NCCD COVID-19 Protocol: last updated on 8/19/20The County of Northampton has made a declaration of emergency
Greystone Building lobby will be open to the public during the hours of 8AM to 4PM Monday-Friday; Appointments via email/phone call interaction with staff is requested, and is being offered as of 6/8/20. Please ring outside notification bell (mask is required). Electronic submission is still highly recommended; however paper mailed and drop-off deliveries are being accepted without quarantine as of 6/29/20 (unless other DEP submission procedures are in place)(please see protocol below).DEP COVID-19 Update:
Check here for DEP updates: https://www.dep.pa.gov/Pages/AlertDetails.aspxDEP COVID FAQ: Please review this document before contacting District staffNCCD Operation PlanBased on guidance received from PADEP, to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Submissions/Deliveries
NOTE: if you do not follow the protcol outlined below, your electronic application/resubmission will not be received or processed and may be subject to withdraw or denial per PADEP SOP.If you have an electronic submission or resubmission, please email a PDF of your completed NCCD application (required for all initial applications and whenever info. is revised) and a picture of your applicable fee checks, based on availability and in the order received, NCCD will verify that the checks are completed correctly per application instructions and the NCCD fee schedule; send email to: firstname.lastname@example.orgOnce application and fees are verified, NCCD will respond to your email and provide you the contact information to which you will need to email your documents (perferred option #1 below). At that time, you should place your fee check(s) in the mail to: NCCD, 14 Gracedale Ave., Greystone Bldg., Nazareth, PA 18064. NCCD will process your application in order received. You have 3 options for submittal:1. Use a file management tool to provide a link to the documents per verification email provided by NCCD; NOTE: Please do not send emails directly to technical staff. Due to County email security, we do not have access to all file management tools, so please work with the staff if they are not able to open your documents, they will notify you based on availability and order received. Use of a file management tool is preferred, but if this is not possible, please keep your email attachments under 10 MB total or your email may not be received due to size restrictions. If your submission is not accessible, legible or scaled accordingly; it cannot be accepted.2. Put your submission on a thumb drive and mail it with your fee check(s). NOTE: date received will be considered the date an NCCD staff member is able to access the office, retrieve and view your thumb drive.3. Submit paper copies through mail or drop-off (NOTE: Drop-offs are non-essential and should not warrent staff interaction unless a specific meeting is scheduled). NOTE: Complete documents should be provided with ANY electronic submission, substitutions are not acceptable at this time.
Paper copies of the permit documents and plans may be requested once "normal" operations are able to occur.
Virtual Meetings are required at this time.
- Pre-application meetings: Electronic request form for virtual standard pre-application meetings should be sent via email (email@example.com) (unless requesting expedited technical review, reference policy under Downloads tab and email District Manager at DCampbell@northamptoncounty.org for more information); all proposed meeting attendees should be included in the initial email request. Meeting will be scheduled through Zoom, Outlook invite will be sent to associated NCCD staff and municipalities as well as the parties included in the original email request. The meeting will be considered tentative until a link to the documents to be discussed has been provided to Wendy via email; the deadline for this link is 48 hrs prior to your tentatively scheduled meeting. If the link is not received by the deadline, your meeting will be cancelled and you will need to submit a new request. If your firm would rather use a different electronic media to hold the call, please inform Manager of this upon your initial request.
- Pre-construction meetings are to be held via conference call and scheduled directly with assigned 102 staff (re: About Us page for contacts); staff will require a shared screen with the plans and permit during the call or a link to the documents 48 hrs. prior to the call if we do not already have the documents electronically to be able to hold the meeting; if documents are not presented or provided, the meeting will be cancelled until appropriate documents can be presented.
- Inspections/Field Work - If you would like to request an inspection, including submission of Notice of Termination to initiate a final inspection, please contact the assigned regional staff member for NPDES/Chapter 102 construction sites; Jim Clauser should be contacted for Agricultural field assistance and Nate Pritchard should be contacted for Watershed management assistance (re: About Us page for contacts). NOTE: Field time for staff is limited due to social distancing requirements. It is requested that a maximum of only ONE person be present to accompany the District staff member during the inspection. Please make District staff aware of any additional safety protocols required on-site, practice social distancing and wear a mask in compliance with CDC guidelines. The staff is directed to deny service if CDC safety protocols are not followed.
Complaints related to NCCD Programs NCCD will continue to receive and process complaints; please email complaint information to firstname.lastname@example.org Do not call 102 technical staff directly.
Under direction of PADEP, issues critical to public health and safety will be prioritized for first response. The District Manager will prioritize and assign complaints accordingly. District staff are limited in the field, and will do their best to respond to complaints in a timely manner (pictures are welcome).
NOTE: If your complaint/issue is related to impacts to wetlands or streams please contact PADEP complaint line at 1-866-255-5158 as NCCD does not currently have delagation authority over these areas.
UPDATE to NCCD Inspection Operation - Released 3/27/20 by PADEPThank you for your understanding; the safety of our staff is our priority.
The NCCD Board of Directors Meeting is scheduled for the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:00PM and is open to the public; however due to pandemic interaction limitations, the meetings will be held remotely.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85194414535?pwd=S2phZHg5R1B1OTVKaW1kSDFwaVNKZz09
Meeting ID: 851 9441 4535
Passcode: 116480 Dial-in #: (646) 876-9923If log-in information for meetings is not located here or does not work properly please contact NCCD at 610-829-6276 or email@example.com
Education/Outreach Committee – 1st Friday of every month - 1:00PMZoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82206046049?pwd=MUYybHA4WEU0RFFwNWs1dDVtdTI2UT09
Meeting ID: 822 0604 6049Passcode: 116480 Dial-in #: (646) 876-9923
Administration/Operations Committee – 2nd Tuesday of every month - 10:00AM Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84509610409?pwd=ZUUwcEcvUi96TXo0aGV1M0FmNGpTUT09
Meeting ID: 845 0961 0409Passcode: 116480 Dial-in #: (646) 876-9923
Karst Geology Advisory Council – 2nd Wednesday of every month - 4:30PMZoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86902350664?pwd=d2dEVzVzZFF0dzJTTHpGMjd1Y2ZPdz09
Meeting ID: 869 0235 0664Passcode: 943339Dial-in #: (646) 876-9923
Meeting ID: 882 7960 1138Passcode: 614301Dial-in #: (646) 876-9923Resource Technical Committee – 3rd Thursday of every month - 1:00PMZoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81989166971?pwd=ZEtpWVpINlFTUEJneHlZQW9QeHNvZz09
Meeting ID: 819 8916 6971Passcode: 116480 Dial-in #: (646) 876-9923
Spotted Lanternfly Control Committee – 4th Friday of every month - 1:00PMZoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89601782849?pwd=R28rOU5wQnZwWTZjMFJsVGNnVWdBQT09
Meeting ID: 896 0178 2849Passcode: 794756Dial-in #: (646) 876-9923
Please check back here for more updates.
Chapter 102 ePermitting External Training 1/21/21 8:30 am - 11:30 am and 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, via WebEx
A Message from PA Department of Environmental Protection Regional Permit Coordination Office:
The Chapter 102 ePermit System is tentatively going live on January 25, 2021 for PAG-02 General NPDES NOIs and Amendments. The use of the Chapter 102 ePermit system is voluntary at this time. DEP will be providing external training on the morning and afternoon of January 21, 2021 for applicants and consultants. The morning training is scheduled from 8:30 – 11:30 am and will explain how to get access to the system, how applicants can give consultants access and permissions within ePermitting and provide an overview of the ePermitting system. The afternoon session will be open for questions and answers and allow time for additional demonstrations of the system if needed.
These trainings will be recorded and posted afterwards on the Bureau of Clean Water Chapter 102 ePermit System website. Please refer to this website for the latest information and updated regarding Chapter 102 ePermitting.
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________- 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.
Click photo for a Greystone Building history lesson
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.