Estimating the Economic Contributions of Outdoor Recreation in Pennsylvania

Each year, millions participate in outdoor recreation activities in Pennsylvania. These activities affect Pennsylvania’s economy in an important way, creating jobs and wages, generating tax revenue, and contributing to the state’s GDP. These economic contributions are the direct result of participants utilizing natural areas within Pennsylvania for recreation. Therefore, conservation of natural resources is critical…

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Beaver County Environmental Mitigation Community Fund directs resources to monitor and improve water quality around the Upper Ohio River.

Through an Advisory Board of local environmental and community advocates, the PA Department of Environmental Protection has recommended funding to benefit the quality of life of the Beaver County community.  Three of the selected projects will directly address the water quality of the Ohio River, Beaver River and Raccoon Creek: Independence Conservancy Inc. awarded $277,100…

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Draft Total Maximum Daily Load Program Priorities for 2024—2032; Available for Public Comment

NOTICES: PA Bulletin DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION Draft Total Maximum Daily Load Program Priorities for 2024—2032; Available for Public Comment[54 Pa.B. 1634] [Saturday, March 23, 2024] https://www.pacodeandbulletin.gov/Display/pabull?file=/secure/pabulletin/data/vol54/54-12/405.html Under section 303(d)(1)(A) of the Federal Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. § 1313(d)(1)(A)) requires states to create a priority ranking for waterways that require Total Maximum Daily Load…

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Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory & Allegheny County Conservation District release results from 2023 Watershed Sampling Day

The Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory and the Allegheny County Conservation District conducted a countywide Watershed Sampling Day on May 6th, 2023. Through this effort, nearly 40 volunteers were trained to collect water samples at 44 tributaries of interest. These samples were collected, returned to Pitt, and processed at the University. Our hope was to obtain a…

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Natural Infrastructure/ Workforce Development Policy Report Release

Then, join Reimagine Appalachia on Tuesday, March 19th at Noon ET for a webinar discussing a new report that will highlight opportunities to build the workforce while improving our region’s land and increasing our resiliency to climate change. Screenshot (95).png 4.87 MB • Download Register Here

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DEP Approves PennEnergy Resources 1.5 Million Gallon/Day Water Withdrawal

DEP Approves PennEnergy Resources 1.5 Million Gallon/Day Water Withdrawal For Shale Gas Drilling From Big Sewickley Creek In Beaver County On January 29, 2024, the Department of Environmental Protection notified PennEnergy Resources, LLC it had approved their request for a 1.5 million gallon per day water withdrawal and a permit to construct a water intake…

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New Report Chronicles Community Concerns, Priorities for Local Waters in Ohio River Basin

Report identifies community-driven restoration priorities to address pollution, clean water concerns in 14-state region. REPORT HERE: CINCINNATI, Ohio (February 13, 2024) — Toxic pollution. Sewage contamination. Flooding. These are some of the concerns people in the 14-state Ohio River region have about local waters, according to a new report, released today, by the Ohio River…

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Draft FY2025 River Budget from American Rivers and its partners

For the past few years American Rivers has provided a River Budget that outlines priorities for federal spending to ensure a future of clean water and healthy rivers everywhere, for everyone. Here is the report for FY 2024. While debate remains regarding the FY2024 federal budget, it will soon be time for President Biden to…

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The long road to Drinking Road Standards

Propublica published an article about the process for establishing Drinking Water Standards at the federal level and among several states: https://www.propublica.org/article/epa-safe-drinking-water-act-contaminants-regulation At its October meeting, the SWPAWN Drinking Water Standards Working Group identified the Pennsylvania process for establishing, monitoring and enforcing standards as a priority issue for additional learning and action.  The notes from the…

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Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory & Three Rivers Waterkeeper Release Analysis of Water Quality in Pittsburgh’s Tributaries

In 2021 the Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory and 3 Rivers Waterkeeper received funding from the University of Pittsburgh’s Year of Engagement Program to collect 100 samples from the tributaries that feed the Ohio, Monongahela, and Allegheny Rivers. Together they sampled 25 locations over four quarters from August 2021 to May 2022. The results show elevated levels…

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