Bucks County Conservation District Creates Brochure in English & Spanish

Bucks County Conservation District (BCCD) recently created a brochure on rain garden maintenance. The district included information in English and Spanish. The brochure is part of their Residential Stormwater Management project that includes stormwater workshops. The project is funded through PACD’s Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Educational Mini-grant Program.

BCCD Erosion and Sediment Control Technician Chris Cook decided to include both languages in one brochure to make it more convenient to carry around in the field and hand out while he is performing fieldwork. “My thinking was that if one version covered both languages, it would allow the material to be passed around and referenced by landscape crew members with varied English/Spanish reading, writing, and comprehension skills,” said Cook.

The brochure can be viewed here

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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Snyder County Conservation District Holds Farmer Winter Meeting

Attendees listen to a presentation during the 2022 Farmer Winter Meeting. Photo provided by SCCD.

In Selinsgrove, the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) held its annual Farmers Winter Meeting on February 18, 2022. Seventy-five people attended the event. Topics included nutrient stewardship and management and the importance of farm recordkeeping.

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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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Berks County Conservation District Hosts Workshop for Contractors

“Working with the Conservation District” workshop in Berks County. Photo provided by Berks County Conservation District.

On Tuesday, April 5, 2022, the Berks County Conservation District hosted a “Working with the Conservation District” workshop for contractors working in Berks County. The workshop was held in the auditorium of the Berks County Agriculture Center. A dozen members of the regulated public attended.

The five members of the district’s Urban Team made presentations on the general regulatory requirements of Chapter 102; Compliance vs. Enforcement, Inspection Procedures; Proper BMP Installation and Maintenance; Post Construction Stormwater Management (PCSM) and Notice of Termination (NOT); and Chapter 105 – Concerns. These presentations showed typical site construction problems that can easily be avoided. These problems prevent construction compliance and add costs to projects, delay construction, and can result in the termination of permits. All presentations were received well by the attendees, who appreciated the guidance.

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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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Luzerne Conservation District Holds Women in Ag Workshop

Master Watershed Steward Christine Boyle presents on Stormwater and Agriculture as part of the rain barrel presentation at the first Women in Ag workshop in Luzerne County. Photo provided by Luzerne Conservation District.

Luzerne Conservation District held a Women in Agriculture workshop on National Ag Day, March 22, 2022. The event had twenty-two in attendance. The workshop was a success, with great speakers providing education on stormwater and stormwater best management practices and rain barrel construction.

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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Cumberland County Conservation District Holds Workshop for Engineers

Photo provided by Cumberland County Conservation District.

On March 24, 2022, the Cumberland County Conservation District held an Erosion and Sedimentation/National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Workshop in Carlisle, PA. Sixty-five engineers attended the training.

Topics covered included an updated district fee schedule, PAG-01, online resources, e-permitting, and Managed Release Concept stormwater design.

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Snyder County Conservation District Holds Manure Management Workshop

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) held two manure management plan (MMP) writing workshops for farmers, farm owners, livestock, and poultry operators to write their own MMPs. The sessions were held at the SCCD office on March 24, 2022. Nine farmers attended.

Barry Spangler, SCCD Agricultural Conservation Technician, gave an overview of the Manure Management Manual and other agricultural, environmental regulations. He gave a step-by-step process of how farmers can write their MMPs that meet these new regulations, including a demonstration of PAOneStop. Spangler also provided information about the state agricultural erosion and sedimentation plan requirements for owned and rented lands.

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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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.

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