Northumberland Conservation District
The Northumberland County Conservation District, formed in 1945 under the Conservation District Law, is a subdivision of state government and is one of 66 Conservation Districts throughout
the state of Pennsylvania. Our office is located in the USDA Service Center on Plum Creek Road outside of Sunbury and currently houses a seven member staff.  The purpose of the Conservation District is to promote protection, maintenance, improvement, and wise use of the land, water, and other natural resources.  This is done through the administration of the following programs:

The Chesapeake Bay Program - This program provides cost share assistance for the installation of Best Management Practices (BMP's) to correct existing manure and nutrient problems from agricultural operations.   
The Nutrient Management Program - The Pennsylvania Nutrient Management Act requires all concentrated animal operations (CAOs) or animal operations that have 2,000 pounds or 2.0 AEUs (AEU-1000 pounds of animal on a typical production day) per acre available for manure to develop and submit a nutrient management plan to the conservation district for review and approval.  
The Agricultural Land Preservation Program - The NCCD coordinates the activities involved in the Agriculture Land Preservation Program for the county on behalf of the Northumberland County Agricultural Land Preservation Board. Applications are received year long, and are ranked every other year.  Once the farms are ranked and the funding is provided from the State, the land development rights are purchased from the highest-ranking farms.
The Dirt and Gravel Roads Program - This program is designed to fund environmentally sound maintenance of unpaved roadways that have been identified as sources of sediment pollution. The funds are available to local municipalities that maintain dirt and gravel roads. The Northumberland County Conservation District Quality Assurance Board (QAB), which consists of a District Board Member, NRCS staff member, and a Waterways Conservation Officer from the PA Fish & Boat Commission accepts and reviews applications each fall.
Environmental Education - We strive to provide quality programs that relay important conservation information to the citizens of the area. These programs include High School & Middle School Envirothons, National Wildlife Week Presentations, Birth of a Tree, Water Quality Education Program, Soil Stewardship Week, Twilight Meetings, Contractors Workshop, Winter Conference, Educator Workshops, Furman Foods Poster Contest and Scholarships.  Also, educational programs are available to the schools in the county for any age group.
Erosion and Sediment Control - The NCCD administers the Chapter 102 Erosion Control program through a signed delegation agreement with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Bureau of Water Quality.   The District Technician reviews and approves E&S control plans for earthmoving sites.  Inspections of the sites are conducted to assure the plans are properly implemented.
Watershed Specialist - The NCCD provides technical assistance to watershed groups in the area.  Services provided include, but are not limited to: group start up coordination, presentations, grant writing, grant administration, water quality monitoring, technique trainings, interpretation of results, and project assessments. 
West Nile Virus - In 2004, the Northumberland County Conservation District took over the administration of the West Nile Virus program.  Our role in the West Nile Virus program is education, trapping and surveillance, and if the surveillance program determines there is a risk, the control of mosquitoes.
The District also holds events for the public each year including our annual tree sale and our annual awards banquet.

Contact Northumberland Conservation District

Judy Becker
District Manager
441 Plum Creek Road
Sunbury, Pennsylvania  17801
Phone: (570) 286-7114 ext. 4
Fax: (570) 988-4488


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Northumberland County, Pennsylvania

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