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PaEnvironmentDigest May 19, 2014

PaEnvironmentDigest May 19, 2014

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A weekly newsletter about environmental issues facing Pennsylvania, including Marcellus Shale natural gas development.
A weekly newsletter about environmental issues facing Pennsylvania, including Marcellus Shale natural gas development.

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PA Environment Digest
An Update On Environmental Issues In PA
Edited By: David E. Hess, Crisci Associates
Winner 2009 PAEE Business Partner Of The Year Award Harrisburg, Pa May 19, 2014 Caren Glotfelty To Receive PA Environmental Council Lifetime Achievement Award
Caren Glotfelty, a career environmental leader in academia, government and  philanthropy, will be honored by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council for her achievements as a champion of environmental protection and conservation. Glotfelty will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards Dinner and Awards Ceremony on May 28 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. Over the course of her distinguished career, Glotfelty has been a deputy secretary of water management for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources under Governor Bob Casey, the Maurice K. Goddard Chair of Forestry and Environmental Resource Conservation at Penn State University, and the Senior Program Director of the Environment Program at the Heinz Endowments. Additionally, she served on Governor Tom Ridge’s 21st Century Commission on the Environment. “Few people have had such a far-reaching and long-standing impact on the Western Pennsylvania environment as Caren Glotfelty,” said Paul M. King, president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. “The imprint of her guidance, understanding, vision and perseverance is evident throughout this region and across the Commonwealth. Her career has been distinguished by the wisdom and passion with which she has guided environmental policy and investment for more than 40 years.” Past recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award include the Hon. John P. Murtha, former secretary John C. Oliver of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, Linda McKenna Boxx of the Allegheny Trail Alliance and Mr. & Mrs. Joshua Whetzel, Jr.
Other Award Winners
Four programs are this year’s winners of the 2014 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards, presented annually to local organizations that demonstrate leadership, effectiveness and results in making an impact on the environment. The winners are--
 — Environment Erie
 – Erie (Erie County): Environment Erie developed the BeginANEW program, which focuses on reconnecting urban neighborhoods with nature in order to address effective stormwater management, green spaces, species biodiversity and overall environmental health in our cities. Beginning in 2013 the BeginANEW program funded the installation of rain gardens at St. George School and Iroquois Elementary School. Together these two rain gardens divert roughly
 
255,000 gallons of stormwater per year away from the stormwater system. Also, through the installation of these two rain gardens, over 100 native plants of 15 different species have been planted in the urban environment while encouraging species diversity and a natural connection with nature. So far, two municipalities and over 500 students have been educated on the impacts that stormwater runoff has on our environment and are prepared and encouraged to promote these green  practices in their future work.
 — ClearWater Conservancy
 – State College (Centre County): ClearWater Conservancy developed a Riparian Conservation Program to restore functioning “streambank buffer zones” in the Spring Creek watershed that have been impacted by agriculture. ClearWater staff members meet with landowners to explain what streambank restoration involves and how it protects water quality. A mix of shrubs and trees are planted to create a “vegetated buffer zone” that protects the stream from pollution, siltation, and overheating. A ClearWater steward is assigned to each property and gives the restoration project individualized attention. To date the Riparian Conservation Program has protected 4,600 acres of high-value riparian habitat. More than 300 ClearWater staff, site stewards and volunteers have installed riparian buffers along more than 69,890 feet of stream. They’ve also installed 35,988 feet of streambank fencing and 16 stream crossings for livestock, removed three dams, installed 168 streambank stabilization and fish habitat enhancement structures, and treated countless acres of invasive species.
 — Paddle Without Pollution
 – Pittsburgh (Allegheny County): Paddle Without Pollution’s (PWP) watershed stewardship events are addressing the large amount of litter, illegally dumped debris, and hazardous materials in our area’s rivers, lakes, streams, and wetlands. They are also increasing public awareness of the effects of that pollution and have involved the community in direct action, low impact events that enable volunteers to make a positive difference through hands-on stewardship. They use non-motorized boats exclusively and can operate with very little or no impact to the environment, using volunteers to get into ecologically sensitive, shallow and inaccessible areas that many  boats or land-based cleanup crews cannot safely reach. In 2013, PWP held 11 watershed stewardship events where approximately 300 Paddle Without Pollution volunteers removed more than 16 tons of litter and illegally dumped debris from the Allegheny, Monongahela, Kiski, and Ohio Rivers as well as Chartiers, Slippery Rock, and Ten Mile Creeks.
 — Three Rivers Rain Garden Alliance
 – Pittsburgh (Allegheny County): As little as one-tenth of an inch of rain can cause raw sewage to overflow into Pittsburgh’s rivers and streams. An effective strategy for addressing the problem of stormwater runoff is the installation of rain gardens. So in 2007, a group of nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government agencies formed the Three Rivers Rain Garden Alliance to raise awareness of the wet weather issue in our region and reduce runoff through the use of rain gardens. An innovative website was created that explains the region’s wet weather problems and  provided details on how to install a rain garden. The website is connected to 32 digital rain gauges located throughout Allegheny County. Thus far, 96 rain gardens in seven Western Pennsylvania counties have been registered with the site and have retained more than 3,000,000 gallons of stormwater. For information on tickets, visit the PEC’s Western PA Awards Dinner  webpage.
DEP: $21 Million Available For Growing Greener Plus Grants
 
Gov. Tom Corbett Tuesday announced DEP is now accepting applications for the Growing Greener Plus Grant Program for watershed protection and abandoned mine drainage projects. A total of $21 million is available for grants.
 formal notice )
$16 million is available through the Environmental Stewardship (Growing Greener) Fund, $3 million through EPA’s Section 319 program and $2 million from the federal Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act. Local governments, non-profits, schools, municipal authorities and watershed associations are eligible to apply. “Each year, these grants are offered to deserving environmental stewards across Pennsylvania,” Corbett said. “The infusion of Act 13 dollars has given this program a deserved boost, so that more  positive environmental projects can take shape.” A total of $16 million is available through the Pennsylvania Growing Greener program for  projects to improve water quality in impaired waterways or to protect water quality where the watershed may be threatened by non-point sources, such as agricultural or urban runoff or acid mine drainage. Act 13 impact fee revenues are expected to provide more than $7.8 million into the Environmental Stewardship Fund toward support the Growing Greener program. Growing Greener is also funded by a series of bond issues and a fee on waste entering landfills. The infusion of impact fee revenues restores funding levels to where they stood before the fund was obligated to pay debt service on the bond issues. Approved projects for this section of the grant solicitation must be completed by December 31, 2018. The state works with watershed associations and the federal government to list certain priority watersheds in need of restoration, identified through the development of an approved Section 319  Nonpoint Source Watershed Implementation Plan. The federal Water Pollution Control Act will provide $3 million for projects to support restoration of 35 such watersheds across the state. Projects for this section of the grant solicitation must be completed by September 30, 2018. As part of its innovative and award-winning program to restore abandoned mine sites, DEP also announced $2 million in federal Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act funding for abandoned mine drainage projects. The federal program is funded by a fee on the active mining industry. The state is also accepting applications for projects to reclaim mine sites that have forfeited reclamation bonds. Applications must be postmarked no later than July 11 and mailed to the DEP Grant Center at P.O. Box 8776, Harrisburg, PA 17105. If hand delivered, the package must be received by the Center  by 4 p.m. on July 11. Late submissions will not be considered. For more information and to download a grant application, visit DEP’s Growing Greener Program webpage.
NewsClips:
State Seeking Watershed Grant Applicants
 
Bill Introduced To Preserve, Improve Delaware River Watershed Groups Pool Grants To Reduce Stormwater In East End Panel Discounts Conowingo Dam’s Impact On Chesapeake Health Chesapeake Bay Foundation Offers 3 Summer Canoe Trips EPA Water Regulation Concerns Farmers, Others 

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