Happy Valentines Day from F. X.
PA Great American Cleanup Registration Open
You can participate in litter
cleanups, illegal dump cleanups, beautification projects, special
collections, and educational events. Cleanups will run between March 1
and May 31. Free bags, gloves, vests, and cleanup supplies are
available. During Let’s Pick It Up PA days, trash collected can be
taken to participating landfills for free disposal. Since 2004, over 54
million pounds of litter and waste have been removed from Pennsylvania.
information or to register, visit
“Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.”
DEP’s Newly Designated Critical Water-Planning Areas to Better Protect
Resources Threatened by Water-Use Demands: Agency Designates Three
Water-Planning Areas in the Ohio, Potomac River Basins
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) has
designated three critical water-planning areas within Pennsylvania.
Land Use, Growth Report for Pennsylvania
The Department of Community
and Economic Development issued the 2010 State Land Use and Growth Management
Report to show how Pennsylvania has changed over the last five years and what it
will look like ten years from now.
York County Planning Commission Announces Integrated Water Resources Plan
The York County
(Pennsylvania) Planning Commission is announcing an Integrated Water Resources
Plan (IWRP) to guide the restoration and protection of the County’s water
Delaware Named River of the Year
The public was able to
select this year’s winner for the first time. Over 25% of the votes were for
the Delaware, making it the winner.
“Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I
need you because I love you.' “
Commission Bluebird Nest Boxes
and Tree Seedlings for Sale
The PA Game
Commission’s Howard Nursery is selling bluebird nest boxes and
tree/shrub seedlings. Customers can purchase assembled boxes or
kits to be assembled at home. This is the time of year to clean out
your existing boxes and to hang new ones. Bluebirds are native to
Pennsylvania and have become less common due to lack of nest sites
and competition with other non-native species. If house sparrows
move in, their nests should be removed immediately. Mount your nest
box on a pole 3-5 feet off the ground, preferably facing south.
Having two approximately 20 feet apart may reduce competition from
swallows. You can order by calling 1-888-888-3459 or you can
download an order form by visiting
and clicking on “Howard Nursery” under the "General Store"
drop-down menu and then selecting "Wild Homes Order Form” or “2011
Seedling Order Form.”
information on bluebirds, visit
“Love conquers all. “
Governor Rendell: Latest Growing Greener Grants
Making Real, Positive Difference for Communities, Environment:
87 Grants to Improve Water Quality, Restore Lands
awarded $14.1 million for 87 projects to plant over 100 miles of
riparian buffers, improve approximately 30,000 feet of stream banks, and
treat hundreds of millions of gallons of acid mine drainage each year.
The projects will also provide education benefits. The Growing Greener
program provided approximately $4.17 million for 21 projects. To learn
more about the projects that received funding, visit
and click on “Watershed grants.”
PA DEP News Release,
January 6, 2011
Updated Draft National Wetland Plant
The U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers (USACE) is soliciting public comments on the updated draft
National Wetland Plant List (NWPL). This list provides wetland plant
species and wetland ratings (indicator status) and is used to perform
wetland delineations. The draft NWPL was published in the Federal
Register on January 6, 2011 and is open for public comment for 60 days.
To view the draft
To view the Federal
Register notice, visit
EPA To Develop Regulation for Perchlorate and Toxic Chemicals
in Drinking Water
Protection Agency (EPA) will be developing a regulation for perchlorate
to protect the public and ensure the quality of drinking water.
Perchlorate is naturally occurring and man-made, and is thought to
affect the normal function of the thyroid. The EPA will also establish
drinking water standards to address up to 16 chemicals known as volatile
organic compounds (VOCs) that may cause cancer.
EPA News Release,
February 2, 2011
Jersey – Proposed Amendments to the List of Endangered Wildlife Species
and List of Nongame Wildlife Native to New Jersey
New Jersey is
proposing changes to their lists of endangered species and nongame
native species to reflect status assessments and to correct species
taxonomic names. Comments will be accepted until March 19, 2011. For
more information, visit
“Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.
Marcellus Shale News and Resources
For the latest Marcellus Shale news and information sources, click
“Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat.“
“Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop. “
~H. L. Mencken
Oil National Commission on the BP Deepwater
Horizon Oil Spill Final Report
National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill released
their final report detailing the facts and circumstances that
contributed to the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster. The report also
provides options to protect against potential future spills from
offshore drilling. To view the report, visit
“Love is metaphysical gravity. “
~R. Buckminster Fuller
Link of the Month:
Soil Web for
the iPhone and Android
This new app can tell you what soil series you are standing in and give you
information about the profile description. This app gives you GPS based,
real-time access to USDA-NRCS soil survey data. You can also view sketches
of the soil profiles.
EPA Toxic Release Inventory Program Site
The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) hosts a website that allows citizens to learn about
toxic chemicals in their communities. Just enter your zip code to view a
list of toxic chemical disposals and releases into the air, land and water.
You can also learn about waste management and pollution prevention
activities. The site currently has data from 2009.
“Love is the poetry of the senses.“
~Honore de Balzac
The Value of Green Infrastructure: A Guide to
Recognizing Its Economic, Social and Environmental Benefits
A new report
by the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and American Rivers provides the
economic benefits of green infrastructure, such as best management practices
(BMPs). This guidebook provides the methodology for measuring the value of
these improvements, which will allow communities to make educated investment in
Interim Report: Evaluation of Combined Heat and
Power Technologies for Wastewater Facilities
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released an interim report to be used
as a planning-level tool for wastewater professionals. The report examines
combined heat and power technologies for converting anaerobic digester gas to
electrical power and process heat. It provides process descriptions,
performance, and cost data.
To view a copy
of the interim report, visit
New Web-Based Map – Eutrophication and Hypoxia
Resource Institute (WRI) and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)
identified over 530 “dead zones” and 228 sites with signs of marine
eutrophication. They have crated a web-based database and interactive map
showing these areas. The site also provides links to information, articles,
photos and resources. To view the website, visit
“Love means not ever having to say you're sorry.”
Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owls are fierce predators that live year-round in the
U.S. and do not migrate. You may see them this time of year nesting
in hollow tree cavities, abandoned nests, rocky ledges, caves,
barns, and artificial platforms. They are usually active at night
but can also be seen hunting in the daytime.
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