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Above is link for the registration flyer….
Workshop – NPDES Construction Permitting May 24, 2016
This session will be conducted with Conservation District staff and DEP staff. This session will present information for the beginner as well as serve as an update for the veteran plan designer.
Changes to Chapter 102, NPDES, and Post Construction Stormwater Management requirements have been significant recently. This training will help provide guidance and direction for you on how these changes are being implemented.
The training will be held at the Science Center Theater 213 at Montgomery County Community College. Registration time will include a continental breakfast. The workshop is a joint effort of the Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery County Conservation Districts. We would like to encourage plan designers, E.I.T.’s, new engineers, and municipal officials to attend. Registrations will be accepted on a first come / first serve basis. The deadline for registering is May 13, 2016. If you experience delays in having a check cut, please reserve your seat by faxing the registration form to us at (610)892-9489. Your check should be mailed as soon after as possible. A box lunch will be provided as part of the $90.00 registration fee. Exhibitor Space (6ft Table) is available (however, limited) for a fee of $200.00. Please contact Ed Magargee at DCCD (610) 892-9484 to make arrangements.
Science Center Theater 213 at Montgomery County Community College. 340 DeKalb Pike
Blue Bell, PA 19422…. “Montgomery County Community College is not affiliated with the event and the College should not be contacted regarding the program.”
Bucks C.D. – (215) 345-7577
Chester C.D. – (610) 925-4920
Montgomery C.D. (610) 489-4506
Delaware C.D. (610) 892-9484
The position has been filled, thus the vacancy announcement is closed.
Program Assistant/Field Technician (Temporary / Contract Position) This position serves the NRCS West Chester Field Office. Currently this position works in support of program analysis functions and processes, as well as technical support and program assistance to the field team. Field and office work and travel to other team offices and various locations throughout all counties will be part of the position. The position is funded by an agreement between Southeast Pennsylvania RC&D Council and USDA-NRCS. Current funding is projected to extend into early 2016 at which time additional funding will be evaluated.
Major duties include technical support and program assistance (75%), plan development and agricultural conservation practices (20%), and other duties as assigned. (5%). Position will be with Southeast Pennsylvania Resource Conservation & Development Council, an Equal Opportunity Employer. Position is fulltime.
All resumes and applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes will be accepted until January 15, 2015, but a decision could be reached sooner depending on responses. Additional information can be found at http://separcd.org/
The position is dependent on annual Federal Funding. Typical Employee Contract : SEPA RCD Employment Agreement 2014 – BLANK
Description of work: This position provides assistance to the landowners and land users of Chester, Delaware, and Philadelphia Counties as a representative of Southeast Field Team 7. The incumbent will assist the field team with Highly Erodible Land (HEL) determinations, contract management, searching for sensitive habitat using the Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Index, utilizing Customer Service Toolkit (GIS) to enter and maintain conservation plans, input and retrieval of data for progress reports and other duties as assigned.
Job Title: Program Assistant
Duty Location: USDA-NRCS, 601 Westtown Rd., West Chester, PA 19380
Work Schedule: 40 hours per week.
Requirements: Background investigation will be required.
Qualifications: 1 year specialized experience or Bachelor’s Degree
Specialized experience: Experience that has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position to at least the next lower grade level. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:
Gathering data for the development of conservation plans and contracts; processing office determinations for Highly Erodible Land (HEL); completing searches for sensitive habitat using the Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Index; collecting and filing program eligibility information for program applicants; utilizing office automation software to enter and update conservation plans; providing administrative support to a field team; use of office automation software such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
A PACD Mini-grant, Tree Vitalize, and Delaware County Council came together to fund this riparian buffer tree planting project. A total of 103 trees and shrubs were planting along Darby Creek. Natural Lands Trust, PECO Energy, Villanova University, and Community Service Workers provided the volunteer labor. The Conservation Planting Trailer was a big asset to help make this project run smoothly. — in Upper Darby, PA.
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.
The goal of the Conservation Planting Trailer is to assist groups and organizations in restoring the region’s riparian buffers and other environmentally sensitive areas by loaning them the necessary tools and equipment to plant native trees, shrubs, and flowers. These efforts will also help improve water quality in streams, ponds, and wetlands. It will also create beneficial habitat for wildlife and aquatic life.
A common problem facing community conservation groups is not having the right tools, or not enough of them, to prepare the sites and do the planting. The Southeastern PA Resource Conservation and Development Council Conservation Planting Trailer will provide groups with the shovels, rakes, planting bars, augers, pruners, etc. necessary to do projects in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Counties of Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, and Northampton. With the right tools provided, more buffers will be restored, a greater number of plants will be planted, fewer tools will be broken from misuse, and volunteers will be safer.
The Conservation Planting Trailer is an innovative conservation project. SEPA RC&D Council Members may use the trailer for free. Join the Council today and enjoy the benefits of membership.
Key Documents for use of the trailer can be downloaded by clicking on the document name.
- Increase environmental restoration and community plantings in the region
- Increase the number of volunteers who participate in planting projects
- Provide volunteers with safe and proper tools
Three expected outcomes of the project are:
- More of the region’s riparian buffers and environmentally sensitive areas will be stabilized and restored
- People will feel better by investing their time and energy to protect and improve their community and the region’s natural resources
- Other groups, organizations, businesses, and agencies will be inspired to donate for environmental restoration projects because of the availability of the conservation trailer
This project will help meet several of the goals listed in Pennsylvania’s Nonpoint Source Management Program Update and the Watershed Restoration Action Strategy for the State Water Plan.
Conservation Planting Trailer Sponsors:
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
To down load the RFP click here.