is a County Conservation District?
Over 50 years ago Pennsylvania state legislators recognized
the need to support grassroots local conservation efforts. As
a result, the PA Conservation District law was passed authorizing
the creation of county conservation districts in every county,
except Philadelphia. Please read
about the fascinating history of Conservation Districts
in the United States and Pennsylvania.
Northampton County Conservation District, a sub-unit of state
government, was founded in 1961 when a group of farmers joined
together to promote the use of conservation practices to protect
soil and water resources in Northampton County. Today the District
performs a variety of programs ranging from reviewing erosion
and sediment pollution control plans for earth distrubance activities
to providing advice on starting a local watershed association.
Today, farmers in the County have developed and implemented
Conservation Plans, and those involved with earth disturbance
(excavators, developers, etc,) have developed Erosion and Sediment
Pollution Control Plans. The implementation of these plans is
one of the primary ways the resouces of Northampton County are
is Soil Conservation?
Soil Conservation is a set of management strategies
that are used to prevent soil from being eroded from the earths
surface or becoming chemically altered by overuse. Various strategies,
or best management practices (BMPs), are used by farmers, excavation
contractors and others to acheive this goal.
In other words, it is the best way to make sure we have the
land we need to live on.