Berks County Conservation District Partners with Stroud Water Research Center to Host Walk and Talk

Spring Creek Farm owner, Forrest Stricker, takes the workshop attendees out to get a firsthand look at the next Best Management Practice (BMP) Site. Photo provided by Berks County Conservation District.

Spring Creek Farm owner, Forrest Stricker, takes the workshop attendees out to get a firsthand look at the next Best Management Practice (BMP) Site. Photo provided by Berks County Conservation District.

On August 7, the Stroud Water Research Center and Berks County Conservation District hosted a Best Management Practice Walk and Talk Session at Spring Creek Farms in Heidelberg Township as part of the District’s new FARM program (Farmers Achieving Resource Management). The Field Day took place at an organic dairy farm owned by Forrest and Greg Stricker who graze their cows and chickens year around. Click here to read the entire article.

 

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Snyder Conservation District Holds Ecology Field Day

Shanon Burkland Stamm, Union County Conservation District Watershed Program Specialist (wearing visor and waders), helps a youngster and an adult collect aquatic animals and fish out of Penns Creek at the Ecology Field Day.

Shanon Burkland Stamm, Union County Conservation District Watershed Program Specialist (wearing visor and waders), helps a youngster and an adult collect aquatic animals and fish out of Penns Creek at the Ecology Field Day.

On Saturday August 9, 2014, two Ecology Field Day events were held in Penns Creek at the New Berlin Commons. Fifty-six people, both adults and children, collected and learned about the water quality, insects, crayfish, clams, and fish that inhabit Penns Creek; and how the surrounding land use affects the creek ecology.

This Ecology Field Day was funded by the PA Department of Environmental Protection through an educational grant initiated by the Snyder County Conservation District and awarded to the Lower Penns Creek Watershed Association. Click here to read the entire article and for more photos.

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Northampton County Conservation District Restores Stream Bank

Partners pin together a mud sill crib at Fry’s Run County Park on July 22, 2014. Photo provided by Northampton County Conservation District.

Partners pin together a mud sill crib at Fry’s Run County Park on July 22, 2014. Photo provided by Northampton County Conservation District.

In partnership with the PA Fish & Boat Commission, Northampton County Parks Department and the Fry’s Run Watershed Association, the Northampton County Conservation District coordinated and assisted in the restoration of nearly 400 linear feet of severely eroded stream banks along Fry’s Run at Fry’s Run County Park in July. Click here to read the entire article.

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$99,000 in Mini-grant Funds Available for Conservation Districts

moneyclipartFor Manure Management and Chapter 102 Compliance Seminar/Work Sessions

Through a grant from the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), each conservation district is eligible for a mini-grant (up to $1,500 initially per conservation district) to hold local Manure Management Manual and/or Agricultural Erosion & Sedimentation Plan workshops. These sessions would assist farmers in understanding requirements and lead to development of a complete manure management plan and/or agricultural erosion & sedimentation plan.

Applications will be approved on an ongoing basis. You should hear within a week if your project is okay or if it needs fine tuning. These are non-competitive grants — we have $1,500 earmarked for your district. Grants pay for eligible expenses on a reimbursement basis.

The Mini-grant application and guidelines are available here. The deadline to apply is December 29, 2014. Mini-grant activities must be completed and final reports must be submitted by May 1, 2015. Contact Shannon Wehinger with questions about the mini-grants.

Two free “train the trainer” events on the Manure Management Manual will be held this fall. More information to follow.

Financial support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection through the Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grant and the Clean Water Fund. PACD would like to thank DEP for partnering with us on this opportunity to further the missions of PACD and the districts.

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