Archive for the ‘Water Management’ Category

Posted by   on: November 16th, 2011

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Resource Conservation and Development Council held a free Organic Transitions Farm Workshop for small farmers at the Greener Partners Longview Center for Agriculture in Collegeville, PA on Tuesday, November 15 from 1:00 to 5:30pm. The event focused on teaching growers how to implement organic, low-input, sustainable techniques in their operations, and includes a tour of the center and series of lectures.

Participants had the opportunity to see farmland conservation practices being implemented, including those benefiting soil, water, and pollinator habitat preservation. Participants toured  the Longview Center for Agriculture, a 90 acre certified organic farm, which showcases how a wide array of conservation-oriented techniques, such as cover crop rotations, seasonal high tunnels, integrated pest management, and organic orchard management, can be utilized to holistically address a wide range of natural resource concerns.

Andrew Frankenfield, Penn State Extension Educator for Montgomery County, provided participants with a dynamic presentation on expert cover crop management techniques, including cover crop species selection and rotation as it relates to improving overall soil health. No till systems, as they relate to sustainable practices, were also be addressed.

Information about the financial and technical resources available to growers interested in adopting conversation practices which support organic agriculture systems were presented by Austin Drager, Natural Resource Specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Additionally information was provided by Rick Fonda, Production Manager for the Longview Center for Agriculture.

Ian Phelps Longview 11.15.11

Ian Phelps speaking about Transitioning to Organic Practices

 

Posted by   on: May 25th, 2011

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Resource Conservation and Development Council (SEPA RC&D) is assisting municipalities in Eastern Delaware County, Pennsylvania by helping them to work as a group on stormwater management issues such as the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Program.

Currently, many municipalities in Pennsylvania are faced with implementation of a number of federal and state program requirements associated with watershed-related permits and issues.  Each of them is separately responsible for undertaking much of the same work, often within the same watershed boundaries. Southeastern PA RC&D recognizes that stormwater management issues could be better addressed in a more holistic planning forum.

The municipalities involved in this project are MS4 municipalities. They are older, highly urbanized, mostly very small, and have serious technical and financial constraints in dealing with stormwater-related regulatory requirements and and implementation of other stormwater-related activities identified in regional watershed plans.

Funding for this innovative project has been provided by US Environmental Protection Agency and the William Penn Foundation.

The results of this project will provide the Darby-Cobbs Watershed municipalities and neighboring watershed municipalities with a model program for dealing with stormwater management issues, and specifically assist them with implementation of stormwater-related programs and activities such as those identified in the Cobbs Creek Integrated Watershed Management Plan (CCIWMP). It is hoped that this project will be duplicated in other areas of Pennsylvania, as well as the nation, where there is no centralized entity (i.e., city or county) responsible for undertaking stormwater issues in a coordinated fashion.

Expected outcomes of the project include:

  1. The creation of  a multi-municipal collaborative to address stormwater management in the project area communities
  2. Initiation of joint programs and common stormwater practices under the guidance of a stormwater manager
  3. Municipal officials and residents thinking beyond their political boundaries
  4. Better implementation of common stormwater management practices by the study area communities
  5. Long-term implementation of a self-sustaining funding mechanism
  6. Joint/common public education and outreach plans and programs
  7. State and federal environmental officials using this project as a model
Posted by   on: May 25th, 2011

The purpose of this project is to establish a rain water harvesting system at Spring-Ford Intermediate School in Royersford, Montgomery County, PA. This project provides hands-on lessons in environmental conservation to all Spring-Ford Intermediate School students.  Capturing rainwater to maintain the garden habitat creates true self-sustainability and reduces the need for chemically-treated traditional water sources.

The proposed water feature will integrate beautifully into the courtyard landscape and become a focal point for fifth and sixth grade lessons on watersheds and wetlands, sustainability, conservation, water management facilities and water treatment versus rainwater.

Project Goals include:

  1. Develop specific lessons for each grade level that will utilize the outdoor learning center and will meet Pennsylvania’s Environmental and Ecology, and Science and Technology Standards as well as Pennsylvania State Standards in other content areas
  2. Retain a Complete Aquatics Certified Professional to design and oversee the construction of the rain water harvesting system in the interior courtyard of Spring-Ford Intermediate School 5/6 Center
  3. Provide opportunities for student service learning projects. (such as researching and planting self-sustaining gardens as well as PA native shrubbery around the perimeter of the courtyard, testing and maintaining water from the rain water harvesting system, creating habitats for specific species, etc.)
  4. Develop a plan for ongoing maintenance of the courtyard area and surrounding gardens

The Southeastern PA RC&D Council has assisted the school by securing grants to build the rain harvesting system. Two grants have been awarded for the project.  One grant from the Trustees of Robert L and Agnes Cook Bard Foundation and a second grant from PA American Waters.

Steve Senn along with Roger Sears and volunteers will be installing the Complete Aquatics rainwater harvesting system on Tuesday, July 19th.

 

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 13th, 2011

Pennsylvania American Water announced that seven watershed initiatives across the state have earned financial support through the company’s 2011 Environmental Grant Program. The recipients will receive a share of grant funds totaling approximately $35,000 for their community-based projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds.

A panel of judges selected the winners from approximately 50 grant applications, which were evaluated on such criteria as environmental need, innovation, community engagement and sustainability.

Pennsylvania American Water awarded its 2011Environmental Grants to Marywood University (Lackawanna County), Southeastern Pennsylvania Resource Conservation and Development Council (Montgomery County), Pittsburgh Botanic Garden (Allegheny County), Dauphin County Conservation District, Brandywine Valley Association (Chester County), Clarks Summit Shade Tree Commission (Lackawanna County), and Buffalo Creek Watershed Association (Washington County).

“In our seventh year of the Environmental Grant Program, I’m very proud of how we have partnered with so many community groups that share our dedication to the stewardship of Pennsylvania’s water resources,” said Pennsylvania American Water President Kathy L. Pape. “The 2011 grant recipients especially deserve our support for their innovative projects to protect our watersheds.”

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Resource Conservation and Development Council will establish a rainwater harvesting system at the Spring-Ford Intermediate School in Royersford to provide students with hands-on environmental lessons in water conservation with the funding. The proposed system will capture rainwater to operate the schoolyard pond and stream, as well as irrigate the plants in the school’s garden. The project will also serve as a focal point for fifth- and sixth-grade lessons on watersheds, wetlands, sustainability, conservation and water management.

 

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

The Southeastern PA RC&D Council is reaching out to farmers of: small, organic, transitioning to organic, specialty crop, and livestock in the region, to let them know about the many programs available through the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service. To achieve that goal, and to encourage traditionally underserved farmers, the Council has hired a consultant.

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