- SAVE THE DATE! Chapter 102 Training Workshop 3/24/20 at Lehigh Valley Hotel Conference Center, Bethlehem 8:00AM-3:30PM - registration will be opening soon:
- Attention General NPDES Permit holders: (DEP's permit) YOUR PERMIT IS EXPIRED If you have one or
more active General NPDES permits on file with the Northampton County
Conservation District (NCCD), you were provided a letter at the end of 2019 providing you with the ability to submit an Acknowledgement Form to DEP Central Office to confirm eligibility for the new General NPDES permit - as long as you are still eligible, this would be the process that you would need to follow by March 9, 2020 to renew your permit (regardless of the stated expiration date provided on your permit) - all General NPDES Permits, if re-issued by DEP Central Office in response to your form, will then now expire on 12/06/2024. If District does not received your renewal application or NOT (if work is completed and stabilized) OR DEP Central Office does not receive your Acknowledgement Form by 3/9/20, your permit coverage will lapse, site work must cease and the site will be in violation until a new permit will be required to be submitted to the District continue earth disturbance on site. .- NEW NPDES Permit FAQ released by PA DEP - please review this document prior to contacting NCCD with questions on the new NPDES permitting process, as we are experiencing a high number of calls; we appreciate your understanding.
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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.