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PAEnvironmentDigest

AnUpdateOnEnvironmentalIssuesInPennsylvania
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Issue#615Harrisburg,PAApril11,2016

Dominion,PECAnnounceWesternPAEnvironmentalAwardWinners

Fourenvironmentalprogramsandoneindividual
willshare$25,000from
Dominion
andthe
PA
EnvironmentalCouncil
forinnovationand
effectivenessinmakingapositiveimpactonthe
WesternPennsylvaniaenvironment.
TheWesternPennsylvaniaEnvironmentalAwards
arepresentedannuallytolocalorganizationsthatdemonstrateleadership,effectiveness,and
resultsinmakinganimpactontheenvironment.
Allfivewerechosenbyagroupofindependentjudges,environmentalexperts,andPEC
staffinresponsetoacallforentriesearlierthisyear.
Withtheseawards,eachwinnerwilldesignatea$5,000cashprizetobeusedinsupport
ofanonprofitenvironmentalprogramoftheirchoice.
Thewinnerswillbehonoredatthe
WesternPennsylvaniaEnvironmentalAwardsDinner
andAwardsCeremony
onMay26attheWestinConventionCenterHoteldowntownPittsburgh.
The2016winnersare
ConnoquenessingWatershedAllianceButler:
The
ConnoquenessingWatershedAlliance
replantedariparianbufferalongsevenmilesofsewerlinecrossingsfollowingthecompletionof
amajorhabitatimprovementprojectinThornCreek.
Ateachstreamcrossing,30nativetreeandshrubseedlingswereplantedonbothsidesof
thestreambank,withatotalofover1,500seedlingsplanted.Fourinstreamdeviceswere
constructedtocreateanimmediatefishhabitat.
Morethan30instreamhabitatdeviceshavebeeninstalledwhichhavestabilizedover
5,000feetofstreambankandleveragedover$300,000inwatershedimprovementsthrough
grants,donations,andpartnerships.
Thisprojecthasbroughttogethermanystateandlocalpartners,includinggovernment
agencies,localmunicipalities,internationalcorporations,concernedcommunitymembers,local
businesses,andaschooldistrict.Thusfar,closeto20differentgroupsorindividualshavebeen
activeparticipantsintheproject.
Contact:DavidAndrews,7243600290orsendemailto:
bearfisherman@yahoo.com
.
CrawfordCountyRiparianRestorationProgram,Meadville:
TheCrawfordCounty

RiparianRestorationProgramaddressedtheenvironmentalneedtoestablishforestedriparian
plantingsalong30differentstreamsthathavebeenidentifiedasimpairedwaterways,including
nearly20milesofstreamsintheOhioandtheLakeErie/GreatLakesriverbasins.
Overthepast16years,itisestimatedthatover75,000treesandshrubshavebeenplanted
withthehelpof4,500studentsfrom12localmiddleandhighschoolscompletingmorethan100
differentconservationprojects.
EveryhighschoolinCrawfordCountyhasbeeninvolvedinthisprojectaswellasover
550privatecitizensandmembersoflocalorganizations.Onestudentparticipantbecamethe
ErosionandSedimentationSpecialistinthelocalcountyconservationdistrictandanotherisnow
alocalforester.
Alltold,morethan110acresofstreamsidebuffershavebeenenhancedthroughthis
program,impactingtheplants,animals,andcitizenswithintheOhioandLakeEriewatersheds
andbeyond.
Contact:
MarkLewis,ServiceForester,DCNRBureauofForestry,8147632545or
sendemailto:
marklewis@pa.gov
.

GreenBuildingAlliance
,Pittsburgh2030District,Pittsburgh:
InPittsburgh,47percentof
greenhousegasemissionsoriginatefromcommercialbuildingsand30percentoftheenergy
usedbytheaveragecommercialbuildingiswasted.
ThePittsburgh2030Districtaimstocreateastrongerdowntownbyhelpingproperty
ownerstoworkcollaborativelytogetherandwithasetofstatedcommongoalstoimprove
indoorairquality,reduceresourcesused,increaseassetvalue,andcreatesolidreturnson
investment.
Injustthreeyears,Pittsburghhasbecomethelargest2030Districtintheworldtodate,
consistingof436buildingswithover65.5millionsquarefeetofrealestateinDowntown
PittsburghandOaklandallactivelyworkingtowards50percentreductionsinenergy
consumption,wateruse,andtransportationemissionsbytheyear2030.
Through2015,380propertiessavedtheequivalentenergyuseof5,562homes.
Additionally,96downtownbuildingsachievedatenpercentreductioninwateruse,representing
362homesannualwaterusage.
Contact:
AnnaSiefken,GreenBuildingAlliance,4127736013orsendemailto:
annas@gbapgh.org
.
PittsburghBotanicGarden,Oakdale:
The
PittsburghBotanicGarden
istransforming460
acresofabandonedmininglandjusttenmileswestofthecityintoaworldclassbotanicgarden.
Oncecompleted,thePittsburghBotanicGardenwillbeoneofthelargestbotanicgardensin
America.
Itwillbecomprisedof18distinctgardens,fivediversewoodlandexperiences,avisitors
center,acelebrationcenter,andacenterforbotanicresearch.Whatsmore,itisaworldclass
exampleofcoalminerestorationandremediationandwillbetheonlybotanicgardeninthe
UnitedStatesbuiltonreclaimedland.
TheGardenspassiveacidminedischargetreatmentsystemremoves912poundsof
pollutantsperyearasittreats4.2milliongallonseachyear.ThepHofthistreatedwaterhas
improvedfrom3to7.Additionally,therearenow111differentspeciesofbirdsthatcanbe
observedattheGardenasaresultoftheremediationandrestorationwork.
Contact:
ChristineKoebley,PittsburghBotanicGarden,4124444464x224orsend
emailto:
ckoebley@pittsburghbotanicgarden.org
.

EdwardSchroth,Leetsdale:
Formorethan50years,EdSchrothhasbeenoneofthemost
popularandinfluentialenvironmentaleducatorsinWesternPennsylvania.
Hehasdedicatedhislifetoenvironmentaleducationandoutreach,firstasateacherof
biology,waterecologyandenvironmentalscienceatQuakerValleyHighSchool,andlaterat
DuquesneUniversity.
AtQuakerValley,hestartedtheUptheCreekGang,aprojectwherestudentsstudied
theecologyofLittleSewickleyCreekanditswatershed.HelaterteamedwiththeChina
AssociationforScienceandTechnologytotakehighschoolstudentstoBeijingandQingdao
Chinaforenvironmentalstudiesthreetimes.
ThroughEdspassionforenvironmentaleducationandhisuniqueteachingstyle,students
getfirsthandexperienceatdatacollectionandmeasurements.Asaleaderinservicelearning,he
hassetthestandardforstudentcommunityengagementwithsuchorganizationsasthe
AlleghenyLandTrust,theLittleSewickleyCreekWatershed,andothers.
Contact:
JohnStolz,Ph.D.,CenterforEnvironmentalResearchandEducation
DuquesneUniversity,4123964367orsendemailto:
stolz@duq.edu
.
TheWesternPennsylvaniaEnvironmentalAwardsprogramisopentoindividuals,
businesses,andorganizationsthatdemonstratedacommitmenttoenvironmentalexcellence,
leadershipandaccomplishment,andmadesignificantcontributionstowardimprovingWestern
Pennsylvaniasenvironment.
DominionandthePAEnvironmentalCouncilsponsortheWesternPennsylvania
EnvironmentalAwardseachyeartoencouragethecommunitytoemulatetheachievementsof
thewinningentries,therebypromotinginnovativeenvironmentaleffortsandenhancingthe
qualityoflifeinWesternPennsylvania.
Thewinnerswillbehonoredatthe
WesternPennsylvaniaEnvironmentalAwardsDinner
andAwardsCeremony
onMay26attheWestinConventionCenterHoteldowntownPittsburgh.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandspecialevents,visitthe
PA
EnvironmentalCouncil
website,visitthe
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,follow
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ClickHere
toreceiveregularupdatesfromPEC.

ConventionalDrillersTellCourtTimeIsNowToDecideWhetherDEPViolatedTheLaw

Lawyersrepresentingconventionaloilandgasdrillers
toldCommonwealthCourtThursdaythetimeisnowto
decidewhetherDEPviolatedprovisionsofa
2014
FiscalCodeamendment
directingDEPtoadopt
separateregulationsforconventionaland
unconventionaloilandgasdrilling.
LawyersforDEP,theEnvironmentalQuality
BoardandtheIndependentRegulatoryReview
Commissioncounteredsayingthelegalchallengeto
DEPsChapter78(conventional)and78a
(unconventional)drillingregulation
isprematureandtheconventionaldrillersarejust
speculatingaboutthedecisionstheIRRC,environmentalcommitteesoftheSenateandHouse
andtheOfficeofAttorneyGeneralwillmakeaboutthefinalregulationastheregulatoryreview
processproceeds.

DEPcounselagreed,however,theissuemayripetochallengeagainwhentheregulations
arepublishedasfinalinthePABulletin.
TheCourthearingThursdayinfrontofSeniorCommonwealthCourtJudgeJames
GardnerColinslastedjustover90minuteswithbothsidespresentingtheirargumentstothe
Court.ThecourtroomwaspackedwithPIPPsupporters.
DrillersChallenge
The
PAIndependentPetroleumProducersAssociation
,joinedbythe
PAIndependentOil
andGasAssociation
,
filedachallengetoDEPsChapter78and78aregulations
onMarch26
askingtheCourttoorderDEPtostartitsrulemakingprocessoverandpromulgateseparate
regulationsforconventionaloilandgaswelldrillers.
PIPPsaida2014amendmenttotheFiscalCodedirectedDEPtopromulgateseparate
regulations.CounselforPIPPsaidDEPscutandpasteexercisehedescribedas
meaninglessindividingtheregulationsintoChapter78(conventional)and78a
(unconventional)doesnotmeettherequirementsofthatlaw.
TherelevantpartoftheFiscalCodeamendmentsays
Section1741.1E.EnvironmentalQualityBoard.(a)Regulations.Fromfunds
appropriatedtotheEnvironmentalQualityBoard,theboardshallpromulgateproposed
regulationsandregulationsunder58Pa.C.S.(relatingtooilandgas)orotherlawsofthis
Commonwealthrelatingtoconventionaloilandgaswellsseparatelyfromproposedregulations
andregulationsrelatingtounconventionalgaswells.Allregulationsunder58Pa.C.S.shall
differentiatebetweenconventionaloilandgaswellsandunconventionalgaswells.Regulations
promulgatedunderthissectionshallapplytoregulationspromulgatedonoraftertheeffective
dateofthissection.
CounselforPIPPsaidthenatureofconventionaldrillingissodifferentfrom
unconventionaldrillingitdeservedtobetreatedthroughaseparateprocessastheFiscalCode
amendmentenvisionswithoutbeingpollutedbytheunconventionalindustry.
Instead,PIPPsaid,DEPandtheEQBadoptedoneregulationdealingthedrillingthathas
oneIRRCnumberandwhichwasconsideredatthesamesetofpublichearings.PIPPcounsel
notedanattemptattheEQBmeetingtoconsidereachchapterseparatelywasvoteddown.
PIPPcounselsaidthefactsofapplyingtheFiscalCodelawwillnotchangeregardlessof
theactionstheIRRC,legislativecommitteesorotherpartiestakeintheasyetincomplete
regulatoryreviewprocess.
ClickHere
foracopyofthePIPPAcomplaint.
DEP,EQB,IRRCResponse
ThelegalargumentmadeinresponsetothePIPPAlawsuithinges,inpart,ontheword
promulgate.
DEPandtheEnvironmentalQualityBoardsaynopossibleharmcouldoccurto
conventionaloilandgasdrillers(astandardforgrantingCourtrelief)untilandunlessthe
regulationsarepromulgated,meaningwhentheyarepublishedasfinalinthePABulletin,after
theIRRC,legislativecommitteesandtheOfficeofAttorneyGeneralact.
Courtactiontoblocktheirpublicationbeforetheygothroughthecompleteregulatory
reviewprocessandarepromulgated(publishedinthePABulletin)ispremature.DEPandthe
otherrespondentsalsoarguedPIPPAdidnothavestandingtofilethelawsuit.
Inaddition,DEPsaidtheplainlanguageofthe2014FiscalCodeamendmentdidnot
directtheEnvironmentalQualityBoardtowithdrawtheregulationstheyhadalreadypublished

asproposedandstartover.
DEPcounseltoldtheCourtthefactsofthiscaseneededtobedevelopedbecausethere
aremanysubstantivedifferencesbetweentheregulatoryrequirementsinChapter78coveringthe
conventionalindustryandChapter78acoveringunconventionaldrilling.
DEPalsopointedouttheregulationshaveundergonethemostextensivepublic
participationprocessinDEPshistory12publichearings,2separatepubliccommentperiods,
andmorethanadozenpublicmeetingswiththeoilandgastechnicaladvisoryboards.
ThefinalrulemakingrepresentsthefirstcomprehensivechangestoDEPsdrilling
regulationsin15years,since2001andwasdevelopedinresponsetochangesindrilling
technologyandpracticesandlegislationpassedbytheGeneralAssemblyin2012andsignedinto
lawbyGov.Corbett.
ClickHere
foracopyoftheEQBresponsetothelawsuit.
IndependentEQBCounsel
Inanunprecedentedaction,theEnvironmentalQualityBoardwasrepresentedseparately
inthiscasebyanoutsidelawyerselectedbyDEPinthepersonof
AdamLevine
ofStradley,
RononinPhiladelphia.
DEPSecretaryJohnQuigleynotifiedmembersoftheEnvironmentalQualityBoard
MondaythatoutsidecounselhadbeenretainedfortheEQB,however,theBoardhadnoinput
intotheresponsefiledbyLevinewiththeCourtbecauseoftheshortdeadlineforaresponse,
Quigleysaid.
Onaconferencecallandinemailexchanges,severalmembersoftheBoardexpressed
concernaboutthelackofinputandonthedecisiontoretaincounsel,includingRep.JohnMaher
(RAllegheny),MajorityChairoftheHouseEnvironmentalResourcesandEnergyCommittee,
whositsontheEQB.
The
EQBvoted15to4inFebruary
toapprovethefinalregulations,withRep.Maherin
thenegative,sotheBoardwasdividedwhenittookaction.
Thisisthefirsttimesinceitwasformed1971thattheEQBhasbeenrepresentedbyits
ownlegalcounsel.
Sen.JohnYudichak(DLuzerne),MinorityChairoftheSenateEnvironmentalResources
andEnergyCommittee,reintroducedabill
SenateBill307
inJanuaryof2015tolettheEQB
selectitsowncounsel.ThebillpassedtheSenateinJuneof2015andisontheHouseCalendar
awaitingaction.
Rep.Maherintroducedacompanionbill
HouseBill1099
inMayof2015andit
passedtheHouseinJuneof2015andremainsintheSenateEnvironmentalResourcesand
EnergyCommitteeawaitingaction.
CourtDecisionBeforeApril21
JudgeColinssaidfromthebenchtheCourtwouldrenderawrittenopinionontheissue
beforethescheduledApril21IRRCmeetingonDEPsregulation.
CommitteeAction
The
HouseEnvironmentalResourcesandEnergyCommittee
isscheduledtomeeton
April12foravotingmeetingonDEPs
Chapter78(conventional)and78a(unconventional)
finalregulations.
AmongtheCommitteesreviewoptionsundertheRegulatoryReviewActaresendinga
letterdisapprovingoftheregulations,issuinganearlyintenttoextenditsreviewtime14days
beyondthe
April21meetingtheIndependentRegulatoryReviewCommission
hassetforaction

ontheregulationsorreportingoutaconcurrent,HouseSenateresolutiondisapprovingofthe
regulation.IfpassedbytheHouseandSenate,theresolutionwouldthenbepresentedtothe
Governorforhisaction.
ThemeetingwillbeinRoom205RyanBuildingstartingat9:30.
The
SenateEnvironmentalResourcesandEnergyCommittee
isalsoscheduledtomeet
April12tovoteonsendingcorrespondencetotheIRRConDEPsChapter78(conventional)
and78a(unconventional)finaldrillingregulations.
Alsoscheduledtobeconsideredis
SenateBill1011
(HutchinsonRVenango)killing
DEPsfinaldrillingregulationscoveringconventionaloilandgaswellsandstartingthe
rulemakingprocessoverandSenateBill1195(WhiteRIndiana)(notyetonline)tofurtherdelay
aPennsylvaniaplanformeetingEPAsCleanPowerClimatePlanrule.
ThemeetingwillbeheldinRoom8EAEastWingstartingat11:00.
Formoreinformationontheregulations,visitDEPs
OilandGasRegulations
webpage.
NewsClips:
OpEd:NewRulesWouldMakeDrillingSaferInPA
Editorial:RegulatingPAOutOfBusiness
RiceEnergyFined$393,500ByDEPForPermitViolations
DrillerAsksJudgeToThrowOut$4.42MDimockVerdict
CabotAppealsDrillingWaterContaminationVerdict
PUC:ColumbiaGasReplacingServiceLinesFaster,MoreCheaply
RadioactiveDrillingWasteCausesConfusionAcrossStateLines
ChemicalsFoundNearWVDrillingWastewaterInjectionWell
PublicHealthAdvocatesRenewCallForFrackingHealthRegistry
RelatedStories:
PAEnvironmentalCouncilThanksWolfForVetoOfBillKillingDEPDrillingRegulations
TheClockStarts:DEPDeliversFinalDrillingRegsToHouse,Senate,IRRCForReview
ConventionalOil&GasDrillersFileLawsuitToBlockFinalDEPDrillingRegs
ConventionalDrillersRespondToMediaReportsOnFillingChallengeToDEPRegulations
Analysis:MythConventionalOilandGasDrillingIsBenign

HouseEnvironmentalCommitteeMeetsApril12OnDEPDrillingRegulations

The
HouseEnvironmentalResourcesandEnergyCommittee
isscheduledtomeetonApril12
foravotingmeetingonDEPs
Chapter78(conventional)and78a(unconventional)
final
regulations.
AmongtheCommitteesreviewoptionsundertheRegulatoryReviewActaresendinga
letterdisapprovingoftheregulations,issuinganearlyintenttoextenditsreviewtime14days
beyondthe
April21meetingtheIndependentRegulatoryReviewCommission
hassetforaction
ontheregulationsorreportingoutaconcurrent,HouseSenateresolutiondisapprovingofthe
regulation.IfpassedbytheHouseandSenate,theresolutionwouldthenbepresentedtothe
Governorforhisaction.
Rep.JohnMaher(RAllegheny),MajorityChairoftheCommittee,hasbeenacriticof
theprocessusedbyDEPtodeveloptheregulationsandvotedagainstthemattheFebruary
EnvironmentalQualityBoardmeeting.
AtaMarch16meetingoftheCommittee,Rep.MaheraskedCommitteemembersto

providehimwithcommentsontheregulations.
Rep.GregVitali(DDelaware),MinorityChairoftheCommittee,lastweekorganized
18
otherHousememberstowritetotheIRRC
insupportofDEPsdrillingregulations.
ThemeetingwillbeinRoom205RyanBuildingstartingat9:30.
ClickHere
toseeifthe
meetingwillbewebcast.
ItiswidelyexpectedtheSenateEnvironmentalResourcesandEnergyCommitteeis
consideringameetingontheregulationsnextweekaswell,sincetheSenateandHouse
CalendarshavetheminvotingsessiononlytheweekofApril11andthentheytakeabreakuntil
theweekofMay2and9respectively,aftertheIRRCmeets.
CommonwealthCourthasahearingApril7onalegalchallengetoblocktheChapter78
(conventional)regulationsfrombeingpublishedasfinal

filedbythePAIndependentPetroleum
ProducersAssociation
.
Rep.JohnMaher(RAllegheny)servesasMajorityChairoftheHouseEnvironmental
Committeeandcanbecontactedbysendingemailto:
jmaher@pahousegop.com
.Rep.Greg
Vitali(DDelaware)servesasMinorityChairandcanbecontactedbysendingemailto:
gvitali@pahouse.net
.
NewsClips:
OpEd:NewRulesWouldMakeDrillingSaferInPA
Editorial:RegulatingPAOutOfBusiness
RiceEnergyFined$393,500ByDEPForPermitViolations
DrillerAsksJudgeToThrowOut$4.42MDimockVerdict
CabotAppealsDrillingWaterContaminationVerdict
PUC:ColumbiaGasReplacingServiceLinesFaster,MoreCheaply
RadioactiveDrillingWasteCausesConfusionAcrossStateLines
ChemicalsFoundNearWVDrillingWastewaterInjectionWell
PublicHealthAdvocatesRenewCallForFrackingHealthRegistry
RelatedStories:
April12:SenateCommitteeConsidersDrillingRegs,BillToDelayCleanPowerPlan
ConventionalDrillersTellCourtTimeIsNowToDecideWhetherDEPViolatedTheLawIn
AdoptingRegs

April12:SenateCommitteeConsidersDrillingRegs,BillToDelayCleanPowerPlan

The
SenateEnvironmentalResourcesandEnergyCommittee
isscheduledtomeetApril12to
voteonsendingcorrespondencetotheIRRConDEPsChapter78(conventional)and78a
(unconventional)finaldrillingregulations.
Alsoscheduledtobeconsideredis
SenateBill1011
(HutchinsonRVenango)killing
DEPsfinaldrillingregulationscoveringconventionaloilandgaswellsandstartingthe
rulemakingprocessoverandSenateBill1195(WhiteRIndiana)(notyetonline)tofurtherdelay
aPennsylvaniaplanformeetingEPAsCleanPowerClimatePlanrule.
TheCommitteewillbejoinedbythe
SenateAgricultureandRuralAffairsCommittee
to
hearapresentationfromtheU.S.GeologicalSurveyon
monitoringresultsfortheChesapeake
BayWatershed
fromDouglasMoyer.
ThemeetingwillbeheldinRoom8EAEastWingstartingat11:00.
ClickHere
to
checkifthehearingwillbewebcast.

Sen.GeneYaw(RLycoming)servesasMajorityChairoftheCommitteeandcanbe
contactedbysendingemailto:
gyaw@pasen.gov
.Sen.JohnYudichak(DLuzerne)servesas
MinorityChairandcanbecontactedbysendingemailto:
yudichak@pasenate.com
.
NewsClips:
OpEd:NewRulesWouldMakeDrillingSaferInPA
Editorial:RegulatingPAOutOfBusiness
RiceEnergyFined$393,500ByDEPForPermitViolations
DrillerAsksJudgeToThrowOut$4.42MDimockVerdict
CabotAppealsDrillingWaterContaminationVerdict
PUC:ColumbiaGasReplacingServiceLinesFaster,MoreCheaply
RadioactiveDrillingWasteCausesConfusionAcrossStateLines
ChemicalsFoundNearWVDrillingWastewaterInjectionWell
PublicHealthAdvocatesRenewCallForFrackingHealthRegistry
RelatedStories:
HouseEnvironmentalCommitteeMeetsApril12OnDEPDrillingRegulations
ConventionalDrillersTellCourtTimeIsNowToDecideWhetherDEPViolatedTheLawIn
AdoptingRegs

HousePassesFiscalCodeBillCuttingGrowingGreener,FundingNaturalGasExpansion

TheHousethisweektookstepstoputanotherFiscalCodebillontheGovernorsdesk
House
Bill1589
(CauserRCameron)thatincludesmanyoftheprovisionsvetoedbyGov.Wolfinthe
lastFiscalCodebill
HouseBill1327
(PeiferRPike).
Theenvironmentalprovisionsinthebillincludesa$15millionreductioninfundingfor
theEnvironmentalStewardship(GrowingGreener)Fund,takes$12millionfrom
CFAsHigh
PerformanceBuildingsProgram
andtransfersittofundanewprogramtoexpandaccessto
naturalgasinfrastructure,earmarksexistingDCNRfundingfortheoperationofWashington
CrossingHistoricalParkanddirectsfundingtoseweranddrinkingwaterprojectsforspecific
legislators.
ItdoesNOTincludethepreviousprovisionsdelayingPennsylvaniasplantomeetthe
CleanPowerClimatePlanruleorkillingDEPsfinalconventionaloilandgasdrilling
regulations.
Interestingly,duringconsiderationofthisFiscalCodebill,theSpeakeroftheHouse
ruledseveralproposedamendmentstothebilloutoforderbecausetheyviolatedthesingle
subjectrule,something
environmentalandothergroupshavepointedout
.
WednesdaytheHousepassedHouseBill1589byavoteof176to11.Thebillnowgoes
totheSenateforconsideration.
The
SenateAppropriationsCommittee
hasscheduledanoffthefloormeetingApril11to
considerthebill.
A
HouseFiscalNote
andsummaryisavailable.
NewsClips:
Editorial:RestoreDEPsBudgetToProtectEnvironment
PLSReporter:GameCommissionMakesCaseForLicenseIncrease
PLSReporter:FishCommissionMakesCaseForDifferentFundingPlan
PLSReporter:HouseGOPLeaders:201617BudgetDiscussionsInInfancy

PLSReporter:HouseRsWorkingOnAllFiscalCodeIssuesWolfVetoed
PADems:GovernorPunishingUsForSupportingGOPBudget
Esack:WolfAngersGOPWithEdFundingFormula
OpEd:PAsBudgetDeficitIsATickingTimeBomb
HarrisburgGOPBeginsBudgetStrategizing
Column:Rep.RoaeOffersColorfulIdeasForPABudget

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Senate/HouseAgenda/SessionSchedule/GovsSchedule/BillsIntroduced

HerearetheSenateandHouseCalendarsandCommitteemeetingsshowingbillsofinterestas
wellasalistofnewenvironmentalbillsintroduced

BillCalendars

House(April11):
HouseBill1737
(MaherRAllegheny)furtherprovidingforthecollectionof
unusedandunwantedprescriptionandoverthecounterdrugs(
sponsorsummary
)

House
Resolution60
(EmrickRNorthampton)directingtheLegislativeBudgetandFinance

Committeetoconductacomprehensivereviewofthestatesprogramtoregulatethebeneficial
useofsewagesludge

SenateBill307
(YudichakDLuzerne)providingforanindependent
counselfortheEnvironmentalQualityBoard
SenateBill811
(HughesDPhiladelphia)FY
201516CapitalBudgetbill
SenateBill1071
(BrowneRLehigh),theagreedtopension
reformbill
SenateBill1073
(BrowneRLehigh)agreedto$30.8billionGeneralFundbudget
bill.

<>
ClickHere
forfullHouseBillCalendar.

Senate(April11):

SenateBill289
(FontanaDAllegheny)fundingtoassisthomeownerswith
deterioratingprivatesewerlaterals(
sponsorsummary
)
SenateBill1041
(SchwankDBerks)
amendingAct101toauthorizealllocalgovernmentstochargearecyclingservicefee(
sponsor
summary
)
SenateBill1114
(YawRLycoming)allowingtheuseofalternativeonlotseptic
systemsonthesewagefacilityplanningprocess(
sponsorsummary
)
SenateBill1168
(EichelbergerRBlair)authorizingtheFishandBoatCommissiontoadoptfeeschargedbythe
agencyratherthanhavethemsetbytheGeneralAssembly(
sponsorsummary
)
SenateBill1166
(StefanoRFayette)authorizingtheGameCommissiontoadoptfeeschargedbytheagency
ratherthanhavethemsetbytheGeneralAssembly(
sponsorsummary
)
HouseBill806
(CauserRCameron)providingforcountyspecificusevaluesforlandinforestreserves(
sponsor
summary
)
HouseBill1712
(R.BrownRMonroe)establishingaPrivateDamFinancial
AssuranceProgram(
HouseFiscalNote
andsummary).<>
ClickHere
forfullSenateBill
Calendar.

CommitteeMeetingAgendasThisWeek

House:
the
EnvironmentalResourcesandEnergyCommittee
meetsforavoteonDEPs
Chapter78(conventional)and78a(unconventional)finaldrillingregulationsthe
House
DemocraticPolicyCommittee
hearingoncleanenergyjobs.<>
ClickHere
forfullHouse
CommitteeSchedule.

Senate:
the
EnvironmentalResourcesandEnergyCommittee
meetsforavoteon
correspondencetotheIRRConDEPsChapter78(conventional)and78a(unconventional)final
drillingregulations,
SenateBill1011
(HutchinsonRVenango)killingDEPsfinaldrilling
regulationscoveringconventionaloilandgaswellsandstartingtherulemakingprocessover
SenateBill1195
(WhiteRIndiana)[languagepostedFriday]tofurtherdelayaPennsylvania
planformeetingEPAsCleanPowerClimatePlanrule.TheCommitteewillbejoinedbythe
SenateAgricultureandRuralAffairsCommittee
tohearapresentationfromtheU.S.
GeologicalSurveyon
monitoringresultsfortheChesapeakeBayWatershed
fromDouglas
Moyerthe
LocalGovernmentCommittee
meetstoconsider
HouseBill1325
(MustioRAllegheny)allowingtownshipsofthesecondclasstochargestormwatermanagement
fees(
HouseFiscalNote
andsummary),
HouseBill1394
(MustioRAllegheny)authorizing
boroughstochargestormwatermanagementfees(
HouseFiscalNote
andsummary),
HouseBill
1661
(MustioRAllegheny)authorizingfirstclasstownshipstochargeastormwater
managementfee(
HouseFiscalNote
andsummary).<>
ClickHere
forfullSenateCommittee
Schedule.

Other:
EnvironmentalIssuesForumbythe
JointLegislativeAirandWaterPollutionControl

andConservationCommittee
featuringapresentationonSustainableManufacturinginthe
ForestProductsIndustrythe
LegislativeForestryTaskForce
,JointAirandWaterPollution
ControlandConservationCommitteemeetsonthetopicofinvasivespeciesandtheirimpacton
foresthealth.Presentersforthetaskforcemeetinginclude:Mr.DonEggen,foresthealth
manager,DCNR'sBureauofForestryMr.SvenShichiger,entomologyprogrammanager,
DepartmentofAgricultureandDr.SarahJohnson,conservationGISanalyst,
TheNature
ConservancyPennsylvaniaChapter
.

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

BillsIntroduced

Thefollowingbillsofinterestwereintroducedthisweek

ExpandingNaturalGasService:

HouseBill1946
(GodshallRMontgomery)recoveryofcosts
relatedtoexpandingnaturalgasdistributionservice(
sponsorsummary
).

TemporaryCessationOfCoalMiningOperations:

HouseBill1967
(GablerRClearfield)

wouldeliminatethecurrentDEPlimitontemporarilyceasingsurfacecoalminingoperationsof
180daysandreplaceitwiththelessstringentfederalrequirementthathasnospecifictime
frames(
sponsorsummary
).

EarthDay:

HouseResolution771
(MurtRAdams)encouragingallresidentsofthe
CommonwealthtoobserveEarthDayonApril22(
sponsorsummary
).

SessionSchedule

HereisthelatestvotingsessionschedulefortheSenateandHouse

Senate
April11,12,13
May9,10,11,16,17,18
June6,7,8,13,14,15,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30

House
April11,12,13
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).

Senate/HouseBillsMoving

ThefollowingbillsofinterestsawactionthisweekintheHouseandSenate

House

USTIFBoardAppointments:

HouseBill1895
(MetzgarRBedford)changingthemembership
oftheUndergroundStorageTankIndemnificationBoardfromappointmentsonlybythe
GovernortoappointmentsbyboththeGeneralAssemblyandtheGovernorwasreportedoutof
theHouseAppropriationsCommitteeandpassedbytheHouse.ThebillnowgoestotheSenate

foraction.A
HouseFiscalNote
andsummaryisavailable.
Acompanionbill
SenateBill1142
(YawRLycoming)passedtheSenateinMarch
andremainsintheHouseEnvironmentalResourcesandEnergyCommittee.

BudgetFiscalCode:

HouseBill1589
(CauserRCameron)amendingtheFiscalCodeto
authorizeatransferfromthePARacehorseDevelopmentFundwasremovedfromtheTable,
consideredontheHouseFloor,wasreferredintotheHouseAppropriationsCommittee,amended
toincludesomeoftheprovisionsvetoedbyGov.Wolfincludinga$15millionreductionin
fundingfortheEnvironmentalStewardship(GrowingGreener)Fund,takes$12millionfrom
CFAsHighPerformanceBuildingsProgramandtransfersittofundanewprogramtoexpand
accesstonaturalgasinfrastructure,earmarksexistingDCNRfundingfortheoperationof
WashingtonCrossingHistoricalParkanddirectsfundingtoseweranddrinkingwaterprojects
forspecificlegislators,butNOTtheprovisionsdelayingPennsylvaniaplantomeettheClean
PowerClimatePlanruleorkillingDEPsfinalconventionaloilandgasdrillingregulationsand
reportedoutoftheHouseAppropriationsCommitteeandpassedbytheHouse176to11.
ThebillnowgoestotheSenateforconsideration.A
HouseFiscalNote
andsummaryis
available.
Interestingly,theSpeakeroftheHouseruledseveralproposedamendmentstothebillout
oforderbecausetheyviolatedthesinglesubjectrule.
The
SenateAppropriationsCommittee
hasscheduledanoffthefloormeetingApril11to
considerthebill.
The
SenateEnvironmentalResourcesandEnergyCommittee
meetsApril12toconsider
twooftheitemsvetoedbyGov.WolffromtheearlierFiscalCodebill
SenateBill1011
(HutchinsonRVenango)killingDEPsfinaldrillingregulationscoveringconventionaloiland
gaswellsandstartingtherulemakingprocessover
SenateBill1195
(WhiteRIndiana)
[languagepostedFriday]tofurtherdelayaPennsylvaniaplanformeetingEPAsCleanPower
ClimatePlanrule.

PotomacRiverBasinCommission:

HouseBill577
(MoulRAdams)allowingforalternates
forsomemembersofthePotomacRiverBasinCommissionboardwasreportedoutoftheHouse
AppropriationsCommitteeandpassedbytheHouse.ThebillnowgoestotheSenateforaction.
A
HouseFiscalNote
andsummaryisavailable.

RecreationalLiability:

HouseBill544
(MoulRAdams)makingchangestothelandowner
liabilityforopeningtheirlandtopublicrecreationwasreportedoutoftheHouseAppropriations
CommitteeandpassedbytheHouse.ThebillnowgoestotheSenateforaction.A
HouseFiscal
Note
andsummaryisavailable.

Senate

FinesForLittering:

SenateBill973
(ScavelloRMonroe)increasingthefinesforlittering
(
sponsorsummary
)wasamendedontheSenateFloorandpassedbytheSenate.Thebillnow
goestotheHouseforconsideration.

Act129OptOut:

SenateBill805
(BoscolaDLehigh)allowinganAct129optoutforlarge

electricusers(
sponsorsummary
)wasTabled.

NewsFromTheCapitol

SenateApprovesBillIncreasingPenaltiesForLittering,IllegalDumping

TheSenateWednesdayunanimouslypassed
SenateBill973
(ScavelloRMonroe)increasingthe
finesforlittering.
Currently,finesforlitteringunderTitle18(CrimesandOffenses)runfrom$50to$300
forafirsttimeoffense,and$300to$1,000forasecondandsubsequentoffense.SenateBill973
boostsfinesupto$2,000formultipleoffensesbasedonthesizeofweightandcubicfeetof
litter.
ThislegislationwillalsoincreasethelitteringfinesoutlinedinTitle75(Vehicles),with
heavierpenaltiesforlitteringfromvehiclesonhighways,propertiesandwater,includinginan
agriculturalsecurityarea.
Ibelievethecurrentfinesystemisnotaproperdeterrentforthiscrime,saidSen.Mario
Scavello,primesponsorofthebill.Theamountoftrashalongroadwaysandelsewhereisnot
justaestheticallyunpleasant,itsbadfortheenvironment.
ThebillnowgoestotheHouseforconsideration.
NewsClips:
SenateVotesToHikeLitteringFines
VolunteersNeededForPresqueIsleCleanupSaturday
MoreThan4,000VolunteersInErieReadyToCleanUpRegion
CMUStudentsPitchInToCleanupNeighborhood

BillAllowsCoalMineOperatorsToTemporarilySuspendOperations

Rep.MattGabler(RClearfield)introduced
HouseBill1967
(GablerRClearfield)thisweekthat
wouldeliminatethecurrentDEPlimitontemporarilyceasingsurfacecoalminingoperationsof
180daysandreplaceitwiththelessstringentfederalrequirementthathasnospecifictime
frames.
Thiswouldallowsurfacecoalminestoremainopenandunreclaimedpotentiallyfor
yearssincethetermofpermitsvarieswiththesizeandcomplexityoftheminingoperations.
DEPsregulationsrequiretheagencytoreviewanactivepermiteveryfiveyears.
Rep.GablersaidthismeasurewasnecessarybecausethePennsylvaniacoalindustryis
experiencingsevereeconomichardships.
Whilethelegislationsaysthemineoperatorremainsresponsibleforallpermit
obligations,clearlyinthiseconomicclimateforcoal,thisbillwouldgivemineoperatorslicense
tosimplydisappearwithoutreclaimingthesite.
A
sponsorsummary
ofthisbillisavailableonline.

HouseDemocraticPolicyCommitteeHoldsCleanEnergyHearingApril11

The
HouseDemocraticPolicy
ChairMikeSturla(DLancaster)announcedWednesdaythe
committeewillholdapublichearingApril11hostedbyReps.SteveMcCarter(DMontgomery),

MaryJoDaley(DMontgomery)andLeanneKruegerBraneky(DDelaware),oncleanenergy
jobs.
Thecurrenthearingagendaincludes:
JohnQuigley,SecretaryofDEP
PanelOne:
LizRobinson,ExecutiveDirector,
EnergyCoordinatingAgency

KenMacDougal,
NationalElectricalContractorsAssociationPADENJChapter

NancyMifflin,
AmericanAssociationofBlacksinEnergy
and
RonCelentano,
PASolarEnergyIndustriesAssociation
.
PanelTwo:
EricMiller,
KeystoneEnergyEfficiencyAlliance
and
KhariMosely,
BlueGreenAlliance
.
Thehearingstartsat10a.m.intheHouseDemocraticCaucusRoom,418MainCapitol
Building,Harrisburg.
Formoreinformationandcopiesoftestimonyafterthehearing,visitthe
House
DemocraticPolicy
webpage.
NewsClips:
BatteriesHolyGrailForTransitioningToCleanEnergy
AlleghenyCountySolarInitiativeReachesOutToBusinesses
Bloomberg:Wind,SolarAreCrushingFossilFuels

SenateLocalGovernmentCommitteeMeetsApril12OnStormwaterFeeBills

The
SenateLocalGovernmentCommittee
isscheduledtomeetonApril12toconsidera
packageof3billstoallowtownshipsandboroughstochargelocalstormwatermanagementfees.
Thebillsinclude

HouseBill1325
(MustioRAllegheny)allowingtownshipsofthesecondclasstocharge
stormwatermanagementfees(
HouseFiscalNote
andsummary)

HouseBill1394
(MustioRAllegheny)authorizingboroughstochargestormwater
managementfees(
HouseFiscalNote
andsummary)and

HouseBill1661
(MustioRAllegheny)authorizingfirstclasstownshipstochargea
stormwatermanagementfee(
HouseFiscalNote
andsummary).
ThemeetingwillbeheldinRoom156MainCapitolstartingat10:30.
Sen.ScottHutchinson(RVenango)servesasMajorityChairoftheCommitteeandcan
becontactedbysendingemailto:
shutchinson@pasen.gov
.Sen.RobTeplitz(DDauphin)
servesasMinorityChairandcanbecontactedbysendingemailto:
senatorteplitz@pasenate.com
.
NewsClips:
EnvironmentalGroup,PittsburghSettleStormwaterLawsuit
Editorial:GetFirmDealOnScrantonStormwater

NewsFromAroundTheState

CitizensAdvisoryCouncilToHearUpdateOnRecycling,EWasteProgramsApril19

AtitsApril19meeting,the
DEPCitizensAdvisoryCouncil
willhearupdatesfromDEPonthe
RecyclingProgramgenerallyWhereWeAreIn2016andtheCoveredDevice(Electronics
Waste)RecyclingProgramspecifically.
AlsoontheagendaisapresentationonDEPsproposeddrinkingwaterdisinfection
regulation.
DEPSecretaryJohnQuigleywillprovideCouncilwithhisregularupdateonagency
activitiesandanswerquestionsfromCouncilmembers.
DEPalsosubmitsitsregular
monthlywrittenreporttoCAC
highlightingregulatory
proposalsinprocess,topicsofupcomingadvisorycommitteemeeting,significantactivities
goingonbyagencyprogram,grantandfundingprogramsavailableandthemonthlyworkload
reportfromtheOilandGasManagementProgram.
ThemeetingwillbeheldinRoom105RachelCarsonBuildingstartingat10:00.
Click
Here
toregistertowatchthemeetingonline.
ThenextmeetingoftheCACisscheduledforMay17.
Formoreinformation,visitthe
DEPCitizensAdvisoryCouncil
webpageorcontactKatie
HetheringtonCunferbycalling7177052693orsendemailto:
khethering@pa.gov
.
NewsClips:
BehrendStudentsBringRecyclingToErieVeterans
GreeneCountyPlanningElectronicsRecyclingProgram
ShippensburgBoroSeeksChangesToEWasteRecyclingProgram
JessupBoroughWillAuctionFormerDumpSite,PowerPlantSite
NELawmakersDebateEnvironmentalIssues,TakeCenterStage
RelatedStories:
Hearing:ElectronicsManufacturersNeedToPayForEWasteActuallyCollected
KeepPABeautiful:IllegalDumpingOfElectronicsRunningRampantInPA
KeepPABeautifulLaunchesNewElectronicsWasteRecyclingWebsite

April22IsEarthDay:1BillionPeopleWillBeInvolved,WillYou?

ThisEarthDay,April22nd,morethanonebillionpeoplein192countrieswilltakeactionto
protectoursharedenvironment.
Allacrosstheglobe,frombigcitiestosmallvillages,peopleareorganizing,demanding
climateaction,cleaninguptheirlocalcommunities,meetingwiththeirelectedofficials,planting
trees,andteachingtheirchildrentoprotectourplanet.
Inarareandunprecedentedevent,UnitedNationsSecretaryGeneralBanKimoonhas
invitedeveryworldleadertotheUnitedNationstoofficiallysigntheParisClimateAgreement
reachedlastDecember.
BothChinaandtheUnitedStatesthetwolargestcarbonemittersworldwidehave
confirmedthattheywillsignthatday.Itisnocoincidencethattheagreementisbeingopenedfor
signaturesonApril22nd,EarthDay.
"EarthDayisthelargest,mostrecognizablefaceoftheenvironmentalmovement,"said
KathleenRogers,presidentof
EarthDayNetwork
."Millionsofpeopletheworldoverwill
becomelifelongenvironmentalistsonEarthDay.Hundredsofthousandswillbechildrenour
planet'sfuture.Theywilljointhemorethan1billionpeoplewhoalreadyuseEarthDaytofocus
ontheurgentneedtostabilizeandreduceglobalgreenhousegasemissionsandfightclimate

change."
ThisyearEarthDayNetworkisfocusingonplantingnewtreesandforestsworldwide.
AswebeginthecountdowntoEarthDay's50thanniversaryin2020,EDNispledgingtoplant
7.8billiontreesworldwideoneforeverypersononEarth!
That'sambitious,butthisdownpaymentmustbemadeinordertocombatclimate
changeandkeepourmostvulnerableecosystemsfromextinction.
"WehavenohigherprioritythisyearthantomakesuretheUnitedStates,China,India,
Russia,theEU,andallthelargestCO2emitterssigntheParisAgreementtoprovethatwhat
happenedinPariswasnotalltalk.SigningtheParisAgreementthisEarthDayattheUnited
Nationsisjustthebeginning,"Rogerssaid."That,coupledwithourglobalactivities,willmake
thisthelargest,mostsignificantEarthDayinyearsandaperfectstartinourcountdowntoEarth
Day2020,our50th!"
Formoreinformation,visitthe
EarthDayNetwork
website.
PennsylvaniaResources
HereareafewlinkstoPennsylvaniaresourcestohelpcelebrate,educationandtake
actioninandaroundEarthDay2016

DEPEarthDayEducatorResources

DEPJustForKids!

PennsylvaniaEnvironmentalHeroesGame
PPT

KeepPABeautiful:GreatAmericanCleanupOfPA

PathwaysToGreenSchools

DCNR:LearnAboutPAsNaturalResources

PAEnvironmentalEducatorsEEResources

PhiladelphiaAreaEarthDayEvents

EarthDayInFrickParkEnvironmentalCenterPittsburgh

PittsburghEarthDay:SteelToSustainability

CelebrateEarthMonthWithPAHorticulturalSociety

CelebrateEarthMonthWithStroudWaterResearchCenter
NewsClip:
SpringCleanupInYorkCitySeeksVolunteers

CelebrateEarthMonthWithStroudWaterResearchCenter

The
StroudWaterResearchCenter
inChesterCountyis
celebratingEarthMonth
byholdinga
seriesofeventsduringApril,including
April14VolunteerTreePlantings
April21OurRiversOnDrugsScienceSeminar
April23BrookTroutReleaseDayAndTroutAdoption

ClickHere
forallthedetailsandmoreevents
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandspecialevents,visitthe
StroudWater
ResearchCenter
website,
LikethemonFacebook
,
FollowonTwitter
,includetheminyour
CircleonGoogle+
andvisittheir
YouTubeChannel
.
NewsClips:
SpringCleanupInYorkCitySeeksVolunteers
SenateVotesToHikeLitteringFines

VolunteersNeededForPresqueIsleCleanupSaturday
MoreThan4,000VolunteersInErieReadyToCleanUpRegion
CMUStudentsPitchInToCleanupNeighborhood

VolunteersNeededForApril30ChesterRidleyCrumWatershedsAssnStreamsCleanup

The
ChesterRidleyCrumWatershedsAssociation
inChester
andDelawarecountiesisseekingenthusiasticvolunteersforits
19thAnnualCRCStreamsCleanup
onApril30from9:00to
11:30a.m.atthirtysitesthroughoutthewatersheds.
Afreepicnicforvolunteerswillfollowat
RidleyCreekState
Park
.Findacleanupsitenearyoubycheckingthe
online
cleanuplocations
map.Volunteersareencouragedtoregister
fortheeventthroughaformonthesamepage.
Theannualcleanupincludesover500volunteersandhas
removedmorethan600,000poundsoftrashfromourstreams.Manyfaithfulvolunteersreturn
yearafteryearforthefun,camaraderie,andopportunitytoimprovetheircommunities.
Allareinvitedtovolunteerandmakethisyearsthebiggestandbestcleanupyet.
Childrenundertheageof18areencouragedtoparticipate,butmustbeaccompaniedbyaparent
orguardian.
Sponsorshipsfortheseevents
arestillavailable
.
Formoreinformation,visittheChesterRidleyCrumWatershedAssociation
CRC
StreamsCleanup
webpage,callCRCat6103591440orsendemailto:
info@crcwatersheds.org
.
NewsClips:
SpringCleanupInYorkCitySeeksVolunteers
SenateVotesToHikeLitteringFines
VolunteersNeededForPresqueIsleCleanupSaturday
MoreThan4,000VolunteersInErieReadyToCleanUpRegion
CMUStudentsPitchInToCleanupNeighborhood

CapitalRegionWater:May7LitterCleanupAndDrinkingWaterTour,Harrisburg

CapitalRegionWater
ishostingaMay7littercleanupanddrinkingwatertouritcalls
Consider
TheSource
attheDehartDaminClarksValleynorthofHarrisburgfrom9:00a.m.to2:30p.m.
VolunteersareneededtopreventlitterfrommakingitswayintotheDeHartReservoir,
thesourceofHarrisburgsdrinkingwater.Thedaywillbebeginwithasafetybriefingand
orientationandwrapupwithlunchandbehindthescenestours.
Volunteerswillhavethechancetolearnmoreabouthowtheirwateriscollectedinthe
DeHartReservoirandmakesthenearly25milejourneytoHarrisburg.
Registrationisrequiredtoparticipatetoensureyoursafetyandsecurity.Pleaseletus
knowyourejoiningusandwellplanappropriatelyfortransportation,suppliesandlunch.
AbuswillbeleavingCapitalRegionWatersCustomerServiceCenterlocatedat100
PineDriveinHarrisburgpromptlyat8:30a.m.andleavingat2:30p.m.foranestimated3:00
p.m.arrivalbacktotheCustomerServiceCenter.
ClickHere
forallthedetails.

Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandupcomingevents,visitthe
Capital
RegionWater
website.
ClickHere
toreceiveregularupdatesfromCRW,
Followthemon
Twitter
and
LikethemonFacebook
.
NewsClips:
SpringCleanupInYorkCitySeeksVolunteers
SenateVotesToHikeLitteringFines
VolunteersNeededForPresqueIsleCleanupSaturday
MoreThan4,000VolunteersInErieReadyToCleanUpRegion
CMUStudentsPitchInToCleanupNeighborhood

LancasterOnline:FreeCompostingWorkshopsOfferedInLancasterCounty

AdCrable,LancasterOnline
,reportedThursdaythe
LancasterCountySolidWasteManagement
Authority
,localmunicipalities,communityorganizationsand
PennStateMasterGardeners
will
sponsoraseriesof7organiccompostingworkshopsinLancasterCountystartingonApril16.
ClickHere
forallthedetails,includinghowtoregister.

Only5,000Of33,600FarmersFillOutChesapeakeBayConservationSurvey

Pennsylvaniafarmersstillhavetimetohelpsharetheir
individualagricultureconservationstoriesbycompleting
PennStatesSurveyResearchCenters
bestmanagement
practices(BMPs)survey
.
Onlyabout5,000ofthe33,600farmersinthe
PennsylvaniaportionoftheChesapeakeBayWatershedhave
respondedtothesurvey.
Thesurveyisdesignedtohelpidentifythose
conservationBMPsinstalledbyfarmerswithoutstateor
federalcostsharefunds(noncostsharedBMPs)onfarms
acrosstheChesapeakeBaywatershed.
Thesurvey,whichistobecompletedbyApril30,wasdesignedtocapturethose
conservationpracticesfarmershaveinstalledattheirownexpensetomaintaintheviabilityof
theirfarmswhileprotectingwaterqualityintheircommunities.
FordecadesmanyofPennsylvaniasfarmershavebeendoingtherightthinggrowing
theirfarmsandworkingtominimizeanyimpairmenttotheirlocalwaterquality,said
AgricultureSecretaryRussellRedding.Youcanthavehealthyfarmswithouthealthy
waterways.Ourfarmersknowthis,whichiswhymanyofthemhavebeenworkingtowardthese
coequalgoalsontheirown.Wewanttoensurethattheireffortsareaccountedforandgiveour
producerscreditforalltheyredoing.
Thesurvey,whichisconfidential,wasdevelopedtohelpcollectdataforthoseBMPsthat
maynothavebeencostsharedandthereforearenotonrecordasapartofthestateseffortsto
improvethehealthofthewaterways,inparticulartheChesapeakeBay.
Earlierthisyear,weunveiledastrategytorestorethehealthoftheChesapeakeBay
watershed,anditssuccessreliesontheagricultureindustrymaking75percentofPennsylvanias
totalnutrientloadreductions,saidRedding.Whileagriculturewilldoourparttocontinue

meetingthestatesobligationstoahealthierBaywatershed,itsalsoimportantthatwerecognize
andcapturethegoodworkourfarmersaredoingontheirown.Ithankeveryonewhohas
respondedtothesurveyalreadyandurgethosewhohaventtocompletethesurveyandhelpus
continuesharingagriculturesstory.
DatafromthesurveyonthenoncostsharedBMPswillbeaggregatedsonoindividually
identifiableinformationisavailable,thensubmittedtotheDepartmentofEnvironmental
Protectionforreviewandanalysis.DEPwillsharethosefindingswiththeU.S.Environmental
ProtectionAgency.
Currently,PennsylvaniahasonlyreportedthoseconservationBMPsthatwerefunded(in
wholeorpartially)bystateorfederaldollars.ThissurveyquantifiestheBMPsandallowsfor
federallyapproveddocumentationoftheaccuracyofthisselfreporteddatathroughfollowup
farmvisits.
Weneedeveryonesinputthemorewecanquantifyourgoodwork,thefurtherweare
towardagriculturesnutrientreductiongoals,Reddingadded.
SeveralWaysToFillOutSurvey
ClickHere
totakethesurveyonline,orcallPennStatesSurveyResearchCenterat
8668984277andreferencethePAFarmConservationPracticesInventoryProjecttoreceive
ahardcopysurvey.
Farmerscanfilloutthepaperversionofthesurveyorcompleteitonline.Participants
shouldsubmittheirresponsesbyApril30.Whentakingthesurvey,producersshouldhavetheir
conservationandnutrientmanagementplansonhandforreference.
Responseswillremainconfidentialandneverwillbeassociatedwithafarmer'snameor
location.ThesurveyisadministeredbyPennStatesCollegeofAgriculturalSciences.
TenpercentoftheparticipantswillbeselectedrandomlyforfarmvisitsbyPennState
Extensiontoassessinventoryresultsandhelpresearchersbetterunderstandthemethodsused
andchallengesencounteredwhenadoptingvariousmanagementpractices.
FormoreinformationaboutthestrategytorestorethehealthoftheChesapeakeBay,visit
Agricultures
StrategyfortheChesapeakeBay
webpageandtheDEP
ChesapeakeBay
webpage.
NewsClips:
AdamsCountysConnectionToTheChesapeakeBay
FarmersAskedToFillOutChesapeakeBaySurvey

MarchCatalystNewsletterAvailableFromSlipperyRockWatershedCoalition

The
MarcheditionofTheCatalyst
newsletterisnowavailable
fromthe
SlipperyRockWatershedCoalition
inButlerCounty
featuringarticleson
DeSalePhaseIIMineDrainageTreatmentSystemvs.The
EagerBeavers!!
(photo)
SlipperyRockWatershedCoalitionForestLandowner
ConferenceSummary
TheKidsCatalyst:SeekingSpring
SlipperyRockWatershedCoalitionVolunteerThankYou
Dinner

ClickHere
tosignupforyourowncopy.

TheCatalystnewsletterisdistributedtoover1,100individualsinoveradozencountries
including:Brazil,Peru,SouthKorea,Mexico,England,Wales,Venezuela,SouthAfrica,New
Zealand,AustraliaandGermany.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiatives,upcomingeventsandvolunteer
opportunities,visitthe
SlipperyRockWatershedCoalition
website.
NewsClip:
EarthConservancyBuildingRoadForLatestProject

April4ChesapeakeBayJournalNewsNowAvailable

TheApril4
ChesapeakeBayJournal
Newsisnowavailablefeaturingstorieson

USGSEnlargingWaterMonitoringNetworkInChesapeakeBayWatershed

BayRestorationDependsOnDecisionsByLocalGovernments

MDLawmakersApproveBillToSlashGreenhouseGasEmissions

ChesapeakeBayCalendarOfEvents

ClickHere
tosignupforyourowncopy.
NewsClips:
AdamsCountysConnectionToTheChesapeakeBay
FarmersAskedToFillOutChesapeakeBaySurvey

2015ManureExpoReceivesGovernorsEnvironmentalExcellenceAward

The
2015NorthAmericanManureExpo
,whichwas
cohostedbyPennState's
CollegeofAgricultural
Sciences
,isbeingrecognizedwiththe
Governor's
AwardforEnvironmentalExcellence
,Pennsylvania's
"highesthonorbestoweduponbusinessesor
organizationsforenvironmentalperformanceand
innovation."
HeldinFranklinCountyinJuly2015,the
threedayexpodrewarecord2,000attendeesfrom23
statesandfourCanadianprovinces.
Organizedbythe
DepartmentofAnimal
Science
atPennStateandtheFranklinCountyConservationDistrict,theeventfeaturedtours,
demonstrationsandeducationalsessionsfocusedonmanurehandlingandapplication.
RobbMeinen,PennStatesenior
extensionassociate
,andJenniferBratthauar,agricultural
conservationtechnicianandnutrientmanagementspecialistfortheConservationDistrict,
cochairedtheexpo.
Thetwowillaccepttheawardatan
April19dinnerinHarrisburg
hostedbythe
PA
EnvironmentalCouncil
andtheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtection.
"ThisawardisawonderfultributetothehardworkthatRobbandJenniferputinto
organizingtheexpo,"saidTerryEtherton,headoftheDepartmentofAnimalScience."Italsois
awonderfulrecognitionoftheenormousimpacttheexpohasonimprovingbothwaterandair
quality.Weareveryproudoftheseeffortsandgratefulforthishonor."
Theexpo'slargestgroupofattendeesconsistedofprofessionalmanurehandlers.Also

attendingweredairy,livestockandpoultryproducers,nutrientmanagementplanwriters,and
agencyandextensionpersonnel.
"Thisrecognitionisquiteanhonorforthecountlesspeopleandorganizationsthat
contributedtoManureExpo,"Meinensaid."Professionalswereexposedtoinformationand
equipmentthatallowsimultaneousandpracticalprogressforanimalagriculture,cropproduction
andenvironmentalstewardship.Frombeginningtoend,thatwasouroverarchinggoal.
"Theenvironmentalbenefitspromotedattheexpoarereal,"hesaid."Theattendeeshave
enormousinfluenceonenvironmentaladvancementacrossthisregionandallofNorthAmerica.
Weofferedprogrammingforeveryone,fromayoungprofessionaldriverofmanureequipment
topolicymakersinWashington,D.C."
Toursanddemonstrationsgaveattendeesachancetoviewthelatesttechnologyinaction,
andtheeventofferedmorethan50educationalseminars.
Vendorsareattractedtotheexpobecauseofthelargenumberofcommercialmanure
applicatorswhoattend,providinganopportunitytodemonstratethelatesttechnologytoavery
specializedaudience,Meinennoted.
"ManureExpoishelpingtodrivetechnologyadvancementsinprecisionmanurenutrient
utilization,"hesaid."Whencommercialoperatorsadoptthesepractices,theimpactisrealizedon
themanyfarmsandlargeacreagesthattheyservice."
PresentedeachyearbyDEP,theGovernor'sAwardsforEnvironmentalExcellence
highlightthebestinenvironmentalinnovationandexpertisethroughouttheCommonwealth.
Theseawardsarethehigheststatewidehonorbestowedonbusinessesandorganizations
involvedinacrosssectionofenvironmentalinitiatives,suchascleaningupwatersheds,saving
energy,eliminatingpollutionandreducingwaste.
TheawardsprogramisopentoallPennsylvaniabusinesses,farms,governmentagencies,
educationalinstitutions,nonprofitorganizationsandindividualsthathavecreatedorparticipated
inthedevelopmentofaprojectthatpromotesenvironmentalstewardshipandeconomic
developmentinthestate.
Projectsareselectedbasedoneightcriteria:protection,partnership,publicservice,
environmentaleducationandoutreach,pollutionprevention,economicimpact,innovative
technologyandclimatechange.
ClickHere
foralistoftheother2016GovernorsEnvironmentalExcellenceAward
winners.
ClickHere
forinformationontheApril19awardsdinner.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandspecialevents,visitthe
PA
EnvironmentalCouncil
website,visitthe
PECBlog
,follow
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NewsClips:
FarmersAskedToFillOutChesapeakeBaySurvey
NewProgramHelpsPAVineyardsImproveHealthOfLakeErie
WesternPAGrowersMeetDemandForHydroponicVeggies

NRCSPAStateTechnicalCommitteeToMeetApril14InHarrisburg

TheU.S.DepartmentofAgriculturesNaturalResourcesConservationServiceinvitesthepublic
toattendthe
PennsylvaniaStateTechnicalCommittee
meetingonApril14attheUSDAState
OfficeinHarrisburg.

QuarterlyStateTechnicalCommitteeMeetingsareheldtodiscusstheconservationof
soil,water,air,plants,wetlands,wildlifeandagriculture.Aprilsmeetingwillincludeupdateson
fiscalyear2016FarmBillconservationprogramsandguestspeakerGinnyIshlerfromthePSU
ExtensionDairyTeamwillpresentnewfindingsonfeedmanagement.
MorethanadozenPennsylvaniafederal,stateandlocalagenciesmakeupthecommittee,
whichprovidesrecommendationstoNRCSontheimplementationofthenaturalresources
conservationprovisionsoftheFarmBill.
StateTechnicalCommitteemeetingsprovideanopportunityforpeopleandconservation
groupsacrossthestatetoshareexperiencesandcollaborateonpositivesolutionstobetterserve
Pennsylvaniasnaturalresourceneeds,saysDeniseColeman,NRCSStateConservationist.
Thepublicisinvitedtoattendthemeetingwhichwillbeheldat12:30p.m.onApril14at
theUSDAStateOfficeConferenceRoomat359EastParkDrive,Harrisburg.Toattendvia
teleconference,call18888449904withaccesscode6941559.
Attendeeswithdisabilitiesrequiringspecialaccommodationsand/oralternativemeans
forcommunicationofprograminformation(Braille,largeprint,audiotape,etc.)associatedwith
thismeetingshouldcontactTedEvansat7172372209,orsendemailto:
ted.evans@pa.usda.gov
.
FormoreinformationonNRCSprograms,visitthe
NRCSPennsylvania
webpage.
NewsClips:
FarmersAskedToFillOutChesapeakeBaySurvey
NewProgramHelpsPAVineyardsImproveHealthOfLakeErie
WesternPAGrowersMeetDemandForHydroponicVeggies

EQBToConsiderRadioactiveMaterials,RadonFeeIncreasesApril19

The
EnvironmentalQualityBoard
willmeetonApril19,andamongotherregulations,will
considerproposedfeeincreasesforradoncertificationanda50percentincreaseinfeesforthe
licensingandinspectionofradioactivematerials.
TheBoardwillalsohearareportonthereviewoflaboratoryaccreditationfees
recommendingtheybeincreasedbybetween2030percenttomakeupforfundingshortfalls.
Thesefeesissuesarejustsomeof

6ormorefeeincreasepackages
DEPwillbeproposing
thisyeartomakeupforfundingshortfalls.
AlsoontheagendaisafinalregulationmakingchangestotheLandRecyclingProgram
andaproposedregulationmakingstreamdesignationchangesfor4streamsinBerks,Chester,
Monroe,NorthamptonandSusquehannacounties.
ThemeetingwillbeheldinRoom105RachelCarsonBuildingstartingat9:00a.m.
Copiesoftheregulationsandsupportingdocumentshavebeenpostedonthe
EnvironmentalQualityBoard
webpage.
Formoreinformation,contact
LauraEdingerbycalling7177723277orsendemailto:
edinger@pa.gov
.

DEPRestartsProcessToImproveStatewideConsistencyInInspections,Enforcement

TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionTuesdayannounceditisrestartingaprocessto
improvestatewideconsistencyinthewayDEPconductsinspectionsofregulatedentitiesand

activities,ensurescompliancewithstateandfederallawsandregulations,andhandles
enforcementcases.
Theresultofthisprocesswillbeageneral,inspection,compliance,andenforcement
policyaimedatimprovingconsistencyforallourprogramspecificpolicies,saidDEPSecretary
JohnQuigley.Thisfoundationwillhelptoensurethatourworkacrossallprogramsisinternally
aligned,consistent,andincompliancewithstateandfederalregulatoryrequirements.
InkeepingwithDEPscommitmenttotransparency,theprocesswillincludeapublic
noticeandcommentperiod,anticipatedtooccurinthesummer.
DEPfirstlaunchedacompliancemonitoringinitiativein2013,toevaluatecompliance
andenforcementpoliciesandstrategies,andupdatea2004internalpolicyonhowtheagency
handlesviolationsoflawandCommonwealthregulations.Recommendationsweredraftedbut
neverimplemented.
Thismonth,SecretaryQuigleyreenergizedtheinitiative,startingwithaninternalreview
ofDEPpoliciesoninspections,compliance,andenforcement.Theinternalreviewisexpectedto
becompletedinMay,followedbythepubliccommentperiod.

PennFutureSettlementEnsuresGreenWaterInfrastructureFundingInPittsburgh

Settlementofalawsuitbetween
PennFuture
andtheCityofPittsburghandthe
PittsburghWater
andSewerAuthority
willensurethatfuturedevelopmentprojectsreceivingsubstantialpublic
fundswillusegreeninfrastructureandlowimpactmanagementpracticestomanagestormwater
andpreventoffsitedischargesthatcommonlycarrypollutiontoareastreamsandrivers.
PennFutureannouncedagreementinacaseconcerningtheCity'senforcementof2010
legislationthatrequiredtheuseofgreeninfrastructureandlowimpactmanagementpracticesto
ensurethatthedevelopmentnotallowtheoffsitedischargeofprecipitationfroma95percentor
lessrainfallevent.
"ThissettlementnotonlyensurestheCity'suseofgreeninfrastructurebestpractices,it
willimprovepublichealthandsafetywhilesavingtaxpayermoney,"saidLarrySchweiger,
presidentandCEOofPennFuture."WethankthePedutoadministrationfornotonlytalkingthe
talkbutwalkingthewalkwhenitcomestomakingPittsburghamoreresilientcity."
PennFuturebroughtthissuitintheU.S.DistrictCourtfortheWesternDistrictof
PennsylvaniapriortoMayorPeduto'sadministration,allegingthatthePittsburghWaterand
SewerAuthorityandtheCityofPittsburghhadnotrequiredgreeninfrastructureandlowimpact
developmentpracticestocontrolstormwaterona50acrepropertybeingdevelopmentbythe
BuncherCompanyintheStripDistrictbetween11thand21stStreets.
"It'snotenoughtohaveforwardthinkingpoliciesiftheyarenotenforced,"addedGeorge
Jugovic,Jr.,chiefcounselforPennFuture."Byagreeingtosubmititsgreeninfrastructure
ordinancetobemadeapartofitsstateapprovedstormwatermanagementprogram,theCity
ensuresthatthisandfutureadministrationswillreducepollutiontoareastreamsfrompublicly
fundeddevelopmentsusinggreeninfrastructuretechniquesasoriginallyintendedbythe
ordinance."
Theordinance,authoredbythencouncilmanPeduto,soughttoensurethatenvironmental
bestmanagementpracticeswereemployedbytheCitytoreducestormwaterpollution.
Stormwaterrunoffcarriesmanytoxicpollutants,dirtandgarbagetoriversandstreams.
Studiesshowthatthispollutionrivalssewageplantsandlargefactoriesasasourceofharmto

waterways.
Theuseofgreeninfrastructureandlowimpactmanagementpracticesincluding
bioswales,raingardens,greenroofs,rainbarrels,andbufferscaptureandreturnstormwater
runofftorestorepartofthenaturalwatercyclethatislostbecauseofdevelopment.
NewsClip:
EnvironmentalGroup,PittsburghSettleStormwaterLawsuit

InsuranceCommissioner:ConsumerAlertForHomeownersOnAppealingFloodMaps

InsuranceCommissionerTeresaMillerMondayissuedaconsumeralerttellinghomeowners
aboutaprocessbywhichtheycanappealtheirproperty'splacementinafloodzonebythe
federalgovernment,whichinmanycasesrequiresthemtopurchasefloodinsurance.
"TheFederalEmergencyManagementAgencyrecentlyremappedmostofthecountry
using100yearfloodprojections,resultinginmanyhomesbeingdesignatedinfloodzoneswhich
werenevertherebefore,despitemanyofthesehomesneverorrarelyhavingexperienced
flooding,"CommissionerMillersaid."Ifthemortgageonahomeisbackedbythefederal
government,whichmanyare,thenthehomeownermustbuyfloodinsurance."
Toappealahome'splacementinwhatisofficiallycalledaSpecialFloodHazardArea,
thehomeownermustshowthelowestadjacentgrade,orthelowestgroundtouchingthe
structure,isatorabovewhatiscalledtheBaseFloodElevation.
TheBaseFloodElevationisthecomputedelevationtowhichfloodwaterisanticipatedto
riseduringthebasefloodusedindeterminingthelandisinaSpecialFloodHazardArea.
CommissionerMillernotedthatitisthehomeowner'sresponsibilitytoprovidethis
informationinalettertoFEMA.Forthistypeofappeal,calledaLetterofMapAmendment,
thereisnochargetotheconsumer.
Homeownerscangetmoreinformationonhowtoappealafloodzonedesignation,geta
floodmap,andfindanswerstootherquestions,bygoingtotheFEMA
HomeownerInformation
webpage.
Homeownerscanalsocall1877FEMAMAP(18773362627)togetinformationon
appealingafloodzonedesignation.
AspartofGov.Wolf'scontinuingconsumereducationandprotectioninitiative,the
InsuranceDepartmentearlierthisyearcreateda
onestopshopwebpageonfloodinsurance
.
Thisfloodinsurancewebpageincludesinformationonprivateinsuranceoptionsfor
homeowners,aswellasinformationonthefederalgovernmentrunNationalFloodInsurance
Program.
AsNFIPpremiumshaverisenandmorehomeshavebeenremappedintofloodzones,
moreprivateinsurershavestartedenteringthefloodinsurancemarket.However,private
companiesmaynotcoverhigherriskproperties,leavingtheNFIPastheonlyoptionforsome
homeowners.
HomeownerswhonowhaveNFIPinsurancewithasubsidy,andswitchtoaprivate
policy,willlikelynotbeeligibleforanysubsidyiftheylatergobacktotheNFIP.
Currently,onlythosehomesinsuredthroughtheNFIPareeligibleforfederalgrantsto
helpcoverthecostoffloodmitigationwork,suchasraisingahometolessenthechancesof
floodinginthefuture.
"Inmanycases,wehavefoundcomparableprivatefloodcoverageismuchless

expensivethantheNFIPproduct,"saidCommissionerMiller."Iencourageconsumerswhoneed
orwantfloodinsurancetouseourwebpagetoshopandfindthebestcoverageforthematthe
bestprice."
Formoreinformationonfloodinsurance,includingprivatefloodinsuranceoptions,visit
theInsuranceDepartments
FloodInformation
webpage.

Reminder:EntriesForGreatAmericanCleanupOfPAVideoContestDueJune3

Justareminder,
KeepPennsylvaniaBeautiful
isacceptingentriesuntilJune3forthe
Great
AmericanCleanupofPAVideoContest
opentoallregisteredparticipants.
KeepPABeautifulisseekingcreative,originalvideosofpeoplemakingtheir
communitiescleanandbeautiful.
Toparticipate,sendKeepPennsylvaniaBeautifula2minutevideoofyourGreat
AmericanCleanupofPAeventshowcasingyourcommunityimprovementprogram.Besureto
mentiontheGreatAmericanCleanupofPAinyourvideo.
TheGACofPAVideoContestallowsustoshowcasethehardworkandenthusiasmof
thegrassrootseffortwhichistrulythestrengthoftheGreatAmericanCleanupofPA,explains
ShannonReiter,PresidentofKeepPABeautiful,bycollectingandsharingthesevideoswecan
gobeyondjustcapturingthedata,weareabletobringthesestoriestolife.
TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionsponsorsthevideocontestwithcashprizes
offeredbythe
PennsylvaniaWasteIndustriesAssociation
.Thewinningentryreceives$200and
tworunnersupeachreceive$100.
ClickHere
towatchthewinningvideofromthe2015contest.
VotingStartsJune13
Helpchoosethewinnersbylikingyourfavoritevideoonthe
KeepPABeautiful
Facebook
page.VotingbeginsonJune13andconcludesonJune23at3:00p.m.Winnerswill
beannouncedJune24.
Electronicsubmissionsshouldbesentto:
slarson@keeppabeautiful.org
withGACofPA
Video2016inthesubjectline.
Forallthedetails,visittheGreatAmericanCleanupOfPA
VideoContest
webpage.
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:
SpringCleanupInYorkCitySeeksVolunteers
SenateVotesToHikeLitteringFines
VolunteersNeededForPresqueIsleCleanupSaturday
MoreThan4,000VolunteersInErieReadyToCleanUpRegion
CMUStudentsPitchInToCleanupNeighborhood

9thAnnualPROPRecyclingFilmFestivalNowAcceptingEntries


The
ProfessionalRecyclersofPennsylvania
isnowacceptingentriesforthe
2016Annual
RecyclingFilmFestival
.ThedeadlineforentriesisJuly8.
Doesyourlocalrecyclingeducationprogramneedaboost?Doyoufinditdifficultto
relatewhichitemsbelongincurbsiderecyclingbinsandwhichdonot,despiteyourcurrent
recyclingeducationefforts?
Considershootinga35minuterecyclingvideowithyoursmartphonethatcanbeposted
toyourcommunitywebsite,orusedatgrouppresentations,togetyourpointsacrossboth
audiblyandvisually.
Acashprize,sponsoredby
MSWConsultants,LLC
,willbeawardedforthe
video,orvideos,judgedbyFilmFestparticipantballotstobethebest.Thewinnerswillbe
recognizedatthe
PROPAnnualRecycling&OrganicsConference
inHarrisburgJuly2728..
ThewinningvideoswillgainadditionalexposurethroughpostingtoPROPsYouTube
Channel.Youcanviewmanyofthewinningvideosfromthe20082015FilmFestatthe
PROP
YouTubeChannel
.
ClickHere
forallthedetails.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandupcomingevents,visitthe
ProfessionalRecyclersofPennsylvania
website.
ClickHere
tosignupforregularupdatesfrom
PROP.
NewsClips:
BehrendStudentsBringRecyclingToErieVeterans
GreeneCountyPlanningElectronicsRecyclingProgram
ShippensburgBoroSeeksChangesToEWasteRecyclingProgram
JessupBoroughWillAuctionFormerDumpSite,PowerPlantSite
NELawmakersDebateEnvironmentalIssues,TakeCenterStage

NominationsNowBeingAcceptedFor2016WasteWatcherAwards

The
PennsylvaniaWasteWatcherAwardsProgram
isnowaccepting
nominationstorecognizemunicipalities,counties,businesses,industries,
schools,colleges,universities,communitynonprofitgroupsand
individualswhomadeasignificantcontributionstorecycling,
compostingandwastereductionandreuse.
NominationsaredueMay31.
ClickHere
todownloadanominationform.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandupcoming
events,visitthe
ProfessionalRecyclersofPennsylvania
website.
ClickHere
tosignupfor
regularupdatesfromPROP.
NewsClips:
BehrendStudentsBringRecyclingToErieVeterans
GreeneCountyPlanningElectronicsRecyclingProgram
ShippensburgBoroSeeksChangesToEWasteRecyclingProgram
JessupBoroughWillAuctionFormerDumpSite,PowerPlantSite
NELawmakersDebateEnvironmentalIssues,TakeCenterStage

PAResourcesCouncilAprilNewsletter,UpcomingEventsNowAvailable

The
Aprilnewsletter
fromthe
PAResources
Council
isnowavailablefeaturingarticles
on

PRCReceivesGovernorsAwardfor
EnvironmentalExcellence

FilmsForABetterPlanetSeries
BeginsIn
PittsburghMay6

PRCConservationWorkshopsComingUp

LetsClearTheAirPosterChallengeInSouthwestPA

PRCHardToRecycleCollectionEventsInWesternPA

CalendarOfAllCollectionEvents

PRCIsNOTAbleToCollectTVs/MonitorsAndHeresWhy

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Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandspecialevents,visitthe
PAResources
Council
website,follow
PRConTwitter
or
LikethemonFacebook
.
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forPRCs
EventsCalendar.

DEPFinesRiceDrilling$393,000ForViolationsInGreene,WashingtonCounties

TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionMondayannouncedithasenteredintothree
ConsentAssessmentofCivilPenaltieswith
RiceDrillingB,LLC
,ofCanonsburg,Washington
Countyandtwoofitsaffiliatescovering$393,000inpenaltiesforviolationsatsitesin
WashingtonandGreenecounties.
DEPfinedRiceDrillingforviolationsinAmwellTownship,WashingtonCounty,
includinginstallingawaterlinebetweenawellpadandanimpoundmentwithoutapermit,
buildingapipelinethroughawetlandthatwasnotauthorizedbypermit,andputtingthreewater
linesunderastreamwhenthepermitauthorizedonlyonepipeline.
Thecompanywasalsocitedfor21streamcrossingswithoutproperDEPpermitting.
AlphaShaleResources,LP,aRiceaffiliate,wascitedforanAugust9,2012,spillatitsAlpha
Unit21HgaswellinJacksonTownship,GreeneCounty.Inthisinstanceafrackingfluidtank
overflowed,spilling100barrelsofproductionwaterontheground.
RicePoseidonMidstream,LLC,anotherRiceaffiliate,wascitedfornotusingbest
managementpracticesinerosionandsedimentcontrolthatcontributedtoalandslideonApril5,
2015,thatforcedthetemporaryclosingofMuddyHollowRoadinHolbrook,GreeneCountyand
impactinganearbystream.
Inalltheaboveinstances,thecompanyhassincecompliedwithDEPNoticesof
Violationsandiscurrentlyincomplianceattheselocations.
NewsClip:
RiceEnergyFined$393,500ByDEPForPermitViolations

ConventionalDrillersRespondToMediaReportsOnDrillingRegLawsuit

MarkCline,Presidentofthe
PAIndependentPetroleumProducersAssociation
,Tuesday

respondedtomediacoverageofitsannouncement
ofthetradegroupslawsuitseekingto
overturn
DEPsfinalChapter78(conventional)drillingregulations
updatenowgoingthroughits
finalregulatoryreviews.
HereisthetextofClinesresponse
MynameisMarkCline.IamthePresidentofthePennsylvaniaIndependentPetroleum
Producers(PIPP)andamemberoftheConventionalOilandGasAdvisoryCommittee
(COGAC).Iamwritinginresponsetoyour
DailyEnvironmentalBlogfromMarch24,2016
.
OnThursdayMarch24,2016PIPPfiledalawsuitagainstPADEP,theEnvironmental
QualityBoard(EQB)andtheIndependentRegulatoryReviewCommission(IRRC.)Wehave
suedbecauseEQB,via
Act126of2014
,wasinstructedtopromulgateregulationsforthe
ConventionalandUnconventionaloilandgasindustriesseparately.
Act126,passedbystatelegislatorsandsignedbyGovernorCorbett,mandatedthe
DepartmentbifurcatetheconventionalandunconventionalregulatoryinstrumentsoftheOiland
GasAct.
DEPinsteademployedawordprocessingexerciseanddeliveredtwovirtuallyidentical
documentsinChapter78forconventionaloperationsandChapter78aforunconventional.
Theseseparatesetsofregulations,afteryetanotherperiodofpubliccommentand
advancednoticeoffinalrulemakingwerethensentto
EQBinJanuaryof2016
asonepackage.
Twosetsofregulationsbutonlyoneupordownvote.Thatisnotseparate.Assuch,webelieve
theseregulationsareunlawful.
Withregardtoyourclaimthatconventionaloperatorshaveincurredthreetimesasmany
violationsastheunconventional,perhapssomefactualinsightwillpaintamoreaccurate
pictureTherehavebeen9,884unconventionalwellsdrilledintheCommonwealthasofmy
sittingdowntowritethisresponse.Inthatsametimespantherehavebeen29,269conventional
wellsdrilled.
Therearealsoover100,000additionalconventionalwellscurrentlyinsafeoperation.
Consideringthisskewedratioitisnosurprisethattheconventionaloperatorsincurmore
violations.
Whatyouclaimtobefacts:
1)Conventionalwellscausewaterlossandcontaminationjustlikeunconventionalwells.
DuringtheConventionalOilandGasAdvisorymeetingonMarch26thinHarrisburg,Kurt
KlapkowskimadethisstatementConventionalindustrysimpactisrelativelytemporaryin
nature.Youdontseelongtermimpactsnecessarily.Ontherareoccasionthatwatersupplies
areaffectedbyconventionalactivitiesitclearsupinashortperiodoftime.Also,pollutingthe
watersoftheCommonwealthisalreadyaviolationoftheOilandGasAct.
2)Conventionalwellshavemoreviolationsthanunconventionalwells.
TheDEP2014OilandGasAnnualReportstates:In2014,1,449violationswereidentifiedat
conventionalsites,and412violationswereobservedatunconventionalwellsites.Whatitfailed
topointoutfromitsownonlinereportswasthat:
a)Conventionalwellsitesoutnumberedunconventionalwellsitesbymorethan12:1in2014.
(121,988activeconventionalwells,9,848activeunconventionalwells).Thisrevealsthatthere
was1violationforevery84conventionalwells,asopposedto1violationforevery24
unconventionalwells.
b)Ofthe12,703inspectionsofconventionaloperationsconductedin2014,11,905inspections
didnotrevealanyviolations.Thatisa93.7percentcompliancerate.Thatisanamazingstatistic

giventhattheDepartmenthasturneduptheheatonourindustryinrecentyearswithmore
inspectorsconducting24percentmoreinspectionsthanin2008.
c)40percentoftheviolationsidentifiedinconventionaloperations(583)in2014weremerely
administrativeviolations,notenvironmentalhealthandsafetyviolations.
d)12operatorswereresponsibleforover45percentofalltheviolationsidentified.
3)Bothunconventionalandconventionalindustriesemployfracing..
Whilethisistruethetechniquesarecompletelydifferent.Theconventionalindustrydrills
verticalwellsusuallynomorethan2,500feetdeep.Ourfracturespropagatenomorethan150
feethorizontallyfromthewellbore.Atypicalconventionalfracstageusesafewthousand
gallonsofwaterandabout80sacksofsand.Unconventionalwellsaremuchdeeperand
kickoffhorizontallyupto9,000feetindifferentdirections.Alongthis9,000footsection
dozensofstagesarefracdwithmillionsofgallonsofwaterandchemicals.
4)Conventionalwellsaredrilledthroughthesamesensitiveaquifers.
Thisistrue.Thereareveryclearregulationsthathavebeeninplacesincetheimplementationof
Act223,TheOilandGasActof1984thatprotecttheseaquifersthroughtheuseofcementedin
casingstrings.
5)Conventionalwellscreateabiggerfootprintontheland.
Evenifyoutakeallthe121,988conventionalwelllocationswearestill3.5timessmallerthan
thefootprintoftheunconventional.
a)Fortythreeconventionallocationscanfitontooneunconventionallocation.
b)Conventionallocationroadsareverysmall,usually12feetwide.
c)Theunconventionalindustrybuildstwolaneroadsastheyneedlargerroadstoaccommodate
theheavytrucktraffic.TheydoabetterjobofbuildingroadsthanmosttownshipsandtheForest
Service.
d)Conventionalpipelinerightofwaysbearlittletonoimpactastheyaremostoftenburiedin
theditchesofourlocationandaccessroads.
e)Theunconventionalneedwide,expansiverightofwaysthatimpactmanysurfaceproperty
ownersformanymiles.
6)SmallerCompanies,FewerResources?Whenwaterresourcesarepolluteditistheobligation
undercurrentregulationforthecompanyresponsibletofixtheproblem.Thereisnoprecedent
wheretaxpayershavehadtopickupthebillfortheinfractionsofasingleconventionalproducer.
Smallbusinessesarethebackboneoftheconventionaloilandgasindustryofthis
Commonwealth.Yourcommentsareaninsulttoanindustrythathasperseveredthroughbooms
andbustsforover155yearsandwhoseproductsbenefiteverysinglepersonlivinginthis
Commonwealth.
OftheconventionaloperatorsintheCommonwealthtoday,virtuallyallaresmall
businesses.InacornerofPennsylvaniathatIndustryhaslargelyabandoned,smallbusinessis
whatmakesoureconomywork.ThousandsofPennsylvaniansrelyontheconventionaloiland
gasindustrytoprovidealivingfortheirfamilies.
TheChapter78regulations,ifimplementedandenforcedaswritten,wouldbetheendof
thisindustry.ItistimethatHarrisburgrealizesthatthereislifeWestoftheSusquehannaRiver.
Environmentalistsmaketheproductionoffossilfuelsanissueofmorality.
Aretheirverylivesnotenrichedbytheproductsproducedbythisindustry?Howisitnot
anissueofmoralitytopotentiallyputthousandsofpeopleoutofworkanddecimate
communitiesthatoncehelpedmakethisStatethecruciblethatforgedthefuture?

Regards,
MarkCline
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OpEd:NewRulesWouldMakeDrillingSaferInPA
Editorial:RegulatingPAOutOfBusiness
RiceEnergyFined$393,500ByDEPForPermitViolations
DrillerAsksJudgeToThrowOut$4.42MDimockVerdict
CabotAppealsDrillingWaterContaminationVerdict
PUC:ColumbiaGasReplacingServiceLinesFaster,MoreCheaply
RadioactiveDrillingWasteCausesConfusionAcrossStateLines
ChemicalsFoundNearWVDrillingWastewaterInjectionWell
PublicHealthAdvocatesRenewCallForFrackingHealthRegistry
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FERCToCompletePennEastPipelineEnvironmentalReviewByDec.16

OnMarch29theFederalEnergyRegulatoryCommissionpublishedaNoticeofSchedulefor
EnvironmentalReviewestablishingaDecember16completiondateforFERCsenvironmental
reviewofthe
PennEastPipelineProject
.
FERCsstatementofintenttoproceedwithitsenvironmentalreviewincooperationwith
otherfederalagenciesisasignificantmilestonefortheProjectandrepresentsanimportantstep
towardobtainingthenecessaryapprovalstobeginconstruction.
TheannouncementofFERCsNOSisanotherstepforwardforPennEastaswecontinue
throughtheprocess,saidPeterTerranova,chairofthePennEastboardofmanagers.We
recognizetheunprecedentednumberofpipelineapplicationscurrentlyunderconsiderationby
FERCandarepleasedtohavereceivedFERCsnoticetoproceedwiththeenvironmentalreview
ofourprojectinatimelymanner.Weremaincommittedtothecompletionofthisvitalproject
andbringingthebenefitsoflowerenergycosts,cleanerenergyandthousandsofconstruction
andancillaryjobstoPennsylvania,NewJerseyandNewYork.
Withagreementsinplacetosecuremajorequipmentrequiredtobuildandoperatethe
Pipeline,PennEastisworkingtofinalizeotherconstructionrelatedagreementsthatwillbe
requiredtoconstructtheProjectuponreceiptofallnecessaryauthorizations.
PennEastalsoisintheprocessofreviewingFERCsNOSinordertoupdateits
timeframeforconstruction.Basedonapreliminaryreview,PennEastanticipatesaninservice
dateinthesecondhalfof2018ratherthanlate2017.
PennEastsubmitteditsprefilingapplicationwithFERConOct.7,2014,anditsformal
applicationforpermissiontobuild,ownandoperatethePennEastPipelineonSept.24,2015.
Todate,PennEasthasconductedextensivepublicoutreach,performedfieldsurveyson
morethan60percentoftheroute,respondedtotwocomprehensivedatarequestsfromFERC
seekingadditionaldetailedinformationregardingtheProject,andprovidedresponsesto
approximately2,000comments.
Theproposed118mileProjectrepresentsa$1billioninvestmentandwilldeliver
approximately1billioncubicfeetofgasperdaytocustomersinPennsylvania,NewJerseyand

NewYork.
ItwilloriginateinLuzerneCountyinnortheasternPennsylvaniaandterminateatthe
TranscointerconnectioninMercerCounty,NewJersey.
Formoreinformation,visitthe
PennEastPipelineProject
website,sendemailto:
t
oanswers@penneastpipeline.com
orcall8443477119.
NewsClips:
PipelineProjectSpursWaterRunoffConcernsInNE
PropertyOwnerFacesChargesInMarinerPipelineProtest
ChainsawsReturnAlongWithMarinerPipelineTreeSitter
Editorial:PipelinesPromising,NeedThoroughStudy
Editorial:EnvironmentalIssuesOftenHitHomeInPA

PECOEarnsLEEDGreenBuildingCertificationForPhiladelphiaHQ

PECO
hasearnedLeadershipinEnergyandEnvironmentalDesign(LEED)certificationfrom
theU.S.GreenBuildingCouncilforthecompanysPhiladelphiaheadquarters.
Thisachievementculminatesamultiyear,$15.3millionenvironmentalinitiativeto
improvethesustainabilityofPECOsbuildingsandoperationsacrosssoutheasternPennsylvania.
Intotal,PECOsLEEDinitiativecomprisesnearly1.5millionsquarefeetofbuilding
space,representing80percentofthetotalsquarefootageofallPECObuildings.PECOs
certifiedbuildingsnowrepresentmorethan30percentofallLEEDExistingBuilding
Operations+Maintenance(EBOM)certifiedbuildingsthroughoutPennsylvania.
Thiscertificationisatestamenttooursteadfastdedicationtosustainabilityand
environmentalleadership,saidCraigAdams,presidentandCEO.Icommendthevisionof
DenisOBrien,CEOofExelonUtilities,wholaunchedtheseinitiativesin2008,andthehard
workofouremployeeswhocontributedtothisachievement.Thisworkhasanongoingpositive
environmentalimpactonourcustomersandcommunitiesweserve.
PECOsheadquartersreceivedLEEDEBOMGoldcertificationthroughaseriesof
buildingupgradesandoperationalenhancements,including:
From2009to2014,PECOcompleted,extensiveenergyefficientlightingimprovements,
whichledtoareductionof2,700lightfixturesand30,000fluorescentlamps.
Heatingandcoolingupgradesandtheinstallationofanewbuildingautomationsystemto
controltheHVACsystem.
A45,000squarefootgreenroof,whichmitigatesstormwaterrunoffandreducesenergyusage
forheatingandcooling,wasinstalledin2008.
In2009,PECOsiconicCrownLightssystematopourPhiladelphiaheadquarterswasupdated
withenergyefficientLEDtechnology.
Thisworkhashelpedreducebuildingenergyusageby7.25millionkilowatthourseach
year.
Thisbuildingjoins11otherLEEDcertifiedPECObuildingsacrosstheregion,including
twoLEEDNewConstructionCertifiedsitesandnineExistingBuildingOperations+
MaintenanceCertifiedsites
BucksCounty:WarminsterServiceBuilding
ChesterCounty:BerwynCampus(threebuildings)andWestChesterServiceBuilding
DelawareCounty:BaldwinServiceBuilding

MontgomeryCounty:PlymouthandPhoenixvilleServiceBuildings,PlymouthLineSchool
Building
PhiladelphiaCounty:CompanyHeadquarters,G&LuzerneandChristianStreetService
Buildings
Fromthecompanysgreenbuildinginitiatives,tooperatinganenvironmentallyfriendly
fleet,tolaunchingPECOSmartIdeastohelpcustomerssaveenergyandmoney,allofPECOs
environmentaleffortscontributetoandsupportthelongtermsustainabilityeffortsofourparent
company,
Exelon
,tobenefitthecompanyscustomersandcommunities.
Formoreinformationonenvironmentalinitiatives,visitPECOs
EnhancingOur
Environment
webpage.Forenergysavingstepsresidentsandbusinessescantake,visitPECOs
TakeStepsTowardSavings
webpage.
NewsClip:
PECOEarnsEnvironmentalCertification

WestPennPowerSustainableEnergyFundVideo:TheQuietOnesDoingTheRightThing

The
WestPennPowerSustainableEnergyFund
posteda
newvideoprofilingtheprojects
,businesses
andindividualstheysupporttopromoteenergy
efficiencyandrenewableenergyprojectscreating
economicopportunityanddoingtherightthing
withintheirserviceterritory.
ClickHere
towatchthisinspiringvideo.Formore
informationonprograms,initiativesandupcoming
events,visitthe
WestPennPowerSustainable
EnergyFund
websiteandsignupforregular
updates.
NewsClips:
BatteriesHolyGrailForTransitioningToCleanEnergy
AlleghenyCountySolarInitiativeReachesOutToBusinesses
Bloomberg:Wind,SolarAreCrushingFossilFuels

PAEnvironmentalCouncil:InCaseYouMissedItInMarch

The
PAEnvironmentalCouncil
Marcheditionof
InCaseYouMissedIt
isnowavailable
featuringstorieson
LaunchofPECs
LegislativeBillTracker
TeamedUpWithEnvironmentalDefenseFundOn
MethanePolicyOpEd
Announced
RegionalWatershedWorkshops
SharedObservationsFromthe
NationalBikeSummitAndWomensConference
Announced
April19GovernorsEnvironmentalExcellenceAwardsDinner
OpenedApplicationPeriodFor
PoconoConservationLandscapeMiniGrants

ClickHere
toreceiveregularupdatesfromPEC.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandspecialevents,visitthe
PA
EnvironmentalCouncil
website,visitthe
PECBlog
,follow
PEConTwitter
or
LikePECon

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.

DominionFoundationOffers$1MillionInEducationGrants,IncludingEnvironment

DominionResourcesMondayannounceditwillprovide$1millionineducationalgrantsto
schoolswithinthecompany'sgeographicfootprintthroughitsphilanthropicarm,the
Dominion
Foundation
.ApplicationsaredueMay31.
EligibleorganizationsintargetedareasofConnecticut,Maryland,NewYork,North
Carolina,Ohio,Pennsylvania,RhodeIsland,SouthCarolina,Virginia,WestVirginiaandother
areaswithinDominion'sfootprintcansubmitapplications.
Thegrantswillfocusonoutstandingenergyandenvironmentalprogramsforstudents
fromkindergartenthroughcollege,including
HigherEducationPartnership:
TheHigherEducationalPartnershipgrantsareforprograms
inbusiness,skilledcraft,energy,engineering,environmentalandtechnicalstudies,andfor
studentledconservationprogramsincolleges,communitycollegesandpostsecondarytraining
schools.Grantsupto$50,000eachwillbeawardedforexceptionalprograms,basedinparton
havingimmediatebenefitsforstudents,thecampusandthecommunity.
ClickHere
formore
informationandtoapply.
K12EducationalPartnership:
TheK12EducationalPartnershipgrantsareavailablein
awardsupto$2,500each.Theseawardshelpstudentsstrengthentheirmathematicsandscience
skillsthroughthestudyofenergyandtheenvironment.
ClickHere
formoreinformationandto
apply.
Formoreinformationonotherprogramsandinitiatives,visitthe
DominionFoundation
webpage.
NewsClips:
StudentsLearnScienceIsDiverseFieldAtFranklinInstitute
FutureScientistsUrgedToStickToTheFacts

Reminder:NortheastPAAudubonSocietyAcceptingApplicationsForCollegeScholarship

NortheastPAAudubonSociety
isacceptingapplicationsforitsannual
$4,000college
scholarship
,availabletostudentswhowishtopursueacareerinanenvironmentalfieldsuchas
forestry,naturalresources,environmentalplanning,environmentalengineering,fish,game,or
wildlifemanagement,ecologyand/orenvironmentalscience.
ApplicationsaredueApril30.
ApplicantsmustbefromPike,Wayne,Lackawanna,orSusquehannacountiesandmust
enrollfulltimeinanaccreditedtwoorfouryearcollegeoruniversityprogram.Thewinning
applicantwillreceive$1,000peryearforuptofouryears.Thescholarshipisfundedbythe
annualAudubonArtsandCraftFestivalheldeachJuly.
Formoreinformation,visittheNortheastPAAudubonSociety
Scholarships
webpage.

ClearWaterConservancySupports2,021ChildrenAtMillbrookMarshNatureCenter

ClearWaterConservancy
inCentreCounty
awarded$14,743infundingthroughits

Connectionsprogramfor2,021studentsattendingpublicandprivateschoolsincentral
Pennsylvaniatotakepartinfieldtripsthisspringto
MillbrookMarshNatureCenter
inState
College.
ClearWater'slongstanding"StudentsCommunitiesStreamsConnections"programpays
fortransportationandadmissiontothenaturecenter.
Spring2016fundingrecipientsinclude:
BellefonteAreaSchoolDistrict
BellefonteElementaryteacherStaciChapman65kindergartenstudentsatacostof$855.00
BellefonteElementaries(MarionWalker,Bellefonte,Benner,PleasantGap)teacherPam
Vaiana191fourthgradestudentsatacostof$2,537.00
BaldEagleAreaSchoolDistrict
PortMatildaElementaryteacherShawneeMorgan20firstgradestudentsatacostof
$310.00
PennsValleyAreaSchoolDistrict
CentreHall,PennsValley&RebersburgteacherAngHoman119fourthgradestudentsata
costof$1,100.00
CentreHall,PennsValley&RebersburgElementariesteacherVickieFultz94firstgrade
studentsatacostof$1,000.00
PennsValleyHighSchoolteacherJessicaMartin101seventhgradestudentsatacostof
$1,319.00
PhilipsburgOsceolaAreaSchoolDistrict
PhillipsburgElementaryteacherDenisePutt,45secondgradestudentsatacostof$495.00
PhillipsburgElementaryteacherKerryWhitman,45secondgradestudentsatacostof
$495.00
StateCollegeAreaSchoolDistrict
StateCollegeAreaElementariesteacherDeirdreBauer1,050kindergarten,firstand
secondgradestudentsatacostof$3,675.00
PrivateSchools
CenClearChildServices,Inc.teacherChristalHayward251prekindergartenstudentsata
costof$2,407.00.
KinderCareLearningCenterteacherAngelaHardin24Kthrough1stgradestudentsatacost
of$338.00.
StateCollegeFriendsSchoolteacherEllenGrunenwald16kindergartenandfirstgrade
studentsatacostof$212.00.
AtMillbrookMarsh,thechildrenwilllearnabouttheirlocalnaturalenvironmentthrough
interactiveandhandsonoutdooractivitiesandexperiments.Inall,theprogramhassponsored
22,479studentvisitssince2000.
Throughexperientiallearningstudentsareabletoapplywhattheylearninthe
classroomtowhattheydiscoveratMillbrookMarshNatureCenter.Ourprogramsaredesigned
withhandsonopportunitiesforchildrentousetheirsensestoexplorethemarshtofeelthemud
squishbetweentheirfingers,catchmacroinvertebratesoutofthestream,learnaboutstream
quality,anddiscoverthewonderfulvarietyofplantsandanimalsthatinhabitwetland
ecosystems,saidMelissaFreed,NatureCenterSupervisoratMillbrookMarsh.Explorations
areledbytrainednaturalistswhoprovideinterpretationforprogramsthatmeetthePennsylvania
StateStandardsforEnvironmentandEcology.

Elementaryandmiddleschoolstudentsandtheirteachersreceivedwordabouttheirgrant
awardsinMarch.
TheConnectionsfieldtripsareanimportantpartofClearWaterseducationmission.By
gettingyoungstersoutinanaturalareawithtrainednaturalists,wehopetofosteraloveofnature
andtheoutdoorstheycanbenefitfromthroughouttheirlives,saidClearWaterExecutive
DirectorDebNardone.
The2016ConnectionsprogramismadepossiblewithdonationsfromWalMart
Foundation,StateoftheArt,Inc.,HarrisTownshipLionsClubandthemanydonorswho
attendedClearWatersFortheLoveofArt&Chocolatefundraisingeventthisyear.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandupcomingevents,visitthe
ClearWater
Conservancy
website.

PAHorticulturalSociety,AquaPAAwardTreeVitalizeWatershedGrants

The
PAHorticulturalSociety
Mondayannouncedtheaward
of$203,174in
TreeVitalizeWatershedGrants
to38separate
projectstoplantover7,000treesandshrubs.Thegrantfunds
leverageanadditional$146,886inmatchprovidedbythe
granteeorganizations.
TheprogramismanagedbyPHSinthefivecounty
SoutheasternPennsylvaniaregion,andfundedbythe
DepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionsGrowingGreener
programand
AquaPennsylvania
.
PHS,AquaandDEParepleasedtoannouncegrants
to:
BucksCounty

SoleburyTownship
,AquetongSpringPark

DoylestownTownship
,Neamand'sTrail

BucksCountyConservationDistrict
,PeaceValleyEquestrianTrail
BucksCountyConservationDistrict,Heaven'sGateFarm
BucksCountyConservationDistrict,FramePropertyriparianbuffer
HeritageConservancy,Hart'sWoodsPreserve

DelawareRiverkeeperNetwork
,SwampCreek
ChesterCounty

GreenValleysWatershedAssociation
,CrabbyCreek,Phase2

ChesterRidleyCrumWatershedAssociation
,SerpentinePreserve
ChesterRidleyCrumWatershedAssociation,SerpentinePreserve

NaturalLandsTrust
,KelsallRd.RiparianBuffer

TraditionsatLongwoodHOA
,TraditionsatLongwoodII

StroudWaterResearchCenter
,ColketFarm
StroudWaterResearchCenter,DeLeoFarm

BrandywineConservancy
,EastBrandywinePreserve
DelawareCounty

DelawareCountyConservationDistrict
,SmedleyPark

MiddletownTownship
,DarlingtonTrail


RidleyParkBorough
,EastlakePark

AstonTownship
,AstonTwp.,StormwaterBasins

CityofChester
,EthelWatersPark

NorwoodBorough
,Morton/MortonHouse
MontgomeryCounty

PerkiomenWatershedConservancy
,BriarwyckPark

PerkiomenWatershedConservancy,GraterfordField
PerkiomenWatershedConservancy,S.ParkAvenue

UpperPerkiomenHighSchool
,UMJAPeninsulaGreenLane
UpperPerkiomenHighSchool,PerkiomenCreek

MeadowoodSeniorLiving
,MeadowoodRiparianCorridor

MontgomeryCountyParks
,DeepCreekLake

WissahickonValleyWatershedAssociation
,ByrneFarm

StonyCreekFarmsAssociation
,StonyCreekFarms

PennypackEcologicalRestorationTrust
,WoodsfordValley

RiverbendEnvironmentalEducationCenter
,RiverbendE.E.Center

TTFWatershedPartnership
,McKinleyElementarySchool
PhiladelphiaCounty

PhiladelphiaParksandRecreation
,SchuylkillRiverRiparian
PhiladelphiaParksandRecreation,TaconyCreekUplandForest
PhiladelphiaParksandRecreation,TaconyCreekFloodplain
PhiladelphiaParksandRecreation,HaddingtonWoods/N.Forest
PhiladelphiaParksandRecreation,HollanderCreekEdge
PhiladelphiaParksandRecreation,PattisonLagoon,N.Edge
TreeVitalizeWatersheds
isanimportantcomponentof
PlantOneMillion
,amultistate
partnershipledbyPHStoincreasetreeplantingandstewardshipeffortsinPennsylvania,New
Jersey,andDelaware.
Formoreinformationonthisyearsprojectsorhowtoapplyforthe2017grantround,
pleasecontactBobAdams,PHSPlantOneMillionWatershedsManager,bysendingemailto:
badams@pennhort.org
orcall2159888795.
Moreinformationabouttreeplantingsupportandtreetendertrainingisavailableinother
areasofthestateatthe
TreeVitalize
website.
NewsClips:
Letter:TreesOfferMoreBenefitsThanManyRealize
MapleSyrupProductionASweetScience

TreesForTomorrowAcceptingGrantsApplicationsInFranklin,Dauphin,Cumberland

The
AlliancefortheChesapeakeBay

TreesforTomorrow
Program
isnowacceptingapplicationsforgrantsfornativetree
plantingandmaintenanceprojectsthatenhancewaterqualityin
Franklin,DauphinandCumberlandcounties.
ApplicationsaredueApril30.
Nonprofitorganizations,municipalities,municipal
authorities,andothercivicinstitutionsareeligibletoreceive

funding.
Projectsmayincluderiparianbuffers,streettreeplantings,parkorotheropenspace
plantings,ortreemaintenanceprojects.Grantapplicationsthatenhanceandexpandurbantree
canopies,riparianbuffers,and/oraddressotherwaterqualityconcernswillbeprioritized.
Grantsareavailableonafirstcome,firstservebasis.Projectsnotfundedduringthis
grantcyclewillbeaddressedonarollingbasisduringfuturegrantcycles.
ClickHere
forallthedetailsandhowtoapply.QuestionsshouldbedirectedtoShannon
Sylte7177378622orsendemailto:
ssylte@allianceforthebay.org
.
Moreinformationisavailableonprograms,initiativesandspecialeventsonthe
Alliance
fortheChesapeakeBay
website.
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tosignupforregularupdatesfromtheAlliance,
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AllianceonFacebook
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andvisittheAlliances
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NewsClips:
Letter:TreesOfferMoreBenefitsThanManyRealize
MapleSyrupProductionASweetScience

EducationalRetreatForWomenForestLandownersSept.1518InWayneCounty

WomenacrossthemidAtlanticregionwhoown,carefor,or
areinterestedinlearningmoreaboutforestlandareinvitedto
applytoattendthe
WomenandTheirWoods
Educational
RetreatfromSeptember1518attheHighlightsFoundation
FacilityinBoydsMill,Milanville,WayneCounty.
Thefourdayworkshopisfullofexcitingeducational
programsandfieldtripsrelatedtothecareandmanagement
offorestland.Theresultisafriendly,peerlearning
environmentandconnectiontoanetworkofeducated
landownersandnaturalresourceprofessionals.
Topicsandactivitiesinindoorandoutdoorsessionsincludeforestecology,wildlife,
estateandfinancialplanning,calculatingthevalueinyourforest,forestplantidentificationand
more.WaTWgraduatesgoontoserveasmentorsforotherlandownersintheircommunitiesin
theproperstewardshipoftheirlands.
AccordingtoChristineFoland,PALandownerandWaTWRetreatGraduate,Itishard
formetobelievehowdifferentlyIviewmywoodsafterourfourdaystogether.Inadditionto
lovingmywoods,Ifeelastrongresponsibilitytocareforitinapurposefulway.Thenetworkof
supportavailableiswonderful.Iamembarkedonanew,beautiful,andheretoforeunexpected
relationshipwithmyforest.
Thecosttoattendthefourdayretreatis$200andcoverslodgingforthreenights,three
mealsperdaywithsnacks,andallworkshopresourcesandmaterials.Theapplicationdeadlineis
August1,2016.
AprilWomenAndTheirWoodsWorkshop
TheWomenandTheirWoodswillalsohostanApril2526WomenandTheirWoods
springworkshopinMilford,PikeCounty.
Formoredetailsorforanapplication,visittheDelawareHighlandsConservancy
Women
andTheirWoodsProgram
webpageorsendemailtoAmandaSubjinoftheDelawareHighlands

Conservancyat:
conserve@delawarehighlands.org
,orcall5702263164ext.2.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandspecialevents,visitthe
Delaware
HighlandsConservancy
website.
ClickHere
tosignupforregularupdatesfromthe
Conservancy(upperrightofthepage),
LikeonFacebook
and
FollowonTwitter
.
NewsClips:
Letter:TreesOfferMoreBenefitsThanManyRealize
MapleSyrupProductionASweetScience

PAParks&ForestsFoundationLookingForStewardsOfPennsWoods

The
PAParksandForestsFoundation
islaunchinganew
programforvolunteers
StewardsofPennsWoods
to
assistwithcleanupandbeautificationattrailheads,boat
launches,islands,vistasandotherinterestingsitesin
Pennsylvaniasstateforests.
TheprogramisfundedbyExelon.
Anyone,fromindividualstobusinesses,cangetinvolvedin
beingastewardofournaturalresources.Inexchangefora
minimumoneyearcommitment(atleastfourvisits)to
stewardaparticularlocation,stewardswillreceiveatshirt,
gloves,bagsandothernecessaryitemstostewardtheirspecialarea.
TheStewardsofPennsWoodsprogramprovidesanopportunityforpeopletotakean
activeroleincaringfortheirpubliclands,saidMarciMowery,PresidentofthePennsylvania
ParksandForestsFoundation.Itsawaytoensurethatthelegacyofconservationthatcreated
ournaturalplacesarepassedtothenextgeneration.
ClickHere
forallthedetails.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandspecialevents,visitthe
PAParks&
ForestsFoundation
website.
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NewsClips:
YorkParkWetlandsConstructionAlmostComplete
EmmausSuspendsPopularSummerParksProgram

FriendsOfAlleghenyWildernessEmergencyTrailClearingProjectApril910

IntheearlymorninghoursofJune23apowerfulstormblewwesttoeastacrosspartofthe
proposedMinisterValleyWildernessAreainthe
AlleghenyNationalForest
,knockingdown
hundredsoftrees,andeventragicallykillingoneyoungcamper.
TheU.S.ForestServiceandthe
FriendsofAlleghenyWilderness
willdoadditionaltrail
clearingworkApril9and10onthe
DeerLickTrail
intheproposed
MinisterValleyWilderness
Area
.
TheFAWtrailcrewwillmeetattheMinisterparkinglotonStateRoute666onApril9
inthemorning,hikeinandworkontheDeerLicktrailalldaySaturday,campattheDeerLick
areaSaturdaynight,
WorkwillbeginduringthedayApril10andhikeoutsometimethatafternoon.Day

workersarealsowelcomeforthosewhodontwishtocampout!
Volunteersshouldplantobringtheirownfood,water,gloves,andsturdyhikingboots,
andcampinggeariftheyplantocampout.Ifpossible,volunteersareaskedtobringtheirown
toolssuchasaxes,loppers,andpruningsaws/bowsaws.
ThecrewwillnotbeusingchainsawsorotherpowertoolssinceMinisterValleyisan
officialANFWildernessStudyArea.
Tosignup,orformoreinformationonthisworkprojectsendemailto:
info@pawild.org
.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandotherupcomingevents,visitthe
FriendsofAlleghenyWilderness
website.

ShowSupportForPAParks&Forests:ItsNotJustATShirt,ItsAnAdventure!

Showyoursupportofstateparksandforestsbypurchasingatshirt.
The
PAParksandForestsFoundation
,issellingtshirtsandhoodies
foraverylimitedtime.
AvailablenowthroughApril17through
PPFFonline
,theseshirts
claimthatthereisnoexcusefornotgoingoutdoors,with121state
parksand2.2millionacresofstateforestlandawaitingtheexplorer.
Wecanallshowourprideinourparkandforestssystemby
wearingthesetshirts,saidPPFFPresident,MarciMowery.The
funmessageisareminderofhowfortunatewearetoliveinastate
withadiversearrayofrecreationalopportunities.
ClickHere
toorderyourtshirtnow.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandspecialevents,visitthe
PAParks&
ForestsFoundation
website.
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tosignupforregularupdatesfromtheFoundation,
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WildlandsConservancyConservationConnectionsNewsletterNowAvailable

The
latestissueofConservationConnections
,anewsletterfromthe
WildlandsConservancy
in
theLehighValleyisnowavailablefeaturingarticleson

NativeGrasslandsHabitatRestorationAtTrexlerNaturePreserve

ConnectingTheCommunityWithTheLehighRiverWaterTrail

April22ReturnOnTheEnvironmentWorkshop

SignUpForToursOfTrexlerNaturePreserve,forNationalTrailsDay
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandotherupcomingevents,visitthe
WildlandsConservancy
website.

KettleCreekNeedsHelpWithDisabled/RecoveringVeteransFlyFishingEventMay68

The
KettleCreekWatershedAssociation
inTioga,PotterandClintoncountieswillsponsora
3dayweekendProjectHealingWatersFlyFishingoutingfordisabled/recoveringmilitary
veteransonKettleCreekMay68.
ThePHWFFprogramisdesignedtoassistdisabled/recoveringmilitaryveteransdeal
withinjuriesand/oradjusttocivilianlifewiththepeaceful,therapeuticactivityoffishing.

PHWFFisdedicatedtoaidinginthephysicalandemotionalrehabilitationofdisabledmilitary
servicepersonnelthroughflyfishing.
KCWAwillbehousing,feedingandoutfittingthesemilitaryveteransselectedby
regionalPHWFFfromtheAltoona/StateCollegeareaVAhospitalsforthe3dayweekend.We
willbepurchasingfish(alargeexpense)tostockthestreamforagreaterchanceofasuccessful
therapeuticfishingexperience.
Allweekendhousing,meals,snacks,soda/waterandnecessaryfishingsupplieswillbe
furnishedatnocosttotheparticipants.EachparticipantwillhaveaKCWAmentor.Imagine
howwelcometheywillfeeliftheyarefirsttimevisitorstotheKettleCreekValley.
PleasehelpKCWAwiththisweekendouting.Sinceallmealswillbepreparedlocallyby
volunteers(nocatering,norestaurants),webelievewecanfeedeachparticipantforabout
$20.00.
Wearelookingforbusinessdonorsaswellasindividualdonors.Ham&beefroastsare
neededfortheSaturdaynightKCWAbanquethonoringthesevets.
ClickHere
formoreinformationontheProjectHealingWatersFlyFishingProgram.C
Anymonetarydonationswillbeappreciatedtohelpwiththemanyexpenseslike
stocking.PleasemakeoutcheckstoKCWA,mailtoP.O.Box317,CrossFork,PA,17729,
withPHWFFinthelowerleftcorneronthefrontoftheenvelopeandthesameinthelowerleft
'memo'or'for'lineonyourcheck.Sorrybutwecannottakecreditcardsforthis.
KCWAisa501(c)(3)organizationandyourdonationistaxdeductible.Allmoney
donatedwillbeusedlocally.Ifthereisanyexcessmoney,itwillbekeptinaseparateaccount
fornextyearslocalPHWFF3dayouting.
Formoreinformationonotherprograms,initiativesandspecialevents,visitthe
Kettle
CreekWatershedAssociation
website.

MehoopanyCreekWatershedAssn.April16TroutDayFundraiserInWyomingCounty

The
MehoopanyCreekWatershedAssociation
inWyomingCountyhasscheduleditsAnnual
TroutDayFundraiseronApril16atForkstonsFourCornersatPA87andWindyValleyRoad.
From7:00a.m.to1:00p.m.theAssociationwillbesellingsoup,wimpies,hotdogsandsweets
alongwithMCWAlogoclothing.
OurAnnualTroutDayfundraiserbenefitsMCWAswaterqualityworktoimprove
troutandaquaticlifehabitat,saysMCWAspokesperson,RustyBennett.TheMCWAhasbeen
limingdesignatedareaswithintheMehoopanyCreekWatershedanumberofyearsinorderto
improvestreamphlevels.
Wevegotgoodfood,goodfun,goodfishin,goodfriends,conversationandfishing
stories,stopbymeetoldandnewfriendsandshareatale,invitesBennett.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandupcomingevents,visitthe
Mehoopany
CreekWatershedAssociation
websiteorcontactRustyBennettbycalling5708334332orsend
emailto:
rtb123b@ptd.net
.

InternsWanted:GreyTowersHorticulturalInternshipsAvailable

Applicationscurrentlyarebeingacceptedforsummerinternshipsatthe
GreyTowersNational
HistoricSite
,Milford,PikeCountyforcollegestudentsorrecentgradswhoareseekinga

practical,handsonexperienceassistingtheU.S.ForestServicehorticulturistinthelandscape
maintenanceandhistoricpreservationoftheestate.
ThedeadlinetoapplyisApril29.
Studentsstudyingormajoringinhorticulture,landscapearchitecture,forestryandother
environmentalsciencefieldsareencouragedtoapply.Theexperiencewillchallengeandbroaden
theirknowledgeofpracticalapplicationsofhorticulturaltheorylearnedintheclassroom.
Thesummerinternshipsrunfor12weeksfromMaythroughAugustandincludea
stipend,housinganduniforms.
ToapplyfortheElizabethS.MortimerGardenInternshipsendaresumeandcoverletter
thatindicatesyourfieldofstudyandexpectedgraduationdateto:ElizabethHawke,
Horticulturist,GreyTowersNationalHistoricSite,POBox188,Milford,PA18337,orfaxto
5702969675orsendemailto:
ehawke@fs.fed.us
.
ToapplyfortheStudentConservationAssociationHorticultureInternshipvisit
theSCA
website
.SubmittheapplicationthroughtheSCAwebsiteandsendanemailto:
ehawke@fs.fed.us
toalerthertothesubmission.
Formoreinformationaboutbothopportunitiescall5702966061ext.162.
Additionalhorticulture,visitorservicesandmuseuminternshipswillbeofferedintheFall,
AugustthroughDecember.Formoreinformationcall5702969630orsendemailto:
greytowers@fs.fed.us
.

HelpWanted:President,HawkMountainSanctuary

HawkMountainSanctuary
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OpportunityToBidOnDEPMineReclamationProjectInLuzerneCounty

TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtection
publishednotice
intheApril9PABulletinofthe
opportunitytobidonaminereclamationprojectinLuzerneCounty.

PublicParticipationOpportunities/CalendarOfEvents

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

April9

PAEnvironmentalCouncil
,
PotterCountyConservationDistrict

IllegalDumpsite
Cleanup
.Galeton,PotterCounty.

April910

NEW
.
FriendsOfAlleghenyWilderness

EmergencyTrailClearingProject
.

April11
EnvironmentalIssuesForum,
JointLegislativeAirandWaterPollutionControland
ConservationCommittee
.SustainableManufacturingintheForestProductsIndustry.Room

8EAEastWing.Noon.

April11

HouseDemocraticPolicyCommittee
hearingoncleanenergyjobs.Room418Main
Capitol.10:00.
ClickHere
foragenda.

April12

NEW
.
HouseEnvironmentalResourcesandEnergyCommittee
meetsforavoteon
DEPsChapter78(conventional)and78a(unconventional)finaldrillingregulations.Room205
RyanBuilding.9:30.
ClickHere
toseeifthemeetingwillbewebcast.

April12

NEW
.
SenateEnvironmentalResourcesandEnergyCommittee
meetsforavoteon
correspondencetotheIRRConDEPsChapter78(conventional)and78a(unconventional)final
drillingregulations,
SenateBill1011
(HutchinsonRVenango)killingDEPsfinaldrilling
regulationscoveringconventionaloilandgaswellsandstartingtherulemakingprocessover
SenateBill1195
(WhiteRIndiana)[languagepostedFriday]tofurtherdelayaPennsylvania
planformeetingEPAsCleanPowerClimatePlanrule.TheCommitteewillbejoinedbythe
SenateAgricultureandRuralAffairsCommittee
tohearapresentationfromtheU.S.Geological
Surveyon
monitoringresultsfortheChesapeakeBayWatershed
fromDouglasMoyer.Room
8EAEastWing.11:00.
ClickHere
tocheckifthemeetingwillbewebcast.

April12

NEW
.
SenateLocalGovernmentCommittee
meetstoconsider
HouseBill1325
(MustioRAllegheny)allowingtownshipsofthesecondclasstochargestormwatermanagement
fees(
HouseFiscalNote
andsummary),
HouseBill1394
(MustioRAllegheny)authorizing
boroughstochargestormwatermanagementfees(
HouseFiscalNote
andsummary),
HouseBill
1661
(MustioRAllegheny)authorizingfirstclasstownshipstochargeastormwater
managementfee(
HouseFiscalNote
andsummary).Room156MainCapitol.10:30.

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

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.

April14

NEW
.
NRCSPAStateTechnicalCommitteemeeting
.Harrisburg.

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

PAEnvironmentalCouncil

LightBrightRideOnTheCircuitTrails
.Philadelphia.

April16

NEW
.
MehoopanyCreekWatershedAssociation

TroutDayFundraiser
.Wyoming
County.

April18

LunchAndLearnWithGreyTowersHeritageAssociation
.PikeCounty.

April19

AgendaPosted
.
EnvironmentalQualityBoard
meeting.DEPContact:LauraEdinger,
EnvironmentalQualityBoard,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177723277,

edinger@pa.gov
.
ProposedIncreasesInRadon,RadioactiveMaterialsInspectionFeeIncreases
ProposedStreamRedesignationsinBerks,Chester,Monroe,Northampton,Susquehanna
Counties
FinalLandRecyclingRegulations
LaboratoryFeeReportRecommendingIncreases

ClickHere
foravailablehandouts.

April19

AgendaPosted
.
DEPCitizensAdvisoryCouncil
.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.
10:00.DEPContact:KatieHetheringtonCunfer,CitizensAdvisoryCouncil,P.O.Box8459,
Harrisburg,PA171058459,7177052693,
khethering@pa.gov
.
ClickHere
toregistertowatch
themeetingonline.
DEPSecretaryJohnQuigleyReports
ProposedDrinkingWaterDisinfectionRegulation
Recycling:WhereWeAreIn2016
CoveredDevice(ElectronicsWaste)RecyclingActUpdate

DEPsMonthlyWrittenReportToCAC

ClickHere
foravailablehandouts

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
WestmorelandCountyConservationDistrict

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

April19
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
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.

April2526

NEW
.
DelawareHighlandsConservancy

WomenAndTheirWoodsWorkshop
.
Milford,PikeCounty.

April27

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

April28
WestmorelandCountyConservationDistrict

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

April30

PAResourcesCouncil

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

April30

FoodsOfTheDelawareHighlandsDinner
.Hawley,WayneCounty.

April30

NEW
.
ChesterRidleyCrumWatersheds

StreamsCleanupDay
.Chesterand
DelawareCounties.

May4
PAGroundwaterSymposium
.RamadaInnConferenceCenter,StateCollege.

May68

NEW
.KettleCreekWatershedAssociation
Disabled/RecoveringVeteransFly
FishingEvent
.Tioga,PotterandClintoncounties.

May7

PAResourcesCouncil

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

May7

ManadaConservancys

AnnualSpringNativePlantSale
.DauphinCounty.

May7

NEW
.
CapitalRegionWater

ConsiderTheSourceLitterCleanup&DrinkingWater
Tour
.Harrisburg.


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.

September1518

NEW
.
DelawareHighlandsConservancy

WomenandTheirWoods
EducationalRetreat
.Milanville,WayneCounty.

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,
Lancaster.


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DEPRegulationsInProcess
ProposedRegulationsOpenForComment
DEPwebpage
SubmitCommentsonProposalsThrough
DEPseCommentSystem
ProposedRegulationsWithClosedCommentPeriods
DEPwebpage
RecentlyFinalizedRegulations
DEPwebpage
DEPRegulatoryUpdate
DEPwebpage
Feb.27DEPRegulatoryAgenda
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DEPTechnicalGuidanceInProcess
DraftTechnicalGuidanceDocuments
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SubmitCommentsonProposalsThrough
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TechnicalGuidanceRecentlyFinalized
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DEPCalendarofEvents

DCNRCalendarofEvents

Note:
TheEnvironmentalEducationWorkshopCalendarisnolongeravailablefromthePA
CenterforEnvironmentalEducationbecausefundingfortheCenterwaseliminatedintheFY
201112statebudget.ThePCEEwebsitewasalsoshutdown,butsomecontentwasmovedto
the
PAAssociationofEnvironmentalEducators'
website.

SenateCommitteeSchedule

HouseCommitteeSchedule

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Grants&Awards

Thissectiongivesyouaheadsuponupcomingdeadlinesforawardsandgrantsandother
recognitionprograms.
NEW
meansnewfromlastweek.

April13

DCNRCommunityConservationPartnershipsGrantProgram
April15

USDABedford,BlairFarmConservationPracticesFunding
April15

RecyclingPartnershipGrants
April22

REAPFarmConservationTaxCreditProgram
April22

ChesapeakeBayFoundationPhotoContest
April25

PECPoconoForest&WatersConservationLandscapeMiniGrants
April26

EPACleanDieselGrants
April30

NEW
.
TreesForTomorrowFranklin,DauphinCumberlandCounties
April30
AbeleCollegeScholarshipApplications
April30

NortheastPAAudubonCollegeScholarship
April30

YorkLancasterCountiesHabitatImprovementGrants
May
CFARenewableEnergyGeothermalAndWindGrants
May

CFAHighPerformanceBuildingGrants
May3

EnergySproutSustainableEnergyDesignCompetition
May10
NRCSRegionalConservationPartnershipGrants
May16

EPAPresidentialEnvironmentalEducationInnovationAward
May19

DCNRVolunteerFireCompanyGrants
May19

SchuylkillHighlandsConservationLandscapeMiniGrantProgram
May31

$2KScholarshipsByNationalAssn.OfAbandonedMineLandPrograms
May31

NEW
.
PAWasteWatcherAwardsProgram
May31

NEW
.
DominionFoundationHigherEducation,K12EducationGrants
June3

GreatAmericanCleanupofPAVideoContest
June30

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
July8

NEW
.
PROPRecyclingFilmFestival
September
CFARenewableEnergyGeothermalAndWindGrants

September

CFAHighPerformanceBuildingGrants
October31
PAResourcesCouncilLensOnLitterPhotoContest
December31

DEPAlternativeFuelsIncentiveGrants

Visitthe
DEPGrant,LoanandRebatePrograms
webpageformoreideasonhowtoget
financialassistanceforenvironmentalprojects.

VisittheDCNR
ApplyforGrants
webpageforalistingoffinancialassistanceavailablefrom
DCNR.

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EnvironmentalNewsClipsAllTopics

HereareNewsClipsfromaroundthestateonallenvironmentaltopics,includingGeneral
Environment,Budget,MarcellusShale,WatershedProtectionandmuchmore.

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Poll:WolfsApprovalRatingHisLowestYet
CandidatesForSenateSparOverFracking
ClintonAndFossilFuelIndustryContributions
FrackingBecomingBigDealInU.S.SenateRace
Air
Study:PittsburghBikeShareIncreasedPropertyValues
Alternative/RenewableEnergy
BatteriesHolyGrailForTransitioningToCleanEnergy
AlleghenyCountySolarInitiativeReachesOutToBusinesses
Bloomberg:Wind,SolarAreCrushingFossilFuels
Biodiversity/InvasiveSpecies
Crable:ShenksFerryPreserveInLancasterAgainInBloom
Budget
Editorial:RestoreDEPsBudgetToProtectEnvironment
PLSReporter:GameCommissionMakesCaseForLicenseIncrease
PLSReporter:FishCommissionMakesCaseForDifferentFundingPlan
PLSReporter:HouseGOPLeaders:201617BudgetDiscussionsInInfancy
PLSReporter:HouseRsWorkingOnAllFiscalCodeIssuesWolfVetoed
PADems:GovernorPunishingUsForSupportingGOPBudget
Esack:WolfAngersGOPWithEdFundingFormula
OpEd:PAsBudgetDeficitIsATickingTimeBomb
HarrisburgGOPBeginsBudgetStrategizing
Column:Rep.RoaeOffersColorfulIdeasForPABudget
ChesapeakeBay
AdamsCountysConnectionToTheChesapeakeBay

FarmersAskedToFillOutChesapeakeBaySurvey
Climate
DespiteLegalLimbo,DEPWorksOnCleanPowerClimatePlan
PittsburghMayorSignsOnToSupportEPACleanPowerPlan
CatholicGroupsFileAmicusBriefBackingEPACleanPowerPlan
BatteriesHolyGrailForTransitioningToCleanEnergy
Bloomberg:Wind,SolarAreCrushingFossilFuels
Editorial:ClimateAffront:StiflingSpeech
ComplianceActions
RiceEnergyFined$393,500ByDEPForPermitViolations
DelawareRiver
DelawareRiverWatershedGrantsFunds4ProjectsByDrexel
DrinkingWater
TestOfLowerMerionSchoolWaterShowingLeadAFalseReading?
LeadLevelsInWaterAtManyPASchoolsUnknown
CapitalRegionWaterWantsCommentsOnLandConservationProposal
CaseyCallsForPassageOfWaterInfrastructureFundingBill
ThereOughtToBeALaw
EarthDay
CelebrateEarthMonthWithPAHorticulturalSociety
SpringCleanupInYorkCitySeeksVolunteers
EconomicDevelopment
BlawnoxJoinsPECAlleghenyRiverTownProgram
DelaysInLock,DamRepairsJeopardizePittsburghRiverEconomy
Education
StudentsLearnScienceIsDiverseFieldAtFranklinInstitute
FutureScientistsUrgedToStickToTheFacts
Energy
Editorial:RegulatingPAOutOfBusiness
UniversitiesUniteInPursuitOfEnergyResearchDollars
PUC:ColumbiaGasReplacingServiceLinesFaster,MoreCheaply
JessupBoroughWillAuctionFormerDumpSite,PowerPlantSite
TalenEnergyCompletesHydropowerPlantSales
PowerfulWindsKnockOutPowerTo1,000sInPhiladelphiaArea
HighWindsBringDownPowerLinesInMidstate
HighWindsKnockedOutPowerAcrossNortheastPA
EnergyConservation
CMUSustainabilityWeekendExploresWaysToConserveEnergy
Farming
FarmersAskedToFillOutChesapeakeBaySurvey
NewProgramHelpsPAVineyardsImproveHealthOfLakeErie
WesternPAGrowersMeetDemandForHydroponicVeggies
Forests
Letter:TreesOfferMoreBenefitsThanManyRealize
MapleSyrupProductionASweetScience

GreenBuildings
PECOEarnsEnvironmentalCertification
GreenInfrastructure
EnvironmentalGroup,PittsburghSettleStormwaterLawsuit
Health
PublicHealthAdvocatesRenewCallForFrackingHealthRegistry
ChemicalsFoundNearWVDrillingWastewaterInjectionWell
Littering/IllegalDumping
SenateVotesToHikeLitteringFines
SpringCleanupInYorkCitySeeksVolunteers
VolunteersNeededForPresqueIsleCleanupSaturday
MoreThan4,000VolunteersInErieReadyToCleanUpRegion
CMUStudentsPitchInToCleanupNeighborhood
LakeErie
NewProgramHelpsPAVineyardsImproveHealthOfLakeErie
MineReclamation
EarthConservancyBuildingRoadForLatestProject
Oil&Gas
OpEd:NewRulesWouldMakeDrillingSaferInPA
Editorial:RegulatingPAOutOfBusiness
RiceEnergyFined$393,500ByDEPForPermitViolations
DrillerAsksJudgeToThrowOut$4.42MDimockVerdict
CabotAppealsDrillingWaterContaminationVerdict
PUC:ColumbiaGasReplacingServiceLinesFaster,MoreCheaply
RadioactiveDrillingWasteCausesConfusionAcrossStateLines
ChemicalsFoundNearWVDrillingWastewaterInjectionWell
PublicHealthAdvocatesRenewCallForFrackingHealthRegistry
EnergySpotlight:ToddNormaneEnergyPractice
EQTExecsRolesAidInternalCollaboration
GasLeaseholdersBandTogetherOnRoyaltiesThreats
JudgeOKs$500KSettlementOfInGasIndustryEmployeePayDispute
GasolinePricesRiseInPittsburgh
Pipelines
PipelineProjectSpursWaterRunoffConcernsInNE
PropertyOwnerFacesChargesInMarinerPipelineProtest
ChainsawsReturnAlongWithMarinerPipelineTreeSitter
Editorial:PipelinesPromising,NeedThoroughStudy
Editorial:EnvironmentalIssuesOftenHitHomeInPA
Recreation
YorkParkWetlandsConstructionAlmostComplete
EmmausSuspendsPopularSummerParksProgram
Recycling/Waste
BehrendStudentsBringRecyclingToErieVeterans
GreeneCountyPlanningElectronicsRecyclingProgram
ShippensburgBoroSeeksChangesToEWasteRecyclingProgram

JessupBoroughWillAuctionFormerDumpSite,PowerPlantSite
NELawmakersDebateEnvironmentalIssues,TakeCenterStage
Regulations
Editorial:RegulatingPAOutOfBusiness
Stormwater
EnvironmentalGroup,PittsburghSettleStormwaterLawsuit
Editorial:GetFirmDealOnScrantonStormwater
SusquehannaRiver
SusquehannaRiverIslandCabinsToBeShutDownBy2017
Sustainability
Study:PittsburghBikeShareIncreasedPropertyValues
GoatsToTackleLandscapingInPennHillsCemetery
WasteManagementFacilities
AirProductsToExitEnergyFromWasteBusiness
WastewaterFacilities
CaseyCallsForPassageOfWaterInfrastructureFundingBill
WestmorelandAuthoritySewageHookUpProject
Editorial:GetFirmDealOnScrantonStormwater
WatershedProtection
LittleSewickleyCreekWatershedAssnNamedCitizenOfTheYear
EnvironmentalGroup,PittsburghSettleStormwaterLawsuit
FarmersAskedToFillOutChesapeakeBaySurvey
AdamsCountysConnectionToTheChesapeakeBay
Editorial:EnvironmentalIssuesOftenHitHomeInPA
CapitalRegionWaterWantsCommentsOnLandConservationProposal
DelawareRiverWatershedGrantsFunds4ProjectsByDrexel
DelawareRiverkeeperApril1RiverWatchVideoReport
NewProgramHelpsPAVineyardsImproveHealthOfLakeErie
SusquehannaRiverIslandCabinsToBeShutDownBy2017
BlawnoxJoinsPECAlleghenyRiverTownProgram
DelaysInLock,DamRepairsJeopardizePittsburghRiverEconomy
CongressmenWantLocksReportFinalized
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Wetlands
YorkParkWetlandsConstructionAlmostComplete
Wildlife
PLSReporter:GameCommissionMakesCaseForLicenseIncrease
PLSReporter:FishCommissionMakesCaseForDifferentFundingPlan
9CasesOfRabiesConfirmedInCentralPA
Schneck:WhatsTheDarkestSpotInPennsylvania?
Schneck:2ndHanoverBaldEagleNestUnlikelyToHatch
Crable:GameCommissionMovesToBanDronesOnGameLands
Editorial:BanningDronesFromGameLandsMakesSense
Schneck:BaitHungryTroutGreetAnglersOnOpeningDay

Crable:RainDampensOpeningDayOfTrout,PlentyStillSwimming
YellowBreechesHooksAnglersOnOpeningDay
CicadasDueToMake17YearAppearanceInSWPA
BatKillingFungusNowOnWestCoast
ZikaVirus
NewMapsShowZikaMosquitoesCouldHitAllOfMidstate
MontcoOfficialsSeeZikaThreat
Other
OpEd:PittsburghPhilanthropiesMustReinventRegion

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DEP
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