Lebanon County Conservation District Holds Rain Barrel Workshop

Lebanon County Conservation District Watershed Specialist Stephanie Harmon (right) helps a participant load their rain barrel into their vehicle.

The Lebanon County Conservation District (LCCD) Watershed Specialist Stephanie Harmon held a virtual workshop on non-point source pollution via a PowerPoint presentation. Participants were introduced to the concepts of water quality, quantity, and how homeowners can help minimize non-point source (NPS) pollution in and around their own homes.

Through this grant, twenty-four rain barrels were purchased and distributed to workshop participants. Rain barrel pick-up was held from April 1-2, 2021, at the Lebanon Valley Agricultural Center. Pick-ups were scheduled in 15-minute intervals to implement proper social distancing due to the Coronavirus and current CDC guidelines.

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.

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Lehigh County Conservation District Holds Successful Virtual Rain Barrel Workshop

Sue Sampson of Lehigh County Authority (left) and Laura Hopek of Lehigh County Conservation District distribute rain barrels during a contactless pick-up event on a beautiful Saturday morning.

On March 13, 2021, the Lehigh County Conservation District, in partnership with the Penn State Extension and Lehigh County Authority, provided a virtual presentation to 50 homeowners residing in Allentown on rain barrels and the importance of managing stormwater runoff.

Each participant received their FREE rain barrel, accessories, and informational brochures the following week at a contactless pick-up event. Partners will reach out to participants in the next weeks to ensure that barrels have been installed correctly. A gallery of painted barrels will be shared with participants.

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.

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Allegheny, Butler, and Washington County Conservation Districts to Host Erosion Control Webinar Series

Photo from Allegheny County Conservation District.

The 2021 Erosion Control Workshop, presented by Allegheny, Butler, and Washington County Conservation Districts, includes eight webinars, with one held at 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday in February. The Erosion Control Workshop is an annual event for municipalities, contractors, consultants, developers, engineers, and other land development professionals. The cost is $15 per webinar.

  • Identifying and Mitigating Acid-Forming Materials, Tuesday, February 2
  • PA DEP Regulatory Updates, Thursday, February 4
  • Application of Managed Release Concept BMP, Tuesday, February 9
  • Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD), Thursday, February 11
  • NPDES Construction Stormwater – Common Deficiencies, Tuesday, February 16
  • Conservation Districts and MS4 Pollutant Reduction Plans, Thursday, February 18
  • Hey Engineer! Why Did My Embankment Slide into a Mine?, Tuesday, February 23
  • Green Stormwater Infrastructure Projects, Thursday, February 25

Click here for more information. 

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Armstrong Conservation District Holds Municipal Workshop

Pictured are Gregg Smith, Resource Conservationist DGLVR (left), and Ken Blake, Mahoning Township Supervisor. Photo provided by Armstrong County Conservation District.

The Armstrong Conservation District held a workshop for municipal officials on December 15, 2020. Thirty-nine municipal officials representing fifteen municipalities attended the workshop. Topics included stormwater management ordinances; dirt, gravel, and low volume road program (DGLVR) updates; MS4 permit requirements; and meeting MS4 compliance using environmentally sensitive maintenance practices on DGLVR and watershed restoration efforts.

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.

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Mercer County Conservation District Continues “Name that Nature” Facebook Feature

Photo from https://www.facebook.com/mercercountycd/ post on December 7, 2020.

The Mercer County Conservation District has an ongoing feature on their Facebook page called “Name that Nature.” The district posts beautiful photos and videos of local nature and asks its followers to guess what it is.

Pictured here, on Day 156 of Name that Nature is “American Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana); it is one of the only species that bloom in the winter, hence the little greenish/yellow flower bracts that have been left behind from the petals falling off.”

Kudos to Mercer County Conservation District for finding an interactive, online way to showcase nature in their county!

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Susquehanna County Conservation District Holds Virtual Rain Barrel Workshop

Pictured with the newly donated rain barrel at Ira Reynolds Riverside Park: Susquehanna Borough Community Development Coordinator, Valerie Senese, Conservation Specialist, Don Hibbard and Watershed Specialist, Nate Harpster. Missing from the photo: Borough Council President Roy Williams.

This past summer, the Susquehanna County Conservation District held an online rain barrel workshop to educate participants on managing stormwater in their community. Ten participants virtually explored the Chesapeake Bay watershed, acquired knowledge on water quality problems associated with the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and learned how individuals could reduce their stormwater footprint. Following the workshop, each participant was able to pick up a rain barrel to install on their property.

The grant also provided funding for two additional rain barrels to be purchased for environmental education purposes. One rain barrel has been donated to the borough of Susquehanna, where it will be installed at the newly opened Ira Reynolds Riverfront Park. The second rain barrel will be on display at the Susquehanna County Conservation District. Once installed, the public is encouraged to visit both locations to learn more about stormwater and see how a rain barrel functions.

Click here to read the entire press release. 

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.

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Pike County Conservation District Produces Brochure & Website

Pike County Conservation District produced a bi-fold brochure titled “A Homeowner’s Checklist for a Watershed Friendly Home.” The brochure presents information about reducing nonpoint source pollution from private property in the form of a checklist homeowners can use to evaluate their own homes. These brochures have been distributed to the Pike County municipalities and will be handed out at future district events and other locations upon post-pandemic reopening.

To distribute the information more effectively in the current climate, the checklist was also made into an interactive, illustrated webpage (which can be viewed here: https://pikeconservation.org/checklist/, allowing people to access the checklist while remaining socially distanced.

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.

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Potter County Conservation District Celebrates 75th Anniversary!

Photo caption (L-R): Emily Shosh, Communications and Outreach Advisor, Glenn Dunn II, Resource Conservationist, Jared Dickerson, Watershed Specialist, and Andrew Mickey, DG/LVR Specialist. 

On November 28, 1945, the Potter County Conservation District became the first district established in Pennsylvania.

Our roots began in the farming community, with the primary goal of helping agriculture thrive while protecting natural resources. From the late 1930s until 1945, three influential local figures spearheaded the establishment of the District – Henry Staiger, an agriculture teacher and involved community member, and Ed Fisher and Roselle Lette, both progressive farmers.

The district’s initial goal was to prevent soil erosion for future farming and to conserve water quality. As Mr. Staiger explained to a then skeptical public, “would you allow a hole to remain in your pocket if you were only losing a dime at a time?” the example being that soil erosion, although often slow, is a steady loss with long term negative effects.

Click here to read the press release and view more photos. 

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Bradford County Conservation District Leads Webinar with Stroud Water Research Center

Screenshot of the Better Gardens, Better Soil webinar.

On November 5, 2020, Kevin Brown, agricultural resource specialist at the Bradford County Conservation District, shared his experiences with no-till gardens for every size property.

Participants learned how you can spend less time weeding, have a productive garden, and improve water quality and soil health in your backyard!

Click here to view the Better Gardens, Better Soil webinar. 

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Beaver County Conservation District Holds Stormwater Workshop for Homeowners

Screenshot from BCCD’s “Rain Barrel Workshop” video. The video shows how to assemble a rain barrel.

The week of October 12-16, 2020, the Beaver County Conservation District (BCCD) held a virtual workshop for homeowners on stormwater management. Susan Boser from Penn State Extension presented a program focusing on watersheds, nonpoint source pollution, and stormwater best management practices. The presentation is available here. BCCD Watershed Specialist Hannah Ward demonstrated how to build a rain barrel via video. Click here to view the video. Participants received a rain barrel kit after completing the online workshop.

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.

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