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The Northampton County Conservation District is one of 66 Conservation Districts statewide and nearly 3000 nationwide dedicated to conserving soil and water resources (click for Conservation District History). The Conservation District is part of county government and also a sub-unit of state government.

Over 65 years ago Pennsylvania state legislators recognized the need to support grassroots local conservation efforts.
As a result, the PA Conservation District Law was passed authorizing the creation of county conservation districts in every county, except Philadelphia. The Northampton County Conservation District was founded in 1961 when a group of farmers joined together to promote the use of conservation practices to protect soil and water resources in Northampton County.

Today, the Northampton County Conservation District's main goals are to promote soil conservation, maintain or improve water quality and promote environmental education. To achieve these goals, the Conservation District performs a variety of programs ranging from reviewing erosion and sediment pollution control plans for earth disturbance activities to providing advice on starting a local watershed association.

The Conservation District is led by a seven member Board of Directors. District Directors are volunteers that are nominated by an approved local organization and then appointed by Northampton County government. Their responsibilities range from policy creation to supporting efforts of district staff and their partner agencies to provide quality administrative, technical, and educational assistance to all county residents. Four members of the board are farmer directors, two are public directors and one is a representative of Northampton County Council.

Why soil conservation is important

Soil Conservation is a set of management strategies that are used to prevent soil from being eroded from the earth's surface or becoming chemically altered by overuse. Various strategies, or best management practices (BMPs), are used by excavation contractors, farmers and others to achieve this goal. So, what is the harm if a little mud washes into the stream? Excess sediments are associated with increased turbidity and reduced light penetration in the water column, as well as more long-term effects associated with habitat destruction and increased difficulty in filtering drinking water. By volume, sediment is the greatest pollutant to the surface waters of Pennsylvania.


 What’s New

  • Please welcome out new District Engineer, Daniel Ahn:
    Dan has 9+ years of experience in civil engineering with a primary focus on land development and NPDES permitting.  With Dan on-board, we look forward to the near future when we will be taking the next step in serving the citizens of Northampton County in providing stormwater management support to PADEP and local municipalities.  Welcome to the District Dan!
  • Pre-application meetings with the District and DEP are recommended and available at our office:
    Meetings are typically scheduled for 1st Wednesday of each month (E&S and General NPDES Applications) and 3rd Wednesday of each month with PADEP (Individual NPDES Applications and PCSM questions).
    Contact Wendy at (610) 829-6279 to schedule an appointment.
    Registration is now open for the 2017 Lehigh Valley Watershed Conference. There will be 4 sessions on MS4 topics, including Stormwater Authorities, Stormwater Fees, PRP Implementation and MS4 Program/ Minimum Control Measure SOPs. In addition to the MS4 Session there are numerous other watershed based topics. The below link will take you to the registration page including the agenda:
  • Developer's Workshop FAQ
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