County conservation districts have supported local grassroots conservation efforts for over 50 years and have become a vital resource for both new and well-established watershed organizations. Pennsylvania's 66 conservation districts are central to local watershed conservation efforts, offering expert technical advice and guidance to help increase a group's success.
Contacting the local conservation district can help increase the communities' awareness of a new watershed group, as well as assist established watershed organizations in identifying funding sources. Districts create and administer programs unique to the environmental needs of each county, including: promoting farmland preservation, stream bank fencing projects, wetland protection, flood plain monitoring, erosion and sedimentation control permitting, AMD monitoring and remediation projects and environmental education.
DEP watershed specialists, employed at county conservation districts, offer expert advice on watershed conservation practices, assist with the development of action plans to protect and improve watershed health, and link groups with other environmentally conscious community organizations. Watershed Specialists also act as a link between local watershed groups and the PA DEP.
Conservation districts can also act as a watershed organization's grant administrator, provide technical and field assistance for watershed characterization, and recommend and implement watershed improvement projects.
Visit Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts for more information
Find contact information and websites for Pennsylvania County Conservation Districts, provided by the PACD.