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Sustainable Environments

February 2011

"I'm in love with a big blue frog,

A big blue frog loves me.

It's not as bad as it appears

He wears glasses and he's six foot three..."

 ~I'm In Love With A Big Blue Frog
by Leslie Braunstein
Sung by Peter, Paul and Mary



Photo credit:  Finding Josephine on


Happy Valentines Day from F. X. Browne, Inc.!




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. 

For more information or to register, visit


“Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.”
~Albert Einstein


News Clips:

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.  More...


DCED Releases 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.  More...


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 resources.  More...

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.  More...


“Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.' “
~Erich Fromm



Game 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.”

For more information on bluebirds, visit


“Love conquers all. “


Policy Updates:

Governor Rendell: Latest Growing Greener Grants Making Real, Positive Difference for Communities, Environment:
87 Grants to Improve Water Quality, Restore Lands

Pennsylvania 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 List

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 NWPL, visit

To view the Federal Register notice, visit


EPA To Develop Regulation for Perchlorate and Toxic Chemicals
in Drinking Water

U.S. Environmental 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


New 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.
~Robert Frost



Marcellus Shale News and Resources

For the latest Marcellus Shale news and information sources, click here.


“Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat.“
~Ben Hecht

Grants and Awards:
To view our list of available grants, click here.


New grants and awards added this month include:


NY DEC – Adirondack Park Community Smart Growth Grant Program

USDA – Pest Management Funding

EPA – Community-Based Environmental Grants

EPA – Environmental Justice Grants

WREN Community Watershed, Source Water Protection Education Grants

PA DEP – Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP)

Boat US Foundation Grassroots Grants Program



“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

The Oil 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

Tools and Publications:

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 their infrastructure.


Interim Report:  Evaluation of Combined Heat and Power Technologies for Wastewater Facilities

The U.S. 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

The World 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.”
~Erich Segal




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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Lisen Cummings

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