The Union County Conservation District was formed on March 6, 1957 under ACT 217 "State Soil and Conservation Law" by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Conservation Districts are a legal subdivision of state government.
We are governed by a board of local citizen volunteers who are aware of the important environmental issues relating to Union County and are capable of making prudent decisions. In 1997, our board expanded from seven to nine members, which includes farm members, urban members and one county commissioner representative.
Regular Monthly Board Meeting Date:
Second Wednesday Evening at 7:00 p.m.
CONSERVATION DISTRICT INITIATES FARM VISIT PROGRAM
The Union County Conservation District is helping educate farm owners on the new agricultural compliance regulations set by the PA DEP. Regulations now require written management plans to address both erosion and sedimentation requirements and manure management requirements.
Erosion and Sedimentation Requirements
PA Chapter 102 (Erosion and Sediment Control and Stormwater Management) regulations have existed since 1972 stating plowing and tilling require a conservation plan. Animal Heavy Use Areas (AHUA’s), where concentrations of animals limit the ability to maintain vegetative cover, now also require a conservation
plan. An Agricultural Erosion and Sedimentation plan should:
- Identify land areas where plowing/tilling and
AHUA’s disturb more than 5,000 sq. ft.
- Address Best Management Practices (BMP’s) on
cropland, hayland, and pastures that minimize erosion and sedimentation.
- Include detailed maps that show the location of
key features, such as waterways and AHUA’s.
Manure Management Requirements
Manure management planning has been required since 1977. PA DEP has recently revised the Manure Management Manual (MMM), requiring any farmer land applying manure to have a written management plan. A manure
management plan should:
- Describe the process of manure application with
respect to rates and timing, address environmentally sensitive areas, and list winter
- Include detailed maps showing the locations of
- Have records of manure application, crop yield,
manure export, and manure storage.
- Establish proper plans for manure storage and
- Identify pastures and how they will be managed.
- Address plans for the management of Animal