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05/07/2021
Air Quality Health Tips

Local air quality affects how you breathe and how you live. The Air Quality Index (AQI) tells you how clean or polluted the air really is. Like the weather, it can change from day to day or even hour to hour.

Learn more, and be #AirAware!
➡️ http://bit.ly/2vw0S5F
#AQAW2021

Find out how to organize or join a cleanup or beautification event near you at gacofpa.org. Register to get free bags, g...
05/07/2021

Find out how to organize or join a cleanup or beautification event near you at gacofpa.org. Register to get free bags, gloves, and safety vests!

#PickUpPA2021 #KeepPennsylvaniaBeautiful

Just a reminder about our #PickUpPA Video Contest for all our registered events like this one in Clarion County cleanup in East Brady. You have a chance to win up to $200 payable to your school, business organization or charity of your choice. All info can be found at this link: https://gacofpa.org/video-contest/
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Timeline Photos
05/07/2021

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Litter is a problem in Pennsylvania. When trash is left on the side of the road, it can clog storm drains and negatively impact the environment. Dispose of your trash responsibly.

DEP to Receive Comments, Host Virtual Public Hearing on Amendment Applications for Mariner East 2 Pipeline, Chester Coun...
05/07/2021

DEP to Receive Comments, Host Virtual Public Hearing on Amendment Applications for Mariner East 2 Pipeline, Chester County: https://bit.ly/3f04EL4

DEP to Receive Comments, Host Virtual Public Hearing on Amendment Applications for Mariner East 2 Pipeline, Chester County: https://bit.ly/3f04EL4

DYK? DEP meteorologists have begun issuing daily Air Quality Index (AQI) forecasts for ozone for 2021, along with the ye...
05/06/2021

DYK? DEP meteorologists have begun issuing daily Air Quality Index (AQI) forecasts for ozone for 2021, along with the year-round daily AQI forecasts for fine particulate matter. Sign up for air quality forecasting at www.enviroflash.info!
#AQAW2021

DYK? DEP meteorologists have begun issuing daily Air Quality Index (AQI) forecasts for ozone for 2021, along with the year-round daily AQI forecasts for fine particulate matter. Sign up for air quality forecasting at www.enviroflash.info!
#AQAW2021

05/06/2021

Keep your online accounts secure with these 4 tips for stronger passwords:

1⃣ Create long and complex passwords
2⃣ Use different passwords for each account
3⃣ Don't recycle passwords
4⃣ Use two-factor authentication

More tips: bit.ly/3xR91R0

#WorldPasswordDay

DYK? Burning household trash can impact your health, and the health of your family, neighbors, and pets. It also creates...
05/06/2021

DYK? Burning household trash can impact your health, and the health of your family, neighbors, and pets. It also creates a fire risk!
Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/3frdDEt
#AQAW2021

DYK? Burning household trash can impact your health, and the health of your family, neighbors, and pets. It also creates a fire risk!
Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/3frdDEt
#AQAW2021

05/06/2021
Harrisburg's peregrine falcon nestlings

#HbgFalcons nestlings grow up quickly! Check out our latest Falcon Wire update to learn about our upcoming Falcon Watch and Rescue program and catch up with all the news from the ledge at dep.pa.gov/falconwire.

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05/05/2021
Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment 2021

Pennsylvania’s average temperature will be 5.9° F higher by midcentury, with significant consequences for the health and safety of Pennsylvanians, especially those living in Environmental Justice communities, and for ecosystems, agriculture and other areas, according to Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment 2021.

DEP, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture held a virtual news conference to discuss the Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment 2021, released today by the Wolf Administration.

Learn more about climate change in Pennsylvania at dep.pa.gov/climate.

Today at 3:00! Join DEP, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Pennsylvania Department of A...
05/05/2021

Today at 3:00! Join DEP, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for a virtual news conference on the Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment 2021.

Watch live right here on our page.

Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/3vHUJ3f

Today at 3:00! Join DEP, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for a virtual news conference on the Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment 2021.

Watch live right here on our page.

Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/3vHUJ3f

Gov. Wolf: 2021 Climate Impacts Report Projects Pennsylvania Will Be 5.9° F Warmer by Midcentury, Targets Areas to Reduc...
05/05/2021

Gov. Wolf: 2021 Climate Impacts Report Projects Pennsylvania Will Be 5.9° F Warmer by Midcentury, Targets Areas to Reduce Risk
➡️ https://bit.ly/3vHUJ3f

“On our current path, the Pennsylvania our children and grandchildren inherit will be very different from the one we grew up in and continue to enjoy today,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “We simply cannot afford to ignore the warning signs, and this report underscores the critical need to take action to reduce emissions and do our part to address climate change.”

Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment 2021 uses federal, state, and local data to show the trend of rising temperatures and increasing rainfall and project how it will continue into midcentury (2041-2070) and beyond, if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t reduced. The extent of impacts, from limited to catastrophic, is projected for numerous aspects of life in Pennsylvania.

Rising average temperature and increased occurrences of heatwaves and heavy rainfall events are the three highest-risk climate changes. Compared to a 1971-2000 baseline, the statewide average annual temperature is projected to be 5.9° F hotter by midcentury.

More heat waves will occur, with the average number of days over 90° F each year increasing to 37 days and, in some areas, 60 days by midcentury, compared with 5 days annually in 1971-2000. It’s projected that at least 10 days per year will be hotter than 95° F by midcentury, compared with an average of one day annually in 1971-2000.

An 8 percent increase in precipitation by midcentury is projected, primarily in the form of more frequent heavy and extreme rainfall events. Average annual precipitation was 44 inches in 1971-2000. This is projected to increase to 47 inches by mid-century, with winter and spring seasons becoming warmer and wetter. While overall it may rain less frequently, it’ll rain more often than snow and it’ll rain more intensely causing localized flooding events, landslides, and impacts to infrastructure.

Inland flooding and coastal sea level rise will result. Water levels on the 56-mile coastline along the Delaware estuary are expected to rise 2.1 feet by mid-century. In Lake Erie, water levels will fluctuate, from low levels to record high levels, such as seen in 2019.

“Data show that Pennsylvania’s average temperature has been rising, heavy rainfall events are increasing, and these climate changes will continue with considerable impact on our lives and economy by midcentury,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Reducing greenhouse gas pollution must be done quickly to stave off the most dire impacts of climate change. The Wolf administration is leading by example to reduce these harmful emissions. By specifying areas where climate change impacts are projected to be greatest, the Climate Impacts Assessment enables government, business, and community leaders to prioritize adaptation actions.”

Gov. Wolf: 2021 Climate Impacts Report Projects Pennsylvania Will Be 5.9° F Warmer by Midcentury, Targets Areas to Reduce Risk
➡️ https://bit.ly/3vHUJ3f

“On our current path, the Pennsylvania our children and grandchildren inherit will be very different from the one we grew up in and continue to enjoy today,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “We simply cannot afford to ignore the warning signs, and this report underscores the critical need to take action to reduce emissions and do our part to address climate change.”

Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment 2021 uses federal, state, and local data to show the trend of rising temperatures and increasing rainfall and project how it will continue into midcentury (2041-2070) and beyond, if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t reduced. The extent of impacts, from limited to catastrophic, is projected for numerous aspects of life in Pennsylvania.

Rising average temperature and increased occurrences of heatwaves and heavy rainfall events are the three highest-risk climate changes. Compared to a 1971-2000 baseline, the statewide average annual temperature is projected to be 5.9° F hotter by midcentury.

More heat waves will occur, with the average number of days over 90° F each year increasing to 37 days and, in some areas, 60 days by midcentury, compared with 5 days annually in 1971-2000. It’s projected that at least 10 days per year will be hotter than 95° F by midcentury, compared with an average of one day annually in 1971-2000.

An 8 percent increase in precipitation by midcentury is projected, primarily in the form of more frequent heavy and extreme rainfall events. Average annual precipitation was 44 inches in 1971-2000. This is projected to increase to 47 inches by mid-century, with winter and spring seasons becoming warmer and wetter. While overall it may rain less frequently, it’ll rain more often than snow and it’ll rain more intensely causing localized flooding events, landslides, and impacts to infrastructure.

Inland flooding and coastal sea level rise will result. Water levels on the 56-mile coastline along the Delaware estuary are expected to rise 2.1 feet by mid-century. In Lake Erie, water levels will fluctuate, from low levels to record high levels, such as seen in 2019.

“Data show that Pennsylvania’s average temperature has been rising, heavy rainfall events are increasing, and these climate changes will continue with considerable impact on our lives and economy by midcentury,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Reducing greenhouse gas pollution must be done quickly to stave off the most dire impacts of climate change. The Wolf administration is leading by example to reduce these harmful emissions. By specifying areas where climate change impacts are projected to be greatest, the Climate Impacts Assessment enables government, business, and community leaders to prioritize adaptation actions.”

05/05/2021

This is a wake-up call.

On our current path, Pennsylvania will soon be 5.9° F hotter and parts of our coast will be submerged in 2.1 feet of water, according to Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's climate report.

We can reduce the impacts of climate change, but we must act now: dep.pa.gov/climate.

Find a Pick Up Pennsylvania spring cleanup event near you at gacofpa.org!#PickUpPA2021
05/05/2021

Find a Pick Up Pennsylvania spring cleanup event near you at gacofpa.org!
#PickUpPA2021

Don’t let Pennsylvania’s beautiful wild flowers grow in a sea of trash. Do your part by participating in a Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful PICK UP PENNSYLVANIA spring cleanup event in your community. Find one near you! https://gacofpa.org/ #pickupPA2021
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DYK? Particulate matter (PM) is a type of air pollution that can cause health problems and contributes to environmental ...
05/05/2021

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.

When thinking about air quality or air pollution, it's important to understand particulate matter, or PM.
Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/3gahGpn
#AQAW2021

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.

When thinking about air quality or air pollution, it's important to understand particulate matter, or PM.
Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/3gahGpn
#AQAW2021

Tomorrow: Wolf Administration to Announce Projected Climate Impact RisksJoin DEP, Pennsylvania Department of Conservatio...
05/04/2021

Tomorrow: Wolf Administration to Announce Projected Climate Impact Risks

Join DEP, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for the Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment announcement right here on our page at 3:00 PM.

Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/33bQAZr

Tomorrow: Wolf Administration to Announce Projected Climate Impact Risks

Join DEP, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for the Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment announcement right here on our page at 3:00 PM.

Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/33bQAZr

Can you tell what color the air is today? The Air Quality Index (AQI) provides standardized color codes for forecasting ...
05/04/2021

Can you tell what color the air is today? The Air Quality Index (AQI) provides standardized color codes for forecasting and reporting daily air quality. Sign up for DEP’s air quality forecasting to get updates on air quality at enviroflash.info!

#AQAW2021

Can you tell what color the air is today? The Air Quality Index (AQI) provides standardized color codes for forecasting and reporting daily air quality. Sign up for DEP’s air quality forecasting to get updates on air quality at enviroflash.info!

#AQAW2021

05/04/2021

The Governor Tom Wolf Administration, in coordination with the COVID-19 Vaccine Joint Task Force, announced today that mitigation orders except masking will be lifted on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 at 12:01 AM. Read more: https://bit.ly/3h1rwMQ

05/04/2021

Help conserve Pennsylvania state parks and forests by leaving no trash behind when you visit. Join us on the Green Side! 💚♻️

#LeaveNoTrash #KeepPABeautiful #MayThe4thBeWithYou

Governor Tom Wolf has awarded the Governor’s Award of Excellence to two employees of the Pennsylvania DEP: Jill Whitcomb...
05/04/2021
Gov. Wolf Recognizes Two DEP Employees for Efforts to Restore Chesapeake Bay Watershed, Combat Climate Change

Governor Tom Wolf has awarded the Governor’s Award of Excellence to two employees of the Pennsylvania DEP: Jill Whitcomb, director of the Chesapeake Bay Office, and Heidi Kunka, Energy Program specialist, for their successful efforts to improve the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and implement local climate action plans.

“These awards are recognition of the tremendous work that both Jill and Heidi have made not just to DEP but to Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “Both of them have shown the importance of collaboration with local governments to achieve results that are going to make Pennsylvania a better place.”

“Both Jill and Heidi are tackling some of the biggest issues to face the Department of Environmental Protection, and are bringing new ideas to address them,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “I am proud to call them my colleagues and am very pleased that their work is being recognized.”

Gov. Wolf has awarded the Governor’s Award of Excellence to two employees of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Can you tell what color the air is today? To coincide with Air Quality Awareness Week, DEP meteorologists have begun iss...
05/03/2021

Can you tell what color the air is today? To coincide with Air Quality Awareness Week, DEP meteorologists have begun issuing daily Air Quality Index (AQI) forecasts for ozone for 2021, along with the year-round daily AQI forecasts for fine particulate matter.

The EPA’s AQI provides standardized color codes for forecasting and reporting daily air quality. Sign up for DEP’s air quality forecasting to get updates on air quality at enviroflash.info!

#AWAQ2021

Can you tell what color the air is today? To coincide with Air Quality Awareness Week, DEP meteorologists have begun issuing daily Air Quality Index (AQI) forecasts for ozone for 2021, along with the year-round daily AQI forecasts for fine particulate matter.

The EPA’s AQI provides standardized color codes for forecasting and reporting daily air quality. Sign up for DEP’s air quality forecasting to get updates on air quality at enviroflash.info!

#AWAQ2021

It's Air Quality Awareness Week! Just as you would check the weather forecast before heading outside, it's also good to ...
05/03/2021

It's Air Quality Awareness Week! Just as you would check the weather forecast before heading outside, it's also good to be familiar with the Air Quality Index (AQI). The AQI tells you how clean or polluted the air really is!

Learn more ➡️ http://bit.ly/2vw0S5F
#AQAW2021

It's Air Quality Awareness Week! Just as you would check the weather forecast before heading outside, it's also good to be familiar with the Air Quality Index (AQI). The AQI tells you how clean or polluted the air really is!

Learn more ➡️ http://bit.ly/2vw0S5F
#AQAW2021

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05/03/2021

Timeline Photos

Gear up for National Bike Month!

🚴‍♂️ PennDOT has a wealth of information on cycling ➡️ http://bit.ly/PARideABike, including bicycle safety information for cyclists + motorists, as well as an Active Transportation Plan that outlines a vision and framework for improving conditions for walking + bicycling across Pennsylvania.

🚵‍♀️ Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources invites you to get outdoors and explore trail biking as close to home as possible ➡️ https://trails.dcnr.pa.gov/

🌎 Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection encourages cycling as an emission-free mode of transportation ➡️ https://www.dep.pa.gov/Citizens/Energy/Transportation/Pages/default.aspx

👩‍⚕️ Pennsylvania Department of Health recognizes the importance of incorporating physical activity into your day. Bike riding can help maintain weight, improve mental health and reduce the risk of various chronic diseases ➡️ https://www.health.pa.gov/

DYK? Blacklegged tick nymphs are very small. If you’re spending time outdoors, be sure to check yourself and your pets c...
04/30/2021

DYK? Blacklegged tick nymphs are very small. If you’re spending time outdoors, be sure to check yourself and your pets carefully for ticks to prevent Lyme disease!

Learn more ➡️ cdc.gov/ticks

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DYK? Blacklegged tick nymphs are very small. If you’re spending time outdoors, be sure to check yourself and your pets carefully for ticks to prevent Lyme disease!

Learn more ➡️ cdc.gov/ticks

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