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 Announcement

The Northampton County Conservation District Board of Directors and staff extend our sincerest sympathy to the family of Roslyn Kahler. 

Ros served as a Board member and then the District´s first manager from 1961 until the late 1990s, when he became the County's farmland preservation administrator.  Ros was instrumental in the formative years of the District and will never be forgotten for his tireless work with farmers and developers ensuring the county´s resources were protected for us to enjoy.  His legacy will not be forgotten.



Act 48 Teacher Workshop, FUNdamentals of Stream Ecology, planned for 10/14/21. 
Save the Date Flyer posted on the Education/ Workshop tab for more information.


NCCD COVID-19 Protocol: last updated on 4/19/21
Greystone Building lobby is open to the public during the hours of 8AM to 4PM Monday-Friday; 2nd floor offices remain closed to the public.

Appointments via email/phone call with staff is requested.  Please ring outside notification bell (mask is required).  
Electronic submission are highly recommended;
however paper mailed and drop-off deliveries are being accepted
(unless other DEP submission procedures are in place).

DEP COVID-19 Update:

Check here for DEP updates: https://www.dep.pa.gov/Pages/AlertDetails.aspx
DEP COVID FAQ: Please review this document before contacting District staff



 

Who we are

 

 

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.

Complaints


The District needs your help.  If you see any Erosion and Sedimentation Control issues associated with construction or agricultural activities or manure management issues on farmland, please contact our front office: 610-829-6279.  All complaints will be kept anonymous as required by State/Federal laws. 

All complaints or issues regarding wetlands, stream encroachments or illegal dumping of construction debris should contact the PA Department of Environmental Protection, Northeast Regional Office: 1-866-255-5158 (State-wide). 
Stormwater/flooding issues should be addressed to the associated municipality, District assistance will be provided when requested by municiaplity.

In the event of an emergency, call 911 or your local emergency number.


NCCD Operation Plan


NCCD Operation Plan


Based on guidance received from PADEP, NCCD has developed the following:
Submissions/Deliveries

NOTE: if you do not follow the protocol 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 information is revised) and supporting calculations for applicable fee amounts to: northamptoncd@northamptoncd.org.  Based on availability and in the order received, NCCD will verify that the check amounts are completed correctly per application instructions and the NCCD fee schedule.

Once application and fees are verified, NCCD will respond to your email and provide you the contact information to submit your documents (preferred 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.

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, retrieve and view your thumb drive.
3. Submit paper copies through mail or drop-off (NOTE: Drop-offs will occur in the lobby and will have minimal staff interaction unless a specific meeting is scheduled). 

 

Virtual Meetings are required at this time.  

Pre-application meetings

Electronic request form for virtual standard pre-application meetings should be sent via email (northamptoncd@northamptoncd.org) (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 applicable 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 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: Staff are required to observe social distancing requirements as directed by State and Couty guidelines. 


Complaints related to NCCD Programs
NCCD will continue to receive and process complaints; please email complaint information to northamptoncd@northamptoncd.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 will 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.


Thank you for your understanding; the safety of our staff is our priority.


 What’s New

    • NCCD District Manager position
      February 22, 2021 - Please join us in welcoming Northampton County Conservation District's new District Manager, Dion Campbell.  Be sure to keep an eye out for more detail in our next Newsletter.  

    • NEW Water Quality Project Mini-Grant Program
      NCCD has a new mini-grant program!  Grants of up to $5,000 are available (as funds allow) to projects to improve water quality of and reduce pollution to the natural resources of Northampton County.  Applicants should complete the Grant Request for Assistance and contact the NCCD Watershed Specialist to complete an application. Applications are due by the end of each month to be considered at the next scheduled NCCD Resource Technical Committee and Board Meeting.  Grant round is currently open. 

 Announcement (continued)


How-to video on banding a tree:

 


Chapter 102 ePermitting

The use of the Chapter 102 ePermit System is voluntary at this time.  DEP provided external training on the morning and afternoon of January 21, 2021 for applicants and consultants.  These trainings were 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 updates regarding Chapter 102 ePermitting.

 

NCCD Fee Schedule

Beginning April 1, 2018 all fees will be based on acreage and include all services provided by District staff.

Please review the following links and reference for applications submitted AFTER APRIL 1, 2018:

2018 NCCD Revised Fee schedule.pdf;

2018 NCCD Application.pdf

 

Volunteer Opportunities are always available at the District:

Please click on the link below for more information:

https://www.idealist.org/en/government/48f4caa61093421bb30f5ea1ed9a13c2-northampton-county-conservation-district-nazareth

Internships are also available, please contact District Manager at 610-829-6284 if you are interested.

 

Pre-application meetings with the District and DEP are recommended and available at our office:

Meetings are typically scheduled for 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month.  Contact Wendy at (610) 829-6279 to schedule an appointment.


NCCD Board Meetings & Committee Meetings (See EVENTS Page for meeting links, agendas, and more details):

The NCCD Board of Directors Meeting is typically scheduled for the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM and is open to the public; however due to current Operations Plan, the meetings will be held remotely.
The Education and Outreach Committee typically meets the 1st Friday of every month at 1:00 PM.
The Administration and Operations Committee typically meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 10:00 AM.
The Karst Geology Avisory Council typically meets the 2nd Wendesday of every month at 4:30 PM.
The Dirt, Gravel, Low Volume Road (DGLVR) Quality Assurance Board (QAB) typically meets on the 2nd Tuesday of January, May, and September at 1:00 PM.
The Resource Technical Committee typically meets the 3rd Thursday of every month at 1:00 PM.
The Spotted Lanternfly Control Committee typically meets the 4th Friday of every month at 1:00 PM.

Updates or cancelations will be poeted on the Events page.


ATTENTION MS4 MUNICIPALITIES:

NCCD is available to assist municipalities with their MS4 requirements.  Please contact District Manager at 610-829-6284 if you are interested in scheduling a meeting to discuss how we can help.


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