Archive for the ‘Capacity Building’ Category

Posted by   on: August 29th, 2012

Saturday September 15, 2012 – Saturday September 15, 2012

7701 Martins Creek/Belvidere Highway

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Martins-Jacoby Watershed Association

Time: 9AM

Day: Saturday, September 15th

Location: Lower Mount Bethel Township Welcome Center located at 7701 Martins Creek/Belvidere Highway, Bangor, PA 18013.

Martins Jacoby Watershed Association is hosting a volunteer day on the grounds of the Lower Mount Bethel Welcome Center. As a member of SEPA RC&D Council the Watershed Association is taking advantage of the free use of the SEPA RC&D Conservation Planting Trailer for this event. Volunteers will get to help install blue bird boxes, tree protectors to prevent deer damage and assist with butterfly garden maintenance. After lunch, which will be provided by PPL, volunteers will be led on an interpretive nature hike on nearby trails.

To register, please contact John Mauser at 610-498-2126.

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Posted by   on: June 27th, 2012
TOWNS COLLABORATE TO IMPROVE STORMWATER CONTROL

Collingdale, PA – June 2012 – In December 2011, four Eastern Delaware County communities signed an agreement forming the Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative with the goal of improving control of stormwater and reducing pollution by operating as a single unit.

Collingdale, Sharon Hill and Yeadon Boroughs and Upper Darby Township joined to form the Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative to jointly undertake state-mandated stormwater related activities and projects.  By acting as a unit, the towns expect to improve compliance with state requirements, avoid duplication, and reduce costs.

Stormwater runoff is a significant problem in the eastern part of Delaware County due to dense development and old, sometimes crumbling, piping and infrastructure.

In May, the members of the Collaborative appointed a Coordinator with experience in environmental education and state programs dealing with control of stormwater runoff. The coordinator’s responsibilities include overall program management, planning and coordination, budgeting, community outreach, report preparation, compilation of grant applications, and development and oversight of public educational events and projects.

The Collaborative’s initial project involves working jointly with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commision to apply for a PennVest grant to plant 1,000 trees in areas selected by the member communities in 2013. Tree coverage in urbanized areas greatly reduces stormwater runoff and improves water quality.  Additional joint projects are planned for this summer.

The member communities hope to continue to forge such relationships, finding that working together as a group they are able to accomplish projects that, if working alone, would be impossible due to size and budget constraints.

While a large part of the Collaborative’s operation is presently funded by grants, the group needs to enlist additional municipalities in the Darby Creek watershed to remain financially viable in the future. The communities of the Collaborative therefore invite all boroughs and townships in the Darby Creek watershed to join the group and take advantage of these economies of scale to reduce compliance costs and improve water quality in their community.

Interested municipalities are welcome to attend the next Collaborative meeting on July 11th at 3:30PM at Collingdale Borough Hall. For additional details or to arrange a meeting contact Jamie Anderson, Coordinator at jamiea98@yahoo.com or call 484-326-6248.
Posted by   on: April 1st, 2012

Municipalities have the ability to track their stormwater activities and costs using a simple tracking tool.  This tracking tool is free to download and use.  It was developed using Microsoft Excel by the staff of the Delaware County Planning Department for the Southeastern PA RC&D Council’s Stormwater Collaboration Project.

The tool and directions can be download by clicking the files below.

MS4 Tracking Tool

MS4 Reporting Form v.4.0

MS4 Tracking Tool Instructions v4.0

Enter stormwater activity information into the MS4 Reporting Form. Fields have been provided for multiple staff members’ time and for purchasing costs. A drop-down menu allows you to choose which MCM the activity relates to. A check-box allows you to record which activities were multi-municipal.

Reports generated by the software can easily be used to comply with regulatory reporting requirements. Generate reports for all of your municipality’s MS4 activities or choose to look at individual MCMs.  Four Standard reports are included:

  • MS4 Activity Report
  • MS4 Activity Report with Total Costs
  • Education and Outreach Report
  • Purchasing Report

Get started today tracking all your Ms4 activities and costs.

 

Posted by   on: March 23rd, 2012

The Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative (EDCSC) seeks proposals from consultants with a background in the NPDES II/MS4 Stormwater Management Program to serve as a part- time coordinator for a group of municipalities jointly undertaking several components of the MS4 minimum control measures (MCMs). Assistance to be provided is outlined in the request for proposal.  Work will commence upon consultant selection and subsequent execution of a contract.

Proposals are requested no later than 4:00 p.m., EDT, Monday, April 9, 2012, and should be submitted to: George Kobryn, Chairman Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative c/o Southeastern PA Resource Conservation & Development Council (SEPA RC&D), P. O. Box 539, Silverdale, PA  18962-0539

You may request a copy of the RFP by contacting the SEPA RC&D Council by phone at 877-610-6603, or via email at chairman@separcd.org.

To down load the RFP click here.

Posted by   on: March 16th, 2012

CONSERVATION PLANTING TRAILER TRAINING SESSION

Date : March 29, 2012

Time : From 9:30 am until 12:00 pm.

Location : Meadowood Retirement Community, 3205 Skippack Pike, Worcester PA, 19490

A half day session to review the Conservation Planting Trailer – Sponsored by the Southeastern PA. Resource Conservation and Development Council.   Conservation District Watershed Specialist are invited to learn how the trailer is set up, and take any questions.  There will be discussion on future equipment purchases based on Watershed Specialist input. Ed Magargee will review trailer locks, hook up, operating procedures, and checklists, 


Posted by   on: August 1st, 2011

Thursday November 17, 2011 – Thursday November 17, 2011

11:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Lehigh County Agricultural Center

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The Southeastern Pennsylvania Resource Conservation & Development Council is sponsoring a Grants: Researching grants and preparing a quality proposal Workshop for regional watershed volunteers, staff and board members.

The  cost to attend is $25. Lunch is included.  Come early to network and enjoy light refreshments.

This step by step, user friendly guide will walk novice grant seekers through the proposal planning, research, writing and submission process. Discussion will include how to define funding needs, what types of grants exist and how they differ, how to conduct funding research, steps in writing a proposal, and how to approach different funders. Emphasis will be on determining which grant opportunities best match your organization’s programs so that you can focus your
energy on preparing clear and persuasive proposals that are most likely to succeed.

Allison Trimarco  of The Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University School of Business will be presenting the workshop.
Allison Trimarco is the founder of creative Capacity, LLC which works with nonprofits of all types to increase their management capacity.  Her practice focuses on strategic planning, fundraising, communications, and non-profit development projects.
Allison is an affiliated consultant and trainer with the Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University, where she has handles fundraising and strategic planning projects  for arts, education, and social service organizations. Allison earned a Master’s degree in Arts Management with highest distinction and Carnegie Mellon University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Theater cum laude at Smith College.
Posted by   on: May 19th, 2011

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Resource Conservation & Development Council is sponsoring a Guide to Finding and Getting Grants Workshop for regional watershed volunteers, staff and board members.

Allison Trimarco  of The Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University School of Business will be presenting the workshop.  The  cost to attend is $25. Lunch is included.  Come early to network and enjoy light refreshments.
Allison Trimarco is the founder of creative Capacity, LLC which works with nonprofits of all types to increase their management capacity.  Her practice focuses on strategic planning, fundraising, communications, and non-profit development projects.
Allison is an affiliated consultant and trainer with the Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University, where she has handles fundraising and strategic planning projects  for arts, education, and social service organizations. Allison earned a Master’s degree in Arts Management with highest distinction and Carnegie Mellon University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Theater cum laude at Smith College.

To register click here. More information can also be obtained by sending an email to chairman@separcd.org, or calling the office at 215-453-9527 Ext. 5. Space is limited, so register early.

Posted by   on: May 12th, 2011

The Southeastern PA RC&D Council is sponsoring capacity building workshops for local watershed organizations on:

Allison Trimarco  of The Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University School of Business will be presenting. Each workshop costs $25 to attend. Lunch is included in the registration cost. Click on the workshop name above to register for the event with our secure online registration.

Posted by   on: March 25th, 2011

Jack Preston, President of the PA Association of RC&D Councils presenting SEPA RC&D Chair Karen Holm the Circle of Diamonds Award

The Southeastern PA Resource Conservation and Development Council was awarded Circle of Diamonds status in 2010. (more…)