Pennsylvania Pipeline Construction Monitoring Program Training

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Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper has teamed up with Trout Unlimited to conduct water quality assessments of streams where there is pipeline and other linear construction activities throughout the watershed. Our primary focus is erosion and sedimentation due to earth-moving activities. The first training is Saturday, November 19, at the Montour Preserve in Danville (Columbia County).

Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper is looking to field six (6) teams.

Registration is required and class size is limited. Training includes both classroom work and field experience.

Northeast PA Regional Watershed Workshop

Please join the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) for a gathering of watershed groups within the Northeast PA Region to share resource information, learn techniques to help build membership and network with other watershed organizations in your region. PEC is convening meetings across the state in every PA Department of Environmental Protection Region to help build capacity and identify technical resource needs. Invited guests include PA DEP staff, County Conservation District Watershed Specialists and those working in watershed conservation field.

We hope you’ll join us on Wednesday, April 6 from 10am to 2pm at the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority facility in Scranton.  The $10.00 registration fee includes lunch.

For more information, please contact Susan Myerov, Watersheds Program Director – Pennsylvania Environmental Council at  smyerov@pecpa.org  or 267-479-6102.

Program Link: www.eventbrite.com/e/northeast-pa-regional-watershed-workshop-tickets-21726943874

Program Information: Invitation and Agenda

This project is being funded in part by a PA DEP Growing Greener Grant

Please feel free to bring photos, maps or other printed materials about your watershed organization to share with others.

When: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

Where: Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority – 213 South 7th Avenue, Scranton, PA 18505

POWR Paint Creek Press Release

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The Paint Creek Regional Watershed Association (PCRWA) is one of four environmental conservation and education programs from throughout Western Pennsylvania that will share $20,000 from Dominion and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) for innovation and effectiveness in making a positive impact on the Western Pennsylvania environment.

PCRWA is one of four programs honored as recipients of the 2015 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards. These awards are presented annually to local organizations that demonstrate leadership, effectiveness, and results in making an impact on the environment. All four were chosen by a group of independent judges of environmental experts and PEC staff in response to a call for entries earlier this year.

With these awards, each winner will designate a $5,000 cash prize to be used in support of a nonprofit environmental program of their choice.

The other winners are the Environmental Charter School – Pittsburgh (Allegheny County); McKean County Conservation District – Smethport (McKean County); and Sustainable Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh (Allegheny County).

The Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards program is open to individuals and organizations that demonstrate a commitment to environmental excellence, leadership and accomplishment, and make significant contributions toward improving Western Pennsylvania’s environment. Dominion and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council sponsor the Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards each year to encourage the community to emulate the achievements of the winning entries, thereby promoting innovative environmental efforts and enhancing the quality of life in Western Pennsylvania.

The winners were honored at the Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel downtown.

Paint Creek Regional Watershed Association

PCRWA was formed in 2000 to combat abandoned mine discharges (AMD) and other sources of environmental degradation, educate the community about these issues, promote environmental recreation, and ultimately restore a healthy aquatic community to waterways within and downstream of its watershed.

The Paint Creek Restoration Plan prioritized areas of needed improvement and provided recommendations and potential solutions that would heal the watershed. Stemming from this plan, PCRWA hosted an annual Watershed Awareness Day, sought to treat the Jandy discharge, and created and distributed watershed fact sheets.

PCRWA partnered with the Kiski-Conemaugh Stream Team to install flow measuring devices and collect monthly water samples from the targeted discharges. They secured funds from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greener grant program to design and construct three treatment systems for four AMD’s along Weaver Run.

Americans Unwilling to Trade Clean Drinking Water For Dirty Energy Production

The Civil Society Institute released a report this week highlighting the results of their recent national survey on attitudes about water quality and energy production. The results: 7 out of 10 people believe that protecting drinking water quality is more important. See the media release (http://www.civilsocietyinstitute.org/media/c122110release.cfm) and full report (http://www.civilsocietyinstitute.org/media/pdfs/12210%20CSI%20PA%20fracking%20survey%20report%20FINAL1.pdf).

New US Forest Service reports detail impacts of forest conversion in suburban areas

Check out these two reports from the US Forest Service. They add to the list of excellent reports produced by the State and Private Forestry group, called “Forests on the Edge.” The first, Forest Land Conversion, Ecosystem Services, and Economic Issues for Policy: A Review (http://www.fs.fed.us/openspace/fote/literature.html), addresses ecosystem services, those increasingly tangible benefits communities derive from having intact forests. The second report examines the relationship between land conversion – specifically housing development – and forest health. It is called A Sensitivity Analysis of “Forests on the Edge: Housing Development on America’s Private Forests” (http://www.fs.fed.us/openspace/fote/sensitivity.html)

Cooks Creek (Bucks Co.) to receive federal conservation funding

http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/burlington_county_times/bct_news_details/article/26/2009/august/27/conservation-effort-pays-off.html

Conservation effort pays off

By: AMANDA CREGAN
The Intelligencer

Congressman Patrick Murphy joined environmental leaders and local officials to spread the word about $700,000 in federal funding that will be spent to conserve land within the Cooks Creek Watershed.

Standing against the backdrop of picturesque Knecht’s Covered Bridge spanning over Cooks Creek in Springfield, Murphy praised county conservation efforts Wednesday afternoon.

“This $700,000 is to make sure we maintain and conserve this wonderful watershed that is so important to us here in Bucks County,” he said.

Cooks Creek is part of the Highlands region, which winds through 3.5 million acres of forests, farmlands and rugged hills through Southeastern Pennsylvania and into New Jersey, New York and parts of Connecticut.

The Highlands provides clean drinking water for more than 15 million people and is home to more than 250 endangered, threatened and rare species.

“For people in Upper Bucks County, they need to know that when they turn on their faucets their drinking water is safe,” said Murphy.

Cooks Creek is designated as an Exceptional Value Waterway by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, meaning the state has determined the water quality to be superior.
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Its 30-square-mile watershed and surrounding 337 acres of wetlands are home to nearly 200 bird species, including endangered and threatened species such as the least bittern and peregrine falcon.

Federal funds secured by Murphy are aimed at preserving a larger slice of open space along Cooks Creek in Upper Bucks townships.

“There are 2,000 acres preserved in Springfield Township so far,” said Supervisor Rob Zisko. “We have another 1,500 to 2,000 acres of property in our pipeline. We’re looking forward to preserving as much land as we can in Springfield Township and Cooks Creek Watershed in the next few years.”

Heritage Conservancy officials are already meeting with property owners along Cooks Creek to discuss open space protection.

“At the end of the day, there will be a landscape here that will last for future generations,” said Jeff Marshall of the Heritage Conservancy.

Amanda Cregan can be reached at 215-538-6371 or acregan@phillyBurbs.com

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