It is state policy to protect the outstanding scenic, geologic, ecologic, historic, recreational, agricultural, fish, wildlife, cultural, and other similar values of certain rivers and adjacent lands. The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for designating rivers and river segments to be classified as wild and scenic, and development and construction are restricted on or near these rivers.
Established by The Wild Resource Conservation Act of 1982, the Wild Resource Conservation Program is a part of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The program works closely with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to conduct and support research, conservation and education projects focused on preserving Pennsylvania’s biodiversity. The program has developed County Natural Heritage Inventories that locate and identify rare species and special habitats in all 67 Pennsylvania Counties.
The Department of the Environment regulates dredging, dumping, filling, and similar activities in wetland areas to protect the environmental and public values of the wetlands and to sustain their ability to control floods. Regulations will be enacted with the consent of the Maryland Agricultural Commission. This legislation contains provisions to protect the rights of riparian owners and landowners. Licensing requirements for the construction of non-water dependent structures on piers can be found in section 16-104; such structures may not be permitted in Prince George's County.
The purpose of the permits is to protect and preserve submerged lands under tidal and freshwaters and wetlands, both salt and fresh water, from unregulated alteration that would adversely affect the natural ability of wetlands to absorb flood waters, treat stormwater, and recharge groundwater supplies, impact fish and wildlife of significant value, and depreciate or obstruct the commerce, recreation, and aesthetic enjoyment of the public. The permits apply to both major and minor impact projects.
This Act establishes regulations regarding the removal, dredging, filling, and altering of land bordering waters, allowing such activity only with permits and in certain situations. Specific regulations relevant to this Act can be found in 310 CMR 10.00 (general regulations), 12.00 (coastal wetlands), 13.00 (inland wetlands), and 23.00 (abandoned cranberry bogs).
A wetland owner can apply to the host county for designation of a wetland preservation area. Once designated, the area remains designated until the owner initiates expiration, except where a state or governmental agency exercises eminent domain. Construction and certain public projects are prohibited on designated wetland preservation areas.
Legislation authorizes states' entrance into the Western Interstate Nuclear Compact, which aims to undertake the cooperation of participating states in deriving the optimum benefit from nuclear and related scientific or technological resources, facilities, and skills.
The West Virginia Venture Capital provides investment funds to eligible businesses stimulating economic growth and providing or retaining jobs within the state through qualified venture capital companies. Terms and conditions for funding eligibility are dependent on the varying terms of participating venture capital funds.