Shambaugh Attends Executive Director Conference

Executive directors of state conservation district associations from across the United States met in Florida. PACD Executive Director is pictured on the right.

PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh traveled to Daytona Beach, Florida, on September 25, 2018, for the National Association of Conservation District’s (NACD) Executive Director Conference. The conference allows peers from across the country to compare notes and share their successes. In additional to networking and tours, the conference also addressed capacity building, board training, and a new training program for executive directors of state associations.


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Conservation Districts Represented at Dive Deeper IV Summit

Sallie Gregory, Lancaster County Conservation District Educator, leads a session during the Dive Deeper Summit. Photo taken by Shannon Wehinger.

Formal and non-formal educators convened in Harrisburg on September 20, 2018, for The Dive Deeper Summit. The summit is a gathering of youth water educators in the Mid-Atlantic Region that pairs knowledge and resource sharing with networking opportunities.

Shannon Wehinger, PACD Director of Communications and Education, and several conservation district staff attended the summit. Sallie Gregory, Lancaster County Conservation District’s educator, co-presented at the “Kids Keeping Manure Out of Our Water” session. During this session, three activities were conducted based on the draft “Manure Management Planning for Youth Animal Projects” program, which is due to be finalized in June of 2019. The activity booklet is filled with activities to help youth understand PA Department of Environmental Protection regulations.

The summit provided ample opportunities to experience hands-on activities to enhance water education.

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Dauphin County Conservation District Holds Stormwater Management Workshop

Photo of the workshop was provided by Dauphin County Conservation District.

The Dauphin County Conservation District held a “Stormwater Management and Control for Your Home” workshop on August 4 at Londonderry Township. The workshop included a presentation on general nonpoint source pollution, stormwater basics, and low impact development strategies. This was followed by an demonstration on stormwater and how low impact development works to reduce stormwater runoff. Finally, participants were give rain barrels to take home for use on their properties.

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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2019 Poster Contest Theme: Life in the Soil: DIG DEEPER

Just in time for Back-to-School! The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) has announced the 2019 Poster Contest theme: “Life in the Soil:  DIG DEEPER.” PACD will be accepting photos of your county’s winners until June 30, 2019.  We can’t wait to see all of the artistic entries for this year’s theme!

Click here for the Pennsylvania contest flyer and here to read more about the NACD contest. 

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RSVP Today for Your PACD Fall Region Meeting!

Information on the PACD fall region meetings is now available. Please click on the link for the agenda and more information. Topics will include a legislative update, a leadership development update, third party reviews, e-Permitting for Chapters 102 and 105, regional grant applications, a conservation district marketing toolkit, and the PACD budget.

Not sure which region you are in? Click here to find out:

PACD South West Region Meeting
October 4, 2018
Westmoreland Conservation District Office, Greensburg, PA

PACD North Central Region Meeting
October 11, 2018
Clinton County Conservation District Office, Mill Hall, PA

PACD North East Region Meeting
October 12, 2018
DEP Northeast Regional Office, Wilkes Barre, PA

PACD South Central Region Meeting
October 23, 2018
Cumberland County Conservation District Office, Carlisle, PA

PACD North West Region Meeting
October 30, 2018
Jefferson County Conservation District, Brookville, PA

PACD South East Region Meeting
November 1, 2018
Franconia Heritage Banquet & Conference Center, Telford, PA


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Managers Meet in State College for Leadership Development

Michelle Long (Executive Director, Pike), Jason Childs (District Manager, Potter), and Tom McClure (District Manager, Erie) participating in a panel discussion on the Strategic Planning Grants program on Wednesday September 5.

The 2018 Management Summit was held September 5 and 6 at the Ramada Conference Center in State College. 

Sixty-three district managers, assistant managers, and team leaders attended this free event, which included presentations on “Financial Oversight and Segregation of Duties” from Greg Hall of Smith Elliott Kearns, LLC, and “Workplace Sexual Harassment in the Era of #metoo” from Adam Long of McNees Wallace & Nurick, LLC.  Mary Kay Williams from Mindshift Consulting presented two sessions including “Time Management Strategies” and “Managing Respectful Workplaces.”

In addition to these speakers, representatives from the PA Department of Environmental Protection presented information on revenue account codes, ePermitting, and the Chesapeake Bay WIP process. The Conservation Partnership’s Leadership Development program discussed topics including strategic planning grants, web-based training and professional development resources, and topic requests for leadership development programming for 2019 and beyond.

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Westmoreland Conservation District Holds Green Infrastructure Tour

WCD staff were on hand to talk about the swales, riparian buffer restoration, and monitoring project at the Westmoreland County Community College. Photo provided by WCD.

In June, the Westmoreland Conservation District (WCD) held a green infrastructure tour in the Turtle Creek, Sewickley Creek, and Jacobs Creek Watersheds. The tour highlighted how green infrastructure projects can help manage stormwater and reduce nonpoint source pollution. Among the attendees were municipal managers and engineers, elected officials, staff from a water and sewer authority, and staff from the urban redevelopment authority.

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.

Click here to read more. 

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Registration Opens for Chapter 102 Fall Regional Sessions

PACD is partnering with the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to facilitate Chapter 102 Fall Regional Sessions. These free sessions are for conservation district and DEP staff.

Click here for the draft agenda. 

Click on the links below to register for the session in your region. Due to limited space, please limit registrations to 3-4 staff per office.

September 25, 2018 (deadline to register is September 14)
Northcentral Chapter 102 Fall Regional Session
DEP Northcentral Regional Office, Williamsport, PA

October 2, 2018 (deadline to register is September 21)
Northwest Chapter 102 Fall Regional Session
DEP Northwest Regional Office, Meadville, PA

October 3, 2018 (deadline to register is September 22)
Southwest Chapter 102 Fall Regional Session
Cranberry Public Library, Franklin Station Room, Cranberry Township, PA

October 16, 2018 (deadline to register is October 5)
Northeast Chapter 102 Fall Regional Session
DEP Northeast Regional Office, Wilkes-Barre, PA

October 30, 2018 (deadline to register is October 19)
Southeast Chapter 102 Fall Regional Session
DEP Southeast Regional Office, Norristown, PA

November 6, 2018 (deadline to register is October 26)
Southcentral Chapter 102 Fall Regional Session
DEP Southcentral Regional Office, Harrisburg, PA

Contact Shannon Wehinger with questions.

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Registration Opens for the 18th Annual Watershed Specialist Meeting

“Ecosystem Engineer” by Chelsea Walker, Watershed Specialist for the Westmoreland Conservation District and winner of the 2017 CD Watershed Specialist Photo Contest.

The 2018 Conservation District Watershed Specialist Meeting will take place at Toftrees Golf Resort in State College, PA, on October 9-11 for newer watershed specialists and October 10-11 for the full group. Special training for newer watershed specialists will take place on October 9.

Highlights from this year’s agenda include macroinvertebrate training by the Stroud Water Research Center, hands-on training with PAOneStop and the Web Soil Survey, an update on invasive species, and much more.

Registration is open to conservation district watershed specialists and invited guests. The deadline to register is Monday, October 1. Click here for more information and to register for the meeting.


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Thank You Ag Progress Days Volunteers!

Ag Progress Days, Pennsylvania’s largest outdoor agricultural exposition was held August 14-16, 2018, at The Pennsylvania State University’s Research Farms in Rock Springs. Despite the rain and mud on Tuesday, PACD and conservation districts from Centre, Union, Dauphin, Bradford, Huntingdon, and Bedford counties met hundreds of landowners and farmers to discuss local conservation during the three day event.

A BIG thank you goes out to all who volunteered for this great networking experience!

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