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DYK? From 2017-2019, we developed Pennsylvania’s Solar Future Plan to help equip PA to produce more solar energy by 2030...
09/03/2021

DYK? From 2017-2019, we developed Pennsylvania’s Solar Future Plan to help equip PA to produce more solar energy by 2030. Today, both residential and grid scale solar projects are being installed at an increasing rate throughout PA.
Learn more ☀️➡️ dep.pa.gov/solar

DYK? From 2017-2019, we developed Pennsylvania’s Solar Future Plan to help equip PA to produce more solar energy by 2030. Today, both residential and grid scale solar projects are being installed at an increasing rate throughout PA.
Learn more ☀️➡️ dep.pa.gov/solar

09/03/2021
Black Fly Lunchtime Live

Still emerging from many of our rivers and streams, gnats would swarm you were it not for DEP's control efforts around the state. Watch this talk by aquatic biologist Doug Orr on how the DEP Black Fly Control Program reduces gnat swarms naturally to enable Pennsylvanians to enjoy activities on the water.

Mosquitoes breed in areas with standing and stagnant water. 🦟 Take a moment this weekend to protect yourself and your fa...
09/03/2021

Mosquitoes breed in areas with standing and stagnant water. 🦟 Take a moment this weekend to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites by eliminating standing water from around your home.
➡️ dep.pa.gov/westnile

Mosquitoes breed in areas with standing and stagnant water. 🦟 Take a moment this weekend to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites by eliminating standing water from around your home.
➡️ dep.pa.gov/westnile

Gov. Wolf Announces PFAS Funding Program Award
09/02/2021
Gov. Wolf Announces PFAS Funding Program Award

Gov. Wolf Announces PFAS Funding Program Award

Gov. Wolf announced that Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority has approved Pennsylvania’s first funding award to assist communities in the remediation of a potentially toxic contaminant found in water sources and systems throughout the commonwealth.

09/02/2021

Disasters like Hurricane #Ida can turn your life upside down.

Knowing how and where to go to begin to recover is important. Access the commonwealth's After the Disaster Guide for help on your recovery journey.

🔗 After the Disaster Guide: bit.ly/After-The-Disaster

09/02/2021

📢 TODAY AT NOON: Governor Tom Wolf, PA Emergency Management Agency, and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will provide an update on state agency activities in response to heavy rain and flooding due to the remnants of #Ida.

WATCH:
🔴 pacast.com/live/pema
🔴 facebook.com/PEMAHQ

#PAWX

09/02/2021
Stream Maintenance

DEP strives to assist PA communities experiencing the damage and disruption that flooding can cause. Our stream guidelines booklet is an easy-to-use resource for understanding the DEP regulations that apply when working in Pennsylvania streams.
➡️ dep.pa.gov/streamguidelines

Independent Regulatory Review Commission Approves CO2 Budget Final Rulemaking: https://bit.ly/2Y9QDWa“Today, Pennsylvani...
09/01/2021

Independent Regulatory Review Commission Approves CO2 Budget Final Rulemaking: https://bit.ly/2Y9QDWa

“Today, Pennsylvania moved one step closer to assuring that its residents and visitors can live healthier lives,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Participating in RGGI will have immediate and lasting beneficial impacts on our communities.”

Pennsylvania’s participation in RGGI would establish a program to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel-fired electric power plants located in Pennsylvania. CO2 is a greenhouse gas and a major contributor to climate change, which is detrimental to public health and welfare in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania has the fifth leading CO2 emitting electricity generation sector in the United States, and RGGI is a significant component in achieving Pennsylvania’s goals to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 26% by 2025 and 80% by 2050.

Independent Regulatory Review Commission Approves CO2 Budget Final Rulemaking: https://bit.ly/2Y9QDWa

“Today, Pennsylvania moved one step closer to assuring that its residents and visitors can live healthier lives,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Participating in RGGI will have immediate and lasting beneficial impacts on our communities.”

Pennsylvania’s participation in RGGI would establish a program to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel-fired electric power plants located in Pennsylvania. CO2 is a greenhouse gas and a major contributor to climate change, which is detrimental to public health and welfare in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania has the fifth leading CO2 emitting electricity generation sector in the United States, and RGGI is a significant component in achieving Pennsylvania’s goals to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 26% by 2025 and 80% by 2050.

Photos from NOAA NWS Weather Prediction Center's post
09/01/2021

Photos from NOAA NWS Weather Prediction Center's post

09/01/2021

Did you know 12 inches of rushing water can carry away most cars? 🌧️

If you see barricades or barriers blocking the road, do not drive past them. 🚧 They are there for a reason – to keep you and first responders safe.

If you come across still or moving water, even without a barricade, always TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN. 🚫🚗

Learn more: bit.ly/3lRoxWd

#TurnAroundDontDrown #Ida #PAWX

Timeline Photos
09/01/2021

Timeline Photos

⚠️MAJOR River Flooding Forecast!⚠️
Heavy #rain from the remains of #Ida is expected to produce flooding in the Mid-Atlantic. Additional rain is forecast to develop this afternoon. Never drive through flooded roads. #TurnAroundDontDrown #PAwx #MDwx #VAwx #DEwx #NJwx #NYwx #WVwx

09/01/2021

📢 TODAY AT 11 AM: Governor Tom Wolf, PA Emergency Management Agency, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), and PA State Police will provide an update on state agency activities in response to heavy rain and flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Ida.

WATCH:
🔴 pacast.com/live/pema
🔴 facebook.com/PEMAHQ

#Ida #PAWX

Governor Wolf Signs Weather Emergency Proclamation in Anticipation of Widespread Flooding Associated with Ida | Governor...
09/01/2021
Governor Wolf Signs Weather Emergency Proclamation in Anticipation of Widespread Flooding Associated with Ida | Governor Tom Wolf

Governor Wolf Signs Weather Emergency Proclamation in Anticipation of Widespread Flooding Associated with Ida | Governor Tom Wolf

Governor Tom Wolf today signed a proclamation of disaster emergency in anticipation of significant rainfall and widespread flooding expected from the remnants of Tropical Depression Ida.    “This dangerous storm continues to have devastating impacts across the South and as it heads toward Pennsy...

DEP Launches Nation’s Second State-Led Climate Leadership Academy, with More Than 150 Enrolled: https://bit.ly/3yyeqvETh...
08/31/2021

DEP Launches Nation’s Second State-Led Climate Leadership Academy, with More Than 150 Enrolled: https://bit.ly/3yyeqvE

The Pennsylvania Climate Leadership Academy provides free online programs to leaders in state and local government offices, business and industry, agriculture, infrastructure, and community organizations who want to help Pennsylvania meet the challenges of climate change.

More than 150 participants enrolled in its first program, “Climate Leadership Activator,” which began last week. The academy joins the DEP Local Climate Action Program in climate change education resources from the agency.

“DEP is committed to climate-related educational outreach and technical assistance to meet the growing need among leaders statewide for an understanding of climate change impacts and planning to reduce risk here in Pennsylvania,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “How will more intense heatwaves affect our community? How will extreme rainfall and flooding events affect our farmers and supply chains? What can we put in place to lessen disruption? Are there potential opportunities for benefit? These are some of the questions being asked by leaders working to protect Pennsylvanians’ health, safety, and livelihoods and the natural resources we all depend on.”

DEP Launches Nation’s Second State-Led Climate Leadership Academy, with More Than 150 Enrolled: https://bit.ly/3yyeqvE

The Pennsylvania Climate Leadership Academy provides free online programs to leaders in state and local government offices, business and industry, agriculture, infrastructure, and community organizations who want to help Pennsylvania meet the challenges of climate change.

More than 150 participants enrolled in its first program, “Climate Leadership Activator,” which began last week. The academy joins the DEP Local Climate Action Program in climate change education resources from the agency.

“DEP is committed to climate-related educational outreach and technical assistance to meet the growing need among leaders statewide for an understanding of climate change impacts and planning to reduce risk here in Pennsylvania,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “How will more intense heatwaves affect our community? How will extreme rainfall and flooding events affect our farmers and supply chains? What can we put in place to lessen disruption? Are there potential opportunities for benefit? These are some of the questions being asked by leaders working to protect Pennsylvanians’ health, safety, and livelihoods and the natural resources we all depend on.”

08/31/2021

😷 Effective at 12:01 am Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, masks are required to be worn inside K-12 school buildings, early learning programs and child care providers to keep students safely in school and Delta variant out.

Read more: https://bit.ly/3mQ6eo3

We have a new date and time for our Black Fly Facebook Live!Still emerging from many of our rivers and streams, gnats wo...
08/31/2021

We have a new date and time for our Black Fly Facebook Live!

Still emerging from many of our rivers and streams, gnats would swarm you were it not for DEP's control efforts around the state. Join us this Friday to learn how the DEP Black Fly Control Program reduces gnat swarms naturally to enable Pennsylvanians to enjoy activities on the water. Questions welcome!

We have a new date and time for our Black Fly Facebook Live!

Still emerging from many of our rivers and streams, gnats would swarm you were it not for DEP's control efforts around the state. Join us this Friday to learn how the DEP Black Fly Control Program reduces gnat swarms naturally to enable Pennsylvanians to enjoy activities on the water. Questions welcome!

Photos from PA Emergency Management Agency's post
08/31/2021

Photos from PA Emergency Management Agency's post

The FDA gave the Pfizer VAX (Comirnaty) full approval for 16+. You have the power to end this. Safely. Get your shot tod...
08/31/2021

The FDA gave the Pfizer VAX (Comirnaty) full approval for 16+. You have the power to end this. Safely. Get your shot today. Find your vaccine at PA.GOV/COVID #PAAgainstCOVID

The FDA gave the Pfizer VAX (Comirnaty) full approval for 16+. You have the power to end this. Safely. Get your shot today. Find your vaccine at PA.GOV/COVID #PAAgainstCOVID

The Wolf Administration is encouraging everyone to pay close attention to weather forecasts as the remnants of Hurricane...
08/30/2021
Remnants of Ida Expected to Bring Rain, Flooding to Much of Pennsylvania

The Wolf Administration is encouraging everyone to pay close attention to weather forecasts as the remnants of Hurricane Ida are expected to merge with another weather system and bring 3 to 6 inches or more of rain to parts of Pennsylvania.

The Wolf Administration is encouraging everyone to pay close attention to weather forecasts as the remnants of Hurricane Ida are expected to merge with another weather system and bring 3 to 6 inches or more of rain to parts of Pennsylvania.

DEP Opens Application Process for Coastal Zone Grants: https://bit.ly/3zuCpNjOver $800,000 will be awarded to projects l...
08/30/2021

DEP Opens Application Process for Coastal Zone Grants: https://bit.ly/3zuCpNj

Over $800,000 will be awarded to projects located in either the 77-mile Lake Erie Coastal Zone or the 112-mile Delaware Estuary Coastal Zone. These grants are aimed at supporting programs that measure the impact of various pollution sources, improve public access, preserve habitats, and educate the public about the benefits of the state’s coastal zones.

“The Lake Erie Coastal Zone and Delaware Estuary are extraordinary environmental, economic, and community resources that are under growing pressure from threats such as development, pollution, and, increasingly, climate change," said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. "Local organizations that develop strategies and carry out projects to restore and protect these natural resources are an important bulwark against these pressures. DEP is committed to supporting these partners with grant funding and technical assistance."

Funded primarily by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the grants are administered by DEP’s Coastal Resources Management Program.

DEP Opens Application Process for Coastal Zone Grants: https://bit.ly/3zuCpNj

Over $800,000 will be awarded to projects located in either the 77-mile Lake Erie Coastal Zone or the 112-mile Delaware Estuary Coastal Zone. These grants are aimed at supporting programs that measure the impact of various pollution sources, improve public access, preserve habitats, and educate the public about the benefits of the state’s coastal zones.

“The Lake Erie Coastal Zone and Delaware Estuary are extraordinary environmental, economic, and community resources that are under growing pressure from threats such as development, pollution, and, increasingly, climate change," said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. "Local organizations that develop strategies and carry out projects to restore and protect these natural resources are an important bulwark against these pressures. DEP is committed to supporting these partners with grant funding and technical assistance."

Funded primarily by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the grants are administered by DEP’s Coastal Resources Management Program.

DEP has $1 million in 2021 Small Business Advantage Grant funding available to small businesses and farmers who want to ...
08/30/2021

DEP has $1 million in 2021 Small Business Advantage Grant funding available to small businesses and farmers who want to improve their operations through energy efficiency, pollution prevention, and natural resource protection.
Learn more and apply:
➡️ dep.pa.gov/smallbusinessadvantagegrants

DEP has $1 million in 2021 Small Business Advantage Grant funding available to small businesses and farmers who want to improve their operations through energy efficiency, pollution prevention, and natural resource protection.
Learn more and apply:
➡️ dep.pa.gov/smallbusinessadvantagegrants

08/30/2021
Tips for Proper Pool Drainage

DYK? Discharged pool water and waters containing chlorine or other chemicals can be detrimental to aquatic life if not handled responsibly. Learn how to properly close your swimming pool for the year:
➡️ http://bit.ly/2z1ZqtC

🚨 New date and time! 🚨 Still emerging from many of our rivers and streams, gnats would swarm you were it not for DEP's c...
08/30/2021

🚨 New date and time! 🚨 Still emerging from many of our rivers and streams, gnats would swarm you were it not for DEP's control efforts around the state. Join us this Friday to learn how the DEP Black Fly Control Program reduces gnat swarms naturally to enable Pennsylvanians to enjoy activities on the water. Questions welcome!

🚨 New date and time! 🚨 Still emerging from many of our rivers and streams, gnats would swarm you were it not for DEP's control efforts around the state. Join us this Friday to learn how the DEP Black Fly Control Program reduces gnat swarms naturally to enable Pennsylvanians to enjoy activities on the water. Questions welcome!

DEP has $1 million in 2021 Small Business Advantage Grant funding available to small businesses and farmers who want to ...
08/27/2021

DEP has $1 million in 2021 Small Business Advantage Grant funding available to small businesses and farmers who want to improve their operations through energy efficiency, pollution prevention, and natural resource protection.

Learn more and apply:
➡️ dep.pa.gov/smallbusinessadvantagegrants

DEP has $1 million in 2021 Small Business Advantage Grant funding available to small businesses and farmers who want to improve their operations through energy efficiency, pollution prevention, and natural resource protection.

Learn more and apply:
➡️ dep.pa.gov/smallbusinessadvantagegrants

Many climate-related changes are projected if we don't reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. And climate change will not ...
08/27/2021

Many climate-related changes are projected if we don't reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. And climate change will not affect all Pennsylvanians equally. Some may be more at risk because of their location, income, housing, health, or other factors.

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

Many climate-related changes are projected if we don't reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. And climate change will not affect all Pennsylvanians equally. Some may be more at risk because of their location, income, housing, health, or other factors.

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

DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Ozone for Friday, August 27, 2021, in Southeastern Counties: https://b...
08/26/2021

DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Ozone for Friday, August 27, 2021, in Southeastern Counties: https://bit.ly/2Wscasg

DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Ozone for Friday, August 27, 2021, in Southeastern Counties: https://bit.ly/2Wscasg

#ThrowbackThursday for #WaterQualityMonth!DYK that by helping eels reach their destination, DEP and our partners are imp...
08/26/2021

#ThrowbackThursday for #WaterQualityMonth!
DYK that by helping eels reach their destination, DEP and our partners are improving water quality in the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay.
➡️ http://bit.ly/3iOz5W9

DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Ozone for Thursday, August 26, 2021, in Southeastern Counties and Lehi...
08/25/2021

DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Ozone for Thursday, August 26, 2021, in Southeastern Counties and Lehigh Valley-Berks Area: https://bit.ly/3BaIUFv

DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Ozone for Thursday, August 26, 2021, in Southeastern Counties and Lehigh Valley-Berks Area: https://bit.ly/3BaIUFv

08/25/2021
DEP Celebrates 1,000 EV Chargers

DYK? DEP recently celebrated 1,000 EV chargers installed in PA with #DrivingPAForward funding!
🔌⚡🚘➡️ http://bit.ly/3dc1Ry0

“Each one of these chargers adds another option for Pennsylvania’s electric vehicle drivers, and more electric vehicles on the road means less tailpipe pollution and healthier air quality in our communities,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “It also helps Pennsylvania address the pressing challenge of climate change.”

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