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The Northampton County Conservation District is one of 66 Conservation Districts statewide and nearly 3000 nationwide dedicated to conserving soil and water resources (click for Conservation District History). The Conservation District is part of county government and also a sub-unit of state government.
Over 65 years ago Pennsylvania state legislators recognized the need to support grassroots local conservation efforts. As a result, the PA Conservation District Law was passed authorizing the creation of county conservation districts in every county, except Philadelphia. The Northampton County Conservation District was founded in 1961 when a group of farmers joined together to promote the use of conservation practices to protect soil and water resources in Northampton County.
Today, the Northampton County Conservation District's main goals are to promote soil conservation, maintain or improve water quality and promote environmental education. To achieve these goals, the Conservation District performs a variety of programs ranging from reviewing erosion and sediment pollution control plans for earth disturbance activities to providing advice on starting a local watershed association.
The Conservation District is led by a seven member Board of Directors. District Directors are volunteers that are nominated by an approved local organization and then appointed by Northampton County government. Their responsibilities range from policy creation to supporting efforts of district staff and their partner agencies to provide quality administrative, technical, and educational assistance to all county residents. Four members of the board are farmer directors, two are public directors and one is a representative of Northampton County Council.
The PAG-01 General Permit is intended to provide NPDES permit coverage for stormwater discharges associated with small construction activities in satisfaction of state (25 Pa. Code § 102.5(a) and 25 Pa. Code § 92a.1(b)) and federal (40 CFR § 122.26(b)(15)) regulations, subject to applicable eligibility requirements.The term stormwater discharge associated with small construction activities means the discharge of stormwater from construction activities including clearing, grading, and excavating that result in earth disturbance of greater than or equal to one acre and less than five acres. The PAG-02 General Permit or an Individual NPDES Permit may be used for NPDES permit coverage if a project is not eligible for PAG-01 coverage.
Pennsylvania Outdoor CorpsThe Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps offers work experience, job training, and environmental educational opportunities to young people who complete recreation and conservation projects on Pennsylvania's public lands.
In addition to hands-on job skills, the program provides learning opportunities weekly in resource management, environmental issues and topics, and recreation skills.
Corps members also will be provided with workforce development training and materials during their period of employment.
Who's Eligible?The Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps consists of three components:· A nine-month program for young adults ages 18 - 25· A nine-month cultural resources crew· A six-week, summer program for youth ages of 15 - 18
Crews Available for Local Park WorkWhile the majority of the project work will be performed on state park and forest lands, the corps will be available on a cost-share basis to local land managers such as municipal and county parks and recreation departments during 2022.Contact the Outdoor Corps
program manager for more information.
Goals and BackgroundThe Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps will help to protect and restore public lands and waters, while providing young people with the knowledge and expertise to be good stewards of our natural resources.The program will connect youth and young adults with job opportunities relating to the outdoors and the environment and provide training in work skills necessary for future successful employment.The youth employment and enrichment program is managed by the DCNR in cooperation with the Student Conservation Association, a national conservation jobs organization that has engaged thousands of young people nationwide in hands-on service to the land to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities.Program Funding The 2022 Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps is financially supported by DCNR and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry's Reemployment Program, along with private contributions made through the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation.
Chapter 102 ePermitting
The use of the Chapter 102 ePermit System is voluntary at this time. DEP provided external training on the morning and afternoon of January 21, 2021 for applicants and consultants. These trainings were recorded and posted afterwards on the
Bureau of Clean Water Chapter 102 ePermit System website. Please refer to this website for the latest information and updates regarding Chapter 102 ePermitting.
NCCD Fee Schedule
Beginning April 1, 2018 all fees will be based on acreage and include all services provided by District staff.
Please review the following links and reference for applications submitted AFTER APRIL 1, 2018:
NCCD Fee schedule.pdf;
Volunteer Opportunities are always available at the District:
Please click on the link below for more information:
Internships are also available, please contact District Manager at
610-829-6284 if you are interested.
Pre-application meetings with the District and DEP are recommended and available at our office:
Meetings are typically scheduled for 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. Contact Wendy at (610) 829-6279 to schedule an appointment.
NCCD Board Meetings & Committee Meetings (See EVENTS Page for meeting links, agendas, and more details):
Updates or cancelations will be posted on the Events page.
ATTENTION MS4 MUNICIPALITIES:
NCCD is available to assist municipalities with their MS4 requirements. Please contact District Manager at
610-829-6284 if you are interested in scheduling a meeting to discuss how we can help.