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Water Policy News

A monthly Update from the Water Resources Education Network


NOTE: WREN has a NEW Website at www.waterwisepa.org, and as of March 2014, this site is no longer being maintained. Please go to our current website for local project information, and educational resources. Thank you.


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Fall 2012 (Oct)

  • Lessons Learned from WREN Projects
  • Link Up with Local Officials and Partners Now for 2013 WREN Grants, Register Now: What's Clean Water and How Do We Get It Back Seminar
  • Register Now! Tools of the Trade - Ensuring Clean Water for Future Generation
  • Groupon Grassroots Offers Unique Funding Opportunity
  • Congress Lets Farm Bill Expire
  • Democrat vs. Republican: Use American Values to Reach a Broader Audience
  • No More Burning Rivers: Conservation Organizations Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act
  • WREN Grantee Eastern Lancaster Coalition Recognized for Drinking Water Protection Efforts

September 2012

  • September Feature: MS-4 Establishing a Culture of Interagency Coordination
    DEP Environmental Education Grants Available!
  • Rochester, Minnesota Knows How to Throw a Party
  • DCNR to Require Leases from Gas Companies Drilling under Publicly-Owned Waterways
  • USGS Issues Report on Effects of Natural Gas Extraction on Farms and Forests
    Videos to Watch
  • Funding
  • Quick Links
  • Natural Gas Links
  • Save the Date

August 2012

  • August Feature: Water Suppliers Give Thumbs Up to Partnership in Lower Susquehanna River Basin
  • Contaminants Found in PA Waters According to USGS Report
  • Develop Your Skills with New Drinking Water Protection Webinar Series
  • Youth Water Educators Invited to "Dive Deeper" with Penn State Extension
  • DEP Offers Training for Residents with @Home Webinars
  • Schuylkill Shots Competition
  • Videos to Watch
  • Quick Links
  • Save the Date

July 2012

  • July Feature: Farm Bill - Protecting Environmental Compliance Programs - A Public Health Priority<
  • DEP Issues Drought Watch for 15 Western PA Counties
  • Bethlehem Authority's Historic Conservation Deal
  • No More Naked Storm Drains!
  • Shale Updates
  • Susquehanna Added to Historic Water-Trail
  • Why Are We Watering Concrete?
  • EPA Releases Materials on Innovative Activities
  • Quick Links
  • Save the Date

June 2012

  • June Feature: Tioga County SWP Coalition
  • Highlights from WREN Grantee June Meeting
  • WREN Opportunity Grants Available
  • Coming Soon: Public Comment Period on PA Water Quality Standards
  • NGWA Calls for Additional Federal Research on Hydraulic Fracturing
  • New Penn State Extension Water Resource Factsheets
  • Fish and Boat Commission Suggests Charging for River Water
  • EPA Launches College Competition for Innovative Stormwater Solutions
  • Quick Links
  • Save the Date

Spring 2012 (May 2012)

  • WREN Awards $65,000 to 15 Community Partnerships
  • WREN Conference to Connect the Dots
  • Early Warning System Protects Water Supplies at the Source, WREN Offers Free Workshop
  • , Philadelphia's "Green City
  • Clean Waters" Webinar
  • Jersey Shore Area Joint Water Authority Wins Award

April 2012

  • April Feature: Award-Winning Triple Divide Watershed Coalition
  • State Seeks Stream Cleanup Strategies
  • Clearfield County Uses Social Marketing Approach
  • The Green Streets Movement
  • 12,000 Rain Gardens
  • Funding Resource Helps Reduce Polluted Runoff
  • Saving a Stream? There's an App for That
  • New Tool Assists Preservation Efforts
  • New Webpage for Community Grant Resources
  • Watch
  • Quick Links
  • Save the Date

March 2012

  • March Feature: The River Alert Information Network
  • Profile on PA Source Water Protection Collaboration
  • Allegheny County Town Implements Stormwater Fee
  • Communities and Shale Gas Development
  • Conservancy Receives State Funding
  • State of the Mon Forum
  • Quick Links
  • Save the Date
  • Senate Approves Stormwater Utilities

Winter 2012 (February 2012)

  • A Look at PA Act 13 Oil & Gas Act Chang
  • On The Lighter Sid
  • 2011-2012 WREN Grantee Stormwater Too
  • National Ground Water Awareness Week
  • WREN Grant Applications Due

January 2012

  • WREN Announces 2012 Community Watershed Education & Source Water Protection Education Grant Round is Now Open
  • Grant Applications Due: March 23, 2012 Project Activities to take place July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013
  • Download Guidance and Applications at: /wren.palwv.org/grants/

November/December 2011

  • November/December Feature - New Stream Cleanup Model?
  • WREN Grants Available
  • Panel on Climate Change Issues Extreme Weather Report
  • Rooftops to Rivers Report
  • PAOneStop: Online System for Farm Mapping and Nutrient Management and E&S Planning
  • Marcellus Shale Drilling May Take Huge Chunks Out of PA Forest
  • Forests to Faucets Project Introduced
  • Philadelphia's Green City, Clean Waters Program Lifts City From Underdog to Champion
  • New Report Finds Power Plants Contributing to Water Stress
  • You Know Where the Grapes in Your Wine are From, But Do You Know Where Your Drinking Water Comes From?
  • Grants Available
  • Presentations from Recent Conferences
  • Quick Links
  • Save the Date

Fall 2011 (October 20122)

  • Engage Municipal Partners
  • Lesson Learned
  • Stormwater Webinar
  • Create Your Own Water Protection Brochure
  • Drinking Water Protection Education classes coming with PSAB/PMPEI/PA DEP & WREN
  • EPA Launches Mapping Tool for Enforcement Informatio
  • RiverSafe Rain Barrels

September 2011

  • September Feature - PENNVEST Funding Available to Address Polluted Runoff
  • DEP Announces Greater Local Flexibility for Municipal Stormwater Permits
  • Protect Family Health with Water Well Testing
  • Volunteers Needed to Help with Private Well Testing in 8 Counties
  • October 29, 2011 - Third Nationwide Drug Take Back Day
  • Chesapeake Commons Gives Google Earth-like Capabilities for Chesapeake Bay
  • Schuylkill Action Network (SAN) Annual Meeting - November 4, 2011
  • Lancaster County Clean Water Consortium Fall Series
  • Upcoming Events and Funding
  • Quick links

August 2011

  • August Feature - Is Hydrofracking Worth The Risk?
  • Tracking the Frac
  • Local Drinking Water Coalitions FormPA Chapter APA offers natural gas webcast
  • Third National Drug Take-Back Day Planned Oct. 29, 2011
  • Dauphin County Conservation District Launches Streamside Buffer Project
  • Lehigh Valley Clean Water Summit 9/29/11
  • Lancaster County Clean Water Consortium Fall Series
  • Stormwater Conferences in Philadelphia
  • Quick links

June 2011

  • June Feature - Rodale Eco-Center
  • Highlights of WREN meeting
  • Updated Nonpoint Source Toolbox
  • Drug Take-Back Day a Success
  • Water Impacts of Fracking
  • Adams Co. Water Resources
  • Childrens Groundwater Festival
  • Northwest Workshops
  • Stormwater conferences in Philadelphia
  • Quick links

Spring 2011 (May 2011)

  • WREN Awards $71,723
  • WREN Meeting- June 14-15
  • June Workshops in Elk Co.
  • Art and Rain Barrels
  • Plumbing codes and BMP's conflict
  • Working Woodlands

April 2011

  • April Feature - Energy and water
  • Drug Takeback Day
  • WREN Drinking Water workshop
  • SourcewaterPA website
  • Delaware Drinking Water Forum proceedings
  • Rain Gardens in Spring
  • Lehigh Valley Clean Water Summit
  • Quick links

Feb-March 2011

  • March Feature - Drug Takeback Day
  • February Feature - Deicer
  • Marcellus Resources
  • Marcellus Monitoring
  • WREN Grants
  • Quick links

Winter 2011 (Juanuary 2011)

  • Delaware Common Waters Fund
  • March calendar
  • Schuylkill Watershed Congress
  • Drug Takeback Day
  • Blair County Conservation Planner
  • York County Circuit Rider
  • Festival Volunteers needed

December 2010

  • December Feature is Posted
  • WREN Grants 2011-2012
  • DCNR C2P2 Grant Workshops
  • PA Watersheds 2011 grant schedule
  • Factory Farm maps
  • Quick links

November 2010

  • November Feature is Posted
  • Philly Water Dept's Spokesdog
  • Nutrients in Streams
  • Rivers At Risk
  • Water and Energy Use
  • Arctic Climate Changes
  • Protecting PA's Rivers and water
  • Quick links: November 2010

Fall 2010 (October 2010)

  • Chesapeake Bay Meetings
  • White Clay Watershed
  • Water Quality Data from Susquehanna Basin
  • New York City Green Infrastructure
  • NESC Goes Green
  • Climate Action Plan

September 2010

  • September Feature is Posted
  • Pharmaceuticals and Drinking Water
  • USGS: Urbanization and Streams
  • "Web Sprint" helps build websites
  • Buffer regulations in effect soon
  • Penn State Marcellus webinars
  • Quick links: new publications, fall calendar

August 2010

  • August Feature is Posted
  • WREN Opportunity Grants
  • State Water Plan progress
  • Conservation Leadership material
  • Penn State Marcellus webinars
  • Quick links: new publications, fall calendar, CarrotMob

July 2010

  • July Feature is Posted
  • Big Money Drives Marcellus Shale
  • FracTracker website goes live
  • Discovery Watersheds website
  • Webinars on Marcellus shale gas
  • Quick links: WREN, DCNR, shaleblog

June 2010

  • June Feature is Posted
  • WREN Projects Wrap-Up
  • WREN Conference presentations available
  • Webinars on Marcelus shale gas
  • Quick links: DCNR, Tree Calculator

Spring 2010 (May 2010

  • WREN Awards $50,000
  • WREN Conference in June
  • Delaware Drilling Moratorium
  • Ohiopyle Green Project
  • E. Fallowfield Rain Garden

April 2010

  • April Feature is Posted
  • Environmental Toxins in the News
  • Change when Change is Hard
  • Groundwater Recharge Report
  • Marcellus Shale Gas Webinars
  • WREN Opportunity Grants Available
  • Western PA Source Water Protection Workshops
  • WREN Watershed Education Grants
  • Quick links: WREN, DCNR, National Drinking Water Week

March 2010

  • Western PA Source Water Protection Workshops
  • March Feature is Posted
  • WREN Opportunity Grants Available
  • SRBC Posts Real-Time Data
  • PA Water Symposium May 5-6
  • USGS Tracks Water Supply Contaminants
  • -C-SAW Technical Assistance for Watersheds
  • WREN Watershed Education Grants
  • Quick links: WREN, EPA WaterSense

February 2010

  • WREN Source Water Protection Workshop
  • February Feature is Posted
  • Program pays landowners
  • Stormwater Videos on YouTube
  • Green Streets on the Web
  • Comment on Stormwater Rules
  • WREN Watershed Education Grants
  • Quick links: WREN, USGS, Chesapeake TMDL

Winter 2010 Januarry (2010)

  • Message from WREN Project Director
  • What is 'Readability'
  • Social Marketing Tips
  • Water Symposium in May - Abstracts wanted
  • Allentown, a Case Study in Cooperation
  • Choose Clean Water
  • Quck link- Watershed grants

December 2009

  • December Feature is Posted
  • WREN Watershed Education Grants
  • PA TDS Regulations
  • Rain Urn, Signs and more

November 2009

  • November Feature is Posted
  • Green Infrastructure Resources
  • Villanova Stormwater Presentations
  • Small Grants yield Big Results
  • SRBC Water Quality Monitoring

Fall 2009 (October 2009)

  • Total Dissolved Solids
  • New York Times Toxic Water
  • Rain Gardens Grow
  • Critical Water Planning Area Hearings

September 2009

  • September Feature is Posted
  • Outreach Tools from WREN Projects
  • Fall Water Events
  • Coldwater Heritage Grants
  • CBF Challenges Drilling Permit
  • Popular Pubs Reprinted

August 2009

  • August Feature is Posted WREN Conference info posted
  • REAP Applications Due
  • Popular Pubs Reprinted
  • WREN Offers Opportunity Grants

July 2009

  • July Feature is Posted
  • WREN Offers Opportunity Grants
  • Marcellus Shale and Water Webinar
  • Chesapeake Bay and Public Health
  • People's Choice Awards

Spring (June 2009)

  • WREN Leaders Gather
  • Lebanon's Greenfest
  • RAIN Receives Grant
  • McKean Plarmaceutical Collection
  • State Water Atlas Complete

May 2009

  • May Feature is Posted
  • WREN Announces Watershed Education Grants
  • Opportunity Grants Available

April 2009

  • April Feature is posted
  • Federal Stimulus Money for Green Projects
  • Professional Geologists Marcellus Shale Program
  • USGS Study of Private Wells
  • EPA "Healthy Watersheds" Initiative
  • WREN Offers Opportunity Grants

March 2009

  • Two Source Water Protection Workshops Planned
  • WREN offers Opportunity Grants
  • March Feature posted on WREN website
  • PA American Water Grants Available
  • State Water Plan Available

January 2009

  • WREN Grants Available
  • Penn State offers WEb series on gas exploration issues
  • WREN website adds Search Feature
  • Save the Date - April 8 - WREN Source Water Protection Workshop

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