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102/105 registration, Building for Tomorrow Leadership Development Training for Directors, winter meeting wrap-up, news from Westmoreland, Chester, Lehigh, Monroe, and Pike Counties, PENNVEST, and watershed conference. 
2019 102/105 Technical Training Registration Opens

Conservation district and DEP staff can now register for the 2019 102/105 Technical Training sessions. Both the basic and topic-based courses will take place at the Wyndham Garden State College in Boalsburg, PA, with little or no cost to attend. Please click the links below for more information.
 
102/105 Basic Technical Training - March 19-21, 2019: Registration Information  Agenda
102/105 Topic-based Technical Training - April 2-4, 2019: Registration Information  Agenda
Register Today for the Building for Tomorrow Director Training Workshops

Are you prepared for a fire? We hope that the answer is yes, and we assume that a big part of that preparation involved drawing up a plan and then practicing it.
 
But are you prepared for a harassment or discrimination complaint? Is your district positioned to be in control of the process to ensure a positive outcome in the face a problematic personnel issue?

Fire drills are only effective when you practice them before a fire happens, so don't wait to be prepared for a personnel problem that could expose your district's board members to potential liability in the event of a complaint.

All conservation district directors and associate directors are encouraged to attend our 2019 Building for Tomorrow Director Training workshops on Sexual Harassment and Respect in the Workplace, presented by Mary Kay Williams of MindShift Consulting. District managers are welcome too!

In addition to examining the definitions of harassment and discrimination, the interactive workshop program will include discussions of "what if" scenarios and focus on effective policies and steps you can take to lessen liability. These sessions are free of charge and lunch will be provided.

Please click on one of the following links to register (all workshops are 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.):

Help us spread the word and please encourage your fellow directors to participate.

Contact Matt Miller with questions.
PACD/SCC Winter Meeting Concludes

The PACD/SCC Winter Meeting was held January 30-31, 2019, at Toftrees Golf Resort in State College, PA. In addition to the business meetings of PACD and the State Conservation Commission, educational topics included Chapter 102 Erosion and Sedimentation Control ePermitting and parliamentary procedures.

A 50/50 raffle was held during the meeting. A total of $174 was raised for the PA Envirothon!
 
Photo caption: Penn State students Nathan Moyer and Amanda Gagne present a parliamentary procedure session during the director's breakfast. Photo by Amy Brown.
 
Click here to view photos from the event. 
Westmoreland Conservation District Holds Municipal Roundtable
 
The Westmoreland Conservation District held a successful "No-Mow" Riparian Buffer Education Project as part of the Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Program. Fifty people, representing 20 municipalities, attended the annual Municipal Roundtable held in late January at the J. Roy Houston Conservation Center. Attendees learned about stormwater issues, riparian buffers, mosquito habitat controls, and permitting. Attendees were invited to take no-mow signs with them to install in their new or existing riparian buffers.
 
Photo caption: Scott Hilty and Emily Mallisee of Murrysville take a riparian buffer education sign designed by the district.

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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.
 
Click here for more pictures of the municipal roundtable. 
Chester County Conservation District Receives Over $1.1 Million

Governor Tom Wolf announced the investment of $121 million for 25 drinking water, wastewater, and non-point source projects across 20 counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST). Chester County Conservation District will receive over $1.1 million for non-point source water quality improvement projects:
  • Project 1 - received a $695,838 loan to pay for a circular concrete manure storage facility, roofed stacking structure, barnyard and curbing with confinement fence, roofed heavy use area, gravel access road, roof cutters, downspouts, and reinforced gravel animal walkway on the Clair Good property. The project is expected to eliminate over 8,000 pounds of nitrogen, 3,529 pounds of phosphorus, and 10,180 pounds of sediment from Cedar Creek, a tributary to the Conestoga and Susquehanna Rivers.
  • Project 2 - received a $469,308 grant to cover the costs related to construction of manure storage facilities, heavy use areas, walkways, and storm water controls on the Benuel Stoltzfus property. The project is expected to eliminate 6,612 pounds of nitrogen, 2,789 pounds of phosphorus, and 5,660 pounds of sediment from entering the Little Conestoga Creek, a tributary to the Conestoga and Susquehanna Rivers.
Click here to read the entire press release. 
Lehigh County Conservation District Receives Urban Agriculture Grant

Lehigh County Conservation District (LCCD) was awarded an urban agriculture conservation grant through a partnership with the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service to boost technical capacity nationwide.
 
LCCD will expand its pilot urban agriculture field experience education program in Allentown. Through program implementation, urban, school-aged youth will be provided with training for twenty-first century green-collar jobs, increased access to healthy foods, and STEM education - all of which are to be shared with the broader community. Equipping students with critical thinking skills through participation in this field experience curriculum ensures they will be outfitted with experience to address and predict the area's current and future conservation needs.
 
Photo caption: Screenshot of LCCD website, http://www.lehighconservation.org.
 
Click here to read more about the LCCD program and here for the full list of recipients.
Monroe and Pike County Workshop in Local News

Monroe and Pike County Conservation Districts partnered to hold two day-long workshops on green infrastructure and permit coordination in Tannersville, PA. The districts connected with engineers and other professionals involved in project planning and development.
 
Photo caption: Screen shot of news report on Monroe and Pike Workshop from Eyewitness News WBRE WYOU
 
Click here to read the entire article and to view the video.
PENNVEST Holding Information Sessions

The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) is holding information sessions for municipal officials, conservation districts, private landowners, authority board members and staff, regulators, engineers, and others interesting in learning about how PENNVEST funding can help improve water quality in your community.
 
The 2019 sessions will be held:
 
March 11 - Clearfield County
March 12 - Tioga County
March 13 - Chester County
April 2 - Cambria County
April 8 - Westmoreland County
April 9 - Crawford County
April 11 - Lehigh County
April 22 - Dauphin County
April 29 - Lackawanna County
April 30 - Bedford County
May 16 - Luzerne County
 
Click here for the event flyer and here to register. 
Statewide Conference for Watershed Organizations: Deadline Approaching

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) and the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) invite you to network with colleagues, learn how to strengthen your local organizations, and discover new and emerging resources at the 2019 PA Statewide Conference for Watershed Organizations.
 
The conference will be held February 24-25, 2019, at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 310 Elks Club Rd, Boalsburg, PA 16827.
 
Registration is available for full-conference as well as single-day attendance. Please note that the regular registration deadline is February 14! Limited scholarships are available to attendees to cover registration costs. Please contact Susan Myerov for more information or questions.
 
Click here to read more and to register. 
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Conservation Districts in the News 
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Upcoming Events

February 27-28, 2019
Genetti Hotel, Williamsport, PA

March 5, 2019
Genetti Hotel, Wilkes-Barre, PA

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