Jul
27
2:00 pm14:00

Managing Leadership Transitions

Many organizations are facing a major leadership transition in the next few years. Is it possible to use such a leadership change as an opportunity to grow the capacity of your organization? Managed well, a leadership change honors the past, inspires creativity among board members and staff, lays the foundation for expanded organizational performance, and creates an environment in which the new leader is likely to thrive. Managed poorly, a leadership change is often a stressful, anxious experience that causes an organization to lose momentum, compromise the services it provides, jeopardize key relationships with stakeholders, and make it difficult for the new leader to succeed. Learn how to set your organization up for success.

 

Jul
21
1:00 pm13:00

Healthy Watersheds Tour

LandStudies to lead a "Healthy Watersheds Tour" in Lancaster County

LandStudies is a Lititz-based company with extensive experience in environmental restoration, planning, and water resource management: from naturalizing floodplains to creating nature-based stormwater solutions in cities. On their Healthy Watersheds Tour, professionals, government officials, landowners, educators, and students will visit and learn from projects that demonstrate environmental, regulatory, and community benefits.

For more information on this tour, click here! To sign-up, call LandStudies at 717-627-4440!

Jul
18
12:00 pm12:00

Jersey Water Works Membership Meeting

  • New Jersey City University Business School

Join Jersey Water Works at their second annual Membership Meeting to celebrate the work of the collaborative, network with members, learn from national experts and brainstorm how to move forward top priorities in the next few years.

For more information on this event, click here!

To learn about last year's event, click here!

To go directly to registration for this event, click here!

Jul
14
10:00 am10:00

Clean Water & Drinking Water State Revolving Funds Workshop

  • Kent County Administrative Complex

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Office of the Secretary, Environmental Finance, and Delaware Health and Social Services Division of Public Health, Office of Drinking Water, will host a public workshop from 10 a.m. to noon July 14 at the Kent County Administrative Complex, 555 S. Bay Road, Dover, in preparation for the development of fiscal 2017 project priority lists for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Funds.

Workshop participants will learn about the CWSRF and DWSRF program changes and infrastructure financing tools, including:

— One-stop loan application process for Wastewater and Drinking Water Infrastructure Project Assistance.

— CWSRF and DWSRF program loan interest rates, currently 2 percent.

— Land conservation and water quality improvement loan sponsorship programs.

— Source water protection loans for drinking water supplies.

— Wastewater, drinking water and stormwater facilities matching planning grants.

— Community water quality improvement grants.

— Asset Management Plan development incentives.

— Project planning advances.

— Expanded eligibilities for privately owned businesses.

In addition, detailed information will be presented regarding how and when to submit projects for funding consideration, project ranking criteria, project construction requirements and how to apply for infrastructure planning grants.

To RVSP, email laura.rafferty@state.de.us or call 717-739-9941.

Jul
13
5:30 pm17:30

Happy Hour and Oil Trains Documentary Premiere

  • PennFuture

Join PennFuture for a special happy hour event from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 13 at our Philadelphia office to view the feature debut of a documentary film capturing the issue of pollution from oil trains.

The film centers on Jeremy Griffin, a local resident, student and activist living within the oil train blast zone. More than 700,000 Philadelphia residents (and more statewide) live in proximity to the rail routes, which run crude oil through their yards, past their hospitals and childcare centers, and alongside their bike paths and highways.

In Pennsylvania, there is poor oversight of railroad bridges, a lack of transparency, and minimal access to rail maintenance records, along with insufficient penalties for regulatory violations. In the Delaware River Basin, a watershed that provides drinking water to more than 15 million people, the consequences of an accident could be enormous.

Event Location:

PennFuture Philadelphia Office
1429 Walnut Street
Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Click here for a sneak preview.

Click here to RSVP no later than July 11.

Jul
13
1:00 pm13:00

Public Meeting: Draft Water Supply Master Plan

  • Stockton University - Campus Center, Board of Trustees Room

The Department of Environmental Protection released its draft revisions to the New Jersey Statewide Water Supply Plan and scheduled four public hearings on the draft proposal. The current plan was last revised and adopted in 1996.

The draft revisions are available here: www.nj.gov/dep/watersupply/wsp.html

Meeting Dates include:

  • Tuesday, July 11 at 1:00 PM, NJDEP, 401 East State Street, Trenton
  • Tuesday, July 11 at 6:00 PM, USGS, 3450 Princeton Pike, Lawrence Township
  • Wednesday, July 12 at 3:00 PM, Millburn Public Library, 200 Glen Avenue, Millburn
  • Thursday, July 13 at 1:00 PM, Stockton University, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, Campus Center, Board of Trustees Room

Public Comments May be submitted until close of business on Friday July 21st, to:

watersupply@dep.nj.gov – please write “Draft Water Supply Plan Comments” in the Subject Line

NJDEP-Division of Water Supply & Geoscience
Mail Code 401-04Q
P.O. Box 420
401 East State Street
Trenton, New Jersey 08625
Subject: Draft Water Supply Plan Comments

Jul
12
3:00 pm15:00

Public Meeting: Draft Water Supply Master Plan

  • Millburn Public Library

Department of Environmental Protection released its draft revisions to the New Jersey Statewide Water Supply Plan and scheduled four public hearings on the draft proposal. The current plan was last revised and adopted in 1996.

The draft revisions are available here: www.nj.gov/dep/watersupply/wsp.html

Meeting Dates include:

  • Tuesday, July 11 at 1:00 PM, NJDEP, 401 East State Street, Trenton
  • Tuesday, July 11 at 6:00 PM, USGS, 3450 Princeton Pike, Lawrence Township
  • Wednesday, July 12 at 3:00 PM, Millburn Public Library, 200 Glen Avenue, Millburn
  • Thursday, July 13 at 1:00 PM, Stockton University, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, Campus Center, Board of Trustees Room

Public Comments May be submitted until close of business on Friday July 21st, to:

watersupply@dep.nj.gov – please write “Draft Water Supply Plan Comments” in the Subject Line

NJDEP-Division of Water Supply & Geoscience
Mail Code 401-04Q
P.O. Box 420
401 East State Street
Trenton, New Jersey 08625
Subject: Draft Water Supply Plan Comments

Jul
11
6:00 pm18:00

Public Meeting: Draft Water Supply Master Plan

  • USGS

Department of Environmental Protection released its draft revisions to the New Jersey Statewide Water Supply Plan and scheduled four public hearings on the draft proposal. The current plan was last revised and adopted in 1996.

The draft revisions are available here: www.nj.gov/dep/watersupply/wsp.html

Meeting Dates include:

  • Tuesday, July 11 at 1:00 PM, NJDEP, 401 East State Street, Trenton
  • Tuesday, July 11 at 6:00 PM, USGS, 3450 Princeton Pike, Lawrence Township
  • Wednesday, July 12 at 3:00 PM, Millburn Public Library, 200 Glen Avenue, Millburn
  • Thursday, July 13 at 1:00 PM, Stockton University, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, Campus Center, Board of Trustees Room

Public Comments May be submitted until close of business on Friday July 21st, to:

watersupply@dep.nj.gov – please write “Draft Water Supply Plan Comments” in the Subject Line

NJDEP-Division of Water Supply & Geoscience
Mail Code 401-04Q
P.O. Box 420
401 East State Street
Trenton, New Jersey 08625
Subject: Draft Water Supply Plan Comments

Jul
11
2:30 pm14:30

Webinar: Briefing & Discussion on Integrating Small Scale Watershed Planning Tools in Farm Bill Conservation

  • National Wildlife Federation

 

Overview:

The purpose of this briefing is to introduce House and Senate staff to the new Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF) developed by the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) after the last farm bill. The ACPF includes a powerful GIS watershed planning tool for producers, county conservation districts, state agencies, and other community stakeholders implementing conservation practices to address nutrient and sediment runoff. After a technical introduction to the ACPF GIS tool by its developers, an NRCS official from Kansas and a trade group from Iowa will talk about their on-the-ground experiences in small-scale watershed planning and why the ACPF is a game-changer for implementing conservation practices and improving water quality.

Please RSVP to glasera@nwf.org

Introduction:

Jamie Konopacky, Attorney and Watershed Policy Fellow, Harvard Environmental Policy Initiative

Expert Panel:

Mark Tomer and Dave James, United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service

Dean Krehbiel, State Resource Conservationist, Kansas Natural Resource Conservation Service

Adam Kiel, Iowa Soybean Association Research, Environmental Programs and Services

Jul
11
1:00 pm13:00

Public Meeting: Draft Water Supply Master Plan

  • New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Department of Environmental Protection released its draft revisions to the New Jersey Statewide Water Supply Plan and scheduled four public hearings on the draft proposal. The current plan was last revised and adopted in 1996.

The draft revisions are available here: www.nj.gov/dep/watersupply/wsp.html

Meeting Dates include:

  • Tuesday, July 11 at 1:00 PM, NJDEP, 401 East State Street, Trenton
  • Tuesday, July 11 at 6:00 PM, USGS, 3450 Princeton Pike, Lawrence Township
  • Wednesday, July 12 at 3:00 PM, Millburn Public Library, 200 Glen Avenue, Millburn
  • Thursday, July 13 at 1:00 PM, Stockton University, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, Campus Center, Board of Trustees Room

Public Comments May be submitted until close of business on Friday July 21st, to:

watersupply@dep.nj.gov – please write “Draft Water Supply Plan Comments” in the Subject Line

NJDEP-Division of Water Supply & Geoscience
Mail Code 401-04Q
P.O. Box 420
401 East State Street
Trenton, New Jersey 08625
Subject: Draft Water Supply Plan Comments

Jun
29
1:00 pm13:00

WEBINAR: NACTO's Urban Street Stormwater Guide

Excess impervious surface contributes to stormwater runoff, posing a threat to the environment and human health, and often overwhelming sewer systems. By incorporating Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) into the right-of-way, cities can manage stormwater and reap the public health, environmental, and aesthetic benefits of street trees, planters, and greenery in the public realm. With thoughtful design, GSI can bolster strategies to provide a safe and pleasant walking and biking experience, efficient and reliable transit service, and safer streets for all users.

Join NACTO, River Network, and Island Press for an up close look at the forthcoming Urban Street Stormwater Guide, and learn how to provide safe, functioning, and maintainable infrastructure that meets the unique needs and requirements of the transportation corridors and its various uses and users.

For more information, and to register for this event, click here!

Learn to Fly Fish!
Jun
25
1:00 pm13:00

Learn to Fly Fish!

  • ForEvergreen Nature Preserve

Join expert members of the Brodhead Watershed Association, the Pocono Heritage Land Trust, Brodhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited and The Nature Conservancy at the new ForEvergreen Nature Preserve for a unique and highly informative Elements of Fly-Fishing program that will provide you with an entertaining, informative and very relaxing introduction to the bucolic sport of fly-fishing for trout in our local watershed! Equipment selection, casting techniques, how to read the water, effective fly fishing strategy, understanding trout stream entomology, basic fly tying, will all be covered and made easy as “ABC” for you by their resident fly-fishing experts.

For more information, and to register, click here!

Jun
25
9:00 am09:00

2017 Forest Bathing and Meditative Hike With the New Jersey Conservation Foundation

Join Off The Grid yoga instructor Meg Soucy for a forest bathing experience; an easy hike and gentle yoga session, suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners. The hike will include a meditation and centering session to kick things off - we will then enjoy a beautiful hike through the landscapes of the Pine Barrens enjoying the detoxifying quality of being present in nature. Yogis should bring their own mat (or a blanket/towel if you don't have one) along with water and suitable shoes for walking.

For more information on this event, and for registration, please click here!

Natural Lands Trust's Field Jam
Jun
24
3:30 pm15:30

Natural Lands Trust's Field Jam

  • Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve

Natural Lands Trust is delighted to present Field Jam, featuring live music, craft beer, and delicious food truck treats amid Gwynedd’s sweeping summer fields.

Local band Black Horse Motel will rock the outdoor stage with rich vocal harmonies and a lively blend of guitars, strings, and drums influenced by rock, country, and Americana roots.

Natural Lands Trust’s 279-acre Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve – surrounded by suburbs – is a haven for birds, butterflies, and visitors, with colorful wildflowers and waving grasses. Relax with friends and enjoy the landscape at our new Field Jam event!

Sum Pig Food Truck will be on-site selling delicious eats and Dia Doce Gourmet Cupcakes will be selling yummy sweet treats.

Thanks to Victory Brewing Company, all Field Jam ticket holders will receive two free drinks. Additional beer will be available for purchase from Victory Brewing Company.

Bring your own lawn chairs or blanket. Please, NO DOGS, OUTSIDE ALCOHOL, or OUTSIDE FOOD. Event is for adults age 21 and over. Gates open at 3:30 pm; music begins at 4:00 pm.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, click here!

Jun
24
Jun 26

Lehigh River Sojourn

  • Jim Thorpe, Northampton, Easton, PA

The 21st annual Lehigh River Sojourn is Wildlands Conservancy’s 32.6-mile guided paddling trip on the Lehigh River. The event begins in the Pocono Mountains and ends in Easton. Sojourners travel through the region’s metro-wilderness – treasuring scenic views, visits from resident wildlife and a shared appreciation for preserving the Lehigh River.

The Lehigh River Sojourn takes place every June and timing is dependent upon the dam-release schedule.

For more information, and to register, click here!

Jun
24
9:00 am09:00

Native Plants Walk with Ann Rhoads

  • Camp Speers YMCA

Join our friends at Delaware Highlands Conservancy for their annual Native Plants Walk with renowned botanist Dr. Ann Rhoads. Dr. Rhoads will discuss, illustrate, and answer your questions about the native plants found in a wetland community. The walk will be held within the 450-acre portion of the Camp Speers YMCA property, protected with a conservation easement funded by the Pike County Scenic Rural Character Preservation Program and PA-DCNR.

This event is free and open to the public, but prior registration is required.

Jun
23
9:30 am09:30

Paddle the Pine Barrens

  • Mick's Pine Barren Canoe Rental

Join the American Littoral Society for a Canoe trip on the Wading River

Come paddle the scenic Wading River with the American Littoral Society on Friday, June 23. Naturalists from the Society will guide you on a canoe exploration of the world renowned Pine Barrens. Discover the diversity of the native flora and fauna that can only be found in this unique habitat.

For more information about the event, click here!

Jun
22
12:00 pm12:00

WEBINAR: Net Blue: Supporting Water-Neutral Community Growth

Net Blue is a collaborative initiative of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, the Environmental Law Institute, and River Network to support sustainable community growth. The project team members developed a model ordinance that communities can tailor and customize to create a water demand offset approach meeting local needs. Communities in different regions throughout the United States were consulted to help develop the model ordinance and the offset components, and to ensure that the program is adaptable to many different political climates, legal frameworks, and environmental challenges.

This webinar will feature presentations from all three project team organizations. Presenters will provide an overview of the ordinance worksheet, the methodology for calculating water offsets, and the community outreach to a diverse group of cities throughout the United States.

Click here for more information and to register!

Jun
22
10:00 am10:00

DRBC Water Management Advisory Committee Meeting

  • DRBC Goddard Conference Room

The DRBC is having their regularly-scheduled Water Management Advisory Committee Meeting on Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 10 a.m.

Where: DRBC Goddard Conference Room, 25 Cosey Road, West Trenton, N.J.

Contact: Jessica Sanchez, (609) 883-9500 ext. 202, for more information.

Jun
21
2:00 pm14:00

WEBINAR: Soil Profile Rebuilding: Rehabilitating Compacted Soils

TREE Fund Webinar Series: Soil Profile Rebuilding: Rehabilitating Compacted Soils

Arborists and urban foresters are frequently faced with tree planting in poor quality soils that have been damaged by scraping and grading during land development or construction. These poor soils not only limit tree growth and slow establishment, but also impair the resilience of urban trees in the face of both drought and heavy rains. TREE Fund has recently completed a series of research projects evaluating a soil rehabilitation technique known as Soil Profile Rebuilding that can be used to remediate soils on site. The presentation will provide an overview of this technique, which is also available in the form of a written specification to allow for easy adoption.

For more information, click here! To register for this webinar, click here!

Jun
21
8:30 am08:30

2017 New Jersey Sustainability Summit Local Action, Collective Impact

  • The College of New Jersey

The 2017 New Jersey Sustainability Summit will explore how coordinated local action can achieve an increased collective impact. Sustainable Jersey brings together a unique mix of public and private, state and local partners to support communities in achieving remarkable progress.

This event attracts over 300 diverse participants from across New Jersey. Attendees will participate in thought provoking conversations that focus on engaging government, community, schools, business and academia in sustainable action.

The event is geared toward Sustainable Jersey and Sustainable Jersey for Schools green team and Task Force members, academics, elected officials, state and local agency representatives, business people, non-profit organizations and the interested public.

  • $35: Elected and appointed officials, public and non-profit employees, and green team volunteers
  • $100: All other attendees

This year's keynote speaker is Chris Daggett, President & CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Chris comes with decades of experience leading regional efforts at the federal and state government, nonprofit and private industry arenas. Chris will share his insights on the long term implications and relevancy of collective impact on today's climate.

 

For more information and to register, click here.

Jun
20
12:00 pm12:00

WEBINAR: Diversify Now! Increasing Resilience of Urban Forests by Expanding Species Diversity

Penn State Extension Community Forestry Management Monthly Webinar Series : Diversify Now! Increasing Resilience of Urban Forests by Expanding Species Diversity

This webinar will explore the potential for increasing resilience of urban forests by expanding species diversity. Subjects such as assisted migration, phenotypic plasticity, monotypic species, urban microclimates, and hardy cultivars will be discussed in the context of a changing climate and mounting threats from pests and diseases. One example will be southern magnolias thriving for many years as street trees in upstate New York.

For more information, click here! To access the webinar, click here!

Jun
19
7:00 pm19:00

North Pocono CARE's Presentation on Protecting the Pocono Plateau

  • Tornhurst Township Building

Join our friends at North Pocono CARE for their event presented by Bud Cook, Senior Project Manager at The Nature Conservancy. Bud oversees land protection efforts in the Poconos where he has devoted 35 years to the mission of The Nature Conservancy. He has been instrumental in protecting some of the most-loved natural areas, including the Tannersville Cranberry Bog, Cherry Valley Natural Wildlife Refuse and Choke Creek Falls. This event is free and open to the public, but prior registration is required.

Day of Stewardship at the Delaware River Watergap
Jun
17
9:30 am09:30

Day of Stewardship at the Delaware River Watergap

  • Appalachian Mountain Club Outdoor Center

Volunteer with REI, Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), National Park Service (NPS) and New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (NYNJTC) for our inaugural trail stewardship day at the Del Water Gap N.R.A.

REI and partners invite you to get outside on June 17 to support the vital trail stewardship efforts of these organizations in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Those who participate will begin their day at the Outdoor Center at 9:30am where volunteers check-in, receive a REI stewardship t-shirt, learn about the project, and are welcomed by the National Park Service.

After check-in, volunteers will promptly head out on the trails near Mohican to work alongside NPS, REI, NYNJTC and AMC to help make the trails safer and more sustainable for hikers and visitors. Please pack a lunch and 2 liters of water. Wear a hat, sunscreen, closed-toe shoes, long pants. After the stewardship project, stick around for fun activities provided by REI's Outdoor School, and gear raffles for some lucky winners!

For more information and to register for this event, click here!

Jun
17
Jun 23

2017 Delaware River Sojourn

2017 DELAWARE RIVER SOJOURN: JUNE 17-23

Highlights:

  • Camp overnight at the Zane Grey Museum in Lackawaxen, PA on June 16th
  • Paddling 2 stretches of the Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River and 2 days through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
  • Camping at Worthington State Forest and Hugh Moore Park
  • Paddling the Lehigh River, a Delaware River tributary
  • Paddling the lower Delaware River around Easton, Pa.
For more information, visit http://www.delawareriversojourn.org/

 

Getting on Board: 

You may choose to paddle the entire Sojourn or you may register for the section(s) or day(s) of your choice. Spaces are limited, so register early!

Registration Fees:

The Delaware River Sojourn is a non-profit event and is planned and priced as a package. It typically costs more to put on the Sojourn than what we take in, and contributions of time, goods, and services from our many sponsors and supporters allow us to keep participant costs as low as possible. The Sojourn Committee is ever appreciative of the donations, grants, and in-kind services that it receives.

ADULT (Over 15): $80/day*
CHILD (15 and Under): $50/day*

*Additional one-time insurance fee of $5 per person for the American Canoe Association (ACA), except for current ACA members.

Fees Include:

  • Guided river trip, single or tandem kayak rental (with paddle and life jacket; tandem kayaks come with seats), shuttle transportation, educational programs, most meals, a souvenir T-shirt, and optional camping sites.
  • Participants may bring their own river-worthy boats (aluminum and wooden canoes are not recommended) and must bring their own

Sojourn Schedule:

  • Saturday, June 17: Zane Grey Museum, Lackawaxen, PA to Corwin Farm, NY
  • Sunday, June 18: Staircase Rapids Access, NY to Matamoras, PA
  • Monday, June 19: Dingmans Ferry, PA to Bushkill, PA
  • Tuesday, June 20: Bushkill to Worthington State Forest, NJ
  • Wednesday, June 21 (Lehigh River): Rt. 33 Access, PA to Hugh Moore Park, Easton, PA
  • Thursday, June 22: Martins Creek Access, PA to Scott Park, Easton, PA
  • Friday, June 23: Scott Park to Riegelsville, NJ
For more information, visit http://www.delawareriversojourn.org/
Jun
14
2:00 pm14:00

WEBINAR: Promising Approaches to Source Water Protection

Please join Open Space Institute for a webinar to discuss lessons and opportunities for how to establish and grow a successful watershed investment program.

REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR HERE 

About this Webinar:

Watershed investment programs are sprouting across the United States, offering promising pathways to protecting natural areas and securing clean drinking water. But what does it take to establish and grow a successful watershed investment program?

Geared for conservation practitioners and investors alike, this webinar will review guidance and ideas on how to build a successful watershed investment program, based on the experiences of several programs from across the United States. Todd Gartner (World Resources Institute) will kick off by reviewing 10 success factors for watershed investment programs, which were recently distilled through a comparative study of 13 watershed investment programs in the United States. Next, diving into the case of Portland, Maine’s watershed investment program, Paul Hunt (Portland Water District) will discuss how the municipal water utility’s Watershed Land Conservation Program came to fruition, highlighting their strategy and issues on the horizon. Finally, Michael Curley (Environmental Law Institute) will highlight opportunities to utilize the State Revolving Fund, a powerful public environmental finance program that can support watershed investment programs.

Featured Speakers

  • Todd Gartner, Senior Associate and Manager, Natural Infrastructure for Water, World Resources Institute
  • Paul Hunt, Environmental Manager, Portland Water District
  • Michael Curley, Visiting Scholar, Environmental Law Institute

Protecting Drinking Water at the Source: Lessons from United States Watershed Investment Programs

Todd Gartner, Senior Associate and Manager, Natural Infrastructure for Water, World Resources Institute

Watershed investment programs are source water protection efforts that aim to safeguard the quality and reliability of water supply through watershed management and restoration. These programs are sprouting across the United States, offering promising pathways to securing clean drinking water. But what does it take to establish and grow a successful watershed investment program? Program investors and practitioners are looking for guidance and ideas on how to build a program that works for their own context.

WRI’s 2016 report “Protecting Drinking Water at the Source” addresses this need by compiling experiences and lessons from 13 watershed investment programs from across the United States. Based on a 3-year comparative case study analysis, it serves as a roadmap to guide utilities and communities as they work together to protect precious source waters.

Connecting Upstream Landowners with Downstream Beneficiaries:  The Portland Water District Example

Paul Hunt, Environmental Manager, Portland Water District

The Portland Water District (PWD) supplies drinking water to 200,000 people in eleven Maine communities. Its source is Sebago Lake - a large, multi-use lake with excellent water quality. The water quality of the lake is largely a result of the predominantly forested, 280,000-acre watershed, as well as the depth and geology of the lake.

Due to the exceptional raw water quality, PWD was granted a waiver to the filtration requirements of the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act - in part because there is so little in the water to filter out. So, in essence, the first step in the natural treatment process occurs in the forests upstream of the lake. However, more than 90% of watershed land is privately owned and unprotected. 

To help address this challenge, PWD has developed a Watershed Land Conservation Program through which a land trust or other entity can receive a grant of up to 25% of the value of a transaction that conserves watershed forest. The program grew in three steps – starting with small contributions to support ad-hoc requests, to a policy expressing PWD’s intent and goals, to the fully-realized program that exists today. 

Even with PWD providing up to 25% of a transaction’s costs, funding the other 75% continues to pose a challenge for land trusts. Regional conservation partners such as the Open Space Institute, The Nature Conservancy, and the Highstead Foundation are collaborating now on an effort to identify and partner with other potential contributors including commercial water users, philanthropic individuals and organizations, large watershed landowners, and other beneficiaries of the ecosystem services that conserved forests deliver.

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund

Michael Curley, Visiting Scholar, Environmental Law Institute

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) is the most successful environmental finance program in the world. In 1972, when Congress first passed the Clean Water Act, they included a massive construction grant program, which, over the next 15 years, provided some $70 in grants to sewage treatment plants. In 1987, Congress replaced the grant program with the CWSRF, which is a loan program. Since then, the CWSRF has provided over $120 billion to over 36,000 projects. It can make direct loans at any interest rate including 0% for up to 30 years. It can lend to sewage treatment plants, and make loans for non-point source projects, including stormwater and green infrastructure. The CWSRF can also both guaranty loans and purchase local debt.

Jun
14
1:00 pm13:00

WEBINAR: Citizen Science and Open Data in Urban Forestry

USDA Forest Service Urban Forest Connections Webinar Series

Citizen Science and Open Data in Urban Forestry: Opportunities and Challenges

As urban forest managers seek new ways to engage the public, many municipalities, non-profit groups, and tree advocates turn to citizen science and open data to connect with stakeholders and constituents. These projects can generate public interest, but there are concerns about the need for data coordination, quality control, open access, and long-term funding and resource commitment. The goal is to create a project where time spent on training and oversight yields great benefits in public awareness and support, as well as quality data that will drive good management and policy decisions. Tune-in to this presentation to help determine whether citizen science and open data projects are right for your program.

For more information on this webinar, click here

Jun
14
10:00 am10:00

DRBC Regularly-Scheduled Business Meeting

  • Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center

The next regularly-scheduled DRBC business meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Information on the time is to come soon.

The business meeting are open to the public and will be held at the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, Pa.

For more information about the meeting, click here.