Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

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Mission: The Department of Environmental Protections's duty begins of course with Article I, Section 27 of Pennsylvania's Constitution. Our mission is to protect Pennsylvania’s air, land, and water from pollution and to provide for the health and safety of our citizens. We are to guarantee that all Pennsylvanians have a safe, healthy environment. We are to work as partners with individuals, organizations, governments and businesses to achieve a balance in preventing pollution and protecting our natural resources, while carrying out these responsibilities in a fair and timely manner that respects both the environment and the regulated community, and is deserving of the public’s trust. DEP does that for today's generation and every generation of Pennsylvanians yet to come.

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The Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board (EQB) is now accepting comments on the proposal for Pennsylvania to take pa...
12/15/2020

The Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board (EQB) is now accepting comments on the proposal for Pennsylvania to take part in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to reduce climate change pollution from electric power plants. #RGGI

Learn more ➡️ dep.pa.gov/rggi

PA Emergency Management Agency
12/15/2020

PA Emergency Management Agency

📢 PA WEATHER UPDATE 12/15/20: We're just about 24 hours away from the first flakes of this storm in Pennsylvania. 🌨️ This is going to be a high impact snow storm across the state.

❄️ Snow arrives Wednesday (12/16) midday-afternoon
❄️ Heavy snow Wednesday (12/16) evening
❄️ Snow races out Thursday (12/17) morning

🚫🚗 AVOID TRAVEL Wednesday PM through Thursday AM (12/16-12/17). #PAWX

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
12/14/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Voting is now open for the 2021 PA River of the Year! 🛶

DCNR and the PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers recognize a waterway each year to raise awareness about the value of PA’s waterways and to increase stewardship of these important resources.

The winning river receives a grant to fund conservation, education, and recreation activities in celebration.

Voting is open until Friday, Jan. 22 ➡️ bit.ly/3nklZ4g
#PARiverOfTheYear

12/14/2020
Go Green for the Holidays!

Looking for ways to make your holidays more sustainable? Choose gifts that support your community, and shop safely this season!

🎁 Buy online
🎁 Use curbside or delivery services
🎁 Get gift cards

Find more tips for safe holiday celebrations
❄️➡️ https://bit.ly/3q0Y4IR

Every day across Pennsylvania, citizens, organizations, and businesses are working to improve our environment. If that's...
12/14/2020

Every day across Pennsylvania, citizens, organizations, and businesses are working to improve our environment. If that's you, consider applying for the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. The application deadline is December 21!

The Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence is open to any Pennsylvania business, farm, government agency, educational institution, non-profit organization and individual that has created, or participated in, the development of a project that promotes environmental stewardship and economic development in Pennsylvania.

Learn more and apply:
➡️ http://bit.ly/2UIYV50

12/14/2020
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)

PennDOT is responsible for maintaining the highways and
bridges that you use every day. It is a responsibility we take very seriously. It falls on us to ensure the public’s drive is reliable and safe, no matter where you are going. That means maintaining, restoring and expanding:

🛣 Nearly 40,000 miles of highways
🌉 Roughly 25,000 bridges

As our responsibility and funding gap grows, it is clear we need to re-evaluate what transportation funding looks like in Pennsylvania. Learn more and provide feedback at www.penndot.gov/funding. #FundingFriday

Pennsylvania Department of Health
12/10/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Health

🆕 Protecting Pennsylvanians: Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today announced new mitigation efforts to help stop the spread of #COVID19, effective at 12:01 am on 12/12/2020 until 8 am on 1/4/2021:

▪️ Indoor dining is prohibited; outdoor dining, take-out food service and take-out alcohol sales are permitted
▪️ Indoor gatherings/events of more than 10 people are prohibited
▪️ Outdoor gatherings/events of more than 50 persons are prohibited
▪️ In-person businesses serving the public may only operate at up to 50% capacity
▪️ Indoor operations at gyms/fitness facilities are prohibited
▪️ All in-person businesses in the entertainment industry serving the public within a building/indoor are prohibited from operation
▪️ Voluntary activities sponsored/approved by school entity's governing body or administration are suspended (may be held virtually)
▪️ All sports at K-12 public schools, nonpublic schools, private schools and club, travel, recreational, intermural + intramural sports are paused

ℹ️: https://bit.ly/3nkeoTr

Rainwater carries litter to streams and rivers. Please dispose of masks, gloves, and other trash properly!#MaskUpPA 😷 an...
12/10/2020

Rainwater carries litter to streams and rivers. Please dispose of masks, gloves, and other trash properly!

#MaskUpPA 😷 and #LeaveNoTrace 🚮

DYK? Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant (AFIG) projects promote and build markets for advanced, renewable and alternative ...
12/10/2020

DYK? Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant (AFIG) projects promote and build markets for advanced, renewable and alternative energy transportation technologies.

Applications close for the 2020 AFIG program on December 11!

Learn more and apply today.
➡️ https://bit.ly/3a5tVTl

The Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board (EQB) is now accepting comments on the proposal for Pennsylvania to take pa...
12/09/2020

The Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board (EQB) is now accepting comments on the proposal for Pennsylvania to take part in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to reduce climate change pollution from electric power plants. #RGGI

Learn more ➡️ dep.pa.gov/rggi

📣 The deadline to apply for DEP's 2021 Environmental Education Grants Program is approaching! Applications will be accep...
12/09/2020

📣 The deadline to apply for DEP's 2021 Environmental Education Grants Program is approaching! Applications will be accepted through December 11, 2020.
Learn more and apply today!

📚🌱➡️ https://bit.ly/2JW8t84
Pennsylvania Department of Education

Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority Provides $1.7 Million in COVID-19 Restart Grants to 11 Clean Energy and Energy...
12/08/2020

Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority Provides $1.7 Million in COVID-19 Restart Grants to 11 Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Statewide: https://bit.ly/3n0lqMC

Five businesses, two municipalities, two school districts, and two nonprofit organizations received grants for a variety of building and transportation projects that had broken ground or were in advanced planning stages before being disrupted by the pandemic.

Grants may support re-hiring workers or hiring additional workers to complete the project quickly, making immediate equipment payments to restart the supply chain, and, most importantly, restarting a project that otherwise likely would not have been completed due to the disruption caused by the pandemic.

The funded projects are located in urban and rural areas in eight counties, and seven are in or will serve Environmental Justice communities. The projects include innovative high-performance buildings, the first solar array to be owned by the City of Erie, energy efficiency lighting installations at businesses, and municipal electric vehicle chargers. Several projects incorporate student and public education on clean energy.

“The variety of these funded projects demonstrates the exciting potential of clean energy here and now, and reflects the growing interest that municipalities, businesses, and organizations around the state have in the benefits of clean energy,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.

DYK? Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant (AFIG) projects promote and build markets for advanced, renewable and alternative ...
12/08/2020

DYK? Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant (AFIG) projects promote and build markets for advanced, renewable and alternative energy transportation technologies.

Applications close for the 2020 AFIG program on December 11! Learn more and apply today.
➡️ https://bit.ly/3a5tVTl

Pennsylvania Department of Health
12/07/2020
Pennsylvania Department of Health

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Join the fight to stop the spread of #COVID19.

Learn more about COVID Alert PA and download the app for your smartphone here: pa.gov/covid/covid-alert-pa

Climate change is the most critical environmental threat facing the world. Many climate-related changes are projected if...
12/07/2020

Climate change is the most critical environmental threat facing the world. Many climate-related changes are projected if we don't reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.

Learn more about the impacts of climate change in Pennsylvania: https://bit.ly/2VaRPEG

📣 The deadline to apply for DEP's 2021 Environmental Education Grants Program is approaching! Applications will be accep...
12/07/2020

📣 The deadline to apply for DEP's 2021 Environmental Education Grants Program is approaching! Applications will be accepted through December 11, 2020.

Learn more and apply today!
📚🌱➡️ https://bit.ly/2JW8t84

Pennsylvania Department of Education

DYK? Particulate matter (PM) is a type of air pollution that can cause health problems and contributes to environmental ...
12/04/2020

DYK? Particulate matter (PM) is a type of air pollution that can cause health problems and contributes to environmental damage, such as increasing the acidity of our waters and depleting nutrients in our soil.

So what exactly is particulate matter and what can you do about it? Learn more on our blog.
➡️ https://bit.ly/3gahGpn

12/03/2020
Holiday Like a Hellbender

COVID-19 cases are reaching a critical level here in PA.

Please stay safe this holiday season by staying home as much as possible, wearing a mask indoors and outdoors when away from home, and not joining or hosting large gatherings.

Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/3q0Y4IR

PA Emergency Management Agency
12/02/2020

PA Emergency Management Agency

As communities across Pennsylvania increasingly experience flooding caused by intense, short-duration storms due to climate change, Governor Tom Wolf today announced executive actions that will support communities that are impacted by flooding.

“We cannot depend on federal aid as a reliable source of funding to recover from disasters, since the thresholds to qualify for assistance increase every year,” said PEMA Director Randy Padfield.

“Federal data shows that every dollar spent on mitigation saves on average, six dollars in recovery, so mitigation not only saves lives and property but it’s also the fiscally smart thing to do.”

Learn more: https://bit.ly/39EXYRl

Climate change is the most critical environmental threat facing the world. Many climate-related changes are projected if...
12/02/2020

Climate change is the most critical environmental threat facing the world. Many climate-related changes are projected if we don't reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.

Learn more about the impacts of climate change in Pennsylvania: https://bit.ly/2VaRPEG

Pennsylvania has seen a 10 percent increase in average yearly precipitation over the last century. By 2050, the average ...
12/02/2020
Gov. Wolf Announces Plan to Address Flooding Caused by Climate Change

Pennsylvania has seen a 10 percent increase in average yearly precipitation over the last century. By 2050, the average yearly precipitation is projected to increase by another 8 percent.

As communities across PA increasingly experience flooding caused by climate change, Gov. Wolf today announced executive actions that will support communities that are impacted.

12/02/2020
Governor Tom Wolf

Governor Tom Wolf

This time of year can be tough on Pennsylvanians who are trying to make ends meet, struggling with mental health, or who may need food assistance.

COVID-19 has made this even more difficult, but help is available for those who need it:

❄️️Home heating assistance: on.pa.gov/37LztOc
💡 Utility assistance: on.pa.gov/33xRpfo
🤝 Homeless Assistance Program: on.pa.gov/3f47cXU
🏠 Housing and shelter help: pa211.org/get-help/housing-shelter
🍏 Food assistance resource guide: agriculture.pa.gov/food_security
🐾 Pet food pantries: https://on.pa.gov/33xATwc
💼 Unemployment benefits guide: pa.gov/unemployment
🧠 Mental health resource guide: pa.gov/mental-health
🏥 Opioid use disorder resource guide: pa.gov/opioids
🎖 Veterans resource guide: pa.gov/veterans

Did you know some bees and butterflies can live under leaf cover throughout the winter? Fallen leaves also absorb rain a...
12/01/2020

Did you know some bees and butterflies can live under leaf cover throughout the winter? Fallen leaves also absorb rain and release moisture back into soil and plants as they decompose. Leave some leaves, your yard will love you for it!

Learn more 🍂🍁➡️ https://bit.ly/3f7Lr9O

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps families living on low incomes pay their heating bills in t...
12/01/2020

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps families living on low incomes pay their heating bills in the form of a cash grant.

Apply now and keep your home warm all winter long!
❄️🏠➡️ http://bit.ly/LIHEAPPA

Penn State Extension Renewable Natural Resources Team
11/30/2020
Penn State Extension Renewable Natural Resources Team

Penn State Extension Renewable Natural Resources Team

Do you manage your property in a way to reduce stormwater runoff and pollution, conserve water, and provide beneficial habitat for wildlife and pollinators? Your property may qualify for a newly developed Watershed-Friendly Property Certification! This statewide certification program is a collaboration between Penn State Extension Master Watershed Stewards and The Nurture Nature Center and was funded by a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Environmental Education Grant. Check out the link for more information or tune in LIVE on Friday at 3:30 PM to learn more!

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
11/30/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

❄️🌬️🏠 It's getting colder and winter is right around the corner! Do you need help with your heating bills? If so, you may qualify for cash grants through the LIHEAP program.

Apply today and keep your family warm all year long: bit.ly/LIHEAPPA

The Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board (EQB) is now accepting comments on the proposal for Pennsylvania to take pa...
11/30/2020

The Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board (EQB) is now accepting comments on the proposal for Pennsylvania to take part in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to reduce climate change pollution from electric power plants. #RGGI

Learn more ➡️ dep.pa.gov/rggi

Woerth It Hollow helps veterans, rescued horses, and streams in Lancaster County. DEP was pleased to support their Veter...
11/30/2020

Woerth It Hollow helps veterans, rescued horses, and streams in Lancaster County. DEP was pleased to support their Veterans Day project: volunteers planted 500 trees and shrubs to reduce erosion and pollution in Coopers Run. High five for Healthy Waters, Healthy Communities!

#HealthyWatersPA
Lancaster Clean Water Partners

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
11/26/2020

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Happy Thanksgiving, Pennsylvania! 🦃🍁

11/25/2020
Holiday Like a Hellbender

COVID-19 cases are reaching a critical level here in Pennsylvania.

Please stay safe this holiday season by staying home as much as possible, wearing a mask indoors and outdoors when away from home, and not joining or hosting large gatherings.

Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/3q0Y4IR

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
11/24/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

This holiday won't be the same for many of us, so why not start a new tradition and head outdoors for Thanksgiving?

Pennsylvania has more than 12,000 miles of trails to explore ➡ http://trails.dcnr.pa.gov #ExplorePATrails #OptOutside

Rainwater carries litter to streams and rivers. Please dispose of masks, gloves, and other trash properly!#MaskUpPA 😷 an...
11/24/2020

Rainwater carries litter to streams and rivers. Please dispose of masks, gloves, and other trash properly!

#MaskUpPA 😷 and #LeaveNoTrace 🚮

PA Emergency Management Agency
11/24/2020

PA Emergency Management Agency

The safest way to celebrate the holidays is with your immediate household.
✔ Host a virtual meal
✔ Deliver food with no contact
✔ Send recipes to friends and family
✔ Don’t gather with those outside of household

Find more #COVID19 holiday safety tips ➡️ https://bit.ly/3m1gvL5

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