October 2021

Hello partners for water quality!

We have much news to share on progress by state, local, and sector partners to reduce nutrient and sediment pollution and improve water quality in Pennsylvania’s share of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
For the state leaders, complete plan document, and more details on the Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plan, visit the Phase 3 WIP website. For a broader educational look at nutrient and sediment pollution in local streams, rivers, and lakes in the watershed, including tips and success stories, visit Healthy Waters, Healthy Communities.
Please consider how you might join in or help support this work. Anyone interested in their county’s Phase 3 WIP County Wide Action plan can sign up to get involved. And help spread the word! Share this newsletter or the subscribe page.  
— DEP Chesapeake Bay Office

Programs and Projects by State Partners

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Awards Over $4.1 Million in Grants to 13 Projects Statewide to Restore the Health of Local Watersheds 

The Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Grants program supports projects that carry out best management practices (BMPs) specified in Watershed Implementation Plans for 36 watersheds around the state, with special consideration for projects in Pennsylvania’s share of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The program also supports development of new Watershed Implementation Plans for additional impaired watersheds. The projects in Pennsylvania’s share of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed also advance Countywide Action Plan priority initiatives and the state Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plan to improve the health of the watershed.
Grant funding is provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and authorized through Section 319(h) of the federal Water Pollution Control Act.
Congratulations to Bedford, Clearfield, Dauphin, Lebanon, Lancaster, Schuylkill, and York Counties on receiving funds to improve local water quality! For more details on the projects awarded to each county, view the announcement here.

2021 Governors Awards for Environmental Excellence Announced

DEP honored 13 projects by school, business, and community organizations from around the state with the 2021 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence. Of the 13 projects, seven are located within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Applications for the 2022 Environmental Excellence Awards now being accepted. Individuals, businesses, schools, government agencies, and community organizations in Pennsylvania are welcome to apply. Find guidelines and the application form at the Environmental Excellence Awards website.
Lancaster Farmland Trust: The Plain Sect Community and Market Engagement for Clean Water
RGS Associates and Land Studies: Lime Spring Square
Geisinger: Sechler Run Stream Restoration Project

EPA Awards Nearly $500,000 to Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to Enhance Wetlands

Pennsylvania is using funding to assess the condition of wetlands on state lands and identify wetlands in need of management to restore lost or impacted ecosystem functions. Lands being assessed would include more than 700,000 acres of state forest land off-limits to resource extraction, as well 1.5 million acres of state forest land where some type of resource extraction is allowed. The project will identify high conservation value wetlands and put together a plan to support the protection of critical habitat for rare wildlife and plant species.
The funds were provided through EPA’s Wetland Program Development Grant program, which enables state, local and tribal governments to conduct a range of projects that promote research and pollution reduction efforts related to wetlands. For more information on the program, visit EPA’s Wetlands Program Development Grants webpage.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and EPA Announce $10 Million in Grants to Restore the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, with Nearly $4 million for Pennsylvania

NFWF, in partnership with the EPA and its Chesapeake Bay Program, recently announced the 2021 round of funding for the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund’s Small Watershed Grants projects. Forty-nine grants totaling $10.3 million were awarded, leveraging $12 million in match from the grantees to generate a total conservation impact of more than $22.3 million.
  • Fourteen projects that will benefit Pennsylvania received $3.88 million:
  • Restoring Priority Stream in Manheim Township, Lancaster County: $457,500;
  • Restoring Floodplain to Improve Water Quality in Little Conestoga Creek, Lancaster County: $440,000;
  • Restoring Floodplain by Addressing Legacy Sediment in Pequea Creek, Lancaster County: $500,000;
  • Stream Stabilization and Riparian Forest Buffer Installation in Kilinger Creek, South Londonderry Township, Lebanon County: $220,000;
  • Leveraging New Corporate Clean Water Partnerships in Lancaster and Lebanon Counties: $500,000;
  • Accelerating Best Management Practice Implementation in Lancaster and Chester Counties: $499,797;
  • Bradford County Accelerated Watershed Implementation Plan Development - II: $49,995;
  • Designing Floodplain Restoration in Santo Domingo Creek, Lancaster County: $50,000;
  • Designing a Stormwater Treatment Plan in Lititz Borough, Lancaster County: $20,000;
  • Assessing Opportunities for Mill Creek Riparian, Floodplain, and Stream Restoration, Lancaster County: $49,955;
  • Assessing and Prioritizing Restoration Actions in the First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek Watershed, Cameron, Clinton Counties: $49,559;
  • Little Mahanoy Creek Headwaters Restoration Plan Development, Schuylkill County: $50,000;
  • Watershed Approach to Stream Corridor Restoration in the Headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay (NY, PA): $500,000; and
  • Expanding Nutrient Management Across the Headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay (NY, PA): $500,000.
Farmland in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania 4R Nutrient Stewardship Alliance (PA4R) offers “4waRD Thinking” Training to Farm Advisors

The Pennsylvania 4R Nutrient Stewardship Alliance (PA4R) has received funding through a 2021 Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Professional Development grant to provide education to Pennsylvania's farm advisers about 4R Nutrient Stewardship practices. This funding includes the development of six webinars on 4R topics and the creation of a "4waRd Thinking" cohort.
The first set of webinars are open to farm advisers in both the public and private sector and will be held on three consecutive Tuesday afternoons - October 26, November 2, and November 9, 2021:
The second set of webinars will be held in fall 2022.
PA4R will roll out its "4waRd Thinking" learning cohort of farm advisers working in Pennsylvania's Chesapeake Bay watershed. This deep-dive learning opportunity will kick off in February 2022 and is open to any adviser working in the Bay watershed who connects with farmers on decisions related to the Right Rate, Source, Time, & Place (4Rs) of nutrient applications. Thirty participants will be selected from the applicant pool to attend specialized in-person workshops, receive personalized coaching, and participate in virtual learning opportunities focused on applying 4R practices at the operational level and facilitating conversations around adoption with the farmers they serve.
Registration for the 2021 webinars and applications for cohort participation can both be found at: 4RMidAtlantic.com/events.  

United States Geological Survey (USGS) Releases Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Suspended Sediment Load Trends Summary 

USGS released its Water Year 2020 Update that provides a summary of nitrogen, phosphorus and suspended sediment load trends. Long-term trends (1985-2020) indicate improving conditions at stations on the Susquehanna and Potomac Rivers for total nitrogen and total phosphorus loads and improving conditions at the Potomac River station for suspended-sediment loads. Short-term trends (2011-2020) indicate improving conditions at stations on the Susquehanna and Potomac Rivers for total nitrogen loads and suspended sediment loads and improving conditions at the Susquehanna River station for total phosphorus loads.
The Chesapeake Bay partnership uses results from this monitoring network to determine the amounts of, and trends in, nitrogen, phosphorus and suspended sediment that are delivered annually from the nontidal (above fall line) portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
The Chesapeake Bay River Input Monitoring (RIM) network consists of nine stations located near the nontidal tidal interface of the nine largest rivers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. These rivers are the Susquehanna, Potomac, James, Rappahannock, Appomattox, Pamunkey, Mattaponi, Patuxent, and Choptank. Stations are located near USGS stream gages to permit estimates of nutrient and sediment loadings and trends in an amount of constituents delivered downstream. The full USGS 2020 Trend Summary can be found here.

New Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) Chesapeake Bay Watershed Habitat Unit 

In 2020, PFBC created the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Habitat Unit (CBWHU) to work with a diverse group of partners including local, state, and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and landowners to develop and implement stream restoration projects. The current program focuses on instream fish habitat enhancement and bank stabilization. The CBWHU will provide free technical assistance for stream restoration BMPs. Services may include stream restoration design, permitting assistance, and construction oversight. For more information contact Mark Sausser at msausser@pa.gov or 814-359-5126.

Franklin County Conservation District and Slate Ridge Dairy Host Secretary Redding to Showcase Conservation Excellence Grant Project

The Franklin County Conservation District (FCCD), along with Ben and Sharon Peckman of Slate Ridge Dairy, St. Thomas, hosted Secretary Redding and other state and local legislative representatives on September 30th, to view several recently installed best management practices (BMPs) funded by the Conservation Excellence Grant (CEG) program. The Peckman’s have a long history of conservation excellence, having received Franklin County Conservation District’s Cooperator of the Year in the past and, most recently, the 2020 Leopold Conservation Award for Pennsylvania.
Ben shared the importance of conservation practices and BMPs, and noted that the CEG Program was a catalyst in their efforts to improve their operation’s viability and efficiency.  FCCD provided consultation to the Peckman’s for their project that consisted of a Diversion, Grassed Buffer Area and a Waste Storage Facility. Ben commented that the CEG project was seamless, very easy to navigate and facilitated fast construction. He stated that the whole project, from the first contact with FCCD until the completion of installation of the BMPs, only took around six months total.
Back: County CommissionerBob Ziobrowski, SCC Conservation Program Specialist Eric Cromer, SCC ExecutiveSecretary Karl Brown, Representative Paul Schemel, Ben Peckman, FCCD Asst MgrScott Metzger, FCCD Engineer John High, FCCD Board Member Mike Ross
Front: Sharon Peckman, PDASecretary Russell Redding, FCCD Manager Dave Stoner, SCC FinancialAdministration Director Johan Berger

Center for Water Quality Excellence (CWQE) Funding Profiles and Resources

Need to quickly find out if a certain grant program could help fund your stormwater project? Check out the CWQE Support Hub's one-page profiles on over 40 funding programs covering urban and agricultural stormwater grant and loan programs. The profiles provide quick access to deadlines, eligibility, match requirements, application portals, helpful tips, and points of contact. With the help of CWQE staff, you can use these funding profiles to guide development of a long-term funding strategy.
Are you getting calls from residents for answers to recurring stormwater issues in neighborhoods that were built prior to 2000? CWQE may be able to help. Staff are currently working with several neighborhoods to support collaborative solutions between residents, developers, and municipal leaders who all have a stake in stormwater infrastructure. Feel free to refer property owners to the Center at 855-227-1202.
If you are looking for specific support materials related to the planning and funding of urban stormwater and agriculture conservation practices or projects, email CWQE at support@cwqe.org or Start a Conversation at the Support Hub and describe what you are seeking (you will need to register as a Support Hub user first).

Hershey Medical Center Named Recognized as a Tree Campus Healthcare Institution

For the second straight year, the Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center as a Tree Campus Healthcare Institution. The program celebrates health care organizations that display leadership in wellness and community engagement through trees. The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is one of just 24 locations nationwide to earn this honor.
As part of its commitment to the environment, the Medical Center conducts an annual tree planting ceremony on Earth Day, with volunteers planting 100 native seedlings on campus. The Medical Center also inventories, tags, evaluates and provides feedback on tree health through a tree management program. More than 2,524 established trees are tagged as part of the program.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Unveils New climate partnership initiative

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is committed to partnering with agriculture, forestry and rural communities to develop climate solutions that strengthen rural America. USDA has outlined and requested public comments on a new climate partnership initiative designed to create new revenue streams for producers via market opportunities for commodities produced using climate-smart practices.
Guided by science, USDA will support a set of pilot projects that provide incentives to implement climate-smart conservation practices on working lands and to quantify and monitor the carbon and greenhouse gas benefits associated with those practices. The pilots could rely on the Commodity Credit Corporation’s specific power to aid in expansion or development of new and additional markets. USDA has published a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public comment and input on design of the new initiative. Comments may be provided by November 1, 2021, via the Federal Register, Docket ID: USDA-2021-0010. Feedback will be used to inform design of the new Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry Partnership Initiative. USDA is seeking input specifically on:
  • The current state of climate-smart commodity markets,
  • Systems for quantification,
  • Options and criteria for evaluation,
  • Use of information collected,
  • Potential protocols,
  • Options for review and verification,
  • Inclusion of historically underserved communities.

Funding Available Now!

DEP Chesapeake Bay Office Opens 2021-2022 CAP Implementation Grant Round

The 2021-2022 CAP Implementation Grant round is open through October 29 to all counties in Pennsylvania’s Bay watershed who have a CAP. The purpose of the CAP Implementation Grant funds is to accelerate implementation of projects that deliver high nutrient reductions in priority areas, in support of CAPs. This funding must be used to implement results-driven projects on the ground and to reduce nutrient loads in the county(ies). 

New Round of Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) Mini-Grants Open

PACD is now accepting mini-grant applications for up to $3,000 to implement educational and outreach activities that support and extend the work of the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). Projects should focus on CREP enrollment, re-enrollment, and/or CREP maintenance.
The guidelines and application for the CREP Mini-grant Program for Conservation Districts are posted here. The deadline to apply is November 12, 2021. Questions should be directed to Holly Miller at hmiller@pacd.org

Conservation Excellence Grants (CEG) Program Open to Tier 1 and 2 CAP Counties

The State Conservation Commission’s (SCC) CEG Program was established from the 2019 Farm Bill with the purpose of providing financial and technical assistance for BMP implementation on agricultural operations. CEG is available to Tier 1 and Tier 2 CAP counties in Pennsylvania (Bedford, Centre, Cumberland, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York), and provides single grant funding up to $250,000 to eligible projects through delegated local county conservation districts. Small grants are also available for any BMP project under $25,000. Grants will be awarded based on priority criteria established for the program and SCC guidelines.
Examples of eligible CEG costs include project design, engineering and associated planning costs, construction or installation provided by a contractor (including labor provided by the applicant), equipment, materials and other components of projects, and post construction inspections. To learn more, visit The Conservation Excellence Grant Program.

Getting Credit for Our Work

Upcoming Webinar: Collecting Water Quality Monitoring Data

DEP’s Chesapeake Bay Office is collaborating with DEP’s Water Monitoring Assessment Section, USGS, and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) to present a webinar: Collecting Water Quality Monitoring Data. The purpose of this webinar is to provide participants with a high-level understanding of:
  • Who the current data sources are and how their data informs the Chesapeake Bay Model (CAST).
  • The tiers of water quality monitoring data and quality assurance requirements.
  • How county partners’ water quality data collection is integrated with state/federal partners who are performing the same assessments.
  • How county partners can utilize existing data to prioritize opportunities for restoration efforts and how they can verify the impact of those efforts.
  • The technical aspects of DEP’s Integrated Report, SRBC’s Continuous Instream Monitoring (CIM) and Water Quality Index and USGS Non-Tidal Water Quality Monitoring Network.
There will be a question and answer session after the presentations. This webinar is open to County CAP coordinators, CAP Leaders and Action Teams, volunteer monitoring organizations, watershed groups and any other interested parties. For more information or the webinar link, contact Erin Penzelik at epenzelik@pa.gov.

DEP Chesapeake Bay Office

Pilot and Tier 2 Counties Prepare CAP Milestones and Annual Progress Reports

The Pilot counties—Adams, Franklin, Lancaster, and York—finalized and submitted their Annual Progress and Two-Year Milestone reports to DEP’s Chesapeake Bay Office (CBO) in October. The Tier 2 counties—Bedford, Centre, Cumberland, and Lebanon—completed their first Annual Progress reports. CBO staff will be providing each county’s CAP updates to the Bay website in the coming weeks.

Tier 3-4 CAPs are Complete

All 26 of the Tier 3 and 4 counties have completed and submitted their CAPs and are finalizing their CAP narratives. CBO staff will be providing each county’s CAP updates to the Bay website in the coming weeks. County Coordinators and CAP team members will attend a Transitioning to Implementation Webinar this fall, as well as regional implementation workshops. DEP Region CAP Support Teams will continue to assist Tier 3 and 4 county partners in implementing their CAPs.

DEP Chesapeake Bay Office 2021-2022 CAP Implementation Grant Webinar

The 2021-2022 CAP Implementation Grant round is open through October 29 to all counties in Pennsylvania’s Bay watershed who have a CAP. This includes funding for CAP project funding and Community Clean Water Action Plan Coordinators. On October 13, CBO hosted a webinar where CBO Director Jill Whitcomb and CBO Water Program Specialist Natahnee Miller provided a walk through of the CAP Implementation and Coordinator grant applications, followed by a question and answer session. The webinar recording was posted to the Clean Water Academy for any CAP leaders who could not attend.

Counties in Action

Tier 1-2

Adams County Prepares New Initiatives

Adams County has finished its two-year milestone updates for its CAP documents. The CAP Coordinator is gathering projects and materials for its CAP Implementation grant application. Adams County is looking to apply for multiple projects in partnership with local businesses, non-profit groups, and municipal partners. Adams County will also be working with the orchard industry to implement orchard initiatives. This effort will be done in concert with Penn State and the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, and will include a meeting of orchard growers from across the county. Adams County will also be publishing a periodic newsletter to keep our partners informed on CAP progress and to connect them to technical and funding opportunities.  

Centre County Conservation District is Hosting a Conservation Workshop

On November 3 from 6-8pm at Willowbank Building (414 Holmes Street, Bellefonte PA), the Centre County Conservation District is hosting a conservation workshop titled “We All Live Downstream.” The workshop is aimed at informing local community members on the impacts of water quality issues and conservation practices. Participants will learn how to develop a stormwater management plan as well as how to incorporate conservation onto their own property. Register here.

Cumberland County 2021 Annual Rain Barrel Sale

The Cumberland County Conservation District, in partnership with the Penn State Extension Master Watershed Stewards of Cumberland County, constructed 25 rain barrels as part of the 2021 Annual Rain Barrel Sale in July. Rain barrels collect rainwater from roofs and store the water for future use. Popular rainwater uses include watering vegetable gardens and flower gardens during drought conditions. Cumberland County’s Rain Barrel program has been in operation for over 20 years and has created over 1,650 rain barrels over the years.

 PennState Extension Master Watershed Stewards of Cumberland County

Lancaster County Partners working on conservation and preservation

Lancaster Farmland Trust (LFT) met with the Zook family to sign a conservation easement and add their 100-acre farm to the growing list of preserved farms in Lancaster County. Located on the Drumore & Providence Township line, the Zook family runs a beef cattle operation and grows corn silage, rye cover crops, winter wheat, and soybeans. The farm is also home to over 40 acres of woodland and a section of Fishing Creek, making conservation important to the family. The Zooks employ several conservation practices, including no-till farming, crop rotation, grassed waterways, nutrient management, and cover crops. Within a two-mile radius of the Zook family farm, there are 28 other preserved farms totaling more than 2,600 acres of preserved land nearby. The addition of the Zook farm brings LFT’s totals to 536 farms and 32,960 acres protected forever – with over 1,000 acres preserved this year alone.
In a first-of-its-kind NFWF grant, Lancaster Farmland Trust successfully launched a program linking preservation and conservation efforts across the county. This program offered funding to fast-track farmers on the preservation waiting list who opted to install BMPs simultaneously. Leveraging the $490,000 from NFWF, LFT preserved five Lancaster farms and completed BMP implementation on those properties, installed BMP practices on one previously preserved farm, and procured new Conservation and Manure Management plans on six preserved farms in Upper Leacock Township. Combined, these improvements will lead to the prevention of 13,703 pounds of nitrogen, 1,176 pounds of phosphorus and 572,338 pounds of sediment from flowing into the Chesapeake Bay every year. Most importantly, these conservation practices will remain in place permanently through BMPs implemented across 816 acres of protected Lancaster County farmland.
On October 4, Natural Lands announced the permanent preservation of 392 acres of vulnerable open space in Elizabeth Township, Lancaster County. Natural Lands purchased the property, part of the J. Edward Mack Scout Reservation, from the Boy Scouts of America’s Pennsylvania Dutch Council and transferred ownership to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The open space protected is an important connection between state-owned lands in that region, creating a nearly 12,000-acre area of contiguous forest. Connected woodlands provide essential habitat for wildlife including several species of migratory songbirds that are in decline.
Lancaster County Conservation District completed a 20-acre multi-functional riparian forest buffer project on a dairy farm in Lancaster County. The total cost for the buffer was $66,368 and was paid for through PACD’s multi-functional buffer sub-grant program. Contact Holly Miller with questions at hmiller@pacd.org
Before and after

Franklin County Continues to Secure Funds and Install Nutrient Reducing Conservation Practices 

Franklin County’s hard work is paying off. It has received good news in the form of grant award letters from funders that are providing dollars to their waiting list of landowners seeking assistance with conservation improvement projects! Recent grant announcements that Franklin County has received from partners include:
  • National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
  • Growing Greener PLUS (GG+)
  • South Mountain Partnership (SMP) Mini-Grants Program
  • TC Energy Build Strong Program (TCE)
  • Conservation Excellence Grant (CEG) Program
Franklin County continues to allocate funds to projects that reduce nitrogen and phosphorus loading across their landscapes. Upcoming grant opportunities include DEP’s 2022 CAP Block Implementation grant as well as CEG applications already received. 
Roofed animal heavy use area and grassbuffer installed using CEG funding at Slate Ridge Dairy Farm, St. Thomas, PA

In addition to grants secured by municipalities to accomplish their Chesapeake Bay Pollution Reduction Plan (PRP) goals (i.e. Chambersburg Borough’s GG+ award for their South Main stormwater conveyance project and Greene Township’s SMP award), the Franklin County Conservation District (FCCD) is juggling many programs to further propel the County’s Clean Water Plan. Some of the items FCCD strives to achieve in the coming months include:
  • A series of Clean Water Outreach events to share their “Be the Solution” handout series - funded by TCE Build Strong Program;
  • Maximizing nutrient reducing BMP projects in partnership with local agricultural landowners using CEG and CAP funds;
  • Continuation of stream restoration projects across the county using various funding programs and partnerships; and
  • A focused watershed plan with the input and partnership of local stakeholders that will result in a comprehensive plan of priority projects – funded by NFWF. 

Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership Helps Watershed Alliance of York (WAY) Watershed Week Goals

The Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership is a collaborative effort of national, regional, state and local agencies, conservation organizations, outdoors enthusiasts, businesses, and citizens committed to improving Pennsylvania's communities, economy, and ecology by planting 10 million trees throughout the Commonwealth. 10 Million Trees by 2025 is the goal – and it only gets closer one tree at time.
The Keystone 10 Million Tree Partnership is making an impact on York County. The current partners in York include: York County Conservation District, Dover Area High School Future Farmers of America, Green Branch Apiary, Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education, and the Hellam Township Environmental Advisory Council. WAY is in the process of becoming a partner. During Watershed Week 2021, the citizens of York were given the opportunity to take a pledge for cleaner water. There were three different ways to take this pledge:
  • Educate themselves about Watershed Health
  • Create Habitat with Native Plants or
  • Reduce Nonpoint Source Pollution
WAY is proud to announce that 250 people took the Pledge to Create Habitat by planting a native tree or shrub! Along with many pledges to plant a Rain Garden, install a Rain Barrel, clean out storm drains, clean up after pets, and many many more ways to protect our water.
The overall success of the 2021 Clean Water Pledge during Watershed Week would not have been possible without the partnership between Keystone 10 Million Trees, York County Conservation District, and WAY.

Tier 3-4

Lycoming County Announces its Final Clean Water Action Plan

Lycoming County announced its final clean water action plan during the Commissioner public meeting on October 9. The plan is officially known as the Countywide Action Plan (CAP), an initiative to improve water quality, reduce flooding, and improve recreational opportunities.
This project is part of a larger initiative supported by DEP to meet state clean water goals. Conservation District Manager Matthew Long explained, “This plan is about Lycoming County residents protecting and enhancing the natural resources of the county through conservation activities."
“We are hoping, in partnership with the Conservation District, to help Lycoming County farmers, municipalities, businesses and others take advantage of funding and infrastructure projects proposed as part of this plan,” said Shannon Rossman, Director of Planning & Community Development for Lycoming County.
Development of the CAP was a deeply collaborative effort. Over 150 individual stakeholders—farmers, planners, academics, local municipal and community leaders, environmental organizations, and State and Federal government agencies—helped develop the plan over the last nine months. A core team led by Lycoming County Planning and Community Development Department and the Lycoming County Conservation District coordinated the planning process. The team will remain engaged to coordinate plan implementation efforts.
The CAP’s goal is to reduce nutrient pollution in our local waterways, and is designed to bolster programs that improve natural resources, support farmers, protect community health and water supplies, and reduce local flood events. A full list of projects and programs, as well as other details about the CAP can be found at www.lyco.org/CWAP.

The Dauphin-Juniata-Mifflin-Perry and the Blair-Cambria-Fulton-Hunting County CAP Teams Seeking CAP Implementation Partners

Blair, Cambria, Dauphin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin and Perry Counties are looking for local community members to become involved with CAP implementation. Volunteers are welcomed to support with implementation through a variety of ways including: project installation, identification of new project opportunities, education and outreach, building relationships with local landowners, searching for new funding opportunities, and much more. If you or someone you know in any of these counties are interested in becoming involved, please fill out the survey below for your respective county:

Southern Allegheny Counties Launch New CAP Website

The Southern Allegheny Planning and Development Commission recently released a webpage to support the CAP for Blair, Cambria, Fulton and Huntingdon Counties. The webpage includes the Southern Alleghenies CAP, along with a brief survey on how to become involved with the CAP process. 

Snyder County Conservation District is Hosting Soil Health Field Day and Manure Management Workshops

The Snyder County Conservation District is hosting two manure management plan workshops on November 17th from 9am-12pm and 6pm–9pm at the Snyder County Conservation District Office (10541 Route 522, Middleburg). The purpose of the manure management workshops is to allow farmers to develop their own manure management plan.
The District is also hosting a soil health field day on November 10th from 10am to 2pm at BDS Farms, LCC. (282 Troup Road, Beaver Springs). The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate how your “Soil Herd” works for you minimizing soil and nutrient losses, cover crop mixes and establishment, and improving soil and water infiltration. Three Nutrient Management credits have been approved for the field day. A FREE lunch will also be provided! Email sccd@sydercd.org or call 570-837-3000 to register for the workshops and/or field day.
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101