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PA Environment Digest

An Update On Environmental Issues In

Edited By: David E. Hess, Crisci Associates

Winner 2009 PAEE Business Partner Of The Year Award

Harrisburg, Pa January 31, 2011

Video Blog: Renew Growing Greener Coalition Lobby Day A Success

On January 24, the Renew Growing Greener Coalition hosted a

series of events to lobby for the renewal of the Growing Greener
“It is imperative that we provide the information to our
policy-makers necessary to elevate this issue to the highest priority. Funding for Growing
Greener is not a luxury, it is essential for the future economic vitality of the state, and for the
future of our rich natural heritage,” said Andrew Heath, Executive Director of the Coalition.
Video Blog: Andrew Health Recaps Lobby Day Activities
The Coalition had displays in the Capitol Rotunda starting to highlight the tremendous
success of the Growing Greener Program over the last 10 years. A presentation for legislators
and staff in the Capitol and a reception in the Capitol Rotunda attracted legislators from all over
the state.
“Pennsylvania faces the imminent end of Growing Greener – a popular initiative that has
provided investments in farmland preservation, conservation of open space, restoring and
protecting Pennsylvania’s streams and rivers, improving and expanding state and local parks,
preserving historic resources, and developing new trails and greenways. Unless action is taken
in the near future, funds available for Growing Greener will be all but gone within a year,” said
Even with such a comprehensive record of success, the commonwealth faces a variety of
pressing problems that threaten our communities, our rich natural and cultural heritage, and our
quality of life:
-- Pennsylvania is losing three times as much forest, wildlife habitat, farmland and other open
spaces to development as we are able to conserve;
-- The Commonwealth currently has 16,000 miles of streams that are unsafe for fishing or
-- Abandoned mines scar almost 190,000 acres in 44 counties and are the cause of over 5,000
miles of dead streams;
-- More than 2,000 family farms remain on a statewide waiting list requesting protection from
encroaching development so that they may continue Pennsylvania’s rich agricultural legacy.
A Legislative Budget and Finance Committee report released in March 2010 reveals
Growing Greener funding is all but depleted. Soon, as much as three-fourths of the Growing
Greener I funds will be used for debt service on Growing Greener II bonds. Funding for
Growing Greener programs are expected to drop from $200 million in 2007-2008 to as little as
$15 million as soon as 2012.
The Renew Growing Greener Coalition is a coalition of the state’s leading conservation,
preservation, revitalization, recreation and environmental organizations and is working towards
the renewal of funding for Growing Greener.
For more information on the Renew Growing Greener Coalition, contact its Harrisburg
office at 717-230-8044 extension 23.

Video Blog: Senate Committee Hears Challenges, Opportunities Of Marcellus Shale

The Senate Republican Policy Committee this week held a hearing on the
opportunities and challenges of developing Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale
natural gas reserves hearing from 16 witnesses about the local impacts of
drilling operations.
"Marcellus Shale drilling will affect all aspects of local
government, ranging from impacts on our local water authorities, to
increased demand for services from local recorder of deeds offices, and to
new challenges for our 911 and emergency operations centers," said Sen.
Ted Erickson (R-Delaware), Chair of the Committee. "The impacts of
drilling extend beyond the environment, roads and economic development. We need to enter the
next phase with our eyes wide open."
"Clearly, there is a need for some sort of consistent funding mechanism to help local
governments address the issues that arise when wells are built in their area, as well as funding for
the Commonwealth for its activities related to monitoring, inspecting and updating regulations,"
said Sen. Erickson. "By working with all levels of government and the industry, we have the
opportunity now to address many of these issues."
Sen. Erickson was joined at the hearing by 12 other Senators for the hearing, including
Senators Scarnati (R-Jefferson), Pileggi (R-Delaware), Baker (R-Luzerne), Browne (R-Lehigh),
Eichelberger (R-Blair), Folmer (R-Lebanon), Gordner (R-Columbia), Solobay (D-Washington),
Vance (R-Cumberland), Vogel (R-Beaver), Yaw (R-Bradford) and Waugh (R-York).
Bradford & Tioga Counties
Doug McLinko, County Commissioner, Bradford County, and Erick J. Coolidge, County
Commissioner, Tioga County, started the hearing describing the positive economic impacts
Marcellus Shale development has brought to their counties.
Bradford County hosts 25 percent of the Marcellus Shale wells drilled in Pennsylvania
with about 1,442 active well permits now being developed. There are 30 water withdrawals, 76
water impoundments, 243 miles of temporary water lines, 97 miles of interstate gas lines and 377
miles of gathering lines serving the county.
Commissioner McLinko said the drilling activity has brought tremendous economic
opportunity to the county making it the leader in generating new jobs in the entire state. Gas
companies have also paid over $1 billion in natural gas royalties to county landowners so far.
Companies have invested more than $125 million in rebuilding roads in the county over the last
year to handle the increased truck traffic.
He also said drilling has caused a housing shortage and an increase in crime in the
county. The Commissioner said he opposed a natural gas severance tax saying the industry and
its workers are generating local tax and county fee revenues.
In response to a question from Sen. Yaw noting 40 percent of the private drinking wells
in Bradford County do not meet drinking water standards, Commissioner McLinko said he
would support common sense private drinking water well standards.
Tioga County saw 261 wells drilled so far with 564 new permits issued last year which
amounts to about 10 to 15 percent of the Marcellus Shale development in the state.
Commissioner Coolidge reported his county has relied on tourism in the past to support
local businesses, but housing Marcellus Shale workers has caused a significant shortage of hotel
rooms to support the tourism industry. Many out-of-state workers are still being brought in to
fill more skilled positions in the drilling industry, although he said there are local efforts to
develop the skills needed by the companies.
Tioga County has seen an increase in costs for its human services, including child welfare
and other services as housing conditions and other circumstances create an increase in demand.
Both commissioners said there was an increased need to update local emergency response
services-- fire and emergency medical-- to deal with the problems presented by the drilling
industry. The industry, they said, had been helpful in providing financial support and training to
help increase local capabilities.
Commission Coolidge noted the ability of county conservation districts to help mitigate
the environmental impacts of drilling and pipeline development associated with the industry was
taken away without warning by the Department of Environmental Protection in 2009. He
believes the industry and the county benefited from having local, knowledgeable district staff
work on erosion and sedimentation and stream crossing issues.
Local Government Associations
The Committee next heard from three local government associations, including: Douglas
E. Hill, Executive Director, County Commissioners Association of PA, David M. Sanko,
Executive Director, PA State Association of Township Supervisors and Ed Troxell, Director of
Government Affairs, PA State Association of Boroughs.
The Associations also provided the Committee with a joint statement in support of a
natural gas impact fee and a local share.
Douglas Hill provided the Committee with background from a statewide perspective on
infrastructure, worker education, housing and tourism, human service and criminal justice,
environmental and landowner concerns related to drilling.
"A threshold issue is whether there are sufficient and appropriate regulatory controls built
into our statutes and related regulations to deal with water, wastewater, runoff and transportation
issues (raised by drilling)," said Hill. He too pointed to the elimination of conservation district
oversight of local drilling impacts as an issue.
Hill said the Association supports making natural gas holdings taxable under local
property taxes like coal and other mineral holdings. He also said counties have supported the
adoption of a natural gas production severance tax and have followed the discussion of a possible
local impact fee to deal with the costs imposed by drilling on county and local governments.
David Sanko said Marcellus Shale development was not an activity that communities
planned for and as a result they are playing catch-up and trying to figure out what needs to be
done to deal with the land use, environmental and other local impacts of the industry.
He noted PSATS is helping townships deal with these issues in a number of ways,
including distributing a model zoning ordinance that allows communities to control the location
of drilling activities. It addresses key issues such as buffers, emergency preparedness, noise and
lighting to decrease the adverse impacts of drilling.
To help deal with the impacts on roads and bridges, Sanko recommended an increase in
the maximum bonding amount communities can impose, noting the limit is now $12,500 when
the cost to reconstruct a mile of road can approach $100,000.
Sanko commended drilling companies for moving to a policy of recycling water to help
reduce water withdrawals, but said contamination of local water supplies is a concern of many
Like Hill, Sanko supported a severance tax or fee structure on natural gas, provided at
least 30 percent of the revenue is returned to communities experiencing drilling impacts. He also
said townships should be able to levy property taxes on natural gas holdings saying both lease
and royalty income are exempt from local income tax in Pennsylvania, except in Allegheny
Ed Troxell said boroughs see many of the same impacts from drilling activities as
counties and township, but the dramatic increase in truck traffic causes significant congestion
and more accidents. He also described similar infrastructure, environmental and social impacts
as Hill and Sanko.
Environmental Issues
Four witnesses provided the Committee with comments on environmental issues: Sandy
Thompson, District Manager, McKean County Conservation District, Jim Garner, District
Manager, Susquehanna County Conservation District, Bruce Miller, Brockway Area Clean
Water Alliance (Jefferson County) and Ellen M. Ferretti, Vice President, PA Environmental
Council and Coordinator of the Pocono Forest & Waters Conservation Landscape Initiative.
Ellen Ferretti explained to the Committee drilling activity can have a number of
significant impacts including: fragmentation of forested blocks and disruption of plant and
animal habitats; highway, road and bridge degradation due to increased truck traffic; water
withdrawal points that are not practical or safe for increased truck traffic; increased demand for
housing to serve a temporary work force, increased demands on local and county services and
polarization of community members on the details of Marcellus activities.
"However, when you attempt to truly account for these individual impacts, you will
discover a void created by the lack of a comprehensive or coordinated system to gather and
employ factual data and information relative to all aspects of the industry; from planning and
land development to cumulative impacts," said Ferretti.
"Into that void goes all manner of speculation, misinformation, and mistrust – when
combined with what limited factual data and information we have, the result is nothing less than
rampant confusion," said Ferretti. "Elimination of this void would create a solid core upon
which to build the foundation for a cooperative growth of community and industry while also
serving to better protect the environment and human health."
She noted PEC held a Marcellus Shale Conference last May with Duquesne University
which pulled together a series of findings and recommendations on Marcellus Shale development
from a variety of perspectives.
Ferretti said PEC is now developing legislative and regulatory proposals as a follow-up to
the report from the Conference and hopes to make that available to the General Assembly in the
next few months.
Video Blog: Ferretti Gives Overview Of Her Senate Testimony
Both the McKean and Susquehanna County Conservation District managers said DEP's
decision to take away erosion and sedimentation (Chapter 102) and stream crossing (Chapter
105) permit authority from districts related to Marcellus Shale activities has left them unable to
respond to problems and complaints locally and made it difficult to help the industry do a better
job of controlling their environmental impacts.
Sandy Thompson from McKean said they are trying to better understand the impacts of
drilling on streams in the county by establishing a real-time water quality monitoring system in
the Potato Creek Watershed and they hope to expand the system to other parts of the county.
Jim Garner from Susquehanna said, "Most residents agree that the roads rebuilt by the
local gas companies are an improvement, but the sedimentation that is the result of the heavy
truck traffic prior to the rebuilding process is totally unacceptable.
"One of the very basic premises of (the Dirt and Gravel Road) Program is to treat
stormwater by removing it from the roadside in sheet flow and using grass buffers to filter
sediments prior to reaching the stream," said Garner. "Most of the subconractors working on
roads for the gas companies insist on gathering (containing) the stormwater in deep roadside
ditches which deposits directly into the stream channels."
Garner also noted there has been a dramatic increase in the number on non-coal mines
opening in the county totally unanticipated by the districts or DEP causing a significant increase
in workload. These quarries provide stone for building roads and drilling pads.
Both district managers also noted the state has cut its funding to conservation districts by
25 percent over the last few years, just at the time activity related to Marcellus Shale and related
industries is increasing.
Bruce Miller from the Brockway Area Clean Water Alliance expressed concern about the
impact of drilling in the Brockway Area Municipal Authority water supply watershed, a 4,000
acre undeveloped forested area in Elk and Jefferson counties.
He told the Committee the Authority watched helplessly over the past two years as the
Authority's property and neighboring tracts were developed for drilling and the forest was
cleared and fragmented by drill pads, gas pipelines and access roads.
Emergency Services
Challenges for local fire and medical emergency services were discussed by: Eugene
Dziak, Director, Wyoming County Emergency Management Agency, Charlene Moser,
Coordinator, Susquehanna County Office of Emergency Management and Art Donato, 911
Coordinator, Susquehanna County.
Dziak said transportation-related emergencies have increased 300 percent in Wyoming
County as a result of drilling activities and hazardous materials spills have increased by 30
percent. He recommended each drilling company should be mandated to establish an Emergency
Operations Plan and provide that plan to local emergency responders.
Moser said most gas and oil companies are reluctant to share their emergency response
plans with his agency even when asked. He explained that of the seven gas companies operating
in Susquehanna County only one has provided their emergency plan. He said DEP was also
reluctant to notify the county of even major spills, but that has improved recently. He noted
there is a need for specialized training and equipment to deal with drilling-related emergencies.
Donato said it has been difficult to coordinate responses to emergencies at well sites
because Susquehanna County lacks cell phone service. Many gas companies have satellite
phones but calling 9-1-1 on those phones requires going through several intermediaries to get to
the county. In addition, just providing a location of a drill rig can be difficult if they are in
isolated areas. He noted from 2008 to 2010, the number of 9-1-1 calls to the county center has
increased by 16 percent.
Marcellus Shale Industry
Representatives of companies involved in the development of Marcellus Shale natural
gas provided the Committee with background on the industry, including: David Spigelmyer,
Vice President of Government Relations, Chesapeake Energy – Eastern Division, Rolf Hanson,
Director, Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania, Louis D. D'Amico, President and
Executive Director, Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association and David E. Callahan,
Vice President, Marcellus Shale Coalition.
David Spigelmyer noted Chesapeake Energy was Pennsylvania's largest producer of
Shale gas holding 1.65 million acres of leases currently being developed by 23 drilling rigs. He
said the natural gas production community has drilled as many as 4,000 wells annually typically
delivering 25 percent of the natural gas we consume in the state.
Spigelmyer explained the multiple well pad drilling technique is a "conservation winner"
nearly doubling Pennsylvania production with less than one-third of the surface disturbance
compared to shallow gas wells. In less than five years, Marcellus production is expected to
exceed the demand for natural gas in the Commonwealth.
He also explained job growth related to Marcellus development is estimated by a Penn
State study to reach 111,413 direct and indirect jobs in 2011. He also said related businesses like
the U.S. Steel's Mon Valley Works are benefiting from development by increasing demand for
pipe products for gathering and other pipelines.
Rolf Hanson of API said the industry has just unveiled a new initiative-- the Keystone
Energy Forum-- to help educate the public about Marcellus Shale natural gas development. He
said he hopes the Forum will be a place to go to discuss issues as they arise between the industry,
local governments and interest groups.
Louis D'Amico of PIOGA said the Marcellus industry has "not sought a free ride in
Pennsylvania." He said where legitimate costs associated with the industry have arisen, the
industry has stepped up to the plate. As an example he said the industry supported an increase in
permit fees by DEP in order to fund more inspectors and staff needed to regulate drilling.
"I personally believe that this is the most positive thing to happen to Pennsylvania," said
D'Amico. "I believe this will impact our state positively for as long as a century of economic
David Callahan of the Marcellus Shale Coalition said 2,300 Marcellus Shale wells have
been drilled in Pennsylvania as of the end of 2010 and according to research by Penn State the
Commonwealth can expect to see 3,500 wells per year drilled in the state by 2020.
He said for every $1 invested in Marcellus Shale development, $1.90 is returned in
economic activity.
Callahan said Marcellus operators invested more than $200 million in 2010 to repair and
improve roads across the Commonwealth. In addition, leasing State Forest lands for Marcellus
development has resulted in approximately $238 million in up front bonus payments to the state
in 2010 and future royalties from production on these lands could reach several hundred million
dollars per year for the state.
A video of the hearing and copies of testimony presented are available on the Committee
NewsClips: NE PA Officials Discuss Drilling Impact
Sen. Yaw Preparing Marcellus Shale Bill Package
Marcellus Taking Toll On Some PA Communities

PRC: Steelers Fans Champions When It Comes To Recycling Too!

Pittsburgh has another winning effort to celebrate this month:

football fans diverted nearly 8 tons of recyclables from landfills by
gathering aluminum, glass, plastic and cardboard containers at
recent Steelers tailgate parties, according to the Pennsylvania
Resources Council.
Since campaign kickoff on December 12, the “Let’s Tackle
Recycling” crew gathered approximately 16,000 pounds of
recyclables in Heinz Field parking lots during the final three
regular season home games and two playoff games.
The recyclables included: 173,000 aluminum cans, 9,000 glass bottles, 64,000 plastic
bottles and cups and 1,600 pounds of cardboard.
“The response to the ‘Let’s Tackle Recycling’ challenge, funded by the Alcoa
Foundation, has been phenomenal,” according to Dave Mazza, Regional Director of the
Pennsylvania Resources Council, which served as the campaign’s organizer.
“This was truly a team effort, and it owes its success to the thousands of fans who took
the time to recycle," said Mazza. "The Pennsylvania Resources Council sincerely thanks its
campaign partners: Alco Parking, City of Pittsburgh Environmental Services, Greenstar,
Pittsburgh Steelers and the Sports & Exhibition Authority for supporting the effort in a variety of
At the five games, Alco Parking attendants distributed blue recycling bags to fans as they
entered six designated parking lots along General Robinson Street. Tailgaters were encouraged
to place all bottles, cans and plastic containers in the bags during their pre-game parties.
Let’s Tackle Recycling team members circulated throughout the lots to provide
additional recycling bags, help collect filled bags and generally encourage fans to recycle.
“We’re already in the planning stages for a return to the Heinz Field parking lots next
fall,” said Mazza. “Tailgaters should look for the blue recycling bags again when the Black and
Gold kick off the 2011 season.”

Registration Is Now Open For The 2011 Great American Cleanup Of PA

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful announced this week registration
is now open for the 2011 Great American Cleanup of PA
through a new and expanded website.
This annual event is held in conjunction with the Great
American Cleanup of Keep America Beautiful and in partnership with support from the
Department of Environmental Protection, PennDOT, and PA Waste Industries Association.
Additional partnering businesses include Keystone Sanitary Landfill, PA Beverage
Association, PA Food Merchants Association, Steel Recycling Institute, Waste Management, and
the American Chemistry Council.
The 2011 Great American Cleanup of PA will begin on March 1st and end on May 31st.
During this period, registered events can get free bags, gloves, and vests from PennDOT district
Events consist of litter cleanups, illegal dump cleanups, beautification projects, special
collections, and educational events. Events must be registered through the Great American
Cleanup of PA website to get these free cleanup supplies.
As part of this event, the Department of Environmental Protection and PA Waste Industry
Association are sponsoring Let’s Pick It Up PA – Everyday. During the Pick It Up PA Days,
registered event coordinators will be able to take the trash collected during their cleanup to
participating landfills for free disposal.
The Let’s Pick It Up PA – Everyday event will begin on April 16th and end on April
30th. The focus day will be April 23rd.
All 67 counties in Pennsylvania were represented in the 2010 Great American Cleanup of
PA. There were 4,822 events with 186,487 volunteers. Volunteers collected 603,537 bags of
trash or 12,070,740 pounds. They cleaned 19,373 miles of roads, railroad tracks, trails,
waterways, and shorelines, and 6,027 acres of parks and/or wetlands. Additionally, volunteers
planted 21,605 trees, bulbs, and plants in an effort to keep Pennsylvania beautiful.
Since the inception of this event in 2004, over 54 million pounds of litter and waste have
been removed from Pennsylvania’s landscape, and tens of thousands of trees, bulbs, and flowers
have been planted.
To register your event, find an event near you, or to find additional resources, visit the
Great American Cleanup of PA website. Any additional questions can be answered by Michelle
Dunn, Great American Cleanup of PA Program Coordinator, at 1-877-772-3673 ext. 113 or send
email to:

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Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced

Here are the Senate and House Calendars and Committee meetings showing bills of interest as
well as a list of new environmental bills introduced--

Session Schedule

Here is the Senate and House schedule--

February 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 28
March 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 (Budget Hearings Weeks of 14th, 21th & 28th)
April 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 26, 27
May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 23, 24
June 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30

January 31
February 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 28
March 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9, (Budget Hearings Weeks of 14th, 21th & 28th)
April 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, (25 NV), 26, and 27
May 2, 3, 4, 9. 10, 11, 23, 24, and 25
June 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, and 30

Bill Calendars

House (January 31): Click Here for full House Bill Calendar.

Senate (February 7): Click Here for full Senate Bill Calendar.


House: the Appropriations Committee is holding three information meetings on the effect of the
economy on the state budget. Click Here for full House Committee Schedule.
Senate: Click Here for full Senate Committee Schedule.

Bills Introduced

The following bills of interest were introduced this week--


Conservation Districts: House Bill 168 (Miller-R-York) collecting a 10 percent surcharge on

environmental fines and penalties to fund county conservation districts.

Flood Insurance: House Bill 178 (Miller-R-York) providing state assistance to residents and
businesses to purchase flood insurance.

Energy Efficiency: House Bill 179 (Miller-R-York) further requiring the reduction in the use of
energy by state government and establishing an Interagency Task Force on Energy.

High Performance Buildings: House Bill 193 (Harper-R-Montgomery) establishing high-

performance green building standards.

County Waste Fee: House Bill 206 (Scavello-R-Monroe) authorizing a county waste and
recycling fee.

Marcellus Shale Bills: House Bill 230 (Mundy-D-Luserne) further providing for restrictions on
the location of gas wells; House Bill 232 (Mundy) prohibiting gas wells in floodplains,
establishing a moratorium on drilling wastewater discharges and study and requiring tracking of
wastewater; House Bill 233 (Mundy) establishing a Marcellus Shale drilling moratorium; House
Bill 234 (Mundy) defining unconventional Shale formation for fracturing and horizontal well

Lyme Disease: House Bill 272 (Hess-R-Blair) establishing the Lyme and Related Tick-Borne
Disease Education, Prevention and Treatment Act.

Use Of Sewage Sludge: House Resolution 28 (Miller-R-York) directing the Legislative Budget
and Finance Committee to review the beneficial use of sewage sludge program.


Stony Creek Scenic River: Senate Bill 228 (Piccola-R-Dauphin) amending the Stony Creek
Wild and Scenic River Act providing for certain restrictions on land uses compatible with the

Coal-Gas Coordination: Senate Bill 265 (MJ White-R-Venango) amending the Coal and Gas
Resource Coordination Act to update its provisions to deal with Marcellus Shale development.
Downtown Development: Senate Bill 276 (Argall-R-Schuylkill) amending the Downtown
Location Law to better coordinate with economic revitalization plans.

Hazardous Sites Penalties: Senate Bill 303 (MJ White-R-Venango) further providing for the
disposition of penalties under the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act.

Stormwater & Gas Wells: Senate Bill 305 (MJ White-R-Venango) unless required by federal
law, DEP is prohibited from requiring an NPDES permit for stormwater discharges from oil and
gas development activities.

Pipeline Safety: Senate Bill 325 (Baker-R-Luzerne) providing for the adoption of federal
pipeline safety standards.

News From The Capitol

House & Senate Appropriations Committees Set Budget Hearing Schedule

The Senate and House Appropriations Committees announced their schedule of budget hearings
this week. The schedule is available in the Calendar of Events.
The House Committee will hold the hearings for the departments of Agriculture,
Conservation and Natural Resources and Environmental Protection on March 16.
The Senate Committee will hold the budget hearings for DCNR on March 22, DEP on
March 24 and the Department of Agriculture on March 30.
The Governor's budget address is on March 8.

Joint Conservation Committee Hears About Goddard Legacy Project

The Joint Legislative Air & Water Pollution Control and

Conservation Committee heard a presentation this week from
Marci Mowery, PA Parks and Forests Foundation, on the Goddard
Legacy Project celebrating the accomplishments of Maurice K.
Goddard worked under five Pennsylvania governors and
had a prominent role in watershed management, acquiring land under Project 70 and Project 500,
the Susquehanna and Delaware River Basin Commissions, and helping to establish 25 State
Parks in Pennsylvania that are used every year by an estimated 38 million visitors. One of
Goddard’s most prominent goals was to establish a state park within 25 miles of every single
resident of the Commonwealth.
Brenda Barrett, DCNR, described the initiatives the Goddard Project has taken since its
launch in 2009.
She said the Goddard Project is a multi-year endeavor includes projects that have been
organized to build awareness of his legacy and share it with all Pennsylvanians including:
-- Project kick-off walk on the Goddard Memorial Trail in Camp Hill (September 12, 2009)
where Goddard made his home for nearly 50 years;
-- Unveiling of 25 interpretive panels celebrating Goddard’s life at state parks across the
-- A symposium on the lessons Goddard’s legacy offers for the future;
-- Rededication of Wykoff Run as Maurice Goddard Natural Area at Wykoff Run on November
8th, 2010;
-- A documentary on the life of Goddard which airs November 10, 2010 in central Pennsylvania,
with statewide airing to follow; and
-- Developing a leadership program for youth and young professionals.
Bill Forrey, former Director of the Bureau of State Parks and a colleague of Maurice
Goddard, outlined plans to establish a plaque in the Capitol Rotunda honoring Goddard and his
2011 Recycling Industries Congress
The Joint Committee will host the 2011 PA Recycling Industries Congress on February
15 in the East Wing of the Capitol Building. Click Here for more information.
Rep. Scott Hutchinson (R-Venango), serves as the Chair of the Joint Conservation

Environmental Synopsis Features Report On Economic Impact Of State Park System

The January issue of the Environmental Synopsis, by the Joint Legislative Air & Water Pollution
Control and Conservation Committee, features an article on the economic impact of
Pennsylvania's State Park system.
A recent study prepared for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
speaks to the economic asset that the state park system provides for Pennsylvania. The study is
entitled “The Economic Significance and Impact of Pennsylvania State Parks: An Assessment of
Visitor Spending on the State and Regional Economy.”
The study documented $818 million in sales, supporting 10,000 jobs from the 33.6
million visitors to Pennsylvania State Parks.
Other articles in this issue cover these topics: improved pollutant testing methods,
Chesapeake Bay TMDL, national renewable energy policy and safe disposal of controlled drugs.
A complete copy is available online.
2011 Recycling Industries Congress
The Joint Committee will host the 2011 PA Recycling Industries Congress on February
15 in the East Wing of the Capitol Building. Click Here for more information.
Rep. Scott Hutchinson (R-Venango), serves as the Chair of the Joint Conservation

Adam Pankake Named Executive Director Senate Environmental Committee

Adam Pankake has been named Executive Director of the Senate Environmental Resources and
Energy Committee, chaired by Sen. Mary Jo White (R-Venango).
A graduate of Bloomsburg University, Adam previously held the same post with the
Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee, chaired by Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Bradford). He
joined the Senate in 2007 and worked for Senator Yaw's predecessor, Sen. Roger Madigan (R-
Bradford), for one year.
Adam replaces Patrick Henderson, who departed this month to become Energy Executive
in the Office of Gov. Tom Corbett.

News From Around The State

Delaware River Basin Commission Sets 3 Hearings On Proposed Drilling Restrictions

The Delaware River Basin Commission this week announced three public hearings on the
agency's proposed restrictions on Marcellus Shale drilling restrictions. The hearings will be
-- February 22 – Honesdale High School Auditorium, 459 Terrace Street, Honesdale, Pa;
-- February 22 – Liberty High School Auditorium, 125 Buckley Street, Liberty, N.Y.; and
-- February 24 – Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, 1 Memorial Drive, Trenton, N.J.
Registration for those who wish to testify will begin one hour prior to the beginning of
each hearing session (12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.).
DRBC said the registration process will be on a first-come basis and it is estimated that
approximately 75 persons will have the opportunity to present oral testimony within the allotted
time period for each hearing session.
Oral testimony will be limited to two minutes per person, but can be supplemented with
written comments submitted at the hearing or prior to the written comments deadline. Oral
testimony and written comments will receive the same consideration by the Commissioners prior
to any action on the proposed regulations.
Elected government officials will be afforded the opportunity to present their two-minute
oral testimony at the beginning of the hearing if they contact Paula Schmitt at 609-883-9500
x224 prior to the date of the hearing.
The DRBC will strictly adhere to the maximum capacity numbers established by local
officials for each hearing location (990 Honesdale H.S., 750 Liberty H.S., and 1,833 Patriots
Click Here for more details.
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Bucknell To Host Marcellus Shale Panels February 1, 15, March 3

The Bucknell Institute for Public Policy will host three panel discussions in February and March
to examine the impact of Marcellus Shale development on local communities.
The three events in the "Marcellus Shale and the Impact on Local Communities" series
are free and open to the public.
February 1
The first panel, "Community Impact: Economic Impact and Job Development," will be
held February 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallery Theater of the Elaine Langone Center.
Panelists will include Tim Kelsey, professor of agricultural economics in the College of
Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University; Suzanne Lee, president and CEO of the
Williamsport Lycoming Community Foundation; and Larry Michael, executive director of
Workforce and Economic Development with the Pennsylvania College of Technology.
February 15
The second panel, "Community Impact: Public Health," is scheduled for February 15, at
7:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center.
Panelists will include Thomas Shelley, chemical safety and hazardous materials specialist
(retired) with Cornell University Environmental Health and Safety; Sharon Larson, co-director of
the Rural Health Policy Institute at the Geisinger Center for Health Research; and Susan Everett,
director of Outpatient Rehab at Susquehanna Health.
March 3
The third panel, "Community Impact: Severance Tax," is scheduled for March 3, at 7:30
p.m. in the Gallery Theater of the Elaine Langone Center.
Panelists will include Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Bradford) and Rep. Rick Mirabito (D-
The Bucknell Institute for Public Policy is a new interdisciplinary institute to link more
closely the Bucknell curriculum with the major policy issues facing the United States.

DEP Investigating Tioga County Marcellus Well Incident On State Forest Land

The Department of Environmental Protection is investigating a well control incident that

occurred January 17 at a Talisman Energy natural gas well located on state forest land in Ward
Township, Tioga County.
Talisman also has been conducting its own investigation and has been cooperating fully
with the department.
“This was a serious incident that could have caused significant environmental harm had it
not been brought under control,” said DEP Northcentral Regional Director Nels Taber. “DEP is
conducting a thorough investigation to determine why this incident occurred.”
Talisman began having problems controlling the well in the early afternoon of January
17. The well was successfully shut in about 3:45 p.m. that day.
During the well control incident, which began during hydraulic fracturing of the well,
fracking fluids and sand discharged from the well into the air. It does not appear that any
significant amount of natural gas was released and there was no fire or explosion.
DEP Oil and Gas and Emergency Response program staff responded to the well, and
Talisman Energy contacted CUDD Well Control to assist with gaining control of the well.
CUDD recently opened an operations center in Canton, Bradford County, and was able to
quickly respond to the site.
Talisman voluntarily shut down all hydraulic fracturing operations in North America
while investigating the cause of this incident.
Inspections conducted last week by DEP staff verified that the fluids had been contained
to the lined well pad. The fluids were cleaned up by a contractor and further sampling will be
conducted to determine if any contaminated soil needs to be removed.
Oil and Gas Program staff also collected soil samples last week from beneath the well
pad liner. Those results have not yet been received.
The department sent a notice of violation letter on January 24 which requires the
company to submit a sampling plan for the site, information on any fluids released, an analysis of
the main cause of the incident, and changes to be implemented in all of its Marcellus operations
as a result of the incident.
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Sen. Solobay Urges Groups To Apply For Federal Pipeline Safety Grants

Sen. Tim Solobay (D-Washington) this week urged local communities and
public interest groups to apply for technical assistance grants to examine
pipeline safety issues.
The deadline for applications is February 28.
“Natural gas drilling has provided an economic boost to the
region,” Sen. Solobay said. “But informed and involved citizens help make
sure that we are not paying an unseen price for jobs and energy.”
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, a
branch of the U.S. Department of Transportation, provides grants of as
much as $50,000 to communities and non-profits to do engineering or other scientific analysis of
natural gas pipeline safety issues. The funding can also be used to promote public participation in
official proceedings pertaining to pipeline safety.
“With the state and federal government poised to trim spending and the economy only
slowly rebounding, concerned citizens should take advantage of any opportunity to get help with
studying issues important to their communities,” Sen. Solobay said.
More information is available online.

PA American Water Kicks Off Student Art Contest To Protect Our Watersheds

Pennsylvania American Water announced entries are now being accepted for its Ninth Annual
"Protect Our Watersheds" Art Contest. The deadline for submissions is March 31.
Open to fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-graders in schools served by Pennsylvania American
Water - and to individual students who live in the company's service area, the contest encourages
children to draw on their artistic talents to convey the importance of protecting Pennsylvania's
watersheds and water resources.
Pennsylvania American Water recently mailed contest applications to approximately 400
schools in its service territory. Winners will be selected based on creative vision, artistic talent,
understanding of watershed protection and the ability to communicate that understanding. As
part of their entry, students must write a brief narrative on the personal impact of watershed
"The art contest is a fun and imaginative way to draw children's attention to the
importance of protecting Pennsylvania's water resources," said Pennsylvania American Water
President Kathy L. Pape. "By participating, the students not only learn a valuable environmental
lesson, but they also have the chance to win great prizes and earn positive recognition for their
In 2010, the company received more than 700 entries from students across the state. The
grand prize winner was Taylor Ruffo of Spring-Ford Intermediate School in Royersford,
Montgomery County.
Six students will receive prizes, with a first-, second- and third-place winner selected
from eastern and western Pennsylvania. First-place winners will be rewarded with a $100 gift
card to Barnes & Noble. Two second- and third-place winners will be awarded a $50 and $25
gift card, respectively.
The overall grand prize winner will have her/his artwork featured on "Bloomer" cards
distributed by Pennsylvania American Water. Bloomer cards are seed-filled packets that, when
planted and tended, produce a variety of wildflowers.
All entrants will receive a Watershed Champion certificate. Awards will be presented in
May as part of National Drinking Water Week activities.
For more information, or to obtain contest materials, visit the PA American Water's
Community Programs webpage.
In 2011, American Water is celebrating its 125th anniversary with a yearlong campaign
to promote water efficiency and the importance of protecting water from source to tap.

Slippery Rock Creek Watershed Conservation Plan Public Meetings In February

The Slippery Rock Creek Watershed Coalition has partnered with

Stream Restoration Inc. (a non-profit group) to complete the
Slippery Rock Creek Watershed Conservation Plan which will be
the subject of public meetings in February.
The Slippery Rock Creek Watershed is about 410 square
miles and covers parts of Beaver, Butler, Lawrence, Mercer, and
Venango Counties.
The purpose of a Watershed Conservation Plan is to provide the general public,
municipalities, watershed community, and government agencies with a concise, easily read and
used, repository of the natural, historical, cultural and recreational resources while emphasizing
opportunities for stewardship and economic growth within the Slippery Rock Creek Watershed.
The SRCWCP has been supported by local stakeholders, including county and local
government agencies, businesses, watershed and community service groups, non-profit
organizations, and interested citizens. Funding for the Plan was provided by the Department of
Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program and the
Pennsylvania Foundation for Watersheds.
In addition, surveys have been collected throughout the grant period from local citizens
and representatives of local businesses and agencies. The SRCWCP will strive to be a useful
document to help address the interests, issues, and concerns provided in each of the surveys.
The first draft has been completed and public meetings are scheduled to introduce the
SRCWCP. Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate in these meetings as their input
will be summarized in the final version of the SRCWCP. The deadline for comments is March
Public Meetings
A series of four public meetings will be held in February on the Watershed Plan. Each
of the meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m.--
-- February 8—Plain Grove Township Building, 1029 Plain Grove Road, Volant;
-- February 9—Grove City High School Cafeteria, 511 Highland Avenue, Grove City;
-- February 10—Slippery Rock Twp. Municipal Building, 203 Branchton Road, Slippery Rock;
-- February 15—Boyers Sportsmen’s Club, 1103 Boyers Road, Boyers.
If you would like to view the SRCWCP draft, a copy will be available for download.
For more information, please contact: Laurie Popeck, SRCWCP Project Facilitator,
Stream Restoration Inc., 434 Spring Street Extension, Mars, Pa 16046, phone 724-776-0150, fax
724-776-0166, or send email to:

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Allegheny Land Trust AMD Project Combines Treatment, Landscape Aesthetics

After years of planning and many months of construction, the

Abandoned Mine Drainage Treatment System at Allegheny Land
Trust Wingfield Pines Conservation Area was officially dedicated
on June 3, 2010.
The completed project is an innovative approach to AMD
that intertwines landscape architecture, recreation, and Abandoned
Mine Drainage treatment in the Windward Pines area.
The AMD Treatment System filters 43 tons of iron oxide annually from one billion
gallons of mine discharge. Some early sampling indicates that iron oxide is reduced from 13.9
mg/L in Pond #1 to 0.1 mg/L at the discharge site into Chartiers Creek.
Click Here to watch the video. Read Abandoned Mine Posts by the Western PA
Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation for other innovative approaches to abandoned mine

PACD Accepting Nominations For Outstanding Chesapeake Bay Watershed Farmer

Conservation districts in Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed are strongly encouraged to

submit a nomination for the 2011 PA Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Farm Awards Program.
Nominations are due by February 28.
Clean Water Farm Award winners will be recognized in July during the PACD
Conservation Awards Program. Clean Water Farm Award Program winners will receive a
Certificate of Recognition, signed by the secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture and
Environmental Protection.
Winners will also receive a Clean Water Farm Award sign to post on their property.
Questions should be directed to PACD Communication Specialist Shannon Wehinger by sending
email to:

Farmers Invited To 3 Healthy Cow, Clean Streams Workshops In Lancaster

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and its partners are inviting Lancaster County farmers to attend
one of the following public workshops designed to help you improve your farm operations. The
workshops will be held:
-- February 17 - 12:00-3:30 pm – Hoffman Building, Solanco Fairgrounds, Quarryville;
-- March 3 - 9:30 am–1:30 pm – Yoder’s Restaurant, 14 South Tower Rd, New Holland; and
-- March 10 - 9:30 am-1:30 pm - Paradise Park Community Building, 6 Londonvale Rd,
These free workshops will feature a presentation by Dr. Bernard Sweeney, Stroud Water
Research Center. Topics covered in the workshops include:
-- “Buffer Bonus Program” for Plain Sect Farms (dairy and non-dairy);
-- Streamside Trees for Healthier Streams;
-- Improved Dairy Feed Management – Reduce Costs and Nutrients (February 17 only)
-- Solutions for Pasture “Bare Spot” Problems (March 3 and 10 only); and
-- Update on Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan and Lancaster County.
A free lunch will be catered by Hess BBQ or Yoder's.
Reserve your seat/meal by calling Lamont Garber/CBF at 717-576-3287, download the
registration form or by sending email to: In case of bad weather, call Lamont
to check on postponement.

Annual Northwest PA Grazing Conference Set For March 15

The 14th Annual Northwest Pennsylvania Grazing Conference will be held on March 15 from
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Tri-County Church located just off of I-80 in DuBois.
The primary goal of the conference is to present the latest in grazing technology and
methodology so that producers can increase on-farm income by increasing production or
reducing costs.
This year, the conference will focus on pasture based systems and grazing livestock with
sessions specific to the importance of improving cattle handling practices, mob grazing, equine
pasture management, and renovation of pastures.
The Keynote Speaker is Dr. Temple Grandin. She overcame severe autism as a child to
pursue a career as an Animal Behavior Scientist. She single-handedly redesigned livestock
handling equipment from the perspective of how cattle view and react to their surroundings.
Success in incorporating the animal perspective into her work has helped make her a much
sought after consultant. She’s a nationally known speaker at grazing conferences and with the
release of a recent HBO movie about her life we are anticipating a large crowd.
The early registration fee to attend is $30 per person and includes a continental breakfast
and hot buffet lunch. Early registration is required by February 15. Conference information can
be downloaded from the Headwaters RC&D website or by calling 814-375-1372 Ext. 4.

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Wanted 4-H, FFA Teams For 2011 Grassland Competition, Scholarships To Be Awarded

Wanted 4-H, FFA Teams For 2011 Grassland Competition, Scholarships To Be Awarded

The Penn’s Corner Resource Conservation and Development Council in cooperation with the PA
Grazing Lands & Forage Conservation Coalition are seeking teams for the 2011 Grassland
Evaluation Competition, an outreach program for youth.
Team Registrations are due April 19.
This competition is open to all Pennsylvania Chapters of Future Farmers of America and
4-H program participants in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The competition date has been
set for May 3 at the Pennsylvania State University, Snider Ag Arena on campus, diagonal from
Beaver Stadium.
The contest goal is to educate youth about the value and benefits of grazing. The contest
committee in turn is offering scholarships to members of high scoring teams to promote higher
levels of education.
The 2011 Grassland Evaluation Contest is open to FFA and 4-H student participants who
are currently enrolled at the high school level or who will graduate at the end of the 2011 school
year prior to the national contest in June. Penn’s Corner RC&D will award a $500 college
scholarship to all members of the 1st place team, a $250 college scholarship to all members of
the 2nd place team, and a $500 college scholarship to the highest scoring individual.
The contest contains 4 sections: Grassland Evaluation, Soils, Plant Identification, and
Wildlife. The judging site will be a typical pasture or grassland area used for livestock grazing.
The day of the competition, the participant’s tests will be scored, lunch will be provided, and
immediately following lunch, the winners will be announced before the teams and advisors leave
for home. Lunch will be provided for all students, advisors, and volunteers who attend the
Completed registrations can be mailed to Pennsylvania GFLCC, One Credit Union Place,
Suite 340, Harrisburg, Pa. 17110, Attention: Jana Malot. Registration forms and study guides
for the contest is available online.
For more information, contact any of the following:
-- Jana Malot, State Grassland Conservationist, One Credit Union Place, Suite 340, Harrisburg,
Pa. 17110, 717-237-2247,;
-- J. B. Harrold, Southwest Pa Grazing Specialist, 6024 Glades Pike, Suite 105, Somerset, Pa.
15501, 814-445-8979, ext 131,;
-- Tim Elder, 265 Holiday Inn Road, Suite 3, Clarion, Pa. 16214, 814-226-8160 ext
-- Suzette Truax, Franklin Farm Road, Chambersburg, Pa. 17201, 717-264-8074 ext 117,;
-- Dan Ludwig, 2120 Cornwall Road, Suite 4, Lebanon, Pa. 17042, 717-274-25597 ext
-- Theresa Krall, 702 Saw Mill Road, Suite 205, Bloomsburg, Pa. 17815-7728, 570-784-4401
ext 111,

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Webcast: Changing Management Of Nutrients In The Chesapeake Bay Watershed

The National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center is sponsoring a national
webcast February 19 at 2:30 entitled, "Changing Management of Nutrients in the Chesapeake
Bay Watershed."
The objective of this webcast will be to outline highlights of water quality data and
political drivers that will shape the future of agricultural nutrient management in the Chesapeake
Bay watershed.
While some improvements in water quality have occurred we will point out shortfalls in
improvement goals and areas where improvement is targeted. Policies are changing for all
sources of nutrients and sediment in the watershed, both agricultural and non-agricultural.
The webcast will provide an update on implementation of Total Maximum Daily Load
(TMDL) policy and how the six states in the watershed are helping to meet water quality targets.
After starting out with watershed-wide issues, the webcast will end with how policies
may impact producers on a smaller sub-watersheds scale.
Presenters include:
-- Robb Meinen has acted as a Senior Extension Associate in the Department of Dairy and
Animal Science at Penn State University for the past 10 years. His main duty is to coordinate
education for the PA Act 49 Commercial Manure Hauler and Broker Certification Program.
Additional duties include education in Nutrient and Odor Management and service to the swine
Recently, Robb was the chairman of the 2010 Manure Expo hosted in Pennsylvania.
Besides being a full-time extension employee, he is a part-time student pursuing a Soil Science
PhD based on manure injection research. In 2008, he earned a M.S. in Animal Science
researching anaerobic digestion within the swine industry. Phone: 814-865-5986; Email:
-- Matt Ehrhart is the Executive Director for the Pennsylvania office of the Chesapeake Bay
Foundation. He has been with CBF since 1996 and his work is focused primarily on water
quality, watershed restoration, agricultural conservation and preservation, and the associated
policy and implementation issues.
His responsibilities include establishing legal and policy positions on environmental issues
and overseeing the day-to-day operation of a 9 person office and 7 field staff. Mr. Ehrhart
received his undergraduate degree in Environmental Resource Management and his Master of
Engineering in Engineering Science from the Pennsylvania State University. Phone:
717-234-5550; Email:
-- Marel Raub is the Chesapeake Bay Commission’s Pennsylvania Director. Her responsibilities
include policy development, legislative drafting, and communications support. Her focus areas
have included the federal Farm Bill, the emerging regional biofuels industry, and implementation
of the Commonwealth’s Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy and Total Maximum Daily Load
under the federal Clean Water Act.
She received her J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State
University and her B.S. in Dairy and Animal Science with High Distinction and with Honors in
Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology from the Pennsylvania State University. Phone:
717-772-3651; Email:
-- Kelly Shenk is the Agricultural Policy Coordinator at EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program Office,
where she has worked for over 15 years. Kelly has a Bachelor’s of Science from Duke
University and a Master of Science from University of Vermont in water resource management.
Before coming to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, Kelly worked on urban and
agricultural phosphorus pollution issues in the Lake Champlain Basin and the Lake Geneva
watershed in France. Phone: 410-267-5728; Email:
An application for continuing education credit for Certified Crop Advisors and members
of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists will be submitted.
How Do I Participate?
On the day of the webcast, go online to download the speakers’ presentations and connect
to the virtual meeting room. First-time viewers should also follow the steps at this webpage.

McQuaide Blasko Law Firm Supports ClearWater Conservancy Internship

James M. Horne, Managing Director of the McQuaide Blasko Law Firm announced a new
partnership this week with the ClearWater Conservancy of Central Pennsylvania to sponsor a
Geographic Information Systems intern each year.
In 2010, McQuaide Blasko contributed $1,000 in funding. For 2011, the contribution has
been increased to $1,500. The first intern to benefit from this new partnership is Kirk Miller.
Kirk will be graduating in May with a BS in Forest Management and a minor in
Geographic Information Systems. His primary GIS project at ClearWater Conservancy will be
mapping and analyzing potential alignments for a permanently protected wildlife corridor
connecting Scotia Barrens and Tussey ridge.
This is the next phase of a comprehensive effort to connect the Scotia Barrens ecosystem
in the valley with the forested ridge ecosystems that bound the valley to the north and south.
With this analysis, ClearWater staff will be able to proactively reach out to key landowners and
offer them voluntary conservation options for their properties.
Earlier this year, ClearWater Conservancy purchased land in Halfmoon Township near
Stormstown to connect Scotia Barrens to Bald Eagle Ridge. Read more about this project in the
ClearWater Conservancy's newsletter.

Aquatic Invasive Species Panel Requesting Grant Proposals

The Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species is soliciting grant proposals through its
Small Grants Competition to fund projects on eradication, education and reporting.
Proposals are due April 1.
Funding proposals can include these components: eradication and control, reporting and
monitoring, survey and risk assessment, vector management and public education and outreach.
For more information, download the grant announcement.

Buck Run Conservation Easement Protects Land, Brook Trout In Centre County
A conservation easement finalized this week will ensure that Buck
Run’s brook trout population will be protected, thanks to the
combined conservation efforts of ClearWater Conservancy and
local property owner Margaret Burgwin in Centre County.
“Everyone’s all smiles at the closing of easements,” said
conservation easement manager Bill Hilshey. “I am always
delighted to see the landowner satisfied that they did something
good for their property.”
Ms. Burgwin’s property is unique in that it contains the only brook trout stream in the
Deer Creek sub-watershed. The good quality of the water of Buck Run caught the attention of
Trout Unlimited, a national organization that works to conserve North America’s coldwater
“Buck Run is one of the last remaining brook trout streams in the area that has not been
damaged by abandoned mine drainage,” said Rachel Kester, Project Coordinator for the Eastern
Abandoned Mine Program at Trout Unlimited. “We were very happy for the opportunity to help
protect this coldwater stream.”
Abandoned mine drainage is considered the largest threat to the Appalachian
environment, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Kester believes that as water quality improves in other portions of the sub-watershed,
preservation of the water quality of Buck Run is even more important as Buck Run will serve as
the only natural source of brook trout re-colonizers.
Ms. Burgwin’s property is made up of 60 acres located in Clearfield County and is part of
the Moshannon State Forest Landscape Conservation Area. She approached ClearWater
Conservancy last February at the suggestion of her estate planner, Attorney Amos Goodall. She
wanted to maintain her property, which she inherited from her husband Lane Carpenter, in its
natural state. The land is used for hiking, camping and simply enjoying wildlife.
“This is Lane’s vision and legacy,” said Margaret Burgwin at the conservation easement
closing. The land had been logged prior to their purchasing it in 1995, and “we just wanted to
watch it grow.”
When a landowner grants a conservation easement to an organization such as ClearWater
Conservancy, the landowner retains ownership of the property while agreeing to limit certain
activities that may be harmful to the resources of the property. The landowner and ClearWater
Conservancy work together to determine which restricted and permitted land uses best
accommodate the needs of both parties.
The conservation easement will stay with the land, regardless of any ownership changes
of Ms. Burgwin’s land in the future. This will provide permanent protection of the property’s
conservation values.
This is the 13th conservation easement ClearWater Conservancy holds. McNees, Wallace
and Nurick LLC donated their attorney services to assist with the legal aspects of the
conservation easement.
Landowners who would like information about conservation options for their property
are encouraged to contact ClearWater Conservancy’s conservation easement manager, Bill
Hilshey, at 814-237-0400 or send email to:

Allegheny County, PA Environmental Council Unveil Riverfront Progress Report

Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato this week unveiled Allegheny’s Riverfronts: A
Progress Report on Municipal Riverfront Development in Allegheny County.
The 2010 report, produced by Allegheny County, Friends of the Riverfront and the
Pennsylvania Environmental Council, is an updated directory of existing and upcoming
municipal riverfront development projects.
“Allegheny County’s rivers are well known destinations for recreation and tourism, as
well as catalysts for the local and national economy,” said Onorato. “The riverfront progress
report highlights some of our most well known waterway assets and the strides being made to
preserve and enhance more than 185 miles of riverfront property in the County.”
The report, funded in part by grants from the Colcom Foundation and Richard King
Mellon Foundation, provides scenic images and detailed descriptions of riverfront development
efforts throughout the Allegheny County, including updates on projects highlighted in the 2009
“Friends of the Riverfront is fortunate to have such strong partners in Allegheny County
and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council,” said Friends of the Riverfront Executive Director
Thomas Baxter. “Together, we are playing an active role in energizing and reinventing our
riverfronts, benefitting communities today and future generations to come.”
Allegheny’s Riverfronts also includes national praise for the riverfront revitalization,
updates on trail projects, and resources for towns located along rivers in Allegheny County.
Additionally, the report provides a glimpse of plans for potential recreational and economic
developments along the Ohio and Monongahela rivers.
“We really value the opportunity to work with Allegheny County, Friends of the
Riverfront, other partners, the communities along the rivers, and the folks who use the rivers and
riverfronts,” said Pennsylvania Environmental Council Senior Vice President Davitt B.
Woodwell. “The rivers really are the defining natural assets for our region, and we all need to
treat them as such.”
The 2010 Riverfront Report is available online.

Friends of Wissahickon Offers Trail Ambassador Spring Training Series

The Friends of the Wissahickon Trail Ambassador Program has

become so popular, that FOW is offering a new spring training
session this year. The application deadline is February 25.
Trail Ambassadors are park volunteers who assist and
educate people in the park with anything from directions to safety
needs to park history, flora and fauna.
(Photo: Trail Ambassadors Susan and Don Simon on patrol
in the Wissahickon.)
Ambassadors perform their service in the park and participate in ongoing education. They
become experts in the Wissahickon and provide a valuable public service.
Trail Ambassadors share their knowledge by: interacting with and providing assistance to
park users while walking the trails; staffing information tables at FOW volunteer days and
events; leading walks in the Wissahickon Valley; and conducting surveys of park users and
Eight training sessions will be held weekly from 6 to 8 p.m. in April and May 2011,
including a First Aid/CPR session. Applicants accepted into the program are required to pay a
$100 registration fee, sign a one-time volunteer release form, and obtain their criminal
background check and child-abuse clearance.
Ambassadors must be FOW members or willing to join the organization. The number of
open positions is limited.
For more information, program requirements, and an application form visit the FOW
website. Contact FOW Volunteer Coordinator Kevin Groves with questions call 215-247-0417
ext 105 or by sending email to:

April 29 Lecture: Regenerating Pittsburgh From The Ground Up

On April 29 Regenerating Pittsburgh will host a special lecture by author Dave Jacke and Darrell
Frey on regenerating healthy human communities and natural ecosystems.
The lecture will be held at Chatham University's Shadyside Campus, Eddy Theatre in
Pittsburgh from 7 to 9 p.m.
Dave Jacke is the author of Edible Forest Gardens, a book about applying the principles
of ecology to the design of home scale gardens mimicking forest ecosystem structure and
function, but grow food, fuel, fiber, fodder, fertilizer, "farmaceuticals," and food.
Darrell Frey is from the Three Sisters Farm and Bioshelter, a farm dedicated to growing
and marketing organic produce and teaching others those skills.
This presentation introduces the forest gardening vision and presents living examples of
gardens as well as a sampling of perennial edibles you can grow. It shows how the underlying
ecology of forest ecosystems can teach us ways to organize our own communities and cities to
meet the challenges of the future right here, right now.
We will also ask what role our species can and should assume in our local and global
ecosystems and how that translates to concrete action where we live.
Click here for more information.

Fish & Boat Commission Adds Class A Trout Streams, OKs Habitat Grants

Fish and Boat Commission voted at its quarterly meeting this week to add eight stream sections
to the list of self-sustaining Class A wild trout populations, to award a grant to the Erie-Western
Pennsylvania Port Authority to construct a fishing pier on Lake Erie, and to approve several
habitat grants.
Also, commissioners approved several land acquisitions and changed a boating regulation
to clarify the correct use of docking lights while a vessel is underway.
In addition to the regular business meeting, the Commission hosted a special evening
seminar on ice fishing, featuring three pro anglers from the North East Ice Tour, which drew a
crowd of approximately 65.
The evening session also included the presentation of the Stanley Long Outstanding
Volunteer Service Award, which honors the Commission’s most exemplary and inspiring
volunteer, and an award from the American Fisheries Society recognizing a Commission
research project on panfish.
Commissioner Glade Squires, Commission President William Worobec and Executive
Director John Arway jointly presented the Stanley Long award to Michael Skurecki of
Montgomery County.
“Volunteerism is absolutely vital to our success,” said Mr. Arway. “Volunteers help us
with our stocking efforts, they help us with law enforcement and they help us with our education
and outreach programs. Mike exemplifies the volunteer spirit and is well-deserving of this
award. He has served for over 15 years as a volunteer Education and Information instructor,
teaching Family Fishing and SMART Angler Programs. As a Commission volunteer, Mike
conducts an average of 14 day-long programs per year while investing over 70 hours of
volunteer time and driving between 400 and 500 miles.”
In addition, before the ice fishing seminar began, commissioners took part in a
ceremonial signing of the Anglers’ Legacy pledge. By signing the pledge, commissioners agree
to share their passion for fishing and the outdoors with at least one person each year.
“So far, more than 10,000 Pennsylvania anglers have taken the pledge,” said Mr. Arway.
“And we would like 10,000 more to sign up. If you haven’t signed up yet, please go to our
website, take the pledge and introduce someone to the joys of fishing and boating.”
The full announcement of actions is available online.

Game Commission Encourages Participation In Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 18-21

Game Commission officials are encouraging bird and nature fans throughout the state to join tens
of thousands of everyday North American bird watchers for the 2011 Great Backyard Bird
Count February 18-21.
A joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, this
free event is an opportunity for families, students, and people of all ages to discover the wonders
of nature in backyards, schoolyards, and local parks, and, at the same time, make an important
contribution to conservation. Participants count birds and report their sightings online.
Photo Contest
Each year, in addition to entering their tallies, participants submit thousands of digital
images for the GBBC photo contest. Many are featured in the popular online gallery.
“These types of activities provide the citizen-scientist with an opportunity to help
wildlife,” said Doug Gross, Game Commission biologist. “Anyone who can identify even a few
species can contribute to the information wildlife managers use to decide where to invest limited
resources in land conservation, as well as habitat improvement or protection.
“Additionally, this is a great opportunity for beginning bird watchers to hone their skills,
and for all participants to enjoy the winter landscape.”
Participants are asked to count birds for at least 15 minutes on at least one day of the
event and reporting their sightings online. Additional online resources include tips to help
identify birds, a photo gallery, and special materials for educators.
“Last year, the GBBC was a very popular event in Pennsylvania, with 4,878 checklists
submitted,” Gross said. “The places with the most checklists were Pittsburgh, with 156
submissions; Erie, with 106; and Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, with 76. Many small
towns were also represented in the total effort.
“A total of 132 species were reported by Pennsylvania participants in 2010. More Canada
geese (37,870) were reported than any other species, but dark-eyed junco was reported most
frequently (3,816 lists) by winter backyard watchers than any other species in the state. The finch
invasion just did not happen in the winter of 2010, but this winter we hear reports of pine siskins
at many locations and an increasing number of common redpolls, especially in the north.”
Gross also noted that there were more reports of short-eared owls throughout the state.
“The February dates allow us to count some early migrants, as well as some semi-hardy
‘hangers on’ that have lasted the winter in some yards,” Gross said. “For those extra-interesting
birds, keep an eye on areas that are well-protected from the wind, especially conifers, and where
there are winter-persistent fruits and berries. Juniper berries and sumac fruit clusters are magnets
for hungry songbirds including bluebirds and robins. Water is always an attractant for birds, too,
and backyard water gardens seem to bring in many species not usually seen where there is snow
and ice.”
Gross also encouraged those submitting reports to the GBBC website to also contribute
bird sightings by registering at Pennsylvania eBird, a birding website managed by the Game
“The Game Commission was the first state wildlife agency to host and manage a state
eBird website, which is dedicated to helping birders throughout North America and the world
record their bird observations and improve our understanding of the use of bird habitat and
seasonal bird activities,” Gross said.
The data collected helps the Game Commission and other wildlife researchers understand
the importance of particular locations to birds and bird population trends, information that is
critical for effective conservation.
These efforts enable everyone to see what would otherwise be impossible: a
comprehensive picture of where birds are in late winter and how their numbers and distribution
compare with previous years.
In 2010, participants turned in new record of more than 97,200 checklists, creating the
continent’s largest instantaneous snapshot of bird populations ever recorded. Checklists came in
from all 50 states in the U.S. and from all 10 provinces and three territories of Canada.
Participants reported 602 species in 11.2 million individual bird observations.

Delaware Valley A&WMA College Student Environmental Challenge Competition Opens

The Delaware Valley Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association is once again
sponsoring its annual Environmental Challenge for college students.
The Environmental Challenge is a student team competition modeled after the national
A&WMA competition in which a “real-life” challenge is posed to students which requires
consideration of current environmental issues, and is representative of the environmental
challenges in the Delaware Valley (Delaware, Pennsylvania & New Jersey) region, and requires
a multi-disciplinary solution.
The challenge seeks technical answers combined with appropriate regulatory approaches
and resolution of political and community issues.
The student teams are each given a complex “true-to-life” environmental problem to
evaluate and solve. Each team crafts a solution to the environmental problem, then develops a
presentation of their solution. The solutions are presented at the Chapter's Annual Scholarship
and Awards Dinner in April.
Student teams with the broadest feasible range of environmental disciplines, including
engineering, planning, policy, economics, and various other sciences will be accepted to compete
at the Chapter's Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner. Teams must have at least two, but no
more than five students.
Students interested in participating on a team, professionals willing to serve as advisors/
mentors and judges and university faculty willing to serve as sponsors should email the AWMA
contact, Liz Kamali at by February 11.

Undergraduate Scholarships Available From Delaware Valley Chapter A&WMA

The Delaware Valley Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association is now accepting
applications to be considered for its annual undergraduate scholarship program.
Applications must be postmarked by February 15.
The Chapter's scholarship program is open to full time or part time students enrolled in a
college or university for the 2010-2011 school year pursuing courses of study leading to a career
(or post-graduate study) in the environmental sciences/engineering or environmental
management or related fields.
Eligible applicants must either: be a resident of our Chapter's geographic area
(Pennsylvania east of the Susquehanna River; Delaware, and southern New Jersey) or be
attending a college or university within our Chapter's geographic area.
Applications and more information is available online.

EPA Seeks Applicants For Environmental Justice Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now accepting grant applications for $1.2 million
in funding to support projects designed to research, educate, empower and enable communities
to understand and address local health and environmental issues.
Applications are due March 28.
Eligible applicants from non-profit, faith-based and tribal organizations working in the
community of the proposed project are encouraged to apply.
Environmental Justice Small Grants funding is available for two categories of projects:
-- 40 grants of up to $25,000 each to support projects that address a community’s local
environmental issues through collaborative partnerships, and;
-- four grants of up to $50,000 each to gather better science on the environmental and health
impacts of exposure to multiple sources of pollution in communities.
Environmental justice means the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people,
regardless of race or income, in the environmental decision-making process. Environmental
justice issues often involve multiple sources of contamination, like pollution from several
industrial facilities within one neighborhood, environmental hazards at the workplace or home,
or contamination resulting from the consumption of fish or other subsistence food.
Environmental contamination can lead to costly health risks and can discourage
investments and development in low-income, minority, and indigenous communities
disproportionately impacted by pollution. Understanding the impacts of multiple environmental
risks can help communities develop more effective solutions to their environmental and health
More information on eligibility and how to apply is available online.

Rendell Administration Publishes Last Regulatory Agenda

In one of the final actions of his administration, Gov. Rendell this week published his semi-
annual Regulatory Agenda in compliance with Executive Order 1996-1. (Pa Bulletin page 679)
The Agenda shows which regulations are under development or planned for the coming
year grouped by state agency, including the departments of Agriculture, Conservation and
Natural Resources and Environmental Protection.
Subsequent agendas will be published on the first Saturdays in February and July.

Somerset Firm Involved In Quecreek, Chilian Mine Rescues Recognized By President

Center Rock, Inc. founder and president Brandon Fisher and his wife Julie, sales director, were
among the 26 Americans who attended President Obama's 2011 State of the Union address this
week as guests of First Lady Michelle Obama.
"The honor of being included in the group of guests for the State of Union Address was
humbling, and something I never would have expected," said Brandon. "The recognition of
Center Rock and our team would not be complete without acknowledging Greg Hall and his
team from Driller's Supply as well as the leadership and drillers from Layne Christensen, and
many others who teamed on this rescue."
Responding to President Obama's speech, Brandon commented, "President Obama's
pledge to invest in clean energy technology and reinvent the country's energy policy with the
goal of generating 80 percent of our electricity from clean energy sources by 2035 is
encouraging. This emphasis is already creating tremendous opportunity in the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania through the Marcellus Shale that covers so much of the state. As a small
business owner dedicated to producing new and innovative drilling technology, I am always
looking for ways that I can work with key federal and state administrators to take advantage of
this opportunity, expand my business, and create high-quality jobs."
Brandon continued, "Certainly the Quecreek and Chilean mine rescue efforts helped raise
our company's profile globally, and I am humbled by the accolades we received from the
President last evening, but our main focus is to continue our efforts to develop our innovative
Mine Rescue Protocol that can be activated swiftly to increase the chances of a positive outcome.
We also focus on drilling for the toughest applications, including construction and infrastructure
as well as oil and gas. I am hopeful that the new bi-partisan leadership we have in Washington
will help small businesses like Center Rock succeed by implementing a fair corporate tax
structure, affordable health care options, and trade agreements that are conducive to turning good
ideas into thriving enterprises and allowing us to continue to do good things."
One of three representatives from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the address,
Brandon and Julie are proud to represent the Center Rock team, which played a critical, life-
saving role by supplying the methodology and drill bits used to access and rescue the 33 trapped
Chilean miners in the San Jose copper-gold mine collapse.
Center Rock's LP-Drill technology and the immediate all-hours response of its workforce
enabled a considerable shortening of the rescue timeline. Brandon, along with Richard Soppe,
Manager of DHD Sales and Product Development, spent 37 days in Chile working to drill the
rescue shaft as "Plan B," outpacing all other concepts.
The State of the Union address marks the second visit to Washington, D.C. for the Center
Rock founder, who met the President in October 2010 along with some of the Americans
involved in the Chilean mine rescue efforts.


Protecting Pennsylvania's Environment In Hard Times

By Paul M. King
Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Gov. Corbett has taken office at a precarious time for Pennsylvania's

environment. Over the past 40 years, we have made tremendous
progress in addressing the legacy of three centuries of environmental
degradation, but the effort is far from complete. While recognizing that
our limited fiscal resources demand innovative thinking, we must
continue the job we've started.
Without question, development of the Marcellus Shale is the
most immediate environmental issue facing the state. We must avoid
repeating the kind of mistakes that have ravaged our landscape and led
to continuing costs.
Provided it's done properly, development of the Marcellus Shale can be of tremendous
benefit to our economy and communities, and Pennsylvania can become a leader in sustainable
development of shale gas. Corbett's proposed Marcellus Shale Commission is a good idea. But
there is no time to lose in ensuring that we are ready to deal with environmental problems.
The prolonged recession has been exceptionally hard on Pennsylvania's environment. The
Departments of Environmental Protection and of Conservation and Natural Resources have
experienced the most dramatic budget cuts in Harrisburg. In addition, money from the Growing
Greener program and the Oil and Gas Lease Fund has been diverted from environmental
programs to help balance the state budget.
These cuts have occurred despite demonstrated environmental needs and new state and
federal protection and restoration mandates. Nearly 19,000 miles of our rivers and streams fail to
meet clean-water standards. The expected costs of cleaning up abandoned mines exceed $1
billion. And the Susquehanna River basin faces new Chesapeake Bay mandates that will present
significant costs to communities. Without reinvigorated state investment, these costs and
problems will only multiply.
The administration and the General Assembly must make a commitment to meet these
pressing needs with new and innovative funding methods and by restoring the budgets of state
environmental agencies and programs. There are many opportunities to generate the needed
revenue, including a severance tax or fee on natural gas. In addition, revenues in the Oil and Gas
Lease Fund will be increasing dramatically due to gas drilling on state land, and a share of those
funds must be used for environmental programs, many of which will be challenged by Marcellus
Shale development.
Environmental costs will only increase over time, and without these investments,
Pennsylvania will not be able to meet its responsibilities under state and federal programs. In
fact, the state may lose out on additional private and federal matching funds.
Stormwater pollution in particular is another continuing environmental challenge for
communities throughout Pennsylvania. Despite a long-standing statutory requirement, our state
has failed to manage storm water in any comprehensive way. As a result, local governments are
left to address the issue on their own.
Over the past two legislative sessions, there has been innovative, bipartisan legislation to
help communities tackle this complex, costly problem. However, this legislation has not been
properly measured against the very real costs to communities experiencing storm water and
flooding damage, and it has stalled as a result.
There is also the continuing challenge of conservation. Pennsylvania's natural resources
can be a catalyst for economic growth and partnerships between the public and private sectors.
This principle is embodied in DCNR's Conservation Landscapes Initiative, which seeks to
engage an array of interests in jointly promoting resource protection and economic development.
This approach should be supported in the new administration.
Despite the state's budgetary challenges, we should look for innovative ways to continue
to improve Pennsylvanians' environment and quality of life. That's good for business as well as
the environment.

Paul M. King is president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.

Rodale Institute Names Dr. Elaine Ingham New Chief Scientist

The Rodale Institute, a non-profit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and
outreach, announced the appointment of Dr. Elaine Ingham as Chief Scientist.
Dr. Ingham has lead Soil Foodweb, Inc. as president and director of research since 1996,
helping farmers all over the world to grow more resilient crops by understanding and improving
their soil. She is also an affiliate professor at Maharishi University of Management in Iowa and
has served in academia for two decades.
In her new role as Chief Scientist, Dr. Ingham will take the lead on all Rodale Institute
research projects; act as the scientific voice for the Institute as she travels worldwide; and help
create a vision for the future of food and farming.
“Dr. Ingham is a true, card-carrying Soil Biologist—a rare entity. As one of the foremost
authorities on practical soil biology management, she is uniquely qualified to pioneer new
frontiers of organic research with the Rodale Institute,” says Executive Director Mark
Smallwood. “We are very excited to have her join our team.”
Since it’s founding in 1947 by J.I. Rodale, the Rodale Institute has been committed to
groundbreaking research in organic agriculture, advocating for policies that support farmers, and
educating people about how organic is the safest, healthiest option for people and the planet.
The Institute is home to the Farming Systems Trial, America’s longest-running side-by-
side comparison of chemical and organic agriculture. Consistent results from the study have
shown that organic yields match or surpass those of conventional farming. In years of drought,
organic corn yields are about 30 percent higher.
This year, 2011 marks the 30th year of the trial. New areas of study at the Rodale
Institute include rates of carbon sequestration in chemical versus organic plots and new
techniques for weed suppression.
The Rodale Institute is based in Emmaus, Pa.

Help Wanted: PACD Non-Point Source Program Application Developer

The PA Association of Conservation Districts is now accepting applications for a PennVEST

Non-Point Source Program Application Developer.
The position is a 2 year full-time temporary position based in Harrisburg, PA, but
involves extensive state-wide travel. Technical knowledge of NPS pollution problems, especially
as they pertain to agriculture and/or urban stormwater, is a plus.
Computer expertise, excellent oral and written communication skills (including making
presentations and writing articles), ability to assist grant applicants to navigate complex
application processes, and an energetic personality a must!
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but the first applications will be
reviewed by February 7.
The full job description is available online.

Grants & Awards

This section gives you a heads up on upcoming deadlines for awards and grants and other
recognition programs. NEW means new from last week.

January 31-- PHMC Historic Preservation Grants

February 1-- 2011 Write On! Wetlands Challenge
February 11-- PA American Water Stream Of Learning College Scholarships
February 11-- NEW. Delaware Valley A&WMA College Student Environmental Challenge
February 15-- PennVEST Water Infrastructure Funding
February 15-- NEW. Delaware Valley Chapter A&WMA College Scholarships
February 25-- Foundation for PA Watersheds Grants
February 28-- Philadelphia Water Department Spokesdogs Contest
February 28-- NEW. PACD Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Farm Award
February 28-- NEW. Federal Pipeline Technical Assistance Grants For Communities
March 1-- DEP Coastal Zone Land Conservation Grants
March 1-- PEC-Dominion Western PA Environmental Awards
March 1-- Schuylkill Action Network Schuylkill Stories Contest
March 1-- Schuylkill Action Network Drinking Water Scholastic Award Contest
March 4-- USDA Organic Producers Conservation Practices
March 22-- EPA Community Action For A Renewed Environment Program
March 25-- WREN Watershed, Source Water Protection Education Grants
March 28-- NEW. EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program
March 31-- NEW. PA American Water Student Watershed Art Contest
April 1-- NEW. Mid-Atlantic Invasive Species Panel Grants
April 19-- NEW. 4-H, FFA Grassland Scholarship Competition
April 20-- DCNR Community Conservation Partnership Grants
June 30-- DEP Nitrogen Tire Inflation System Grants
August 26-- Foundation for PA Watersheds Grants

Other Funding Programs

-- DEP PA Sunshine Solar Energy Rebates
-- CFA High Performance Building Financing (Program Link)
-- CFA Solar Energy Financing (Program Link)
-- CFA Geothermal, Wind Energy Projects (Program Link)

-- Visit the DEP Grants and Loan Programs webpage for more ideas on how to get financial
assistance for environmental projects.

Quick Clips

Here's a selection of NewClips on environmental topics from around the state--

Corbett Targets Bloat, Budget In Reform Plan
Corbett Proposes 2-Year Budget Cycle
Law Requires Easy Recycling Of E-Waste
Curbside Recycling Possible In Pike
West Hanover Twp. Retains Environmental Council
Lehigh Valley Growing Greener Jobs
Editorial: More Green Folly
Editorial: The EPA Threat, Restore Sanity
Report Says Mercury Is Health Threat In Western PA
Report: PA Mercury Emissions Impact Area Rivers
Industry Says Mercury Rules Could Raise Price Of Electricity
Editorial: Mercury Rising, Call For Action On Power Plants
Penn State To Convert Plant From Coal To Gas
Obama’s Stream Protection Plan Cuts Thousands Of Coal Jobs
Pittsburgh’s Green Coordinator Lindsay Baxter Leaving Job
Trim Your Utility Bills Without Going Broke
Philly's LED Traffic Lights Leave Drivers In Dark
Cost Effective Ways To Cut Energy Costs
Westmoreland OKs $1.9 Million Energy Work
Humboldt Firm Uses LEDs To Cut Energy Costs
Allegheny College Residence Hall Earns To Green Honor
Solar Panel Plan Sparks Interest
Nazareth Schools Will Move Solar Array
Opposition To Solar Firm In Luzerne Heated
Berwick Nuclear Reactor Shutdown After Steam Leak
Editorial: Ethanol Use, Damage Ahead
Harrisburg Incinerator Might Not Be Valuable Commodity
Walkable Communities On The Rise In PA
Cong. Gallatin To Be Celebrated With Events, Exhibits
Column: Why Bald Eagles, Why
An Unusual Twist In War Against Invasive Species
Nursery’s Neighbors Troubled By Thinning Of Deer Herd
Cleanup Of Ordinance Set In Tobyhanna State Park
Divers Demonstrate Ice Safety On Presque Isle Bay
Mine Disaster Memorial Airs Memories, History
Pittston Holds Remembrance Of Knox Mine Disaster

Marcellus Shale NewsClips

Here are NewsClips on topics related to Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling---

DRBC Announces Hearings On Draft Drilling Rules

DRBC Sets Hearings For Natural Gas Drilling
DRBC Sets Hearing In Honesdale On Drilling Rules
DRBC's Draft Natural Gas Regulations
NE PA Officials Discuss Drilling Impact
Sen. Yaw Preparing Marcellus Shale Bill Package
Marcellus Taking Toll On Some PA Communities
Gas Drilling Firm Probed In Well Blowout
Talisman Cited For Minor Gas Well Blowout In
DEP Losing Staff To Gas Drilling Industry
Gas Firms Hire The Regulators As Marcellus Boom Continues
Water Pipeline Info Request From DEP Costs Montrose $2,700
Oral Arguments Slated In Forest Drilling Appeal
Anti-Drilling Activist Distortions Unsupported By Facts
Final Push: Add Flights, Get Gas Drilling Cash For Airport
Sunbury Mayor Says Drill Cuttings Not Harmful To Residents
Panel, Residents Discuss Impacts Of Gas Drilling
Activist Shareholders Press Natural Gas Drillers On Fracking
Drilling Firm Launches Operations At Wyoming Site
Wyoming County Businesses Benefit From Gas Industry
Landowners Grant Drillers More Time In Wyoming
Damascus Drilling Ordinance Reviewed
Pike Shale Task Force Has First Meeting
Meeting In Ligonier To Address Impact Of Drilling
Drilling Impact Worries Schuylkill Residents
Penn State To Convert Plant From Coal To Gas
Philadelphia Council Sets Marcellus Shale Vote
Marcellus Shale Coalition Responds To Philly Council Action
Editorial: Philly’s Rude Gesture On Gas Drilling?
Hampton To Discuss Oil And Gas Drilling Feb. 23
Gas Industry Spawns $1.1 Million Railroad Upgrade
Natural Gas Pipeline Groundbreaking Tuesday In NY
Marcellus Shale Boosts WV Gas Production
Marcllus Shale Drilling On WV Farm
Marcellus Cryogenic Plant Starts Up In WV
Drilling Film Nominated For Oscar
Op-Ed: Beware Frackophobia
Op-Ed: Don’t Buy All The Natural Gas Drillers’ PR
EXCO Resources Announces 2010 Operating Results
Range Resources Proven Reserves Increase 42 Percent
Rex Energy Sees Surge In 2011 Gas Production
Consol Energy Posts Record $1.337 Billion Quarterly Revenue
Profits Fall At Consol

Watershed NewsClips

Here are NewsClips on watershed topics from around the state--

Renew Growing Greener Coalition Holds Lobby Day In Capitol

Stream Group Satisfied With Drillers’ Response To Spill
Buying A New Home? Expect To Pay More Under Clean Water Rules
ClearWater Conservancy Melds Art, Chocolate For Fundraiser
Letter: Environmentalists: Hands Off My Dishes
Feds Order Dana Mining To Halt Work At Humphrey Mine
Editorial: Laying Blame In Wrong Place For Delaware Water Flows
Upper Delaware Council Annual Report Now Available

Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

In one of the final actions of his administration, Gov. Rendell this week published his semi-
annual Regulatory Agenda in compliance with Executive Order 1996-1. (Pa Bulletin page 679)
The Agenda shows which regulations are under development or planned for the coming
year grouped by state agency, including the departments of Agriculture, Conservation and
Natural Resources and Environmental Protection.
Subsequent agendas will be published on the first Saturdays in February and July.

Pennsylvania Bulletin - January 29, 2011

Proposed Regulations Open For Comment - DEP webpage

Proposed Regulations With Closed Comment Periods - DEP webpage

Rolling Regulatory Agenda - DEP webpage

Technical Guidance & Permits

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice rescinding Interm Program

Guidance for Operator Certification and notice of Nutrient and Sediment Credits approved for

Recession: DEP ID: 383-2300-001. Pennsylvania's Interim Program for Operator Certification.
The purposes of this document was to: (1) meet the requirements of Section 1419 of the 1996
Amendment to the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act; (2) help ensure the Commonwealth's
continued eligibility to receive Federal funding to support the operator certification program; and
(3) identify and implement specific sections of the amended Water and Wastewater Systems
Operator's Certification Act in such a manner to provide a smooth program transition as a result
of these amendments, until promulgation of final rules and regulations by the Environmental
Quality Board.

Technical Guidance Comment Deadlines - DEP webpage

Copies Of Draft Technical Guidance - DEP webpage

Copies of Final Technical Guidance - DEP webpage

Calendar Of Events

Upcoming legislative meetings, conferences, workshops, plus links to other online calendars.
Meetings are in Harrisburg unless otherwise noted. NEW means new from last week. Go to the
online Calendar webpage.

Click on Agenda Released on calendar entries to see the NEW meeting agendas published this

January 30-February 1-- Agenda Released. Game Commission Board meeting. 2001 Elmerton
Ave., Harrisburg.

February 1-- NEW. House Appropriations Committee meeting on the effect of the economy on
the state budget. Room 140. 10:00.

February 2-- NEW. House Appropriations Committee meeting on the effect of the economy on
the state budget. Room 140. 10:00.
February 3-- NEW. House Appropriations Committee meeting on the effect of the economy on
the state budget. Room 140. 10:00.

February 8-- House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee informational meeting on
the Forest Products industry. Room B-31 Main Capitol. 9:30.

February 8-- DEP Environmental Justice Advisory Board meeting. 16th Floor Conference
Room, Rachel Carson Building. 8:30.

February 9-- DEP Water Resources Advisory Committee meeting. Room 105 Rachel Carson
Building. 9:30.

February 10-- NEW. House Consumer Affairs Committee informational meeting on electric
industry. Room 60 East Wing. 9:00.

February 10-- NEW. House Game and Fisheries Committee informational meeting to receive
Game Commission annual report. Room 140. 10:00.

February 15-- Environmental Quality Board meeting. Room 105 Rachel Carson Building.

February 15-- DEP Citizens Advisory Council meeting. Room 105 Rachel Carson Building.

February 15-- 2011 PA Recycling Industries Congress by the PA Recycling Markets Center and
PA Waste Industries Association. Email:

February 19-- NEW. The Inquest Into The 1869 Avondale Mine Disaster In Plymouth. Temple
Country Club, 1340 Country Club Road, Dallas. 3:00.

March 4-- CANCELED. DEP Chesapeake Bay Advisory Committee meeting. Next scheduled
meeting is May 3. (formal notice)

March 8-- Governor's Budget Address.

March 14-- NEW. House Appropriations Committee budget hearings for: 10:00 -- Department
of Revenue; 2:30 -- Public Utilities Commission; 3:30 -- Office of Consumer Advocate. Room

March 16-- NEW. House Appropriations Committee budget hearings for: 9:30 -- Department of
Conservation and Natural Resources; 10:30 -- Department of Environmental Protection; 1:30 --
Department of Agriculture. Room 140.
March 16-- NEW. Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for: 9:30-- Governor’s
Budget Office/Executive Offices and Office of the Governor. Hearing Room 1, North Office.

March 17-- NEW. Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for: 1:00-- Public Utility
Commission. Hearing Room 1, North Office.

March 18-- NEW. University of Pittsburgh: Unconventional Gas Development from Marcellus
Shale Plays-Myths and Realities, Dr. A.R. Ingraffea, Cornell University. Room 921 Benedum
Hall, Swanson School of Engineering. (formal announcement)

March 22-- NEW. Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for: 3:00-- Department of
Conservation & Natural Resources. Hearing Room 1, North Office.

March 23-- NEW. Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for: 9:30-- Department of
Revenue. Hearing Room 1, North Office.

March 24-- NEW. Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for: 9:30-- Department of
Environmental Protection. Hearing Room 1, North Office.

March 30-- NEW. Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for: 1:00-- Department of
Agriculture. Hearing Room 1, North Office.

March 31-- NEW. House Appropriations Committee budget hearings for: 10:00 -- Budget
Secretary – Office of the Governor/Executive Offices; 1:00 -- Member Testimony. Room 140.

DEP Calendar of Events

Environmental Education Workshop/Training Calendar (PA Center for Environmental


Senate Committee Schedule House Committee Schedule

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