Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Jan. 30 DEP Recycling Fund Advisory Committee Continues Act 101 Reform Discussion

DEP’s Recycling Fund Advisory Committee is scheduled to hold a special meeting on January 30 to continue its discussion on how to improve and reform the Act 101 recycling and waste reduction program.
There will be a specific discussion of the responsibilities of county recycling coordinators and Act 101 funding mechanisms and grants.
Click Here for the agenda.
The meeting will be in the Room 105 of the Rachel Carson Building in Harrisburg starting at 10:00.  
For more information, visit the DEP Recycling Fund Advisory Committee webpage.  Questions should be directed to Laura Henry, 717-772-5713 or send email to: lahenry@pa.gov.

Help Wanted: Brandywine Conservancy Senior Planner For Water Resources

The Brandywine Conservancy, a program of the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art based in Chadds Ford, Delaware County, is seeking an experienced, energetic, creative, senior planner to lead its innovative water resources protection efforts in southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware.
The position-- Senior Planner For Water Resources, Municipal Assistance Program--  requires an individual with expertise in comprehensive and sustainable watershed management, focusing on stormwater, wastewater, and source water protection, and a working knowledge of both Delaware and Chesapeake Bay watershed efforts.
The successful candidate must be a collaborative problem solver, an excellent communicator, and a good fit with the Conservancy’s staff and organizational culture.
The Senior Planner promotes the Conservancy’s water resource protection initiatives to a diverse audience of municipal officials, state, and federal agency representatives, engineering and design professionals, farmers, private landowners, watershed associations, and the general public.
Click Here for all the details and how to apply.
For more information on programs, initiatives and upcoming events, visit the Brandywine Conservancy website.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from the Conservancy (middle of the webpage.)  Visit the Conservancy’s Blog, Like the Conservancy on Facebook and Follow them on Instagram.
(Photo: Dylan Gauthier: highwatermarks exhibit, a year on the Brandywine River.)

DEP, Local Leaders Celebrate Edinboro Lake Watershed Assn's General McLane High School Growing Greener Project

DEP Regional Director Jim Miller and staff joined community leaders Tuesday to celebrate a new project to reduce pollution from stormwater runoff into Edinboro Lake in Edinboro, Erie County.
The project was made possible through a Growing Greener Grant to the Edinboro Lake Watershed Association.
The project includes Best Management Practices (BMP) like a rain garden, a vegetated swale, and an infiltration trench. This project will capture and treat runoff from about 38 acres, helping to improve the water quality to Edinboro Lake Watershed.
By installing these BMP’s, they will help to reduce an estimated 24 pounds per year of phosphorus, which represents a 1 percent improvement decrease in the budget of phosphorus for Edinboro Lake and 10,000 pounds per year of reduction of total suspended solids.
Edinboro Lake Watershed Association chose General McLane School District due to its ideal site for educating both students and the public and its proximity within the Edinboro Lake Watershed.
The Growing Greener Grant was awarded to the Edinboro Lake Watershed Association, which worked with partner organizations to put the project on the ground.  Dr. Brian Zimmerman serves as the President of the Edinboro Lake Watershed Association, which is the grant recipient.
Steve Halmi, Deiss & Halmi Engineering, is also on the Edinboro Lake Watershed Association Board and served as the project engineer.
General McLane alumnus and landscape architect for Pennsylvania State University, Thomas Flynn served as the landscape architect. All have donated their time and services to the project.  J. J. Wurst Landscape Contractor, Inc. was the contractor for the project.
Click Here to watch a video about the project.
(Photo: Rain garden at Teresa E. Walters Education Center, General McLane School District.)

Ohio River Sanitation Commission Webinars On Proposed Revisions To Pollution Control Standards Jan. 24, 31

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission is now accepting comments on proposed revisions to the pollution control standards for the Ohio River and its tributaries through February 24.
Two webinars will be held to present an overview of the proposal and the issues involved on January 24 at 3:00 p.m. and January 31 at 6:00 p.m. EST.  Click Here for instructions on how to participate in the webinars.
Public Hearing
ORSANCO will also be scheduling a public hearing on the standards revision.  Click Here to watch for more information on the schedule.
Background
The standards designate specific uses for the Ohio River, and establish guidelines to ensure that the river is capable of supporting these uses. To keep pace with current issues, ORSANCO strives to review the standards at least every three years.
This review of the Pollution Control Standards differs from past reviews in that it asks your input on whether ORSANCO should continue to maintain, administer, and periodically update the current Pollution Control Standards, or should eliminate the Pollution Control Standards and withdraw from the process of maintaining and updating such standards.
An Ad Hoc Committee on Water Quality Standards Implementation has developed and evaluated five (5) alternatives regarding the continuation, modification, or elimination of the ORSANCO Pollution Control Standards and future involvement by ORSANCO in the standard-setting process.
That Committee advanced those five alternatives to the ORSANCO advisory committees, each of which has provided written comments on the alternatives.
A majority of the Ad Hoc Committee members, and a majority of current ORSANCO Commission members, favor an expanded version of Alternative 2, which would eliminate Chapters 3 and 4 of the Pollution Control Standards on water criteria and mixing zones, and eliminate portions of Chapter 5.
That preference is not unanimous among the Commissioners, and a minority report accompanying the expanded discussion of Alternative 2 is contained in the package of materials for your review.
The package for your review includes the five (5) alternatives, with an expanded discussion of the alternative favored by a majority of the Commission members and a minority report, as well as the written comments of the ORSANCO advisory committees.
The Commission wishes to stress that no final decision has been made with respect to the future of the Pollution Control Standards or ORSANCO’s maintenance of Pollution Control Standards.
Now that the Ad Hoc Committee has presented the alternatives, and a majority of the Commission has indicated a preliminary preference and has sought and received the comments of the advisory committees, it is your turn to give the Commission your comments, your suggestions, and your feedback on the future of ORSANCO’s Pollution Control Standards.
Copies Of Proposals
Here are links to the proposals under review--
-- Click Here for the five alternatives under consideration.
-- Click Here for the Expanded Alternative #2, which is preferred by a majority of ad hoc committee members, and a Minority Report describing the position of a minority of ad hoc committee members.
-- Click Here for a summary of comments on the alternatives by ORSANCO’s advisory committees and Technical Committee.
-- Click Here for a mock-up of revised standards, for illustrative purposes, as they might look based on Alternative #2 (marked up version).
-- Click Here for a mock-up of revised standards, for illustrative purposes, as they might look based on Alternative #2 (clean version)
Submitting Comments
All parties interested in submitting comments may do so by mail or email. Mailed comments should be addressed to ORSANCO, 5735 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230, Attn: PCS Comments.
Emailed comments should be sent to: PCS@orsanco.org.  Emailed comments must be sent by the original submitter. Third party emails will not be accepted in order to protect data systems integrity. Comments must be included in the body of the email. Email attachments will not be accepted in order to protect data systems integrity.
Please contact ORSANCO directly at 513-231-7719 for instructions on submitting technical and scientific information or data since email attachments cannot be accepted. Your name and mailing address must accompany all correspondence.
For more information, visit ORSANCO’s Pollution Control Standards webpage.

26th Annual Shirley R. Wagner Garden Symposium April 14 Lancaster

The 26th Annual Shirley R. Wagner Garden Symposium will be held on April 14 at the Lancaster Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster from 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
The Symposium will feature sessions presented by locally and nationally renowned garden experts that will inspire participants to improve their home gardens.
The program is presented by the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Lancaster County.
Click Here for more information on the Symposium.   Click Here for more information on the Penn State Master Gardener Program and how you can become involved in your county.
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PA Anthracite Council Spring Meeting March 6 In West Hazleton, Luzerne County

The PA Anthracite Council will hold its spring meeting on March 6 and will feature Iris Kapo, Senior International Trade Specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce.
As Trade Specialist, Kapo counsels U.S companies on the export process and works closely with clients to develop an international growth plan. In that role, Kapo was instrumental in working with local suppliers on the Ukrainian coal order.
Her other responsibilities include leading Commercial Service efforts at local, national, and international trade events.
The meeting will be held at the Top Of The 80’s Restaurant off I-81 in West Hazleton.
Click Here to fill out a registration form for the meeting.   The cost is $35 per person.  The form should be returned to the PA Anthracite Council, PO Box 138, Pottsville, PA 1790,  email the form to: hardcoalorg@paanthracite.com or call 717-737-9825.
Sponsorship are also available for the meeting by sending email to: hardcoalorg@paanthracite.com or call 717-737-9825.
For more information on programs, initiatives and other upcoming events, visit the PA Anthracite Council website.

Register Now For Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference April 12-14 In Chester County

Register now for the PA Land Trust Association 2018 Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference to be held at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, Chester County April 12 to 14.
The Conference will feature 55 educational sessions, including workshops, full and half-day seminars and advanced roundtables and plenty of networking opportunities.
Connect with experts from across the state and beyond, attend professional enrichment opportunities that provide continuing education credits for attorneys, park and recreation professionals and landscape architects.
The schedule also includes a series of field trips on topics like Beyond Hikes - Creative Approaches to Engaging the Public, Reconnecting Philadelphia to the Delaware River and more.
The Friday evening keynote speaker will be Michael Gagne, an environmental leader and educator dedicated to building “democratic capacity” for positive change.  Also on Friday, DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn will address the Conference.
Click Here to register or for more information.
For more information on programs, initiatives and upcoming events, visit the PA Land Trust Association website, Click Here to sign up for regular updates from PLTA, Like them on Facebook, Follow them on Twitter, and Join them on Google+.  Click Here to support their work.
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Reminder: PA Land Trust Assn Accepting Nominations For Govt. Leadership Award Thru Feb. 12

The PA Land Trust Association will be accepting nominations for the 2018 Government Leadership Award until February 12.  
This award recognizes any Pennsylvania municipal or county government that has demonstrated leadership and vision that resulted or will result in the permanent conservation of open space and valuable and unique land and/or water resources.
Success in natural resource conservation can be achieved through land use planning and regulations, resource protection strategies, and land and/or easement acquisition.
Recognition may be based on the work of a government, multi-government partnership, commission or board but must be sanctioned by the governing body or bodies.
The deadline for nominations is February 12.
Click Here for all the details and a nomination form.  Questions should be directed to Nicole Faraguna at 717-909-1298 or send email to: nfaraguna@conserveland.org.
The Award will be presented in conjunction with the 2018 Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference April 12-14 in Malvern, Chester County.
For more information on programs, initiatives and upcoming events, visit the PA Land Trust Association website, Click Here to sign up for regular updates from PLTA, Like them on Facebook, Follow them on Twitter, and Join them on Google+.  Click Here to support their work.
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PEC Now Accepting Applications For Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape Mini-Grants

The PA Environmental Council is now accepting applications for Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape Mini-Grants.  The deadline for applications is February 23.
Projects must be located in Cambria, Somerset, Fayette or Westmoreland County to be eligible.
At total of $50,000 is available for mini-grants of from $1,000 to $10,000 to support and advance the goals and objectives of the Laurel Highlands Project, including to foster conservation and stewardship of the natural and man-built environments while promoting sustainable economic development through outdoor recreation.
Projects could include development of the region’s trail network, encourage land conservation, work to protect and conserve water resources, expand “the connections between the built and natural amenities in the landscape” or address infrastructure needs in parks and forests.
All mini-grants require a one-to-one match in local funds or eligible non-cash in-kind services – the mini-grant cannot exceed 50 percent of the total project costs.
Funding for the program is provided by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources through the Environmental Stewardship "Growing Greener" Fund.
Grant winners will be announced on March 23, with an official “kick-off” event scheduled to take place at the LHCL Annual Gathering on April 17.
For more information on the conservation landscape program, visit PEC’s Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape webpage.
Click Here for more information on the grant program.  Questions should be directed to Marla Meyer Papernick of the PA Environmental Council by email to: mpapernick@pecpa.org or call 412-481-9400.
For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the PA Environmental Council website, visit the PEC Blog, follow PEC on Twitter or Like PEC on Facebook.  Visit PEC’s Audio Room for the latest podcasts.  Click Here to receive regular updates from PEC.
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