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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.


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.

 What’s New

  • Design and Build Workshop
    Monroe, Pike and Northampton Counties are pleased to annouce a NPDES Workshop scheduled for February 12 & 13, 2018 at 8:00AM to 3:30PM, the same topics will be covered each day.  The topics to be covered will be:
    Pre- application Meetings: Prep to Permit submittal; NPDES Checklist, Completeness Review; Choosing BMPs and Construction Sequences to match your project; Meeting Rate, Volume and Water Quality; Non-Structural BMPs & Worksheet credits; NPDES permit responsibilities for permittees and co-permittees; Tricks of the trade; Permit Amendments; Release of liability; NOT updates.  Please follow the link to MCCD website for the registration form.
  • NEW DEP Website for E&S & PCSM Resources
    PADEP has orgianized all resources for the Chapter 102 program in one location.  Click on the link above for the latest and greatest guidence and forms related to Chapter 102 (E&S, PCSM, NPDES).  The majority of the information is under a link called "E&S Resources".  This would be the best location to obtain the most up to date forms for the program.
  • Chryss Buchman Bench Dedication Ceremony
    Thank you for those that were able to attend the dedication ceremony on October 31, 2017 at Louise Moore Park to honor Chryss Buchman and her devotion to the Conservation District's mission and the Envirothon.  If you were not able to attend please take the time to visit the bench that was installed and dedicated to her at Louise Moore Park near the large pavillion. She is greatly missed but will forever be honored.
  • Volunteer Opportunities are always available at the District:
    Please click on the link below for more information:
    Internships are also available, please contact District Manager, Sharon Pletchan at 610-829-6284 if you are interested.
  • 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.
    NCCD is available to assist municipalities with their MS4 requirements.  Please contact District Manager, Sharon Pletchan at 610-829-6284 if you are interested in scheduling a meeting to discuss how we can help.
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