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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

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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.

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.

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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.