Celebrate Conservation District Week

The Pennsylvania State Senate and the House of Representatives declared April 15-21, 2018 as “Conservation District Week.” The dates coincide with Earth Day (April 22nd) events and celebrations. During Conservation District Week, offices across the state will hold events. These events will show the projects conservation districts work on every day that control pollution.

Each county has a conservation district office except Philadelphia. These volunteer directors and staff live and work in your area and target local conservation problems. These are your neighbors who are working to ensure there is enough clean water. They also make sure we have healthy soil for the future. That deserves to be celebrated!

“We are thankful to the legislature in declaring April 15-21 as Conservation District Week,” said Brenda J. Shambaugh, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts. “Supporting our conservation districts supports a better future for us all.”

Conservation districts thank members of the PA House and Senate, as well as the Governor, for supporting the districts by providing the funds necessary to preserve and protect our Commonwealth’s natural resources through the budgetary process.

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Training for DEP and Conservation District Staff Supports Water Quality

Nathan Crawford, P.E., reviews PCSM on April 11, 2018. Mr. Crawford is Environmental Group Manager for the PA Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Clean Water, NPDES Permitting Division, Stormwater Construction Section.

This year’s 102/105 Topic-based Technical Training took place April 10-12, 2018, at the Ramada Conference Center in State College, PA. A record 125 participants from 47 conservation districts and the PA Department of Environmental Protection received in-depth training on Post Construction Stormwater Management (PCSM), Chapter 105, and other topics that support clean, accessible, water for Pennsylvania’s citizens.

This annual 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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Northumberland County Conservation District Holds 7th Annual Legislative Luncheon

(left to right): County Commissioner Sam Schiccatano, State Representative Kurt Masser, State Representative Lynda Culver, District Manager Judy Becker, State Senator John Gordner, Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh, and Northumberland County Conservation District Board Chairman Michael Hubler. Photo provided by Northumberland County Conservation District.

On April 5, PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh traveled to Northumberland County for the district’s legislative breakfast. During the breakfast, the district thanked state legislators and the commissioners for their continued support.

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Sally Corrigan Retires

PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh (left), retiring Pike County Conservation District Manager Sally Corrigan, and State Conservation Commission Executive Secretary Karl Brown pose for a photo at Sally’s retirement party.

On April 6, 2018, a retirement party was held for Pike County Conservation District Manager Sally Corrigan in Lake Ariel, PA. The event was attended by both the conservation community and elected officials. PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh traveled to Pike County for the event. Enjoy your well-deserved retirement, Sally!

 

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Blair County Conservation District Breaks Ground

(L to R) Bonnie Young, Administrative Assistant; Chelsey Ergler, Stormwater Coordinator; Beth Futrick, Ombudsman; Donna Fisher, District Manager; Diane Thomas, Resource Conservation Technician; Suzanne Black, Conservation Education Specialist; Margaret Angle, retired District Clerk; Rich Huether, Ag Conservation Specialist; Stephen Dumm, Resource Conservation Technician; and Joshua Stoehr, Resource Conservation Technician. Photo provided by the Blair County Conservation District.

The Blair Conservation District held a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, March 29, 2018, for Blair County’s first environmental-specific park. The park, located at 10 Bedford Street in the Borough of Hollidaysburg, has been named “NatureWorksPark”.

Construction is slated to be completed by late summer 2018 and will include a walkway with instructional signage, a mitigated wetland and boardwalk, a pollinator garden, “soft access” to the Beaverdam Branch of the Juniata River, two pavilions, an amphitheater, demonstration areas for plants/crops, stormwater alternatives, riparian buffer establishment, and wetlands.

The project was partially funded by a $250,000 grant from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources,  and $4,000 from the Altoona Sunrise Rotary, . The remainder of the funds will come from the Conservation District Account funded by the Public Utility Commission through the Marcellus Shale program.

Click here to read the entire press release.

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Greene and Washington County Conservation Districts Team Up to Create Streambank Restoration Video

Screenshot from the “Streambank Restoration in Washington County” YouTube video.

The Washington County Conservation District and the Greene County Conservation District used Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Educational Mini-grant funds (administered by PACD) to produce a video of a municipal streambank tour and restoration event.

The video highlights the event and provides basic information about stream banks and restoration. So far, the Washington County Conservation District has received two calls from residents who saw the video and want to conduct restoration projects on their property.

The video can be accessed at the following URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W52sKqAI_AQ

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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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 day of training.

Thirty individuals attended Agricultural Conservation Technical Boot Camp Training – Basic Level April 2-6, 2018, at Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County. Attendees included staff from conservation districts, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and affiliates, the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, 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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Over $34,000 Awarded to Conservation Districts for Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Educational Projects

Monroe County Conservation District conducted outreach using a rain simulator as part of a nonpoint source pollution prevention educational mini-grant in 2017.

Eighteen projects in 17 counties were selected for funding, totaling more than $34,000 for the 2018 round of the Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Mini-grant Program for Conservation Districts. The program is administered by PACD and funding is provided through the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

“PACD is thrilled to work with DEP to fund projects across the Commonwealth. This funding will allow districts to educate citizens about their part in reducing nonpoint source pollution,” said PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh. “The result will be cleaner water and healthier soil for future generations.”

The projects funded are:

Allegheny

Equine Environmental Stewardship Short Course

Beaver

Stormwater Help for Homeowners

Bedford

Homeowner Practices to Minimize Stormwater/NPS Pollution Impacts

Berks

Preventing Nonpoint Source Pollution through Adult Education in Berks County

Bradford

Interseeder and BMP Demonstration Days

Chester

Chester County “Day on the Bay”

Dauphin

Rain Barrel Workshops

Elk

Non-Point Source Pollution Educational Series

Erie

We All Live Downstream: A Residential Stormwater Workshop

Greene

Stormwater Workshops

Lackawanna

Stormwater Management In Your Back Yard

Lawrence

Pilot Teacher’s Watershed and Stormwater Workshop

McKean

McKean County Streamside Stewardship

Perry

SCOPE = Scientific Citizens Observing Pollution (in the) Environment.

Potter

Ag-Stravaganza

Wayne

A Precipitation Education: Rain Barrel Workshop

Wayne

Stream Maintenance and Flood Intervention Workshop

Westmoreland

Green Infrastructure Tour in the Turtle Creek, Sewickley Creek, and Jacobs Creek Watersheds

 

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 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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Columbia County Conservation District Holds 3rd Annual Women in Agriculture Conference

Attendees of the Women in Agriculture Conference make roll-on bottles of therapeutic essential oils, such has orange and lavender, after a talk by Sheila Williams and Heather Almer. The presentation was titled, “the Benefits of Making your own Cleaning and Personal Care Products.” Photo provided by Columbia County Conservation District.

Submitted by Heather Almer, Watershed Specialist, Columbia County Conservation District

The Columbia County Conservation District organized its 3rd annual Women in Agriculture Conference at the Bloomsburg VFW Post 804 on March 21, 2018. Attendees learned about sustainable building, the future of agricultural education, credit scores and lending, and sheep farming.They also learned about yoga for stress relief and participated in a hands-on product making workshop to highlight the benefits of making your own cleaners and personal care products.

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