Westmoreland Conservation District Hosts Turtle Creek Tour

County Park’s Planning Coordinator, Jeff Richards, talks about the Turtle Creek Greenway with participants. Photo provided by Westmoreland Conservation District.

County Park’s Planning Coordinator, Jeff Richards, talks about the Turtle Creek Greenway with participants. Photo provided by Westmoreland Conservation District.

The Westmoreland Conservation District hosted a Headwaters of Turtle Creek Bus Tour on September 26.  Participants saw a variety of conservation best management practices and learned about future plans to restore the health of Turtle Creek. Click here to see more photos from the event.

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

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Somerset Enjoys Coverage by Local Newspaper

Screen shot of Somerset Conservation District’s spread in the Oct. 6, 2014 edition of the Daily American.

Screen shot of Somerset Conservation District’s spread in the Oct. 6, 2014 edition of the Daily American.

Two pieces on Somerset Conservation District were recently featured in the Daily American.

Click on either link to learn more about what’s happening in Somerset County.

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PENNVEST Funds Green Stormwater Management at Coleman Memorial Park

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Amphitheatre retaining walls and grass areas replace impervious asphalt at Coleman Park in Lebanon to improve infiltration.

Entering Coleman Memorial Park visitors notice the mature trees, pavilions, amphitheater, sports fields and pool. This beautiful 99-acre park located in the City of Lebanon has been a favorite place for picnics, sports and music for city and county residents since 1936. Sherry Capello, Lebanon City Mayor, points out that, “As a community park, it serves and is available to the more than 134,000 county residents. Coleman Memorial Park is truly a hidden gem within the city limits.”

What visitors usually don’t notice are the innovative or “green” stormwater management practices recently installed. Designed to preserve existing vegetation, reduce the amount of paved surfaces and blend with the topography of the park, these new stormwater controls blend in and improve the appeal of the park. Click here to read the entire article.

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Watershed Specialists Congregate in State College for Annual Meeting

The 2014 watershed specialist photo contest winner is "Little Falls, Stony Fork" by Lori Davias Maloney.

The 2014 watershed specialist photo contest winner is “Little Falls, Stony Fork” by Lori Davias Maloney.

The annual Conservation District Watershed Specialist Meeting was held Oct. 8-10 in State College. The meeting is sponsored by the PA Department of Environmental Protection and facilitated by PACD.

The first day was for newer Watershed Specialists with five or less years in the position. First day attendees liked the diversity of topics, but some felt the information would have been more useful in their first year or two of employment.

The second and third day included all the Watershed Specialists. Some comments on the sessions included:

  • “I found the Watershed Specialist Showcase particularly interesting. Seeing what other Watershed Specialists are doing fosters thought in how I can improve what I am doing.”
  • “I enjoyed the sharing of ideas.”
  • “I love the presentations on projects that Watershed Specialists have done! It gives us ideas and shows dedication!”

Participants left the meeting with new contacts and motivation to do even more to protect their local water resources. Click here to view photos from the meeting.

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