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Montgomery County Conservation District Assists with “Trout in the Classroom” Program

Students releasing trout fingerlings into East Branch of Perkiomen Creek (Credit: B. Vadino). Photo provided by Montgomery County Conservation District.

In May 2022, Montgomery County Conservation District partnered with volunteers from Perkiomen Valley Trout Unlimited (PVTU), staff from Aqua Pennsylvania, and staff from Stroud Water Research Center to provide interactive environmental education programming to students from Christopher Dock High School and Upper Perkiomen High School.

This programming included two “Trout in the Classroom” (TIC) field trips on May 4, 2022, and May 12, 2022. Jim Coffey, who serves as a Board Member, TIC Coordinator, and Youth Education Coordinator with PVTU, brought project partners together to deliver these unique educational experiences.

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Indiana County Conservation District Receives Agriculture Grant

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced more than $2.45 million in federal grants awarded to 23 projects that will grow markets and increase the quality, safety, and sustainability of the state’s vegetable, fruit, nut, and nursery specialty crops.

Indiana County Conservation District received $100,491. The district will demonstrate how to grow specialty crops by creating demonstration test plots at three locations to expand community knowledge of specialty crops and decrease food deserts.

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Lehigh County Conservation District Holds Rain Garden Open House

(Left to right): A partner from the Environmental Advisory Council, Caitlin Mercier, and Laura Hopek at the Rain Garden Open House. The rain garden is visible in the background. Photo provided by Lehigh County Conservation District.

In February, the Lehigh County Conservation District and project partners carried out a Virtual Rain Garden Workshop for thirty-three Upper Saucon Township residents. In addition, the workshop participants were invited to an open house rain garden tour in April.

Residents were educated on the importance of reducing stormwater runoff and non-point source pollution through the installation of native plants and rain gardens. The open house included a tour of an existing rain garden at the Upper Saucon Township municipal building.

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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Venango Conservation District Holds Stormwater Workshop

Attendees listened to a half-hour talk from Ty Ryen, Service Forester with PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources from the Cornplanter Forest District #14. Ty spoke about invasives in our woods and backyards and ways to identify and eliminate these tricky species. Photo provided by Venango Conservation District.

The Venango Conservation District held a “Stormwater Awareness in Your Own Backyard: Rain Barrel Workshop” on April 22, 2022. They held a morning and an evening session.

With this project, the district educated 27 people on the importance of water quality and nonpoint source pollution in our local watersheds. The district provided participants with resources and solutions to prevent NPS pollution on their property, including a rain barrel, and explained how to reuse that water in other ways on their property.

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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Delaware County Conservation District Hosts Stormwater Management Training

Carol Wong, Center for Watershed Protection, presents during the Delaware County Facility Managers Stormwater Management Training on April 11, 2022. Photo provided by Delaware County Conservation District.

Delaware County Conservation District hosted the Delaware County Facility Managers Stormwater Management Training on April 11, 2022. Thirteen county staff were present, including emergency services personnel, parks and recreation managers, conservation district staff, the emergency services training center manager, and the environmental advocate from the Delaware County District Attorney’s office.

Presenters from the Center for Watershed Protection effectively explained watersheds, non-point source pollution, and stormwater management. Presentations covered the importance of proper stormwater management for water quality improvement in Delaware County. County facility managers and other county staff learned about watersheds, identifying and maintaining stormwater features on their properties, illicit discharges, and the appropriate contacts for stormwater-related issues.

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 Stormwater Tour

Volunteers pictured at the check-in table for the Stormwater Demonstration Tour. Photo provided by Lehigh County Conservation District.

The Lehigh County Conservation District and project partners carried out a stormwater demonstration tour on April 23, 2022. Seventy-five South Whitehall Township residents learned about the importance of reducing stormwater runoff and non-point source pollution. In addition, the tour included information on native plantings, riparian buffers, rain gardens, and rain barrels.

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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Clarion Conservation District Holds Workshop on Protecting Water Resources

Tricia Mazik, Resource Technician for the Clarion Conservation District, presents on local watersheds in Clarion County and the forms of non-point source pollution that may negatively impact them.

On March 26, 2022, the Clarion Conservation District held a workshop at Clarion Farms titled, “Protecting Water Resources from Pesticides and Fertilizers.”

The district educated gardeners, landowners, and homeowners on the effects of pesticide and fertilizer application on water quality and informed them of natural alternatives to conventional pesticides and fertilizers. Forty-one people attended the event.

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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Monroe County Conservation District Holds Streamside Buffer Workshop

Volunteer team planting a black willow sapling along Cherry Creek. Photo Credit: Dick Ludwig Photography.

The Monroe County Conservation District recently held a workshop on streamside buffers. Nineteen Monroe County landowners learned about nonpoint source pollution and actions they can take at home to reduce and prevent it. After the classroom portion of the workshop, the participants planted 53 trees and 160 live stakes on the banks of Cherry Creek. The newly planted forested riparian buffer replaces grass along approximately 750 feet of streambank that frequently floods. Once the buffer becomes established, it will significantly reduce the risk of sediment pollution from runoff and streambank failure.

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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Regional Stormwater Management Maintenance Workshop for Landscaping Professionals

John Kourtney with Kind Earth Growers presents during the April 1, 2022, workshop. Photo provided by Montgomery County Conservation District.

On April 1, 2022, Chester County Conservation District gathered with Bucks, Delaware, and Montgomery County Conservation Districts to host a regional Stormwater Management Maintenance Workshop for Landscaping Professionals in Perkiomen Township, Montgomery County, PA. Recognizing that maintenance is one of the most critical and often neglected aspects of post-construction stormwater management, the workshop focused on how to maintain stormwater management practices and landscapes. The workshop targeted businesses contracted by homeowner’s associations (HOAs) and property management companies.

Although many registrants were design professionals and HOA board members, the workshop was well attended. Participants learned about the importance of routine stormwater management maintenance and beneficial and attractive native plants that work well in stormwater basins. They also toured a bioswale and rain garden at the Perkiomen Township Park, while the designers and public works director discussed design, construction, and maintenance. Registrants also left with some maintenance-related educational materials, including a new bilingual rain garden maintenance brochure.

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Secretary of Agriculture Visits Lancaster County Farm

Lancaster County Conservation District Manager Chris Thompson speaks during the event. Photo taken by PA Department of Agriculture.

Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding was joined on April 13, 2022, by conservation partners at Welsh Vista Farms in Salisbury Township, Lancaster County, to highlight Wolf Administration investments facilitating on-farm and community conservation management. The Conservation Excellence Grant (CEG) program has invested more than $4 million in 68 conservation projects since 2019, strengthening community-based conservation efforts across six counties in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

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