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Employment law webinar, news from Lebanon, Armstrong, and Dauphin County Conservation Districts, urban agriculture webinar, and National Conservation Foundation 2020 survey. 
Reminder: Session 2 of the Employment Law Webinar Series is Scheduled for July 8

Session 2 of the Employment Law Summer webinar series with Adam Long is scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Please refer to your registration confirmation for session links or contact Matt Miller, Building for Tomorrow Leadership Development Coordinator, for more information at mmiller@pacd.org .
 
Financial and other support for the Building for Tomorrow Leadership Development Program is provided through a grant from the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission. Guidance for the Program is provided through the Pennsylvania Conservation Partnership's Leadership Development Committee.
Lebanon County Conservation District Holds Virtual Rain Barrel Workshop

The Lebanon County Conservation District (LCCD) scheduled a rain barrel workshop that was postponed due to the coronavirus and finally had to be held virtually. LCCD Watershed Specialist Stephanie Harmon educated participants on non-point source pollution via a PowerPoint presentation. They were introduced to the concepts of water quality, quantity, and how homeowners can help minimize non-point source (NPS) pollution in and around their own homes. Specifically, they were introduced to local sources of NPS pollution and how a rain barrel can be used as one measure to minimize NPS pollution and conserve water.
 
Through this grant, twenty-four rain barrels were purchased and distributed to workshop participants. Those receiving rain barrels scheduled time on June 4 or 5, 2020, to pick up their rain barrel at the Lebanon Valley Agricultural Center. Pick-ups were scheduled at 15-minute intervals to implement social distancing.

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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.
 
Photo caption: LCCD rain barrel workshop participants picked-up their rain barrels at the Lebanon Valley Agricultural Center at intervals to maintain social distance.
Armstrong and Dauphin County Conservation Districts Receive Grants

Pennsylvania American Water announced that 11 watershed-related projects across the Commonwealth would receive financial support through the company's 2020 Environmental Grant Program. The recipients will receive a share of grant funds totaling $40,000 for their community-based projects that improve, restore, or protect watersheds.
 
Among the recipients were two conservation districts:
  • Armstrong Conservation District - Mobile Environmental Display Exhibit Project ($8,000)
    Funding will go toward the maintenance and operation of the H20h! On the Go! Mobile environmental display - a traveling, interactive and educational display used to promote conservation of natural resources in underserved rural communities in the Ohio River watershed.
  • Dauphin County Conservation District - Stormwater Management for Homeowners Workshop ($2,200)
    With this grant, the Township will provide rain barrels and host a workshop to inform residents of the environmental issues surrounding non-point source pollutants and to educate residents on properly mitigating these issues on residential properties.
Click here to read more.
Webinar on Urban Agriculture

The National Association of Conservation District's Urban and Community Conservation webinar is scheduled for Noon-1:00 p.m. on July 16, 2020. The webinar will feature Prince George's Soil Conservation District's Urban Agriculture Conservation program.
 
Learn how the District worked with partners in Prince George's County, Maryland, to expand opportunities for agriculture through urban farm legislation and a property tax credit for landowners engaged in urban agriculture activities.
 
There is no cost to participate, but space is limited. Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, go online at https://nacdnet.z2systems.com/eventReg.jsp?event=654& . If you have difficulty, send an email to deb-bogar@nacdnet.org .
National Conservation Foundation 2020 Survey

The National Conservation Foundation (NCF) seeks input from the public on its existing programs and work through its 2020 NCF Survey. Help NCF continue to deliver conservation solutions as it supports future conservation leaders!
 
This survey should take around ten minutes to complete. Please fill out the survey by July 10, 2020. Upon completion of the survey, you will be entered for a chance to win a Yeti coffee cup from NACD's Marketplace.
 
Click here to take the survey. 
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Upcoming Events

July 23, 2020, 10 am
PACD Executive Council Meeting Web Conference


August 31-September 4, 2020
Agricultural Conservation Technical Training - Level II

Dauphin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Center,
D auphin, PA

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