May 16 – Act 48 Watershed Teaching Tools for Educators – Workshops in Westmoreland County

Penn State Extension provides a variety of non-formal education opportunities across Pennsylvania to a wide range of audiences. On May 16th, at 1:00 PM and 5:30 PM we are holding free “train-the-trainer” programs at the Westmoreland County Extension Office in Greensburg, PA to introduce two curriculum activity kits to educators that would like to add…

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April 18 Lunch & Learn: Water IS Life.

This year the Black Appalachian Coalition and the Ohio River Valley Institute have been hosting a lunch & learn series on the impacts of petrochemical development on Black communities in Appalachia.   Session 1 gave an overview and presented the concept that Health is a Human Right. Session 2 in March addressed air pollution: health…

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EPA PFAS MCL for Drinking Water

Earlier today EPA finalized a National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) establishing legally enforceable levels, called Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs), for six PFAS in drinking water. PFOA, PFOS, PFHxS, PFNA, and HFPO-DA as contaminants with individual MCLs, and PFAS mixtures containing at least two or more of PFHxS, PFNA, HFPO-DA, and PFBS using a Hazard…

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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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Water Infrastructure Financing Workshop – April 18

Join the Southwestern Pennsylvania Water Network and its partners at the next Municipal Water Infrastructure Financing Workshop, April 18 at Butler County Community College.  The workshop is designed to empower communities and the entire water sector with the knowledge and tools to enhance public water systems sustainably.  Hosted by leading experts in the field, this…

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Build Your Leadership Skills — an opportunity

I’m sharing an opportunity to learn leadership and facilitation skills virtually this spring.  Facilitating Engaging Meetings is a 3-part online program designed to increase your understanding of meeting facilitation skills through guided and interactive workshop sessions.  Participants in this program from the Institute for Conservation Leadership (ICL) will benefit from a peer learning environment and…

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Opportunity for local organizations through River Network

River Network is looking to launch new  Community-Led Research (CLR) projects and Leadership Development (LD) programs in partnership with local organizations. Selected organizations receive up to $8,000 in funding and direct technical assistance to advance their project. We are particularly interested in partnering with organizations that are: 1. working to advance climate resilience, 2. focused…

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Municipal Infrastructure Financing Workshop | April 18

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Water Network’s next Municipal Water Infrastructure Financing Workshop is April 18 at the Butler County Community College.  The workshop is designed to empower communities to attract the federal and state funding and tools to enhance public water systems sustainably.  Attendees will learn the secrets to financing resilient water infrastructure and building quality…

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Canoe Access Development Fund application period is open to April 26

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is seeking grant applications for its Canoe Access Development Fund (CADF), which supports projects that will improve canoe and kayak access to Western Pennsylvania’s waterways. The Conservancy’s CADF provides technical assistance and grants of up to $5,000 for the construction and enhancement of canoe and kayak access locations. Founded in 2008…

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Finding funds for Natural Infrastructure and Source Water Protection

The Source Water Collaborative is hosting a webinar in early April to help local leaders access federal funds for local water stewardship. The SWC webinar, April 10, 2024, from 2:30 – 4:00pm (eastern time), is “Demystifying How to Access Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) Funds for Source Water Protection and Natural Infrastructure.“ It is the second…

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