Beaver County Conservation District Hosts Stormwater Workshop for Homeowners

BCCD watershed specialist Marty Warchol leads a tour of working stormwater BMPs such as this rain garden. Photo provided by BCCD.

BCCD watershed specialist Marty Warchol leads a tour of working stormwater BMPs such as this rain garden. Photo provided by BCCD.

Marty Warchol, Beaver County Conservation District (BCCD) Watershed Specialist, led a “Stormwater Solutions for Homeowners” workshop. Participants learned about stormwater best management practices (BMPs) such as rain gardens, buffers and rain barrels.

The 32 participants in the workshop used this knowledge to complete a project plan for their property by calculating the amount of imperepa_logo (2)vious surfaces and choosing the best location for BMPs. Each participant received a rain barrel kit.

Financial and other support for this project was provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. (PACD) through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Registration for Basic/Refresher E&S Training is Open

DEP Deputy Secretary for Water Management Kelly Heffner welcomes attendees to the 2014 Basic/Refresher course.

DEP Deputy Secretary for Water Management Kelly Heffner welcomes attendees to the 2014 Basic/Refresher course.

Registration is now open for Basic/Refresher E&S training for conservation district staff. This session will take place March 23-26, 2015 at Fort Indiantown Gap in Annville, PA, and is available at little to no cost to districts. There is no registration fee to attend, lunch and snacks are provided, and conservation districts are eligible for travel and lodging reimbursement (see registration information for details.) Registration for the Advanced/Topic-Based session, which will take place at the same location on April 7-8, 2015, will be announced in an upcoming issue of Front Page. Click here to register or for more information about the March session.

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Last Day for Winter Meeting Early Bird Discount

earlybirdTomorrow, January 27, is the last day to take advantage of the early bird discount and save $25 on your registration for the PACD/SCC Winter Meeting. We have expert speakers lined up throughout the meeting. Learn how to get grants for your district, get up-to-date with how Pennsylvania deals with invasive species, and let parliamentary procedure help you to run a smoother meeting. If you miss the early bird deadline, you can still register for the meeting anytime through February 4. Click here for registration and meeting information. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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Save the Date for the PACD/SCC Joint Annual Conference

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The date for the PACD/SCC Joint Annual Conference is set for July 8-9, 2015 at the DoubleTree Hotel Pittsburgh-Monroeville.

Click here for the hotel website. Questions? Contact Molly Burns at molly-burns@pacd.org.

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