PACD awarded the operators of five farms with the Clean Water Farm Award. The honor is annually awarded to farmers who manage their daily farm operations in an environmental conscious manner that helps protect Pennsylvania’s water quality. This is the first year the award was opened to farmers outside of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
The 2014 recipients are:
- Keith George of Brookside Dairy (Indiana County)
- John and Rick Kobylski (Wyoming County)
- Henry and Charlotte Rosenberger of Tussock Sedge Farm (Bucks County)
- Elam E. Stoltzfus, Jr. (Clinton County)
- Earl Ray Zimmerman (Lancaster County)
The recipients will be awarded a Clean Water Farm Award sign and framed certificate by their local district.
The Clean Water Farm award was initiated in 1986. Recipients of the award are nominated by their local county conservation districts. Financial support for this award is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection through the Chesapeake Bay Regulatory and Accountability Program and the Pennsylvania Chesapeake Bay Education Office (administered by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc.). Click here to read the full press release.
The Certified Profession in Erosion and Sedimentation Control (CPESC) Review Course and Exam, which took place in Pittsburgh on June 25 and 26, was a huge success. Because class size is limited, a number of people had to be turned away. However, there is still time to register for a second training and exam scheduled for August 27 and 28 in Williamsport, PA.
A CPESC is a specialist who has met established standards of expertise, experience and knowledge in E&S control. The CPESC Certification provides public evidence of their professional qualifications and is for individuals involved in the following E&S activities:
- Development and review of permits
- Design and review of E&S control and drainage plans
- Installation and inspection of E&S control practices
- Related activities (such as assisting regulators, authoring handbooks and educating the public).
The training and review on Day 1 is open to anyone interested in learning more about erosion and sedimentation control. A separate application for certification to EnviroCert International, Inc. and a letter of eligibility is required to sit for the exam on Day 2. Go to www.cpesc.org for certification requirements.
The 2013-2014 round of Nonpoint Source Pollution (NPS) Prevention Educational Mini-Grant Program for Conservation Districts concluded in May. Here are some of the outcomes:
- Projects Conducted: 22
- People reached in target audiences: 3,590
- Workshops/educational meetings held: 38
- Field days/tours conducted: 108
“Hundreds of Pennsylvanians have committed to adopt agricultural best management practices, install stormwater best management practices or implement erosion and sedimentation controls as a result of these projects. It’s amazing that conservation districts make a difference in their communities with $2,000 or less!” said Shannon Wehinger, PACD Director of Communications.
The projects were funded 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.
The Annual Awards Luncheon honored many for their contributions to conservation in Pennsylvania. Recipients included:
- Legislator Leadership Award: Representative Samuel H. Smith (Jefferson)
- President’s Award: Robert E. Ritchey (Cambria)
- Ann Rudd Saxman Conservation District Director Excellence Award: Dr. Blair T. Carbaugh (Northumberland)
- Conservation District Employee Excellence Award: Jacqueline A. Ritko (Cambria)
- Conservation District Employee Service Recognition Awards:
- 40 Years of Service: Christine Cramer (Armstrong)
- 30 Years of Service: Robert W. Piper, Jr. (Cambria) and Kathleen Fritz (Westmoreland)
- PACD Auxiliary Scholarship: Clayton Good (Lycoming)
PACD would like to thank all of the conference sponsors:
- Chesapeake Bay Foundation
- Conservation Services, Inc.
- Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.
- Keller Engineers Inc.
- Lane Enterprises
- Musser Forests, Inc.
- PA Council of Trout Unlimited
- WorldView Solutions
- Andrew Heath on behalf of the Growing Greener Coalition
- Penn Ag Insurance Group, Inc.
- Pennoni Associates, Inc.
- Stiffler McGraw
- Water Words That Work, LLC
Click here to view photos from the conference. Stay tuned for videos from the educational sessions recorded by Allegheny County Conservation District.