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World Water Day is a day to celebrate water, a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues and a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future.

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Fix That Leak This Week

Are you ready to chase down leaks? Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so each year you are encouraged to hunt down the drips during Fix a Leak Week. Mark your calendars for EPA’s tenth annual Fix a Leak Week, March 19 through 25, 2018—but remember that you can find and fix leaks inside and outside your home to save valuable water and money all year long.

From family fun runs to leak detection contests to WaterSense demonstrations, Fix a Leak Week events happen from coast to coast and are all geared to teach you how to find and fix household leaks.…

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March 18-24 is National Poison Prevention Week

Protect children from accidental poisoning by household substances. Lock up household pesticides, cleaners, and chemicals in a high cabinet out of the reach of children:

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Fracking Report Finds Unacceptable Risks

The fifth Fracking Health Compendium finds that the oil and gas drilling technique poses high risks to food, water and the climate, and cannot be done safely.

The report is a compilation of the rapidly growing body of scientific research into the process that injects heavily treated water into deep shale formations to free trapped natural gas and oil. According to Sandra Steingraber, a biologist and co-founder of Concerned Health Professionals of New York, much of the research into the health and safety concerns of fracking comes from here in Pennsylvania.…

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PA American Water Now Accepting Applications For Stream Of Learning College Scholarship Program

Applications are now being accepted for PA American Water’s 2018 Stream of Learning Scholarship Program to provide financial assistance to high school seniors who are planning to pursue careers in the water and wastewater industry. The deadline for applications is March 23.
The program is designed to support outstanding students living in Pennsylvania American Water’s service territories who are charting a course of study in specific fields, ranging from engineering to environmental science.
The company will award scholarships of $1,000 each to 10 students who are selected through the program’s application process.…

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Bill Seeks to Reform Biofuels Mandate

Environmental groups say a bill now in Congress could reverse damage caused by the 10-year-old Renewable Fuel Standard. Critics of the biofuel mandate say that since its passage in 2007, it has resulted in massive loss of wildlife habitat, strains on water resources and increased climate pollution.

According to Collin O’Mara, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, the new bill would cap ethanol in gasoline at under 10 percent and invest more than $10 billion in the restoration of habitat lost to the conversion of land to corn and soybean production for ethanol and biodiesel.…

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Go Green-Scaping

March can still be cold but it’s when we begin to think of spring – pruning, lawns, and being outdoors. Get ideas and useful tips on environmentally friendly practices to improve the health and appearance of your lawn and garden:

– Reducing waste: https://www.epa.gov/recycle/reducing-waste-what-you-can-do
– Pesticide safety: https://www.epa.gov/safepestcontrol
– Soak Up the Rain: https://www.epa.gov/soakuptherain

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Ready, Set, Color: Now Accepting Entries in Pennsylvania American Water’s “Protect Our Watersheds” Art Contest

Entries are now being accepted for Pennsylvania American Water’s 16th Annual “Protect Our Watersheds” Art Contest. All fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students in schools served by Pennsylvania American Water are eligible, as well as individual students who live in the company’s service area. The contest encourages students to tap into their artistic talents to express the importance of protecting Pennsylvania’s water resources.

Pennsylvania American Water recently sent contest information and applications to teachers in nearly 500 schools in its service territory.…

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National Groundwater Awareness Week

Life as we know it would be impossible without groundwater. It is the world’s most extracted natural resource, and it supports our ecosystems.
Don’t take groundwater for granted. Pay it forward during National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 11-17, 2018, by letting others know the importance of groundwater and asking them to pass it along.
Learn more about how you can get involved at GroundwaterAwarenessWeek.com.…
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Mariner 2 Restart Deal Called Breach of Contract

Environmental groups claim the agreement to restart the Mariner East 2 pipelines is illegal.

Pipeline construction permits were suspended in January for what the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection labeled “willful and egregious” violations. Five weeks later, Sunoco and the DEP reached a Consent Order and Agreement allowing construction to resume under what the DEP described as a “stringent compliance review.”

But Alex Bomstein, senior litigation attorney with the Clean Air Council, said that Consent Order weakened protocols already in place for preventing and responding to drilling-fluid spills.…

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Hanson Petitioned To Cancel SeaWorld Performance

According to Pollstar, activists have created a change.org petition calling for Hanson to cancel a March 11 performance scheduled at the Seven Seas Food Festival at SeaWorld in Orlando.

The petition states, “So many animals have died at SeaWorld– and the number grows and grows.”

 “At SeaWorld, intelligent, sensitive animals are confined to tiny tanks that to them are the size of bathtubs,” the petition, which has been signed by more than 19,000 people, read.
 “They are denied everything important and natural to them.…
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EPA Exhibit at 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show Highlights Healthy Headwaters

This year’s Philadelphia Flower Show showcases the Wonders of Water and the USEPA’s exhibit is no exception. By demonstrating the connection between headwater streams and wetlands, and the vital role they play in the overall health of downstream waters, the exhibit highlights the connection between healthy watersheds and healthy drinking water sources – and shows how the integrity of our drinking water supply begins far away from the kitchen faucet.

“The beauty of the native plants displayed in the exhibit’s headwater stream and bog wetland areas highlight the need to protect and enhance these aquatic resources,” said EPA Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio. …

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EPA Removes C&D Recycling Site in Luzerne County, Pa. From Superfund List

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency removed the C&D Recycling Site in Foster Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania from the Superfund National Priorities List.

The National Priorities List is a roster of the nation’s most contaminated sites that threaten human health or the environment. The sites on the list are eligible for cleanup under EPA’s Superfund program. EPA removes sites from the list once all the remedies are successfully implemented and no further cleanup is required to protect human health or the environment.…

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Starbucks Testing Paper Cup Fee

Delish is reporting that Starbucks is testing a paper cup fee at select locations in an effort to become more eco-friendly:

This month, 35 London outposts began charging a five pence fee (equivalent to about seven cents, as of press time) to anyone who ordered their drink in the chain’s standard cardboard takeaway cups. The trial will last three months, and stats from the period will be used to determine if the practice encourages people to bring their own travel mugs.…

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Game Commission Now Accepting Orders For Seedlings For Schools Program

aaThe Game Commission is now accepting orders under its Seedlings For Schools Program which provides free tree seedlings to classrooms so students can plant them as part of projects to improve wildlife habitat. Orders will be accepted through March 30.

In years past, “Seedlings for Your Class” was intended primarily for pre-K and elementary students, but this year it’s been extended to middle and high school students.
There is no charge to schools that participate in this program. The seedlings are provided by the Game Commission’s Howard Nursery and shipping costs are offset by the Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Foundation.…

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Website Tracks Government Attacks on Climate Science

A pair of groups at Columbia Law School have created the Silencing Science Tracker, a website that tracks federal government attempts to discredit or censor climate scientists.

Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund recently launched an online resource tracking actions by the government to “silence science” since the November 2016 election. The launch of the Silencing Science Tracker coincided with the first anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017.…

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PennDOT Seeks Public Feedback On Statewide Bicycle, Pedestrian Plan

The Department of Transportation recently announced it has begun the process of updating the Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and is inviting the public to weigh in through an online survey.

The plan, last updated in 2007, will outline a vision and framework for improving conditions for walking and bicycling across Pennsylvania, especially for those Pennsylvanians who walk and bicycle out of necessity rather than for leisure and recreation.

“Keeping our transportation network safe and accessible for all transportation modes is a crucial responsibility,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S.…

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Glastonbury Festival To Ban Plastic Bottles On Site in 2019

Pollstar is reporting that when one of the most iconic festivals of the world returns in 2019, visitors won’t be allowed any plastic bottles on site:

Glastonbury has been encouraging its guests to leave plastic bottles at home and instead refill stainless steel bottles at the several hundred taps on the festival grounds. Festivalgoers could purchase such bottles or cups on site, too.

Now, festival organizer Emily Eavis told the UK Mirror, “our big mission for next year is banning plastic bottles.…

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Study: Methane Emissions Far Higher than Reported

Methane emissions from Pennsylvania oil and gas sites are much higher than the industry reports, according to a new study.

Conducted by the Environmental Defense Fund, the study shows that oil and gas operation in the state emit more than 520,000 tons of methane every year from leaky, outdated and malfunctioning equipment. Andrew Williams, director of regulatory and legislative affairs with EDF calls the disparity between what’s reported and what the research has found “staggering.”

“Oil and gas methane emissions could be as high as five times what industry reports through the state methane and greenhouse gas reporting inventories,” says Williams.…

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Dunkin’ Donuts to Eliminate Foam Cups

As part of its commitment to serve both people and the planet responsibly, Dunkin’ Donuts, a leading retailer of hot, dreamstime_xs_8380261brewed coffee, recently announced plans to eliminate all polystyrene foam cups in its global supply chain beginning in spring 2018, with a targeted completion date of 2020. In U.S. restaurants, Dunkin’ Donuts will replace the foam cup with a new, double-walled paper cup. The majority of Dunkin’ Donuts’ international markets are currently using paper cups, and the brand will work with its franchisees to eliminate foam cups from the remaining international markets by the 2020 goal.…

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Keep PA Beautiful Earns National Recognition At Keep America Beautiful Awards Ceremony

Keep America Beautiful presented Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful with a Diamond State Affiliate Recognition Award at Keep America Beautiful’s National Awards Ceremony during its 2018 National Conference in Dallas, Texas.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful was honored for its outstanding promotion of Keep America Beautiful’s mission statewide and for its program support for local affiliates in Pennsylvania, distinguishing itself as an exemplary statewide affiliate organization.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful earned the Diamond Award, the highest recognition, for its implementation of multiple community improvement programs, including–

— The Great American Cleanup of PA is Pennsylvania’s premier community improvement initiative.…

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Spending Time at Home Saves Energy

Americans’ increasing reliance on online shopping and entertainment is saving large amounts of energy.

Researchers have identified a positive trade-off for the rise in online shopping, our consumption of streaming video, and employees working from home. Despite increasing the amount of residential energy demand, the decrease in travel and use of non-residential spaces was responsible for a net 1,700 trillion bTU in energy savings for the United States in 2012, 1.8% of the national total. The analysis, published January 29 in the journal Joule, reflects how advances in information technology are changing the American lifestyle, particularly for those under the age of 65.…

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Harley-Davidson To Launch Electric Motorcycle

According to Business Insider, an electric motorcycle from Harley Davidson will be arriving in 18 months:

According to CEO Matthew Levatich, the electric hog will hit the streets in less than two years.

“The EV market is in its infancy today and we believe it will drive excitement into our sport globally in both traditional and nontraditional spaces,” he said on a conference call with analysts, following Harley’s reporting of weak fourth-quarter, alongside full-year 2017, earnings.

“You’ve heard us talk about Project LiveWire,” he added.…

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Pipeline Construction Resumes, as Groups Condemn DEP Decision

Clean air and water advocates are angry that the Department of Environmental Protection has lifted its suspension of permits for the Mariner East 2 pipeline.

The construction permits were suspended in early January for what the DEP labeled “willful and egregious” violations. But on Thursday, the DEP announced that construction can resume after Sunoco, the pipeline builder, agreed to a $12.6 million civil penalty, and a stringent compliance review.

Joseph Minott, executive director of the Clean Air Council, calls that too little, too late.…

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Winter Sports Under Threat in a Changing Climate

Winter Sports Under Threat from Climate Change


Adapted from a report by Protect Our Winters

In mountain towns across the United States that rely on winter tourism, snow is currency. For snow lovers and the winter sports industry, predictions of a future with warmer winters, reduced snowfall, and shorter snow seasons is inspiring them to innovate, increase their own efforts to address emissions, and speak publicly on the urgent need for action.

A new report, The Economic Contributions of Winter Sports in a Changing Climate examines the economic contribution of winter snow sports tourism to US national and state-level economies.

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Bureau of Land Management strikes out in third attempt to manage off-road vehicles in California desert

Andrea Alday

Unfortunately, BLM’s latest draft closely mirrors prior attempts that a federal court found illegal. The draft plan once again inadequately protects areas with high conservation and cultural values and prioritizes off-road vehicles over other uses.

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Outlook for energy and public lands forum, National Press Club March 20

Michael Reinemer

The Wilderness Society will host a discussion for journalists working on energy, environment and climate issues on March 20 at the National Press Club. Panelists will focus on developments and trends from the last year and what that may portend for the year ahead.  

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