BCCD CeleBrating 60 years in pursuit of environmental excellence

The BCCD is celebrating our 60th Anniversary this year. The Bucks County Conservation District was created in a Resolution by the County of Bucks on April 24, 1961. At that time it was determined that the conservation of soil resources and the control and prevention of soil erosion were problems of public concern in the County of Bucks.  In addition, a substantial proportion of the rural landowners in the County of Bucks favored the creation of a soil conservation district. 

While much of the Bucks County landscape and landuse has changed over the past 60 years, the need to protect our water resources from pollution in the form of soil erosion has only become more immediate. In fact, the changing landscape of our County directly correlates with a higher potential of pollution to our County's water resources. Therefore, the work of the BCCD to protect and improve those resources is only becoming more imperative. We accomplish this through various programs, environmental projects, public education efforts, and the enforcement of the Pennsylvania Clean Streams law. 

We encourage you to celebrate with us by learning more about the BCCD in the pages of our site. 

 

BCCD BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

April 14, 2021 8:00 am 

The BCCD April 14, 2021 Board meeting will be held at 8:00 am via the Zoom.us platform. The BCCD Board of Directors meetings are open to the public. If you would like to participate in this meeting, please contact our Receptionist, Marilyn Laurelli to receive the link and password. The monthly BCCD Board of Directors meetings are recorded and those recordings can be made available upon request.  

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

D.E.P. Electronic Permitting Available for General NPDES Permits

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has released Chapter 102 electronic permitting system (ePermit System) to improve the efficiency of submission and reviews of Chapter 102 permit applications and Notices of Intent (NOIs) and enable faster responses to applicants. The web-based Chapter 102 ePermit System will be accessed through DEP’s GreenPort. The initial release for voluntary use is January 25, 2021 and will include new NOIs for coverage under the PAG-02 General NPDES Permit and NOIs for PAG-02 amendments* of coverage. A draft of the Chapter 102 ePermit User Guide is available for review. For more complete information, please visit https://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Water/CleanWater/StormwaterMgmt/Stormwater%20Construction/Pages/Chapter-102-ePermit.aspx

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PA DEP EPERMITTING SYSTEM WILL NOT COLLECT FEES FOR SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE BUCKS COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT. BCCD FEES FOR SERVICES MUST BE SUBMITTED SEPERATELY. SPECIFIC INSTRUCTION WILL BE POSTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. IF YOU REQUIRE ASSISTANCE, PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE DIRECTLY AT (215)345-7577. 

 

 

Effective November 25, 2020 there is an updated PCSM Spreadsheet, Version 1.8

The DEP has created a new PCSM Spreadsheet on its website.  Please use Version 1.8 dated November, 2020.  The link is provided here.  The DEP will NOT accept previous versions after February 1, 2021.  

https://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Water/CleanWater/StormwaterMgmt/Stormwater%20Construction/Pages/E-S%20Resources.aspx

Effective September 2020 Revisions to Notice of Termination Forms

Effective September, 2020 The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has revised the Notice of Termination form for a General (PAG-02) or Individual NPDES Permit.

The new forms have been posted to DEP's website.  Please visit the E&S Resources page (Notice of Termination) to access the form and instructions.  Please do not submit forms that have a revision date earlier than 9/2020.

The DEP has issued an NOT FAQ sheet dated September 18, 2020. The link is provided here:

http://files.dep.state.pa.us/Water/BPNPSM/StormwaterManagement/ConstructionStormwater/NOT_FAQ.pdf

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.

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/

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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