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Preservation Matters

Preservation Matters

Preservation Matters

Protection, Preservation, and Enhancement of Blair County’s Natural Resources

Protection, Preservation, and Enhancement of Blair County’s Natural Resources

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Enhancement Matters

Enhancement Matters

Enhancement Matters

Protection, Preservation, and Enhancement of Blair County’s Natural Resources

Protection, Preservation, and Enhancement of Blair County’s Natural Resources

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Protection Matters

Protection Matters

Protection Matters

Protection, Preservation, and Enhancement of Blair County’s Natural Resources

Protection, Preservation, and Enhancement of Blair County’s Natural Resources

Your One Stop Shop for Resource Conservation

The Blair County Conservation District is a local agency providing conservation-based programs and services to the residents of Blair County.  The District acts as a clearinghouse for natural resource information and promotes local environmental initiatives.  We often serve as the first contact for environmental issues related to the identification, protection, and preservation of natural resources in Blair County.

An active, knowledgeable board of district directors and a professional, well-trained staff are the foundation for the success of the Blair County Conservation District.  The Board of Directors are residents of the county, nominated for service by local organizations and appointed by the Blair County Commissioners.  They act to solicit resources and projects for the betterment of our area.  Who better knows the needs and issues of the county than those who live and work here?

Whether you are in engaged in Agriculture, Erosion and Sediment Control, Stormwater, Watershed Management, Conservation Education or have interest in Riparian Buffers or the Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Roads, chances are the District has resources and information for your use.  We encourage you to peruse this website and offer that you contact us if you would like more information about any of our programs.

Programs We Provide

Agriculture

Agriculture

The Blair County Conservation District has its roots in Agriculture.  The District was formed by a local group of farmers seeking technical services and information related to a County Soil Survey.  The Conservation District has remained loyal to Blair County’s Number one Industry – AGRICULTURE!

Erosion & Sediment

Erosion & Sediment

The Blair County Conservation District is delegated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to administer the Title 25, Chapter 102, Erosion and Sediment Pollution Control (E&S), and Chapter 92, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES) programs.

Watershed

Watershed

A watershed, also known as a drainage basin, is an area of land in which all water that falls on the land drains into a common waterway, such as a stream or river.  The topography of the landscape determines watershed boundaries because all water naturally flows downhill.

Stormwater

Stormwater

To control runoff and protect property in developed areas, stormwater management systems are used to collect stormwater runoff, infiltrate back to the ground water or carry it to storage areas and to an eventual discharge point. Post Construction Stormwater Management considerations are a requirement for projects

Riparian Buffers

Riparian Buffers

A riparian buffer reduces water pollution by intercepting and filtering runoff from adjacent urban, industrial, or agricultural land, it slows stream water velocities to reduce flood events. The vegetation roots of a buffer protects vulnerable soils along the stream bank and prevents erosion.

Dirt & Gravel Roads

Dirt & Gravel Roads

The District is pleased to offer funding to municipalities for projects related to the Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance of Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Roads.  Annually the Blair County Conservation District will receive funds to distribute locally based on applications received.

Conservation Education

The Blair County Conservation District offers a wealth of educational opportunities through its Environmental Education Specialist, Suzanne Black, and the Conservation District Staff. Suzanne is a Pennsylvania State certified Biology and General Science teacher. Previously teaching Environmental Science, Biology and Agricultural Biology for the Owen J. Roberts School District. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Juniata College, with a Program of Emphasis in Biology and Education. She provides hands-on learning opportunities for schools, libraries, scouts, and other organizations in Blair County. Lessons are based on current PA Core Standards.

Youth programs include a variety of hands-on activities, experiments, games, and occasionally live animals. Because of the hands-on nature of the instruction, most are designed for one classroom at a time, but some can be adapted to large group audiences. Most programs last about 30-45 minutes, this can also be adjusted to meet the needs and interests of the group.

Each lesson’s objective addresses one or more of the Pennsylvania Standards for Environmental Education and/or Science and Technology.  Standards are indicated under each program description.

How do I schedule a program?

Currently, all programs are FREE of charge to any school, home school, library, civic or youth group based in Blair County, and the Conservation Educator will travel to your meeting place.  There is a fee for programs outside of Blair County.  For more information or to schedule a program, email Suzanne Black or call 814-696-0877 ext. 5.

8494

Farm Acres Preserved

1092

Miles of stream in Blair County

585000

Pounds of Nitrogen Reduction Goal

61

Blair County Road Project Sites

Forms

All of our forms for permits, applications, etc can be found in one convenient location

Resources

Find additional resources such as websites, brochures, etc. related to conservation compliance

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