Freeland Municipal Authority receives state grant to update sewage facilities plan

State Rep. Gerald Mullery announced Oct. 21 that the Freeland Municipal Authority has received a $28,445 state grant to update its sewage facilities plan. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection required Freeland Borough and Foster Township to develop a joint sewage facilities plan to address the replacement of an aging force main and to update a previously approved plan for major upgrades to the Freeland sewage treatment plant. (read more)

Aqua Pennsylvania announces $675,000 pipe replacement project in Lackawaxen Township

Aqua Pennsylvania on Oct. 17 announced a $675,000 project to replace 4,000 feet of old, six-inch plastic pipe with new eight-inch cement-lined ductile iron pipe on Constitution and Upper Independence drives in the Fawn Lake community of Lackawaxen Township, Pike County. The new pipe will resolve issues with main breaks and improve service reliability and water quality for Fawn Lake customers. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The project is part of $1.9 million in improvements Aqua has planned for Pike County this year. (read more)

Trout Unlimited: State legislators pass law that compromises Pennsylvania’s streams

On Oct. 15, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted 118-79 to concur on Senate amendments to House Bill 1565, putting high quality and exceptional value streams at risk from a myriad of impacts. After a few amendments in committee and on the House floor, the bill was voted out of the House on September 22. The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee further amended the bill prior to Senate passage on Oct. 14. (read more)

Conservation District dinner set for Nov. 14 celebrates water conservation education

Each fall, the Pike County Conservation District board of directors celebrates the natural resources of Pike County. This year’s celebration will focus on Pike’s exceptional water resources and how to protect them. The celebration will be held at the Lords Valley Country Club, Lords Valley on Friday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. Pike County is extraordinarily blessed with clean water resources. Vacationers and residents alike enjoy the county’s water resources year round. Pike’s lakes, rivers and streams are filled with these admirers fishing, swimming and canoeing. These clean water habitats also support a vast array of wildlife. (read more)

State Sen. Lisa Baker supports bill she says ‘strikes balance between responsible development and environmental protection’

The Pennsylvania state Senate on Oct. 14 approved an amended version of House Bill 1565 and sent it back to the House for a concurrence vote. The 27-22 vote included the support of Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Pike), who fought for its passage because of the impact existing legislation has had on parts of her district, especially Pike, Wayne and Monroe counties. She noted the language in the current law has a disproportionately negative impact in northeastern Pennsylvania. (read more)

U.S. winter forecast: Cold, snow to seize Northeast

AccuWeather reports though parts of the Northeast and Mid Atlantic had a gradual introduction to fall, winter will arrive without delay. Cold air and high snow amounts will define the season. Cold Northeast, interior Mid-Atlantic to yield snowy winter After record-shattering temperatures and high snow totals last winter in the Northeast, a similar theme will continue into the 2014-2015 season. (read more)

State Sen. Yaw announces Community Conservation Partnerships Program funding for district

State Senator Gene Yaw (R-Bradford) on Oct. 15 announced several Community Conservation Partnerships Program (CCPP) grants awarded throughout his Senatorial District. The CCPP is administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and includes the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), the Environmental Stewardship Fund (Growing Greener 1) and federal funding sources. (read more)

U.S. public transit agencies adopt diesel technology at faster rate than national average

Advancements in new clean diesel technology that has resulted in a transit buses with near zero emissions being adopted by U.S. transit officials at a faster pace than other large vehicle sectors, according to Ezra Finkin, the director of policy for the Diesel Technology Forum. Finkin made his comments Oct. 14 at the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Expo Bus and Maintenance Technical Session in Houston. (read more)

Tioga County Act 13 funds support tuition-free natural gas training at Penn College

Pennsylvania College of Technology will provide $50,000 in ShaleNET scholarships to 50 veterans, unemployed and underemployed residents of Tioga County. The scholarships are made possible by Act 13 (impact fee) funding approved recently by the Tioga County Commissioners. The college will offer tuition-free training — $1,000 per student — to provide the basic skills and certifications required for entry-level employment in the oil and natural gas industry. (read more)

Brodhead Watershed Association hosts Where in the Watershed Walk No. 8: Cherry Creek headwaters, Cherry Valley Ridge Trails, Oct. 18

Join the Brodhead Watershed Association (BWA) and the Pocono Heritage Land Trust (PHLT) members and friends for the next in the series of monthly Where in the Watershed walks led by BWA/PHLT board member and naturalist, Don Miller and PHLT board member, naturalist and wild plant and old growth forest enthusiast, Bill Sweeney. This month’s exploration will be on the Cherry Valley Ridge Trail system in the Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge’s newly acquired Sorrenti tract. Bring your binoculars and enjoy prime fall foliage. (read more)

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