MILL HALL – Recognized by the Pennsylvania State House and Senate, April 10-16, 2022 declared “Conservation District Week.” During this week, district offices across the state will hold events and meet with lawmakers in their home county.
Every county in Pennsylvania except Philadelphia has a conservation district. These volunteer directors and staff deal with conservation issues in their community. It is your neighbors who work to prevent pollution in your garden.
“Conservation District Week celebrates and highlights the Conservation District’s stewardship of the Commonwealth’s natural resources. Every day, Conservation District staff work to ensure there is enough clean water and healthy soil for future generations,” said Brenda J. Shambaugh, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts.
Across the state, conservation districts continue to review permits, provide assistance to farmers, help municipalities prepare to repair low-volume roads and dirt and gravel roads throughout the state. state, and to help control mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus and Zika virus. District staff work hard to provide assistance to landowners and farmers and are the local entity working to maintain your soil and water quality.
Here at home, the Clinton County Conservation District developed a county clean water action plan that helped establish the framework to protect local waters through 2025. The district just to receive more than $300,000 in grants under this plan to help local farmers and landowners implement practices that will prevent pollution and improve surface water quality in Clinton County. In addition, the district was able to distribute $200,000 to municipalities for the repair of dirt and gravel/low volume roads. Various workshops for landowners and municipalities were held throughout 2021 and 2022, including a stormwater management workshop that distributed 64 free rain barrels to county residents. The district has engaged and supported the community through investments and partnerships with Keystone Central School District, Clinton County United Way, and various other county offices and nonprofit organizations.
These commitments included a community garden, various pollinator plantings, and even a three-year labor agreement with Americorp Seniors. More than 6,000 students and residents have been reached through environmental education programs, including the Clinton County Envirothon and a joint summer camp with the Keystone Central Summer Program at Woolrich Park.
The Clinton County Conservation District celebrates these successes of our contractors, farmers and landowners and we sincerely thank the residents of Clinton County and our partners for all of the support throughout the year and during Clinton County Week. conservation. “None of our success is possible without the help and cooperation of our friends and neighbours,” said Wade Jodun, director of the Clinton County Conservation District.
The Clinton Conservation District also thanks members of the PA House and Senate for their support of the District through the state budget and the Clinton County Commissioners for their financial support of the District.