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  • 01 May 2014 12:00 PM | Office Manager (Administrator)
    Penn State Wilkes-Barre is searching for a full-time instructor to teach Surveying, Mathematics and/or Engineering courses as needed by the campus beginning mid-August 2014. For complete information on this position, visit our Employment Opportunities Section under the Calendar/News tab.
  • 01 May 2014 8:03 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)
    In this issue of NSPS News & Views:
    NSPS Foundation
    Use of GPS in ALTA/ACSM Surveys
    Proposed Change to Clean Water Act
  • 24 Apr 2014 3:09 PM | Office Manager (Administrator)
    Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors’ (PSLS) president, Adam D. Crews, PLS, donated more than 500 PSLS book bags to support the Lehigh Valley Cops ‘n’ Kids Children’s Literacy Program. On behalf of PSLS, he presented the totes to volunteer Beverly Bradley during the Bethlehem Mounted Patrol event at Northampton Community College Fowler Family Southside Center, Bethlehem, Pa., on April 5.

    Volunteers from Cops ‘n’ Kids will distribute the bags to elementary school children participating in the program’s Eighth Annual Celebration of Reading on April 26, and PSLS will be listed as a proud sponsor. Keep an eye on the the Cops 'n' Kids Facebook page for a posting.

    The goal of PSLS’ donation is to encourage reading by providing a means for children to collect books and other educational materials from information stations at the various Cops ‘n’ Kids social activities.

    “PSLS believes in nurturing educational initiatives that help children strive for academic excellence and have fun in the process,” said Crews, owner of Crews Surveying, LLC, Pipersville, Pa. “The Cops ‘n’ Kids outreach helps teach children to be focused, creative, and thoughtful students and future leaders. In years to come, these young people will enter the workforce, and with encouragement from programs such as Cops ‘n’ Kids, they will be ready to think outside the box and make important decisions for their companies and society.”

    Cops ‘n’ Kids is a national nonprofit organization that exists to offer children access to books and the knowledge they provide, positive relationships between children and law enforcement officers, and creative learning opportunities. The organization draws support from a variety of businesses, individuals, schools, and community groups. More information is available at www.copsnkidslv.org.
  • 23 Apr 2014 3:39 PM | Office Manager (Administrator)
    The latest issue of the NSPS News & Views is now available.  In this issue:

    Interior Agency Highlights Ocean Surveying and Mapping
    GSA Lists 19 Property Consolidation Opportunities
  • 23 Apr 2014 8:38 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)
    The Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors Education Committee periodically evaluates its education program to ensure that it accurately reflects the current practice of surveying in PA. The committee is asking surveyors to complete a survey as part of the evaluation process. Click here to begin.

    Thank you for your participation and support!
  • 17 Apr 2014 8:36 AM | Anonymous
    The Marcellus Shale Coalition is holding a PA Jobs, PA Energy Rally throughout Pennsylvania. Bus transportation is available. Details are available here.
  • 16 Apr 2014 4:37 PM | Office Manager (Administrator)
    The latest edition of NSPS News & Views is now available.  In this issue:
    NSPS Spring Business Meeting in San Diego, CA
    Prevailing Wage
    NOAA Budget Request
  • 09 Apr 2014 7:57 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)
    FEMA has published its Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) on proposed modifications to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in the Federal Register on May 16, 2012, and extended the comment period through a supplemental notice published on August 23, 2012. FEMA will hold online scoping meetings on April 22, 2014, from 2-4pm EST; May 13, 2014, from 4-6pm EST; and May 20, 2014, from 4-6pm EST as published in the Federal Register on March 25, 2014.

    The PEIS will be prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations implementing NEPA, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) environmental regulations at 44 CFR Part 10.

    The NFIP was created by the National Flood Insurance Act (NFIA) of 1968, and is a Federal program for property owners in NFIP participating communities to purchase insurance as a protection against flood losses in exchange for state, tribal, and community adoption and implementation of land use criteria that reduce future flood damages.

    FEMA is initiating the process to develop a PEIS to examine the impacts of proposed modifications to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). NEPA specifically directs Federal agencies to thoroughly assess the environmental consequences of major Federal actions that could significantly affect the environment.

    FEMA is currently soliciting feedback from the public to scope the areas that should be addressed in considering the impacts of the NFIP. These comments, in combination with stakeholder input provided through previous and planned NFIP listening sessions, modifications to the program since the last impact statement was completed, and recent legislation will all be considered in the development of the draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement. FEMA is proposing to modify the NFIP from the way it is currently administered to include enhanced program standards in the three NFIP program areas of floodplain management, floodplain mapping, and flood insurance. FEMA will also account for program changes that have taken place since the publication of the 1976 Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Revised Floodplain Management Regulations of the National Flood Insurance Program.

    HOW TO SUBMIT COMMENTS: Comments on the preparation of the NFIP PEIS must be identified by Docket ID FEMA-2012-0012 and may be submitted by one of the following methods:
    Mail: Regulatory Affairs Legal Division, Office of Chief Counsel, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Room 835, 500 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20472-3100
    Webinars: Register for webinars and submit comments through the webinar process.
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
    Beth Norton, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Risk Reduction Division,
    Floodplain Management Branch, 1800 South Bell Street, 9th Floor, Arlington, VA 20598-3030.
    Phone: (202) 646-2716. Email: Beth.norton@fema.dhs.gov.
    Webinar registration details and further information will be announced on the project website at: https://www.fema.gov/programmatic-environmental-impact-statement.
  • 07 Apr 2014 4:57 PM | Anonymous
    Log in to the Members Only section to read March's legislative report.

    Inside:
    • Geospatial Bill Passes Senate, May Have House Consideration in April
    • Hearing Held on School Construction Funding     
    • Environmental Building Standards
    • Local/State Government/Regulations
    • Liability Issues re: flood coverage, oil and gas, construction
  • 07 Apr 2014 2:31 PM | Office Manager (Administrator)
    PSLS Welcomes 3 New Members in March

    Three new members were approved at the April 4 Board of Directors meeting. Please welcome these new members.

    Thomas Francis Lubanovic, PE, PLS, SE | Laurel Highlands Chapter

    Warren W. Sorg, PLS | Northwest Chapter

    Michael A. Waddell | Penn State Student Chapter


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