Basic Technical Training Sees Record Attendance

York County Conservation District Program Manager/E&S Resource Conservationist Eric Jordan explains a Faircloth Skimmer to learners on the May 4, 2022, field day.

Sixty-five participants gathered at the Red Lion Harrisburg Hershey in Harrisburg for 102/105 Basic Technical Training May 3-6, 2022. A total of 52 employees from 31 conservation districts and 13 employees from the PA Department of Environmental Protection participated.

Classroom training topics included an overview and history of Chapter 102, applications and permits, safety considerations for the field, Chapter 105 updates, and key components of both technical and completeness reviews. The event’s highlight was the field training, which incorporated a site under active construction and a completed site. Special thanks to the York County Conservation District, particularly Program Manager/E&S Resource Conservationist Eric Jordan and Resource Conservationist Tiffany Crum, for making this year’s field experience a success.

This training was funded through a grant from the PA Department of Environmental Protection and made possible through the cooperation of the PA Association of Conservation Districts and Pennsylvania’s conservation districts.

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Registration Opens for iMapInvasives Training Webinar for Conservation Districts

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and PACD are partnering to offer an iMapInvasives Overview and Training for PA Conservation Districts. The free webinar will be held on June 28, 2022, at 10:00 a.m.

iMapInvasives is a comprehensive tool for online invasive species data management. It includes many aspects that appeal to natural resource managers, community scientists, and other interested members of the public. By providing a tool that advances knowledge and understanding of invasive species distributions across Pennsylvania, iMapInvasives promotes strategic decisions for conducting future survey and management work in priority locations across the Commonwealth.

Amy Jewitt, Invasive Species Coordinator at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and Lead Administrator of the Pennsylvania iMapInvasives Program, will provide an overview of the iMapInvasives Program for PACD and conservation district staff. Amy will show a variety of visual elements from the database and explain tools offered in the platform that are of value for PACD and conservation district staff regarding understanding species distributions, prioritizing management efforts, and using the platform as a data clearinghouse for conservation districts across the state.

Click here to register.

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2022 Agricultural Conservation Technical “Boot Camp” Training Completed

The Agronomy Track (left) and the Engineering Track (right).

Twenty-seven individuals attended Agricultural Conservation Technical Boot Camp Training – Level II, April 25-29, 2022. Attendees included staff from conservation districts, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and affiliates.

The Level II annual training consists of two learning tracks: agronomy and engineering. The two tracks allow participants to focus more deeply on their area of study. The event features a balance of classroom work and fieldwork to give participants hands-on experience.

The training is sponsored by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the State Conservation Commission. PACD works with these partners to coordinate the training.

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Agricultural Conservation Technical “Boot Camp” Basic Level Training Concludes

Participants in the Basic Level of Agricultural Conservation Technical Training pose for a group photo on the first training day.

Thirty-three individuals attended Agricultural Conservation Technical Boot Camp Training – Basic Level April 4-8, 2022, at Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County. Attendees included staff from conservation districts, PACD, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and affiliates, and the PA Department of Environmental Protection.

The training is sponsored by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the State Conservation Commission. PACD works with these partners to coordinate the training.

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Spring 102/105 Virtual Topic-based Technical Training Reaches Over 270 Participants

Amanda Hess, PhD, PE, Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Villanova University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, presents on the Managed Release Concept Simplified on March 29, 2022.

Spring 102/105 Virtual Topic-based Technical Training took place March 29-31, 2022, with a total of 279 participants, 160 from conservation districts and 118 from the PA Department of Environmental Protection. Sessions covered topics related to post-construction stormwater management, road maintenance activities, Chapter 105 fees and e-permitting, and more.

New conservation district and DEP staff working with Chapters 102 and 105 may also attend Spring 102/105 Basic Technical Training at the Red Lion Harrisburg Hershey in Harrisburg, PA, May 3-6, 2022. Click here for registration and other information. (Clean Water Academy login is required for access.)

This training was funded through a grant from the PA Department of Environmental Protection and made possible through the cooperation of the PA Association of Conservation Districts and Pennsylvania’s conservation districts.

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Registration Opens for Section 319 Virtual Watershed Planning and Implementation Meeting

The Section 319 Virtual Watershed Planning and Implementation Meeting will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. May 18-19, 2022. The event is open to entities involved in Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management projects, including conservation district staff, DEP and EPA staff, incorporated watershed associations, counties, municipalities, councils of governments; 501(c)(3) non-profits, educational institutions, and municipal authorities.

Click here for more information and to register.

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Registration for 102/105 Basic Technical Training Opens

Spring 102/105 Basic Technical Training will take place May 3-6, 2022, at the Red Lion Harrisburg Hershey in Harrisburg, PA. Attendance is open to new conservation district and DEP staff working with Chapters 102 and 105.

Thanks to a grant from the PA Department of Environmental Protection, there is no cost to register, most meals are provided, and reimbursement for mileage and lodging is available. (See registration page for additional details.)

Registrants should note the course curriculum assumes all participants have completed the prerequisite coursework on the Clean Water Academy. In addition, due to the nature of the training and the integral nature of the field component, there is currently no virtual attendance option.

Click here for additional information and to register. You will need to log into the Clean Water Academy (CWA) to access this link. Please contact Nick Yeagy at nyeagy@pacd.org if you need assistance accessing the CWA. All other questions may be directed to Molly Burns at mburns@pacd.org.

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102/105 Virtual Topic-based Technical Training Registration Opens

Conservation district and DEP staff working with Chapters 102 and 105 are invited to register for 102/105 Virtual Topic-based Technical Training. The event will take place via Zoom March 29-31, 2022. There is no cost to participate. Click here for registration and the draft agenda. (Clean Water Academy login is required for access.)

This training is funded through a grant from the PA Department of Environmental Protection and made possible through the cooperation of the PA Association of Conservation Districts and Pennsylvania’s conservation districts.

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Agricultural Conservation Technical “Boot Camp” Training – Basic Level Application Period Opens

The application period is open for the Agricultural Conservation Technical Training “Boot Camp”- Basic Level.

The training will be held April 4-8, 2022, at the Keystone Conference Center, Ft. Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA (Lebanon County).

Click here to apply. The deadline to apply is January 28, 2022.

Questions? Contact Shannon Wehinger at swehinger@pacd.org.

These training opportunities are made possible by the following sponsors: Natural Resources Conservation Service, State Conservation Commission, and the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc.

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Free Communication Webinar Series for Conservation Districts

PACD scheduled three free communication webinar series for conservation districts. Presented by Water Words That Work, LLC, these environmental communication trainings will begin in January and end in March 2022. Each topic has three parts, so plan to attend all three dates for your chosen topics.

How do we get more participation in our programs? How can we effectively reach our target audiences and the general public? What are the most cost-effective means to get the word out about our programs? Find out answers to these questions and more during these webinars.

Each webinar series consists of three sessions. Please mark your calendar for all three dates, so you don’t miss part 1, part 2, or part 3. Each session builds on the previous one, so don’t miss out!

Water Words That Work

January 18, 20, 25, 2022

1-3 pm

Register here for the Water Words That Work Series. 

More Than a Message

February 8, 10, 15, 2022

1-3 pm

Register here to register for the More Than a Message Series. 

Perfect Outreach Projects

February 22, 24, and March 1, 2022

1-3 pm

Register here to register for the Perfect Outreach Projects Series. 

Click here for the event flyer, which includes course descriptions. 

The webinars are free, but registration is required. Click on the links above to register. Space is limited to 100 participants for each topic. Please plan to attend all three parts of the topic you choose. Please register each person participating from your office separately.

Financial and other support for this program 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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