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PNS Daily Newscast - January 18, 2019. 


A blockbuster storm forecast to bring major snowfall to the Midwest today, Northeast over the weekend. Also on the Friday rundown: Women’s Marches planned across the nation tomorrow; plus Democrats slog through Iowa on path to the White House.

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Public News Service - PA: Water

Chesapeake Bay is in danger of increased pollution from rivers and streams. (mcfisher/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Chesapeake Bay became more polluted last year for the first time in a decade according to a new report from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation - and a majority of the pollution came from Pennsylvania. The foundation's "State of the Bay Report" said extreme weather from climate c

From Valley Forge to local parks, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has supported more than 1,500 projects in Pennsylvania. (ljwong/pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A federal program vital to conservation efforts in Pennsylvania expired last month, but there's bipartisan support for its permanent authorization. Since 1964, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has brought $315 million to support more than 1,500 projects in the Keystone

ORSANCO has managed pollution controls on the entire Ohio River system since 1948. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

PITTSBURGH – The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission will vote this week on a proposal that critics say would weaken environmental protections along the river. The Ohio River is used heavily for transportation and recreation and is the source of drinking water for 5 million people.

Cover crops promote soil health and control erosion and nutrient runoff, but support for them in a new Farm Bill is uncertain. (TheDigitalArtist/Pixabay)

LANCASTER, Pa. - The federal Farm Bill expires on Sept. 30, but different versions of its replacement could have a big impact on Pennsylvania's clean-water efforts. According to current U.S. Department of Agriculture risk-management rules, if something goes wrong with a cover crop, a farmer could l

More than 35,000 family farms are in the Pennsylvania portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. (12019/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Chesapeake Bay is getting cleaner, but a new analysis says much more needs to be done to clean up pollution coming from Pennsylvania rivers and streams. The midpoint assessment of compliance with the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint shows the water in the bay is clearer

State and federal officials and local high school students joined Chesapeake Bay Foundation president Will Baker in planting the first tree. (B.J. Small/CBF Staff)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A statewide partnership launched a major effort Tuesday to help protect rivers and streams by planting 10 million trees in the state by the end of 2025. Trees planted next to streets and waterways form natural buffers to keep sediment and pollutants from reaching the water. The Ke

In 2014 a broken pipe in North Carolina released 39,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River. (EPA/WikimediaCommons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Environmental groups say changes proposed by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt would gut federal coal-ash regulations put in place in 2015. Coal ash contains toxic pollutants such as arsenic, lead and radioactive elements, many of which have no federal m

The Delaware River watershed provides drinking water to 17 million people. (Perkons/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The period for submitting written comments on the Delaware River Basin Commission's draft natural-gas drilling regulations ends Friday. Environmental groups are enthusiastically supporting the commission's proposal to ban all high-volume hydraulic fracturing in shale within

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