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Posted by   on: August 29th, 2012

Saturday September 15, 2012 – Saturday September 15, 2012

7701 Martins Creek/Belvidere Highway

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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.


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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Silver Sponsors


Chester Delaware Farm Bureau

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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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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 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.


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SEPA RC&D Winter 2011 Newsletter

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2009 SEPA RC&D Highlights

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2008 Highlights

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