECProgramManagerforTrails&
Recreationbycalling2155454570orsendemailto:
tspagnoli@pecpa.org
.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandspecialevents,visitthe
PA
EnvironmentalCouncil
website,visitthe
PECBlog
,follow
PEConTwitter
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LikePECon
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.
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toreceiveregularupdatesfromPEC.
NewsClips:
GnomesEvictedFromStateParkFindHomes
BikeSharingProgramDoublesInLackawanna
LehighValleyTransportationMakesRoomForBikers,Walkers
YorkMasonDixonTrail:Waterfalls,Adventures
DelawareWaterGapsHistoryToldThruVintagePhotos
SpringWalkFindsSignificantErosionAtPresqueIsle

SusquehannaGreenwayPartnershipNowAcceptingPhotoContestEntries

The
SusquehannaGreenwayPartnership
isnowaccepting
entriestoits
2016PhotoContest
.Thedeadlineforentriesis
June30.
What'syourfavoritespotalongtheSusquehanna?Isita
secretfishinghole,peacefulparkbench,walkingorhiking
trail,orperhapsahistoricriverfronttown?
Contestcategoriesinclude:SusquehannaRiverTowns
TreasuredLandscapesSmilingSusquehannaFaces(showus
yourbestselfies!)YouthCategory(forphotostakenbykids).
ClickHere
forallthedetails.

NorthBranchSusquehannaCelebratesRiverOfTheYearWithSojourns

Threeupcomingsojourns
arescheduledtohighlight
2016s
RiveroftheYear,theNorthBranchofthe

Susquehanna
.
Theguided,multidaypaddlingandcampingtripswillgiveauniquelookattheNorth
Branchbyfeaturingexclusiveaccesstotheareashistory,wildlifeandconservationefforts
througheducationalprogramsbylocalexperts.
Enthusiastscanjoinanytripforthefulldurationorjustafewdays.Registrationis
requiredcostsvarypertrip.ThesojournsontheNorthBranchinclude:
HeritageSojournMay1315:
SayretoSugarRun,Pa.Hostedbythe
EndlessMountains
HeritageRegion
,thoseinterestedcancontactHillaryRobinsonat5702651528orsendemail
to:
hrobinson@emheritage.org
.
RiveroftheYear,SusquehannaSojourn(UpperSection)June1217:
Laceyvilleto
Shickshinny,Pa.Hostedbythe
EndlessMountainsHeritageRegion
,thoseinterestedcancontact
HillaryRobinsonat5702651528orsendemailto:
hrobinson@emheritage.org
.
RiveroftheYear,SusquehannaSojourn(LowerSection)June1719:
Shickshinnyto
Sunbury,Pa.Hostedbythe
SusquehannaGreenwayPartnership
,thoseinterestedcancontact
KassiaJaneschat5705227229orsendemailto:
kjanesch@SusquehannaGreenway.org
.
NewsClips:
GnomesEvictedFromStateParkFindHomes
BikeSharingProgramDoublesInLackawanna
LehighValleyTransportationMakesRoomForBikers,Walkers
YorkMasonDixonTrail:Waterfalls,Adventures
DelawareWaterGapsHistoryToldThruVintagePhotos
SpringWalkFindsSignificantErosionAtPresqueIsle

UpcomingEvents,Projects&MoreFromSusquehannaGreenwayPartnership

The
MarcheConnectionsnewsletter
fromthe
SusquehannaGreenwayPartnership
isnowavailable
featuringarticleson
SpringForward:PaddlingTrips,WalkingTours,
TrailsAlongTheSusquehanna

2016PhotoContest
NowAcceptingEntriesThru
June30
NewSignsForBirdingHotSpotInWilliamsport
VolunteersNeededForRiverCleanups
ClearfieldsNewRiverfront
StretchYourLegsAtApril2RiversideTrail5KInShickshinny
PHMCMuseumGalleryBringsPAWildlifeTogether

NewRiverTrailsCenterOpensInColumbia,LancasterCounty

(photo)
DCNRAcceptingApplicationsForStudentECOCampThruApril15
GuidesToUndergroundRailroad

TakeAVirtualSusquehannaRiverTour
GrantSpotlight:TireRecyclingResources

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tosignupforyourowncopy.
NewsClips:
GnomesEvictedFromStateParkFindHomes

BikeSharingProgramDoublesInLackawanna
LehighValleyTransportationMakesRoomForBikers,Walkers
YorkMasonDixonTrail:Waterfalls,Adventures
DelawareWaterGapsHistoryToldThruVintagePhotos
SpringWalkFindsSignificantErosionAtPresqueIsle

BrodheadWatershedAssnSwiftwaterForestPreserveHikeApril24MonroeCounty

The
BrodheadWatershedAssociation
willsponsora
GetOutdoorsPoconos
hikeonApril24at
the
SwiftwaterForestPreserve
inParadiseTownship,MonroeCounty.
Thisisafreeguidedhikewillexplorethepreserve,whichisopentothepublicfor
hiking,mountainbiking,birding,photography,crosscountryskiing,andpicnicking.
Asteepoldwoodsroadrunsthroughamixedhardwoodforest,passingtheremainsofa
backwoodscabinandbeautifulolddrylaidstonewalls.Abendinthetrailopensontoa
surprisingnaturalbonusaminiaturepinebarren,completewithpitchpines,scruboaks,and
rockyoutcroppings.
Thetrail,whichisstillbeinglaidoutandhasyettobeblazed,continuesuphillanddown,
makingaloop(flaggedwithsurveyorstape)throughpinesandhemlocksandotherfamiliar
habitatsofthePoconos,includingtwocreeks,ForestHillsRuntothenorthandSwiftwater
Creektothesouth.
BothstreamsjoinParadiseCreekashortdistancedownstream,tohelpformthebeautiful
ParadiseValleyandfeedBrodheadCreekanddrinkingwatersuppliesdownstream.
ThishikingseriesisadministeredbyBrodheadWatershedAssociationandpartofthe
DelawareRiverWatershedInitiative,supportedbyagrantfromtheWilliamPennFoundation.
MeetattheculdesaconDonaldsonRoad,offLowerSwiftwaterRoad,Paradise
Townshipat10:00a.m.GPScoordinates:4106.144N,7517.625W.Thehikeshouldlastuntil
11:30.
Registrationisrequired.Call5708391120or5706292727orsendemailto:
info@brodheadwatershed.org
.
Forinformationaboutthisandotherhikes,visitthe
GetOutdoorsPoconos
webpage.

JoinPAEnvironmentalCouncilForApril16LightBrightRideInPhiladelphia

Celebratetheupcomingrebrandingof
TheCircuit
Trails
bytakingarideandlightingupthenight!
The
LightBrightRide
onApril16willwind
throughCenterCityPhiladelphia,witheachrider
sportingaunique32LEDlightarrayattachedtooneor
bothwheels.Theselightscreateamazingvisualswhile
ridersenjoyourregionsamazingtrailnetwork.
Thisoneofakindridewillbethemost
enLIGHTeningexperienceoftheyear!
Theticketpurchase($15)includesthelights.
Oncetherideisfinished,theyareyourstoandenjoyforever.Theymakebeautifulpatternsas
youpedalandincreaseyourvisibilityandsafety.

TheregistrationwindowclosesApril7inordertohaveenoughtimetoorderthelights.
ClickheretoRSVP.
Nobike?Noproblem!RentanIndegobikefromanearbystation.Thelightswillsafely
attachanddetachwithnodamagetothebike.
Feelfreetobringanyothertypesofilluminationtomakeyourselfevenbrighter!
MeetattheSchuylkillRiverParknear25thandSprucestreets.WewillridedownPine
StreetandbackacrossonSpruceStreetbeforegettingontheSchuylkillRiverTrailandheading
north.
TheridewillendatRembrandtsinFairmountwheredrinksandmerrimentwillfollow.
Ridersarefreetoexittherideatanypointalongtheroute.
Seethewholeroutehere
.
ClickHere
forallthedetails.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandspecialevents,visitthe
PA
EnvironmentalCouncil
website,visitthe
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,follow
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toreceiveregularupdatesfromPEC.
NewsClips:
GnomesEvictedFromStateParkFindHomes
BikeSharingProgramDoublesInLackawanna
LehighValleyTransportationMakesRoomForBikers,Walkers
YorkMasonDixonTrail:Waterfalls,Adventures
DelawareWaterGapsHistoryToldThruVintagePhotos
SpringWalkFindsSignificantErosionAtPresqueIsle

March30ResourceNewsletterFromDCNRNowAvailable

The
March30Resourcenewsletter
fromtheDepartmentofConservationandNaturalResources
isnowavailablefeaturingarticleson

DCNRHoldsFirstMeetingOfForestBufferAdvisoryCommittee

NewPAConservationExplorerPermitReviewTool

FundingAvailableToHelpVolunteerFireCompaniesBattleWildfires

FeesHelpDefrayCostsAtLittlePineStateParkShootingRange

PresqueIsleStateParkBeachesPlaceFirstInNationalCompetition

NorthBranchSusquehannaCelebratesRiverOfTheYearWithSojourns

HawkMountainToHostSpringHawkWatchStartingApril1

PAStateMuseumHostsSpecialWorkingTogetherForWildlifeExhibit

ClickHere
tosignupforyourowncopy(bottomofthepage).

PAForestryAssociationsRaise$8,000ForPAChildrensHospitals

ThePennsylvaniaforestrycommunityrecentlyraisedagenerousdonationamountforPA
ChildrensHospitalsbyconductingaLogALoadForKidsPheasantHuntSportingEventatthe
WarriorsMarkWingShootingLodgenearGinter,ClearfieldCounty.
UndertheLogALoadForKidsProgramloggers(andothers)donatethevalueofone
loadoflogs(oranyamount)tohelpcriticallyillandinjuredchildrenatChildrensMiracle
NetworkdesignatedChildrensHospitals.
Thirtysixhuntersparticipatedinthe2016LogALoadForKidsPheasantHuntandalong

with29sponsorsraisedtheoverall$8,133donationamountforPAChildrenshospitals.
Thesponsorsare:Bingaman&SonLumber,Inc.BWPHardwoodsC&CSmith
LumberCo.Cam&CraigKoonsCameronLumberCo.CarlRosenberry&SonsLumberInc.
DeerParkLumberCo.Inc.DelulloTrucking,DuaneCameronDwightLewisLumber
Company,Inc.FosterF.WinelandInc.GeorgeKirikGeorgeW.Long&SonsLumber,Inc.
HancockForestManagementJim&LindaFinleyLaurelRunPalletMarcLewisMetzler
ForestProductsLLCPAForestryAssociationPaulLyskavaPennsylvaniaSustainableForestry
InitiativeR.J.Hoffman&SonsInc.RichardLewisRorabaughLumberCo.Shultheis
RoofingStahl'sSawmill&LoggingSupplyWalkerLumberCompanyWheelandLumberCo.,
Inc.andWOODBEDCorp.
ThisAnnualLogALoadForKidsPheasantHuntwashostedbythe
PAForestProducts
Association
andthe
PAForestryAssociation
.PFPAMembershipRepresentativeBobLong
servedasoverallmanagerforthisLogALoadEvent.
OneoftheoriginalfoundersofthisLogALoadEventthatstarted24yearsago,Bob
onceagainexhibitedhislongstandingpersonalcommitmenttotheLogALoadForKids
ProgramandtoPennsylvaniaChildrensHospitals.
NewsClips:
PrescribedBurnSlatedForStateGameLandInCumberland
PrescribedBurnsPlannedForAcresOfStateGameLands
Jacobsburg,DelawareWaterGapAnnounceControlledBurns
CrewsBattleBrushFireInCarbondaleTwp
BrushFireSeasonUnderwayInNEPA
AshKillingEmeraldAshBorerAtOurDoorstep

RegionalOpeningDayOfTroutSeasonKicksOffApril2In18SoutheastCounties

FollowinganothersuccessfulMentoredYouthTroutFishingDaythispastweekend,anglersin
18southeasterncountiesarewarmedupandreadytokickoffanewfishingseasonApril2,
whichmarkstheregionalopeningdayoftroutseason.
Allalongcreeksandlakeshorelines,anglersandtheirfriendsandfamilieswillwaitat
theirfavoritespotsfortheofficial8a.m.startandanopportunitytocatchsomeofthe3.2million
troutstockedeachyearbytheFishandBoatCommission.Anglerscankeepadailylimitoffive
trout,whichmustbeatleastsevenincheslong.
Whileopeningdayoftroutseasonisalwaysoneofthemostexcitingfishingdaysofthe
year,itsalsooneofthebiggestsocialevents,saidPFBCExecutiveDirectorJohnArway.
Theyaredesignedtobeenjoyedwithfamilyandfriendsandtocreatememoriesthatlasta
lifetime.
The18countiesopeningonApril2include:Adams,Berks,Bucks,Chester,Cumberland,
Dauphin,Delaware,Franklin,Juniata,Lancaster,Lebanon,Lehigh,Montgomery,Northampton,
Perry,Philadelphia,Schuylkill,andYork.
ThePFBCs"greatwhitefleet"ofhatcherytruckshasbeenbusysincelateFebruary
stockingPennsylvania'swaterwayswithafreshsupplyofbrook,brownandrainbowtrout.
Anglerscanfindstockedwatersintheircountybyvisitingthe
PFBCwebsite
orbydownloading
thefreeFishBoatPAsmartphoneappfromtheAppleAppStoreorGooglePlayStore.
Ourgoalisalwaystofindwaystoimprovethefishingandboatingexperienceforour

anglersandboaters,andthisappdoesjustthat,Arwayadded.Nowourcustomerscanspend
lesstimelookingforinformationandmoretimeoutsidefishingandboating.
Theapphasbeendownloadedmorethan38,600timessofar.Oneofthefirstitemusers
seewhentheappisopenedisanUpcomingTroutStockinglink,whichupdatesinrealtime.
Userscansortstockingschedulesbycounty.TheappistieddirectlyintothePFBCs
onlinestockingschedule,soanglerscanseepastandupcomingstockingsandthetypeoftrout
placedinawater.
TheNearMefeatureusesaphonesGIScoordinatestolocateanddisplaytroutwaters
within5,15,25and50milesoftheuser,whocanthenusemappingappstogetdirectionsto
theirfavoritestockingsite.
Eachyearmorethan850,000anglersbuyafishinglicense,whichisrequiredforanyone
16andolder.
Thepriceofaresidentannuallicenseisjust$21nonresidentannual$51andsenior
residentannual$10.Troutpermitsare$8.Anglersalsocanpurchaseanoptional$5metalbutton
foranalternatewaytodisplaytheirlicense.
ThePFBCalsooffersavoluntaryyouthfishinglicensefor$2.70.Foreveryyouthlicense
sold,thePFBCreceivesapproximately$5infederalfunding,whichisreinvestedintoyouth
fishingprograms.
Troutseasonisagreatcureforcabinfeverandanopportunitytogetoutsideandenjoy
theCommonwealthsabundantnaturalresources,Arwayadded.Itsalsoaperfecttimeto
shareyourexcitementwithothersbyPayingitForward,anddoingagooddeed.
Maybeyouhelpbaitsomeoneshook,offertotakeashoreangleroutonyourboat,or
evenbuysomeoneafishinglicense,hesaid.Theideaisthatweallbenefitwhenwedogood
deedsforothers.
Anglerscansharetheirsupportfortheregionalopeningdaybyvisitingthe
PFBCs
Facebookevent
.
AsecondMentoredYouthTroutFishingDaywillbeheldonApril9intheremaining49
counties.ThisistheSaturdaybeforetheApril16StatewideOpeningDayofTroutSeason.
Licensesandbuttonscanbepurchasedatmorethan900licensingagentsandonlineat
www.GoneFishingPa.com
.
NewsClips:
FishCommissionDesignates99MoreWildTroutStreams
FishCommissionDrainsPondsAt84LakesLookingForAsianCarp
Crable:VolunteersNeededToEscortMigratingToadsInLancaster
LawmakersMightPutHunting,FishingLicenseBillsOnFastTrack
Crable:FirstHanoverEagleCamEggHatchesDuringTheNight
HanoverEagletDiesAfterHatching
UnattendedEaglesNestTroubling,BiologistsSays
100sOfBabyBaldEaglesAlive,WellInNestsAcrossPA
Schneck:Video:YouthTroutAnglers,WhatsBestAboutFishing?
Schneck:Article:LinkBetweenEarthquakes,Oil&GasProduction
FederalOil,GasLeasesStallOverBirdConcernsInWest
MonarchButterfliesAreRoamingInMayfair,Philadelphia
PrescribedBurnSlatedForStateGameLandInCumberland
PrescribedBurnsPlannedForAcresOfStateGameLands

Jacobsburg,DelawareWaterGapAnnounceControlledBurns
JohnHeinzRefugeGetsIncreaseInFunding

PublicParticipationOpportunities/CalendarOfEvents

ThissectionlistsHouseandSenateCommitteemeetings,DEPandotherpublichearingsand
meetingsandotherinterestingenvironmentalevents.
NEW
meansnewfromlastweek.
[AgendaNotPosted]
meansnotpostedwithin2weeks
oftheadvisorycommitteemeeting.Gotothe
onlineCalendar
webpageforupdates.

April2

AllianceForChesapeakeBayProjectCleanStream!
ChesapeakeBayWatershed.

April2

NEW
.
ClintonCountyCleanScapes

RailTrailBeautificationCleanupDay,Castanea
Township
.

April2

FriendsofFortWashingtonStateParkVolunteerWorkDay
.MontgomeryCounty.

April4
NEW
.
HouseAppropriationsCommittee
meetstoconsider
HouseBill1895
(Metzgar
RBedford)changingthemembershipoftheUndergroundStorageTankIndemnificationBoard
fromappointmentsonlybytheGovernortoappointmentsbyboththeGeneralAssemblyandthe
Governor.Room140MainCapitol.OfftheFloor.

April4

SpringBlackHistoryAchievementAwardsBanquetRecognizesRalphElwoodBrock
FirstAfricanAmericanForester
.Coraopolis.

April5
EnvironmentalQualityBoard
publichearingonproposedchangestopublicwater
supplydisinfectionrequirements
.DEPSoutheastRegionalOffice,2EastMainSt.,Norristown.
1:00p.m.Acopyoftheproposedregulationisavailableandcommentscanbesubmittedvia
DEPseComment
webpage
(Feb.20PABulletin
page857
)

April5
SusquehannaRiverBasinCommission
DevelopingAquiferTestingPlans&
GroundwaterWithdrawalApplicationsWorkshop
.CommissionsConferenceCenterlocatedat
4423N.FrontStreet,Harrisburg,PA.DayLong.

April5

DEPPeregrineFalconEducatorsWorkshop
.Harrisburg.

April5

FriendsOfTheWissahickon

LessonsLearnedFromBlackRockForest
.Montgomery
County.

April6

HouseHealthCommittee
holdsaninformationmeetingonLymedisease.Room205
RyanBuilding.10:00.

April6

CANCELED
.
HouseLocalGovernmentCommittee
holdsahearingon
HouseBill
1392
(DushRIndiana)authorizemunicipalwaterandsewerauthoritiestocollectasecurity
depositfromnewcustomers(
sponsorsummary
).Room140MainCapitol.9:00.


April6

PAEnvironmentalCouncil

RegionalWatershedWorkshop
.Scranton.

April6

BerksCountyConservationDistrict

ManureManagementForHorseOperations
Workshop
.BerksCountyAgriculturalCenter,1238CountyWelfareRoad,Leesport.6:00to
9:00p.m.

April6

NaturalLandsTrust

MegaTreePlantingParty
.ChesterCounty.

April67:

PABarAssociationEnvironmentalLawForum
.Harrisburg.

April7

HouseGameandFisheriesCommittee
hearingonhuntinglicensefees.Room205
RyanBuilding.10:00.

April7

AgendaPosted
.
DEPRadiationProtectionAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.14thFloor
ConferenceRoom,RachelCarsonBuilding.9:00.
DEPContact:JosephMelnic,Bureauof
RadiationProtection,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177839730,
jmelnic@pa.gov
.
RadiationProtectionProgramUpdate
SummationOfDraftProposedRegulatoryRevisions
RadiationControlUpdate
NewInitiatives

ClickHere
foravailablehandouts.

April7
EnvironmentalQualityBoard
publichearingonproposedchangestopublicwater
supplydisinfectionrequirements
.DEPSouthwestRegionalOffice,Building500,400
WaterfrontDr.,Pittsburgh.1:00p.m.Acopyoftheproposedregulationisavailableand
commentscanbesubmittedvia
DEPseComment
webpage
(Feb.20PABulletin
page857
)

April7

DEPAlternativeFuelsIncentiveGrantSeminar
.Norristown,MontgomeryCounty.

April8

BerksCountyConservationDistrict

ManureManagementForHorseOperations
Workshop
.BerksCountyAgriculturalCenter,1238CountyWelfareRoad,Leesport.6:00to
9:00p.m.

April8
StateMuseumOfPA,GameCommission
WorkingTogetherForWildlifeArtExhibit
Opens
.Harrisburg.

April9

PAEnvironmentalCouncil
,
PotterCountyConservationDistrict

IllegalDumpsite
Cleanup
.Galeton,PotterCounty.

April11
TopicAdded.

EnvironmentalIssuesForum,
JointLegislativeAirandWaterPollution
ControlandConservationCommittee
.SustainableManufacturingintheForestProducts
Industry.Room8EAEastWing.Noon.

April11

HouseDemocraticPolicyCommittee
hearingoncleanenergyjobs.Room418Main

Capitol.10:00.

April12
AgendaPosted
.
DEPStateBoardforCertificationofWaterandWastewaterPlant
Operators
meeting.10thFloorconferenceRoom,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.DEPContact:
CheriSansoni,BureauofSafeDrinkingWater,OperatorCertification,400MarketStreet,
Harrisburg,PA17101,7177725158,
csansoni@pa.gov
.
CriminalHistoryReport
ApprovalOfNew,UpgradesAndReciprocityApplications

ClickHere
foravailablehandouts.

April12

2016NationalWatershed&StormwaterConference
.

April13

AgendaPosted
.
DEPTechnicalAdvisoryCommitteeOnDieselPoweredEquipment
meeting.DEPNewStantonOffice,131BroadviewRd.,NewStanton.10:00.Contact:Allison
Gaida,
agaida@pa.gov
.
RosebudExhaustSystemAlternativeSurfaceTemperatureControl
SecuringBatteryConnectionsOnDieselStartUpBatteries

ClickHere
foravailablehandouts

April13

NEW
.
PAChamberEnvironmentalConference&TradeShow
.Lancaster.

April14
LegislativeForestryTaskForce,
JointAirandWaterPollutionControland
ConservationCommittee
.Thetopicofthemeetingwillbeinvasivespeciesandtheirimpacton
foresthealth.Presentersforthetaskforcemeetinginclude:Mr.DonEggen,foresthealth
manager,DCNR'sBureauofForestryMr.SvenShichiger,entomologyprogrammanager,
DepartmentofAgricultureandDr.SarahJohnson,conservationGISanalyst,
TheNature
ConservancyPennsylvaniaChapter
.Room217ForestResourcesBuilding,PennState
University.StateCollege.10:00.

April14
CANCELED.

DEPAirQualityTechnicalAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.Room105
RachelCarsonBuilding.9:15.Contact:NancyHerb,
nherb@pa.gov
.
(
formalnotice
)

April14
DEPNorthwestRegionalRoundtablemeeting.DEPNorthwestRegionalOffice,230
ChestnutSt.,Meadville.10:00a.m.Contact:MelanieWilliams
melanwilli@pa.gov
.
CarlJones,Directorof
DEPsOfficeOfEnvironmentalJustice
isguestspeaker.

April14

PAEnvironmentalCouncil

RegionalWatershedWorkshop
.KingofPrussia.

April14

CleanWaterCounts:YorkCountyTownHallReceptionOnWaterQualityIssues
.
Wrightsville.

April1415

RegistrationOpen
.
WestBranchSusquehannaRestorationSymposium
.Toftrees
ResortandConferenceCenter,StateCollege.

April15

DEPStakeholderWorkGroupMeetingOnProposedDisinfectionRequirements

Rule
.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.Contact:DawnHissner
dhissner@pa.gov
.

April15
PennStateExtension,
DCNRTreeTendersTraining
.Scranton.

April16
PAResourcesCouncil

HardToRecycleCollectionEvent
.Oakdale,Allegheny
County.

April16
Clean&GreenHarrisburg,
KeepHarrisburg/DauphinCountyBeautiful4thAnnual
GreatHarrisburgLitterCleanup
.DauphinCounty.

April16

NEW.

PAEnvironmentalCouncil

LightBrightRideOnTheCircuitTrails
.
Philadelphia.

April18

LunchAndLearnWithGreyTowersHeritageAssociation
.PikeCounty.

April19

EnvironmentalQualityBoard
meeting.DEPContact:LauraEdinger,Environmental
QualityBoard,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177723277,
edinger@pa.gov
.

April19

DEPCitizensAdvisoryCouncil
.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.DEP
Contact:KatieHetheringtonCunfer,CitizensAdvisoryCouncil,P.O.Box8459,Harrisburg,PA
171058459,7177052693,
khethering@pa.gov
.

April19

DEPMineFamiliesFirstResponse&CommunicationsAdvisoryCouncil
meeting.
DEPNewStantonOffice,131BroadviewRd.,NewStanton.10:00.
DEPContact:Allison
Gaida,BureauofMineSafety,DepartmentofEnvironmentalProtection,NewStantonOffice,
131BroadviewRoad,NewStanton,PA15672,7244043147,
agaida@pa.gov
.

April19

PAEnvironmentalCouncil

GovernorsEnvironmentalAwardsDinner
.Harrisburg.

April19
NEW
.
WestmorelandCountyConservationDistrict

StormwaterPublicInputSession
.
J.RoyHoustonConservationCenter,218DonohoeRd.,Greensburg1:003:00p.m.

April19
NEW
.
WestmorelandCountyConservationDistrict

StormwaterPublicInputSession
.
RostraverTownshipMunicipalBuilding,201MunicipalDr.,BelleVernon.6:308:30p.m.

April20
DEPSouthcentralEmployeesAsylumRunCleanup.Adjacenttothe
DEP
SouthcentralRegionalOffice
,909ElmertonAve.,Harrisburg.9:00.Contact:JohnRepetz
jrepetz@pa.gov
.

April21

IndependentRegulatoryReviewCommission
meetstoconsider
finalChapter78
DrillingRegulations
.
333MarketSt.,14thFloor,Harrisburg.9:00a.m.

April21
NEW
.
WestmorelandCountyConservationDistrict

StormwaterPublicInputSession
.
LigonierTownshipMunicipalComplex,OneMunicipalParkDr.,Ligonier.6:308:30p.m.

April22

EarthDay
.

April22

WildlandsConservancy
,
LehighValleyPlanningCommission

ReturnOnThe
EnvironmentWorkshop
.CenterValley.

April22

BerksCountyConservationDistrictAnnualTreeSeedlingSale
.

April2230

PhiladelphiaScienceFestival
.Philadelphia.

April23

CentreCountyWatershedCleanupDay
.

April23

FrenchCreekCleanupDay
.MontgomeryCounty.

April23
GreyTowersHeritageAssociation8KRun/Walk
.PikeCounty.

April25

EnergyAllianceOfGreaterPittsburghAnnualMeeting
.Pittsburgh.

April27

AgendaPosted
.
DEPSmallBusinessComplianceAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.12th
FloorConferenceRoom,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.DEPContact:NancyHerb,Bureauof
AirQuality,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177839269,
nherb@pa.gov
.

April28
NEW
.
WestmorelandCountyConservationDistrict

StormwaterPublicInputSession
.
AlleghenyTownshipCommunityBuilding,136CommunityBuildingRoad,Leechburg.
6:308:30p.m.

April30

PAResourcesCouncil

PharmaceuticalCollectionEventsInAlleghenyCounty
.4
Locations.10:00a.m.to2:00p.m.

April30

FoodsOfTheDelawareHighlandsDinner
.Hawley,WayneCounty.

May4
PAGroundwaterSymposium
.RamadaInnConferenceCenter,StateCollege.

May7

PAResourcesCouncil

HouseholdChemicalCollectionEvent
.AlleghenyCounty,
NorthParkSwimmingPool.9:00a.m.to1:00p.m.

May7

ManadaConservancys

AnnualSpringNativePlantSale
.DauphinCounty.

May10

WildlifeforEveryone

GovernorTomRidgeWetlandsThruTheCameraLensStudent
Program
.CentreCounty.

May1012

PAAmericanWaterWorksAssociationAnnualConferenc
e.BethlehemSands
HotelandCasino,Bethlehem.

May11

PAParks&ForestsFoundation2016AwardsBanquet
.CampHill,Cumberland
County.


May1113

PAAssociationofEnvironmentalProfessionals
AnnualConference.StateCollege.

May1315

PAOutdoorWritersAssociation

SpringConference
.Sayre,BradfordCounty.
Conferencedetailsarecomingtogether.ContactNickSisleybyemailto:
nicksisley@hotmail.com
withanyquestions.

May1315

SusquehannaGreenway
:
SusquehannaRiverSojournSayertoSugarRun
.

May14
PAResourcesCouncil

HardToRecycleCollectionEvent
.FrazerTownship,
AlleghenyCounty.

May14

FoundationforSustainableForests

LovingTheLandThroughWorkingForests
.
Corry,ErieCounty.

May17

EnvironmentalQualityBoard
meeting.DEPContact:LauraEdinger,Environmental
QualityBoard,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177723277,
edinger@pa.gov
.

May17

DEPCitizensAdvisoryCouncil
.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.DEP
Contact:KatieHetheringtonCunfer,CitizensAdvisoryCouncil,P.O.Box8459,Harrisburg,PA
171058459,7177052693,
khethering@pa.gov
.

May17
SusquehannaRiverBasinCommission
DevelopingAquiferTestingPlans&
GroundwaterWithdrawalApplicationsWorkshop
.CommissionsConferenceCenterlocatedat
4423N.FrontStreet,Harrisburg,PA.DayLong.

May18
DEPConventionalOilandGasAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.Room105Rachel
CarsonBuilding.10:00.DEPContact:KurtKlapkowski,OfficeofOilandGasManagement,
400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177722199,
kklapkowsk@pa.gov
.

May19

DEPOilandGasTechnicalAdvisoryBoard
meeting.Room105RachelCarson
Building.10:00.DEPContact:KurtKlapkowski,OfficeofOilandGasManagement,400
MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177722199,
kklapkowsk@pa.gov
.

May19

FriendsOfTheWissahickon
Lessons
BenefitsOfPark,GardenEcosystems
.
MontgomeryCounty.

May21

PAResourcesCouncil

HouseholdChemicalCollectionEvent
.CambriaCounty,
ConcurrentTechnologiesCorp.ETFFacility,Johnstown.9:00a.m.to1:00p.m.

June35

PAEnvironmentalCouncil

EnvironmentRide
.PhiladelphiatoBethlehembackto
Philadelphia.

June410

18thAnnualSchuylkillRiverSojourn
.

June7

DEPStorageTankAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.
10:00.
DEPContact:CharlesM.Swokel,BureauofEnvironmentalCleanupandBrownfields,
400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177725806or(800)4282657((800)42TANKS)
withintheCommonwealth,
cswokel@pa.gov
.
(
formalnotice
)

June9
DEPAirQualityTechnicalAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.Room105RachelCarson
Building.9:15.Contact:NancyHerb,
nherb@pa.gov
.

June1217

SusquehannaGreenway
:
SusquehannaRiverSojournLaceyvilletoShickshinny
.

June14
DEPBoardofCoalMineSafety
meeting.DEPCambriaOffice,286IndustrialPark
Rd.,Ebensburg.10:00.
DEPContact:AllisonGaida,BureauofMineSafety,Departmentof
EnvironmentalProtection,NewStantonOffice,131BroadviewRoad,NewStanton,PA15672,
7244043147,
agaida@pa.gov
.

June16
DEPStateBoardforCertificationofWaterandWastewaterSystemsOperators
meeting.10thFloorConferenceRoom,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.DEPContact:Cheri
Sansoni,BureauofSafeDrinkingWater,OperatorCertification,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,
PA17101,7177725158,
csansoni@pa.gov
.

June1719

SusquehannaGreenway
:
SusquehannaRiverSojournShickshinnyToSunbury
.

June18

PAResourcesCouncil
AlleghenyCountyReuseFest.Mt.Lebanon.

June1825

DelawareRiverSojourn
.

June21

EnvironmentalQualityBoard
meeting.DEPContact:LauraEdinger,Environmental
QualityBoard,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177723277,
edinger@pa.gov
.

June21

DEPCitizensAdvisoryCouncil
.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.DEP
Contact:KatieHetheringtonCunfer,CitizensAdvisoryCouncil,P.O.Box8459,Harrisburg,PA
171058459,7177052693,
khethering@pa.gov
.

June29

StateBoardforCertificationofSewageEnforcementOfficers
meeting.11thFloor
ConferenceRoomB,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.
DEPContact:KristenSzwajkowski,
BureauofPointNonPointSourceManagement,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,
7177722186,
kszwajkows@pa.gov
.

June25
PAResourcesCouncil

HardToRecycleCollectionEvent
.LTBA,AlleghenyCounty.

June30

DEPSolidWasteAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.
10:00.
DEPContact:KeithAshley,BureauofWasteManagement,400MarketStreet,
Harrisburg,PA17101,7177872553,
riashley@pa.gov
.

July9

PAResourcesCouncil

HouseholdChemicalCollectionEvent
.WashingtonCounty,

WashingtonCountyFairgrounds.9:00a.m.to1:00p.m.

July2529

TheSustainableEnergyFund

EnergypathRenewableEnergyConference,Student
EnergyCamps,ScienceFair
.PennStaterHotelandConferenceCenter,StateCollege.

August13

PAResourcesCouncil

HouseholdChemicalCollectionEvent
.AlleghenyCounty,
BoyceParkFourSeasonsSkiLodgeparkinglot.9:00a.m.to1:00p.m.

August20
PAResourcesCouncil

HardToRecycleCollectionEvent
.WestMifflin,Allegheny
County.

September17

PAResourcesCouncil

HouseholdChemicalCollectionEvent
.Allegheny
County,SouthParkWavePoolparkinglot.9:00a.m.to1:00p.m.

September22
DEPRecyclingFundAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.Room105RachelCarson
Building.10:00.DEPContact:KeithAshley,BureauofWasteManagement,400MarketStreet,
Harrisburg,PA17101,7177872553,
riashley@pa.gov
.

September22
PennStateExtension
DiveDeeperIIIWaterEducatorSummit
.TheCentral
Hotel&ConferenceCenter,Harrisburg.

October1
PAResourcesCouncil

HardToRecycleCollectionEvent
.RobinsonTownship,
AlleghenyCounty.

October7

DEPLowLevelRadioactiveWasteAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.Room105
RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.DEPContact:RichJanati,BureauofRadiationProtection,400
MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177872147,
rjanati@pa.gov
.

October8

PAResourcesCouncil

HouseholdChemicalCollectionEvent
.BeaverCounty,
BradysRunParkRecyclingCenter.9:00a.m.to1:00p.m.

October2628

PennsylvaniaBrownfieldsConference
.LancasterConventionCenter,
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recognitionprograms.
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April6

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PittsburghSewerAuthorityGreenStormwaterProjectGrants
April6

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WestBranchSusquehannaCoalitionOrangeRockAwardsVoting
April8

EPAEnvironmentalEducationGrants
April13

DCNRCommunityConservationPartnershipsGrantProgram

April15

USDABedford,BlairFarmConservationPracticesFunding
April15

RecyclingPartnershipGrants
April22

REAPFarmConservationTaxCreditProgram
April22

ChesapeakeBayFoundationPhotoContest
April25

PECPoconoForest&WatersConservationLandscapeMiniGrants
April26

EPACleanDieselGrants
April30
AbeleCollegeScholarshipApplications
April30

NortheastPAAudubonCollegeScholarship
April30

YorkLancasterCountiesHabitatImprovementGrants
May
CFARenewableEnergyGeothermalAndWindGrants
May

CFAHighPerformanceBuildingGrants
May3

EnergySproutSustainableEnergyDesignCompetition
May10
NEW
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NRCSRegionalConservationPartnershipGrants
May16

EPAPresidentialEnvironmentalEducationInnovationAward
May19

DCNRVolunteerFireCompanyGrants
May19

NEW
.
SchuylkillHighlandsConservationLandscapeMiniGrantProgram
May31

$2KScholarshipsByNationalAssn.OfAbandonedMineLandPrograms
June3

GreatAmericanCleanupofPAVideoContest
June30

NEW
.
SusquehannaGreenwayPartnershipPhotoContest
June30
CFAAct13WatershedRestorationGrants
June30

CFAAct13AbandonedMineDrainageAbatementAndTreatmentGrants
June30

CFAAct13OrphanOrAbandonedWellPluggingGrantProgram
June30
CFAAct13BaselineWaterQualityDataGrantProgram
June30

CFAAct13SewageFacilitiesGrantProgram
June30

CFAAct13FloodMitigationGrantProgram
June30

CFAAct13Greenways,TrailsAndRecreationGrantProgram
June30
SusquehannaGreenwaysPartnershipPhotoContest
June30

EnergypathConferenceStudent/EducatorScholarships
July
CFARenewableEnergyGeothermalAndWindGrants
July

CFAHighPerformanceBuildingGrants
July8

ARIPPAAbandonedMineReclamationGrants
September
CFARenewableEnergyGeothermalAndWindGrants
September

CFAHighPerformanceBuildingGrants
October31
PAResourcesCouncilLensOnLitterPhotoContest
December31

DEPAlternativeFuelsIncentiveGrants

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Air
41NaturalGasCompaniesJoinEPAToCutMethaneEmissions
Residents:WillClairtonCokeWorksCleanAirPlanWillWork
DEP:NoHealthImpactsInTunkhannockSandStudy
Awards&Recognition
VolunteerLinkesOfLeechburgHonoredForConservationEfforts
NESustainableEnergyEducationGroupWinsGovernorsAward
Budget
DrillingSlowdownToLeaveDEP$2.9MDeficit
CoalIndustryBalksAtProposed1,200%HikeInDEPPermitFees
CanCoalCompaniesAffordToCleanUpCoalCountry?
Column:DEPsQuigleyCryingWolfOverHisToughBudget
Wolf:PublicSupportsIssuesImFightingFor
RepublicansSpoilingForAFightOverFiscalCode
Swift:StateBudgetHurdlesRemain
AP:SchoolFunding,BorrowingTriggerWolfVetoToBudgetBill
PLSReporter:WolfsFiscalCodeVetoDrawsMixedReaction
Swift:NewWolfFiscalCodeBillVetoToHaveImpact
RatingsAgenciesSeeMuchNotToLikeInPABudge
LawmakersMightPutHunting,FishingLicenseBillsOnFastTrack
ChesapeakeBay
LancasterFarming:PALaunchesStreamBufferInitiative
LancasterFarmingEditorial:TurningTheChesapeakeBayTMDLPage
ChesapeakeBayJournalAt25:WereJustGettingStarted
Climate
41NaturalGasCompaniesJoinEPAToCutMethaneEmissions
ComplianceAction
AppealPreventsDEPFromImposing$8.9MFineOnDriller
ReadingCompanyToPay$55KFineToEPA
DEPSuspendsLabDoingFaultyTestingFor15WaterCompanies
DeepMineSafety
GreeneCountyCoalMineCitedForViolationsByFeds
DrinkingWater
DEPSecretary:FlintLeadProblemAnAnomaly
SenateBillsFocusOnBuildingLeadIssues
AgingHousingStockPosesBiggerLeadThreatThanWaterSystems
Allentown,BethlehemSchoolsCheckLeadLevelInWater
BethlehemSchoolLeadTestsFallsBelowEPAStandard

HealthDept.ConfirmsAllentownSchoolWaterSafeToDrink
PAAmericanWaterCloselyMonitorsWaterQuality
Editorial:Flint:PublicMustHoldOfficialsAccountable
DEPSuspendsLabDoingFaultyTestingFor15WaterCompanies
EconomicDevelopment
Boom,BustOfPennsylvaniasCoalTowns
PartI
ResurrectingPAsCoalPatches,PreservingThePast
PartII
Editorial:WallStreetRetreatsFromKingCoal
PhillysEnergyHub:RenaissanceOrAPipeDream?
CodorusConceptRecapturesTheWaterfrontInYork
RepairsOfOhioRiverLocks&DamsStymied
Education
HarrisonNativeBringsRainBarrelsFullOfEducation
LankenauHighSchoolStudentsRestoreVandalizedGardens
JohnHeinzRefugeGetsIncreaseInFunding
EnvironmentalAdvisoryCouncil
HarrisburgEnvironmentalAdvisoryCouncilCollapses
EmergencyResponse
CrewsBattleBrushFireInCarbondaleTwp
BrushFireSeasonUnderwayInNEPA
Energy
WhatsNextForThreeMileIslandNuclearPowerPlant?
CanCoalCompaniesAffordToCleanUpCoalCountry?
Boom,BustOfPennsylvaniasCoalTowns
PartI
ResurrectingPAsCoalPatches,PreservingThePast
PartII
AlphaCoalSeeksCourtOKToBreakUMWContract
AmidCoalBankruptcies,MinersRallyForBenefits
OpEd:TimeToLeaveBehindFossilFuels
Editorial:WallStreetRetreatsFromKingCoal
TiresToEnergyPlanAbandonedInErie
CriticsCallUGIsProposedRateHikeCatastrophicForPAsPoor
PECO:FewerOutagesIn2015
OhioPUCLockInPowerGeneratedFromNuclear,CoalPlants
EnergyConservation
ElectricUtilitiesPlanToSpendMillionsToReducePowerUse
EnvironmentalHeritage
Crable:37thAnniversaryOfTMINuclearAccident
ThreeMileIslandMeltdown37YearsAgo
DelawareWaterGapsHistoryToldThruVintagePhotos
Farming
LancasterFarming:PALaunchesStreamBufferInitiative
LancasterFarmingEditorial:TurningTheChesapeakeBayTMDLPage
Forests
PrescribedBurnSlatedForStateGameLandInCumberland
PrescribedBurnsPlannedForAcresOfStateGameLands

Jacobsburg,DelawareWaterGapAnnounceControlledBurns
CrewsBattleBrushFireInCarbondaleTwp
BrushFireSeasonUnderwayInNEPA
AshKillingEmeraldAshBorerAtOurDoorstep
Laboratories
DEPLaboratoryInDangerOfNationalDecertification
DEPSuspendsLabDoingFaultyTestingFor15WaterCompanies
LandConservation
CommunityLandTrustsAcrossPAFormCollaboration
NorthBranchLandTrustAcquiresRailLineProperty
Litter/IllegalDumping
SchuylkillScrubAimstoCleanUpNorristown
Editorial:IllegalDumpsitesMarLandscape,CauseHealthRisk
MineReclamation
OpEd:MineReclamationToTransformEhrenfeldHorizon,SecretaryQuigley
MiningCoal
CoalIndustryBalksAtProposed1,200%HikeInDEPPermitFees
MiningNonCoal
DEP:NoHealthImpactsInTunkhannockSandStudy
Oil&Gas
PennDOTContractForNaturalGasFuelingStations
FuelingStationOpensDoorsForNewTransitEraInPA
PartnershipToBuildCompressedNaturalGasFuellingStations
COLTS,LCTAToGetNaturalGasStations
ForNow,NoCNGVehiclesPlannedForPhiladelphia
PhillysEnergyHub:RenaissanceOrAPipeDream?
AppealPreventsDEPFromImposing$8.9MFineOnDriller
WilkesCollegeToPresentFrackItOrLeaveItApril14
OpEd:LNGExportsNextStepToU.S.EnergyIndependence
41NaturalGasCompaniesJoinEPAToCutMethaneEmissions
CriticsCallUGIsProposedRateHikeCatastrophicForPAsPoor
USGS:7MAmericansAtRiskOfManmadeEarthquakes
AtlanticDrillingOffTableButSurveyPermitsPending
FederalOil,GasLeasesStallOverBirdConcernsInWest
OilRigCountDeclines,RaisingOilPrice
PittsburghGasolineUpTo$2.15/Gallon
Pipelines
FERCDelaysPennEastPipelineEvaluation
PennEastPipelineFacing7MonthDelay
FERCPostponesDecisionsOn2GasPipelineProjects
PhiladelphiasShaleBoostersWantMorePipelines
BigPushForMassiveNaturalGasPipelineToPhillyComing
InPAPipelineWars,LandownersLoseBeforeRulingsOnEminentDomain
AmidProtests,EnergyHubAdvocatesRollOutPipelineCampaign
ProtesterTakesToTreesAsPipelinesChainsawsApproach

HuntingdonLandownersBraceForPipelineTreeCutting
PipelineProtestersArrested,TreeOccupationContinues
GroupsStitchTogetherMassiveAntiPipelineQuilt
LancasterCongressionalCandidatesCriticizeNaturalGasPipeline
ChamberMembersShouldHaveTheirOwnSayOnPipeline
OpEd:WolfPutPipelinesAheadOfPennsylvania
Recreation
GnomesEvictedFromStateParkFindHomes
BikeSharingProgramDoublesInLackawanna
LehighValleyTransportationMakesRoomForBikers,Walkers
YorkMasonDixonTrail:Waterfalls,Adventures
DelawareWaterGapsHistoryToldThruVintagePhotos
SpringWalkFindsSignificantErosionAtPresqueIsle
Recycling/Waste
WhatToDoWithOurOldTVs,Computers
Editorial:ElectronicsRecyclingLawRequiresRetuning
Editorial:RecyclingElectronicWasteRecycling
YorkElectronicsRecyclingToStartApril5
WomanGivesUpGarbageCansForLent
Regulations
PLSReporter:TransitionFromOld,ToNewIRRCChairGoesSmoothly
TiresWaste
TiresToEnergyPlanAbandonedInErie
Transportation
PennDOTContractForNaturalGasFuelingStations
FuelingStationOpensDoorsForNewTransitEraInPA
PartnershipToBuildCompressedNaturalGasFuellingStations
COLTS,LCTAToGetNaturalGasStations
ForNow,NoCNGVehiclesPlannedForPhiladelphia
LehighValleyTransportationMakesRoomForBikers,Walkers
WastewaterPlants
FamilyFilesLawsuitAgainstLowerBurrellOverSewerLine
DealReachedToSellScrantonSewerAuthorityFor$195M
ScrantonAuthorityOKsSaleOfSystemToWaterCompany
WaterInfrastructure
RepairsOfOhioRiverLocks&DamsStymied
WatershedProtection
LancasterFarming:PALaunchesStreamBufferInitiative
LancasterFarmingEditorial:TurningTheChesapeakeBayTMDLPage
VolunteerLinkesOfLeechburgHonoredForConservationEfforts
HarrisonNativeBringsRainBarrelsFullOfEducation
ChesapeakeBayJournalAt25:WereJustGettingStarted
CodorusConceptRecapturesTheWaterfrontInYork
DelawareRiverKeeperMarch25RiverWatchVideoReport
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Wildlife
Crable:VolunteersNeededToEscortMigratingToadsInLancaster
LawmakersMightPutHunting,FishingLicenseBillsOnFastTrack
Crable:FirstHanoverEagleCamEggHatchesDuringTheNight
HanoverEagletDiesAfterHatching
UnattendedEaglesNestTroubling,BiologistsSays
100sOfBabyBaldEaglesAlive,WellInNestsAcrossPA
Schneck:Video:YouthTroutAnglers,WhatsBestAboutFishing?
Schneck:Article:LinkBetweenEarthquakes,Oil&GasProduction
FishCommissionDesignates99MoreWildTroutStreams
FishCommissionDrainsPondsAt84LakesLookingForAsianCarp
FederalOil,GasLeasesStallOverBirdConcernsInWest
MonarchButterfliesAreRoamingInMayfair,Philadelphia
PrescribedBurnSlatedForStateGameLandInCumberland
PrescribedBurnsPlannedForAcresOfStateGameLands
Jacobsburg,DelawareWaterGapAnnounceControlledBurns
JohnHeinzRefugeGetsIncreaseInFunding
ZikaVirus
PAReports3MoreCasesOfZikaVirus
ZikaVirusConfirmedInAlleghenyCounty
CouldThisMosquitoBringZikaVirusToPhiladelphia?
Other
Editorial:EPAv.Hawkes:RestoreDueProcess
ClaimsOnWaywardArmyBlimpExceed$1.5Million

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Regulations,TechnicalGuidance&Permits

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TheSusquehannaRiverBasinCommissionpublishednoticeof
actionstakenatitsMarch10
meetingandnoticeof
projectsapprovedinFebruary
intheApril2PABulletin.

TheDepartmentofCommunityandEconomicDevelopment
publishednotice
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WeatherizationAssistanceProgramsProposedStatePlanandApril11publichearinginthe
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