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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.
Greystone Building is open to the public during the hours of 8AM to 4PM Monday-Friday.
Appointments via email/phone call with staff is requested. Please ring outside notification bell for assistance. Electronic submission are highly recommended;however paper mailed and drop-off deliveries are being accepted(unless other DEP submission procedures are in place).
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: firstname.lastname@example.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 have minimal staff interaction unless a specific meeting is scheduled).
Pre-application meetings (Virtual):
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 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 (Virtual or In-Person upon request):
Are scheduled directly with assigned 102 staff (re: About Us page for contacts), and are preferred to be held via conference call; When virtual, 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.
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).
The PAG-01 General Permit is intended to provide NPDES permit coverage for stormwater discharges associated with small construction activities in satisfaction of state (25 Pa. Code § 102.5(a) and 25 Pa. Code § 92a.1(b)) and federal (40 CFR § 122.26(b)(15)) regulations, subject to applicable eligibility requirements.The term stormwater discharge associated with small construction activities means the discharge of stormwater from construction activities including clearing, grading, and excavating that result in earth disturbance of greater than or equal to one acre and less than five acres. The PAG-02 General Permit or an Individual NPDES Permit may be used for NPDES permit coverage if a project is not eligible for PAG-01 coverage.
Pennsylvania Outdoor CorpsThe Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps offers work experience, job training, and environmental educational opportunities to young people who complete recreation and conservation projects on Pennsylvania's public lands.
In addition to hands-on job skills, the program provides learning opportunities weekly in resource management, environmental issues and topics, and recreation skills.
Corps members also will be provided with workforce development training and materials during their period of employment.
Who's Eligible?The Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps consists of three components:· A nine-month program for young adults ages 18 - 25· A nine-month cultural resources crew· A six-week, summer program for youth ages of 15 - 18
Crews Available for Local Park WorkWhile the majority of the project work will be performed on state park and forest lands, the corps will be available on a cost-share basis to local land managers such as municipal and county parks and recreation departments during 2022.Contact the Outdoor Corps
program manager for more information.
Goals and BackgroundThe Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps will help to protect and restore public lands and waters, while providing young people with the knowledge and expertise to be good stewards of our natural resources.The program will connect youth and young adults with job opportunities relating to the outdoors and the environment and provide training in work skills necessary for future successful employment.The youth employment and enrichment program is managed by the DCNR in cooperation with the Student Conservation Association, a national conservation jobs organization that has engaged thousands of young people nationwide in hands-on service to the land to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities.Program Funding The 2022 Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps is financially supported by DCNR and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry's Reemployment Program, along with private contributions made through the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation.
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:
NCCD Fee schedule.pdf;
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 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):
Updates or cancelations will be posted 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.