Master Watershed Stewards Making Strides to Protect PA’s Streams

Penn State Extension has released the 2016 annual report for the Master Watershed Steward program.  Montgomery County Conservation District, Penn State Extension, and various local partners have worked to train and provide volunteer activities for Master Watershed Stewards in Montgomery County since 2014.  Statewide, there are now 150 Stewards working to restore waterways and educate residents in 11 counties.

In 2016, these stewards recorded 3,662 volunteer hours, which is valued at $85,690!  During those hours, they implemented rain gardens, planted trees, conducted outreach, created habitat areas, constructed rain barrels, and more.  Click here to read the full report.
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Vote the Perkiomen Creek River of the Year!

It is time for vote for the Pennsylvania River of the Year, and our own Perkiomen Creek has been nominated.  If selected by popular vote, the Creek will receive funding and attention that will improve water quality and engage local residents.

Each year, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) recognize one river as the River of the Year. This recognition is done to raise awareness of the important recreational, ecological, and historical resources associated with the state’s rivers and streams.

The River of the Year is celebrated throughout the year with paddling trips, a speaker series, cleanup days, photography contests, and more. Let’s bring notoriety and some fun outings to the Perkiomen!

The voting period will last from November 14th to December 19th, 2016.  Find our more about this year’s nominees and vote!

 

Drug Take Back Day, October 22

The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and the Police Chiefs Association of Montgomery County are sponsoring a Drug Take Back Day on October 22nd, 2016. This program provides a safe way for county residents to dispose of unwanted, unneeded, and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. Please see the below link for additional details and drop-off locations.

http://www.montcopa.org/1766/Prescription-Drug-Disposal-Program

Municipal Workshop to be held Thursday November 17, 2016

Municipal Workshop

Thursday, November 17th , 2016 

The Montgomery County Conservation District, DEP, and the Montgomery County Planning Department will present on topics related to better understanding of increased requirements of the MS4 program, municipal, DEP & Conservation District roles, and more.

The intended audience is municipal supervisors, officials, and consultants.  

The workshop will be a morning session, ending before noon.  

Attendance will be free but registration will be required.   

Actual time, location and agenda to follow

We are currently accepting topic ideas for this workshop.  Please submit ideas to Assistant Manager, Eric Konzelmann

Volunteer for MCCD Tree Plantings This Fall

Tree Planting at Stony Creek Farms Community

130 Clydesdale Circle, Norristown, PA 19403 (Worcester Twp)
Friday, October 7, from 1pm-4pm
Saturday, October 8, from 9am-1pm

More details and sign up here:  http://signup.com/go/JuoE6B

 

Tree Planting at Magnolia Meadows Preserved Farm

231 Hoffman Road, Barto, PA 19504 (Douglass Township)
Thursday, October 27    9:30am-3pm (half-day and full-day shifts available)
More details and sign up here:  http://signup.com/go/be7Gqz

These restoration projects were made possible by the TreeVitalize Watersheds Grant program and the Plant One Million campaign, managed by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society with funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greener program, as well as Aqua PA for projects located within its source water protection zones.

Mission Statement
To protect and improve the quality of life of the residents of Montgomery County and surrounding communities by providing, in cooperation with others, timely and efficient service, education, and technical guidance, for the wise use of our soil, water, and related resources.