Geoscience Enrollments Continue to Grow

Posted 26 July: According to GEOSCIENCE CURRENTS No. 109 the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) reports that enrollments in U.S. geoscience programs remained robust during the 2014-2015 academic year. Undergraduate enrollments continued its long-term growth trend with a 7% increase, while graduate enrollments remained flat.

Legislative Update

Posted 20 June: PCPG's Government Affairs Committee (GAC), chaired by Mark Ioos, P.G. (Skelly & Loy), tracks 35 legislative bills currently moving through the Pennsylvania General Assembly, in addition to tracking movement on numerous regulations affecting the industry.  PCPG members can download the comprehensive June 9 GAC inventory report by first logging in, then visiting Member's Only content HERE.

Permit Fee Increases For 6 PADEP Programs Proposed

Posted 7 March:  The Governor’s Proposed Regulatory Agenda for 2016 (published in the February 27 PA Bulletin) is proposing permit fee increases for the coal and non-coal mining, Safe Drinking Water, Environmental Laboratories, Radiation Protection and Air Quality programs. The proposed agenda can be viewed starting on Page #1119 of the PDF document download found HERE.

PADEP’s Non-Regulatory Agenda Announced

Posted 7 March:  PADEP recently published its planned agenda for new policies and technical guidance documents as well as revisions to current policies and guidance.  The easy to review 19 page matrix identifies the various programs and proposed actions.  This agenda can be downloaded from DEP's eLibrary by clicking HERE.

USGS Increases Public Access to Scientific Research

Posted 22 February:  In a press release dated February 8, 2016, the USGS announced it is implementing new measures to improve public access to USGS-funded science.  The USGS plan stipulates that, beginning October 1, any research it funds will be released from the publisher and available free to the public no later than 12 months after the initial publication. The USGS will also require that data used to support the findings be available free to the public when the associated study is published. Visit the USGS web site for more information.

Courses & Events

September 15, 2016 12:00 PM (EDT) • Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
March 07, 2017 11:30 AM (EST) • Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg East, 4751 Lindle Rd., Harrisburg, PA
September 30, 2017 (EDT) • See order form

USGS Published DRB-Water Availability Tool for Environmental Resources

Posted 7 December:  The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently published user manuals for the Delaware River Basin Water Availability tool for Environmental Resources (DRB-WATER) and associated WATER application utilities.  According to the USGS, WATER is a decision support system (DSS) for the non-tidal part of the Delaware River Basin (DRB).  For more information, and to download the User Manuals please click HERE.

New USGS Publication Released

Water Budgets and Recharge Area Simulations for Centre and Huntingdon Counties, Pennsylvania

Posted 5 October:  The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recently released: “Water-budgets and recharge-area simulations for the Spring Creek and Nittany Creek Basins and parts of the Spruce Creek Basin, Centre and Huntingdon Counties, Pennsylvania, Water Years 2000–06”. This report is based on a joint study by the USGS, the ClearWater Conservancy, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP). The researchers developed a hydrologic model to simulate a water budget and identify areas of greater than average recharge for the Spring Creek Basin in central Pennsylvania.  Click HERE to read more.

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