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Bedford County Conservation District website.
Bedford County Conservation District
702 West Pitt Street, Suites 3 and 4
Bedford, PA 15522
telephone: 814-623-7900, ext. 4
Conservation District Board meetings are regularly held at 7 PM on the first Wednesday of the month, at the Conservation District office. If needed, Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Road Program QAB meetings will be scheduled at 6:30 PM before the Board meeting. A schedule of anticipated Board meeting dates for 2020 can be found here.
Next meeting: September 2, 2020
Beginning March 23, 2020, the Bedford Service Center, including the offices of the Bedford County Conservation District, Farm Service Agency, and Natural Resource Conservation Service, will be closed to the public. Staff will be working remotely from home and conducting limited field operations. Management or other assigned staff will be reporting to the office daily from 8:30 to 4:30 to conduct necessary business. Ag staff will be scheduling no-till drills, cornplanters and lime-spreaders for delivery. All inquiries are encouraged via email, phone, or mail.
814-623-7900, ext. 4.
Bedford County Community Clean Water Action Plan
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been tasked by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with developing the Phase 3 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP). The Phase III WIP is a detailed implementation plan that outlines strategies to meet established nitrogen and phosphorus pollutant reduction goals for the Chesapeake Bay watersheds in Pennsylvania by 2025.
Pennsylvania’s nitrogen and phosphorus reduction targets are broken down into local pollution reduction goals for each of the 43 counties in the Chesapeake Bay watershed that includes Bedford County. Each county is responsible for developing a Countywide Action Plan (CAP) that details the policies and projects needed to achieve the established pollution reduction targets. DEP has assigned Bedford County a pollution reduction goal of 1,623,794 pounds of nitrogen and 104,733 pounds of phosphorus that must be removed from county waterways by 2025. The Bedford County Conservation District is the lead organization that will oversee the CAP development and implementation process.
DEP has provided counties with funding to hire a coordinator that would assist in developing and implementing the CAP over a 3-5 year period. Thus, Bedford County is seeking to retain a qualified consultant or consulting team to provide CAP planning and implementation assistance.
Environmental Emergency Hotline -1-888-723-3721
Open Records Officer: Jennifer Lentz Kovacs
Land Clearing for Agriculture
All phases of agricultural land clearing projects for new cropland and/or pastures shall be addressed through the agricultural erosion and sediment control requirements in 25 PA. Code § 102.4(a). This includes written plans for the timber harvest component, for the clearing and grubbing component and for the continued cultivation of the field. All phases of the project should have the appropriate Best Management Practices (BMPs), including silt sock, silt fence, sediment traps, etc., to minimize the potential for accelerated erosion and sedimentation. For the timber harvest and clearing/grubbing phases, BMPs would not be the traditional agricultural conservation practices, but would be those specific to timber harvest and construction activities. Practices for timber harvest and construction activities are found in the Erosion and Sediment Pollution Control Program Manual (www.dep.pa.gov ; (Document Number 363-2134-008). Please contact Mike Felix with the Bedford County Conservation District at 814-310-3279 if you are planning to convert any woodland into agricultural use to verify a correct plan.
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