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  • Northampton County Conservation District
    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 Why soil conservation is important Soil Conservation is a set of management strategies that are used to prevent soil from being eroded from the earth s surface or becoming chemically altered by overuse Various strategies or best management practices BMPs are used by excavation contractors farmers and others to achieve this goal So what is the harm if a little mud washes into the

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  • Northampton County Conservation District Staff
    is open to the general public BOARD OF DIRECTORS Lynn Stauffer Public Director Chairman Donald Mack Farmer Director Vice Chairman Margaret Ferraro Director County Council Representative Brian Fulmer Farmer Director Joel Geiger Farmer Director John Valkovec Farmer Director Ted Veresink Public Director DISTRICT STAFF Chryss Buchman District Manager 610 829 6281 cbuchman northamptoncounty org James Lawrence Conservation Specialist 610 829 6283 jlawrence northamptoncounty org Sharon Pletchan Conservation Specialist 610 829

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  • Northampton County Conservation District Erosion and Sediment Pollution Control Program
    5 000 square feet 464 5 square meters 2 A person proposing earth disturbance activities shall develop a written Erosion and Sediment Control Plan under this chapter if one or more of the following criteria apply i The earth disturbance activity will result in a total of 5 000 square feet 464 5 square meters or more ii The person proposing the earth disturbance activities is required to develop an Erosion and Sediment Control Plan pursuant to this Chapter under Department regulations or other than those contained in this chapter iii The earth disturbance activity because of its proximity to existing drainage features or patterns has the potential to discharge to a water classified as a High Quality or Exceptional Value water pursuant to Chapter 93 relating to water quality standards Plan Review fees may apply to ESPC plans submitted to NCCD requesting technical review or determination of plan adequacy Do I Need a District E S Plan Review The District will review the plan when 1 The review and approval is required for a permit e g NPDES Chapter 105 Permit Joint Permit Small Projects Permit etc 2 The review and approval is required by a municipality or other governing body e g Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance Municipal official engineer zoning officer request etc Do I Need Permits NPDES Permits Earth disturbance activities except agricultural tillage and timber harvests that disturb 1 0 or more acres of ground over the entire life of the project including individual lot development require a NPDES National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit part of the permitting process requires submission of an appropriate Erosion and sediment Pollution Control plan There are two types of NPDES permits 1 An Individual NPDES permit is required in a special protection High Quality HQ or Exceptional Value

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  • Northampton County Conservation District Erosion and Sediment Pollution Control Program
    Visual Site Inspection Report Self inspections required for NPDES permitted sites NPDES Notice of Termination N O T Forms NEW To be completed by permittee after earth disturbance is completed Use the appropriate form based on permit application date to terminate the NPDES permit NPDES Co Permittee Liaiblity Release Form use to release a co permittee from a permit When determining stream classifications make sure you are checking both the existing use and the designated use The existing use of the stream must be protected if it is higher than the designated use Below are links to both existing and designated uses Existing Use http www depweb state pa us portal server pt community existing use 10557 Designated Use http www pacode com secure data 025 chapter93 chap93toc html OFF SITE Discharges of Stormwater to Areas that are not Surface Waters Easement requirements for offsite discharges Chapter 303 d Stream Impairment List use the DEP eMap tool in table below to find your receiving watercourse and ensure Streams and Water Resources Streams Integrated List Non Attain is selected A dashed or solid red line on your stream indicates impaired PA Erosion and Sediment Control Program Chapter 102 DEP Erosion and Sediment Pollution Control Manual March 2012 and Standard Construction Details Errata Sheet for DEP E S Manual Links to PA DEP webinars related to Chapter 102 and 105 Chapter 102 regulations for Erosion and Sediment Control and Stormwater effective 11 19 2010 Products and technologies proposed for use as E S BMPs since the manual was published in March 2012 Agricultural Environmetal Regulations Am I in Compliance Erosion and Sediment Control Requirements for Agricultural Plowing or Tilling Activities and Animal Heavy Use Areas Typical Erosion and Sediment BMPs for Underground Utility Line Construction These BMPs should be used for utility line construction projects or for other projects where utility lines will be installed Soil Erosion Sediment Control Requirements for Single Family Residences Individual Lot Construction and Minor Construction Project Activities Erosion Control Conservation Plantings on Noncropland The Penn State Agronomy Guide Pennsylvania Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual The PCSWM Manual PNDI PNHP documents PNDI Link to Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program Website Click on PNDI Environmental Review Tool PHMC documents PHMC Cultural Resource Notice required for some NPDES permits Online Tools and Stream Impairment Lists 2014 Pennsylvania Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report Can be used to look up the impairment and TMDL status of streams PA DEP eMap NEW In order to determine whether a receiving watercourse is impaired look up the receiving watercourse on the integrated water quality report and also check eMap To use eMap zoom into the area of the receiving watercourse of your project On the left column of layers turn on the following sequential layers by pressing the sign next to the layer Regulated Facilities Streams and Water Resources Water Quality Attaining and Non Attaining Then check the box for Non Attaining A red line on your stream indicates it is impaired By clicking

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