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PAEnvironmentDigest

AnUpdateOnEnvironmentalIssuesInPA
EditedBy:DavidE.Hess,CrisciAssociates

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PAEEBusinessPartner
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Issue#601Harrisburg,PaJanuary4,2016

A1,000Stories,On1,000sOfPAEnvironmentalStewardsSince2004,134StoriesIn2015

SinceJuneof2004,the
PAEnvironmentDigest
hasprinted
nearly1,000storiesaboutthousandsofindividuals,
businesses,farmers,schools,localgovernments,studentsof
allages,nonprofitgroupsandorganizationsjustlikeyou
honoredfordoinggreatthingstoprotectandrestore
Pennsylvaniasenvironmentineverycornerofthe
Commonwealth.
Herearethe134storieswepublishedduring2015.
WillwefindYOUonthislistin2016?

PennStatesRichardAlleyReceivesFrontiersOfKnowledgeAwardInClimateChange
CovantaChesterEnergyFromWasteFacilitySaves1.3MGallonsOfWaterPerDay
CBFPA:WashingtonCountyJoinsCleanWaterCountsInitiative
PAParks&ForestsFoundationAnnounces2015AwardWinners
Dickinson,Penn,CarnegieMellonNamedTo50GreenestCollegesList

ConewangoCreekNamedPennsylvanias2015RiveroftheYear
PAsFirstAfricanAmericanStateForester:RalphElwoodBrock
DEPCitizensAdvisoryCouncilHonorsFormerMemberJanetKeim
PAResourcesCouncilAnnouncesWinnersOf2014LensOnLitterPhotoContest
PittsburghsParksConservancyDirectorHechtNamedCarnegieScienceAwardWinner

NorristownWaterTreatmentPlantReceivesPartnershipForSafeWaterAward
KeystoneCleanWaterTeamReceivesNationalDesignation
HeritageRailTrailInYorkCountyIsPAs2015TrailOfTheYear
KeepPABeautifulRecognizesOutstandingVolunteersFor2014
KeepPABeautifulEarnsRecognitionAtNationalConference

Feature:VolunteerCitedForWorkWithBluebirdsAtBaldEagleStatePark
PAParks&ForestsAwardWinnersAnnounced,AwardsBanquetMay5
PALeagueOfWomenVotersHonorFranklinL.KuryApril7
WestPikelandTownship,ChesterCountyLaudedForItsOpenSpaceInitiatives
DinnerToRecognizeWinnersOfGovernorsEnvironmentalExcellenceAwards

ActingDCNRSecretaryCindyDunnHonoredByNationalWildlifeFederation
ShellMeetsAll15CenterForSustainableShaleDevelopmentPerformanceStandards
WaterSystemConference,20thAnniversaryOfSafeWaterPartnershipOct.2830
ShippensburgAuthorityLatestToJoinPartnershipForSafeWater
CommunityLeadersHonoredBySewickleyCreekWatershedAssociation

WinnersOf2015WesternPAEnvironmentalAwardsAnnounced
DCNRHonoringLardnersPointParkInPhiladelphiaWithGreenParkAward
SmallBusinessesToBeRecognizedByDuquesnesCenterForGreenIndustries
EPARecognizesVerizonWithEnergyStarPartnerOfYear,ExcellenceAward
PAWildsRecognizesOutstandingEffortsInSustainableTourismDevelopment

PECOReceivesEPA2015EnergyStarPartnerOfTheYearAward
PAManufacturingPlantsRecognizedByDOEAsLeadersInEnergyManagement
DEPHonoredForClarionCountyAbandonedMineReclamationProject
PAEERecognizesStroudWaterResearchCenterLeafPackStreamEcologyKit
MechanicsburgBoroughPromotesRecyclingThroughAwardsProgram

EPAHonorsPACollegeConsortiumForFoodRecoveryChallengeAchievement
CentreCountyRecycling&RefuseAuthorityWinsNationalRecognition
EPALaudsBethlehemAreaSchoolDistrictForEnvironmentalLeadership
U.S.Dept.OfEducationRecognizesPAGreenSchools
PAEnvironmentalProfessionalsHonorBernardMcGurl,JohnArway

WildlifeForEveryone:WinnersAnnouncedInTomRidgeWetlandsPhotoContest
EPARecognizes9PAUniversitiesAsTopGreenPowerUsersInTheirConferences
WeisMarketsAwardsKPBsGreatAmericanCleanupOfPAGiftCards
SchuylkillActionNetworkToHonorStudentsForWorkInProtectingDrinkingWater
DominionAwards$135,000InGrantsSupportingEnvironmentalInitiativesInPA

PECOEnvironmentalProgramReceivesGovernorsEnvironmentalExcellenceAward
KeepPABeautifulsGreatAmericanCleanupOfPAReceivesGovernorsAward
WolfAnnouncesWinnersOf2015GovernorsEnvironmentalExcellenceAwards
RecycleBankGreenSchoolsProgramRecognizes18SchoolsInPA
KPB:KeepAmericaBeautiful,CocaColaAwardRecyclingBinsInPA

NorthamptonCountyReceivesPALandTrustAssn.ConservationLeadershipAward
JohnDawesReceivesPALandTrustAssn.LifetimeConservationLeadershipAward
PennsylvaniaMarks20thAnniversaryOfSigningOfLandRecyclingLaws
Senate,DEPCelebrates20thAnniversaryOfTheLandRecyclingProgramWithVideo
BlueMountainSchoolDistrictStudentsHonoredForProtectingDrinkingWater

WesternPAEnvironmentalAwardWinner:SustainablePittsburgh
PartOfLaurelHillStateParkIncludedInOldGrowthForestNetwork
2MorePADrinkingWaterFacilitiesReceivePresidentsAward

MiltonAuthoritysInnovativeWastewaterPlantFeaturedAtInternationalConference
WeisMarketsReceivesTopHonorForSustainabilityInitiatives

PaintCreekRegionalWatershedAssn.ReceivesWesternPAEnvironmentalAward
DelawareCountyHighSchoolTakes2015PAEnvirothonHonors
VolunteersDonate$1MillionWorthOfLaborToStateParks,Forests
PittsburghSustainableSmallBusinessDesignationsToBeCelebratedJune19
ExelonRecognizedForSustainabilityLeadershipInNewsweekGreenRankings

HersheyNamedATop10GreenCompanyInU.S.ByNewsweek
KeepPABeautiful:WinnersOfGreatAmericanCleanupOfPAVideoContest
DelawareHighlandsConservancyScholarshipWinnersAnnounced
PAEnvironmentalCouncilRecognizesAnthonyBartolomeoWithAchievementAward
DCNRCelebrating20thAnniversaryWithNewOutreachTool

HousePassesResolutionRecognizingWorkOfConewangoCreekWatershedAssn.
WesternPATreeFarmReceives2015RegionalAmericanTreeFarmSystemAward
RaulChiesa,JanetSredyNamedNationalOutstandingTreeFarmersOfTheYear
DEPSecretaryQuigleyMarks20thAnniversaryOfDEP
FirstSecretary,CurrentSecretaryCelebrateDCNRs20thAnniversary

PoconoForest&WatersConservationLandscapeMiniGrantSuccessStories
13thAnniversaryOfQuecreekMineRescueInSomerset
RenmatixInPARecognizedByEPAWithGreenChemistryChallengeAward
SojournMarksConewangoCreeksPARiverOfTheYearDesignation
SchuylkillRiverTrailNamedNationsBestUrbanTrail

3PAFarmsReceivePACDCleanWaterFarmAwards
PECsLindsayBaxterRecipientOf2015McCloyFellowshipInEnvironmentalPolicy
ShepptonMineDisaster,RescueHistoricMarkerToBeDedicatedOnAug.22
DCNRRenamesLackawannaStateForestDistrictInHonorOfGiffordPinchot
OpEd:Gov.GiffordPinchotLeftHisMarkOnOurNaturalHeritage

ChesapeakeBayWatershedChampion:KellyGutshall,Landstudies,Inc.
DEPsDanVilelloReceivesCountyCommissionersFriendOfCountiesAward
EphrataAreaAuthorityReceivesRecognitionFromPartnershipForSafeWater
KeepPABeautiful:Nearly130,000ParticipatedIn2015GreatAmericanCleanupofPA
DCNRsDr.DonaldEggenHonoredByU.S.ForestService

DEPToReceiveNationalAwardForLackawannaCountyCoalRefuseFireProject
PenncrestHighSchoolWins2ndPlaceInInternationalEnvirothonCompetition
LehighCountyFarmerRecognizedForCommitmentToWaterQualityInDelaware
WestmorelandConservationDistrictPresentsAwardsSept.9
PACoalAlliance,DEPRecognizeMiningCompaniesForLandReclamation

NortheastPAEnvironmentalPartnersAnnounce2015AwardWinners
WilliamsportJoinsPartnershipForSafeWatersOptimizationProgram
NationalMiningHallOfFameToInduct3NewPARelatedMembers
StateParkTrailNamedInHonorOfFirstDCNRSecretary,JohnC.Oliver
WissahickonValleyWatershedAssn.PreservesOpenSpaceInMontgomeryCounty

SustainableForestryInitiativeSetsWorldsRecordForPlantingTrees:7,248InPA
KeepPABeautifulAffiliatesIn4CountiesCollectNearly4,000Tires
SlipperyRockWatershedCoalition20thAnniversaryCelebrationOct.10
PPLElectricMakesDonationToBrodheadWatershedAssn.For26thAnniversary
UGI,ColumbiaGas,PPL,DuquesneNamedEnvironmentalChampionsInUtilitySurvey

DEPsRichardBeamWinsNationalAbandonedMineLandAssn.TeachingAward
GroupsInBradfordCountyRecognizedAsChesapeakeBayForestChampions
ErieTimes:RidgeEnvironmentalCenterHonorsHarryLeslie
AndyErnstOfErnstSeedsHonoredForHisContributionsToTheNativeSeedIndustry
GeraldSmithWaterTreatmentPlantReceivesPartnershipForSafeWaterAward

ManadaConservancyCelebrates80thAnniversaryWithFallHikeOct.25
ColumbiaBoroughRecognizedNationallyForMakingWalkingEasier
WoodlochResortGreenLodgingRaises$15,000ForDelawareHighlands
KettleCreekCorp.HonoredByPARecyclingMarketsCenterWith2015HeenanAward
LandStudiesSpecialistFirstCertifiedInMS4StormwaterProgram

DEPsHeidiKunkaHonoredWithGreenestAppleAwardByGreenBuildingCouncil
5PennsylvaniaCollege/UniversityArboretumsMakeTop50ListInU.S.

PAAmericanWater:
WinnersOfImagineADayWithoutWaterPhotoContest
IndependentReviewHailsManagementOfPennsylvaniasStateForests
PerkiomenWatershedConservancyHonors7WithEnvironmentalAwards

PAResourcesCouncilToHonorEnvironmentalLeadersNov.12
NortheastPAEnvironmentalPartnersHeld25thAnnualAwardsDinnerInWilkesBarre
WinnersofDEPSecretarysExcellenceAwardsHonoredInCeremony
EPARecognizesPhiladelphiaPrisonSystemForFoodRecoveryEfforts
AquaAmericaReceivesGreenVisionAwardFromPENJERDEL

California,NorthwestStatesThankPAFirefightersForHelpingHand
ChesapeakeBayFoundationPAEarns2AwardsForStreamBuffers,ReducingPollution
PAAmericanWaterTreatmentPlantCompletes3rdPhaseOfPartnershipForSafeWater
PSUExtensionWaterTeamReceivesInternationalLakeManagementSocietyAward
DuquesneUniversitysSustainabilityMBALandsOnAnotherTop10Listing

WeisMarketsBecomes2ndFoodRetailerToReceiveGroceryStewardshipCertification
PittsburghGreenWorkplaceChallengeHighestScoringOrganizationsRecognized
SlipperyRockWatershedCoalition20thAnniversaryCelebration

TheFightAgainstLitterByWalkingStickProductionsWinnerOfPRCVideoContest

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Gov.WolfVetoes$6.864BFromRepublicanBudgetBill,GOPInNoHurryToComeBack

Gov.TomWolfTuesdayannouncedhelineitemvetoed$6.864
billionofthe$30.263billionHouseRepublicanbudgetin
House
Bill1460
(AdolphRDelaware)allowingsixmonthsofschool
district,otherstateandallfederalfundingtobeavailable.
Whatremainsisa$23.399millionGeneralFundspending
authorization.
WolfsaidtheSenateandHouselefttownbeforetheirworkwas
doneandcalledtheRepublicanbudgetanexerciseinstupidity
thatshortchangedschools,didnotbalanceanddidnothingtoaddressthestructuraldeficit.
HecalledontheGeneralAssemblytoreturntoHarrisburgtofinishitswork.
NeithertheSenateorHousehaveplanstocomebacktoHarrisburgonadatecertainfor
voting.TheGeneralAssemblywillbeinHarrisburgJanuary5fortheceremonialbeginningof
the2016session.
Therearenow30daysuntilGov.Wolf'ssecondbudgetaddressonFebruary2,ironically,
GroundhogDay.
ItemsVetoed
TheGovernorsBudgetOfficereleasedalistof
GeneralFundlineitemsvetoed
bythe
Governor.Theyinclude
DEP$900,000forSewageFacilitiesPlanningGrants
DCNR$2.2millionforHeritageParks

ClickHere
foralistofitemsvetoed,changed(inyellow).[
ClickHere
foracopyin
anotherformat.]
Gov.WolfsRemarks
ImvetoingtheRepublicanplantocut$95millionfromeducation,andImalsovetoing
otheritemsthattheydontpayfor,saidGov.Wolf.Imcallingonourlegislatorstogetbackto
Harrisburgbacktotheworktheyleftunfinishedlastweek.Atthesametime,Imallowing
emergencyfundingforourschoolstogetout.Imalsolettingfundinggoouttoourhuman
serviceagenciesandtoourcounties.Butthisisonanemergencybasisonly.

Indoingthis,Imexpressingtheoutragethatallofusshouldfeelaboutthegarbagethe
Republicanlegislativeleadershavetriedtodumponus.ThisbudgetiswrongforPennsylvania.
Andourlegislatorsthefolksweelectedtoserveusneedtoownuptothis.Theyneedtodo
theirjobs.Thisbudgetiswrongforsomanyreasons,butespeciallybecauseitdoesnotbalance,
increasesourdeficitandfailstoinvestinourschoolsandourfuture.
Gov.WolfvetoedpartsofthebudgetbecauseRepublicansdidnotpayfortheirspending
andtoensureamoreresponsiblebudget,butheistakingactiontoensurethatschoolsreceive
moneyowedtothemthroughDecember31.
Gov.Wolflimitedemergencyfundingtoahalfyearappropriation(basedonthe
agreedtobipartisanbudget)forbasiceducationfunding,statecorrectionsinstitutionsand
medicalassistancecapitation.
AsGov.Wolfsaidformonths,Pennsylvaniaisfacingamassivestructuralbudgetdeficit
asaresultofyearsofRepublicanbudgetsthatwereoutofbalance.Thismultibilliondollar
deficitcannotsimplybewishedaway.TheRepublicanbudgetisnotbalancedandwillgrowthe
Commonwealthsmultibilliondollardeficit.
Thisbudgetspends$30.3billiondollarswithoutsufficientrevenuestopayforit.
Assumingthatwewouldcertifythecurrentyearrevenueestimateattheamountrecommended
bytheIndependentFiscalOfficeearlierthismonth,ifthegovernorsignedthisbill,the
Commonwealthwouldendtheyearoverahalfabilliondollarsoutofbalancewithastructural
deficitofover$2.3billion.
WhileRepublicansmayclaimthattheyhavefinishedthejob,theyhavenot.Theyhave
notpaidforthebudgettheypassed,whichwouldfurtherincreaseourdeficitthatstoodat$2.3
billionearlierthisyear.
Intotal,thegovernorreleasedmorethan$23.3billioninfunding.
Further,thegovernorrejectedthelegislaturesdesiredincreasesfortheirownfunding
andinsteadrevertedtheirappropriationstoflatfundingfromthepreviousyear.Community
colleges,statesysteminstitutionsandotherhighereducationlinesarealsolimitedtoflatfunding
fromthepreviousyear.
Thelegislatureleftforvacationwithoutpassingappropriationsbillsforstaterelated
universities,PennState,UniversityofPittsburgh,LincolnUniversity,TempleUniversity,and
thePennSchoolofVeterinaryScience,andothernonpreferredinstitutions.
TheRepublicanbudgetunderfundseducationandusesgimmicksthatwillactuallyleadto
a$95millioncutinfundingforourschools,Gov.Wolfsaid.Republicanscontinuetorefuseto
adequatelyfundPreKthrough12educationandtheirbudgetfailstofund$305millioninschool
constructionreimbursements.Instead,theyclaimtopayforschoolconstructionbyissuing
billionsinnewdebt.
However,sincetheRepublicanbudgetfailstotakeanymeaningfulstepstofix
Pennsylvaniasstructuralbudgetdeficitwhichhasalreadyledtofivecreditdowngradesthe
Commonwealthwillbeunabletoresponsiblyissueanydebttocoverschoolconstruction
reimbursementsthisyearandlikelyintothefuture,Gov.Wolfadded.
TheRepublicansfailuretoprovideschoolconstructionfundingtolocalschooldistricts
andtheCommonwealthsinabilitytoresponsiblyissuedebtwillleadtoadirectcosttothe
schooldistricts,whichwillwipeoutanymarginalfundingincreasesforlocalschooldistricts.
Thismeansthattheirbudgetisaneffective$95millioncuttoschooldistrictsafteryearsofcuts
underpreviousRepublicanbudgets,Gov.Wolfcontinued.

TheRepublicanbudgetcontinuesthetrendofnotonlyunderfundingourschoolsbutalso
fiscalirresponsibilitythathaveledtomassivestructuraldeficitsandmultiplecreditdowngrades.
Now,thosedecisionswillhaveadirectimpactonourabilitytopayourbillsandissuedebt.
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foracopyofGov.Wolfscompleteremarks.
SenateRepublicansComment
SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman
(RCentre)saidina
telephonepressconference
TuesdayGov.Wolfslineitemvetowasexpectedandhisactionrelievedalotofpressureon
schools.HesaidhewasgladtheSenatesplantogetabudgettotheGovernortorelievethat
pressureworked.
HesaidSenateRepublicansarepreparedtoworkwiththeHouseandtheGovernorto
finalizeabudget.HeexpresseddisappointmentintheGovernorforhisderogatorycomments
abouttheLegislature,butatthesametimehenotedtheGovernorapproved90percentofthe
lineitemsinthebudget.
Sen.Cormanreiteratedatonepointinthecallthatpensionreformwasstillanimportant
partofthesebudgetdiscussions,butdidnotmentionliquorreform.Laterhesaidfurther
changestothepensionbill,aspassedbytheSenate,wouldnotbesomethinghecansupport.
Wevecompromisedenoughonthatplan.
Onreleasingaproposedtaxpackage,Sen.Cormansaidtherearefivepartiesinvolvedin
shapingataxpackage,andnoplanhasbeenfinalized.Headdedthereisalsonoultimatespend
numbertoworkagainst.
HedidshootbackontheGovernorsassertiontheRepublicanbudgetbillcuteducation
fundingby$95millionsayingifyouwanttogetintoit,theGovernorbyhisactiontodaycut$3
billionineducationfunding,butweshouldgetpassedissueslikethat.
OncomingbacktoHarrisburg,Sen.Cormansaidmostofthebudgetrelatedbillsarein
theHouse,includingfundingforPennState(inSen.Cormansdistrict),buthesaidhis
leadershipisavailable24/7tocometoHarrisburgforfurtherdiscussionswhentheyareheld.
TheSenateremainsona6hourcall.
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tolistentothepressconference.
SenatePresidentProTemporeJoeScarnati
(RJefferson),
SenateMajorityLeader
JakeCorman
(RCentre),
SenateAppropriationsCommitteeMajorityChairPatBrowne
(RLehigh)and
SenateMajorityWhipJohnGordner
(RColumbia)releasedthefollowing
statement:
Wesupportthegovernorslongoverduedecisiontoreleaseemergencyfunding
approvedbythelegislaturetohelpschoolsandsocialserviceagencies.Thisissomethingwe
havebeenadvocatingforovermanymonthsandisexactlywhywesenthimabudgetlastweek
toreleasemoneythathasbeencollectedandisbeingheldbythestatetoschoolsand
communities.
Wearegladthatthegovernorhasacknowledgedthathisactionsoffullvetoesinthe
pasthavemeantkidsandcommunityorganizationshavebeenheldhostagebyhisrefusalto
releasefundingandthatapproachisnolongerdefensible.Hecouldhaveusedthislineitemveto
monthsagoandavoidedthiscrisissituation.
Thisactionessentiallyresetstheclockgivingustimetoworktowardafiscally
responsiblespendingplanwithoutjeopardizingcoregovernmentservices.
Wehavesignificantdifferenceswiththisgovernorandhiscallsforincreasedtaxesand
spending,andweneedtositdownandworkthroughthem.Wehavebeennegotiatingingood

faithwithhim,whichiswhywearedisappointedthatheusedwordslikegarbageandexercise
instupidityinhisstatement.Thiskindofnamecallingandblamingisnotnecessaryor
productiveasweworktowardcompromise.
NowtheGovernormustdemonstrateleadershiptogetacompletebudgetpassed.The
Senatehasapprovedthreebudgetproposalsalready,andbecauseofhislatestlineitemvetoes
willneedtoproduceafourth.ItslongpasttimefortheAdministrationtoembraceandwork
towardthecompromiseneededtoenactafiscallyresponsiblestatebudget.Weremain
committedtoachievingthatgoal.
HouseRepublicanReaction
SpeakeroftheHouseMikeTurzai
(RAllegheny)and
HouseMajorityLeaderDave
Reed
(RIndiana)issuedthefollowingstatement:
Today,Gov.TomWolfdidwhathecouldhaveandshouldhavedonemorethan180
daysagodriveoutappropriateddollarstohelpchildrenandvictimsthroughoutPennsylvania.
Atsomepoint,peoplehavetowonderhowdoesthegovernorconsidera$30.3billion
budgetthatincreaseseducationfundingbymorethan$400millionwithoutrelyingonasalesor
incometaxincreasegarbage,butcontinuestobackabroken$30.8billionframeworkbudget
thatincreasessalesorincometaxeswithoutpensionreform,propertytaxrelieforrealstepsto
bringourliquorsystemintothe21stcentury?
Therealityisthatoverthelastmonth,theoriginalbudgetframeworkhasfallenapart
forahostofreasonsthemostsignificantbeingthelackofagreementonhowtofundit.
Certainly,thereisarecognitionthatnewrevenueswillbeneededtohelpfundourstates
priorities,butthatrecognitionmustalsoberespectfulofthetaxpayers.
Untiltoday,thegovernorhasfullyvetoedeveryspendingplantheLegislaturehassent
tohimsinceJune.Whileitisimportantneededfundsarefinallybeingreleasedtoschoolsand
humanserviceproviders,afullspendingplanisnecessary.
Weunderstandthatcompromiseisatwowaystreet,butitneedstobebasedinreality.It
istimetoresetthechesspiecesandworktogethertomovethisstateforwardandbringabouta
longtermbudgetsolution.WewillcontinueconversationswiththegovernorandSenate
RepublicanandDemocrattocometoarealitybasedbudgetsolution.
SpeakerTurzailatersaidHouseRepublicanshadnoplanstoreturntoHarrisburgona
datecertain,butstartingJanuary4theHousewouldbeona6hourcall.
HouseDemocratsReact
HouseDemocraticLeaderFrankDermody
(DAllegheny)saidthisaboutGov.Wolfs
lineitemveto
Gov.WolfhasagainprovedhimselftobethestrongleaderthatPennsylvanianeeds.He
understandsthepainthatasixmonthimpassebroughttothousandsofpeople.Bysigningthis
billintolaw,thegovernorisworkingtoensurethatemergencyfundingcanflowtoschools,
countiesandhumanservices.
Withthegovernorsuseofconstitutionallineitemvetoauthoritytosubstantiallyscale
backmanyappropriationlines,thelegislaturewillhavetogetbacktoworkonanhonestbudget
forafullyear,abudgetthatactuallybalances.
IapplaudthegovernorforinsistingthatworkcontinueonthekindofbudgetthatHouse
Democratshavesupportedallalong.Theresnowachanceforallsidestostepawayfromthe
endlessargumentofthelastsixmonthsandlookforbetterwaystofinishtheworkweweresent
todo.

Todaysdeliveryofpartialstatefundingissignificantandwelcome,butwestillhave
importantworkahead.
SenateDemocratsComment
SenateDemocratsprovidedthefollowingreactiontoGov.TomWolfslineitemvetoof
aRepublicanbudgetplan.
ThegovernorsactiontodaywillhopefullyforceHouseRepublicanlawmakersbackto
Harrisburgtofinishworkonaresponsiblespendingplan.Legislatorsneedtoreturntobusiness
andworktowardthepassageofthe$30.8billionbudgetframeworkagreement,said
Senate
MinorityLeaderJayCosta
(DAllegheny)
TheHouseRepublicanbudgetwas$500millionoutofbalance.Itdoesnotaddressthe
$1.3billionstructuraldeficitthathashobbledstategovernmentandsimplycontinued
Corbetttypebudgetingforanotheryear.AftertheHouseRepublicanswalkedawayfroma
responsiblebudgetplanlastweek,thegovernorhadfewoptions.
Thegovernorsreleaseofsixmonthsofemergencyfundingforschoolsandhuman
serviceprogramspushesmoneytoschoolsandprogramsthatareconfrontedbyseriousfinancial
challenges.
SenateMinorityAppropriationsChairSen.VincentJ.Hughes
(DPhiladelphia)said,
ThepurposefuldecisionofHouseRepublicanstorepeatedlystonewalltheagreedtoframework
budgethasleftPennsylvaniasschoolsystemonthebrinkofcollapse,soIapplaudthe
governorsdecisiontoapproveemergencyfundingforschooldistrictsthroughoutthe
commonwealth.
Ourschoolshavegoneabovethecallofdutytokeeptheirdoorsopen.Theycannot
continuetodothat,norshouldweallowthattohappen.
Pennsylvaniasfinancialsituationremainsanurgentonedespitethegovernorsaction
today.MembersoftheHouseGOPneedtogetbacktoHarrisburgasquicklyastheyleftand
approvetheagreedtoframework20152016budgetbecausethisisshorttermhelp.Schoolswill
closeiftheleadershipinthislonecaucuscontinuesitsbadbehavior.
SenateMinorityWhipSen.AnthonyWilliams
(DPhiladelphia)added,The
organizationsthatoperateintheshadowsofPennsylvanialifeareclosingtheirdoorsbecauseof
HouseRepublicansarewillfullyandcallouslyignoringtheirplight.
Ourhumanserviceagenciesneededareliefvalvefromtheunfairfinancialburdenbeing
placedonthembyoneofthefourlegislativecaucuses,andGov.Wolfrightlygaveittothem.
NewsClips:
StateBudgetTalksReset,CapitolOnHolidayFooting
WolfVetoesRepublicanBudget,WillReleaseSchoolFunds
AP:GovernorVetoesPartOfBudget,OKsSchoolCash
PLS:WolfLineItemVetoesBudget
WolfToGOPLeaders:GetBackToWork
Winners,LosersInWolfsStopgapBudget
DEPGetsMoreMoney,NoNewInspectors
Editorial:ToyingWithTheStateBudget
DrillingImpactFeeInBudgetDebate
2LawmakersWantToRevisitAct13DrillingFees
Editorial:LocalDrillingImpactFeeUseAccountability
OpEd:BudgetLaunchesAttackOnEnvironmentalProtection,Rep.Vitali

OpEd:CongressReauthorizesLand&WaterConservationProgram
GameCommissionCuttingStaff
DEPChiefLeadingAgencyThruHighCuts,LowTimes
(Photo:AssociatedPress)

ChesapeakeBayFoundationPAPutsEnvironmentalProtectionFundingIntoPerspective

HarryCampbell,PAExecutiveDirectorforthe
ChesapeakeBay
Foundation
issuedthisstatementWednesdayfollowingGov.TomWolfs
lineitemvetoofpartsofthestatebudgetfor201516,specificallyrelating
tofundingtheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtection.
TheGovernorsactionearmarked$87.2millionforenvironmental
protectionoperationswithintheDEP.
The$87.2millionfundingforenvironmentalprotectionand
improvingwaterqualityrepresentsathreepercentincreaseabovelast
yearslevel,butismorethan$2millionlessthanwhattheGovernorasked
for.
ItisasmallsteptowardwhatCBFhopesisovercomingDEPslossof700positions,14
percentofitsemployees,since2008.Theirshasbeenoneofthelargestcutsofanyagency.Its
clearthatitwilltakeagreaterinvestmentbytheCommonwealth,ifitistogetitscleanwater
effortsbackontrack.
Roughly19,000milesofriversandstreamsinPennsylvaniahavebeendamagedby
pollutionandtheCommonwealthissignificantlybehindinmeetingitscleanwater
commitments.Effortstoreducenitrogenandsedimentpollutionfromagricultureandurban
pollutedrunoffremainofftrackbymillionsofpounds.DEPestimatesonlyabout30percentof
farmsintheCommonwealtharecurrentlyincompliance.
Pennsylvaniahaspromisedarebootofitscleanwatereffortsanditwillrequirerenewed
commitment,investment,andleadershipbytheGovernorandlegislaturetoreachitsgoals.
Investingincleanwatercanpaydividends.A2014economicanalysisfoundthatfully
implementingPennsylvaniascleanwaterplanswillresultinanincreaseinthevalueofnatural
benefitsby$6.2billionannually.

CleanwatercountsinPennsylvania
.Increasingfundingforcleanwaterinthisand
futurebudgetsistherightthingtodoandisalegacyworthleavingfuturegenerations.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiatives,specialeventsandhowyoucanbecome
involved,visitthe
ChesapeakeBayFoundationPA
webpage.
VisitHere
tosignupforregular
updatesfromCBFPA(bottomofleftpanel).
NewsClips:
PhiladelphiaUsesGreenInfrastructureToStayAboveWater
RepairsToStopGroundwaterLeakingIntoAlcosanSystem
Nestle:PAWaterFacilityWontDamageWells
BusinessAnswerToWaterQuality,Conservation
DelawareRiverkeeperDec.26RiverWatchVideoReport
PittsburghRiverTownsSeriesFosteringEconomicGrowth
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Analysis:StateEnvironmentalAgencyFundingHasntCaughtUpTo2DecadesAgo

Evenwiththerecentincreasesinstatefunding,GeneralFundsupportforthedepartmentsof
EnvironmentalProtectionandConservationandNaturalResourcesstillremainsbelowwhereit
wasmorethantwodecadesago.
WhileDCNRsgeneraloperationfundinghasbeenmadeupwithsignificantrevenues
fromtheOilandGasFund,DEPsfundinghasnot.
DEPreceivedabout$164.4millionin199495fromtheGeneralFundandincreasedtoa
highof$245.6millionin200203.Inthe201415budget,DEPsGeneralFundtotalwas$141.4
million,afterbottomingoutin201213at$126.8million,lessthanhalfthehighwatermarkin
200203.
DEPattemptedtomakeupforsomeofthesecutswithover$30millionincreasesin
permitreviewandadministrationfeesandbychargingmorecoststospecialfunds,butitstill
cameupshort.
DEPsofficialstaffcomplementisalsobelow199495levelswhenDEPwassplitfrom
DER.In1995DEPhadanauthorizedcomplementofabout3,000,whichincreasedto3,211by
200203.Nowtheauthorizedcomplementisdowntoabout2,681orso,withouttheincreases
proposedbyGov.Wolfin2015.
ClickHere
toviewatablewithEnvironmentalAgencyFunding199495to201617.

EnvironmentalAgencyFunding199495to201617
(figuresinmillions)

199495 199596 200203 200304 201112 201213 201415


Casey* Ridge Schweiker Rendell Rendell Corbett Corbett

201617
Wolf**

Agriculture

General
Fund

$44.8

$46.5

$76.1

$71.9

$130.4

$129.5

$124.6

$52.9

Federal

$2.9

$3.7

$17.1

$27.7

$38.6

$39.5

$40.1

Total

$103.9

$108.2

$213.3

$217.8

$288.7

$301.2

$341.2

Staff

656

628

596

598

596

DCNR

General
Fund

$72.2

$82.7

$108.8

$98.2

$53.7

$53.7

$14.5

$59.9

Federal

$4.9

$15.7

$18.4

$25,9

$39.1

$43.8

$40.7

Total

$116.9

$192.7

$322.9

$295.9

$255.8

$300.1

$334.2

Staff

1,391

1,380

1,389

1,383

1,406

DEP

General
Fund

$164.4

$170.6

$245.6

$193.3

$134.2

$126.8

$141.4

$142.6

Federal

$72.7

$100

$142.2

$147.1

$261.9

$233.6

$193.1

Total

$401.4

$526.9

$728.3

$654.7

$622

$655

$680

Staff

3,000

3,211

3,071

2,770

2,730

2,681

*TransitionbudgetfromsplitofDERintoDCNR,DEP
**BudgetsofaraslineitemvetoedbyGov.Wolf
Sources:
Pastbudgetdocumentsareavailableonthe
GovernorsBudgetOffice
webpagebackto
196970.

Thetotalfundingdeficitforenvironmentalprogramssince200203isnowsomewhere
around$2.4billionnotcountingthisyearbecausethebudgetisntfinal.Ifyouwantalistofthe
cutsanddiversionsofenvironmentalfundsforotherpurposes,
justClickHere
.
Thesecutsinsupportforenvironmentalprotectionhasoccurredduringatimewhenthe
responsibilitiesofAgriculture,DEPandDCNRhaveincreased,notdecreased.No
environmentallawsorprogramshavebeenrepealedtomatchfundingcut,norwouldmany
advocaterepealingourenvironmentalprotectionlaws.
DEP,inparticular,isexpectedtodothesamejobandmorewithlessthanhalfthe
GeneralFundsupportithadbefore.
Somewherethismathmayaddup,butnothere.
Obviously,wearestillbetteroffnowthanwewereinthe196970budget,butthatisnt
sayingmuch.
Inthe196970budget,theDepartmentofAgriculturereceived$7.7millionfromall
sourcesandhadastaffof94theDepartmentofForestsandWatershadabudgetof$18.6
millionandacomplementof1,138andtheDepartmentofMinesandMineralIndustryhada
$5.6millionbudgetandstaffof277.
Ofcourse,therewerefewenvironmentalprotectionprogramsbeyondaddressingsome
mining,airqualityandwasteissues.
Pennsylvaniahasbeenmovingmorebackward,notforwardinsupportingits
environmentalprograms,andhugechallengesremainaheadofus.
Cleaningupourmorethan19,000milesofpollutedstreamsandmeetingthepollution
reductionsPennsylvaniaagreedtointheChesapeakeBayAgreementarejusttwoofthose
challenges.
Westillhavealmost220,000acresofabandonedminesthatpollutemorethan5,000
milesofstreams.

Tohiscredit,thecurrentDEPSecretaryJohnQuigleyhasbeenverydirectaboutthe
fundingandstaffingissue.
AthisSenatebudgethearinglastyear,SecretaryQuigleysaidhisagencyhadbeen
hollowedout,
anditsstaffreducedby14percentratherthanthe6percentotherstateagencies
werehitwith.
HealsosaidPennsylvaniais
notgoingtomeetitsChesapeakeBaycleanupcommitments
andaplantoreboottheprogramisintheoffing.
TherearealsodiscussionsgoingonaboutthenextversionofaGrowingGreener
ProgramandthepossibilityofincludingitinGov.WolfsnextbudgetaddressinFebruary.
Pennsylvaniahasalongwaytogotobebackwherewewere,butwehavetostart
somewhere.
RelatedStories:
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BudgetBriefing:TimeToEndTheDownwardSpiralOfEnvironmentalFunding
Analysis:BringConstructiveEmotion,PassionBackToTheEnvironmentalMovement
Analysis:FundingDeficitForBasicPAEnvironmentalProgramsNow$2.4Billion
DEPSecretary:PennsylvaniaWillMiss2017ChesapeakeBayCleanupCommitments

StatusOfRemainingBudgetRelatedBills

HeresthecurrentstatusofthebudgetrelatedbillsthathavebeeninplayintheSenateand
HousesinceJuly1.Note:Futureactiononthebudgetmayincludeotherlegislativevehiclesfor
oneormoreoftheseissues

House

Agreed-To General Fund Budget*:


SenateBill1073

(BrowneRLehigh)includesthe
agreedto$30.8billionGeneralFundbudgetandremainsontheHouseCalendarinposition
forafinalvote.IftheHousepassesthebillasis,itwillgodirectlytotheGovernor.A
House
FiscalNote
andsummaryisavailable.
Agreed-To Fiscal Code Bill*:
HouseBill1327

(PeiferRPike),theFiscalCodevehicle

includestheagreedtolanguage,plusoneortwoextras.ItremainsontheHouseCalendarfor
avoteonwhethertoreturnittotheSenateforaconcurrencevote.Thebasicprovisionsinclude
givingtheGeneralAssemblyextratimetoreviewPennsylvaniasplanformeetingEPAsClean
PowerClimateRule,killingtheconventionaloilandgasregulationsonthevergeofbeing
finalizedbyDEP,a$12millionNaturalGasInfrastructureDevelopmentFundand$22million
forsmallwaterandwastewaterprojectfundingfortheCommonwealthFinancingAuthority.

Agreed-To Pension Reform Bill*:


SenateBill1071

(BrowneRLehigh),theagreedto
pensionreformbillremainsontheHouseCalendaraftertheHousefailedtopassthebill52to
149December19andamotiontoreconsiderthevotewasmade.IftheHousepassesthebillas
is,itgoesstraighttotheGovernor.

Agreed-To Education Code Bill*:


HouseBill530
(ReeseRSomerset),theEducation

CodeagreedtolanguagewasamendedbytheHouseandremainsontheHouseCalendarfora
voteonwhethertosenditbacktotheSenateforaconcurrencevoteonHouseamendments.

TaxCodeBill:

HouseBill1198
(DunbarRWestmoreland),theTaxCodevehicle,was
nonconcurredinbyboththeSenateandHouseandcanbeputinaHouseSenateconference
committeeifneededtocarrywhateverprovisionsarenecessarytofundwhateverGeneralFund
budgettheywantto.

AgreedToLiquorPrivatizationBill*:

LiquorPrivatization:
HouseBill1690
(TurzaiRAllegheny)withtheagreedtoversionofliquorprivatizationremainsintheHouse
RulesCommittee.

SenateNonPreferredAppropriations:

SenateBills912to916
,nonpreferredappropriations
billsforstaterelateduniversities,remainontheHouseCalendarforaction.

HouseNonPreferredAppropriations:

HouseBills1385to1389
,nonpreferred
appropriationsbillsforstaterelateduniversities,werepassedbytheHouseonJune28,but
remainintheHouse.

201516CapitalBudget:
SenateBill811
(HughesDPhiladelphia)FY201516CapitalBudget
billisnowontheHouseCalendarforaction.A
HouseFiscalNote
andsummaryisavailable.

Senate

NotQuiteAgreedToAdministrativeCode*:

HouseBill941
(ReganRCumberland)
AdministrativeCodevehicleremainsintheSenateRulesCommitteeonconcurrence.A
House
FiscalNote
andsummaryisavailable.

*AgreedTo
isareferencetotheagreedto$30.8billionbudgetframeworkarrivedatthe
daybeforeThanksgivingbyall
four
CaucusesandtheGovernorthatisnowmostlydead.

StateTreasuryExpediting$3.3BInDelayedPaymentsVendors,CheckStatusOfInvoices

TheStateTreasurersOfficehasreceivedpaymentrequestsfromthegovernorsOfficeofthe
Budgetforapproximately16,400delayedpaymentstotalingnearly$3.3billiontoschool
districts,countiesandhumanserviceorganizationsandexpectsthefundstobedeliveredbythe
middleofnextweek.
TreasuryisalsoworkingwiththeOfficeoftheBudgettoprocesstheremainingdelayed
paymentsandexpectstheentirebacklogwillbesentoutwithinapproximatelytwoweeks.
Thebudgetimpassehascausedalotoffinancialhardshipthroughoutthestate,and
Treasuryiscommittedtogettingthesemuchneededstatepaymentsoutthedoorasquicklyas
possible,saidPennsylvaniaTreasurerTimothyReese.
Normally,onceTreasuryreceivesapaymentrequestitrequiresapproximatelyten
businessdaystoconductamandatedlegalandaccuracyreview,processthepaymentandsendit
electronicallyorbymail.Howevertoexpeditedelivery,TreasuryhasworkedwiththeOfficeof

theBudgetduringtheimpassetoidentifyandpreauditthousandsofpayments.
Insteadoftheusualtenbusinessdays,preauditedpaymentswillbedeliveredbynext
weekandincludeeducationpayments(basiceducation,HeadStart,publiclibraries,andspecial
education)publicwelfarepayments(childcare,homelessassistanceandsomehealthservices)
veteranspaymentsandcriticalleaseandutilitypayments.
Treasuryanticipatesreceivingpaymentrequestsfortheremainderofdelayedpayments
fromtheOfficeoftheBudgetthisweek,andstaffwillworkovertheholidayweekendtoreview
andprocessthesepayments.
TheentirebacklogofpaymentsshouldbesentoutwithintwoweeksofTreasury
receivingthepaymentrequests.
ToobtainastatusofoutstandingFY201516invoicessubmittedtotheCommonwealth,
vendorscancontacttheOfficeoftheBudgetutilizinganyofthefollowingmethods:
Commonwealthvendorscancheckthestatusofinvoicessubmittedforpaymentusingthe
paymentlookupfunction
foundonthePennsylvaniasOfficeoftheBudgetwebsite.
Commonwealthvendorscanalsoinquireonthestatusofinvoicessubmittedforpaymentby
emailingtheCommonwealthsPayablesServicesCallCenterat:
RAPSCPAYMENTINQUIRE@PA.GOV
orbycallingtollfreeat8774357363orlocallyat
7173462676.ThePayablesServicesCallCenterisopenMondaythroughFriday8a.m.4:30
p.m.EST.

PAEnvironmentDigestGoogle+Circle,Blogs,TwitterFeeds

PAEnvironmentDigestnowhasaGoogle+Circlecalled
GreenWorksInPA
.Letusjoinyour
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YoullreceiveasithappenspostingsonPennsylvaniaenvironmentalnews,daily
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feedtogetinstantupdatesonothernewsfrominandaroundthePennsylvaniaState
Capitol.

Senate/HouseAgenda/SessionSchedule/GovsSchedule

HerearetheSenateandHouseCalendarsandCommitteemeetingsshowingbillsofinterestas
wellasalistofnewenvironmentalbillsintroduced

BillCalendars

House(???):
HouseBill48
(GodshallRMontgomery)settingstandardsfordrinkingwaterwell
construction
HouseBill530
(ReeseRSomerset)EducationCodebillwithmuchofthe
agreedtolanguagestillremaining,butwithchanges

HouseBill544
(MoulRAdams)further
providingforliabilityprotectionforlandownerswhoopentheirlandforrecreation(
sponsor
summary
)
HouseBill1327
(PeiferRPike)FiscalCodebillwithagreedtobudgetlanguage
restored,plussomeextras
HouseResolution60
(EmrickRNorthampton)directingthe
LegislativeBudgetandFinanceCommitteetoconductacomprehensivereviewofthestates
programtoregulatethebeneficialuseofsewagesludge

SenateBill385
(PileggiRDelaware)
updatingandimprovingtheTransitRevitalizationinvestmentDistrict

SenateBill307
(YudichakDLuzerne)providingforanindependentcounselfortheEnvironmentalQuality
Board
SenateBill811
(HughesDPhiladelphia)FY201516CapitalBudgetbill
SenateBill
1071
(BrowneRLehigh),theagreedtopensionreformbill
SenateBill1073
(BrowneRLehigh)agreedto$30.8billionGeneralFundbudgetbill.

<>
ClickHere
forfull
HouseBillCalendar.

Senate(???):

SenateBill201
(SchwankDBerks)authorizingtheleasingofpropertyinthe
CleanandGreenProgramtoaruralenterprise(
sponsorsummary
)
SenateBill805
(BoscolaDLehigh)allowinganAct129optoutforlargeelectricusers(
sponsorsummary
)
HouseBill57
(PayneRDauphin)furtherprovidingfornaturalgascompetition(
sponsor
summar
y).<>
ClickHere
forfullSenateBillCalendar.

CommitteeMeetingAgendasThisWeek

House:
<>
ClickHere
forfullHouseCommitteeSchedule.

Senate:
<>
ClickHere
forfullSenateCommitteeSchedule.

BillsPendingInKeyCommittees

HerearelinkstokeyStandingCommitteesintheHouseandSenateandthebillspendingin
each

House
Appropriations

Education
EnvironmentalResourcesandEnergy
ConsumerAffairs
GamingOversight
HumanServices
Judiciary
LiquorControl
Transportation
LinksforallotherStandingHouseCommittees

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

SessionSchedule

HereisthelatestvotingsessionschedulefortheSenateandHouse

OnJanuary5theSenateandHousereturnfortheceremonialbeginningofthe2016sessionof
theGeneralAssembly.

Senate
Senateisona6hourcall.

House
Houseisona6hourcall.

GovernorsSchedule

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

BillsOnGovernor'sDesk

ThefollowingbillsweregivenfinalapprovalbytheSenateandHouseandarenowonthe
Governor'sdeskforaction


$30.2BillionGeneralFundBudget:

HouseBill1460
(AdolphRDelaware)$30.2billion+
HouseRepublicanbudget.ThebillwaslineitemvetoedbytheGovernor.

NewsFromAroundTheState

DrillersWinProceduralRulingOnDEPPermitReviewsForImpactsOnPublicResources

CommonwealthCourtTuesdayruled
theDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectiondoeshaveto
fileresponsestoachallengefromthe
PAIndependentOilandGasAssociation
challengingDEP
righttoreviewconventionaloilandgasdrillingpermitsfortheirimpactsonrareandendangered
species,parks,drinkingwatersuppliesandotherpublicresources.
PIOGAaskedtheCourt
toprohibitDEPfromenforcingSection7541(a)ofAct13
becausethePASupremeCourthadenjoinedtheapplicationofthatprovisioninits
Robinson
Townshipv.Commonwealth
decisioninDecember2013.
DEPhadopposedPIOGAspetitionforreviewonthegroundsthegrouplackedstanding
andotherprecedentsforpreenforcementreviewofregulatoryprovisionssayingpermit
applicantshadtoexhausttheadministrativeremediesavailabletothembeforecomingto
CommonwealthCourt.
TheCourtdisagreed.
VisitHere
foracopyoftheCourtopinion.

DrillerEQTWinsProceduralRulingAgainstDEPInSettingPenalties

The
PittsburghPostGazettereported
WednesdayEQTdrillingwonaproceduralrulingfromthe
PASupremeCourtsayingthecompanydidnothavetoexhaustitsadministrativeremedies
beforechallenginga
$4.5millionpenalty
leviedbyDEPin2014incourt.
TheSupremeCourtreversedaCommonwealthCourtrulingontheissueandreturnsthe
casetothatcourtforafullhearing.
EQTfiledthelawsuitopposingthefundamentalprincipleDEPusesincalculating
penaltiesforviolationsofenvironmentallawssoeachdayaviolationoccursandcontamination
isspreadingisaseparatepenalty.
DEPfinedEQTforallowingdrillingwastefluidstoleakthroughaholdingpondlinerin
TiogaCounty.
Acopyoftheopinion
isavailableonline.
NewsClip:
EQTWinsProceduralRulingAgainstDEPInSettingPenalty

OpEd:SneakAttackOnEnvironmentalProtectionInFiscalCodeBill

By
Rep.GregVitali
(DDelaware),MinorityChairoftheHouseEnvironmentalResourcesand
EnergyCommittee

Severalprovisionstuckedinabudgetrelatedbillwouldsetback
environmentalprotectioninPennsylvania.Onewouldcancelregulations
relatedtonaturalgasdrilling.AnotherwoulddelaytheCommonwealths

efforttoaddressclimatechangeandathirdwouldtakemoneyearmarkedforenergy
conservationanddirectittowardsnaturalgasdevelopment.
TheFiscalCodeisoneofseveralbillsnecessarytoeffectuatethecommonwealthbudget.
Thebillscontentsshouldbelimitedtodirectinghowbudgetmoneyshouldbespent.
Unfortunately,thePennsylvaniaSenatehasinsertedthreeenvironmentallytroublesome
provisionsinthisyearsFiscalCode(
HouseBill1327
(PeiferRPike).
Thefirstwouldcancelregulationsrelatingtoconventionalgasdrilling(Chapter78
surfaceregulations).Theseregulationswould,amongotherthings,providestricterstandardsfor
spillreportingandcleanupandrequirepredrillinginvestigationstoascertaintheexistenceof
activeorabandonedwells.Drillingintoexistingwellscanresultingroundwatercontamination
andotherenvironmentaldamage.
Thesedrillingregulationshavebeenthreeyearsinthemaking,subjecttotwentyfour
thousandpubliccommentsandtwelvepublichearings.
ThesecondtroublesomeprovisionwoulddelaythePennsylvaniaimplementationplanto
reducegreenhouseemissionfromcoalandgasfiredpowerplants.Thisstateimplementation
planisrequiredbyrecentEPAregulationsdesignedtoreducecarbonemissionsfrompower
plantsbyabout32percentby2030.Powerplantsarethelargestsinglesourceofgreenhousegas
pollutioninPennsylvania.
AthirdtroublesomeprovisionintheFiscalCodewouldtransfer$12millionfromthe
PennsylvaniaAlternativeEnergyInvestmentFundearmarkedforhighefficiencybuildingsto
naturalgasinfrastructuredevelopment.
TherecentParisclimateagreementunderscorestheurgencyofmovingawayfromfossil
fuelstowardsrenewableenergyandconservation.TheseFiscalCodeprovisionswoulddojust
theopposite.
Notonlyisthisbillbadpublicpolicybutitisalsounconstitutionalasviolativeofthe
singlesubjectrequirementsofthePennsylvaniaConstitution(ArticleIII,Section3).
HouseBill1327hasalreadybeenapprovedbytheSenateandispoisedtobeconsideredbythe
PennsylvaniaHouse.TheHouseshouldrejectthisbillandGovernorWolfshouldvetoitshould
itreachhisdesk.
RelatedStory:
CommonwealthCourtUpholdsAbilityOfAGovernorToLineItemVetoFiscalCodeBill

CommonwealthCourtUpholdsAbilityOfAGovernorToLineItemVetoFiscalCodeBill

TheCommonwealthCourtWednesday
issuedarulingupholding
theabilityofaGovernorto
lineitemvetoprovisionsinaFiscalCodebillHouseBill278
vetoedbyGov.Corbettin
2014
.
TheCourtfoundprovisionsrelatedtostatefundingintheFiscalCodebillcorrelate(d)
withtheGeneralFundappropriationsbill,citingappropriationsforDCNRreducedbylineitem
vetointheGeneralFundbillandaprovisionlineitemvetoedintheFiscalCodebill.
TheCourtsaid,SpecificallydesignatingfundsforaparticularpurposeintheFCA
(FiscalCode)isclearlyanappropriationmadebylawitauthorizestheexecutivebranchtouse
thefundsforthemeansdirected.
Further,theCourtsaid,WhiletheGovernorisnotempoweredtointerferewiththe
legislativepowertocraftthepurposeandscopeofgenerallegislationviaapartialveto,hehas

beenempoweredwiththeabilitytodisapproveofspecificitemsofappropriationinabillmaking
appropriationsofmoneythatis,hecandisapproveofanyprovisioninabilldirectingfundsto
bespentforaparticularpurpose,therebyexertingagreaterinfluenceandmeasureofcontrol
(i.e.,hislimitedlegislativeauthorityintheappropriationscontext)inachievingabudget
acceptabletoallsides.
TherulingdeniestheSenateschallengeandupholdstheabilityofaGovernorto
lineitemvetoofitemsofappropriationsinaFiscalCodebill.
Acopyoftheruling
isavailableonline
.
ThisdecisioncanbeappealedtothePASupremeCourt.
TherulingissignificantbecausetheGeneralAssemblyhaspiledmoreandmore
provisionsinFiscalCodebillsdirectingtheexecutivebranchtotakeactionsthatcouldno
otherwisepasstheGeneralAssemblyontheirown.
Forexample,thisyearsagreedtoFiscalCodebill
HouseBill1327
(PeiferRPike)
containsprovisionsgivingtheGeneralAssemblyextratimetoreviewPennsylvaniasplanfor
meetingEPAsCleanPowerClimateRule,killingtheconventionaloilandgasregulationson
thevergeofbeingfinalizedbyDEP,a$12millionNaturalGasInfrastructureDevelopmentFund
and$22millionforsmallwaterandwastewaterprojectfundingfortheCommonwealth
FinancingAuthority.
RelatedStory:
OpEd:SneakAttackOnEnvironmentalProtectionInFiscalCodeBill

DEP:NaturalGas,CoalBedMethaneEmissionReportsDueMarch1

TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtection
publishednotice
intheJanuary2,2016PA
Bulletinnaturalgasandcoalbedmethaneemissionsmustbereportedforcalendaryear2015by
March1.
ThisisthefourthyearDEPhasrequirednaturalgasandcoalbedmethanereporting.
Thesourcesandactivitiesrequiredtoreportemissionsinclude,butarenotlimitedto,
midstreamcompressorstations,piggingoperations,dehydrationunits,drillrigs,heaters,
pneumaticpumps,stationaryengines,simplecycleturbines,naturalgasdrivenpneumatic
controllers,pneumaticpumps,fugitivesources,storagevessels/tanks,venting,blowdown
systems,wellheadsandwellcompletions.
Fugitivesourcesincludeconnectors,flanges,pumplines,pumpsealsandvalves.The
storagevessels/tankscategoryincludesstoragetanks,pressurizedvessels,impoundmentsand
centralimpoundments.
Formoreinformation,contactKarenGee,DepartmentofEnvironmentalProtection,
BureauofAirQuality,AirInformationSection,P.O.Box8468,HarrisburgPA171058468,
call7177839241orsendemailto:
kgee@pa.gov
.
VisitDEPs
NaturalGas/CoalBedMethaneGasOperations
webpagefortheresultsof
pastemissionreporting.

LacawacSanctuary&FieldStation201415AnnualReportNowAvailable

The201415AnnualReportofthe
LacawacSanctuaryandFieldStation
in
LakeAriel,WayneCountyisnowavailable.

ThereportoutlinestheachievementsoftheSanctuaryinecologicalresearch,education
programsforyouthandadultsandtrainingforthenextgenerationofscientists.
TheSanctuaryalsolooksforwardto2016whenitwill
celebrateits50thanniversary
with
specialeventsandactivities.
VisitHere
toreadacopyofthereport.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandactivities,visitthe
LacawacSanctuary
andFieldStation
website.
ClickHere
foracalendarofeventsearlyin2016.

OrderNow:BerksConservationDistrictAnnualTreeSeedlingSale,AndMore,April22

Everyoneiswelcometojointhe
BerksCountyConservationDistrict
atourannual
TreeSeedling
Sale
onApril22from11:00a.m.to8:00p.m.attheBerksCountyAgriculturalCenter,1238
CountyWelfareRoadLeesport,PA19533.
(LookforsignsonCountyWelfareRoad.)
Althoughwinterhasjuststarted,itisnevertooearlytobeginthinkingaboutspring!The
treeseedlingsaleoffersawidevarietyofconifers,trees,shrubs,andagrowingselectionoffruit
producingplants.
Otheritemsavailableincludeplantingbars,fertilizerpellets,wildflowerseed,rain
barrels,andfivefoottreeshelters.
NewitemsforthisyearincludetheCanadianHemlock,GoldRushAppleTree,Flamin
FuryPeachTree,andRedBartlettPearTree.Allthefavoritesfromlastyeararestillavailable
too.
ThedeadlineforordersisFebruary22.
ProceedsfromourannualSeedlingSalebenefittheBerksCountyConservationDistricts
ScholarshipFund.
Thesescholarshipsareawardedtostudentswhowishtocontinuetheircollegeeducation
withtheintentofmajoringinenvironmentalscience,forestry,agriculture,engineeringorrelated
studies.Placeyourordertodaytoplantsometreesthisspringandsendsomeonetocollege.
MasterGardeners
DuringourSeedlingSaleeventonApril22,2016from11:00amto7:00pmjointhe
BCCDandthe
PennStateExtensionMasterGardeners
atBackyardBasicsasweexplore
conservationtopicsanddiscusshelpfulbackyardtips!
ThealwayspopularAskaMasterGardenerboothwillbeansweringthosetough
gardeningquestions!
NewtothiscelebrationincludesourfirstPAINTTHERAIN:RainBarrelPainting
Contest.PreviewrainbarrelspaintedbyBerksCountyhighschoolstudentsandvoteforyour
favorite!
StudentPosterContest
Also,onviewwillbetheposterscreatedbyourareastudentstoillustratethisyears
theme:WeAllNeedTrees.ThereisstilltimetosubmitpostersthedeadlineisApril8.
Click
Here
forallthedetails.
Toplaceanorder,visittheBerksDistrict
TreeSeedlingSale
webpageforacatalogand
orderformorcall6103724657torequestyourcopy.Excessplantinventorywillbeavailable
forpurchaseduringpickuponApril22,butsupplieswillbelimited.

Dec.29ChesapeakeBayJournalNowAvailable


The
December29issue
ofthe
ChesapeakeBayJournal
isnowavailablefeaturingstorieson

CongressOKs$11MToProtectLandscapesInBayRegion

CongressPassesSchoolBillIncludingEnvironmentalEducation

Opinion:2017MidpointAssessmentWillHelpMakeGoodEffortsEvenBetter

MovingTheNeedleAtTheChesapeakeWatershedForum2015

CalendarOfBayRelatedEvents

ConsiderSupportingTheChesapeakeBayJournal

ClickHere
tosubscribetotheChesapeakeBayJournal

100thPAFarmShowSetForJanuary916

The
100thPAFarmShow
willbeheldinHarrisburgfromJanuary9to16
againfeaturingnearly6,000animals,10,000competitiveexhibitsand300
commercialexhibits.
AgencieslikeAgriculture,DEP,DCNR,theGameandFishandBoat
CommissionsandmoreallhaveinformativedisplaysattheFarmShowand
letsnotforgetthe1,000poundbuttersculpture!
Learnaboutagriculture,farmconservation,energyefficiencyandhow
youcanprotecttheenvironment.
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CarolCollier:FrontRowSeatAtTheParisClimateConference

CarolCollier,fromthe
AcademyofNaturalSciencesatDrexel
University
,hadafrontrowseatattheParisClimateConferenceat
thebeginningofDecember.Shecapturedherexperienceina
series
ofblogposts
thisweekfortheAcademy

Part1:OverviewOfTheConference

Part2:VoluntaryVersusCommitmentWithTeeth

Part3:AcademyResearchIntoClimateChangeImpacts
CollieristheSeniorAdvisorforWatershedManagementand
PolicyattheAcademyofNaturalSciencesatDrexelUniversity.She
alsoservesasamemberoftheBoardforthe
PAChapterofThe
NatureConservancy
.
ShealsoservedasExecutiveDirectoroftheDelawareRiverBasinCommission,helped
guidePennsylvanias
199821stCenturyEnvironmentCommission
,wasDirectorofDEPs
SoutheastRegionalOfficeandworkedfor19yearswithBCMEnvironmentalEngineers,Inc.
NewsClips:
OpEd:5WaysToBreakOurAddictionToFossilFuel
OpEd:HowTheNationalBlackChamberMisleadsMinorities
OpEd:GoingBeyondCO2Emissions,BecomingCarbonNeutral
LastKingCoalMakesHisStandAsMinesVanish
CoalLosingFootholdInPittsburghsRiverTraffic

BucksCountyEarthGuardianJoinsSuitAgainstDEPOnSettingCarbonDioxideLimits

OnDecember4,
BucksCountyEarthGuardian
KaiaElinichofficiallyjoinedsixother
PennsylvaniayouthsaspetitionersinalawsuittoforceDEPtodevelopcarbondioxideandother
limitstocombatclimatechangefiledbythe
OurChildrensTrust
ontheirbehalf.
ThepetitionseeksreliefbyrequestingGov.TomWolf,inadditiontoanumberofstate
agenciessuchastheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionandtheEnvironmentalQuality
Board,todevelopacomprehensiveplanandregulateinacomprehensivemanner
Pennsylvaniasemissionsofcarbondioxideandothergreenhousegasesconsistentwithandin
furtheranceoftheCommonwealthsdutiesandobligationsunderArticleI,Section27.
Theplaintiffsareseekingtoprotecttheirconstitutionalrightstocleanair,purewater,and
otheressentialnaturalresources,whichtheyrelyonfortheirsurvivalandwellbeing,butare
currentlythreatenedbyclimatechange.
TheoriginalsixyoungpeoplefromPennsylvaniafiledtheclimatechangelawsuitinthe
CommonwealthCourtinmidSeptember.
Theircomplaintassertsthatdefendantsarefailingtofulfilltheirtrusteeobligationsto
meettheCommonwealthsArticleI,Section27requirementsbyfailingtoregulateCO2
emissions,asevidencedbythecurrentharmfulimpactsofclimatechangewithinPennsylvania,
suchasextremeweatherevents,risingtemperatures,anddisruptionstothehydrologicalcycle.
AshleyFunk,oneoftheplaintiffs,previouslypetitionedtheDepartmentof
EnvironmentalProtectionthreedifferenttimesurgingthestateagencytotakesciencebased
actiontoreducePennsylvaniascarbondioxideemissions.
ThroughourworkpetitioningtheDEP,IvelearnedsomuchandsohastheDEP,said
Funk.OurpetitionsforcedtheDEPtotakeamorecriticallookatwhattheyaredoingto
addressclimatechangeinourstate.Despitemultipleopportunities,theDEPfailedtotakethe
necessarystepstoreducegreenhousegasemissionsandaddressclimatechange,makingthis
lawsuitnecessary.IhopethattheDEPcontinuestolearnandfollowssuitwithothercallsto
actionfordecreasinggreenhousegasemissions.Ihopetheyfinallytakeactiontodowhatour
constitutionrequiresthemtodo:preserveouratmosphereasapublictrustforgenerationsto
come.
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forachronologyofactionsrelatedtoAshleyFunkandDEPontheclimate
issue.
Kaiasmanyactionstoprotestpipelineinfrastructure,especiallytheproposedPennEast
PipelineandgasfrackinginPennsylvania,eventuallyledhertotheEarthGuardiansand
Our
ChildrensTrust
,anorganizationoutofEugene,Oregon,establishedtoprotectEarthsclimate
forfuturegenerations.
OurChildrensTrust,alongwithDirectoroftheEnvironmentalandNaturalResources
LawClinicatDelawareLawSchool,KennethT.Kristl,Esq.,feltKaiasconcernswere
importanttothecase,andshewasaddedtotheamendedpetition.
TolearnmoreabouttheBucksCountyEarthGuardians,visittheir
Facebookpage
and
Twitterfeed
orcontactArianneandKaiaElinichat4843577474orsendemailto:
bucksccap@gmail.com
.
NewsClips:
OpEd:5WaysToBreakOurAddictionToFossilFuel
OpEd:HowTheNationalBlackChamberMisleadsMinorities

OpEd:GoingBeyondCO2Emissions,BecomingCarbonNeutral
LastKingCoalMakesHisStandAsMinesVanish
CoalLosingFootholdInPittsburghsRiverTraffic
RelatedStories:
EQBVotesToTurnDownPetitionToSetCarbonEmissionReductionStandards
DEPRecommendsAgainstEQBAdoptingAshleyFunkCarbonDioxideEmissionLimits
EQBAcceptsPetitionFrom19YearOldOnSettingGreenhouseGasReductionsInPA
18YearOldPetitionerWillGetOpportunityToPushClimateChangeRuleBeforeEQB
18YearOldPAStudentFilesClimateChangeLawsuitAgainstDEP
WestmorelandCountyStudentWinnerOfSueWisemanScholarship
WinnersOf2010PACleanWaysLitterHawkYouthAwardsAnnounced

GreenTreksNetwork2015YearInReview

2015wasabusyandproductiveyearatthe
GreenTreksNetwork
andits
EcoExpress
and
StormwaterPA
relatededucationalinitiatives.
GreenTreksisanawardwinningPhiladelphiabased
nonprofitcommunicationsorganizationdedicatedto
educatingpeopleabouttheinterconnectednessof
environmental,societal,economic,andindividual
health.
Theyfillavitalroleonbehalfoftheenvironment:Communicatingthepowerofthe
individualincreatingmeaningfulchange.
VisitHere
tolearnmore.
ClickHere
toreadthe
BestOfGreenTreks:2015AYearInReview
.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandspecialevents,visitthe
GreenTreks
Network
website.

NortheastPennsylvaniaObservesJanuaryAsMiningHistoryMonth

KingsCollegeandthe
AnthraciteHeritageFoundation
arehelpingtocoordinatetheregional
observanceofMiningHistoryMonthinJanuarywithprogramsinWilkesBarre,Scranton,
Pittston,PortGriffith,Plymouth,Nanticoke,Ashley,HazletonandWilkesBarreTownship.
Theannualeventseekstorememberandhonortheareasanthracitemineworkers,their
familiesandcommunities.
Theprogramsaresponsoredbythe
AnthraciteHeritageMuseum
,
AnthraciteHeritage
Foundation
,
KingsCollege
,
WilkesUniversity
,
LackawannaHistoricalSociety
,
Barnes&
Noble
,
LuzerneCountyHistoricalSociety
,
LuzerneCountyCommunityCollege
,
Greater
PittstonHistoricalSociety
,
PlymouthHistoricalSociety
,
NanticokeHistoricalSociety
,
Huber
BreakerPreservationSociety
,
AnthraciteLivingHistoryGroup
,
PennAnthraciteSectionSociety
forMiningEngineers
and
KnoxMineDisasterMemorialCommittee
.
Alleventsexceptthefirstareopentothepublicandmostarefreeofcharge,exceptas
noted.
MiningHistoryMonthEvents
January9:
8a.m.6p.m.,BoyScoutsofAmerica:MininginSocietyMeritBadgeDay,

OpentoBoyScoutsoftheNortheasternPennsylvaniaCouncil,King'sCollege
January14:
SocietyforMiningEngineersPennAnthraciteSectionDinnerMeeting,Topof
the80's,Sugarloaf,jointmeetingwiththeAnthraciteChapteroftheProfessionalSocietyof
ProfessionalEngineers,OpentoPublic.5:30PMSocialHour,6:30PMDinner$35atthedoor
checkstoSMEPennAnthraciteSection.briantraweek@gmail.comMikeKorbwillbespeaking
aboutReclamation,Revegetation,andMonarchButterflyHabitat.
January14:
78:30p.m.,PlymouthHistoricalSocietyPublicProgram:F.CharlesPetrillo,
TheSusquehannaNavy:TheRiverCoalDredgingIndustryinNortheasternPennsylvania,
CommunityRoomofDanFloodApartments(150E.MainSt.,Plymouth),refreshmentsserved
January15:
67:30p.m.,LackawannaHistoricalSocietyPublicProgram:JamesGuthrie,
DealersandJobbers:AdvertisingAnthracitetotheIntermediateMarket,CatlinHouse(232
MonroeAve.,Scranton),refreshmentsserved
January16:
78:30p.m.,GreaterPittstonHistoricalSocietyPublicProgram:Craig
Robertson,TheButlerMineTunnelfromtheInside:ExaminingtheWyomingValleysWorst
ToxicDisaster,PittstonMemorialLibrary(47BroadSt.,Pittston),refreshmentsserved
January17:
10a.m.,KnoxMineDisasterMemorialService,St.JohntheEvangelistChurch
(35WilliamSt.,Pittston)
January17:
11:30a.m.,KnoxMineDisasterPublicCommemoration,PHMCHistorical
MarkerinfrontofBalogaFuneralHome(1201MainSt.,Pittston),coffeeservedcourtesyof
BalogaFuneralHome
January17:
12noon,WalktotheKnoxDisasterSiteinPortGriffith,weatherpermitting
meetatBalogaFuneralHome.
January19:
6:308p.m.,HuberBreakerPreservationSocietyPublicProgram:JohnWelsh,
DocumentaryFilm:BeyondtheHuberBreaker,(EarthConservancyBuilding,101S.Main
Street,Ashley),refreshmentsserved
January21:
7:308:45p.m.,KingsCollegeAnnualMsgr.JohnJ.CurranLecture:Sue
Hand,TheAnthraciteMinersandTheirHollowedGround,Room162,KingsontheSquare
Building,refreshmentsbeginat6:45pminthelobby
January22:
78:30p.m.,NanticokeHistoricalSocietyPublicProgram:WilliamHastieand
RobertWolensky,AnthracitesLaborWarsandtheKnoxMineDisasterandDavidBrocca,
TheKnoxMineDisasterDocumentaryFilm,NanticokeCulturalCenter,(38WestChurchSt.,
formerlySt.StansChurch),refreshmentsserved
January23:
23:30p.m.,AnthraciteHeritageMuseum:AnnualKnoxMineDisaster
RemembranceProgram,(22BaldMt.Road,Scranton),DavidBrocca,LosAngeles,
CADocumentaryTributetoMyronThomasandtheKnoxMineDisasterMyronThomas
OralHistoryReading,commentsbymembersoftheThomasfamily,ChesterKulesaandothers
refreshmentsserved
January24:
24p.m.,Barnes&NobleBookstore(WilkesBarreTownship):Meetthe
Authors,Localauthorswillspeakbrieflyabouttheirbooksandsigncopies.Authorsinclude
LuciaDailey,MarkDziak,StephanieLongo,JohnStuartRichards,SheldonSpear,Robert
Wolensky,andChesterZaremba
January27:
68p.m.,WilkesUniversity:PanelDiscussionTheIndustrialHistoryofthe
WyomingValley:AGlobalPerspective,Moderator:DianeWenger(WilkesU.)Panelists:John
Hepp(WilkesU.,Railroads)JonathanKuiken(WilkesU.,AnthraciteCoal)Robert
Schmidt(IndependentScholar,Economy)RobertWolensky(KingsCollege,Garments)

TheBallroom,HenryStudentCenter(84W.SouthStreet,WilkesBarre)
January31:
57:00p.m.,TheAnthraciteCaf(804ScottSt.,WilkesBarre):SpecialBenefit
DinnerforTheKnoxMineDisasterdocumentarydirectedbyDavidBroccaofLosAngeles,CA
Chef/ownerMikePrushinskiwillserveanauthenticCoalMinersDinnerexcerptfromthe
Knoxdocumentarywillbeshownticketsfortheeveningare$20,availableattheCaforat
5708224677.
Formoreinformationonprogramsandspecialevents,visitthe
AnthraciteHeritage
Foundation
website.

DCNRCommunityConservationPartnershipGrantWebinarsJan.21,Feb.11

TheDepartmentofConservationandNaturalResourceshasscheduledtwowebinarstohelp
applicantsapplyfor
CommunityConservationPartnershipGrants

January21:
Thiswebinarisdesignedforapplicantswhowereunabletoattendoneofthe
inpersongrantworkshopsheldlastfall.Itwillbeheldfrom10:00to11:30a.m.
ClickHere
to
registerand
February11:
Thiswebinarisdesignedforthoseinterestedingrantfundingtosupportpublic
recreation,conservationorheritageinitiativesacrossastatewideorregionallandscape.Itwill
alsobeheldfrom10:00to11:30a.m.
ClickHere
toregister.
Formoreinformationonthewebinars,contactLindaManningat7177834736orsend
emailto:
linmanning@pa.gov
.
TheapplicationperiodforDCNRsC2P2GrantsopensJanuary20andclosesApril13.
VisitHere
formoreinformationandtoapply.
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OpEd:BillionsOfReasonsWhyPAsParksAreGoodForUs
PresqueIsle,PymatuningPromoteHealthyHikesToStart2016
LaurelMountainSkiResortRenovationAheadOfSchedule
WesternPAConservancyBuysLandInSomersetCounty
WesternPAConservancyBuysLandNearGreatAlleghenyTrail
DogSledding,BeaverHabitatsDrawVisitorstoArmstrongTrails
DeadlineToSaveLastBitOfMcKeanCountyRailCorridor
WarmWeatherClosesHiddenValleySlopes
PittsburghsBikeShareProgramLogs40KTrips
PittsburghsBikeShareOfferingMemberships
LancasterOutlinesAmbitious$4.7MBikePlan
RangersOnDutyInAlleghenyCountyParks

BrodheadCreekWatershedAssn.EasyWinterHikeJan.23InMonroeCounty

The
BrodheadCreekWatershedAssociation
willhostaneasywinter3.3milehikeonJanuary23
startingatthetrailheadattheWestEndRegionalPark,578EvergreenHollowRoad,
Brodheadsville,MonroeCountyat10:00a.m.
CarolHillestadofBrodheadWatershedAssociationwillleadahikeat10a.m.to
showcasethewinterwondersatthisBrodheadsvillepark.ThehikeispartoftheGetOutdoors
Poconoseries.

In3.3milesofwellmaintainedandmarkedtrails,youllseemixedhardwoodforests,a
birdinhabitedmeadowandaformertreenursery.TryFleetwoodTrail,namedinmemoryof
esteemedChestnuthillTownshipSupervisorDaveFleetwood,whichisalsowheelchair
accessible.
Followthefarthestrangingtrailtobetreatedtoabucolicviewofblackcowsgrazingon
thenexthill.Benchesallowhikerstotakeabreakandabsorbthelatentnature.
MinutesfromthehurryandscurryofBrodheadsvilleandRoute209,thisparkisa
sanctuarywheretrafficsoundsaremutedandtimeslows.Itsawalkinthewoodsthatwillleave
yourefreshed,recharged,andgrateful.
Thehikeisfree,butregistrationisrequired.Call5708391120or5706292727orsend
emailto:
info@brodheadwatershed.org
withWestEndhikeinsubjectline.
Visitthe
GetOutdoorsPoconos
websiteformoreinformationonthishikeandothersin
theNortheast.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandspecialactivities,visitthe
Brodhead
CreekWatershedAssociation
website.
VisitHere
tosignuptoreceiveregularupdateson
Associationactivities.

OpEd:ThereAreBillionsOfReasonsWhyPAParksAreGoodForUs

ByTimHerd,ExecutiveDirector,
PARecreationandParkSociety

Parksdrawpeople.Wevisitforrecreation,refreshmentandrenewal.We
gotoplaysportsorcheerourteams.Webreezethroughtowalkourdogs
andimproveourhealth.Wedropintoswim,bike,eat,golf,watchbirds,
sail,sled,read,ride,hunt,ski,paddle,snorkelandathousandother
importantreasons.
Butthefullvalueinourparksisn'tfoundinourfunandgames
alone.Parksarevitalcontributorstoourlivabilityandcivic
connectedness,ourpersonalandenvironmentalhealth,aswellasour
collectivebottomlines.
Infact,wehavemorethanabillionreasonswhyPennsylvania'sparksaregoodforus.
Ina
recentlyreleasedstudy
,researchersatGeorgeMasonUniversitydocumentedthatthe
economicimpactofPennsylvania'slocalandregionalparksannuallyproducesmorethan$1.6
billionineconomicactivity,generatesnearly$600millioninsalariesandwages,andsupports
morethan12,000jobs.
Andwhenwealsoconsiderconsumerspendingfortourismandoutdoorrecreation
productmanufacturinginPennsylvania,thateconomicimpactdramaticallycompoundsto
include219,000jobs,$7.2billioninwagesand$1.6billioninstateandlocaltaxrevenues,
accordingtotheOutdoorIndustryAssociation.
Nationally,America'slocalandregionalparksgeneratednearly$140billionineconomic
activityandsupportedalmost1millionjobsfromtheiroperationsandcapitalspendingin2013.
That'snochumpchange.
Suchaneconomicdriverintheprivatesectorwouldbewellprizedforitscontributions
tothepublicgood.Butbecauseparksaren'tusuallyrecognizedforthejobsandgoodsthey
create,they'reoftenunderappreciatedfortheindispensablevaluetheyaffordthecommunity.

"Parksareoftenpattedontheheadandpeoplethinktheyarenicethingstohave,"says
BarbaraTulipane,presidentandCEOoftheNationalRecreationandParkAssociation."Butthe
realityisthattheyaredriversofeconomicactivityintheircommunities."
Thisisthefirsttimeadefinitiveeconomicimpacthasbeendocumentedinthelocaland
regionalpublicparkindustry.Thefindingsaddtothegrowingbodyofevidencethattheimpacts
oflocalparksextendwellbeyondtheirroleastakenforgrantedpublicspaces.
Thestudyfocusedexclusivelyonthedirect,indirectandinducedeffectsthatlocaland
regionalparkagencieshaveoneconomicactivity,with
analysisbasedondata
compiledfrom
boththeU.S.CensusBureauandNationalRecreationandParkAssociation.
Whatthestudydefinitivelyshowsisthatspendingatlocalandregionalparkagencies
rippletoallareasoftheircommunitiesbeyondtheactualspendingoftheagenciesthemselves.
Thisisimportantforthepublic,lawmakersandotherleaderstorealizeastheyconsider
priorities,legislation,fundingandotherwaystoinvestinlocalparksandrecreation,andinturn,
theprosperingoftheirowncommunities.
"We'renotjustprovidingplaygroundsorplacestoplay,oraswimminglessonorclass,"
declaresNeelayBhatt,NationalRecreationandParkAssociationtreasurer,ofrecreationand
parkproviders,"We'remakingadifferenceinthelivesofagenerationandimpacting
communitieseverywhereweare."
Undeniably,thepowerofourlocalparksextendsfarbeyondtheirmerepropertylines.
Pennsylvaniacities,boroughs,townshipsandcountieswithstrong,vibrantparkandrecreation
systemsbenefitfromimprovedhealth,acloserconnectiontonatureandagreatercivic
engagement.Thisleadstolowerhealthcarecosts,higherpropertyvalues,thrivingcommunities
andanoverallboostinourstandardofliving.
Findyourpersonalconnectiontomorethan5,600localparksinPennsylvaniaat
GoodForPA.com
throughaninteractivestatewidemap,searchablebyname,countyordistance
andstartexploringmoreofthebillionsofreasonsthatparksaregoodforyouandgoodfor
all.
Formoreinformationonissues,programs,initiativesandspecialevents,visitthe
PA
RecreationandParkSociety
website.
VisitHere
tosignupforregularupdatesfromtheSociety.
NewsClips:
OpEd:BillionsOfReasonsWhyPAsParksAreGoodForUs
PresqueIsle,PymatuningPromoteHealthyHikesToStart2016
LaurelMountainSkiResortRenovationAheadOfSchedule
WesternPAConservancyBuysLandInSomersetCounty
WesternPAConservancyBuysLandNearGreatAlleghenyTrail
DogSledding,BeaverHabitatsDrawVisitorstoArmstrongTrails
DeadlineToSaveLastBitOfMcKeanCountyRailCorridor
WarmWeatherClosesHiddenValleySlopes
PittsburghsBikeShareProgramLogs40KTrips
PittsburghsBikeShareOfferingMemberships
LancasterOutlinesAmbitious$4.7MBikePlan
RangersOnDutyInAlleghenyCountyParks

WoodwardFamilyFinalizesEasementToNaturalLandsTrustInPhiladelphia

The
NaturalLandsTrust
TuesdayannouncedonDecember17itcompletedthetransaction
grantingaconservationeasementontheSt.MartinsgolfcoursepropertyacquiredbyThe
PhiladelphiaCricketClub.
InitiallyannouncedinNovemberbyQuitaWoodwardHoran,GeorgeWoodwardIII,and
theirfamily,thedealmarksahistorictransitionfortheChestnutHillareaofNorthwest
PhiladelphiawherebyoneofitsfoundingfamiliestheWoodward/Houstonfamilyhasgranted
toNaturalLandsTrustaperpetualeasementtoprotectasopenspacenearly41acresintheheart
ofthecommunity.
Aspartofthetransaction,PCCcompleteditspurchaseoftheSt.Martinsgolfcourse
fromtheWoodwardfamilyfor$600,000subjecttotheconservationeasementinfavorof
NaturalLandsTrust.
Theland,whichwasownedbytheWoodward/Houstonfamilyfornearlyacenturyanda
half,hadbeenleasedbythemtoPCCforitsnineholegolfcourseattheSt.Martinscampus
sincethe1880s.
Aspreviouslyannounced,theWoodwardfamilywilldonateproceedsofthesaleto
severallocalcharities.
WearepleasedandhonoredtohavefinalizedthisagreementwithNaturalLandsTrust
and
ThePhiladelphiaCricketClub
.Inconservingthisacreagewearesecuringandpromotingan
importantlegacyofopenspaceinourcommunity,saidCharlesWoodward,a
greatgreatgrandsonofHenryHoustonandspokesmanforthefamily.Atthesametimeweare
extremelypleasedtosupportthreelocalcharitieswecaredeeplyabout:NaturalLandsTrust,the
ChestnutHillHistoricalSociety
,andthe
ChurchofSt.MartinintheFields
.
ThefactthatourorganizationoriginatedinChestnutHillwithasmallgroupof
advocateswhowantedtoprotectopenspacefromdevelopmentgivesthiseasementextraspecial
significanceforus,saidNaturalLandsTrustPresidentMollyMorrison.Wearehonoredto
haveearnedtheconfidenceoftheWoodwardfamilytoprotecttheirlegacyandexcitedtojoin
ThePhiladelphiaCricketClubinpreservingthisiconicpropertyforgenerationstocome.Thisis
thesecondlargestconservationeasementthatwenowholdinPhiladelphia.
ThetransactionempowersNaturalLandsTrusttopreventanyuseoftheproperty
inconsistentwiththeconservationpurposesoftheeasement,whichisdesignednotonlyto
protectthisscenicandhistoricaltreasureforuseasagolfcoursebutalsotoserveasanopen
spacebufferforFairmountPark.
Weareverypleasedtohavebeenapartofthishistorictransaction,forbothour
ChestnutHillcommunityandforTheCricketClub,addedPCCPresident,MichaelJ.Vergare.
WelookforwardtoworkingwithNaturalLandsTrusttopreservethisopenspace,whichhas
servedasahistoricalvenueforgolfformorethanacentury.Weareexceedinglygratefultothe
Woodwardfamilyfortheirextraordinarygenerosityinmakingthispossible.
TheChurchofSt.MartinintheFieldswasfoundedbyHenryHowardHoustonand
datesfromthefirstpublicserviceheldinthechurchin1889.Houstonsvisionofcommunity
andaspiritofgenerosityliveonthroughitsparishionersandtheWoodwardfamily.
OnbehalfoftheChestnutHillCommunityAssociationandalloftheresidentsof
ChestnutHill,IwanttothanktheWoodwardfamilyforthisboldstatementinconservingland
thatisimportanttolandscapeandopenspaceinourcommunity,saidWillDetweiler,President,
ChestnutHillCommunityAssociation.
ThesaleofthepropertytoPCCculminatesalonghistoryofinvolvementandsupportby

theHouston/WoodwardfamilybenefitingtheChestnutHillcommunity.Inthe19thcentury,
HenryHowardHoustongaveTheClubthepropertyforits18holecourseattheSt.Martins
campus.
ThecoursewasrepurchasedbytheHoustonestatein1922toprovidefundingforThe
ClubtodevelopanewgolfcourseinFlourtownwhiletheSt.Martinscourseremainedavailable
toPCCunderaleasearrangement.
Later,duringthedepressionyears,thecoursewasreducedtothenineholesinusetoday.
WhenthelandwasabouttobesoldbytheHoustonestateinthe1950s,Houstonsgrandson,
CharlesHenryWoodward,personallyacquiredthepropertyandextendedtheleasetoTheClub.
Hisdescendantshavemaintainedtothepresentthefamilyslongtraditionofopenspace
preservationforthecommunitysbenefit.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandspecialevents,visitthe
NaturalLands
Trust
website.
VisitHere
tosignupforregularupdatesfromtheTrust.
NewsClips:
PhiladelphiaCricketClubBuysSt.Martins
WesternPAConservancyBuysLandInSomersetCounty
WesternPAConservancyBuysLandNearGreatAlleghenyTrail
OpEd:CongressReauthorizesLand&WaterConservationProgram

29AcresOnTusseyMountainAddedToRothrockStateForest

WhenTomHoy
(secondfromleft)
retiredfromacareerwiththeFBI
andreturnedtohishometownofStateCollegeinCentreCountyin
2006,hehadplanstobuildaretirementretreatonalittlepieceof
landonTusseyMountainhandeddowntohimbyhisparents.
The29acresliceofforestperchedaboveShingletownRoad
betweenPineGroveMillsandMusserGaphadbeeninHoys
familysince1916.Hoysmothergrewuponafarmatwhatisnow
theintersectionofWhitehallRoadandRoute26.
Themountainlandwasasummeringspotforheifersfromthefarm.
Theywoulddrivethemupthereandthatswheretheyoungoneswouldspendthesummer,he
said.
Hoysplansunraveledashebeganmakinginquiriesaboutbuildingontheland.
Iquicklyrealizedhowdifficultitwouldbetoaccessthepropertywitharoad.Fromthe
nearestpublicroad,Iwouldhaveneededrightofwaysfrom14differentpropertyownerstoget
totheland.EvenifIhadmanagedtobuildaroadin,therewerenoutilities,hesaid.
Facedwiththerealizationthathismountainhideawaywouldneverbebuilt,hetooka
suggestionfromafriendandcalled
ClearWaterConservancy
toexploreconservationoptions.
HoymetwithConservationBiologistKatieOmbalski,whosuggestedtryingtosellthe
landtoDCNRforinclusionin
RothrockStateForest
.Thatsuggestion,madeinNovember,2014,
cametofruitionDecember18,2015whentheDCNRBureauofForestrypurchasedtheland
fromHoyfor$60,000.
Thisway,abitofmyfamilylegacyispreservedandthelandisavailabletobeusedby
everyone.IfeelreallygoodthatifIcantuseitthewayIhadhoped,itisgoingtobepartofthe
forestandthestatewillbelookingafterit,saidHoy.Otherstoldmetheywouldbeinterested

inbuyingit,butIreallythoughtitshouldbeconserved.
MarkPotter,districtforesteroftheRothrockStateForest,saidhewashappytoseeabit
morelandbecomepublic.
ThisacquisitionaddsconservedacreagetoRothrockStateForest.Amajoremphasisof
ourworkwithClearWaterhasbeentoconservethatfaceofTusseyMountainlookingdownon
StateCollegeandthisfitsrightinwiththateffort,hesaid.
WiththeadditionofHoysland,RothrockStateForestisnow96,279acres.ClearWater
haspurchasedandtransferred928acresoflandonTusseyMountaintoRothrockStateForest
since2007.
Itmightseemlikeasmalladditiontotheforest,29acres,buteverybithelpsaddtothe
totalofpermanentlyconservedland,saidClearWatersOmbalski.Therearemanyofthese
small,inaccessibleforestedblocksoflandonthemountainsideswhichareundevelopableforone
reasonoranother.OthersmaywanttoconsiderwhatTomdidandtransferownershiptothestate
forestifitispossible.
ClearWaterConservancyfacilitatedthesalebyconnectingHoywithDCNR,helping
negotiatetermsandprovidinginitialmappingoftheland.NittanySettlementServicesofState
Collegeprovidednotaryservicesandameetingspaceforthesettlement.
Weregladtopitchinwithservicesanduseoftheoffice.Itshowwehelpsupportland
conservationincentralPennsylvania,saidScottHuberofNittanySettlement.
Photo:
KatieOmbalski,ClearWaterConservancyTomHoyScottHuber,Nittany
SettlementandMarkPotter,DistrictForester,RothrockStateForest.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandspecialevents,visitthe
ClearWater
Conservancy
website.
VisitHere
tosignupforregularupdatesfromtheConservancy.
NewsClips:
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WesternPAConservancyBuysLandInSomersetCounty
WesternPAConservancyBuysLandNearGreatAlleghenyTrail
OpEd:CongressReauthorizesLand&WaterConservationProgram

Feature:Fish&BoatCommissionCelebrates150thAnniversary18662015

StraightTalk
,ByJohnA.Arway,ExecutiveDirector,Fish&BoatCommission

OnMarch30,2016,the
PennsylvaniaFish&Boat
Commission
(PFBC)willcommemorateand
celebratethe150thanniversaryofourfoundingin
1866.
AconventionwasheldinHarrisburgin
1866toinvestigatewaterpollutionbeingcausedby
thewholesaleloggingofPennsylvaniasforestsand
theimpactscausedbysedimentationofour
mountainlakesandstreams.
TherewerealsoseriousconcernsaboutthereductionofAmericanShadrunsinthe
SusquehannaRiver.ThisdiscussionresultedinGovernorAndrewCurtinsigningthelaw,Actof
March30,1866(P.L.370,No.336),thatnamedJamesWorrallPennsylvaniasfirst

CommissionerofFisheries.
In1925,Act1925263establishedtheBoardofFishCommissioners.Then,in1949,Act
1949180officiallyestablishedthePennsylvaniaFishCommissionasanagencyanddescribed
itspowersandduties.TheCommissionappointedCharlesA.Frenchasitsfirstexecutive
directorin1949,andin1991underAct199139,thePennsylvaniaFishCommissionbecame
PFBC.
Overthelast150years,theCommissionhasevolvedfromaonemanoperationfunded
solelybythegeneralfundtoanagencywithacomplementof432stafffundedbyanglersand
boatersthroughlicenseandregistrationfeesandthefederalexcisetaxesonfishingandboating
equipment.
Ourmissionhasbroadenedabitfromouroriginalone,butwearestillfocusedon
protecting,conservingandenhancingouraquaticresourcesandprovidingfishingandboating
opportunities.
Iwouldliketotakethisopportunitytohighlightsomeofourmajoraccomplishments
overthepast150yearsandconcludewithmyoptimisticviewofthefutureforournext150
years.
(
VisitHere
toseethiscolumn,withallitshistoricphotographs,asitwasprintedinthe
JanuaryFebruary
PAAngler&Boater
magazine.)
SusquehannaRiverDams
In1867,thefirstfishwaywasconstructedattheColumbia(Wrightsville)Dam(builtin
1840)ontheSusquehannaRiverasthefirstattempttorestoreanadromousfishrunstothe
SusquehannaRiver.
Then,alongcameConowingo(1929),Holtwood(1910),SafeHarbor(1931)andYork
Haven(1904)dams,whichhavebeenmajorimpedimentstomigratoryfishsincetheywerebuilt.
Inthe1950s,theresourceagenciesimplementedaprogramtorestoreaccessfor
migratoryfishtotheupperSusquehannaRiverbasin,focusingonAmericanShad.
Inresponsetoharvestdeclinesthatsignaledcriticallylowfishstocklevels,fishingfor
AmericanShadintheChesapeakeBayregionwasclosed(Marylandin1980andVirginiain
1994).
AlthoughExecutiveDirectorRalphAbele(19721987)foughtpassionatelytohavefish
passageinstalledatthesedamsandbuiltashadhatcheryatVanDykealongtheJuniataRiverto
assisttherestorationprocess,wecontinuetofallshortofourmigratoryfishrestorationgoalsof2
millionAmericanShadand5millionriverherringspawningupstreamoftheYorkHavenDam.
TheAmericanShadstockintheSusquehannaRiverimprovedslowlyandmadean
impressivecomebackby2001whenover200,000adultshadwerecountedattheConowingo
Damfishlifts.
Table1shows
therecentnumbersofAmericanShadpassingthefourmajordownriver
damswithonly43AmericanShadpassingYorkHavenDamin2015.
The2010
SusquehannaRiverAnadromousFishRestorationCooperative
(SRAFRC)
MigratoryFishManagementandRestorationPlan
fortheSusquehannaRiverBasinidentifies
poorefficiencyoffishpassagemeasuresandfacilitieslowhatcheryproductioninrecentyears
lownumbersofspawningfishaccessingqualityhabitatpooryoungofyearrecruitment
upstreamofConowingoDamoceanandChesapeakeBaymortalityturbinemortalityand
predationasthemajorcausesofthisdecline.
Inrecentyears,theHoltwoodDamunderwenta$400millionexpansion,andtheowners

committedsignificantresourcestowardsimprovingfishpassage.AttheYorkHavenDam,plans
areinplaceforanaturelikefishwaytobebuilt,whichwouldbethelargestofitskindinthe
easternUnitedStatestoallowshadandotherspeciestofreelymigrate.
AnewoperatinglicenseapplicationispendingattheConowingoDam,andthefutureof
shadrestorationintheSusquehannaRiverisdependentupontheimprovementstofishpassage
thatmayberequired.
Therefore,thereisstillworktobedoneifweeverexpecttofulfillthedreamofseeinga
fishablepopulationofAmericanShadreturntothePennsylvaniaportionoftheSusquehanna
River.
StateFishHatcheries
In1870,ThadNorris,aprivatecitizen,purchased450basstakenfromthePotomacRiver
andrelocatedthemtotheirnewhomeontheDelawareRivernearEaston.Thisactionresultedin
othersdoingthesamethingontheSusquehannaandSchuylkillriversandotherwaters
throughoutPennsylvania,
creatingthenaturalizedfisheries
westillenjoytoday.
In1873,theStateHatchingHousewasbuiltinLancasterCountynearMariettaon
HooversSpring,whichisoneofthefamousDonegalSprings.JohnP.Crevelingwasappointed
assuperintendent.
In1875,thelegislatureappropriated$5,000topurchaseandbuildtheWesternFish
HatcheryinCorry,andWilliamBullerwasappointedassuperintendent.TheWesternHatchery
receivedthefirstshipmentofBrownTrouteggsfromGermanyin1886.
FundingtoconstructotherstatefishhatcheriesfollowedPleasantGap(1903),Pleasant
MountorWayne(1903),UnionCity(1905),Tionesta(1928),Reynoldsdale(1928),Huntsdale
(1932),Bellefonte(1933),Linesville(1939),BennerSpring(1952),Tylersville(1963,originally
afederalhatchery),Oswayo(1968)andFairview(1978).BigSpringStateFishHatcherywas
constructedin1970andclosedin2001.
Oursystemofstatefishhatcherieshasbeenupgraded,overtime,withstateoftheart
wastewatertreatmentplantsandupdatedfishcultureequipmenttoproduceandstockover5.1
millionadultandfingerlingtroutandover47millioncoolandwarmwaterfishinPennsylvania
watersin2014.
In1879,theUnitedStatesFishCommissionprovidedPennsylvaniaCommonCarpto
culture,butin1895,theagencyabandonedcarpcultureinfavorofblackbass.
In1888,RainbowTroutwerefirststockedintheSusquehannaRiverandthenin1892,
theCommissionhadtherailcarSusquehannabuilttotransportfisharoundPennsylvaniafor
stocking.
In1904,over90,000frogsandmorethan10.2millionChainPickerelwerestocked.In
1907,CommissionstaffexperimentedwithraisingfreshwaterPearlMusselsandstockedover
80,000CohoSalmonintheLackawaxenCreekdrainage.
In1912,theCommissionhatchedover500,000MuskellungeeggsatUnionCityandfirst
stockedMuskellungefryinthewatersofPennsylvania.In1917,electriclightswereinstalledat
fishhatcheries,andin1928,theBureauofResearchwasestablished.
In1932,theUnitedStatesBureauofFisheriesstartedtheCooperativeNurseryProgram
with21sportsmengroupsreceiving450,000BrookTrouteggsandfingerlings.In1962,the
PennsylvaniaFishCommissiontookovertheprogramforPennsylvaniaandestablishedthe
CooperativeNurseryBranchin1965.
Peakparticipationoccurredin1992with192nurseries.Today,thereare162nurseries

activelyparticipatingintheprogram.In1958,KokaneeSalmoneggswerehatchedatPleasant
Mountandstockedexperimentallyineightlakes.
In1969,theSovietUnionprovidedtheFishCommissionwithAmurPikeeggs,which
werehatchedandgrownintofingerlingsandsubsequentlystockedinGlendaleLake,Cambria
County,makingittheonlylakeintheUnitedStateswhereanglerscouldcatchthisspeciesof
fishandPennsylvaniatheonlyplaceintheworldwhereMuskellunge,NorthernPike,AmurPike
andthreespeciesofpickerelcouldallbecaught.
Education,InformationandOutreach
TheCommissionparticipatedinthe1893Chicagoand1904St.Louisworldsfairswith
livefishdisplays.ThefirstissueofthePennsylvaniaAnglermagazinewaspublishedin
December1931andcost50centscomparedtotodayspriceof$3.00.
In1984,thelegislatureestablishedthefirst
FishforFreeDay
,andthefirstissueofBoat
Pennsylvaniawaspublished.TheCommissioncreatedapresenceontheWebin1996with
www.fish.state.pa.us
,
Twitterin2010
and
Facebookin2012
.
In2001,online(Internet)
salesoffishinglicenses
began,andthesalessystemwas
updatedtoapointofsalessystemin2006.TheCommissionwasgiventheauthoritytosell
multiyearandreducedcostlicensesin2012,whichresultedin3and5yearfishinglicenses
beingofferedforsalein2013,anewvoluntaryyouthlicensetofundyouthfishingprogramswas
introducedin2014,andthefirstspecialmentoredyouthtroutdaybeganin2013.
Ametalfishinglicensebuttonwasreintroducedin2014asavoluntarylicensedisplay
option.Fishinglicensepriceswerereducedby$1.00forthefirsttimeinhistoryasanattemptto
increaselicensesalesandaf
reeFishBoatPAmobileapplication
(app)forsmartdeviceswas
introducedin2015.
The
SaveOurSusquehanna(S.O.S.)
campaignwasinitiatedin2015toincreasepublic
awarenessandfundingforprojectstohelpadecliningSmallmouthBassfisheryinthe
SusquehannaRiverfromSunburytoYorkHaven.
Fisheries
In1907,theCommodorePerry,a70footsteamtug,wasbuiltfortheagencysuseon
LakeErie,andin1913,itassistedinraisingPerrysflagshipNiagarafromMiseryBay.
In1924,agencystaffbeganperformingstreamsurveystoclassifywaterstomanage
fisheriesbasedonscientificprinciples.Dailycreellimitswerefirstsetin1925fortrout(25),
bass(10),Walleyes(10),pickerel(15)andMuskellunge(3).
Todaysgeneralcreellimits(consultthe
PennsylvaniaFishingSummary
forsizesand
exceptions)aretrout(5),bass(6),Walleyes(6),pickerel(4)andMuskellunge(1).Fishermans
Paradisewasopenedin1934andattractedalmost3,000visitors.
TheParadisegrewinpopularitytowhereithostedalmost35,000visitorsin1950and
wasthenmadeaFishforFunareain1962.
In1946,theCommissionacquiredamobilebiologicallaboratoryforfisheriesresearch
andmanagement.In1956,uniformflyfishingonlyregulationswereestablished.ThePerca
fisheriesresearchvesselwaslaunchedatLakeEriein1959,andGovernorDavidL.Lawrence
signedActNo.673,whichestablishedtheopeningdayoftroutseasonasthefirstSaturdayafter
April11,whichcontinuestoday.
In1969,thestartoftheopeningdayoftroutseasonchangedfrom5:00AMto8:00AM
duetocomplaintsfromlandowners.Also,in1969,theCommissioncreatedthe
WildernessTrout
Stream
(WTS)programandadded75streamsin1972.

Today,105streamsectionsareincludedintheWTSprogram,whichqualifyforthe
PennsylvaniaDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtections(DEP)ExceptionalValue(EV)special
protectedwateruseclassification,whichrepresentsthehighestprotectionstatusprovidedbythe
Commonwealth.
In1970,theBrookTroutwasnamedtheofficialstatefish.In1971,ChinookSalmon
smoltswerereleasedintoLakeErietributaries.TheCommissionreceivedauthorityfor
regulatingreptiles,amphibiansandaquaticorganismsin1974.
TheworldrecordAmurPikewascaughtfromGlendaleLakein1976,andthe
Commissionpromulgatedthefirstregulationsfororganizedsnakehunts.TheCommission
adoptedOperationFUTURE(FisheriesUtilizationThroughUserResourceEvaluation)in1981,
andasexplainedbyformerDirectorAbele,(This)marksaformallydeclaredshiftinthe
philosophyandmissionofthePennsylvaniaFishCommissionfromrecreationfirsttoresource
first.ThistrulymakesthePennsylvaniaFishCommissionaconservationagency.
ResourceFirstwasadoptedbytheBoardofCommissionersasanagencymottoin1987
andthenasanoperationphilosophyin2008.Anearlyregionalopeningdayfortroutseasonin
southeasternPennsylvaniacountieswasinitiatedin2007.
LawEnforcement
TheActofJune3,1878forbadefishingonSunday,andin1937,HouseBillNo.6made
Sundayfishinglawfulagain.In1878,FishWardensLudwick,LoweandHooverwerepaid$50.
In1901,therewere12FishWardens,andin1902,SpecialWardens(nowDeputy
WaterwaysConservationOfficers(DWCOs))werecreated.
In1909,alawwaspassedforbiddingtheemptyingintoanywatersofthe
Commonwealthanywastedeleterioustofish,makingtheagencyoneoftheoldestwater
pollutionenforcementagenciesnotonlyinPennsylvaniabutintheentirenation.
In1913,GovernorJohnK.Tennersignedintolawthefirstcontrolsonmotorboating
requiringmotorboatstohavemufflers.In1915,fishwardensanddeputiesweregivenarrest
powers.In1919,nonresidentfishinglicenseswerefirstsoldfor$5.00to50nonresident
anglers.
BradfordCountyFishWardenWilliamE.ShoemakerwasshotandkilledonAugust25,
1921,andin1958,LycomingCountyFishWardenRaymondSchrolldrownedattemptingto
rescuehispartner.BothwereinductedintotheNationalLawEnforcementOfficersMemorialin
WashingtonD.C.
In1921,theResidentFishLicenseLawwaspassedandover200,000licenseswere
soldtocitizensover21yearsofage(agereducedto18in1923andthento16in1925)for$1.00
in1922.Thiswasthebeginningoftheagencybecomingselfdependentonuserfees.
Thefirstfishinglicensebuttonwasintroducedin1923,andresidentlicensefeeswere
increasedto$1.50in1928.Todaysfishinglicenseis$21withanoptional$8TroutStampand
$8LakeEriestamp,notincludingtheelectronicprocessingfee.
TheFishCommissionreceivedauthorityin1931tochargeaboatregistrationfeeof$1
percylinderforinternalcombustionmotorsand$2forelectricmotors.
Todaysregistrationfeesare$9peryearforunpoweredboatsand$13to$26for
motorboatsrangingfromlessthan16feettomorethan20feet.Whatabargain.
In1941,trollingwasprohibitedfromamotorboat,whichwasthenchangedin1944to
againallowtrollingonrivers.In1942,aprohibitionwasaddedtoregulationforoperatinga
motorboatwhileintoxicated.

In2015,PFBCWaterwaysConservationOfficers(WCOs)had91BoatingUnderthe
Influencearrests.In1956,carpfishingwithlongbowandarrowwaslegalized.Rulesoftheroad
boatingregulationswereamendedtoprohibitwaterskiingwithintheprovisionsofthe100foot
rule.
In1957,FishWardensreceivedtheauthoritytoenforcelittering.FishWardenswere
retitledWaterwaysPatrolmenin1969.
AmajorrecodificationoftheFishandBoatCodeoccurredin1980andprovidedlimited
policepowerstoWaterwaysPatrolmen.Act198416changedthenameofWaterwaysPatrolman
toWaterwaysConservationOfficers,andin1984,thefirstfemaleWaterwaysConservation
Officer,WCOSallyA.Corl,washired.
Apeaklawenforcementworkforceoccurredin1995with106WCOsand340DWCOs.
Today,wehave98WCOsand77DWCOs.
In2000,operatorsofpersonalwatercraftwererequiredtocompleteasafeboatingcourse,
andin2003,itbecamemandatoryforallpersonsbornonorafterJanuary1,1982topossessa
boatsafetycertificatetooperateaboatwithamotorover25horsepower.
TheFuture
Overthecourseofthenextyear,Ihopethatyou,myfellowanglersandboaters,willjoin
inourcommemorationofthelast150years.
ItwillbeagreattimetolearnaboutouragencyscontributiontothehealthofPenns
WoodsandWatersandcelebratethefactthatour86,000milesofstreams,nearly4,000lakes
andreservoirs,over404,000acresofwetlandsand63milesofLakeErieshorelinearestillhome
tomorethan25,000speciesofknownplantsandanimals,andperhaps,manythousandsmoreyet
tobeidentified.
ThesefactsdemonstratetheenormityandcomplexityofthechallengesthatfacePFBCas
westrivetofulfillourlegislativeandConstitutionaldutiestoprotect,conserveandenhanceour
Commonwealthsaquaticresources.
Over150speciesofplantsandanimalshavebeenlostfromPennsylvaniaand664others
arespeciesofgreatestconservationneedandaredetailedinourStateWildlifeActionPlan90
birds,19mammals,65fish,22reptiles,18amphibiansand450invertebrates.
Themajorthreatshavebeenidentifiedasresidentialandcommercialdevelopment(15
percent),energyproductionandmining(13percent),pollution(13percent),invasiveandother
problematicspecies,andgenesanddiseases(12percent).
Wecurrentlyhaveapopulationof12,763,536peoplethatcontinuestoincreaseonafixed
amountofland,45,333squaremiles.
Asof2015,83,438milesofstreamsandrivers,outofatotalof86,000miles,havebeen
assessedbythePennsylvaniaDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionstaffforaquaticlifeuse
supportandapproximately19percent(15,882miles)donotfullysupporthealthyaquatic
communities.
Furthermore,someofthesewatersarestillnotfishableorswimmable.
Wehavethenations16thlargestriver,theSusquehannaRiver,whichdrainsnearlyhalf
ofPennsylvaniaslandareaandhasbeenidentifiedasamajorcontributortotheimpairmentof
theChesapeakeBay.
TheSusquehannaRivercurrentlysupportsaSmallmouthBassfisheryindistresswith
bacteriainfectingyoungbassproducingmortalityratesof10to70percent(20052015).
Adultbasshavebeenfoundwithcanceroustumors,otheropensoresandlesions,intersex

conditions(malebasswitheggprecursorsandhormones,whichshouldonlybefoundinfemale
bass),andblackspotsthatarentunderstood(blotchybasssyndromeormelanosis).
ThereissomethingwrongwiththeSusquehannaRiver,andweneedtoadmititandbegin
workingonaplantosolveitsproblems.
Wealsoknowthat15,882milesofourstreamsandriversand37,761acresofourlakes
arenotattainingtheiraquaticlifeusesbecauseofthecurrentandlegacyimpactsfrom
agricultureandcoalminingcreatingsiltation,metals,nutrientsandorganicenrichmentofour
waters.
AldoLeopold(18871948)recognizedtheimportanceoflandethicinhiswritingsand
teachingshowever,oursocietyisstilltryingtobalancetheimportanceofastrongeconomywith
thevalueofahealthyenvironment.
Thelandethicsimplyenlargestheboundariesofthecommunitytoincludesoils,waters,
plants,andanimals,orcollectively:theland.Inshort,alandethicchangestheroleofHomo
sapiensfromconquerorofthelandcommunitytoplainmemberandcitizenofit.Itimplies
respectforhisfellowmembers,andalsorespectforthecommunityassuch.AldoLeopold
(18871948).
Ourfutureisbrightbutnotwithoutchallenges.Wehavemadesubstantialprogressover
thelastgenerationbycleaningupourwaterssothatwecannowsaythatwehavemorewatersto
fishtodaythanwhenwewerechildren.
However,yesterdayschallengesweresimplecomparedtotheenvironmentalandnatural
resourcechallengesthatwefaceinthefuture.
Todayschallengesincludecanceroustumors,bacterialinfections,blackspotandintersex
SmallmouthBassinthemightySusquehannaRiverrapidlyexpandingdeepnaturalgas
developmentacrossPennsylvaniaandtheuncertaintiesaboutfrackingtheBrookTroutbeing
compromisedbychangingclimateinvasivespeciesoutcompetingnativespeciesourlakes,
riversandtheChesapeakeBaycloggedwithnuisancealgaebloomsthatloweroxygento
dangerouslevelsforfishandotheraquaticlifelesspeople,includingourlegislators,fishing,
boatingandrecreatingoutdoors,andwecantforgetaboutourobligationtorestoreAmerican
ShadtothemightySusquehannaRiver.
Unfortunately,IcantpromiseyouthesamethingthatExecutiveDirectorBielopromised
anglersinhisTurnofaCenturyarticlein1966.
Hewasabletopromisedoublingtheacreageoffishablelakewatersfrom57,000acresin
1966to111,000acresin1975becauseofaCommonwealthcommitmenttofundandbuildnew
lakes.
Today,wehaveasimilarfundingcommitment,butitistorepairandmaintainthosesame
historicdams,whichhavesincebecomeunsafeandhighhazard.Thiscommitmentwillinsure
thatourchildrenandgrandchildrenwillcontinuetohaveaplacetofishinPennsylvania.
Ournewchallengeswillnolongerbeatthelocalscalebutwillrequiremuchdifferent
solutionsatthewatershed,regional,nationalandevenglobalscales.
Wewillhavetoworkacrossdisciplinesandusetheappropriatesciencetodiagnosethe
problems,applytheengineeringskillstodevelopthesolutionsandhavethepoliticalwillto
createthelawsandprovidethefundingforthesolutions.
Itwontbeeasy,butIamconfidentthatournextgenerationwillhavetheknowledge,
skills,abilitiesandthegutstogetitdoneright.
Perhaps,wewillfinallycometorecognizethatahealthyeconomyandahealthy

environmentmustcoexistandtheadoptionofalandethicwillnolongerbeoptionalasLeopold
professed.
Formoreinformationonprograms,initiativesandspecialevents,visitthe
Pennsylvania
Fish&BoatCommission
website.
VisitHere
tosignuptoreceivepressreleasesandregular
updatesfromtheCommission.

VisitHere
toseethiscolumn,withallitshistoricphotographs,asitwasprintedinthe
JanuaryFebruary
PAAngler&Boater
magazine.

SaveTheDate:PAOutdoorWritersAssn.SpringConferenceMay1315

The
PAOutdoorWritersAssociation
willholditsspringconferenceinSayre,BradfordCounty,
May1315.Conferencedetailsarecomingtogether.ContactNickSisleybyemailto:
nicksisley@hotmail.com
withanyquestions.

OpportunityToBidOnMineReclamationProjectInJeffersonCounty

TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionpublishednoticeintheJanuary2,2016PA
Bulletin(
page66
)itisacceptingproposalsfromlicensedmineoperatorsforthecompletionofa
minereclamationprojectinUnionTownship,JeffersonCounty.ProposalsaredueJanuary8.

PublicParticipationOpportunities/CalendarOfEvents

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

NOTE:
TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionpublisheditsscheduleofadvisory
committeeandboardmeetingsfor2016intheDecember19
PABulletin(page7230)
.Thenext
andfirstmeetingsofeachadvisorycommitteeorboardhasbeenaddedtothissection.

January4
DEPmeeting/hearingondraftNPDESpermitfordischargefromJessupnatural
gasfiredpowerplantinLackawannaCounty.ValleyViewHighSchool,1ColumbusDr.,
Archbald.6to9p.m.Contact:5708262511.
(
Nov.21PABulletin,page6752
)

January5

NEW
.Ceremonialbeginningofthe2016sessionoftheGeneralAssembly.

January7
DEPhearingontheMattCanestraleContracting,Inc.NPDESfor9outfallslocated
inLuzerneTownship,FayetteCountyandBethlehemTownship,WashingtonCounty.LaBelle
VolunteerFireDepartment,1101LaBelleRoad,LaBelle,FayetteCounty.6:00to8:00p.m.
Contact:BonnieHerbert,DEP,7247691100.
(
PABulletin,page6858
).

January916

100thPennsylvaniaFarmShow
.Harrisburg

January12

CANCELED
.
DEPClimateChangeAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.Thenext
regularmeetingisMarch8.
DEPContact:MarkBrojakowski,BureauofAirQuality,400
MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177723429,
mbrojakows@pa.gov
.

January12

SouthwestPAPlanningCommission
MS4StormwaterWorkshop
Construction
SiteStormwaterRunoffControl,PostConstructionStormwaterManagementforNew
DevelopmentandRedevelopment
.BlairsvilleCommunityCenter,101EastNorthLane,
Blairsville,PA,9:00a.m.toNoon.

January13
RescheduledToJan.20.

DEPPipelineInfrastructureTaskForce
meeting.Dixon
UniversityCenter,2986N.SecondSt.,Harrisburg.1:00.
(
formalnotice
)
Contact:
RAEPPITF@pa.gov
.

January13

AgendaPosted
.
DEPConventionalOilandGasAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.
Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.
DEPContact:KurtKlapkowski,OfficeofOiland
GasManagement,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177722199,
kklapkowsk@pa.gov
.
ReviewofFormsRequiredToImplementChapter78
ReviewofTechnicalGuidanceToImplementChapter78
DCNRPresentationOnPANaturalDiversityInventoryReviewSystem
PresentationonEPACleanPowerClimatePlanRequirements
WellCompletion,WasteReporting,Drilling/CoalMiningCoordination

ClickHere
foravailablehandouts.

January13

[AgendaNotPosted]
DEPCoastalZoneAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.10thFloor
ConferenceRoom,RachelCarsonBuilding.9:30.
DEPContact:StaceyBox,InterstateWaters
Office,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177725622,
sbox@pa.gov
.

January13

[AgendaNotPosted]
DEPTechnicalAdvisoryCommitteeonDieselPowered
Equipment
meeting.DEPNewStantonOffice,131BroadviewRd.,NewStanton.10:00.
DEP
Contact:AllisonGaida,BureauofMineSafety,DepartmentofEnvironmentalProtection,New
StantonOffice,131BroadviewRoad,NewStanton,PA15672,7244043147,
agaida@pa.gov
.

January13

SouthwestPAPlanningCommission
MS4StormwaterWorkshop
Construction
SiteStormwaterRunoffControl,PostConstructionStormwaterManagementforNew
DevelopmentandRedevelopment
.CranberryTownshipMunicipalCenter,2525Rochester
Road,CranberryTownship,PA.9:00a.m.toNoon.

January14

AgendaPosted
.
DEPOilandGas(Marcellus)TechnicalAdvisoryBoard
meeting.
Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.
DEPContact:KurtKlapkowski,OfficeofOiland
GasManagement,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177722199,
kklapkowsk@pa.gov
.
ReviewofFormsRequiredToImplementChapter78
ReviewofTechnicalGuidanceToImplementChapter78
DCNRPresentationOnPANaturalDiversityInventoryReviewSystem

PresentationonEPACleanPowerClimatePlanRequirements
WellCompletion,WasteReporting,Drilling/CoalMiningCoordination

ClickHere
foravailablehandouts.

January14

[AgendaNotPosted]
DEPCoalandClayMineSubsidenceInsuranceFundBoard
meeting.12thFloorConferenceRoom,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.
DEPContact:Lawrence
Ruane,BureauofMiningPrograms,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177839590,
lruane@pa.gov
.

January19
U.S.EPAGreen&HealthySchools
WebinarOnSchoolsAndOutdoorAir
Quality
.3:00.

January20
DEPPipelineInfrastructureTaskForce
meeting.DEPSouthcentralRegional
Office,909ElmertonAve.,Harrisburg.1:00.Contact:
RAEPPITF@pa.gov
.
(
formalnotice
)

January20
DEP,PennState
EnergyAssetScoreToolWorkshop
.DEPsSouthwestRegional
Office,500WaterfrontDr.,Pittsburgh.10:00.

January21

DEPMiningandReclamationAdvisoryBoard
meeting.2ndFloorTraining
Room,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.
DEPContact:DanielSnowden,BureauofMining
Programs,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177875103,
dsnowden@pa.gov
.

January21

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

January21
NEW
.
DCNRCommunityConservationPartnershipGrantWebinar
.10:00a.m.

January23

DelawareHighlandsConservancyEagleDay
.
ClickHere
forotherBaldEagle
viewingopportunitieswiththeConservancy.

January23

NEW
.
BrodheadCreekWatershedAssociation

WestEndHike
.Brodheadsville,
MonroeCounty.

January27

DEPSmallBusinessComplianceAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.12thFloor
ConferenceRoom,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.
DEPContact:SusanFoster,BureauofAir
Quality,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177877019,
sufoster@pa.gov
.

January28

DEPSmallWaterSystemsTechnicalAssistanceCenterBoard
meeting.Room
105RachelCarsonBuilding.9:00.
DEPContact:DawnHissner,BureauofSafeDrinking
Water,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177722189,
dhissner@pa.gov
.

February2
DEPEnvironmentalJusticeAdvisoryBoard
meeting.DelawareRoom,16th
Floor,RachelCarsonBuilding.8:30.
DEPContact:CarlJones,OfficeofEnvironmentalJustice,
2EastMainStreet,Norristown,PA19401,4842505818,
caejone@pa.gov
.


February3

EnvironmentalQualityBoard
meeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.9:00.
DEPContact:LauraEdinger,EnvironmentalQualityBoard,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA
17101,7177723277,
edinger@pa.gov
.
FinalChapter78&78ADrillingRegulations

ClickHere
foravailablehandouts.

February3

DEPAggregateAdvisoryBoard
meeting.2ndFloorTrainingRoom,Rachel
CarsonBuilding.10:00.
DEPContact:DanielSnowden,BureauofMiningPrograms,400
MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177875103,
dsnowden@pa.gov
.

February4
DEP
CitizensAdvisoryCouncil
meeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding
10:00.
DEPContact:KatieHetheringtonCunfer,CitizensAdvisoryCouncil,P.O.Box8459,
Harrisburg,PA171058459,7177052693,
khethering@pa.gov
.

February10

DEPWaterResourcesAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.Room105RachelCarson
Building.9:30.DEPContact:SeanGimbel,OfficeofWaterManagement,400MarketStreet,
Harrisburg,PA17101,7177834693,
sgimbel@pa.gov
.

February10
DEPStateBoardforCertificationofWaterandWastewaterSystemOperators
meeting.10thFloorConferenceRoom,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.DEPContact:Cheri
Sansoni,BureauofSafeDrinkingWater,OperatorCertification,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,
PA17101,7177725158,
csansoni@pa.gov
.

February11
DEPAirQualityTechnicalAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.Room105Rachel
CarsonBuilding.9:15.DEPContact:NancyHerb,BureauofAirQuality,400MarketStreet,
Harrisburg,PA17101,7177839269,
nherb@pa.gov
.

Febinary11
NEW
.
DCNRCommunityConservationPartnershipGrantWebinar
.10:00a.m.

February24

DEPCleanupStandardsScientificAdvisoryBoard
meeting.Room105Rachel
CarsonBuilding.10:00.DEPContact:MikeMaddigan,BureauofEnvironmentalCleanupand
Brownfields,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177723609,
mmaddigan@pa.gov
.

February2627

2016KeystoneColdwaterConference
.StateCollege.

March8

DEPStorageTankAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.DEPSouthcentralRegionalOffice,
909ElmertonAve.,Harrisburg.10:00.
DEPContact:CharlesM.Swokel,Bureauof
EnvironmentalCleanupandBrownfields,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,
7177725806or(800)4282657((800)42TANKS)withintheCommonwealth,
cswokel@pa.gov
.

March8
DEPBoardofCoalMineSafety
meeting.DEPCambriaOffice,286IndustrialPark
Rd.,Ebensburg.10:00.
DEPContact:AllisonGaida,BureauofMineSafety,Departmentof
EnvironmentalProtection,NewStantonOffice,131BroadviewRoad,NewStanton,PA15672,

7244043147,
agaida@pa.gov
.

March10

BowmansHillWildflowerPreserve

LandEthicsSymposium
.DelawareValley
University,Doylestown.

March1416

RegistrationOpen
.
PAAssociationofEnvironmentalEducators

Annual
Conference
.TheInnatPoconoManor,PoconoManor,MonroeCounty.

March16

StateBoardforCertificationofSewageEnforcementOfficers
meeting.Conference
Room11B,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.
DEPContact:KristenSzwajkowski,Bureauof
PointNonPointSourceManagement,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177722186,
kszwajkows@pa.gov
.

March22

DEPSewageAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.
10:30.
DEPContact:JohnDiehl,BureauofPointandNonPointSourceManagement,400
MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177832941,
jdiehl@pa.gov
.

March22

DEPLaboratoryAccreditationAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.Room206,DEP
BureauofLaboratoriesBuilding,2575InterstateDr.,Harrisburg.9:00.
DEPContact:Aaren
Alger,BureauofLaboratories,2575InterstateDrive,Harrisburg,PA17110,7173467200,
aaalger@pa.gov
.

April7

DEPRadiationProtectionAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.14thFloorConference
Room,RachelCarsonBuilding.9:00.
DEPContact:JosephMelnic,BureauofRadiation
Protection,400MarketStreet,Harrisburg,PA17101,7177839730,
jmelnic@pa.gov
.

April13

DEPTechnicalAdvisoryCommitteeOnDieselPoweredEquipment
meeting.DEP
NewStantonOffice,131BroadviewRd.,NewStanton.10:00.Contact:AllisonGaida,
agaida@pa.gov
.

April14
DEPAirQualityTechnicalAdvisoryCommittee
meeting.Room105RachelCarson
Building.9:15.Contact:NancyHerb,
nherb@pa.gov
.

April1415

WestBranchSusquehannaRestorationSymposium
.ToftreesResortand
ConferenceCenter,StateCollege.

April19

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

May4
PAGroundwaterSymposium
.RamadaInnConferenceCenter,StateCollege.

May1113

PAAssociationofEnvironmentalProfessionals
AnnualConference.StateCollege.

May1315

NEW
.
PAOutdoorWritersAssociation

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

June35

RegistrationOpen
.
PAEnvironmentalCouncil

EnvironmentRide
.Philadelphiato
BethlehembacktoPhiladelphia.

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

October7

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

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DEPCalendarofEvents

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

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Grants&Awards

Thissectiongivesyouaheadsuponupcomingdeadlinesforawardsandgrantsandother
recognitionprograms.
NEW
meansnewfromlastweek.

January4
GetOutdoorsPAPartnerMiniGrantProgramOpens
January7

ChesapeakeBayTrustRFPForTechnicalAssistance
January8

PennDOTAlternativeTransportationProjectFunding
January15

GovernorsAwardForEnvironmentalExcellence
January15
DCNR/PRPSGreenParksAwards
January15
PALTALifetimeConservationLeadershipAward
January15

PAEnvironmentalEducatorsAwardNominations
January15

BowmansHillPreserveLandEthicsAwards
January15

ChesterCountyGrowingGreenerCommunitiesAward
January15

BayerCropScienceYoungFarmerSustainabilityAward
January29

2016YouthWildlifeArtContest
January29

EPASaferChoicePartnerOfTheYearAwards
January29

Fish&BoatCommissionStateWildlifeGrants
January30
DEPAlternativeFuelsVehicleRebates
(OrUntilFundingIsGone)
February1

BenFranklinShaleGasInnovationContest
February4

Delaware&LehighHeritageCorridorMiniGrants
February12

PALTAGovernmentConservationLeadershipAward
February15

AcademyOfNaturalSciencesDelawareRiverResearchGrants
February22

UrbanLandInstituteUrbanOpenSpaceAward
February22

UrbanLandInstituteGlobalExcellenceForRealEstateProjectsAward
March1
SouthwestClearTheAirStudentPosterChallenge
March4
GetOutdoorsPAPartnerMiniGrantProgramCloses
March31

DEPHostMunicipalInspectorGrants
April13

DCNRCommunityConservationPartnershipsGrantProgram
April30
AbeleCollegeScholarshipApplications

May31

$2KScholarshipsByNationalAssn.OfAbandonedMineLandPrograms
June30
SusquehannaGreenwaysPartnershipPhotoContest

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EnvironmentalNewsClipsAllTopics

HereareNewsClipsfromaroundthestateonallenvironmentaltopics,includingGeneral
Environment,Budget,MarcellusShale,WatershedProtectionandmuchmore

DEPChiefLeadingAgencyThruHighCuts,LowTimes
5LeadersFiguringToImpactPittsburgh
No,TomWolfCantGovernPennsylvania,Yet
HouseAppropriationsChairBillAdolphToRetire
Air
Editorial:PollutedItaly,ControllingEmissionsNotEasy
AlternativeFuels
CleanEnergyAdvocatesGiftsFromWashington
SustainableEnergyForumsSlatedInHawley
BucksCountySchoolDistrictMovesToPropanePoweredBuses
Budget
StateBudgetTalksReset,CapitolOnHolidayFooting
WolfVetoesRepublicanBudget,WillReleaseSchoolFunds
AP:GovernorVetoesPartOfBudget,OKsSchoolCash
PLS:WolfLineItemVetoesBudget
WolfToGOPLeaders:GetBackToWork
Winners,LosersInWolfsStopgapBudget
DEPGetsMoreMoney,NoNewInspectors
Editorial:ToyingWithTheStateBudget
DrillingImpactFeeInBudgetDebate
2LawmakersWantToRevisitAct13DrillingFees
Editorial:LocalDrillingImpactFeeUseAccountability
OpEd:BudgetLaunchesAttackOnEnvironmentalProtection,Rep.Vitali
OpEd:CongressReauthorizesLand&WaterConservationProgram
GameCommissionCuttingStaff
Climate
OpEd:5WaysToBreakOurAddictionToFossilFuel
OpEd:HowTheNationalBlackChamberMisleadsMinorities
OpEd:GoingBeyondCO2Emissions,BecomingCarbonNeutral

LastKingCoalMakesHisStandAsMinesVanish
CoalLosingFootholdInPittsburghsRiverTraffic
DrinkingWater
Nestle:PAWaterFacilityWontDamageWells
LehighValleyWaterOfficialsRetiresAfter41Years
SteeltonReceivesAnotherDrinkingWaterViolation
EconomicDevelopment
OfficialsHopeEthaneCrackerPlantsGoIntoProduction
PittsburghRiverTownsSeriesFosteringEconomicGrowth
Editorial:PittsburghsRiverZoneFacesUpdate
EmergencyResponse
DisasterMoneySoughtForDemolitionOfWBRiverBridge
HighWindsLeave1,000sWithoutPowerInSouthwest
Winds,RainBringDamageToErieArea
Energy
OpEd:PAsPromisingEnergyFuture,CommissionerWitmer
OpEd:LowCostNaturalGasSavingYouMoney
OpEd:5WaysToBreakOurAddictionToFossilFuel
FuelDealersFindNewUsesForLowPricedPropane
CoalIndustryOnTrackForRecordLowInMiningDeaths
AsCoalDemandDrops,SoDoFundingSources
LastKingOfCoalMakesHisStandAsMinesVanish
CoalLosingFootholdInPittsburghsRiverTraffic
CleanEnergyAdvocatesGiftsFromWashington
CouldGoldenParachutesAtTalenMeanMerger,Takeover?
ChesterLandlordsPECOFightHits$100K
EnergySpotlight:CampbellHawkins,DuquesneLight
DamageClaimsFromArmyBlimpTop$300K
Flooding
FloodAdvisoryIssuedForWarrenCounty
Forests
AlleghenyNationalForestSeeksToSaveTrees
MothDamagingCherryTreesInAlleghenyNationalForest
LandConservation
PhiladelphiaCricketClubBuysSt.Martins
WesternPAConservancyBuysLandInSomersetCounty
WesternPAConservancyBuysLandNearGreatAlleghenyTrail
OpEd:CongressReauthorizesLand&WaterConservationProgram
Oil&Gas
EQTWinsProceduralRulingAgainstDEPOnPenalties
DrillersAwaitRebound,LowPrices,WarmWeatherTroubleProducers
DrillingImpactFeeInBudgetDebate
2LawmakersWantToRevisitAct13DrillingFees
Editorial:LocalDrillingImpactFeeUseAccountability
OpEd:PAsPromisingEnergyFuture,CommissionerWitmer

OpEd:LowCostNaturalGasSavingYouMoney
OpEd:SunocoPipelineWillEmploySteelworkers
UGIRestoresServiceToWBCustomers
OfficialsHopeEthaneCrackerPlantsGoIntoProduction
ReportRevivesDebateOverRadiationRisksFromDrillingWaste
StateImpact:10StoriesFrom2015WorthHearingAgain
ScrantonWBTransitCouldGetNaturalGasStation
NFGForecastsHigherGasBillsInNorthwest
ShalesRunningOutOfSurvivalTricks,OPECRampsUp
FirstShaleGasExportTerminalStartsOperation
ArcLightToSell4GulfOilTerminals
OilPoisedForRecord2YearLoss
RadiationProtection
ReportRevivesDebateOverRadiationRisksFromDrillingWaste
Recreation
OpEd:BillionsOfReasonsWhyPAsParksAreGoodForUs
PresqueIsle,PymatuningPromoteHealthyHikesToStart2016
LaurelMountainSkiResortRenovationAheadOfSchedule
WesternPAConservancyBuysLandInSomersetCounty
WesternPAConservancyBuysLandNearGreatAlleghenyTrail
DogSledding,BeaverHabitatsDrawVisitorstoArmstrongTrails
DeadlineToSaveLastBitOfMcKeanCountyRailCorridor
WarmWeatherClosesHiddenValleySlopes
PittsburghsBikeShareProgramLogs40KTrips
PittsburghsBikeShareOfferingMemberships
LancasterOutlinesAmbitious$4.7MBikePlan
RangersOnDutyInAlleghenyCountyParks
Recycling/Waste
WhyItsGettingHarderToRecycleElectronics
OptionsAvailableForChristmasTreeDisposalInScranton
YukonDumpOperatorOffers$120KToOffsetAdverseImpact
Twp.SettlesOfficersRetaliationClaimOverLandfillOpposition
Sustainability
SustainableEnergyForumsSlatedInHawley
WatershedProtection
PhiladelphiaUsesGreenInfrastructureToStayAboveWater
RepairsToStopGroundwaterLeakingIntoAlcosanSystem
Nestle:PAWaterFacilityWontDamageWells
BusinessAnswerToWaterQuality,Conservation
DelawareRiverkeeperDec.26RiverWatchVideoReport
PittsburghRiverTownsSeriesFosteringEconomicGrowth
Editorial:PittsburghsRiverZoneFacesUpdate
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Wildlife

GameCommissionCuttingStaff
ChristmasCountersFind28,000Birds,HawksInWesternPA
Other
DamageClaimsFromArmyBlimpTop$300K

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Regulations,TechnicalGuidance&Permits

TheSusquehannaRiverBasinCommission
publishednotice
intheJanuary2,2016PABulletin
offinalregulationsonthereviewandapprovalofwaterwithdrawalprojectsanda
secondnotice
ofactionstakenatitsDecembermeeting.

PennsylvaniaBulletinJanuary2,2016

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TechnicalGuidance&Permits

TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtection
publishednotice
intheJanuary2,2016PA
Bulletinnaturalgasandcoalbedmethaneemissionsmustbereportedforcalendaryear2015by
March1.

TheExecutiveBoard
publishednotice
intheJanuary2,2016PABulletinofareorganizationof
theDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtection.

DEPTechnicalGuidanceInProcess
DraftTechnicalGuidanceDocuments
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