The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds

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We Want You!

February 04 2016

FPW is updating its contact information. If you are a past grantee or are interested in our work, and occasionally receiving environmental updates please email your contact information to: Branden S. Diehl.

A New AMLER???

February 04 2016

President Obama tried rallying support for the Power+ Plan, only to meet resistance. Now, a reincarnation of AMLER has hit the streets. This bipartisan bill has the potential of bringing upwards of $375M in reclamation funds to PA. The funds will be advanced from the AML Fund. FPW encourages our grantees to reach-out to their elected officials and encourage support of this initiative.

Bipartisan RECLAIM Act will release $1 Billion in AML Funds to Support Coal

RECLAIM Act 2016_Section by Section

DEP Hit

February 04 2016

The DEP will be unable to fill vacancies according to a recently release news article. The decision by Governor Wolf is likely to impact about 200 positions. Read more here.

Recycle Those Cards

January 07 2016

Recycle your Christmas cards while supporting a great cause. Consider sending your cards to St. Judes for repurposing.
https://stjudesranch.org/about-us/recycled-card-program/

Mine Water Bill Become LAW

October 09 2015

HARRISBURG (10-8-15) – A proposal introduced by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46) to reduce the use of fresh water in oil and gas drilling operations was signed into law today.
Act 47 clarifies legal liabilities associated with the use of treated mine water in oil and gas operations. The use of treated mine water holds the potential to significantly reduce the withdrawal demand on Pennsylvania rivers, lakes and streams.
A number of oil and gas companies already use treated mine water in place of fresh water in the natural gas extraction process, but concerns regarding liability issues have prevented many companies from utilizing this approach.
“It is imperative for lawmakers to support efforts to protect our environment and develop our natural resources safely and responsibly,” Bartolotta said. “The use of treated mine water by natural gas companies is an innovative approach that will help preserve millions of gallons of fresh water, and I am thankful that more companies will have the freedom to explore this option.”
Bartolotta, who serves as Vice Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, emphasized that the new law does not weaken any existing environmental safeguards designed to protect public health. It only clarifies parties that could be held responsible if the mine water is not treated or utilized properly.

Lycoming County Hiring

October 05 2015

Interested in working on natural disasters, and planning for them? Are you passionate about flooplain management, flood mitigation, and working with municipalities to achieve more resilient communities? If so, click here to learn about a job listing just for you!

CBT Regional Initiative

September 14 2015

Basic Summary:

This initiative will provide facilitation services, technical assistance, training and grants to strengthen and diversify regional collaborations working together to advance a shared regional and community driven agenda that improves the quality of life in the region and protects and restores natural resources. This request for proposals invites organizations working at the community, watershed and/or regional level to improve human health, create economic opportunity, advance clean water plans, increase access of local, sustainable food, conserve lands, protect and enhance community open space, etc, to seek assistance to develop and support cross sector collaborative strategies and also build individual organizational capacity.

Job Opening

August 31 2015

The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership is seeking a candidate for the position of River Towns Planner (RTP) to develop and implement programs that build the capacity of local partners to envision, plan, construct and sustain riverfront parks, walking and biking trails, river accesses, green infrastructure, and greenway signs. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture or Community Design is required. Relevant experience in community engagement strategies, community assessments, conceptual renderings, landscape design, historic preservation, graphic design, and project management is needed.

To submit an application, please email tcarothers@susquehannagreenway.org your cover letter, resume, and short writing samples. PLEASE PUT “River Towns Planner” IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR MESSAGE.

Application Deadline: September 14, 2015

OSMRE Releases Rulemaking

July 16 2015

Building a Stream Protection Rule
The U.S. Government’s Official Website for the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE). OSMRE’s business practices are to reclaim abandoned mine lands (Title IV), regulate active coal mines (Title V), and apply sound science through technology transfer.

http://www.osmre.gov/programs/rcm/streamprotectionrule.shtm

Branden S. Diehl, Grant and Project Consultant for the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds said, “The rule-making, as we understand it, is based on science, and reforms previous rules that were more than 30 years old. In that time, not only have mining practices changed, but so have restoration practices. Mining is still part of our energy portfolio, and it is important that both economic and environmental needs are protected. Based on the rule-making’s Economic Impact Statement (EIS) there will be marginal gains or losses in jobs and other external costs to consumers. As a Pennsylvania nonprofit that provides mine-related, restoration funding, we are pleased that the rule will provide enhanced protection for 6,500 stream miles over the next 20 years.”

VISTA Opportunity

March 26 2015

Do you work in an AMD-impacted region? Do you need help with outreach and monitoring? Do you have limited funding to support such a position? The good news is that the OSM VISTA program is now accepting applications. Click here for more information.

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