June 10, 2019
Contact your law makers about Bills Making Fundamental Changes To The Definition Of Water Pollution, Setting Up Costly Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Program
The PA Environment Digest recently reported that on June 4, the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee approved and reported out bills allowing a company who causes pollution or a spill to surface or groundwater to determine if it is pollution and whether it should be reported to DEP and a nutrient reduction procurement bill that guarantees taxpayers will pay the highest price per pound for pollution reductions to meet Chesapeake Bay cleanup obligations.
Contact your local law makers soon to voice your opinions or concerns.
May 30, 2019
Use your outdoor voice: Outdoor Recreation Poll Now OPEN!
Do you enjoy spending time in Pennsylvania’s local and state parks and forests and on trails and rivers? Is getting outdoors to exercise and socialize important to you and your family? Then the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) wants to hear from you. In its quest to build an outdoor recreation plan that will serve all Pennsylvanians, DCNR is looking for public input from residents and interest groups through an online survey. Survey results will help DCNR and its partners determine outdoor recreation programs and funding priorities for Pennsylvania’s next five-year outdoor recreation plan. The online survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete and will remain open through the end of June.
April 24, 2019
POWR is Tweeting!
Follow us on Twitter: @PAwatersheds to receive news, notices, and updates about upcoming events, workshops, grant opportunities, proposed rules and recently released agency reports, and other important information.
April 18, 2019
Public Comment Period is OPEN for the Phase 3 Chesapeake Bay WIP
The draft Phase 3 PA Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan was released on April 12. The public comment period is now open and will close on June 7. (News Release and links here: Phase 3 WIP)
The Phase 3 WIP describes how Pennsylvania will meet its obligations to reduce nutrient and sediment loads to local waters in the 43 counties in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and how it will accelerate progress towards meeting the targets established by the Chesapeake Bay Partnership for the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. The goal is to have all practices in place by 2025.
The draft Plan was developed starting in March of 2017 with input from many local and state partners, including representatives from community watershed associations. It contains recommendations for pollution reduction efforts in four major areas– Agriculture, Stormwater, Forestry, and Wastewater Facilities. The plan calls on all 43 counties in the Pennsylvania portion of the Bay Watershed to complete the county-level clean water planning process in order to develop detailed plans for meeting county nutrient reduction goals.
There will many opportunities for local community watershed organizations to play critical roles in this large and long-term effort. Not only is the voice of your organization important through the comment period, but your local knowledge and on-the-ground experiences will be an asset to your local county during the planning and implementation phases.
The final version of the Phase 3 WIP will be submitted to the federal Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership on August 9, 2019.
March 21, 2019
NFWF Now Accepting Applications for the 2019 Chesapeake Bay Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction and Small Watershed Grants Programs
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the federal-state Chesapeake Bay Program partnership, is soliciting proposals to restore water quality and habitats of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams. NFWF estimates awarding $12-14 million in grants through the Chesapeake Bay Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction (INSR) Grants and Small Watershed Grants (SWG) programs in 2019, contingent on the availability of funding. Major funding for the Stewardship Fund comes from the EPA. Other important contributions are provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Altria Group. Two separate Request for Proposals detailing NFWF’s funding priorities and other key considerations are attached.
INSR pre-proposals and SWG full proposals are due by midnight, Tuesday, May 14th and must be submitted through NFWF’s online application at www.nfwf.org/easygrants.
Additional informational webinars will be provided to offer an overview of each funding opportunity. Interested applicant are encouraged to register for these informational webinars using links provided in the following RFPs:
January 16, 2019
Join us for the 15th Annual Great American Cleanup of PA
Removing trash from our watersheds is one of the best and easiest ways to improve the health of our watersheds.Click here for details: 2019 Great PA Cleanup
January 16, 2019
PA DCNR Announces Clarion River Named PA 2019 River of the Year in Public Voting – Click here for details: PA DCNR 2019 PA River of the Year Announced