Statewide Clean Water Farm Award Nominations Due April 30

The Clean Water Farm Award Program recognizes Pennsylvania farmers whose exemplary farm management practices result in improved local and downstream water quality. Pennsylvania’s conservation districts may submit a nomination for a farm in their county. One award will be given in each of PACD’s six regions.

Each district that submits a complete nomination will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 pizza party for their office! Deadline: April 30, 2019.

Award recipients receive a large Clean Water Farm Award sign to hang at their farm, a signed certificate, and an invitation to the PACD/SCC Awards Luncheon in July.

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 more or contact Shannon Wehinger with questions.

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PACD Announces State Level Winners of NACD Poster Contest

The winning poster by Tvisha Jani from Delaware County won the 2nd–3rd grade category.

PACD is pleased to announce the five state level winners of the National Association of Conservation Districts 2018 “Watersheds – Our Water, Our Home” poster contest.

The winners in each age category are:

K–1st Grade: Aaliyah Basile, Carbon County
2nd–3rd Grade:            Tvisha Jani, Delaware County
4th–6th Grade:            Bethany Boecker, Sullivan County
7th–9th Grade:            Eric Chen, Bucks County
10th–12th Grade:        Paige Hollibaugh, Huntingdon County

To promote education on the importance of healthy watersheds, students from kindergarten through twelfth grades entered posters conveying their thoughts and ideas through original artwork. Submissions were judged based on the entry’s conservation message, visual effectiveness, originality, and universal appeal.

PACD thanks all of the participants in the contest for their interest and dedication to conservation. Best wishes to the state level winners in the upcoming national judging competition.

For more information about the NACD poster contest, visit http://www.nacdnet.org/general-resources/stewardship-and-education-materials/contests/.

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Four Pennsylvania Farms Receive Clean Water Farm Award

(Left to right) PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh, PA Department of
Agriculture Deputy Secretary for Animal Health and Food Safety Gregory Hostetter, PA Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell, award recipient Kelly Smith, award recipient Will Smith, PACD President Charles Duritsa, and PACD North Central Region Director Dr. Robert Shannon.

PACD, in conjunction with the award sponsor, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), presented the operators of four farms with the Clean Water Farm Award during its annual conference on July 18, 2018 in Lancaster, PA. The honor is awarded annually to farmers who manage their daily farm operations in an environmentally conscious manner that helps to protect Pennsylvania’s water quality.

DEP has sponsored this award for the past thirty-two years. Recipients receive a certificate signed by the DEP Secretary and a large Clean Water Farm Award sign to erect on their property.

The 2018 Clean Water Farm Award Recipients are:

  • Ed Chianese (Susquehanna County)
  • Justin and Doreen Geisinger Air Hill Acres Farm (Franklin County)
  • Will & Kelly Smith, Deep Roots Valley Farm (Berks County)
  • Dave Pounds (Indiana County)

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.).

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Conservationists from Across the Northeastern United States Convene in Lancaster

Mark Gutshall, Founder and Vice President of LandStudies leads the Stormwater Tour on July 17, 2018.

Representatives from the northeastern United States traveled to the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel in Lancaster for the National Association of Conservation District’s (NACD) Northeast Regional Meeting. Conservation leaders from these states met for educational programs, tours, and networking.

“It is exiting to host a meeting that brings our counterparts from other northeastern states together. This week, we were able to showcase some of Pennsylvania’s conservation district projects via tours and educational sessions. Attendees learned about the Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Road Program which helps decrease pollution from unpaved roads and is unique to Pennsylvania. They visited a plain sect farm where they saw how the Lancaster County Conservation District helped the farmer control pollution. They participated in a stormwater tour by LandStudies, Inc. which shows work being done in our communities to reduce flooding. Finally, visitors had the opportunity to visit Stroud Water Research Center and learn about research they are conducting to ensure we have enough clean water for future generations,” said Brenda Shambaugh, PACD Executive Director. “Our conservation districts work hard every day to make a difference in our communities.”

After saying goodbye to our collegues from other states, the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. (PACD) and the State Conservation Commission held their 71th Joint Annual Conference. Several Pennsylvania conservationists were recognized at an awards luncheon on July 18.

The 2018 PACD honorees are as follows: 

  • Legislator Leadership Award – Senator John H. Eichelberger, Jr. (PA 30th District)
  • President’s Award – Pat Sueck
  • Ann Rudd Saxman Conservation District Director Excellence Award – Jay Snyder (Lancaster County)
  • Conservation District Employee Excellence Award – Renee Swineford (Snyder County)
  • Conservation District Employee Service Recognition Program Awards

40 Years of Service

  • Craig Bingman, Manager, Snyder County
  • Years of Service
  • Carl Goshorn, Manager, Cumberland County
  • James Pillsbury, Hydraulic Engineer, Westmoreland County
  • Tammie Robinson, Administrative Assistant, Indiana County
  • Lorelle Steach, PA Envirothon Coordinator, Bedford County

Click here to read the entire press release and here to see photos from the event.

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NACD Announces 2019 Stewardship Theme

The NACD Stewardship and Education Committee is pleased to announce the 2019 Poster Contest and Stewardship Week theme: “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper.”

Soil is a dirty topic, but everyone needs to learn more about it! Soil is the foundation for many of the items we use in our daily life, such as food, clothing, clean water, homes, and more. Healthy soil equals healthy food, which equals a healthy you.

Rules, entry forms, and other resources for the 2019 NACD Poster Contest will be available for download on the 2019 Stewardship Week page later this summer. The 64th Annual Stewardship Week will take place April 28–May 5, 2019.

For more information, visit our Stewardship Program webpage

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Potter County Conservation District Awarded Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence

Twenty-three innovative and impassioned initiatives in Pennsylvania were chosen by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to receive the prestigious 2018 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.

“DEP received more than 60 applications, which we evaluated for their degree of environmental protection, innovation, partnership efforts, economic impact, consideration of climate change and sustainability, and results achieved,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “It’s an honor to recognize the tremendous impact many Pennsylvanians have in protecting our air, land, and water.”

Potter County Conservation District’s “Water Quality Protection and Education Initiative at Ludington Run and Beyond” was selected to receive the award. The conservation district developed a comprehensive plan to improve water quality and habitat restoration to Ludington Run. Stream bedding materials are enhancing successful fish spawning, runoff carrying sediment and pollutants is discharging in a safe manner, and stream plantings are stabilizing the soil and reversing the trend of thermal pollution.

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Allegheny County Conservation District to Receive Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award

Environmental programs from throughout Western Pennsylvania will share $25,000 from Dominion Energy and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) for innovation and effectiveness in making a positive impact on the environment.

The 2018 winners are:

  • Allegheny County Conservation District (Pittsburgh, Allegheny County)
  • Allegheny Outfitters Warren (Warren County)
  • Casselman River Watershed Association (Somerset, Somerset County)

With the funds, Allegheny County Conservation District will support their Urban Soils Program.

The winners will be honored at the Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 24, 2018, at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh.

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PACD Taking Conservation Award Nominations

The April 30th deadline to recognize a fellow conservationist by nominating him or her for a PACD Award is fast approaching.

  • Ann Rudd Saxman Conservation District Director or Associate Director Excellence Award
  • Conservation District Employee Excellence Award
  • Legislator Recognition Award
  • Maurice K. Goddard Award for Excellence in Environmental Recreation

Click here for more information and a nomination form. Contact Jann McNamara at jmcnamara@pacd.org with any questions.

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PACD Accepting Award Nominations

Recognize a fellow conservationist by nominating him or her for a PACD Award:

  • Ann Rudd Saxman Conservation District Director or Associate Director Excellence Award
  • Conservation District Employee Excellence Award
  • Legislator Recognition Award
  • Maurice K. Goddard Award for Excellence in Environmental Recreation

Nominations are due by April 30. Click here for more information and a nomination form. Contact Jann McNamara at jmcnamara@pacd.org with any questions.

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Pennsylvania Posters Place Third in National Contest

Third place poster contest winner Shreaya Ilayanambi in the 2-3 grade category.

PACD is pleased to announce that two Pennsylvania entries won third place in the National Association of Conservation Districts 2017 “Healthy Soils are Full of Life!” poster contest. Both posters were submitted by Delaware County Conservation District.

They are:

 Congratulations to these two young artists!

 

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