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NPS Mini-grant Applications are due April 26
$60,000 Available for 2019-20 Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Educational Mini-grant Program for Conservation Districts

Thanks to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection continuing to support conservation district educational projects, PACD is ready to open a new round of Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution Prevention Educational Mini-grants!
 
Grants up to $2,000 are awarded to conservation districts for adult educational projects that offer strategies for reducing and preventing Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution. Projects should stimulate a local awareness of water quality issues, promote the theme "We All Live Downstream," and encourage citizen participation in activities to improve water quality in local watersheds.
 
The deadline for NPS mini-grant applications is April 26, 2019.  Click here for the online application and more information. Questions should be directed to Shannon Wehinger

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Financial and other support for the NPS Mini-grant Program 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.
Lycoming County Conservation District Holds Legislative Breakfast

On April 11, 2019, the Lycoming County Conservation District held a legislative breakfast at the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport, PA. PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh traveled to Williamsport for the event.
 
Topics of discussion included stream restoration efforts in the county and the state budget.
 
Photo caption: (left to right) Representative Jeff Wheeland, Senator Gene Yaw, PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh, PA Department of Environmental Protection Northcentral Region Director Marcus Kohl, and Lycoming County Conservation District Manager Mark Davidson pose for a photo during the legislative breakfast.
Columbia County Conservation District Hosts CREP Workshop

The Columbia County Conservation District used a Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) mini-grant, administered by PACD, to host a CREP Workshop at the Montour Preserve in Danville, PA on March 28, 2019. Forty-five people attended the workshop and heard presentations from the Farm Service Agency, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and PA Game Commission about the new mid-contract management rules and how landowners can use CREP to improve wildlife habitat and water quality. A demonstration on how to use the Game Commission's no-till seed drill was also part of the workshop.

Financial support for the CREP Mini-grant Program is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. through a Growing Greener Watershed Protection grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and with additional support from USDA-NRCS.
 
Photo caption: Participants learn about the Game Commission's no-till seed drill that is available for use by landowners. Photo provided by Columbia County Conservation District.
PACD Taking Conservation Award Nominations

The April 30 deadline to recognize a fellow conservationist by nominating him or her for a PACD Award is fast approaching.
  • Ann Rudd Saxman Conservation District Director or Associate Director Excellence Award
  • Conservation District Employee Excellence Award
  • Legislator Recognition Award
  • Maurice K. Goddard Award for Excellence in Environmental Recreation
Click here for more information and a nomination form. Contact Jann McNamara at jmcnamara@pacd.org with any questions.
Columbia County Conservation District's Good Water = Good Fishing Event Featured in News

WNEP featured Columbia County Conservation District (CCCD) and PA Fish & Boat Commission's Good Water = Good Fishing event on a PA Outdoor Life segment. CCCD Watershed Specialist Brittney Hartzell is featured in the video. Click here to view the nine-minute segment. 
 
Photo caption: Screenshot of video at https://wnep.com/2019/04/14/mentored-youth-trout-day-2/.
Free Online Stormwater Education Course Available

Lititz-based LandStudies is collaborating with the Municipal Online Stormwater Training Center at the University of Maryland's Environmental Finance Center to offer Economic Ecology - Maximizing Economic and Environmental Returns Through Floodplain Restoration.
 
This course provides an overview of Economic Ecology™, a regional approach to solving water-resource issues that maximizes both economic and environmental returns on investment.
 
Successful case studies from the Lititz Watershed in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, are used to demonstrate the economic rewards of tackling these environmental issues on a regional scale, specifically through floodplain restoration.
 
Click here for more information. 
 
NACD Comments on WOTUS Definition

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers' proposed rule redefining waters of the United States (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Through the proposed rule, the agencies clarify the definition of jurisdictional waters designated under the CWA.
 
Consistent with comments submitted in previous rulemakings to define WOTUS, NACD's comments emphasize the need for the agencies to enhance coordination with local conservation districts when making local determinations for which waters may be jurisdictional. Conservation districts have worked for decades with landowners in their communities and can provide valuable insight during the development of maps and implementation of the proposed rule.
 
Click here to read the comments.
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Upcoming Events

April 29-May 3, 2019
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA (Lebanon County)
 
June 18-20, 2019
2019 New Manager Bootcamp Training
Toftrees Golf Resort, State College, PA

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