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Posted by   on: March 23rd, 2012

The Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds (C-SAW) is a team of specialists who provide eligible watershed groups, environmental groups, or local grassroots project sponsors Program Management and Scientific Technical Assistance through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (PADEP) Growing Greener Program. The service is at no cost to eligible groups.   At present there are nine partners that are members of the C-SAW Program.  In addition to Wilkes University, the other partners are: Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring at Dickinson College, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Pennsylvania Lake Management Society, Stroud Water Research Center, Pennsylvania RC&D, and United States Geological Survey . The C-SAW program is operated by the Pocono-Northeast RC&D.  The goal for C-SAW is to transfer knowledge and skills to watershed groups or local sponsors thereby helping to build their capacity to plan and conduct watershed assessments, and conduct post-implementation monitoring.

To learn more click here. Applications within the SEPA RC&D Council service area should be mailed to the SEPA RC&D current mailing address.

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: March 2nd, 2012

Join us on March 17, 2012 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM  for a Mini Symposium at Lafayette College to learn more about the Lafayette College Organic Garden sustainability achievements.  NRCS farmland conservation practices that support sustainable agriculture including no-till systems using tillage radishes,  cover crop management,  seasonal high tunnels, integrated pest management,  pollinator habitat development, and other transitional organic practices  will be featured. A film screening of “Small Farm Rising” will be followed by a roundtable discussion. All participants are welcome to bring seeds for an heirloom seed exchange.  Refreshments will be available.

Lafayette College
Kirby Hall of Civil Rights
Kirby Room 104 Auditorium
 
Free Event.  Please Register at http://separcd.org/event-registration/?regevent_action=register&event_id=52
 

 

Posted by   on: December 7th, 2011

Eastern Delware County Stormwater Colaborative Members

On Thursday, December 1, 2011, Eastern Delaware County municipalities celebrated an exciting milestone.  The Boroughs of Collingdale, Sharon Hill, Yeadon and Upper Darby Township were recognized for signing on Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative Inter-governmental Agreement.  Elected Officials formally adopted the agreement at public meetings in November.  The four municipalities were recognized by the Southeastern PA Resource Conservation and Development(RC&D) Council, Project Sponsor, the County and other partners for their joint initiative across municipal boundaries to manage stormwater and comply with Pennsylvania’s stormwater permit requirements.

The Collaborative municipalities will be able to more efficiently and economically address stormwater problems and comply with DEP stormwater permit requirements.  Through this partnership, the four municipalities will work together to conduct required training programs for municipal staff and contractors, host education and outreach events, enlist involvement from residents and other constituents, take advantage of economies of scale for educational publications and other permit related activities.

Collectively, these practices and programs will help prevent water pollution and protect streams like the Darby Creek from Degradation that can result from uncontrolled and polluted stormwater runoff.  The four municipalities are the first members to sign the agreement and formalize their commitment to work together to undertake regulatory requirements to prevent water pollution in the Darby Creek Watershed.

Southeastern PA RC&D Council has led this effort over several years. The project focused on urbanized communities in Delaware County to formalize joint municipal stormwater management activities.Karen Holm, Southeastern PA RC&D Board Member and Delaware County Planning Department Manager said “I am encouraged by the dedication shown over the many months of working together to prepare and inter-governmental cooperative agreement; it signals readiness among municipalities to work together to more efficiently address the challenges of storm water management.  Starting in 2012, the Collaborative will be well positioned to conduct combined training events and education projects for the four partners.  This collaboration will help member municipalities meet their permit goals and obligations in a more cost -effective manner, avoid inefficiencies that can occur under the municipal permit, and present a more unified and consistent educational messages to communities and constituents.”

Funding for this innovative project has been provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and The William Penn Foundation. The Southeastern PA Resource Conservation and Development Council, a regional nonprofit organization helped organize the collaborative and obtained the grant funding for this unique project. The Delaware County Planning Department and the Delaware County Conservation District have been actively involved in organizing and assisting the Collaborative with assistance and participation from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

 

 

 

Posted by   on: November 29th, 2011

The Council has approved the calendar year 2012 Council Meeting dates.  The meetings will continue to be at the Milford Township Building in Quakertown, PA. The Council Directors and members will meet on the fourth Tuesday of the months of January, March, May, July, September and November.  All meetings are open to the public and begin at 9:00 am ending at noon.

Specific Dates are as follows:

January 24, 2012

March 27, 2012

May 22, 2012

July 24, 2012

September 25, 2012

November 27, 2012

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: 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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Description:

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 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 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.