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.
NPDES Permit NOI Changes due to EPA E-Reporting Rule
A revised NOI, which contains additional data required by the EPA eReporting Rule has recently been released. Thus, we ask applicants submitting NOIs to please utilize the new revised 2016 NOI which provides additional data. If the BCCD does not receive this information with the submission then an incompleteness review letter or technical deficiency letter with a list of comments will be issued. Visit Permitting Documents, Projects Over 1 Acre to download the 2016 NOI Checklist and Instructions.
The NOI/application for NPDES permits for stormwater discharges associated with construction has also been posted online in the eLibrary at http://www.elibrary.dep.state.pa.us/dsweb/View/Collection-9432. Additionally, the Transferee-Co-Permittee Application for a General or Individual NPDES Permit for Stormwater Discharges Assoc with Construction has been updated and posted online at http://www.elibrary.dep.state.pa.us/dsweb/View/Collection-9452.
To allow some time for those submitting applications to adjust to using the new applications, applications will be accepted using the old forms through Friday, October 7. Starting Monday, October 10, all applicants are required to use these updated applications.
Dirt & Gravel Roads Maintenance Workshop
September 27th-29th, Heritage Hills Golf Resort & Conference Center, York, PA
The Center's 2016 Workshop, featuring concurrent classroom sessions and multiple field trips related to the PA DGLVR Program, will be held in York, PA this fall. This year's workshop promises to be "field-heavy", with 5 separate field trips visiting nearly 20 different sites. Look for a more detailed agenda and registration information to be available in the next few weeks. Workshop sessions and trips are currently scheduled to include:
Multiple concurrent classroom presentations.
A field trip to 4 recently completed projects including road fill, road relocation, and a bottomless arch pipe.
A field trip focusing on the Program's stream crossing policy and bankfull determination.
A field trip to develop a project plan for both a D&G and LVR potential project.
A DCNR-specific field trip to visit several projects in Michaux State Forest.
An optional field trip the day before the workshop that focuses on urban LVR practices and projects.
An administrative training in the afternoon, the day before the Workshop
GIS training in the morning, the day before the Workshop
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 8:30 AM - Thursday, September 29, 2016 2:30 PM
Heritage Hills Golf Resort & Conference Center
2700 Mount Rose Ave, York, Pennsylvania 17402, USA
Registration Deadline Tuesday, September 20, 2016
DCNR Offering Pilot Riparian Forest Buffer Grant program
DCNR officials recently announced a statewide pilot program to assist landowners with planting forest buffers along streams in Pennsylvania to improve water quality. Forest buffers provide critical barriers between polluting landscapes and receiving waterways, reduce flooding, cool stream temperatures, and improve fish habitat. For additional information about riparian forest buffers in your area, contact your local service forester.
This DCNR grant opportunity will open on August 1 and close September 15 with award announcements expected in late 2016. Eligible grant-funded activities include landowner outreach, buffer design, site preparation and installation, necessary materials, and short term monitoring of planted buffers.
For more information about this pilot program visit the DCNR Riparian Forest Buffers Grant webpage.
BCCD now on Facebook
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Upcoming MS4 Workshops
DEP is hosting MS4 workshops this fall. Follow this link to find out more and to register.