The Delaware County Conservation District is a subdivision of State Government, but a service of County Government. The District is guided by a board of volunteer directors appointed by County Council from a list of nominations from concerned groups throughout the County. The District evaluates problems, implements programs, and advocates for effective solutions dealing with natural resource protection and conservation.
News and Updates
- Our next Conservation District Board Meeting will be Tuesday – November 14th and will be held at 3:30 PM. Agenda Link
- District Manager – Ed Magargee has announced that he will retire at the end of February 2024. The job posting for filling his position is available at this LINK
- 2024 Summer Internship Program
- Since the April 7th, 2020 Conservation District Board meeting, all of the District’s public meetings have been recorded and are viewable on our YouTube page. You can view them here.
- LINKS to Previously Recorded Conservation District Public Meetings and Agendas
- *LIKE* us on Facebook!
- YouTube Presentation on the Role of the Conservation District in Sustainability.
- DEP – Guidance for NPDES Permit Compliance During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
- District Operation and Function during the COVID-19 Emergency – Continuity of Government Services for the Conservation District
- SPOTTED LANTERNFLY INFORMATIONLINK – IDENTIFICATION AND CONTROL METHODS
- Directions for submitting Managed Release Concept B.M.P.s for review
- Chapter 105 General Permit: E-Permitting Training September 17th 2018
- Stream Maintenance – Booklet from DEP on what you can and what you can not do.
- NPDES PERMIT FEE ANNOUNCEMENT 10/18/2010
- Envirothon Sponsorship Opportunities
- “Caring for your Streamside Property” brochure
- Delaware County NPDES MS-4 Stormwater Information
- Request for Assistance Form
The mission of the Conservation District is to ensure the wise use of Delaware County’s natural resources and to protect and restore the natural environment through the conservation of its soil, water, and related resources. The Conservation District with the direction and participation of the District Board will support, promote, and execute programs, regulations, and individual efforts, which are consistent with this goal. We will work with individuals, governmental units, and the regulated sector of society to prevent environmental degradation and advocate remediation of past environmental damage. Services will be provided in an expeditious, thorough, and considerate manner. Voluntary compliance will be the preferred method of administering all regulatory programs assigned to us, but we will follow through with the most appropriate enforcement action when violations cannot be resolved cooperatively.
Major Program Responsibilities:
- Chapter 102 Erosion Control: Administration of the State’s program to control sediment pollution from earth disturbance activities.
- National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (N.P.D.E.S.) Processes applications and seeks compliance towards storm water discharge permits for Construction Activities.
- Chapter 105 Waterways and Wetlands General Permitting: Assists applicants with permit information. Processes general permits for work within wetlands and streams.
- Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory Computer checks for endangered or threaten plants and animals within proposed construction areas.
- County Stormwater MS-4 Coordinator: Inspects and monitors all stormwater discharges from County facilities
Conservation District Initiated Programs:
- Envirothon– An annual environmental competition for High School Students. Coordinate cooperation of most Environmental Agencies operating in Delaware County.
- Conservation Poster Contest – An annual event in which posters with environmental themes are submitted by Schools. Prizes are awarded in five divisions.
- Construction Industry Award – Annually a Developer and Contractor are selected for the best efforts in erosion and sediment control prevention.
- Southeast Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts (S.E.P.A.)- Consists of Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery County Conservation Districts. The purpose of the group is to combine resources to work on issues of mutual concern. Educational Videos Have produced 10 training videos on various environmental issues or regulations.
- Mini-grant Program – Annually distributes approximately $3,000.00 to groups for environmental projects in grants, which do not exceed $500.00, each.