Programs

Pasture Management Workshop to be Held September 14

A Pasture Management Workshop will be held at the Montgomery County 4H Center on September 14, from 6:30 to 9:00pm.  The workshop is free, but registration is required.

good horse pastureAll who manage pastures are encouraged to attend.  This workshop is hosted in cooperation with Montgomery County Conservation District, Penn State Extension, NRCS, PACD and PA DEP.

>Click here for more information, or to register.

 

EPA Publishes Final Updated Ambient Water Quality Criteria for the Protection of Human Health

EPA has published final updated ambient water quality criteria for the protection of human health. EPA updated its national recommended water quality criteria for human health for 94 chemical pollutants to reflect the latest scientific information and EPA policies, including updated body weight, drinking water consumption rate, fish consumption rate, bioaccumulation factors, health toxicity values, and relative source contributions. The Agency accepted written scientific views from the public on the draft updated human health criteria from May to August 2014 and has published responses to those comments. EPA water quality criteria serve as recommendations to states and tribes authorized to establish water quality standards for surface waters under the Clean Water Act.

 

View the updated human health criteria table, science documents, Federal Register notice, and supporting materials at:

http://water.epa.gov/scitech/swguidance/standards/criteria/health/

Each of the 94 criteria documents can be accessed by clicking on the chemical names in this table.
http://water.epa.gov/scitech/swguidance/standards/criteria/current/index.cfm#hhtable

MCCD Staff Participates in Earth Day Cleanup

 

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In honor of Earth Day, Montgomery County Conservation District staff got their hands dirty picking up litter and debris in a preserved property along a tributary to Skippack Creek.  The event was part of Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy’s annual Stream Cleanup, a 700+ volunteer event which seeks to clean streams and raise awareness of litter in our waterways.

During the cleanup, district staff located an old dump site and removed items from along the road, such as tires, car parts, road signs, electric cable, and hundreds of glass bottles and aluminum cans.  They also found a discarded jar of gasoline and piles of improperly dumped yard waste.  These finds indicate that litter and illegal dumping continue to be a huge hurdle for our waterways.  Not only is trash- especially hazardous waste- harmful to wildlife and the quality of our drinking water supplies, dumping yard waste can spread exotic weed seeds that can invade natural areas and destroy ecosystems.

Check out the County’s website for proper recycling and disposal methods and for tire and  household hazardous waste collection events.

Events like PWC’s Stream Cleanup are crucial to connecting people to our water resources and educating residents on responsible disposal practices.  In total, volunteers from the event removed three full dumpsters worth of trash, several tons of scrap metal, and more than 100 tires from the watershed.

Interested in volunteering for a cleanup?  Sign up for the KOP Cleanup on May 2!

MCCD Awarded PA American Water Environmental Grant

HERSHEY, Pa. (April 16, 2015) – Pennsylvania American Water announced today that seven watershed initiatives across the state have earned financial support through the company’s 2015 Environmental Grant Program. The recipients will receive a share of grant funds totaling nearly $35,000 for their community-based projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds.

A panel of judges selected the grant recipients from nearly 40 applications, which were evaluated on such criteria as environmental need, innovation, community engagement and sustainability.

Pennsylvania American Water awarded its 2015 Environmental Grants to: Habitat for Humanity (Washington County), Keystone College (Lackawanna County), Montgomery County Conservation District (Montgomery County), Economic Development South (Allegheny County), Columbia County Conservation District (Columbia County), Brandywine Valley Association (Chester County), and Dunmore Historical Society (Lackawanna County).

“Once again, we are inspired by the organizations’ commitment to environmental stewardship and how the winning projects generate enthusiasm and volunteerism in our communities,” said Kathy L. Pape, president, Pennsylvania American Water. She noted that the Environmental Grant Program is in its 11th year supporting local watershed improvement projects across the Commonwealth.

Montgomery County Conservation District was awarded $3,105 and will use the funding to develop permanent displays on watershed stewardship and water quality at Norristown Farm Park. The displays will be open to the public and integrated into the county’s educational programs at the park.

Pennsylvania American Water is a subsidiary of American Water, which initiated the Environmental Grant Program in 2005 in Pennsylvania to support projects that protect or restore drinking water sources and surrounding watersheds. Since then, American Water has expanded the annual program to many of its state subsidiaries across the nation. More information can be found at www.amwater.com.

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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.