Section 319 Virtual Watershed Planning and Implementation Meeting Update

Participants are asked to note the new 10:00 a.m. start time for the Section 319 Virtual Watershed Planning and Implementation Meeting. The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to Noon on both May 19 and 20.

Section 319 Virtual Watershed Planning and Implementation Meeting
May 19 and 20, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. to Noon – New Start Time!

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 by Friday, May 14, 2021, for more information and to register.

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Save the Date for the PACD Annual Conference

Mark your calendars for the PACD Annual Conference! PACD committees will take place via video conference prior to the virtual PACD Executive Council Meeting. Registration information will go out to conservation districts and agency partners in May. Registration will be free and required.

PACD Conservation Committee Video Conference
July 8, 2021 | 1-2 p.m.

PACD District Employees Committee Video Conference
July 9, 2021 | 1-2 p.m.

PACD Education and Outreach Committee Video Conference
July 14, 2021 | 1-2 p.m.

PACD Legislative Committee Video Conference
July 15, 2021 | 1-2 p.m.

PACD Ways and Means Committee Video Conference
July 20, 2021 | 1-2 p.m.

PACD Operations Committee Video Conference
July 22, 2021 | 1-2 p.m.

PACD Executive Council Video Conference
July 29, 2021 | 10-Noon

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Register for Your Virtual Spring 2021 PACD Region Meeting

PACD members and partners are invited to register for the spring PACD region meetings, which will take place virtually this March and April. Registration for all six web meetings is free and required. To register, please click on the link for your region meeting below:

PACD North Central Region Video Conference
March 18, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. to Noon

PACD South Central Region Video Conference (New Date!)
March 24, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. to Noon

PACD South East Region Video Conference
March 25, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. to Noon

PACD South West Region Video Conference
March 30, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. to Noon

PACD North West Region Video Conference
April 8, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. to Noon

PACD North East Region Video Conference
April 16, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. to Noon

 

 

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Register for the 2021 Virtual Conservation District and PA Agency Ag Meeting

The 2021 Virtual Conservation District and PA Agency Ag Meeting will be held via Zoom March 16-17, 2021. Staff from PA state agencies, USDA-NRCS, and conservation district agricultural technicians, watershed specialists, and management are invited to attend. Registration is free and required.

Formerly known as the All Bay Meeting, this annual meeting has been expanded to include sessions that are relevant to conservation districts across the state, as well as more focused sessions for conservation districts within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The draft agenda includes topics such as agency updates, getting the most out of PracticeKeeper, a review of the Integrated Water Quality Report and mapping tools, local rapid stream delisting strategies, and other timely and relevant sessions.

Click here for more information and to register. 

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Farmer Focus Groups: Delaware Watershed

PACD seeks input from farmers and agricultural landowners from the Pennsylvania portion of the Delaware River Watershed about the USDA’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). Focus groups will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on February 23 and 25, 2021. Farmers can participate in these discussions whether or not they have enrolled land in the program.

Please share this information with your farmer contacts in the Delaware Watershed.

All farmers who participate in the virtual focus group will receive $125 in return for their time. Registration is limited to 15 qualified farmers on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you are aged 55 or older, please register for the focus group on February 23 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.: https://bit.ly/pacd-de-1

If you are aged 54 or younger, please register for the focus group on February 25 from 5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.: https://bit.ly/pacd-de-2

Questions? Contact PACD Director of Communications & Education Shannon Wehinger at swehinger@pacd.org.

Photo courtesy of USDA-NRCS.

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Conservation Districts Invited to Attend Free Virtual Grant-Writing Workshop for PA Environmental Educators

Let’s learn from each other to increase the success of environmental education (EE) grant funding in Pennsylvania! Join successful grant writers and funding agency program officers for this FREE virtual workshop on EE grant-writing tips and tricks. Presenters from Stroud Water Research Center, the PA Department of Education, the PA Department of Environmental Protection, Millersville University, and NOAA will introduce the world of funding, describe how to read a request for proposal (RFP), give tips for success, explore where to find EE grants, and facilitate Q&A.

When: Thursday, February 18, 2021, from 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Where: Online via Zoom video conferencing. The connection link will be emailed prior to the event.

Audience: Pennsylvania classroom teachers, non-formal environmental educators, school administrators. 1.5 Act 48 hours are available for Pennsylvania certified teachers. A certificate of participation will be provided for other attendees if needed.

Cost: Free

Registration: Required. Limited to the first 100 participants registered.

Learn more and register today

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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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Registration Opens for PACD Virtual Committee and Executive Council Meetings

PACD will hold virtual meetings for all six PACD committees and PACD Executive Council via Zoom this January. Committees will meet between January 8 and 21, followed by PACD Executive Council on January 28.

Registration is open to all conservation district directors, associate directors, and staff, as well as partner agency staff and invited guests. Registration for each meeting is free and required. Registrants will receive a link to the Zoom meeting and instructions to participate. A phone number will also be provided for anyone who wishes to participate via conference call.

Please email the listed contact to request a registration link:

PACD Conservation Committee Video Conference
January 8, 2021 | 10-11 a.m.
Contact mburns@pacd.org to request a registration link

PACD Legislative Committee Video Conference
January 11, 2021 | 10-11 a.m.
Contact mburns@pacd.org to request a registration link

PACD District Employees Committee Video Conference
January 12, 2021 | 10-11 a.m.
Contact abrown@pacd.org to request a registration link

PACD Education and Outreach Committee Video Conference
January 14, 2021 | 10-11 a.m.
Contact swehinger@pacd.org to request a registration link

PACD Ways and Means Committee Video Conference
January 19, 2021 | 10-11 a.m.
Contact lsuhr@pacd.org to request a registration link

PACD Operations Committee Video Conference
January 21, 2021 | 10-11 a.m.
Contact mburns@pacd.org to request a registration link

PACD Executive Council Video Conference
January 28, 2021
Contact mburns@pacd.org to request a registration link

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Native Plants and Pollinators Technical Training for Conservation Districts

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is offering free technical training to Pennsylvania’s conservation districts on native plants and pollinators. The webinar will take place Thursday, February 18, 2021, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.

Training Description:

Proper plant selection is the first step to ensuring the success of ecological conservation and habitat development projects for native wildlife and pollinators. In this Pennsylvania-focused technical training, conservation district participants will learn about resources available from multiple agencies to help improve planning for native species plantings. Participants will receive an overview of Pennsylvania-specific climate adaptation resources that can be used to make an informed decision on plant selection. Participants will also gain an understanding of at-risk pollinator and wildlife species needs and user-friendly modeling that can be used to aid in proper planning and better communication with landowners.

Presenters:

Amy Brown, PACD Program Manager
Greg Czarnecki, PA DCNR Director of Applied Climate Science
Peter Hoagland, USDA NRCS State Forester
Kathy Patnode, USFWS Fish & Wildlife Biologist
John Taucher, PGC Private Lands Section Chief

Click here to register by February 16, 2021. 

 

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