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What to Watch This Fall in Harrisburg

What to Watch This Fall in Harrisburg

September 5, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

The annual summertime budget drama isn’t over yet, but the agenda for this fall’s legislative session is already taking shape. Looking ahead to the session that begins September 11, PA Environment Daily has compiled a running list of the key environment bills that...

Pennsylvania Legacies #52: Taking Charge

Pennsylvania Legacies #52: Taking Charge

September 1, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

A legislative raid on special environment & conservation funds may leave communities on the hook for money already spent on local grant-funded projects; Shell agrees to fenceline monitoring at its new ethane cracker; and Hurricane Harvey delivers a stark warning...

IHTC Meeting Highlights Collaboration

IHTC Meeting Highlights Collaboration

August 28, 2017By: Laura Bray

It was a mix of business suits and biking shorts at the Marilla Center in Morgantown, West Virginia, where the Industrial Heart Land Coalition (IHTC) held its quarterly meeting on Thursday, August, 24th. Trail representatives from Parkersburg to the PA Wilds...

Pennsylvania Legacies #51: Bird is the Word

Pennsylvania Legacies #51: Bird is the Word

August 25, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

Mounting opposition to budget riders, DEP’s modest progress toward better clean drinking water enforcement, and good news from the Chesapeake Bay. Also: why do birds suddenly appear every time you reclaim and reforest abandoned mine lands?

https://youtu.be/-GnC2vT141Q

Boating with Bowie

August 24, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

What’s the connection between kayaking, the 1794 Whiskey Rebellion, and David Bowie? The Mon River Towns initiative and Venture Outdoors co-hosted the Rebel Rebel Float Trip on August 6th, 2017. The outing received funding through the Pennsylvania River Sojourn Program...

Pennsylvania Legacies #50: In Harm’s Way

Pennsylvania Legacies #50: In Harm’s Way

August 18, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

At least one major federal government entity is still paying attention to the threat of climate change: the military. A retired naval officer explains why, in a talk given at PEC’s 2017 deep decarbonization conference. (Learn more at pec-climate.org) In...

Pennsylvania Legacies #48: Unprecedented

Pennsylvania Legacies #48: Unprecedented

August 4, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

  A deal struck as part of the state budget process could hamstring the Department of Environmental Protection and put permitting decisions in the hands of unqualified private actors. One former DEP chief warns these amendments would set a disastrous...

Water Trails Mini-Grants Announced

Water Trails Mini-Grants Announced

August 3, 2017By: Lizzie Hessek

When the Pennsylvania Water Trails Partnership released its Strategic Plan for the Water Trails Program in 2016, it recommended the development of new funding opportunities for water trail managers across the State. To that end, PEC worked closely with DCNR,...

A Bad Solution to the Wrong Problem

A Bad Solution to the Wrong Problem

July 31, 2017By: Davitt Woodwell

The Pennsylvania Senate and, by all appearances, Governor Wolf, have struck a deal that aims to mitigate the Commonwealth’s fiscal issues at the sole expense of environmental protections. What have they done? Essentially, they have proposed to nullify the Department of...

Schuylkill River Town Program Poised to Expand

Schuylkill River Town Program Poised to Expand

July 31, 2017By: Lizzie Hessek

Led by local volunteers and guided by a new toolkit PEC helped to create, the four-year-old Schuylkill River Town Program is about to enter an exciting new phase. Launched in 2013, the program initially focused on Conshohocken, Norristown, and Phoenixville,...