Wolf Administration Highlights Work to Improve Hellbender Habitat

first_img Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA– On the eve of the bill signing ceremony recognizing the Eastern hellbender salamander as the state amphibian, the Wolf Administration is highlighting the importance of clean water to the species.“Hellbenders need clean water to thrive and survive, and DEP has been working to improve water quality throughout the salamander’s range,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Naming the hellbender the official state amphibian is a great way to draw attention to the types of projects that help provide the clear, clean water that DEP and partner organizations have made possible.”Governor Wolf will sign the bill tomorrow to officially name the Hellbender as Pennsylvania’s state amphibian. He will be joined by high school students that led the legislative push to raise awareness about the importance of clean waterways.Sediment pollution in water can choke hellbenders and bury their eggs in riverbeds, threatening their populations. Projects that reduce sediment, such as planting trees along streambanks and repairing eroded banks, can improve hellbender habitat.Loyalsock Creek, recently named River of the Year for 2018, is a prime example of a waterway that has been improved through DEP grants and partnerships throughout the watershed. Projects in recent years that have improved hellbender habitat have included work on Wallis Run, Mill Creek, Asaph Run, Babb Creek, and Marsh Creek.“Hellbenders need clean, fresh water to thrive, just like people do,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “The work that DEP and partners have done to improve water quality throughout Pennsylvania is making our streams and river better for people, better for fish, and better for hellbenders.”“But there is a lot more work that needs to be done to continue to improve Pennsylvania waterways, and it will require a tremendous investment. Governor Tom Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania initiative would devote funds to water quality projects, as well as addressing other pressing infrastructure and economic development needs,” said McDonnell. Wolf Administration Highlights Work to Improve Hellbender Habitat April 22, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Nigeria begin campaign in FIBA 3×3 Africa Cup with wins in four categories

first_imgRelatedPosts Access Bank Plc acquires Kenyan bank 172 Nigerians evacuated from Uganda, Kenya arrive in Abuja Kenyan runner hit by motorcycle, suffers fractured leg Nigeria began its campaign for honours in the ongoing FIBA 3×3 Africa Cup in Kampala, Uganda with clear wins in the girls, boys, women and men’s categories.In the girls’ category, Nigeria defeated Mali 9-2, in the boys it beat Uganda 21-7, while in the women’s it trounced Kenya 21-20 and the men won Mauritius 18-15.In the results e-mailed to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Saturday after the first games by Frank Jituboh, Coordinator of 3×3 Basketball in Nigeria, the other match in the girls’ U-18 category saw Egypt defeat Kenya 17-2.Others are: Kenya 5 vs Egypt 21 (men), Kenya 7 vs Mali 21 (men), Egypt 21 vs Bein 11 (women), Madagascar 21 vs Burundi7 (men) Uganda 21 vs Mauritius 5 (men).The rest of the first games results are Mali 21 vs Egypt 8 (women), Madagascar 19 vs DRC 18, Uganda 21 vs Burundi 9, Uganda 16 vs Nigeria 15 (men).  Tags: BurundiFIBA 3x3Frank JitubohKenyalast_img read more

Hampden and Sebasticook Are Sheriff’s Cup Winners

first_imgELLSWORTH — A game-ending three pointer boosted the Hampden boys to a 51-49 championship win over Beals in last weekend’s ninth annual Hancock County Sheriff’s Cup basketball tournament. Katherine Jordan of the Downeast Family YMCA girls’ team drives against an Old Town defender.—MIKE OLESOn the girls’ side, it was Sebasticook who pulled away from the Bangor Y in the last few minutes to win 34-23 in Sunday’s championship game. The three-day tournament drew a field of 32 teams of sixth- to eighth-graders — 16 each in the girls’ and boys’ divisions — with games played at four area schools. Corey Bagley, who plays a major role in organizing the tournament for the Sheriff’s Department, expressed gratitude for the help of the many volunteers who worked both out front and behind the scenes to make the tournament a success. This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWalmart is the tournament’s primary sponsor. “Without Walmart, I am not sure we would be able to do the things we do,” said Bagley. Proceeds still are being tallied but the tournament customarily raises several thousands of dollars for the charities supported by the Sheriff’s Charities Fund, and it is expected that this year’s tournament will yield similar results. Venues for this year’s tournament included Ellsworth High School, Trenton Elementary School, Blue Hill Consolidated School and George Stevens Academy. For complete story, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Bio Latest posts by admin (see all)center_img State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Latest Posts adminlast_img read more