Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Planning Event

Pennsylvanians Invited to Help Develop State Plan to Improve Local Water Health in Chesapeake Bay Watershed Counties

 

Harrisburg, PA –  Pennsylvanians are invited to share their views on how the Commonwealth can best achieve federally mandated water pollution reductions in counties in the Chesapeake Bay watershed at a public planning event hosted by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on June 5.

 

The planning event takes place from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg in Camp Hill. All Pennsylvanians are invited. Registration by May 24 is required.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pa-phase-iii-watershed-improvement-plan-kickoff-listening-session-tickets-34072638178

 

“Local support and action are key to creating an implementable Phase 3 plan to reduce water pollutants in our 43 counties in the Bay watershed,” said DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “The challenge is great, but we’ve made some progress, and together we can build on this.”

 

In breakout groups, participants will discuss what initiatives are needed in agriculture, forestry, funding, local planning, stormwater, and wastewater to improve the health of local streams, rivers, and lakes.

 

Discussions will also cover how the plan will be developed, and participants can learn how to get involved in the process.

 

For those who can’t attend in person, a 30-day public online comment period will start June 3 in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

 

Pennsylvania is mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment levels in waterways in its Bay watershed counties by 2025. The Commonwealth fell short of its Phase 1 goal, set in 2010, and Phase 2 goal, set in 2012.

This year, EPA is conducting a midpoint assessment of these levels and will define what Pennsylvania needs to achieve in Phase 3 based on this assessment.

While Pennsylvania has made significant progress toward meeting the EPA targets, particularly since launch of the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Strategy, considerable work remains to be done.
Find more information on the Phase 3 planning process at the DEP Chesapeake Bay Program Office web site.

This email received by the Township on Friday, May 18, 2017.

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Rice Township Community Survey

Link to Rice Township Online Community Survey

Residents wishing to submit a paper survey may obtain them from the Rice Township Municipal Building, 3000 Church Road, during normal business hours.

All surveys are anonymous, and will assist the Board of Supervisors in creating a Comprehensive Plan.

All surveys must be submitted by May 9th at the close of business.

Please direct all questions to the Rice Township Secretary:  (570) 868-6400

Updated MACOG and Recycling Hours

MOUNTAINTOP AREA COG YARD WASTE FACILITY

Location:  Oak Hill Road in the Crestwood Industrial Park
Hours:  Wednesday 10am-2pm and Saturday 10am-4pm, April 2nd thru November
Requires Annual Permit ($10 for residents, $50 for landscapers), which may be purchased from the Township Secretary during normal business hours.

Leaves, grass and small branches are accepted.

Mulch will be available for purchase, rates to be announced.

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT YOU MUST PURCHASE AN ANNUAL PERMIT FROM THE TOWNSHIP SECRETARY IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2016 LEAF PICK-UP IN THE FALL.  NO LEAVES WILL BE PICKED UP WITHOUT A PERMIT.

RECYCLING

Attendant:  Curt Hardiman
Hours of Operation:  Saturday 9am-2pm
Beginning April 6th, Summer Hours are in effect: 
Saturday 9am-2pm and Wednesday 4pm to 7pm
ACCEPTED ITEMS

Tax Bill Advisory

Please be advised that tax bills may not be dropped off at the Municipal Building outside of normal Rebate hours.

The Tax Collector will be at the Rice Township Municipal Building during the Rebate period:  Mondays from 4pm to 6pm.

Thank you!

Easter Egg Hunt Scheduled!

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Rice Township’s Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday March 12th at 10am.  A rain date is set for March 13th at 10am.

The Easter Egg Hunt will be held at the Rice Township Municipal Park:
3000 Church Road
Mountain Top, PA 18707

All are welcome (and encouraged!) to attend!

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Leaf Collection Dates Extended

Please be advised that the Rice Township 2015 Leaf Collection dates will be extended by 1 week.  The last day for leaf pick-up will be November 20th.  Leaves only must be placed in clear plastic bags.  Leaves may be taken to the Mountain Top COG after the date of collection, with a permit.  Permits are $10 and may be obtained from the Township Secretary.

The Mountain Top COG is open on Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.  The COG will close after November 28th.

For more information, please call the Township Secretary:  (570) 868-6400, Option #1.