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The NCCD, formed in 1943 under the Conservation District Law, is a subdivision of state government and is one of 66 Conservation Districts throughout the state of Pennsylvania. The purpose of the Conservation District is to promote protection, maintenance, improvement, and wise use of the land, water, and other natural resources.

NCCD Programs (scroll down to the bottom for Right-to-Know requests)

Erosion & Sedimentation Control

The NCCD administers the Chapter 102 Erosion Control program through a signed delegation agreement with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Under Chapter 102 delegation, NCCD conducts the following program responsibilities:

  • Technical Plan Reviews
  • Site Inspections
  • Complaint Investigations
  • Information & Education

The Erosion & Sediment Technician reviews and approves E&S Control Plans for earthmoving sites. Inspections of sites are conducted to assure the plans are properly implemented. Click here for the fee schedule and application. For small projects, click here for the small projects E&S guidelines.  For a copy of the DEP Erosion & Sediment Pollution Control Program Manual (effective November 1, 2012) click here

Timber Harvesting - For more information on E&S Controls and Timber Harvesting, click any of the following: Erosion & Sediment Control Plan for a Timber Harvesting Operation, Timber Harvest Operations Field Guide, Professional Timber Harvesters Action Packet

Click here for a Frequently Asked Questions document for municipalities. 

For more information, contact Michael McCleary at 570-495-4665, ext. 302 or mmccleary@nccdpa.org.

National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)

In conjunction with the E&S program is the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program. This program requires any earthmoving activities disturbing greater than 1 acre over the life of the project to obtain a permit. Under the requirements of the NPDES program, these activities must have an erosion control plan submitted to the District for review. Permits are not issued until the plan is in compliance with Chapter 102, Title 25 Rules and Regulations of the Clean Streams Law. In addition, projects with less than one acre of disturbance may require District review to meet municipal, state, or federal requirements.  **As of November 14, 2012, the PA Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) new Permit Review Process (PRP) and Permit Decision Guarantee (PDG) and Permit Coordination Policies is being implemented.  Permit applicants and their consultants should review the SOPs and revised permit application materials carefully to become familiar with the new procedures and avoid potential project delays.  For the new SOPs, click hereFor NPDES permitting forms, click hereFor the current NOI form, click hereFor the current Transferee-Co-Permittee application, click here.
For the current Erosion and Sediment Control Permit, click here.

For more information, contact Michael McCleary at 570-495-4665, ext. 302 or mmccleary@nccdpa.org.

Chapter 105 Dam Safety & Waterway Management

*As of February 16, 2013 there will be fees associated with each Chapter 105 permit.  For a list of these fees, please click here Chapter 105 in Title 25 of the PA Code contains the permit guidelines for regulating work in or near streams.  These regulations are STATE regulations.  There are other rules and regulations that are enforced either locally through municipalities and/or by the federal government.  **As of November 14, 2012, the PA Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) new Permit Review Process (PRP) and Permit Decision Guarantee (PDG) and Permit Coordination Policies is being implemented.  Permit applicants and their consultants should review the SOPs and revised permit application materials carefully to become familiar with the new procedures and avoid potential project delays.  For the new SOPs, click here.

There are 11 General Permits.  The NCCD accepts permits 1-9.  General Permits 10 and 11 must be forwarded to the Williamsport Northcentral regional office of DEP.  General Permit aknowledgement and Erosion and Sediment Control Plan approval from the NCCD IS REQUIRED for permits 1-9.  Please submit five (5) copies of the General Permit application and the Erosion and Sediment Control Plan to the NCCD, along with the Erosion and Sediment Control Plan review fee (see fee schedule under Erosion and Sedimentation Control for amount).

General Permits (Click to open permit package)
GP - 1     Fish Habitat Enhancement Structures
GP - 2     Small Docks & Boat Launching Ramps
GP - 3     Bank Rehabilitation, Bank Protection & Gravel Bar Removal
GP - 4     Intake & Outfall Structures
GP - 5     Utility Line Stream Crossings
GP - 6     Agricultural Crossings & Ramps
GP - 7     Minor Road Crossings
GP - 8     Temporary Road Crossings
GP - 9     Agricultural Activities
GP - 10   Abandoned Mine Reclamation
GP - 11   Maintenance, Testing, Repair, Rehabilitation, or Replacement of Water Obstructions & Encroachments
GP - 15   Private Residential Construction in Wetlands

For more information, contact Michael McCleary at 570-495-4665, ext. 302 or mmccleary@nccdpa.org.

Environmental Education

The NCCD offers a variety of Environmental Education programs for teachers, students, and members of the community on a regular basis. Our Environmental Education coordinator will be happy to do a presentation for your organization or classroom. We also house the Dave Unger Environmental Education Center, where we hold a number of educational programs throughout the year. Our programs include a Poster Contest, Birth of a Tree, YAC! (Youth in Agriculture and Conservation!), Ag-Citement!, National Wildlife Week, Middle School, and High School Envirothons.

ENVIROTHON INFORMATION - HIGH SCHOOL

The 2017 High School event will be held on Tuesday, April 25th.  (More details to follow.)

ENVIROTHON INFORMATION - MIDDLE SCHOOL
The 2017 Middle School event will be held on Tuesday, May 9th.  (More details to follow.)

For more information on the Pennsylvania Envirothon program, visit http://www.envirothonpa.org/

For more information on the North American Envirothon program, visit http://www.envirothon.org/

For more information on programs we offer, or to schedule an educational program, contact our office at 570-495-4665 or info@nccdpa.org.

Nutrient Management

NCCD, under a delegation agreement with the State Conservation Commission, administers the Pennsylvania Nutrient Management Program, Act 38 (formerly Act 6 of 1993), in Northumberland County.

Under Act 38, Concentrated Animal Operations (CAOs) are required to develop and implement a Nutrient Management Plan. CAOs are defined as agricultural operations where the animal density exceeds 2 animal equivalent units (AEUs) per acre of land suitable for manure application on an annualized basis. An AEU is defined as 1,000 pounds of live animal weight and includes all livestock, whether for production, transportation, or recreation. Land suitable for manure application includes cropland, hayland, or pastureland (owned or rented) that is, or will be, available for the application of manure from the operation. Farmstead and forestland cannot be included in the acres suitable for manure application. Agricultural operations having less than 8 animal equivalent units are not classified as CAOs, regardless of animal density.
**PLEASE TAKE NOTE**
Even if your operation is not a CAO, you are still required to have a Manure Management Plan if you land apply manure or agricultural wastewater.  Click here for the current version of the
Manure Management Manual

For help determining whether or not your agricultural operation is a CAO, or putting together a Manure Management Plan, contact Bryanna Kenno at 570-495-4665 x304 or bkenno@nccdpa.org.

Chesapeake Bay Program

The Chesapeake Bay Program is a cooperative effort involving all of the jurisdictions in the Chesapeake watershed in the goal of reducing nutrient and sediment pollution and removing the Chesapeake Bay from the federal Clean Water Act's list of impaired waters by 2010. Pennsylvania is critical in this effort as fifty percent of the fresh water to the Chesapeake Bay flows from the Susquehanna River. The Chesapeake Bay 2000 agreement is a multi-state and federal partnership to clean up and restore the Chesapeake Bay. The new agreement includes the goal of developing locally supported watershed management plans in two-thirds of the bay watershed by addressing the conservation of stream corridors, riparian forest buffers and wetlands.

DEP provides for funding of a Conservation District staff person to implement the program. For information on funding possibilities for this program contact Bryanna Kenno at 570-495-4665 x304 or bkenno@nccdpa.org.

Dirt & Gravel/Low Volume Roads

The Dirt & Gravel/Low Volume Roads program is designed to fund environmentally sound maintenance of unpaved and low volume paved roadways that have been identified as sources of sediment pollution. Signed into law in April 1997 as Section 9106 of the PA Vehicle Code, the State Conservation Commission allocates Dirt & Gravel/Low Volume Roads Maintenance Funds to County Conservation Districts. The funds are available to local municipalities that maintain dirt & gravel and low volume roads. Also, someone from the applying entity must have completed the Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance Training, a two-day course that includes modules on drainage, road maintenance techniques, erosion prevention & sediment control, bank stabilization, roadside vegetation management, and grant procedures.

The NCCD Quality Assurance Board (QAB) accepts and reviews applications each fall. Contracts will then be signed with work begun in the spring.  For a grant application, click here. For a summary of the program, click here.

QAB Members:

  • Michael McCleary, NCCD (Chairman, voting)
  • Mike Erdley, NCCD (voting)
  • Janette Lesher, NRCS (voting)
  • Vacant, Fish & Boat Commission (voting)
  • Judy Becker (advisory, non-voting)
  • Ted Carodiskey (advisory, non-voting)

For more information on the Dirt & Gravel Road program, contact Michael McCleary at 570-495-4665 ext. 302 or mmccleary@nccdpa.org.

Agricultural Land Preservation

The NCCD coordinates the activities involved in the Agriculture Land Preservation Program for the county on behalf of the Northumberland County Agricultural Land Preservation Board. Applications are received during open application rounds, which are advertised. A $100 fee is required with applications.

Applications are ranked using a two-part Land Evaluation and Site Assessment (LESA). The LESA looks at the quality of soils/site assessment, and considers local factors that may have an impact on the current or future viability of a farm.

Once the farms are ranked and the funding is provided from the State, the land development rights are purchased from the highest-ranking farms. The total number of farm easements purchased to date in the County is 20, totaling 2,288 acres.

Northumberland County Agricultural Land Preservation Board

  • Bill Geise, Chairman, Farmer
  • Rich Daniels, Vice-Chairman, Farmer
  • Mary Crone, Secretary/Treasurer, Farmer
  • Dave Crowl, Contractor
  • Benny Snyder, Township Supervisor
  • Tom Boop, At-Large Member
  • Dave Becker, At-Large Member

For an application, click here. For more information on the AgLand Preservation Program, contact Judy Becker at 570-495-4665 ext. 305 or jbecker@nccdpa.org.

Watershed Protection and Education

The Conservation District supports watershed association development and projects with organizational and technical assistance provided by the Watershed Specialist. Watershed Associations invite members of a community to work together to solve or repair complex issues within their waterways and watersheds. Currently there are six active watershed associations in Northumberland County. They are:

  • Shamokin Creek Restoration Alliance
  • Little Shamokin Creek Watershed Association
  • Chillisquaque Limestone Watershed Association
  • Roaring Creek Valley Conservation Association
  • Tri-Valley Watershed Association
  • Mahanoy Creek Watershed Association

For more information on the Watershed Protection and Education Program, contact Jaci Harner at 570-495-4665 ext. 306 or jharner@nccdpa.org.

Mosquito-borne Disease Control

The NCCD, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP), has implemented the 2017 Mosquito-borne Disease Control Program.  Our mission is to protect the public health of residents in Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union counties by collecting field data and eliminating hosts of the West Nile and Zika viruses.

NCCD will be monitoring mosquitoes in Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union counties. 

The District would like to remind residents of the 5-county area to be cognizant of potential water-holding containers surrounding your home; such as empty flower or garden pots, bird baths, tin or aluminum cans, plastic bags, recycling bins, even wrappers from candy bars, and special emphasis on old tires.  Anything impenetrable by water has the potential of being mosquito breeding habitat. 

For more information on the Mosquito-borne Disease Control Program, contact Corey Bower at 570-495-4665 ext. 303 or cbower@nccdpa.org, or Chantel Shambach at 570-495-4665 ext. 307 or cshambach@nccdpa.org, or Richard Witmer at 570-495-4665 ext. 307 or rwitmer@nccdpa.org

Useful links:

PA DEP West Nile Virus Control Program

West Nile Virus - Penn State Extension

West Nile Virus - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Zika Virus - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Right-to-Know Requests Information

In order to request information under the Right-to-Know law, complete the Right-to-Know Request Form and then email to Judy Becker, or fax to (570) 988-4488, or send to the US mailing address, or hand deliver to the physical location address listed below during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays or other announced office closings.  All Right-to-Know requests must be submitted in writing.  Verbal or anonymous requests will not be accepted.

US Mailing Address: 
Judy Becker
Open Records Officer
Northumberland County Conservation District
441 Plum Creek Road
Sunbury, PA  17801
Physical Location Address:
Judy Becker
Open Records Officer
Northumberland County Conservation District
USDA Service Center
441 Plum Creek Road
Sunbury, PA  17801
Voice: (570) 495-4665 ext. 305
FAX:  (570) 988-4488