The first ever Southwesten Pennsylvania’s Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater was created by the Allegheny and Westmoreland Conservation Districts and the following partners: Westmoreland County Planning Department, City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and Penn State Extension. The project was adapted from an existing guide produced by Lancaster County Conservation District.
The guide shows homeowners how to assess stormwater on their property and takes them through the steps to develop their own stormwater management plan. This new guide was made possible through a grant from the Water Resources Education Network to the Penn’s Corner Conservancy and Charitable Trust. Limited hard copies of the guide are available. For more information, contact Jen Novak at 724-837-5271.
Click here to view the new guide.
Montgomery County Conservation District Participates in Two Earth Day Cleanups
by Krista Scheirer, Watershed Specialist
In honor of Earth Day, Montgomery County Conservation District staff got their hands dirty picking up litter and debris at two stream cleanup events to improve the Schuylkill River.
On April 10, five staff members took part in the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy’s annual Stream Cleanup, a 500-plus volunteer event which seeks to clean streams and raise awareness of litter in our waterways. In total, volunteers removed 484 bags of trash and recyclables from 44 sites, and they collected 102 tires and more than a ton of scrap metal. Click here to read the entire article.
Montgomery County Conservation District Receives Grant from American Water
On Earth Day, Pennsylvania American Water announced that seven watershed initiatives across the state have earned financial support through the company’s 2015 Environmental Grant Program.
Congratulation to Montgomery County Conservation District for being one of the seven recipients! The district will use the funding to develop permanent displays on watershed stewardship and water quality at Norristown Farm Park. The displays will be integrated into the county’s educational programs at the park. Click here to read the full press release.
Recently, Cumberland County Conservation District Manager Carl Goshorn met with four state representatives and one state senator. During the legislative visits, Goshorn spoke about the great work of conservation districts and PACD.
On March 18, 2015, Lehigh County Conservation District held a rain barrel workshop with 70 attendees! Fifty-three people left with a rain barrel and parts.
The district developed a brochure and required attendees to sign a pledge that they will install their barrel. According to a follow-up evaluation, all but less than 5% have already installed their barrel! Congratulations to the Lehigh County Conservation District for holding a workshop that not only had high attendance but, more importantly, inspired 50 people to install a best management practice to reduce nonpoint source pollution.
Sample materials from mini-grant projects, such as the ones produced by Lehigh County Conservation District, are available on the PACD website at http://pacd.org/education/educational-events-sample-materials.
Financial and other support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. 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.