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.
On October 22, Governor Tom Corbett signed H.B. 1565 into law, creating Act 162. This Act amends Section 402 of the Pennsylvania clean Streams Law by creating a new subsection to address the mandatory riparian buffer requirements in Chapter 102. The law becomes effective December 21, 2014. Act 162 includes two general provisions: 1) riparian buffers are a non-mandatory option for NPDES permittees; AND 2) riparian buffer off-sets are required for all projects that do not choose a riparian buffer BMP approach.
You may have wondered how this will impact you or how DEP plans to implement these changes. Over the next several weeks, DEP plans to draft guidance documents and other helpful resources to bring you up to speed on Act 162, and to provide a smooth transition to these new requirements.
BCCD is Keep Bucks Beautiful
Did you know that the BCCD is the local affiliate of the state-wide organization Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful?
Keep Bucks Beautiful was formed 2 years ago to help fulfill the mission of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful (KPB) in Bucks County. KPB works to eliminate illegal dumping and littering in Pennsylvania. A survey of the County was completed in 2011 identifying over 100 illegal dumpsites in Bucks County. Since then, Keep Bucks Beautiful along with partner groups such as the Greenbelt Alliance Of Levittown (GOAL) have worked to clean those sites up and protect them from future dumping.
We welcome you to join us in our effort to beautify Bucks County! The Illegal Dump Survey for Bucks and other counties can be viewed at www.keeppabeautiful.org. There you will also find great information about other programs and opportunities to protect our environment. Start planning now to participate in the Great American Cleanup this coming spring! You can register an event, and receive free supplies!
There are always opportunities to contribute. We hope you join in the effort!
Congratulations to our Award Winning Farms
Barefoot Gardens was presented with the Conservation Farmers of the Year award at the Middletown Grange Fair in August of 2014. This small farm located in Doylestown Township grows vegetables which are sold at the Doylestown Farmers Market every Saturday. They also grow culinary and medicinal herbs for the trade.
Tussock Sedge Farm in Hilltown was presented a PA Clean Water Farm Award in September at the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture eastern regional meeting. Tussock Sedge has been raising grass fed beef for many years.
Cooperator Farmer Fee Exemption Policy Update
The BCCD has updated their policy for erosion control plan review fee exemptions to Cooperator Farms. To find out more, or to learn how to become a Cooperator Farmer visit out Agricultural Conservation Page and about Conservation Planning.