July 8, 2020 BCCD Board OF Directors Meeting

The BCCD July meeting has been cancelled due to a lack of quorum. The next regularly scheduled Board Meeting will be held on August 12, 2020.

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. 

Begining Monday, April 13, 2020 The BCCD office hours will be reduced to 9am - 2pm Monday through Friday. 

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. as well as other delivery services, 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 or staffing conditions. 

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

Volunteers Needed for Invasive Plant Removal at Lake Towhee

Water chestnut (Trapa natans) is an aquatic invasive plant. Its aggressive spread is threatening the health of the Tohickon Creek watershed, specifically Lake Towhee and Lake Nockamixon. Hand pulling is a minimally obtrusive means of controlling the plant, especially in shallow waterbodies like Lake Towhee.

Over the past 11 years 'Paddle with a Purpose' has been a group event hosted by BCCD and our partners in July at Lake Towhee County Park to pull water chestnut plants from the lake before they drop seed; however due to health and safety concerns with COVID-19, we are asking volunteers to work self-directed and supply their own boat and PFD anytime from July 1 through August 16, 2020.

BCCD will provide kits which will include a plant identification card, gloves, and bags via contactless or US Mail delivery. BCCD will also coordinate the responsible disposal of the plant material collected by volunteers. Anyone who is interested in participating should contact BCCD Watershed Specialist, Meghan Rogalus at mrogalus@bucksccd.org or 215.345.7577 x107.

To learn more about water chestnut and this event visit our Paddle with a Purpose page on this site.

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/

Effective April 2020 DEP has updated PAG-02 NPDES General Permit and Individual Permit Forms

Effective April, 2020 The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has revised the PAG-02 NPDES General Permit NOI and Checklist and the PAG-02 NPDES Individual Permit Application and Checklist.

The PAG-02 General Permit documentsnew 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. 

Please use the newest version of these documents which can be obtained from the DEP website. 

In December 2019, the DEP had published a reissued PAG-02 NPDES General Permit for Discharges of Stormwater Associated with Construction Activities (PAG-02) and associated documents (2019 General Permit NOI, Revised April 2020), a new Individual NPDES Permit Application (2019 Individual Application, Revised April 2020), and a host of new permit-related forms. As a result, a number of permit and process related changes have been 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.

 

 

 

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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