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The District administers the Dirt and Gravel Road Maintenance Program to treat erosion and sedimentation problems as a result of unpaved roads in Northampton County. At least 38 miles of dirt and gravel roads exist within the county, some of which may be eligible for funding to reduce the potential of sediment pollution to our streams. Only roads that have an impact to streams in the county are eligible for funding. If you are a Municipal Official and want to be considered for funding please contact us.

The current Statement of Policies should be reviewed prior to submitting an application. The policies and other information is available on the Center for Dirt and Gravel Roads website on the Northampton County Page.

Mark your calendars - ESM training opportunities!

ATTENTION: Municipality training is required prior to applying for grant(s).

Remote ESM Quick Facts

  • The remote ESM training is approximately 8 hours in length, split over two consecutive days (must attend both days)
  • Each training day will run from 8am to approximately 12:30pm with a few breaks.
  • Attendance is limited to 75 sites participating in each training.
  • Trainings are open to new attendees or for recertification.
  • Certifications for funding eligibility will last for 5 years.
  • PSU Dirt and Gravel Road Center will send ESM books to attendees as they register.
  • Attendees will be able to submit live questions.


In-Person ESM Training Dates

The Penn State Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies is continually adding and updating available in-person and online training.  Please visit their website for the most recent schedule of ESM Training here:

DGLVR Stream Crossing Training for Engineers:

The Center is pleased to announce the rollout of a shortened stream crossing training directed at engineers involved in DGLVR stream crossing projects. The trainings will be 1.5 days in length, consisting of a half-day remote class session, followed by a full day in-person session (combination of field and classroom). It will focus on topics and discussion related to meeting the DGLVR Stream Crossing Design and Installation Standard and restoring stream continuity.  Course topics include surveying, design considerations (slope, structure, grade control, stream substrate, etc.), engineer requirements, inspections, and other requirements ofthe standard.

Intended Audience: Engineers or project designers involved in the design of DGLVR projects that are to follow the DGLVR Stream Crossing Design and Installation Standard.  

Please share this announcement with engineers you have worked with in the past or may work with in the future on DGLVR stream crossing projects.

When and Where: Note that final field locations are still being finalize, only counties provided below.  We will share detailed information once logistics are finalized.

·         June 6 & 8: Clarion County

o    June 6: remote via zoom 8:00 am - Noon

o    June 8: In-person, Clarion County 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

o    Registration:

·         August 8 & 10: Washington County

o    Aug 8: remote via zoom 8:00 am - Noon

o    Aug 10: In-person, Washington County 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

o    Registration:

·         August 29 & 31: Centre County

o    Aug 29: remote via zoom 8:00 am - Noon

o    Aug 31: In-person, Centre County 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

o    Registration:

·         September 5 & 7: Berks County

o    Sep 5: remote via zoom 8:00 am - Noon

o    Sep 7: In-person, Berks County 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

o    Registration:

·         September 19 & 21: Monroe County

o    Sep 19: remote via zoom 8:00 am - Noon

o    Sep 21: In-person, Monroe County 8:30 – 4:00 pm

o    Registration:



·    11 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will be offered for this training.

·    Engineers are the primary audience for these trainings and will be given attendance preference. Spots are still available at the CD trainings here:

·    This training is NOT being required on a statewide basis, although some CDs may choose to make it a requirement or otherwise incentivize attendance.

 A few of the projects in Northampton County that were funded in part by the program include:

Borough of Tatamy
Braden Park

This project involves the placement of Driving Surface Aggregate on the Braden Park access road and parking lot, as well as stabilization of the stormwater runoff area downslope of the lot. It should be completed in June 2007.

Allen Township
Stonebridge Road

Driving Surface Aggregate was installed on road surface, stormwater channels were stabilized and dust suppressant was added to reduce sedimentation to Hokendauqua Creek.

Allen Township
Tomahawk Trail

Driving Surface Aggregate and waterbars were installed on road surface, stormwater channels were stabilized, dust suppressant was added and several cross pipes with inlets were installed to reduce sedimentation to Hokendauqua Creek.

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