**BCCD Continuation of operations** 

In order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, The Bucks County Conservation District office in Doylestown will be restricting public access until further notice. Many of our employees will be working remotely, and all non-essential meetings will be cancelled until further notice. 

It is our mission to continue to serve the residents of Bucks County to the best of our ability during this time. While access to our building is restricted, submissions are being collected from the U.S.P.S. and at the front entrance to our office.  We highly recommend contacting our office to confirm our current hours of operation before visiting, as these may change due to office conditions, because of increased levels of restrictions recommended by Governor Wolf, or if the Bucks County government offices announce closings.  

The BCCD April 8, 2020 Board of Directors meeting will be held online at 9:00am on Wednesday morning. A representative of the BCCD will be hosting this meeting from our office building in order to include any public participation. We request that any member of the public who wishes to participate contact our office prior to the morning of Wednesday, April 8th so that proper accomodation for social distancing can be made.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. 

For more information on COVID-19, please visit the PA Department of Health webpage at https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

 

Protecting the County’s Natural Resources

The Bucks County Conservation District works to educate and help people and the community take care of the natural resources in Bucks County including soil, water, wildlife, trees and other plants. Using natural resources wisely helps to ensure their availability well into the future.

This half-hour documentary explores and exposes threats to Pennsylvania’s watersheds, and highlights the efforts of committed scientists, water-quality advocates, and everyday citizens as they work to protect and restore the state’s streams and rivers . . . not only to benefit Pennsylvanians, but also for the health and safety of all of the life that exists in its downstream communities. Downstream was produced by Point Park University/Environmental Journalism, in association with WQED Multimedia.

 

Highlights

D.E.P. COVID 19 UPDATE

The Department of Environmental Protection is suspending the timeframes for providing permit decisions established in the Policy for Implementing the Department of Environmental Protection Permit Review Process and Permit Decision Guarantee due to the office closures related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please note that DEP staff will continue to process received permit applications. However; due to operational conditions, applicants may experience delays receiving decisions. Applicants may also experience delays in receiving permit decisions where the applications are processed by County Conservation Districts. DEP will provide emergency authorizations for projects that are critical to public health and safety.

Covid 19 Update for Permitees

Permitees please be aware, the “DEP COVID-19 Update” section on the DEP “Alert Details” page has been updated with permittee information.

https://www.dep.pa.gov/Pages/AlertDetails.aspx

Office Of Open Records - Right To Know Requests in the time of COVID-19

The Office of Open Records has issued the following advisory regarding Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law and the COVID-19 emergency.

Last updated March 30 at 10:18 a.m.

The OOR encourages both requesters and agencies to be considerate and patient while working with each other, especially during the current emergency.

Requesters: Unless you have an urgent need to access records, please do not file any new Right-to-Know Law (RTKL) requests at this time. Additionally, in most cases, inspecting records will not be possible during the emergency; if a request is necessary, please seek copies of records (preferably electronic).

https://openrecordspennsylvania.com/2020/03/12/the-rtkl-and-covid-19/

2019 PAG-02 and Individual Permit RENEWAL

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) published a reissued PAG-02 NPDES General Permit for Discharges of Stormwater Associated with Construction Activities (PAG-02) and associated documents (2019 General Permit), a new individual NPDES permit application, and a host of new permit-related forms in December 2019. As a result, a number of permit and process related changes are being implemented.

The purpose of this FAQ is to explain how the permit process for NPDES permits under 25 Pa. Code Chapter 102 has changed to assist the regulated community. This FAQ will be updated with additional questions and answers over time.

The PAG-02 General Permit documents, new Individual NPDES Permit Application documents, and new Chapter 102 forms have been posted to DEP’s eLibrary.  Please visit www.dep.pa.gov/constructionstormwater (and the E&S Resources page) or eLibrary to access these documents.  All of these documents should be used by DEP/CCDs and applicants. 

 

 

DRAFT PAG-01 (NPDES General Permit)

 

The comment period for the newly proposed PAG-01 NPDES permit for projects with 1 to 5 acres of earth disturbance ended on October 28, 2019. The BCCD highly recommends that engineers and contractors within the regulated community take the time to read through this permit package and prepare to begin using this form for the appropriate projects within the spring of 2020. Follow the link below to find everything you need in the E-Library.

http://www.depgreenport.state.pa.us/elibrary/GetFolder?FolderID=94658

 

 

 

Management of Fill Policy Update - Effective 1/1/2020

The Pennsylvania DEP has published the final version of a revised Management of Fill Policy on November 2, 2019. The policy becomes effective on January 1, 2020. You may download a copy of the final policy and the associated comment-response document at the following link:

 http://www.depgreenport.state.pa.us/elibrary/GetDocument?docId=1526726&DocName=MANAGEMENT%20OF%20FILL.PDF%20%20%3Cspan%20style%3D%22color%3Agreen%3B%22%3E%3C%2Fspan%3E%20%3Cspan%20style%3D%22color%3Ablue%3B%22%3E%3C%2Fspan%3E

 

 

Updated Alternative BMP List Available Now

The Bureau of Clean Water has revised the Alternative E&S and PCSM BMPs list.  The document remains available through the Bureau’s E&S Resources webpage.  Please see the Version History on the list to see the updates to the list.  The updates include updates to the Managed Release Concept (including a new webinar video from Villanova University).

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