Programs

National Drug Take Back Day on September 12

The National Drug Take Back Program, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, is a great opportunity to get rid of unused medication to make sure it does not fall into the wrong hands or end up in our waterways.  Pennsylvania’s Take Back Day will be held at various collection sites on September 12 from 10am to 2pm.

According to Penn State Extension, “[a]ny over the counter, controlled substance, or prescription required drugs can be submitted.  Tablets, capsules, ointments, creams, and liquids will be accepted in its packaging.  No need to take medicines out of the original package or container.  The public can submit it as is, no need to separate pills or medication in any form.  Sharps and syringes will not be accepted due to safety reasons.  This event is absolutely anonymous and personal information on the medications can be covered with a marker if desired.”

To find a collection site near you, visit the DEA’s website at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.

Take advantage of this program to make sure medications in your house are disposed of properly.

Registration Open for 2015 Villanova Stormwater Symposium and Municipal Workshop

Registration is now open for the Villanova Stormwater Symposium on October 14 and 15, with a Municipal Workshop scheduled for October 13.

The annual Symposium, held by the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership, began in 1998 with the goal of advancing the knowledge and understanding of sustainable stormwater management for those dealing in all aspects of planning, design, construction, maintenance and operations, and regulatory compliance.

The Municipal Workshop, entitled Collaborative and Financial Strategies for Meeting Water Quality Requirements, is specifically designed for municipal officials responsible for stormwater management programs.

Municipalities can also apply for a Stormwater Control Measure Recognition Program Award.

Please visit the VUSP website for more information.

 

Pasture Management Workshop to be Held September 14

A Pasture Management Workshop will be held at the Montgomery County 4H Center on September 14, from 6:30 to 9:00pm.  The workshop is free, but registration is required.

good horse pastureAll who manage pastures are encouraged to attend.  This workshop is hosted in cooperation with Montgomery County Conservation District, Penn State Extension, NRCS, PACD and PA DEP.

>Click here for more information, or to register.

 

EPA Publishes Final Updated Ambient Water Quality Criteria for the Protection of Human Health

EPA has published final updated ambient water quality criteria for the protection of human health. EPA updated its national recommended water quality criteria for human health for 94 chemical pollutants to reflect the latest scientific information and EPA policies, including updated body weight, drinking water consumption rate, fish consumption rate, bioaccumulation factors, health toxicity values, and relative source contributions. The Agency accepted written scientific views from the public on the draft updated human health criteria from May to August 2014 and has published responses to those comments. EPA water quality criteria serve as recommendations to states and tribes authorized to establish water quality standards for surface waters under the Clean Water Act.

 

View the updated human health criteria table, science documents, Federal Register notice, and supporting materials at:

http://water.epa.gov/scitech/swguidance/standards/criteria/health/

Each of the 94 criteria documents can be accessed by clicking on the chemical names in this table.
http://water.epa.gov/scitech/swguidance/standards/criteria/current/index.cfm#hhtable

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