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.

Highlights

BCCD 2015 Application Update

The BCCD Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan Application form has been updated for the year 2015. There have been no changes to fees or policies for the New Year. However, we would like to remind applicants that for projects under 1 acre in size, only 1 copy of the plans are necessary for submission. Please, take a moment to review the instructions on both pages 1 & 2 of the E&S Applcation form.

DEP Updates to NPDES NOI

The PA DEP has recently updated the NPDES NOI form and Checklist. The new forms can be found in the Permitting Documents section of our website. The only difference with this NOI is an interim step to address buffers according to Act 162.  The Department is developing technical guidance for Act 162 and will be making another update around the second week of February to address Act 162.  THERE ARE NO OTHER CHANGES TO THE NOI/APPLICATION AT THIS TIME.  

Act 162

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 Over the next several weeks, DEP plans to draft guidance documents and other helpful resources to bring you up to speed on Act 162, and to provide a smooth transition to these new requirements.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! 

DEP Announces MS4 Training Meetings in 2015

http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/newsroom/14287?id=20670&typeid=1

DEP Announces Series of Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Permit Training Sessions

Eight Sessions to be Held across the State

HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invites municipal managers, other public officials and engineers to attend free training sessions designed to help local governments comply with water pollution control requirements associated with municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4).

The training sessions will be held across the state this winter. The first four sessions will provide information on the basics of MS4 permit compliance. The second four sessions will emphasize additional MS4 requirements which apply to MS4 permittees with Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Reduction Plan obligations. A list of the training sessions can be found by following this link:

http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/newsroom/14287?id=20670&typeid=1