Home Composting Seminar

 Composting at Home

Three Penn State Master Gardeners will be presenting Composting at Home

We will also be raffling off a Home Compost Bin!! $100 Value!!

Home Composting

March, 26 at the Bristol Township Senior Center, 2501 Bath Road, Bristol Pa.

The program starts at 6:30 PM.

Come learn about the benefits of Home Composting as well as the do’s and don’ts of composting.

Join us for a free seminar on Wednesday, March 26 at the Bristol Township Senior Center, 2501 Bath Road, Bristol Pa.
Learn the basics of composting.  You can save money, divert hundreds of pounds of waste from the landfill, and create your own high quality soil amendment.  We will show you a few techniques to speed up the natural decomposition process, and ways to make your own composter in your back yard.  We’ll explain what to add and what not to include in your mix.
 We will also have a drawing for a Home Compost Bin, valued at $100.
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“Residential Storm water Control”

Storm Water Control

Speaker Megan Rogalus “Residential Storm water Control”

Venue

Bristol Township Building

When

Feb 26 6:30pm
to Feb 26 8:00pm

Notes

Speaker Megan Rogalus “Residential Storm water Control”

Bristol Twp auditorium.

2501 Bath Road, Bristol, Pa.,19007

Followed by Bristol Twp EAC meeting open to the public, all are welcome.

Rescheduled for 1/29/2014 “Single Stream Recycling” Seminar By Waste Management and Recycling of Construction Materials by Revolution Recovery

"single stream recycling"

This Event has been rescheduled for 1/29/2014 at the same time and location

View PDF Flyer

Join us for a seminar on recycling of construction materials by Revolution Recovery
Presented by Fern Gookin
&
Bristol Township’s new Single Stream Recycling program
Presented by Chuck Raudenbush

Light snacks & refreshments will be provided

This event will be held at the Bristol Township Building, located at 2501 Bath Road, Bristol, Pa.,19007
From 6:30 to 8:00 PM. The topic will be about “Single Stream Recycling” .
An opportunity will be available to register for a future tour of Waste Management’s Material Recycling Facility (MRF), in Philadelphia.

This will be followed with a BT EAC meeting, that is open to the public.

Come and learn what this means to the residents, the township, and the environment.

Would You Like to Read the Tidal Delaware River Reconnaissance Survey?

Thank you for your interest in the Tidal Delaware River as a National Recreation Area. Below you will find a link to download the National Parks Service Tidal Delaware River Reconnaissance Survey. 

Download the Tidal Delaware River Reconnaissance Survey Here

Continue reading to find more information about the Tidal Delaware River National Recreation Area designation and to attend a “debriefing” by the National Parks Service.

Tidal Delaware River as a National Recreation Area

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE TIDAL DELAWARE RIVER?

All along the Tidal Delaware, there is a deliberate effort underway to provide additional opportunities for public access and enjoyment of this amazing river.

Visionary leaders, such as you, have proposed and implemented numerous investments in recreational trails, historic sites, river access facilities, esplanades, parks, new neighborhoods and commercial areas with much more to come!

 

More than three years ago the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) and sixty partner organizations, gathered on the Camden riverfront to discuss our shared interest in celebrating the Tidal Delaware River and making its numerous cultural and natural sites more “visitor-ready.” Based on more than a year of research, PEC identified National Recreation Area designation by the National Park Service (NPS) as the way to achieve this objective. After a prolonged process, on September 16, 2013, the NPS delivered a Reconnaissance Survey that recommended against National Recreation Area designation of the Tidal Delaware.

 

PEC has scheduled a “debriefing” with the NPS on December 12, at 3:00 pm at 2 Riverside Dr Camden, NJ 08103 .  Representing the NPS will be Allen Cooper, Director of Planning (Northeast Region) who will explain their findings and perspective.  I invite you to participate in the discussion (register here) knowing that you understand the cultural, historical and recreational assets that make the Tidal Delaware River an exciting resource of great national significance.  It is our responsibility to ask questions, assess our options, and to advocate for this long neglected River.  Will you join us? 

 

NATIONAL RECREATION AREA DESIGNATION TIMELINE 

2009-10 Options assessment process conducted by PEC

June 4, 2010: Review of National Recreation Areas in New York, Minneapolis & San Francisco

June 4, 2010: Congresspersons Andrews & Schwartz request that NPS perform an assessment of the tidal Delaware resource

July 26, 2010: NPS promises to undertake the reconnaissance study

October 18, 2011: NPS announces the start of the assessment

September 9, 2013: NPS delivers the assessment to requesting Congresspersons

 

Click here to register for this event (a free “ticket” is required)

Tidal Delaware River as a National Recreation Area

 

The Green in Your Backyard Woods Workshop

Farm & Home Center, Lancaster, PA
Saturday, December 14, 2013

Description:

By enhancing your woods or creating natural areas on your lot, you can attract & support wildlife, reduce your energy costs, clean our water & air and enjoy the aesthetics of a diverse vegetative  landscape.

Keynote presentation by Douglas Tallamy, PhD., and author of the award-winning book Bringing Nature Home, How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens

Participants must register by December 9th

Topics will include:

  • Building biological corridors on your property
  • Top trees & shrubs for wildlife
  • Invasive plant control
  • The mushrooms and wild flowers of Penn’s woods
  • Planting habitat on the edge
  • Riparian Buffers

Cost: $30 per individual or $50 for 2 people from the same household;lunch, materials and refreshments included

For more information or to register visit: www.forestryforthebay.org/events.cfm

Or contact:Penn State Extension at 610-489-4315 orjxs51@psu.edu

Location:

Lancaster Farm and Home Center
1383 Arcadia Road
Lancaster, PA

Relevant Links:

Agenda

On-line registration

Registration information

 

Penn State Extension Offers Master Well Owner Training in Bucks County

Applications Now Being Accepted for the December 14, 2013 Master Well Owner Course

View Workshop Flyer

Pennsylvania is home to over one million private water wells and springs but it is one of the few states that do not provide statewide regulations to protect these rural drinking water supplies.  As a result, homeowners using a private well or spring must understand proper water supply management practices to ensure safe drinking water for their family.

 

In 2004, Penn State Extension and several partner agencies created the Master Well Owner Network (MWON) – a group of trained volunteers who are dedicated to promoting the proper construction, testing, and maintenance of private water wells, springs and cisterns throughout Pennsylvania.  Since its inception, over 600 volunteers have attended Saturday training workshops to be certified as Penn State Master Well Owners.

 

The next MWON volunteer training course will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 9 AM to 3:30 PM at the Neshaminy Manor Center, 1282 Almshouse Road, Doylestown, PA.

 

Prospective volunteers need to submit an application and be accepted into the program.  The December 14 training workshop will be limited to the first 30 accepted applicants.  To be eligible for this program, volunteers must NOT have any financial interest in private water supplies (i.e. work for water well drillers, water testing labs, water treatment companies, etc.) and they must be willing to share what they learn with their neighbors, friends, and co-workers.

 

Volunteers who successfully complete the training course and pass a short exam will receive a free copy of the 80 page publication – A Guide to Private Water Systems in Pennsylvania, a coupon good for a 10% discount on water testing through the Penn State water testing lab, and access to various MWON educational materials.   To learn more about the program and to complete an application, visit the following website:

http://extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/water/mwon/volunteer

or contact Bryan Swistock at 814-863-0194 or brs@psu.edu.

 

Here are a few comments from volunteers who recently completed the online course:

  • I believe people buying homes or properties with wells located on them should have this information prior to purchase. The problem is not many people are aware of the information that is available. Hopefully this course helps correct the problem.
  • Excellent opportunity, especially in light of the drilling operations surrounding Marcellus well development activities throughout the state and in the area where I live.
  • Very Useful information. The presentation format via adobe connect was very easy to work with.

 

BRISTOL TOWNSHIP TO PROVIDE ELECTRONICS RECYCLING DROP-OFF SITE.

BRISTOL TOWNSHIP
Office of the Township Manager
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2501 Bath Road · Bristol, PA 19007 · (215) 785-0500 · Fax (215) 785-2131

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BRISTOL TOWNSHIP TO PROVIDE ELECTRONICS RECYCLING DROP-OFF SITE.

Contact: Scott Swichar October 22, 2013
Email: Sswichar@bristoltownship.org
Telephone: 267-812-3102

In response to the high demand from Bristol Township residents to dispose of electronic devices, such as televisions, computers, and monitors, the Township has implemented a permanent electronics recycling program at the Bristol Township Municipal Complex, located at 2501 Bath Road. The new drop-off site for small electronics will be provided at no cost to residents and small businesses in Bristol Township.
As the Covered Device Recycling Act, which went into effect earlier in the year, prohibits certain electronics from being disposed at landfills, the new permanent collection site provides a safe and legal alternative to properly dispose and recycle certain electronics items.
“I’ve gotten so many calls from residents looking for a place to dispose of these items” stated Scott Swichar, Bristol Township’s Recycling Coordinator. “Until now, there were only a few limited options to dispose of electronics. Since the Township takes its commitment to recycling seriously, it only makes sense to offer this free service to residents.”
According to Swichar, “Proper recycling is also important because there are millions and millions of devices, they have a limited useful life span, and they contain heavy metals, such as lead, cadmium, and mercury, as well as other materials that do not belong in the normal trash stream. I expect that the recycling program will also help to reduce incidents of illegal dumping of electronic materials (such as televisions) around the Township and reduce heavy metals exposure in the environment,” he stated.
The drop-off site is open weekdays from 9AM to 4:00PM, unless the Township is closed due to a holiday. No appointments are necessary. However, anyone dropping off electronics MUST first stop at the Municipal Building’s Administrative Office and show a valid ID or a copy of a utility bill identifying that they are a business in the Township or resident of Bristol Township. Electronics may NOT be left outside at the Municipal Building or collection site when the facility is closed. In
order to prevent dumping or theft of materials, the collection site will be monitored by the Bristol Township Police Department
“We are pleased to assist residents in the disposal of electronics in an environmentally friendly way and help keep these items out of landfills” said Township Manager Bill McCauley. Mr. McCauley further stated, “The Electronics Drop-Off Recycling Program is provided at no cost to Bristol Township taxpayers, and, in fact saves the Township money via lower trash disposal fees, making it both an environmental and fiscal win.”
The Township signed a two-year contract with Reverse Logistics Group Americas, Inc. (RLGA), who is responsible for managing take-back and regulatory compliance for electronics manufacturers throughout the US, Canada and Latin America. RLGA works only with those companies who recycle the material according to the Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act and the highest industry standards, of which include, R2, e-Stewards and NAID certification. In order to implement the program, the company has provided the Township with a 22 foot storage container to be used for the collection of electronic devices at no cost to taxpayers.
For more information on what types of electronic devices are eligible for recycling, please go to: www.bristoltownship.org or call the Township’s Recycling Coordinator, Scott Swichar at 267-812-3102.
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Bucks County Greenway Efforts

Overview of the East Coast Greenway in Bucks County

The East Coast Greenway enters Pennsylvania in Bucks County from Trenton, NJ. and winds it way through Morrisville, Tullytown, Falls Twp., Bristol Borough, Bristol Township and Bensalem. The trail follows the Delaware Canal through much of the County, then runs along the Delaware River as it heads into Philadelphia.

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) is working with the national East Coast Greenway Alliance, and local partners to fill in gaps along the route through Bucks County.

PEC is currently working on the Bristol Delaware Riverfront Greenway Feasibility Study, which will help spur the completion of Bucks County trail segments. The study will assess conceptual alignments for five segments of the greenway with the ultimate goal of finalizing a single alignment for each of these segments. Visit Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s (PEC) website.

DEP Now Accepting Applications for 2014 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards

HARRISBURG — The Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging environmental stewards to apply for the 2014 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards.

“Organizations that have developed innovative projects to improve the environment in Pennsylvania deserve recognition,” Acting DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo said. “Governor Corbett and I are proud to continue this tradition of recognizing the organizations and individuals that show Pennsylvania’s economic development does not come at the expense of the environment.”

The awards are open to all Pennsylvania businesses, farms, government agencies, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and individuals that have developed innovative environmental programs or have implemented projects that balance environmental stewardship and economic development.

Examples of eligible projects include wastewater recycling technology innovation, resource development, renewable and alternative energy innovation, watershed restoration strategies and environmental education outreach, among others.

Projects will be evaluated based on seven criteria detailed within the guidelines, including environmental benefits and use of innovative technology. The project must have been completed between Aug. 1, 2012, and July 31, 2013. While each candidate may submit only one application for a particular project, companies with multiple facilities may submit an application for each facility.

Projects that have previously received a Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence are not eligible. Past winners may submit applications for new projects.

Recipients of the awards will be honored during an evening reception on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, and the winning projects will also be listed on DEP’s website.

Projects should be submitted via email to RA-EPgovenviroawards@pa.gov by 5 p.m. on Jan. 17, 2014. Faxed or mailed submissions will not be considered.

For more information or to apply, visit www.dep.state.pa.us, keyword: Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence.  For assistance with completing the application, call 717-783-8727.