Earlier this year, Westmoreland Conservation District (WCD) held two workshops educating homeowners on how to repair and maintain gravel driveways and unpaved lanes. During the project, WCD made 25 homeowner visits to make recommendations about specific erosion problems. This program educated homeowners on how to analyze the way stormwater moves across their property and provided information about cost effective, environmentally sensitive practices to prevent sediment from entering nearby waterways.
As a result of the project, 25 stormwater best management practices will be installed. In the spring, WCD staff will follow-up with those that received a visit to see which recommendations were installed and how they are working.
|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.|
“Lancaster County Ag Week; So Much to Celebrate! So Much to Do!” took place Nov. 8-14, 2015. As part of the effort, the Lancaster County Ag Council, Lancaster Newspapers, and Lancaster Farming commissioned a 17-minute video that celebrates agriculture in Lancaster County. (Lancaster County Conservation District Manager Chris Thompson and Ombudsman Shelly Dehoff are very involved with the Council.)
This video showcases the cultural and economic impacts of agriculture in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Click here to watch the 17 minute video. Watch for Chris Thompson between the 11 and 13 minute marks.
Berks County Conservation District (BCCD) Farmer Director Mark Wolfskill (seated) receives a certificate of recognition from PACD for his 48 years of service on the BCCD Board. PACD South East Region Director Piper Sherburne and PACD President Glenn Seidel presented the award during a retirement luncheon held on November 12, 2015. Click here to read a news article on his retirement and here for more photos.
Submitted by Sullivan County Conservation District
Pennsylvania’s Northeast Environmental Partners held their 25th Annual Evening for Northeast Pennsylvania’s Environment on October 29, 2015 at the Woodlands in Wilkes-Barre. More than twenty-five individuals (family, friends, co-workers, and partnering agencies and organizations) were on hand to support Corey Richmond, our Watershed Specialist/Chesapeake Bay Technician, as he received one of six “Partnership Awards.”
Our District Manager submitted the nomination in July of this year. In addition to the narrative of Corey’s activities, fourteen of our working partners submitted letters to support the nomination.
Over the course of twenty two years as Chesapeake Bay Technician and Watershed Specialist for the district, Corey has involved many partners in the conservation of our natural resources.
“Corey is quick to point out that many projects are just not possible without building partnerships with agencies and landowners, as they have so much to offer in achieving success in projects” (from the banquet’s brochure).
The conservation district appreciates the great working relationship we have with our partnering agencies and organizations and gives a hearty “Thank you” to those who sent support letters and even attended the October 29th celebration.