TreeVitalize Community Grant Applications Due September 19

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is accepting TreeVitalize grant applications to cover the costs of planting 10-100 community and street trees.  For more information, contact Barley VanClief at 215-988-8793 or bvanclief@pennhort.org.

Master Watershed Stewards Program Accepting Applicants Through July 1

The  Conservation District is partnering with Penn State Extension and others to bring the Master Watershed Stewards Program to Montgomery County!   The program provides extensive training in watershed management to educate and empower volunteers who want to help improve the health of our streams and rivers.  If you have a keen interest in the environment, a willingness to learn, and a strong desire to make a difference, you can become a Master Watershed Steward.

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Changes To MCCD Plan Acceptance Policies

Due to the tremendous increase in plan/permit applications we will no longer be accepting piecemeal plan revisions.  All revisions must be submitted as part of a complete application package unless specifically otherwise agreed and allowed by the reviewer.  Piecemeal applications will no longer be accepted and could lead to the project being withdrawn if the complete set is not submitted by the due date.

Also, please note that any changes to the NOI throughout the approval process must be either re-notarized with the applicant’s signature or initialed by the designer who is listed as the contact on the certification page of the NOI (page 11).  Please be sure that the NOI is separate from bound narratives as they must be taken out and sent to DEP separately and not as part of a bound narrative.

2014 Growing Greener Grants; $21 Million Available

The Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting Growing Greener applications for watershed protection and abandoned mine drainage projects.

Applications are due by July 11, and potential applicants must discuss their projects with DEP beforehand.  See the full press release here.

For application materials, click here.

DEP has developed a new form to help with Notice of Termination filing requirements

DEP Central Office has developed a new form to help with the filing requirements associated with the Notice of Termination (NOT).  DEP has worked with the Recorder of Deeds Association to come up with a form that meets what they need for filing as well as meeting the regulatory needs of DEP.  Please follow the link http://www.elibrary.dep.state.pa.us/dsweb/View/Collection-11947 to access the new form.

This form should be used by permittees when filing instruments and plans/record drawings with the recorder of deeds offices so that the recorder knows what to do with the instruments and how to file them.  Please note that applicants are instructed to attach certain items to the filing form for filing such as the instrument, record drawings, and other pertinent information.  Permittees should begin to use these forms now.  Please note that these forms  are strictly to ease and standardize the filing process at the Recorder of Deeds level.  The Recorder of Deeds Association will be passing along information to all of their constituents informing them of the form and its use concurrently.

Notice From NRCS Web Soil Survey - Issue opening general soil maps within soil surveys

Customers and employees have reported issues with opening scanned soil surveys from http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/soilsurvey/soils/survey/state/ web page.  Actually, they can open the survey but cannot open the bookmark for General Soil Map or Index to Map Sheets.  The solution is to go to Start | All Programs  | Adobe then open Adobe Acrobat X (or XI) Standard OR Start | All Programs | Adobe Acrobat X (or XI) Standard.  The first time you open Acrobat, the application will install or configure.  Close Acrobat after it finishes installing/configuring itself.  Then, go back and open the soil survey and the general soil map.

Registration is now open for the 2014 Schuylkill River Watershed Congress

2014 Watershed Congress along the Schuylkill River

Sat, March 15, 2014 7:30AM to 3:30PM (Eastern)

Pottstown, PA

Montgomery County Community College

Hosted by Delaware Riverkeeper Network

The Watershed Congress is a an annual gathering of citizens interested in watershed protection and restoration.

The 2014 Watershed Congress program kicks off with a keynote panel presented by staff of the William Penn Foundation who will be speaking about the Foundation’s Delaware River Watershed Protection Grant Program.

Concurrent sessions for the upcoming program include presentations on the Schuylkill River water trail, abandoned mine drainage, invasive rock snot, habitat restoration, green construction, native meadow management, rain barrels and rain gardens, living with flood plains, watershed education, and much more.

Registration fees start at $40 (covers participation in Saturday’s program, Saturday morning’s refreshments, and lunch).

Attend as a representative of your local stream!

DEP to Hold Webinars on Permit Revision for Temporary Road Crossings

The Department of Environmental Protection announced today that it will be holding two webinars, one on Friday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m., and one on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 2:30 p.m., to discuss proposed revisions on a permit used for temporary road crossings.

The webinars will focus on a DEP proposal to modify a permit for temporary road crossings which allows for the construction, operation, maintenance and removal of various types of temporary crossings through bodies of water and wetlands.

The proposed permit includes a standardized format of definitions of terms, instructions, forms, examples and sample drawings.

The proposal also revises the scope of the permit for temporary activities, such as a pipeline, electric transmission line, telephone or water line; and environmental testing or monitoring activities, such as temporary soil sampling and seismic testing lines. The activities covered under the permit proposal will be held to the specific permit conditions provided when the proposed permit modifications become final.

Public comments on the proposed permit revisions are welcome. The public comment period runs until Jan. 10, 2014. Written comments can be mailed to the Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Waterways Engineering and Wetlands, Division of Wetlands, Encroachments and Training, P. O. Box 8460, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8460 or emailed to RA-GP8Comments@pa.gov.

A copy of the draft modified permit is available at www.dep.state.pa.us, keyword: Proposals Currently Open for Comment. Once the webpage is accessed, the section titled ”Proposed Reissuance of General Permit BWEW-GP-8: Temporary Road Crossings and Associated 401 Water Quality Certification” will contain the information.

For more information or to register for the webinars, visit the above website link and click the “Public Participation Center” button, then select “Webinars.” After registration, an email will be sent containing a link to the webinar. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the webinars webpage for future viewing.

For more information, call 717-787-3411.

Register for Webcast on the “National Stormwater Calculator”

Join EPA for a Watershed Academy Webcast on Oct. 2, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Eastern on the new “National Stormwater Calculator.”  (See Post Below)  This new calculator is designed for anyone interested in reducing runoff from a property including: site developers, landscape architects, urban planners, homeowners and others.  It can help users decide which stormwater management practices to install such as a rain garden or a green roof.  This calculator is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States (including Puerto Rico). Estimates are based on local soil conditions, land cover, and historic rainfall records.

You can download the Stormwater Calculator at www.epa.gov/nrmrl/wswrd/wq/models/swc/.

Register for the Webcast at www.epa.gov/watershedwebcasts

MCCD non-permitted application inadequate letter response time

Effective August 20, 2013, on motion of Director Erlbaum, seconded by Vice-Chair Moulton, it was unanimously adopted that the time frame for a complete response to a District inadequate review letter, for non-permitted project applications, be 60 calendar days from the date of the inadequate review letter.  The application will be considered withdrawn when the 60 calendar day timeframe has passed without a complete response to the listed deficiencies put forth in the inadequate review letter.  At that time a new submission will be required, inclusive of all applicable fees.

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