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Posted by   on: May 25th, 2016

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NOT paperwork and Recorder of Deeds req’mts – Mark Lonergan

Critical Stages – Mark Lonergan

Approved list of BMPs – Mark Lonergan

Act 162 technical guidance Buffers – Mark Lonergan

105 Session for Engineer’s Workshop – John Hohenstein

Approved list of BMPs -Mark Lonergan

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Posted by   on: April 13th, 2016

WORKSHOP May 24, 2016 – Final

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

 

 

Posted by   on: December 5th, 2014

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 info@separcd.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.

Posted by   on: December 21st, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA 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.

Posted by   on: August 29th, 2012

Saturday September 15, 2012 – Saturday September 15, 2012

7701 Martins Creek/Belvidere Highway

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Description:

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: June 25th, 2012

The Southeastern PA RC&D Council with grants from PA Growing Greener, PA American Water and many gracious sponsors has stocked tools, power equipment, safety gear and related supplies in the Conservation Planting Trailer.  Members of the Council receive free use of the trailer on a first come first serve basis.

Current members can reserve the trailer by calling 877-610-6603 or emailing chairman@separcd.org. All planting trailer users must complete a SEPARCD Equipment Use Agreement and a ToolNEquipmentCheckListBlank. Guidance for using the trailer can be found  in SEPARCDTrailer Towing Instructions.

If your not a current member you can JOIN using the link on the home page.

The trailer is available to come to your area to assist volunteers on environmental restoration and watershed projects.

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 30th, 2012

The goal of the Conservation Planting Trailer is to assist groups and organizations in restoring the region’s ripa20161020_102132rian 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.

SEPA RCD Trailer Towing Instructions

SEPA RCD Equipment Use Agreement

Tool and Equipment Check List

Three major goals of the project are:

  1. Increase environmental restoration and community plantings in the region
  2. Increase the number of volunteers who participate in planting projects
  3. Provide volunteers with safe and proper tools

Three expected outcomes of the project are:

  1. More of the region’s riparian buffers and environmentally sensitive areas will be stabilized and restored
  2. People will feel better by investing their time and energy to protect and improve their community and the region’s natural resources
  3. 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:

 

Platinum Sponsor

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Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

 

Chester Delaware Farm Bureau

Chester Delaware Farm Bureau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bronze Sponsors

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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.