Northampton County Conservation District is one of 66 Conservation
Districts statewide and nearly 3000 nationwide dedicated to
conserving soil and water resources (click
for Conservation District History). The Conservation District
is part of county government and also a sub-unit of state government.
Over 65 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.
The Northampton County Conservation District 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.
the Northampton County Conservation District's main goals are
to promote soil conservation, maintain or improve water quality
and promote environmental education. To achieve these goals,
the Conservation District performs a variety of programs ranging
from reviewing erosion and sediment pollution control plans
for earth disturbance activities to providing advice on starting
a local watershed association.
The Conservation District is led by a seven member Board
of Directors. District Directors are volunteers that are
nominated by an approved local organization and then appointed
by Northampton County government. Their responsibilities range
from policy creation to supporting efforts of district staff
and their partner agencies to provide quality administrative,
technical, and educational assistance to all county residents.
Four members of the board are farmer directors, two are public
directors and one is a representative of Northampton County
soil conservation is important
Soil Conservation is a set of management strategies that are
used to prevent soil from being eroded from the earth's surface
or becoming chemically altered by overuse. Various strategies,
or best management practices (BMPs), are used by excavation
contractors, farmers and others to achieve this goal. So, what
is the harm if a little mud washes into the stream? Excess sediments
are associated with increased turbidity and reduced light penetration
in the water column, as well as more long-term effects associated
with habitat destruction and increased difficulty in filtering
drinking water. By volume, sediment is the greatest pollutant
to the surface waters of Pennsylvania.