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What's New! updated 1/30/2015

                                                     

Pike County Conservation District has rescheduled
the cancelled January Board
Reorganization and
Regular Meeting, for
Monday, February 9, 2015.
In the event of a meeting cancellation, the meeting will be held on the regularly scheduled February 23, 2015 meeting.

 


PCCD Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Road
Informational Session 

Due to the potential storm coming through tomorrow we are rescheduling the Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Road Informational Meeting that was originally scheduled for Tuesday to Thursday January 29, 2015 – beginning at 9:00 at the Training Center in Lords Valley.  

     The focus of the Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Road Maintenance Program remains on "Environmentally Sensitive Road Maintenance Practices" that reduce the impact of road runoff and sediment to local streams, while reducing long term road maintenance costs. With this new funding opportunity, the Center for Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Roads and the State Conservation Commission have provided Conservation Districts and applicants with some additional tools to assist with these projects. On January 27, the Conservation District Staff will provide an overview of the changes to the program, review the funding available, and these new tools available to assist the applicant. District Staff will also review the simple application process and the project ranking process.

     Applicants are strongly encouraged to send a representative who will be working directly on any dirt and gravel or low volume road projects to this January 27, 2014 informational meeting. Snow dates for this meeting will be January 29, 2015, 9:00am or if necessary January 30, 2015 9:00am at the Pike County Training Center in Lords Valley. Lunch will be provided for all participants. Please contact the District office before January 22, 2015 at 570-226-8220 or email mulmer@pikepa.org to register for this important meeting.

       Pike County Conservation District - Planning for the Future

The Pike County Conservation District Board recently distributed a survey to residents, visitors and partners to assist with identification of the Pike County’s most important natural resource issues.  In identifying these concerns, the Conservation District can then determine what role or service the District should provide to support the community and protect natural resources. The survey was completed and presented at a public meeting held November 6, 2014 at the PCCD Education Building in Blooming Grove. The Conservation District Board is in the process of reviewing the survey and the public meeting discussions to develop a new strategic plan that will guide the PCCD Board and Staff into the next few years. This Strategic planning effort is being supported by a grant that was received through the PA Leadership Development Program with funding from the PA State Conservation Commission. 


 Conservation District Annual Dinner Celebrates our Water Resources 

The Pike County Conservation District Board and Staff celebrated the water resources of Pike County with over 60 partners and friends on November 14, 2014. Highlights of the evening included an overview presentation on Pike County’s Water Resource Program by PCCD’s Watershed Specialist Vinny Cordova and Administrative Manager Michele Ulmer and a Silent Auction for a beautifully painted rain barrel.  

 The evening’s program focused on the results of a recent groundwater study completed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Pike County Conservation District.  The focus of the study was on developing baseline data for the counties drinking water prior to any potential unconventional natural gas drilling. This is a crucial step in protecting our drinking water resource in the event of contamination. The rest of the program highlighted the many other ways we keep close tabs on the quality and quantity of the counties drinking water and streams. Along with the educational events the District participates in throughout the year.

Michele Ulmer highlighted Every Drop Counts! Use a Rain Barrel Project which the District coordinated with the Pike/Wayne Conservation Partnership. This Rain Barrel Project recently received the Northeast Pennsylvania Environmental Partnership Award at a ceremony held October 30, 2014 at the Woodlands in Wilkes-Barre, PA(photo below of awards dinner). The Every Drop Counts! Project included 20 organizations involved in the Pike/Wayne Conservation Partnership, as well as  four School Districts,  twelve local businesses in Pike and Wayne counties, and the Downtown Hawley Partnership. While the project started out as a simple partnership effort, it blossomed into a tremendous educational outreach opportunity which expanded to include the entire community. The project partners educated the community on the importance of water conservation and stormwater management with the use of beautifully designed and painted rain barrels. For more information on the project visit http://www.pikeconservation.org/EveryDropCounts.htm

 The Silent Auction was the highlight of the evening with the rain barrel designed and painted by PCCD’s Administrative Assistant Christina Spizuoco and a second rain barrel bringing in $325 toward the environmental education program of the District. A special thanks to Cathe Marrow and Gloria and Peter Talman.

 

Pictured from the left, Cathe Marrow, winner of the designed rain barrel, PCCD staff member Christina Spizuoco, the artist, and Gloria and Peter Talman who took home the second rain barrel. For more pictures from the evening visit our Facebook page! 


 Photo above from the Northeast Pennsylvania Environmental Partnership Awards Dinner in October. From the left is Janet Warnick, Northeast Regional Manager Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance - Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Jamie Knecht, Watershed Specialist Wayne Conservation District, Michele Ulmer Administrative Manager PCCD, and Diane Madl, Environmental Education Specialist Supervisor - PA DCNR. 


 

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Pike County Groundwater Study Released

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) in  cooperation with the Pike County Conservation  District recently completed a study of residential groundwater wells in Pike County, PA. The results of the study were published in July 2014 in USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2014-5117 which can be viewed on the USGS website. For more information, click here.

 


 

Do You Know Your Watershed Address?
PCCD has created a brochure and an interactive watershed map so you can easily identify your watershed along with some interesting facts about the water resources in that watershed.
A watershed is an area of land across which water, and the sediment and dissolved materials it contains, flow on their way to a single common outlet- like a stream, lake or river. Click on the brochure to the left to find out more!!
 

Every Drop Counts! Use a Rain Barrel
wins NEPA Environmental Partnership Award!

The Every Drop Counts! Use a Rain Barrel Project has received a 2014 Northeast Pennsylvania Environmental Partnership Award for their work in environmental protection!

The award was presented to members of the Pike/Wayne Conservation Partnership at the 24th Annual Evening for Northeast Pennsylvania’s Environment, which took place Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at the Woodlands Inn & Resort, in Wilkes- Barre, Pennsylvania.

For more information on the awards ceremony visit http://www.pecpa.org/region/northeast



 

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